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Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Deal with Children Who Are Fussy Eaters

Listen up, parents: the reality is that you cannot stop your child from being a
fussy eater. No amount of bribery, tellings-off, cajoling, commanding or
nagging is going to change anything and indeed the more pressure you put
on them to consume something they don’t want to, the more resistant they
will become.

The best tactic is to simply present your children with a wide array of
foods and meals and then say absolutely nothing. This is certainly an approach that will require a bit of willpower and tongue-biting, but it can work wonders to gradually undo fussy eating. You actually have a considerably higher chance of kids eating a much hated food – like broccoli for instance- if you do not push the issue, and this applies in the long term too.

A study of university students found that once they had left home, they quickly chose to not consume foods that they were forced by their parents to eat when they were children.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Financing Tips You Should Be Following

Some fundamentals should never be overlooked when it comes to money and there are a number of such tips to help you avoid pitfalls and grow your wealth.

One good tip is to always put saving before the acquiring of shiny objects.

Buying a five year old car and using it for ten years or until the wheels fall off rather than spending an exorbitant amount of money on something brand new and then changing it every couple of years is an excellent example.

It is also a good idea to avoid risky investments that promise quick returns but often end up seeing you lose everything, while being methodical about saving instead, such as designating a particular amount of your pay check to savings and retirement accounts every month are the real keys to growing your wealth.

Spending less than you make is a vital discipline to avoid being forever struggling and in debt.

Automating your payments also helps you to avoid late fees caused by forgetting monthly debt payments

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Choose Walking Shoes

Choosing appropriate walking shoes is very important, particularly for older people, as 
feet tend to change with age. There are some helpful tips to follow when it comes to
choosing walking shoes.

Feet have a tendency to become wider as people age due to the fact that tendons,
muscles and ligaments stretch while the fatty pads on the feet thin out. You should make certain that your shoes are wide enough and provide enough cushioning.

You also need to work out the kind of feet that you have – such as high arches of flat feet – by wetting them and then standing on top of a sheet of paper and examining the outline.

It would be a good idea to choose shoes that are best suited to the area where you live and work, such as shoes that have good traction for a snowy climate or shoes that are waterproof for a rainy climate.

It can also be helpful to make a point of shopping somewhere where the salespeople will be able to offer you some guidance on the most appropriate footwear for you.

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Find A Better Balance

Work occupies a lot of our life, and sometimes the balance between work and life can swing too much the wrong way. The good news however is that you can achieve a better work/life balance by following a few simple tips and making more time for the things that really matter to you.

Changing your balance does not need to be massively difficult. Setting goals that are realistic, like getting out of the office earlier one night a week, can still make a significant difference. Try to slowly build activities that matter to you into your schedule, such as an annual weekend getaway with your spouse or one hour of the week on a cherished hobby.

Even finding just ten to fifteen minutes to yourself on a hectic day to listen to music, go for a walk or read a trashy novel, can help to recharge your batteries. Little things can account for a lot of our enjoyment in life, and need to be made time for.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Add Style and Color to your home

You can give the interior of your home an instant
makeover just by taking heed of a few simple tips to
gain inspiration and ideas. If you want to give your
home an update, the addition of a bit of color can be
a good help.

You need to start thinking about the kind of colors
that you want to add, whereabouts color will have
the greatest impact and where a fresh look is needed
for your home.

One good tip is to pay a visit to your favorite clothing
boutique, stop into a paint store or look through home
design magazines to gain inspiration.

You should pick the looks that you are drawn to the most or the kind of colors which evoke a feeling of happiness and calmness. Colors are a reflection of your own personal style and what will make you feel the most comfortable within your home.

It is also a good idea to start small. Pick out a color palette and just alter your throws, lampshades, accessories or pillows at first rather than just painting your own new home, as even this can have a big impact.

Make certain the colors flow well throughout your home, particularly if it is open plan.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Health Before Pregnancy

There are a number of health conditions that can make it difficult

to get pregnant, but if you have made the decision to try for a baby the good
news is that many of these conditions can be avoided just with a bit of

One of the first things women who are looking to get pregnant should do is ensure that they are up to date with their immunizations and track their menstrual cycle so as to be able to assist their doctor with calculating an accurate due date.

Women who are overweight or obese need to cut down their BMI size in order to have the best chance of getting pregnant and then having an easier time during pregnancy and at the actual birth.

Women should also go to their health professionals to discuss any other health issues they may have. This is the time to get all chronic illnesses and medications under control.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Making Your Home Learning-Friendly

Many students do homework or study outside of class and families can help to improve their regular study habits by following a few helpful tips.
Studying can be made to feel like a daunting task thanks to piles of papers and workbooks.

You can help by organizing your child’s learning materials and storing them in a particular area such as a filing cabinet or using paper folders for each individual subject. A chart could be posted on the inside front cover of said folders to note the completion of assignments and chapters and track studying time.
Noise levels from televisions, phones and other outside noises can be very distracting to children who are trying to study. Try and avoid playing video games or having loud conversations while your child is trying to study and if possible silence electronic devices which can also interfere with concentration.

Having a specific room or table for the child to be able to study at is very helpful, creating an environment which is conducive to learning as well as helping the student to get organized.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teaching Siblings to Get Along

Sibling rivalry may be as old as the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. Fortunately, most conflicts between siblings don’t lead to the same tragic result, but they can be distressing to parents and children alike. To keep the peace in your household, follow this advice: • Start early. Involve the older child before the younger brother or sister comes along. Talk about how life develops in a mother’s body, discuss what changes the family should expect, and reassure the child of his or her parents’ love. • Pay attention. Many struggles between siblings arise because one of the children feels neglect¬ed and wants his or her share of attention. Do your best to devote some special time to each child so he or she doesn’t feel less important or unloved. Avoid any behavior that might appear to favor one child over the other. • Don’t compare children. Holding up one child as an example to the other can spark resentment and jealousy. Don’t expect them to become mirror images of each other. Appreciate each child on his or her own merits, and respect your kids’ individuality. • Teach children to settle their own conflicts. If you impose a solution, or drop everything to mediate a conflict, chances are good that no one will be happy. Talk to children about how they can solve the problem on their own—by asking politely, taking turns, seeing things from the sibling’s point of view, and so forth. If you must get involved, try not to take sides; help the children negotiate their own solution. • Hold family meetings. Bring everyone together once a week to discuss issues and explore solutions. Most of the time children just want to be heard. Give them a chance to speak and respond, and work together to resolve differences and disagreements.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Keeping Your Dignity at Work

Maintaining your dignity is about confidence, fairness and self-respect, and there are ways to make sure that no matter what challenges are thrown at you, you can keep that dignity while in the workplace.

One good tip is to make certain that your boss realizes that you are an asset to your firm. Be helpful, willing to pitch in when needed and visible, but avoid brownnosing. No truly strong leader wants to be surrounded by nothing but “yes men” so you should never hide your talents and take pride in your accomplishments.

Another good piece of advice is to avoid being perceived as a whiner. Chronic complainers rarely get promoted and it is a bad idea to go to your boss with every minor concern you may have. So long as they fall within your area of responsibility in the company, you should make your own decisions without constantly needing praise or validation from your boss.

You are entitled to safe, suitable working conditions and reasonable pay. You should never be afraid to stand up for your rights. A paycheck is not worth your self-esteem. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Simple and Special Valentines Treats for Busy Parents

Nothing says “love” better than a homemade gift or treat from your child on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas to help create some handmade gifts and memories with your children:
     -Yarn Heart Cards: Give your kiddos child-safe plastic needles to stitch up some yarn heart cards. All you need is some colored card stock, scissors, tape colored yarn and the child-safe plastic needles. Fold the card stock in half, draw a heart and cut it out then tape it to the front of the card stock. Lay the card flat and with the heart as your template punch holes in the card stock with the needle and then discard the heart template. Have your child thread the needle with the yarn and knot the end. Start inside the card and stitch from side to side and finish by knotting on the inside of the card and trim the excess yarn.
-Paper blooms are another simple and fun project to make with your kids. Again you’ll need colored cardstock and also wooden spools, heart craft punches, straight pins, craft glue, cloth-covered floral wire, small buttons and grosgrain ribbon the same width as the spools you are using. Punch out a circle from cardstock and poke a small hole in the center with a straight pin. Child: Punch out five heart shapes and fold in half lengthwise for petals. Glue the petals around the circle, leaving the hole unobscured; set aside to dry. Thread one end of a length of floral wire through two holes on a button and twist to secure. Push the opposite end of the wire through the hole in the middle of the flower shape for a stem. Repeat to make more flowers. To make the “vase” - Wrap a length of ribbon around the spool and glue to secure. Trim the flower stems and stick them into the spool to display.
     **Want an easy and yummy Valentine’s snack? Make ice cubes from pomegranate juice and float them in a fruit smoothie.

You can teach your child that love is in the air with these easy Valentine’s Day gifts they can make with you. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Boosting Your Child's Self-Esteem!

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a positive self-esteem. Why? Because children with high self-esteem are competent, feel loved and ultimately grow into happy, healthy and productive adults. So what can you do to boost your child’s self-esteem? Here are some easy ideas:

·         Give your children choices – within reason. Choices with a reasonable set of options allows your child to feel empowered. Let them make smaller decisions now and this will help them with bigger decisions as they grow.
·         Don’t do everything for them. Have some patience and let them work out a situation on their own. This allows them to face more challenges and as they do so, they become more confident.
·         Make sure your child knows that noone is perfect and they shouldn’t expect to be either. Watch how you react to things your child does and mistakes they make. Your reaction determines how your child will react.
·         Give your children chores that are appropriate for their age. These can be anything from setting the table to walking the dog and anything in between. Assigning certain tasks and allowing them to do them gives them problem-solving skills and a sense of competency.

·         Don’t compare your children to each other or two other children. Each child is unique in their own way and their differences should be celebrated.
      Spend one-on-one time with your child on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter if it’s over lunch or on a bike ride or a walk in the park – spending time with your child in this way allows them to discuss things that are on their mind and further strengthen the bond you have with each other. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kids in danger from E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes have been surging in popularity due to being sold as a cleaner, safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However these smoking substitutes are a long way from being safe, according to some doctors and researchers – and children are particularly at risk.

These products are being tried by more and more teenagers, even as worries about the effect that e-cigarettes have on children with their secondhand vapor being increasingly raised by scientists. Age restrictions may soon be recommended on e-cigarettes by some public bodies, who feel that children who are being accidentally exposed to these products is a public health concern that needs to be taken with the utmost seriousness, as well as making parents realize how potentially dangerous they could be.

The FDA is also looking into the possibility of regulating e-cigarettes, although for adults it is still believed that they are a much less dangerous form of smoking than ordinary cigarettes.