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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Positive Parenting - Empowering Disabled Children to Be All That They Can Be

Empowering Disabled Children

Being a parent in today’s society can often be a trying experience no matter how much you love your children or how hard you work to give them all they need to succeed in life. Without going into all the cultural influences you need to overcome, in fact it would be impossible to do so as entire volumes have been written on the subject and are still not inclusive, there are some ways you can counteract what is going on around you to raise up children who are empowered to be the best that they can be as human beings and as professionals in the workplace. 

However, being parents of a disabled child brings with it a new set of challenges which must be faced, so here are a few tips to give you strength and help you along the way.

Empowering Disabled Children

Working with Kids with Disabilities

One of the things which educators learn early on when seeking their degrees, and are even more in tune with when studying for a higher education leadership degree, is that it is vitally important to follow a few simple rules when working with disabled children. One of the first things you learn is how to inspire them to do well without putting undue pressure on them. 

They can often do all of the things a non-disabled child can do - and sometimes even better. It just takes them longer to learn new tasks in many cases. Sometimes they are faced with physical disabilities and other times these are emotional or psychological. 

If your son or daughter is interested in going straight up to achieving an online doctor of education degree there is no reason to believe they can’t do it! Help them realize that anything can happen if you are willing to work for it. Perseverance is often a vital key to success.

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Finding Modes of Study that Suit Their Disability

All government and public buildings are required by federal law to have entryways accessible to physically disabled persons. Even so, some schools have disabled ramps that are not easy to navigate and although they pass legal guidelines minimally, they are not adequate for the needs of a disabled student. 

In cases like this, did you know your son or daughter can get their degree online? It is always best for a student to study in an environment where they are most at ease, which means you can explore your options if you feel your child will not do well in a traditional classroom.

That’s the beauty of technology. Parents now have many more ways to empower their disabled children to be the very best they can be in an environment that places little stress on the child. 

It’s all about facilitating an atmosphere where they can learn and grow and with the literal explosion of online degrees it is something that was never before possible. By exploring your options you are empowering your child to grow in the best way possible for him or her - and that’s what empowerment is all about after all. Empowering them to be their very best in the life they have been handed.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Business Ideas You Can Start with Kids

Do you want to start a business that will allow you to work with kids every day while also helping them run the show and acquire a strong work ethic? Then rest assured that there are many ways to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Business Ideas You Can Start with Kids


Check out some of the business ideas you can start with kids below, and remember that if you aren’t too confident in your abilities to run your own business, you can always attend an online school like Arizona State University to enroll in one of their many online business programs, such as their online bachelors in business.


Pet Sitting and Baby Sitting


Pet Sitting


The traditional job of baby sitting is still very popular amongst responsible teens today. You can start your own business with teens that like being around children, as well as pets, by organizing your own sitting business. As the kids acquire steady clients, they’ll gain more experience and be able to use that experience to grow their client base.


Social Media Consultation


Social Media Consultation


Fellow businesses want to know how to use the power of social media networks today, as it can be challenging to create pages that truly work at generating traffic and increasing conversions. You and your teen can work together to develop a business in which you can work with other small businesses and help them understand how to use social networks, blogs, etc. 

You may be surprised by how well companies pay when they want to access experts in this field. And if your teen is really good at it, they can even offer to not only consult, but also work as a social media manager, to generate an even higher income.


Open an Online Store

Open an Online Store

Do you know kids that have a special artistic talent? Perhaps they’re amazing painters or they can make beautiful jewelry that people want to purchase. Use those skills as an opportunity to open up an e-commerce shop that can be promoted online to generate sales. 

As long as you have the time to create the products, take high quality product photos, and write great product descriptions, you can put everything on your shop and then wait for the sales to come in. Of course, you’ll need to have a marketing plan in place, as well as a method for shipping, taking returns, and conducting customer service too.


Tutoring


Tutoring

If you know kids who love to share their knowledge with others and who are talented in a particular field, whether that’s English, math, science, or even playing a musical instrument, you can start a tutoring business. 

Many students want to learn outside of the classroom, and many students struggle to keep their grades up, so tutors are always in demand. The hourly rate could be quite high for this type of job, and as long as you do well, word of mouth will generate more clients.

These fun business ideas can be executed with the help of smart kids who want to enter the world of business and start working from a young age. Enjoy the process, as you never know just how successful you can be until you try.

Read Also: Don't Be a Dumb Online Shopper

Friday, June 17, 2016

5 Ways to Become a More Self-Reliant Parent

How to Be a More Self-Reliant Parent

When you become a parent, it’s great to get help from other people, but it’s also important to be able to stand on your own two feet. Starting a family is a life changing event so it’s important that you know how to be self-reliant when the time arises. Below are some of the best ways to do this.

Learn to Drive

Learning to drive is one of the most effective ways to become more independent. Unfortunately, many parents don’t know how to drive and feel isolated in their homes because of this. The best way to solve this problem is to start taking driving lessons and apply for a driving theory test. You can greatly improve your chances of passing your theory test and driving test by taking some mock tests in advance on the Top Tests' website.

Take an Online Course

If you are a parent who spends a lot of time at home, you can put this time to good use by taking an online course. Almost every course imaginable is now available online which means you don’t have to leave home or spend a lot of time at college.

5 Ways to Become a More Self-Reliant Parent

Work from Home

The internet has changed the way many people work and has opened up a wide range of employment opportunities for people who have a young family. It’s now possible to complete a full week’s work without ever leaving home.

Writing, accounting, graphic design, virtual assistant work and web design are just some of the home-based positions you can do from the comfort of your own home and still be able to take care of your child or children. Setting up a home based office is relatively easy to do and costs very little. The main things you will need include a computer or laptop, an area to work in and a broadband connection.

Use the Internet to its Full Potential

The internet is the most powerful communications tool ever invented and has the potential to change the lives of many parents. Social media websites, community websites and blogs contain millions of pages of useful information and records of interactions between parents and people who need parenting help.

As well as this, you can ask your own questions and get help directly from people who have more parenting knowledge and experience than you have. You can then put this knowledge and experience to good use when you are taking care of your own family.

How to Be a More Self-Reliant Parent

Don’t Depend Too Much On Other People

When you have a child, most parents are inundated with offers of help from family and friends. However, you should not depend too much on other people. If you feel you are losing control of the situation, kindly remind others that you will ask for help when you really need it.

When you become a parent, you need all the help you can get. However, it’s also vital to be independent too. The tips above are just some of the ways you can do this and not have to rely on family members and friends all of the time.

Monday, May 30, 2016

10 Tips to Handle Picky Eaters

Dealing With Picky Eaters


As parents there is nothing more important than the health of our kids. For some parents it’s as easy as making nutritious meals and serving them, however for most parents it can be a lot more complicated. Kids can be very fussy about the taste, texture and even the colour of their food, refusing to eat it.

10 Tips to Handle Picky Eaters

Picky eating can be an inconvenience but also very worrying for some parents. Fortunately, picky eating is usually just a stage that most kids will go through at some point as a kid. In addition, it doesn’t always have anything to do with the food at all. There is usually an underlying reason and it’s important to discover what is behind their fussiness.

Don’t force them

You cannot force your kids to do anything, especially eat and there is no point in trying. You are only going to stress yourself out more than is necessary. Do you remember as kids how you would have to finish everything on your plate before you could leave the table? M.D Adam Strauss offers a word of caution explaining how "when parents demand that their kids eat certain foods, they're attaching negative connotations to it. Pretty soon, the struggle is worse." You can offer your kids a range of nutritious foods but if they refuse to eat them try not to stress over it.

Get them involved


Dealing With Picky Eaters

Most picky eaters want control over what they are going to eat. Getting them involved in cooking and preparing the meals is an important part of dinnertime. This way they will more appreciative of the food and have a better understanding of the amount of time and effort that goes into preparing a meal. Once they have helped you prepare and cook the food, let them choose their portion size; within reason. Giving them control over their food and the portions will ensure that they are happy to eat all their food and not waste any.

Let them pick their foods

You can make eating fun and effortless by letting them pick their food from their very own fridge. A great tip for getting your picky eater to enjoy eating is by investing in bar fridges. A bar fridge is great for storing child approved snacks and prepared meals.

picky eaters

It’s not only a fun way to get your kids to eat it’s also a great way to save time. Pre-plan kiddie snacks and meals that they can choose themselves from their very own bar fridge. That way there is never any reason for them to go to the ‘adult fridge’.

Stick to a routine

When and where possible it’s important to stick to a routine. Kids thrive on consistency and that is why you should stick to a routine where you serve meals and snack around the same time every day. Keep their meals fun and interesting, you can serve a glass of milk or juice with their meals but only offer water between meals and snack time. If you allow your child to constantly snack or fill up on milk or juice throughout the day, it might decrease their appetite by the time dinner time comes around.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How Parents Can Control Kid's Internet Use [Infographic]

Most parents worry about the influence of the Internet on their children. An outright ban isn’t possible, of course, as the Internet is both educational as well as distracting.

New research, however, has found that compulsive Internet use can lower children’s performance in the classroom. A new study of 3000 parents by Stop Procrastinating, the website blocker, has found parents didn’t realize their children were browsing the Internet or using social media late at night when they should be sleeping.

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The parents found that their children were more irritable, had less concentration and were more tired in the classroom as a result.

Fortunately, the study found the best techniques and strategies the parents used to reduce the negative impacts of social media and the Internet on their children.

Parents suggested building up a trusting relationship with their children, so that they were able to have open conversations about the Internet without stress and confrontation, as well as setting boundaries. For instance, stopping children using digital devices an hour before they go to bed. Some parents also tried to make cutting down on internet use an enjoyable and fun challenge that their children could share and compete with their friends by creating a digital detox challenge week.

The survey also found that parents are more successful at cutting their children’s internet use if they work with other parents and the school. If all a group of friends are all treated in the same way they will feel less pressure to break the rules and get online when they shouldn’t.

The survey has been designed into an accessible infographic which details all the findings and help for parents who want to control and reduce their children’s internet use. You can view the infographic below:


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Courtesy of: Stop Procrastinating


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Play it Safe: Protect Your Children from Playground Injuries

We all want to make sure that our kids are safe especially when they are outdoors or in the playground. Today, we have a guest post from our friend who have already shared a valuable tip to us before about having a good relationship with our nanny. This time, we will get another helpful post from her about safety in the playground.

play it safe

For kids, playing at the playground can be one of the highlights of the day. To make sure they are safe and enjoy the visit, here are a few simple guidelines to follow. Parents or caregivers should check park and school playground equipment for safety and scan the play area for hazards. Children should play in age-appropriate areas of the playground and always be supervised. The right clothing should also be worn, along with closed-toe shoes.

The first thing a careful caregiver can do is look around and make sure the area is safe. Check that the playground equipment is well-maintained. Children's playground equipment should have no missing pieces, sharp corners or splinters on wooden surfaces. It's also a good idea to look at the surrounding area, just to make sure there are no hazards like broken glass or anything a child should not be playing with. Rocks and tree stumps may also pose tripping hazards.
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The surface under play equipment for children should be pea gravel, sand, mulch, wood chips or shredded rubber. Sometimes, the ground under swings and slides is covered with a rubberized mat. The surfacing should extend at least six feet past all play equipment. According to the National Program for Playground Safety, the four things that contribute the most to a safe playground space are:

- Supervision of children
- Age-appropriate play spaces
- Cushioned surfaces
- Well-maintained equipment

See-saws should not hit the ground and should be inspected for parts that can pinch little hands. Make sure that swings have enough room in front and back and aren't too close together, and especially check to ensure that they are properly anchored. Good swing seats are made of strong but lightweight materials such as canvas, rubber or plastic. Walls or fences should always be at least six feet from the swings.


kids safety

A playground slide should have features that encourage kids to sit down and slide, like a covered area at the top or guardrails over the platform. Metal slides can get very hot in the sun, and slides should ideally be located in the shade. Either way, be sure to check the surface temperature before letting your child slide.

Children need to be supervised, especially on a playground with other kids. Making sure that everyone takes a turn can prevent a pile-up on the ladder to the slide or at the merry-go-round. Also, check to make sure that any jackets with drawstrings are removed, as this is a choking hazard. For safety, play jewelry and scarves are not needed on the playground either. Clothing should be loose enough to not restrict movement, and closed-toe shoes like sneakers are best.

According to the National Safety Council, 80 percent of all playground injuries are related to falls. Surfaces that are 30 inches or higher should have guardrails, and openings between bars should be either less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches apart, to prevent children from getting their heads stuck. Supervision is especially important at the monkey bars, or overhead ladder.

playground kids safety

A good playground should have a specific area for children under five to play. For safety, older children shouldn't play in their space. Bucket seats are for toddlers and infants old enough to hold their heads up. All toddler play surfaces should be firm and level for beginning walkers.

Alert adult supervision is the best safety feature a playground can have. If there are any safety concerns, be sure and report them to the park district or facility that is responsible for the playground. Designing and building a playground are only the first steps. After that, maintenance and upkeep will allow the play area to continue to be a safe, enjoyable place to bring your kids.


About the Writer

This post is written by Sally is a working woman and a mother of 2 kids (currently 10 and 8), living in a suburb of Brisbane. As mom, she learn so much about providing healthier and happier lifestyle for her kids. You can find more of her articles being featured on www.mouthsofmums.com.au.

Images provided by Sally.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Children and Imaginary Friends

The subject of imaginary friends is one that tends to confuse and confound most parents. It can be baffling to see your child playing with a friend that is invisible and even has their own backstory. If you want to know more details and make some research you'll be able to find the books you need in Kohl's at an affordable price with the use of Discountrue coupons, but know that studies have shown that imaginary friends are no longer a cause for concern. Research proves that such kids are actually ahead of their peers when it comes to their social development. Why are children who invent imaginary friends to play with so far advanced?

Children and Imaginary Friends

As opposed to the old ways of thinking, when parents viewed imaginary friends as a warning sign that their child would become socially inept, we now know that the prevailing wisdom is not necessarily true. Instead of being seen as a way to withdraw from the world and deal with stress, imaginary friends are seen as a chance for children to boost their social skills.

A recent study that was conducted by La Trobe University in Melbourne discovered that children who are between the ages of three to six benefit greatly from the presence of an imaginary friend. Playing in this way is wonderful for a child's creativity, as well as their language skills. It has been proven that these children use far more complex sentence structures than their counterparts, have a vast and varied vocabulary and encounter less problems getting along with their classmates.

kids imaginary friends

The explanation for this phenomenon is actually quite simple. A child who has an imaginary friend develops crucial experience in taking up both sides of a hypothetical conversation. They can play a variety of different roles, think in an abstract manner, and come up with original ideas rather easily.

The areas of the brain that allow for imaginary friends are the regions that tap into some of our most advanced thinking. Studies show that any sort of imaginary play is great for a child's overall development, which is why parents shouldn't become hung up on made-up friends. Children need healthy amounts of creativity and encouragement to reach their true potential and their guardians should provide them with the space that they need to explore. Discouraging a child from having imaginary friends may only serve to impede their social and personal growth.

Don't micromanage a child's schedule as a means of keeping them from having imaginary friends. They need the support of their parents when it comes to directing their own play. So be sure to take a step back and watch the show. When your child is using their mental capacity to invent an imaginary friend, they are laying the groundwork for the continued building of brainpower!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Teach Your Kids to Pray Anytime, Anywhere

At an early age, it is important that kids get to know about God. This way, they will grow up knowing that there is a Supreme being who made them and they will be more mindful of their actions because they know that God is watching them. Aside from that, they will also be aware that God will take care of them and that he listens to their prayers.

Yes, the only way to talk to God is through prayers. It is best that our kids will learn the value of prayer while they are still young. In our family, we are trained to pray since childhood. We pray together before meals and before going to sleep.

But sometimes, we have to do it alone especially when eating in public areas or when we need to ask God for something personal. When we pray, we recognize the fact that we depend on God to help us with our lives. Also, we are cultivating our relationship with God by talking to Him through prayers. It is similar to constantly communicating with friends in order to establish a good relationship.

Teach Your Kids to Pray Anytime, Anywhere

There are different kinds of prayers- prayer of thanksgiving, supplication, petition, and prayer of praise. Prayer of thanksgiving refers to how we express our gratitude for the food we eat, for the protection and guidance as well as the blessings we receive. One would pray with supplication when he is asking for something from God like to provide food and others. When one prays for petition, he is requesting something important like passing an exam or help a family member heal from a certain sickness. The prayer of praise will allow us to express our faith to God.

Whatever kind of prayer you do, what is important is that you say it from the heart. You do not have to utter the same prayers over and over again. Say what you want to say because God listens.

pray quotes


Bella prays on her own and I am touched by how she really express herself through prayers. If she is in pain, she will pray, "Please make my feet okay" or if she want something, she would ask for it on her prayers, even if it is a toy.

One time, I reprimanded her and she was crying. When she asked for forgiveness, I hugged her and said it was okay. On her prayer, she said, "Thank you that Mommy and I are already friends." That tugged heart strings!

She even prays for her Daddy who is having some problems saying, "Please let Daddy be okay." But there are also funny things she would say like "Thank you for letting me play my game" or "I hope I can watch YouTube on my iPad tomorrow" and even "I hope we will download Minecraft, Red Ball and fun apps." LOL! Well, we can't blame my four-year old because that is what she is thinking of.

The good thing is, she knows she can express herself through prayers.

Yes, we can say ANYTHING we want to say to God. Anyway, He can see what we are doing and He can look into our hearts. He knows what our hearts desires are but we need to pray for that.



Also, we can pray ANYTIME we want and ANYWHERE we are. God will listen to our prayers whatever is the situation. If we are asking for something and we can't get it now, do not feel bad because God knows the right time and when you pray, always remember that it is God's will that is important because it will always be for our goodness sake.

How about you? Do you teach your kids to pray? At what age did you start teaching them to pray?