• Reading With Children Is Good For Long Term Learning

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    February 28, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    Opening up a colorful picture book and reading with your toddler might just seem like a fun, easy way to spend time together and entertain your little one. However, the bright, simple picture books you read to your child today are paving the way for the novels and textbooks of the future. Reading with young children is not just beneficial in the moment, but also offers a long-term advantage in the classroom and beyond. Research carried out by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2011 showed that when parents read to their toddlers, the children still carried the benefits at 15 years old. These teenagers were ahead of their peers in reading skills, showing that parents who read to their toddlers were also likely to see their children bring home excellent report cards in high school. Children learn most effectively and quickly early in life. So if you get them reading early, the results will be exponential. Once you get a child reading, the hardest part will be to get them to do anything else!

    Reading is an essential cornerstone of learning. Whether from the printed word in books or from information accessed online, reading is a skill that comes into constant play throughout the average person’s day. When a child enters the classroom, reading becomes even more important. Not only do children learn important information by reading, enabling them to fulfill homework requirements more easily and accurately, they also have the means to learn about different cultures and expose themselves to different mindsets and opinions. By opening their minds to new ideas, children can become more discerning and flexible thinkers. In addition, reading and listening to narratives gives children better problem-solving skills and helps them think critically.

    When you read with your child, you create positive associations with reading, meaning that your child is more likely to see reading as something fun and beneficial instead of an unwanted chore. It also improves their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading speed. The combination of these benefits will serve them well as they become students and professionals later in life.

    A child who loves to read will find it brings them endless enjoyment, as there are endless books to read. Reading is also a low cost hobby as public libraries, book swaps, and used book stores provide free or cheap access to books. There is also endless web content that is free as well. There are many skills an concepts that can be learned for free If someone only puts in the time to read up on the subject.

    All these skills work together to contribute to a thoughtful, informed student. When it comes to a love of learning, reading early and often is one of the best ways to ensure a bright academic future. So read to your child early, and encourage them to read on their own and discover adventures and endless knowledge and information.

  • Thinking About Having An Elderly Parent Move In

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    February 24, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    It can be a win-win situation for those families that have planned it out and whose family dynamic lends itself to cohabitating, but it can be a shocking surprise for those who don’t think it through.

    Here are some key things to consider before calling the realtor:

    How important is privacy? Does your home lend itself to having each person having their own space, e.g. are there separate entrance ways? Bathrooms? Sitting areas? Are you all right with the extended family, like brothers and sisters, knowing what is going on in your home? Where you controlled the information you put out there before, when Mom or Dad is there, they may not be as judicious about sharing.

    How are you going to handle the finances? Do you expect your parent to assist with rent or utilities? If there are modifications that have to be made to your home, will that come out of the sale or rental of their house? Many families get into the arrangement thinking that their current environment will do, until they realize that changes have to be made to make it livable for the longer term.

    Have you discussed how much you want to interact? There’s a big difference between having someone take part in your life when asked, versus always being there. What if friends come over for dinner? Do you expect Mom and Dad to participate, or do you want them to eat early and retire to their living room? Talking about those things beforehand can reduce a tremendous amount of awkwardness later on.

    What is the plan when their health starts to decline? No one likes to think about it, especially if Mom or Dad is currently in good health. But unfortunately it doesn’t stay like that forever, and it’s much easier to discuss the next steps when they are healthy. Families need to think about whether they will continue to live at home with home health care, or move to a place that would provide that level of care, like an assisted living facility.

    Having your parents move in with you can be an incredibly rewarding experience especially when you have children that can spend time with their grandparents. But it’s a big commitment and it doesn’t work for everyone. You want to discuss all this up front, and be honest with yourself. You don’t want to remember after everyone is moved and settled in, why you went to college three thousand miles away from your parents.

  • What Elements Make Up A Good Childrens Book

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    February 23, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    With so many children’s books to choose from, it can feel overwhelming to head to the bookstore or pay a visit to the library. To make reading more enjoyable and educational, it is important to look for the elements that are usually found in the very best children’s books. By learning what makes a good childrens book, you can know how to select them for your own child in order to maximize their benefit and enjoyment of their reading experience.

    Depending on the target age range and reading level, many books for younger children or middle school children feature illustrations. Especially for children who cannot yet read independently, the illustrations are not just fun to look at, they also help the child understand the story. Look for books with interesting, distinctive pictures that capture your child’s attention and spark the imagination. For some children, this may be realistic watercolors, while others may prefer stylized cartoons. Exposing your child to new artistic styles can also help expand his or her horizons. Children can learn to interpret scenes and understand emotions or relationships by viewing these illustrations.

    The best children’s books feature strong, interesting writing. Instead of condescending to kids or being geared towards adult tastes, these books show that the author has experience with the types of language and stories that children truly respond to. If the book tackles serious subjects, it should do so in a respectful and age appropriate way. The vocabulary is varied enough for children to learn some new words, but also familiar enough to help them feel confident. Overburdening children with unfamiliar vocabulary can cause them to disengage from the story and may turn them off of reading completely.

    A good children’s book will tell an interesting story. Kids respond well to plots that move along at a good pace and keep the reader guessing. The characters should be easy to relate to, whether they are funny, smart, goofy, or thoughtful. This is especially true of the main character. When a child can see aspects of himself or herself in a protagonist, it makes the book more engaging.

    If the book has a message or moral, it should be subtle and not overly forceful or preachy. The moral or lesson should emerge naturally from the plot and character interactions. To ensure that a book contains appropriate moral content, parents should read the entire book before giving it to their children. Doing this will ensure that the book meets the parents standards and ideals that they want their children to learn.

    Some parents may prefer to choose books that have won awards and honors, or books known as classics. While these can definitely be good guidelines, you should also feel free to explore new or lesser known books, exposing your child to the wide, varied world of literature. There are many good books out there but there are many more bad ones, so choose carefully and your children will thank you.

  • Kids and Contagious Skin Rashes What Can They Catch

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    February 15, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    Kids can scare you when they come home from school and tell you that the kid sitting next to them had this ugly rash all over their arm and was scratching all during class. Your mind can also just envision what happens when you child shares pencils, plays during recess and crowds with other kids around the teacher.

    Not every rash is contagious fortunately. Allergic rashes aren’t. Eczema is not contagious. However, there are other ones that can be communicated easily between kids. Some of these include chicken pox, measles, scabies, impetigo and roseola.

    Measles ia very contagious and shows red marks on the face, a body rash, fever and possible infections of the ear. Even if your child doesn’t show symptoms within a few days, it doesn’t mean he is in the clear. He may show symptoms a week or ten days later. It can be spread by the air through coughing as well as via touch. Kids are advised to stay home during the illness and to not be near others. Fevers can get very high and vaccination is important.

    Another rash that is common is called impetigo. This is often spread around camps as well as at schools. There is a bacterial problem that infects the skin. Some people will have it on their face and others can have it on the arms and other parts of the body. Kids like to peel them, but there can be pus and this may make the rash spread around one’s own body. For mild cases an antibiotic cream can work, but for other cases, an oral antibiotic is necessary. When my nephew caught impetigo at his bunk at camp he was given initially a cream antibiotic but it didn’t do the trick. They prescribed an oral antibiotic to clear it up. It’s important to teach kids to use hand sanitizers and many do better with a hand spray or gel rather than running to a sink.

    Roseola is another rash kids get and it can take 2 weeks to appear. Scabies is a rash that can take four weeks to appear so it’s important to be aware that it can take a while for certain rashes to be detected. When a child gets roseola they’ll get a fever and the marks on the body can be either flat or have texture to them. Fortunately, most kids with this rash aren’t itchy. Try to keep the fever down with over the counter medications. Due to the contagious nature, it’s important to keep your child in isolation from other kids during the symptoms phase.

    Rashes are complicated and can indicate a viral infection, bacterial infection, fungal issue, insect origin or be due to allergies.

    Learn more about Toddler Eczema and other common Itchy Skin Rashes

  • Divorce Law Factors That Determine Child Support

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    February 12, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    The amount owed for child support by the non-custodial parent is determined the state. Therefore, each state has their own guidelines for this matter. Gross income or net income could be used in the formula for calculating child support. Either net income or gross income is used as a part of their formula. Typically, an important element in most cases is the percentage of income that each parent was able to put into the marriage.

    If a parent receives non-wage benefits from their employer, then it could be considered income. An example for instance is having access to a company car to do business.

    If the parent ordered to pay child support is already paying support for previous divorce, then typically that amount will be deducted from their income. This is assuming that the support payments were organized in court, and not in an uncontested divorce where an arrangement was made between the two spouses. Also included is the child’s health insurance costs. Should any out of pocket medical expenses incur, then more child support could be added.

    If the child has any special needs, then this may increase child support as well. For instance, if he or she is handicapped, is gifted, or needs special education, then the basic support would call for covering at least a portion of these expenses. Visitation expenses are generally divided between the two parents.

    The more time the non-custodial parent gets to spend with their children, the more child support he or she will have to pay. In situations of extensive visitation or shared custody, the amount paid will be less.

    The state’s guidelines ultimately dictate how much child support is awarded. However, this amount could be decreased or increased if extenuating circumstances are in place. A judicial determination will have to be made in this regard in order to overrule the guidelines.

    Can the terms of an existing child support change? The answer is yes, assuming that the two parents can agree to the modifications. Though, the judge will have to approve the modifications before they can become official. If only one parent wants changes, then a hearing in court will take place. Here, an argument can be made as to why the terms should be altered. Typically, the courts won’t allow for changes to occur unless something rather substantial has taken place. For instance, if for one reason or another you couldn’t afford to make the payments, then it might change. On the other hand, if your pay increases because you got a better job, your payments could increase.

  • Outodoor Game For Kids To Play In The Woods

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    February 12, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    Camouflage and Outdoor Games for Kids

    Kids love hide and seek but why not try to make hide and seek a little more fun and grown up with some Camouflage Games. As most kids love to dress up it is easy to get the kids enthusiastic about this sort of game. So here are some tips to make these games a success.

    Wear muted colours withno bold outlines or logos
    Disguise faces. The shape of a face can really stand out.
    Use mud or facepaints to blur your shape or wear a cap or hat.
    Try to adopt a shape that blends in with surrounding features.
    It is important to move quietly and slowly without sudden jerks.
    If you are looking for wildlife you need to make sure if you
    approach from downwind as most animals rely heavily on their
    sense of smell.
    To make your own camouflage use an old rug, sacking, or garden
    netting.

    Out Door Games to Play in the Countryside

    The following games are great for playing in open woodland in the countryside.

    Wildlife Spotting

    Everyone finds a spot to sit comfortably and quietly to watch,wait and listen. Bring some breadcrumbs or bird seed and scatter them twenty yards away from your lair. Then just wait and watch and listen.

    Look for Something Unusual

    Divide up over a small area and look for something unusual or of interest. It maybe a stone, a spiders web, a footprint, a nest, an ant hill. Allow five or ten minutes depending on the childrens age and then each one in turn shows the rest of the group what they have found.

    Capturing the Enemy

    Divide into two teams. each team has a base. The idea is for each team to try and creep up on the others team and take their base.

    For smaller groups and/or younger children have just one base guarded by an adult. The rest of the party have to try and creep unseen and storm the base.

    Manhunt

    Again two teams or a couple of people selected as seekers. The hiders go and hide making use of their camouflage while the seekers have to spot them. Once spotted they are either out or they have to make it back to base without being caught.

  • Childrens Flannel Duvet Covers The Best in Childrens Bedding

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    February 11, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    Are you a parent looking for childrens flannel duvet covers? Your best bet is to shop at online bedding stores to find exactly what you need. When you shop online, you will find a range of duvet covers in a variety of colors and styles. Remember that duvet covers for children should be both functional and fun. Look for 100% cotton duvet covers that are machine washable and durable enough to handle not only everyday wear and tear but also frequent laundering. Patterned duvet covers that are fully reversible to a solid color will allow you to extend time between washings. With high quality, machine washable childrens duvet covers, you and your child can enjoy the best in childrens bedding without the expense and hassle of frequent dry cleaning.

    Best of all, when you shop online, you will find many affordable childrens flannel duvet covers. Consider buying at least two or three duvet covers in different styles, colors, and patterns. Changing a duvet cover is an easy way of changing your childs bedroom dcor. With more than one duvet cover on hand, you can switch covers as frequently as you and child want. If your child is bored with his Pirate Map duvet cover, it takes only minutes to remove it and replace it with a Jurassic Dinosaur cover. Doing so will provide your childs room and your childs disposition with an instant makeover.

    Duvet covers not only keep your child warm at night but can also kindle the imagination. With quality childrens flannel duvet covers, your child can show off his or her unique personality through the duvet cover of his or her choice. It will be a lot easier to get your child to go to bed at the end of the day if he or she loves the pattern on his or her duvet cover.

    There are childrens flannel duvet covers available online for boys and girls of all ages. Young girls tend to love pastel pink covers in shades such as Tickled Pink and Quilt Pink, while boys gravitate toward the blues of BeBop Turquoise and the neon greens of Rain Forest Frogs. As children get older, they may opt for duvet covers with more serious colors and themes. Duvet covers are a great way to nurture your childs curiosity and interests. Soccer World and Old Ball Game duvet covers are perfect choices for a young athlete, while the budding zoologist will love curling up under a Java Giraffe or African Safari duvet.

  • Effects Of Single Parenting

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    February 8, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    There is no denying the fact that single parenting is becoming more common today than at any time in the past and this may have to do with more time on the hands of parents, and their better economic situations. As people become financially more independent there is sure to be a corresponding loss of dependence on other people. This trend has extended even into the domain of parenting. However, the effects of single parenting are evidently not as dark and foreboding as one would imagine as the child or children can adjust to their particular situation without any serious and negative effects.

    Nevertheless, studies do show a trend that the effects of single parenting can cause children to become maladjusted, and are at greater risk of having social and psychological behavioral problems. Even so, one must remember that the effects of single parenting due to divorce must be separated from those effects resulting from the divorce itself. To lessen the ill effects of single parenting, parents need to behave normally and maturely and thus minimize damage in the minds and hearts of their children. Some of the common effects of single parenting that are generally noticed in children include being stressed about finances, feeling isolated and uncared for, and also needing greater amount of support emotionally. It is also not necessary that these effects of single parenting are a direct consequence of divorce because they can also percolate down from parent to child through the parents behavior.

    Probably the biggest scar that is left on the child of single parents is not having a healthy and strong emotional bond with the parent because there is one less parent around with whom to interact with. Single parents may also be busy with their working life and thus with just one parent the effects of single parenting will manifest them in reduced contact with parents, and consequently one less shoulder on which to cry on, or a missing helping hand in times of stress and disturbance.

    With one parent around, there is not much security for the child who in any case is most hungry for that very feeling with which to survive and grow strong. However, all is not dark and negative for the child as there is also a silver lining to the dark clouds because one of the positive effects of single parenting is that children can learn to become more independent and self sufficient with just one parent around them. Necessity as they say is the mother of all invention. And, effects of single parenting are not just confined to only the child, but ramifications are felt in the parents as well. Thus, it is necessary that single parents and the child learn to develop stronger bonds and thus not feel the loneliness and despair of missing a vital cog in the family machine.

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  • Child custody Lawyer Las Vegas – Your lawyer friendly lawyer

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    February 5, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    In Las Vegas, Child custody lawyer is considered when 2 people are not agreeing completely and the court would come in. Once the case goes to court, it would take a longer time. The court is obligated for both the parties arguments and can determine the final solution. Usually Child custody is very heated debate that can get extremely sour between two parties. If one goes for a divorce then one should ensure he also hires a child custody lawyer Las Vegas to avoid more problems in the future. In USA, research has shown that 50% of the marriages would end in divorce. In case one is going through turbulent times and are planning to file for divorce then custody of the child should be the first thing, one needs to be worried about. With an experienced attorney would help to make your divorce process easy and the child custody lawyer will guide and help and avoid some common mistakes people would make. >

    Process of divorce is very easy, especially so when there are children involved. In Las Vegas an experienced child custody attorney ensures that the custody agreement with the spouse is fair to the people and also with the kids. The attorney also ensures that the child support payments are very fair. In divorce case the issue of the child custody is one of the major proceedings that are involved. The matter is who shall get the custody of the kids. The matter is very sensitive when it comes to child custody issues. Therefore it is recommended to hire an efficient child custody attorney in Las Vegas.

    Laws related to child custody in Las Vegas are quite similar to the laws in any other state in America. The child custody lawyer Las Vegas decides on child custody keeping his or her best interest in mind. There are other factors to be considered like the parents desire, the relationship of child with the parent etc. In addition, the child adjustment to his school, home or community is also taken into consideration before arriving at a particular decision. It would be in the best interest to engage a child custody attorney as soon as possible; it is understood that time is a very important factor in analyzing and preparing the case for a child custody. The bottom line is that even though divorce process is a trying time for both the parents; however to avoid more stress and trouble, one has to plan every step.

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  • The Diseases You Are Destined to Inherit From Your Parents

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    February 1, 2017 /  Parents and Kids, Uncategorized

    Children and parents always have many similarities, such as body tall-short, body fat-thin, color of skin … These are all related to heredity. At the same time, many diseases are closely associated with genetic. What diseases are most likely to be inherited?

    1. High cholesterol and high blood pressure: If one of the parents has high blood lipids or blood pressure, the child’s risk of illness is about 50%; if parents both suffer from high cholesterol or high blood pressure, then the child’s risk to suffer will reach 75%, which is enough for us to see the heredity of such a cardiovascular disease is very high. In addition, if any of the grandparents suffer from heart disease, the child’s risk of disease will also be very high.

    2. Allergy and asthma: If one of the parent has allergic constitution, or is allergic to certain things, such as seafood, pollen, etc., then the child could easily be troubled by those allergic diseases. Genetic risk can reach 30% to 50%. Especially asthma, genetic probability is about 80%.

    3. Diabetes: diabetes has the susceptibility of family heredity. Survey showed that the incidence of diabetes patients’ patients is 17 times as higher than non- diabetes patients’ relatives. The genetic predisposition of type ?diabetic patients is more obvious than type?diabetes patients.

    4. Rhinitis: Many nose diseases have come from heredity. The most common such as allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, these three have a family genetic tendency. According to statistics, if one of the parent suffers from allergic rhinitis, 1/3 children their next generation will suffer from this disease; if parents both suffer allergic rhinitis, the possibility of their next generation suffering this disease is up to 2/3.

    5. Obesity: If the weight of the couple exceed, then the possibility of their children to become fat is 53%; if only one of them is obese, the probability of their children to be obese will decline to 40%.

    6. Cancer: Tumors that are closely related to heredity can be divided into two categories: the first is hereditary tumors completely determined by the genes; the other is the so-called -cancer quality- hereditary cancer that is not found genetic material basis but obvious genetic predisposition.

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