Organizational skills for visual spatial learners

Most, if not all, visuospatial learners (VSL) are accused of being hopelessly disorganized. However, in my experience, these right-hemisphere students (think “distracted teachers”) can actually find a needle in a haystack. My son, Matt, for example, whose room on any given day can look like multiple tornadoes have hit, never ceases to amaze me with his ability to locate the perfect piece of LEGOTM I was looking for.

It is important to note in the illustration above that, as long as each person is able to find precisely what they need, in a reasonable amount of time, neither method of organization of one is better than the other. This is an area where, “to each his own” is the rule. If someone (probably a teacher or parent) forced the child on the right to “organize” in the way that the child on the left did, they will probably never find another document again. Your new system, or structure, of organization would be completely foreign to you and you would not be able to imagine, or see, where your belongings were.

Organizing many VSLs is an obstacle. If your visual-spatial kids discover that they are losing important paperwork (like homework!), Toys, or money, they need to start developing and implementing some organizational system. However, the new method must be yours. It just won’t work trying to organize under someone else’s system (like a parent’s). If you think green binders are appropriate for all science work, for example, but green doesn’t make sense to your kids when connecting jobs to science, then they can’t use that system. They must create their own meaningful strategies that they can understand and remember. Here’s how to help them get started:

Be sure to visit office supply stores and other places that carry a variety of products designed to help with organization. Color-coded envelopes, files, and pocket folders are perfect for storing specific papers. The colored cards are a great tool for taking notes, and the use of a day timer or a Palm Pilot to record due dates and appointments are all tools available to the visual-spatial learner. Have you ever wondered why so many organizational products have come onto the market in recent years? These must be the inventions of the visual-spatial among us to help themselves and others like them.

Linda Leviton, a visual-spatial resource access team member and visual-spatial learner, writes:

VSLs are horizontal or vertical organizers … if they are horizontal, they need a long table (preferably not deep) to take out (and leave out) the work in progress. If they are vertical, they need places to create piles. I bought one of those cubicle paper sorters and I have it next to my computer (with labels for each section) and this is how I do it. (L. Leviton, personal communication, May 31, 2004)

When we studied at home, each of my children used a Teacher’s Planner to record their daily assignments. In fact, tasks from different subjects were sometimes recorded in different colors. There are several varieties of planners available, including those that show a week at a glance or a month at a glance. You can find them at local teacher supply stores. Encourage your children to choose one that offers enough space to write or draw important notes about due dates, expectations, assignment details, and other appointments. We also used these planners as checklists, which contributed to my children’s sense of accomplishment as they crossed off each task.

Linda Leviton also advised:

As for school work, I have a word for you … pockets. Forget folders and poking holes in things. They need something they can put papers in, and if you color-code the pockets, you have a better chance that the correct paper will go into the correct pocket. My preference is a folder with each class that has its own colored pockets (one on the front and one on the back) … the front is for current work or something to hand in, the back is for reference or previous work. Just don’t expect them to poke holes or get papers in sections that involve opening or closing something; Stuffing is what they do best! (L. Leviton, personal communication, May 31, 2004)

Matt’s personal method of making sure he remembers to bring his homework folder, lunch box, and bottle of water to school every day is to stack them all in place on the kitchen table. Then when you finish eating breakfast, you immediately take everything to the car. The few times you left one of those items somewhere other than the kitchen table, it didn’t make it to school.

Another tip for organizing visual-spatial children and helping them stay that way is to try to keep a consistent schedule from week to week. I know it’s really tough these days with so many competitive family schedules and extracurricular activities to choose from, but consistency should help your family organize and stay. Knowing that every Tuesday afternoon they have sports practice or that every Friday afternoon a lesson with a musical instrument, followed by homework, chores, dinner, television or computer time, can help you plan your day accordingly and find time for everything you need to do. .

A large calendar to record each family member’s schedule is also helpful. Use it to show everyone’s commitments, from sports practices to work schedules, field trips to long-term assignments, vacations, and other days off. I found that encouraging my kids to record assignment due dates three or four days before the actual due date has really helped avoid last minute nights. The additional built-in time leaves room for editing, project reviews, etc. and a more relaxed approach to the deadline. Having a master calendar also allows visual-spatial students (notoriously known for having a tremendous sense of space but a lack of sense of time) to see how far until Christmas, the last day of school, their birthday, or other events they are anticipating.

Teach your kids to use the computer to get organized! There are a number of programs that include calendars, ways to notify you of due dates (in advance), and can create memo files on certain assignments. They are likely to use and depend on a personal computer for the rest of their lives. Introduce them to the computer products that are available to help them organize their schoolwork and family life.

There are certain traps for visual-spatial children, traps their brains love to get caught almost unintentionally. The traps, specifically, are the computer and television. Due to the use of visual images, the right hemisphere is very attracted (some might argue that it is addicted?) To these boxes of entertainment. Consider creating a specific time during the day or week for computer and television use. If this is built into the family schedule, it is easier to understand why Mom enforces homework time at a certain time and does not allow the procrastination or distraction of television or the computer to become an argument. We use a timer in our home to eliminate conflicts over when the computer game or television program started. The timer is not arbitrary. The bell rings, the shift is over.

“A place for everything and everything in its place”: It is not an easy trick for visual-spatial children, but a technique that will last a lifetime. I rarely lose my car keys because they go to the exact same place every time I drive home. We have a small shelf reserved for library books only, so when the expiration date comes around, we won’t have to struggle to find them. I think it is important for children to keep their rooms as they would like, but they should be able to locate their clothing, sports equipment and other items in a reasonable amount of time. In our house, we also insist that there is no food in the bedroom (yuck!) And that there is a clear path from the door to the headboard in case we have to go to them at night; There have been too many episodes of nudity. feet into counting toys! Inexpensive containers, including shoe boxes and plastic food containers, are great accessories for sorting small toys. We keep a full closet exclusively for construction toys.

Advanced preparation is essential. Have your kids pack backpacks and lunch boxes the night before. Sometimes we even charge the car the night before to try to eliminate the morning hassles. The clothes for the next day should be selected the night before, Matt places his on the edge of the bed. Where we live, the climate changes frequently and without warning so we keep the car ready with extra light vests, sometimes a complete change of clothes and, always, snacks.

With a little practice and trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t, your visual-spatial kids can probably get organized and stay that way!

© Copyright Alexandra Shires Golon (2004). De Golon, AS, RaisingTopsy-Turvy Kids: Successful Raising Your Visual-Spatial Child, Denver (2004): DeLeon Publishing.

Self Defense For Women And Teens At The Mall: Use Secret Common Items

I gathered some common items that you can find around your home, your vacation spot, or that you can carry in your purse or on your person that you can use as a weapon to defend yourself from an attacker. Before we start discussing these common items as weapons, I’ll teach you a basic stance and block. For the pose, spread your legs about hip-width apart and bend your legs for better balance. Tuck your tailbone under you, rolling your lower hips and pelvic bone forward. That way, he won’t be able to knock you down so easily. A block is when you stop someone’s punch or punch. Whenever you grip an item with one hand, with the other arm and fist, you will hold your arm and fist protectively covering your head and face. When you strike, you will keep your hand and fist raised. Your arm is straight and not bent.

There are several reasons for maintaining a protective locking arm. The first is psychological. An attacker seeks to intimidate you quickly. He also looks for an easy goal to get what he wants quickly. When you’re in a defensive posture, you might immediately think twice because you don’t seem like an easy and helpless target. The second reason is that you are actually covering your face and head from their view. You’re blocking his view of where to hit you first. But you can see it under your arm. You have an advantage. The other more critical reason is that you could strike first with everything you have. A block will deflect much of the power of the blow. It is better to injure the arm than the head or face. A locking arm can also be used to push it back.

If you hit it hard enough at a vulnerable spot, it could fall forward and hit you head or body directly. It’s best that he makes contact with your blocking arm rather than your head, and he won’t be able to catch you as he falls. The other reason, if he has a gun, he will attack your head first, because he thinks it is the fastest way to intimidate you and gain control. If he hits you on the head with something hard, you will be stunned. Use your arm to block early on and you’ll have a better chance of defending yourself. Lastly, a blocking arm can immediately turn into a hit.

Here are some common items that can be used as a weapon: A purse or purse that could include a backpack, gold Messenger bag, cell phone, hair brushaerosol spray bottle, pencil, small umbrella, heel of your shoe, Newspaper gold magazine to be rolled up.

We are going to review all of these elements to teach you how to use these common elements to your advantage against an attacker. I would also like you to point out that an important weapon is missing, and that it is deliberately missing, and it is KNIVES. The reason for this is very simple. It’s about a obvious Dangerous weapon that your attacker will definitely use against you if he gets the chance. So, I want to show you how to use common items that your attacker will not suspect as weapons and that can hurt him. A knife or any weapon is absolutely the last resort of defense!

You don’t want to give your attacker any ideas, or deadly weapons, that could turn against you. Bringing a knife to any confrontation increases a confrontation to a possible deadly fight. Frankly, you don’t want to survive a horrible attempted sexual assault or violent assault and then have a heartbreaking legal battle to defend your choice to use a knife. If you kill a man with a knife, the court may not see it as self-defense. If you knocked out a man with a bowl from your cabinet, they definitely view it as self-defense.

I know it sounds a bit crazy, but this is how the legal system can view the use of a deadly weapon like a knife or a pistol. It is the last resort.

So let’s get started now. A heavy purse or purse will be a very effective weapon. The area that a bag will hit is the groin or nose. Push or hit the bag right between your legs. If you can do it multiple times, do it as hard as you can. If you have long straps, you have to grip the bag very close to the bag, because its straps can break and then you will lose your purse or purse and all the contents in it. If it’s a heavy bag, it can be a bit difficult to handle. You will maneuver the bag between you and him, in a defense block. This is what I would do to get started.

If you have the crossbody bag, if you have it slung over one shoulder, it would maneuver in front of you, don’t waste time grabbing it from your shoulder. If he’s trying to hit you you can grab the bag and hit him hard on the nose, this is a great block. Also, if he comes at you with a more deadly weapon, which could pierce your skin or stab you, you can put your bag between him and your body to protect yourself from the weapon. It is better for a knife or sharp weapon to hit your bag rather than pierce a vital organ or cause serious damage. You can do this with a few different types of bags, purses, or backpacks.

A cell phone. Obviously, one of the best aids a phone gives you is your ability to call for help. However, you should keep in mind that you can use it as an effective weapon. It is tough, durable, and compact. You have it at home, and usually on your person or in your bag. You are going to take it in your hand as if you were holding a bottle of water and you are going to hit hard in the attacker’s groin, right between his legs.

Turn hard toward your groin. If you can hit it multiple times, aim for the groin, over and over again. Hey, guess what you can always get with a new phone! If attacking from behind, lower phone and place on groin. Even though he can attack you from behind, you will still have your arm raised in a defensive block. At one point he may be attacking from the back and a moment later, he is attacking from the front, so keep your blocking arm, it’s still up and ready. If you need a follow-up hit, your blocking arm is ready to hit.

Also, if it’s in front of you, and it’s too tight and you don’t have room to swing it, hold the phone with both hands by the ends if you can and place it directly on his nose. Hit it a few times if you can handle it. Hit him hard on the eardrum. If you hold the phone in one hand, the other arm raises up like a locking arm. The last resort is to land a direct shot to the side of your head in the (temple area). That will hurt. If you still have your phone after all that and it’s still working, put it away while you run and call for help.

My next article is a hairbrush. Brushes come in many sizes and shapes, some with handles and some without. If you can grasp a brush without too much difficulty the brush would make a great weapon, one with a handle can be easy to grasp. It can hit you in the groin, nose, kneecap, side of head (temple area), or eardrum. For discussion, suppose we are hitting or hitting some of the vulnerable points on the body, the groin, the nose, the ears, the eyes, the side of the head, and the kneecaps.

When you hit the groin with a hairbrush, it’s a direct shot in the groin, or back and down or up into your scrotum. You can use the back or the side of the bristles to swing up, just like you are swinging a paddle. You can crush it on the nose or cut it down on the nose. You can take a direct shot to the temple or the ear. Another vulnerable point is your kneecap. He would swing it down firmly as if he were swinging a ping pong paddle, over his knee with the back of the brush. It may break, but okay, move on to the next one. How hard can you hit with a brush? See for yourself. Take your brush and hit the back against a hard surface like a chair, imagine if it were the attacker’s kneecap.

Now that I’ve mentioned the hairbrush, I also wanted to mention the hair comb or ornate sticks which can hold the hair. You will use it with a stabbing motion. That goes to the eye or groin.

Aerosol bottle or can. Very simple. Spray it on their eyes. You would also use the spray can as the hairbrush and rock it up or down on your groin. Be very careful with an aerosol can, because under pressure it could explode.

A pen or pencil. Use a pen or pencil in a sharp motion. You can target the eyes, groin, or the side of the neck this way. Keep the locking arm up and you’re done.

Small umbrella. This is a small, compact and lightweight “club”. The groin is the best target for this. Rocking up or down in the groin; use the end and make a straight line across his groin

You can also open the umbrella in his face and, with momentary blocked vision, kick or knee him in the groin. When the umbrella is finally removed from his face, you can punch him in the nose. I’m pretty sure it won’t be expected. Another effective way to use an umbrella is to block a deliberate punch or blow. You can use the closed umbrella to hit his wrist if he attacks you with a weapon. Keep your locking arm ready and raised.

Heel of your shoe. Step on the top of your foot. Kick your heel back into his groin if he’s trying to grab you from behind. Kick the front in your groin or kneecap. If you’re on the ground and can hit his face, kick him in the face. If your heel breaks in the fight, or you have a broken heel, from a previous party, stab down with it like you did with the ballpoint pen. The groin, or the eye if you can reach it. If you removed your shoe but the shoe and heel are still in the gate, take the shoe in your hand and cut down with the high heel exposed.

With a good solid heel, whether high-heeled or not, or a good solid shoe for walking; a good kick to the shin, kneecap or groin is a very painful and effective blow. If you have teenagers or young children, teach them about shoes. The school uniform usually comes equipped with a sturdy matching dress shoe.

Newspaper or magazine. Both the newspaper and the magazine look very ordinary. It is not like this? Here we have O magazine and The New York Times newspaper. If used correctly, they can also be a surprisingly effective weapon. When rolling up the newspaper or magazine, you now have a light and sturdy stick. You can use this like a club like you did with the umbrella. Vulnerable points are the groin and nose. A strong slap or blow to the nose and a thrusting motion with the rolled magazine or newspaper in the groin. You can use this to block a blow or forcefully lower it onto his wrist as you move out of the way. Hold the rolled up newspaper or magazines with one or both hands and tuck them into your groin. Hit it hard on your wrist like a block.

These common items are probably in your purse or have been carried by your favorite magazine. Knowing that you can make weapons out of common items gives you an advantage. If they attack you, you have resources. Common items, like the ones I described above, will not be viewed as a weapon by their attacker. Now you will have the element of surprise. I hope none of the readers are attacked. But be prepared, and things will be better if it happens. Good luck.

How To Lose Belly Fat While Driving!

Many diet programs will never share that secret with you.

Maybe they don’t want you to know this simple trick because they are afraid of losing a customer, or maybe they don’t know any better.

Fortunately for readers looking for such information, I am going to share this insider secret for free.

Just to introduce myself briefly on this topic, I’m going to give you a quick overview about me and why I know this kind of information.

I am a real customer myself and am fortunate to have Mike Geary, a certified professional nutritionist who is also my personal trainer to assist me in my health program.

I started looking for his advice, and actually went through his training program after getting bored with my beer belly, although I haven’t touched a beer in what seems like decades! This simple exercise may probably surprise you because it does NOT burn fat on its own, but the results will speak for themselves, once you manage to start flattening your stomach.

This simple but effective exercise is called “sit-ups.”

In Mike’s own professional words, he says that this “abdominal vacuum” exercise greatly helps to tighten lazy stomach muscles, which will be toned through this type of physical activity. He even wrote a Fitness Training Guide and goes into detail explaining exactly why it is developed and the exact methods required to avoid another occurrence.

Through their simplicity and my own hectic daily work life, I found the best time for me is to do them while driving my daily commute to work.

Now a word of caution: doing them while driving may not be for everyone. Make sure you remain a safe driver.

If you find that this exercise can distract your driving ability, do not try it while driving.

After all, this exercise can be done anywhere and at any time of the day that you prefer.

The abdominal exercise strengthens the deeper transversus abdominis muscles and thus causes the “beer belly bulge” to recede, as I like to call it.

The main reason I chose to do them while driving is that no matter what posture you are in, you can do it while standing or even sitting. It also makes my boring and obligatory commute worthwhile as I don’t waste precious time just driving, but exercise on my commute as well.

So let’s get on with this simple procedure for this abdominal exercise.

I’ll break it down into four simple steps for you to follow:

  • Step 1: Start by inhaling deeply as much as you can.
  • Step 2: Begin to exhale, while pushing your stomach in as much as possible.
  • Tip: Try to imagine being challenged to try to touch your spine with your belly inward. This works wonders for me.
  • Step 3: Hold this position for about 10 seconds (at first) while breathing briefly.
  • Step 4: Repeat this procedure several times.

That’s it! You have just managed to do the “Abdominal Draw” exercise successfully.

An advice …

As with all workouts, start slowly and increase your intervals when you feel like exercise is getting too easy for you.

For example, start tucking in your tummy for about 10 seconds before increasing this interval to a longer period, say 15 or 20 seconds, as you get used to this simple but very effective exercise.

As I mentioned earlier, this exercise doesn’t increase fat burning, it just helps you flatten out that bulging stomach that has deep, lazy abdominal muscles.

If you really want to have a deep stomach line with those strong “abs” you need more help in the form of a professional training program, definitely much more than this simple exercise.

Remember there is no real price value when it comes to your health and looking healthy and attractive. You will need to do some weekly exercise and eat properly. The funny thing I’ve learned from my own personal experience is that you can still eat just about anything you want, as long as it’s in moderation when you train weekly for a few minutes a day. Our bodies can maintain a good tone as long as the proper exercises are performed.

A typical good example would be the tummy where through misinformation and logical sense I would suggest that most people think they should start doing a lot of sit-ups. That cannot be further than the truth, sadly. The abs will tone the abdominal muscles, but they will still be below the overhang of the belly, especially if it is belly fat.

So while your abs would become rock solid with a lot of sore abs, you still can’t see them visually!

The typical example given above is one of many more issues where professional advice should be taken, either through a professional trainer or at least investing in a professional authority book on the subject, where the author has or had a career as a professional trainer and Nutritionist. This way, you won’t waste your time and energy on bad training practices, which will get you nowhere or, at best, have minimal results. Take this friendly advice from my own personal experience, as I’ve learned it the hard way.

Help for parents: 9 slips to avoid in childhood

The best parenting aid in the world would be if each young child came with an individual owner’s manual to help parents through difficult childhood times. Sure, there are lots of helpful tips from other moms, dads, and professionals, but every child is different, with a different temperament, so parents often end up trying and making mistakes when using parenting help to help parenting. your little boy. Much of parenting is trial and error and you don’t give up until you find the help that works best for you and your young child. A perfect example of this is a toddler’s bedtime – getting him to bed smoothly and staying in bed through the night.

This particular parenting aid is to help you avoid the slip-ups that end up slowing down our efforts and hampering faster successes. When dealing with young children, regardless of what technique you are using for any situation, avoid these nine slips to help make your ride a little less bumpy and to support whatever technique you are using for any situation.

Slip # 1: One-on-one is not enough

Make no mistake that family time is important, but be careful not to overdo it, but rather to focus more on having alone time with each child. Professionals have always stressed to parents how children, especially young children, love time alone with their parents.

Just get on the ground with them and play. No distractions, no television, no phone calls, just you and your child. Let him see that at that moment he is the only thing that matters.

Slippage # 2: be inconsistent

Consistently recording your toddler’s life is what will make for a more durable and enjoyable toddler. Young children develop especially when they know what to expect. Like a consistent bath time and bedtime, and even what to expect when they are not behaving well.

Parents’ help in helping to solve this problem is to maintain regular routines for their young child. Have a system set up with your partner ahead of time that you will both use when your toddler misbehaves. Make sure your caregiver sticks to the same system and make it clear that regardless of whether they agree or not, they should follow the same system as you and your partner. Systems will change and be revised as your child grows through the stages of childhood.

Slip # 3: too many explanations

Dr. Phelan explains that the moment a parent says “No“to something, and the child insists, and then the parent begins to explain, once again why, this is what Dr. Phelan calls the talk-persuade-argue-yell-hit pattern. The discussion comes and goes. with the tears of the child and further agitation in the parents.

Once the law dictates, avoid eye contact. If the toddler disobeys, give a SHORT verbal warning. If the young child persists, then take whatever consequences you decide to use for this type of misbehavior, such as a time out or, some parents will simply ignore the continued demand from their young children once they have already established the law. This is what I use with my toddler and it works quite well. I say it once, if she argues, I give her a brief verbal warning, if she continues, I ignore her demands within the particular situation at hand. Remember that young children are not adults and cannot understand the reasons for things, so explaining them does nothing but frustration.

Error n. # 4: serve only toddler foods or favorite foods

Feeding your toddler only fish sticks and French fries or mac and cheese will keep him from wanting to eat anything else. Doing this from the beginning will cause you to have to break bad habits and enforce new ones that we all know is a difficult task.

Encourage your child, as soon as possible, to eat adult food, healthy of course. If you do this early on, you will find that they are less reluctant to try new foods and will have a broad desire for different types of food.

Don’t always fall prey to his “I don’t like it!” Introduce new foods one at a time, if they resist, wait a week and try again with the same food. Young children who are conditioned to eat the same baby foods will often say they don’t like another food just because they don’t want it, but after a few tries they will usually give it a try and thus expand their range of choices. foods.

Picky eaters young children are quite common, so introducing new foods at a regular pace helps them open up to different types and flavors of food. If they fight with you, don’t make a fuss and don’t allow yourself to become your little one’s personal chef as this will open up a can of worms that you will have to deal with.

Slip # 5: giving too much help

When you see that your child is taking the time to do something or struggles a bit, think twice before jumping in and helping out. Constantly helping your toddler before giving him a chance to be successful on his own is sending him a message that he is incompetent or unable to do something. It will also interfere with your ability to become self-reliant.

Of course, there are times when a young child needs help, but give him the opportunity to do it alone. When offering help, avoid completing the task for him. Just help him out a little and then let him continue on his own. Encourage your toddler as he works on his homework and encourage him not to give up. Children need to learn to endure struggle and persevere, an important parenting skill to begin teaching during the childhood years.

Slip # 6: Potty Training Too Early

Another very common slip, parents trick their young children into potty training too early. They often use harsh and abrupt reprimands that turn into a power struggle, putting a very negative and unhappy tone on their young children, which is often counterproductive and does not get the results they believe. This type of behavior can easily make training take even longer, making your child feel insecure and less likely to try to use the bathroom.

The Parent Help says that parents can set the tone for their child by introducing the toilet and briefly explaining what it is for. Consider showing your toddler how to use the toilet by using it yourself and he will be able to observe. Over time, your child will want to follow suit, and at this point you can praise his wonderful new potty skills. Don’t forget to introduce the skill of hand washing along with the toilet so that the two tasks become a complete measure.

Slip # 7: Big Kid Bed Too Soon

I’ve always been intrigued by why this slip is so common too. Moving your child to a bed before they are ready will wreak havoc on their sleeping patterns and put parents in a position of exhaustion when they find themselves in the position to lie in bed with their toddler until they fall asleep, or on the other side of this. The image of young children waking up in the middle of the night and climbing into bed with Mom and Dad is very common.

When your child starts to get out of his crib or asks for a real bed, this is the best time to begin the change from crib to bed. Usually this occurs between the ages of 2 to 3 years.

Slip # 8: Allowing Too Much TV / Movie Time

Professionals will tell you that, according to recent studies, young children who watch too much television often have flaws in their learning skills later on. Too much television also promotes laziness and you will find that your child does not want to do anything other than watch television. Watching too much television is also associated with overweight children in childhood.

Instead of television, keep your child active by helping him use his imagination through pretend play, creative play, reading, and outdoor activities. Talk to your toddler to promote language, verbal skills, and listening. The less TV time your child has, the better.

Slip # 9: Handling a Tantrum

This is a parent’s biggest nightmare, especially when it happens in public. Why? We feel judged and for whatever reason, a young child having a tantrum in public makes parents feel inadequate in their parenting, which is ridiculous because all young children have tantrums regardless of their parenting level. .

There is no point in trying to dissuade your child from his tantrum, and there is no point in losing his temper because it only makes things worse and will make your child cry and scream even more. Remember that it is your toddler who is most important and not the people and their opinions. Not to mention, most of these people have simply forgotten that they, too, were once in the same position as you, or they just haven’t taken care of their child having a tantrum yet. Ignore the looks; don’t even look around to see if someone is looking at you. If someone has something to say, put a smile on your face and ask if they remember childhood days. Then, take your toddler to a change of location away from public view and let the tantrum run its course. Once your child has finished his tantrum, give him a loving smile and a hug and get on with his day.

With this parenting aid, you now know 9 mistakes to avoid when traveling through childhood, which helps make early childhood parenting a little less bumpy and adds more value to your parenting skills.

More help for parents

As a mom or expectant mom, are you aware of the consequences of excess weight gain during pregnancy? Share this information with other moms and future moms, it is a very important topic!

My kids don’t drive me crazy

As a homeschooler, when you see me in public, you will probably see one to five of my children by my side. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10:00 a.m. M. From a Wednesday at the grocery store or 11:30 a.m. M. In a busy doctor’s office. Children are always with me.

What puzzles me is the reaction of the adults we come in contact with during our day.

Many are dumbfounded that I am wearing ironed clothes and getting my hair done. Most think I should go crazy.

Breaking news

My kids don’t drive me crazy.

(most of the time)

I always have 1 to 5 children (8 to 20 years old) by my side, no matter where I go. They are my friends. I am blessed beyond words!

I find my children to be amazing people. Unique, creative and interesting.

I want spend time with my boys. They are quirky, fun, and entertaining.

I love being the one who gets to hear all those crazy ‘childhood imaginations’. Why should I be in the dark about what brings you joy?

I appreciate that my children work side by side with me to manage our home. They understand that we are a team.

Family is the focal point of my children’s lives.

My children spend their time with people of different age groups and can easily relate to almost anyone. It is a pleasure to have you around.

I spend so much time with my children that they are not clingy or needy.

I don’t feel like I’m missing her childhood. I am there to witness the quality moments encapsulated in the quantity of time.

If my children are suffering, they come to me. They know You can trust me.

If my children are afraid, they come to me. They know that I will reassure them.

My children do not question my desire to be a part of their lives.

I am “all in”.

Why do children drive their parents crazy?

They are not used to having their children around; they are usually at school or daycare.

Tea heart of your children’s life you live far from them.

During the school day, children laugh, cry, and are surprised.

At the end of the day, parents ask their children, “What did you do today?”

Children say: “Nothing.” They don’t know how to relate to each other.

With working parents, public schools, and extracurricular activities. Families move from one destination to another, often marinated in tension because children cannot find their shoes, backpack or sports equipment. Families feed on anxiety.

Children take advantage of their parents’ time. They need attention. When parents and their children live apart from each other all day, they try to take advantage of their quality time. You rarely get quality time without amount weather. While special moments can be created, spontaneous moments are lost.

They don’t know their children the same way they would if they spent all their time together. This is a question of quantity. The best friends are looking for. They invest the best they can in each other. Together with our spouses, our children should make the most of us.

School is the central point of the child’s life.

Children spend most of their time around children their own age, so they do not interact easily with people of other age groups.

They believe that “me time” is essential to daily life. (I think “we are in time” is essential. My children too)

Bottom line?

I think our society has been seriously misled. Our children should not be moved to a classroom where they are surrounded by their peer group and should be force-fed information that does not inspire them to learn more.

I know that homeschooling is not for everyone. Honestly, homeschooling is tough. Very hard.

Parents should do everything possible to refocus their children so that the family is the center, not the school. This may mean turning off the television, giving up sports, and renting a motorhome. I think children need to know that their parents are “with everything.” It may take convincing, but our kids need it!

I think parents need a mentality reset.

  • It is good to be around your children.

  • It’s okay to have many, many, many moments that are unstructured. That’s where quality time lives!

  • It is good to snuggle and read together.

  • It is good to cook, clean and create with your children by your side.

  • It’s good drag Take your kids to the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and the zoo.

  • It is good that your children see you laugh.

  • Children are entertaining.

  • Children are a blessing.

  • Family time is more important than time to me. Almost. Always.

You may be thinking, but you don’t know my children. They don’t want to have anything to do with me. You don’t have to take them out of public school necessarily, but their time is running out. This is one of those mountains worth dying for. Your family is everything. Get your family back. It will take time and energy that you don’t think you have, but it’s worth it.

If you know you can’t homeschool your children, you can still claim your family …

Turn off the television at least one day a week.

I’m not against television, I just like my kids better. Television prevents children from building, creating, and speaking. It’s true your home is cleaner and quieter with the TV on, but at what cost?

Start eating at the table. Reset family dinners. Have the children help plan and prepare at least one meal a week (or a month).

Clear the calendar and set up a Family Game Night.

Wake up your kids early and go watch the sunrise (once a month). Be sure to bring or pick up a delicious breakfast.

Let the kids stay up late and set up a telescope in the yard. Sit outside and gaze at the stars with your children.

Read aloud to your children. It doesn’t matter how old they are. Find a gripping story and stop at a point of suspension. Let them enjoy a bowl of popcorn while you read. Do you need some suggestions?

Learn to ask questions that cannot be answered with a yes or no.

Learn to wait for children to respond. We can be so busy that we don’t have the patience for our children’s minds to form the answers.

Teach your kids to do something difficult: change a tire, use a weed killer, unplug a drain, reprogram a computer, build a fence, ANYTHING. Make this a regular habit.

Expect your children to help out around the house. Children need chores, but they are not slaves. Work alongside them. Put them in charge of the background music (maybe just once a week if you can’t stand their choices).

Set limits. Children need to know that it will keep them safe. This means different things to each family. You are the father. You set the standards.

TURN OFF YOUR smartphone, laptops, iPads, or any screen that takes your eyes off your kids. Make it a policy that during your brief time together, you will be “EVERYONE.”

Turn off your house phone at night. Family time is sacred!

Read a proverb every day to your children. There are 31 proverbs, so you look at the calendar and you read that proverb. If you really want your family back, you need more of God. Period. Start where you are. Ask God to help you and start reading your Bible. Proverbs is a good place to start because it is full of incredible wisdom for your family. No, it is not out of date.

Eliminate any activities that do not strengthen your family. This can be VERY difficult. Be honest with yourself. There is no one-size-fits-all family. What I need to cut back in my family will be absolutely different for yours. Be real.

Family time is precious.

Reduce expenses. This may seem obvious, but it is not. By reducing your expenses, you can spend more and more time with your family. With a little creative financing, maybe you can afford to stay home!

Start out slow.

  • Leave your children and let them know that you are getting your family back.

  • Implement one new habit at a time. If you have older children, let them choose one thing to change first.

  • Be consistent.

  • Set a reminder on your calendar and reevaluate your efforts at least once a month.

Which mom would you rather be?

The one who loves to be close to her children,

or the one who goes crazy for them?

Do any change necessary to make the right decision.

It may not be easy, but it’s worth it!

Three reasons why baby squirrels die in captivity

Have you ever taken in a baby squirrel and started feeding and caring for it, then physically going downhill and dying? You’re not alone! The following are three common reasons why baby squirrels die in captivity:

1. The wrong diet.

An improper diet is the number one reason squirrels die. There is much controversy over what is the correct formula to feed baby squirrels that are still nursing. Many wildlife rehabilitators will tell you to buy expensive puppy formula and never feed a squirrel cow’s milk. I have used the expensive puppy formula with marginal success, but they recently changed the formula, leaving it without enough milk fat for squirrels. Now all of a sudden they are telling people to add heavy cream to increase the fat content! Hello! What is heavy cream? It’s the cow’s milk cream! The reason cow’s milk will kill a baby squirrel is because there are substances in the milk that will give the squirrel severe diarrhea. Diarrhea will lead to an electrolyte imbalance, leading to heart irregularity and ultimately death from sudden cardiac arrest.

I found that if you remove the substance from cow’s milk and the cream that causes diarrhea, a baby squirrel will do well with a cream-rich cow’s milk formula. But you have to do one simple yet vital thing to make this formula squirrel-safe! I can show you how to make this formula and save you from having to spend twenty bucks a can on puppy formula!

2. Hypocalcemia

The second biggest killer of squirrels is hypocalcemia. That’s a fancy name for low blood calcium levels. Squirrels, especially in captivity, have an extraordinarily high calcium requirement. Death from low blood calcium occurs after they stop breastfeeding. As they get milk, their calcium needs are being met. When they stop breastfeeding, they need a calcium supplement or they will develop what is called Metabolic Bone Disease. This disease is characterized by the loss of calcium from the bones, especially in the spine and hind legs. Their hind legs begin to move when they walk and progressively lose control of their nerves and muscles. Your bones become brittle and break easily.

Low levels of calcium in the blood can also cause heart irregularities and sudden cardiac death. A squirrel with metabolic bone disease is a pathetic scene! Prevention is simple! I teach a very simple way to make a dietary supplement called Nut Squares or Nut Balls that will ensure optimal calcium intake and good health for the squirrels.

3. Internal injuries.

The last major killer of baby squirrels is internal injuries. Many times, a squirrel found has fallen a great distance from a nest of leaves. One of the first things you should do for a baby squirrel after keeping it in a warm environment is to check it carefully for injuries. Babies normally have rapid breathing and heartbeats, but if a baby squirrel has difficulty breathing or uses more than the chest muscles to breathe, it may have internal injuries. You could have broken ribs or a bruised lung or heart! Blunt trauma to the abdomen can damage internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, or spleen. The abdominal wall of a baby squirrel is very thin. If you see a dark purple discoloration on the abdomen, it is an ominous sign indicating internal bleeding.

Not much can be done for a baby squirrel in this condition. A veterinarian could evaluate the animal, but most likely nothing will be done other than observing and supporting its respiratory struggle with oxygen and a warm environment until it passes. In my years as a squirrel rehabilitator, I found that squirrels love to have their head and neck rubbed gently, it is very comforting for them. Death is part of life. For me, holding and comforting a dying squirrel helps me realize how precious and short life is. I find enormous joy and satisfaction in caring for these magnificent creatures, and I thank God that even in death, I can make a difference!

Discipline of children

Sometimes discipline is compared to physical punishment. This discipline-as-punishment methodology is used to inspire conformity in young children. In case the child does something rebellious, discipline is applied to prevent the child from doing what he is doing and to encourage him to behave in an even more acclimatized manner.

Being a guardian is an extreme occupation. One of the most troublesome assignments of parents is disciplining a young man. Parents have come up with various approaches to disciplining a child. Some people are firm, while others are overly delicate and cannot tolerate scolding and spanking their children. Discipline is a picture of caring for a child. Discipline is a guide. If there is worship, there is no such thing as being excessively harsh on a young man.

Punishment also called “corporal punishment” can take various forms. Includes, but is not limited to, open hand hitting, kicking, ear pulling, pinching, choking, shaking, hitting with an implement, squeezing, pulling hair, hitting, triggering the pressure point, or any form of deprivation of freedom.

Parenting discipline is not a reactive strategy applied to an “evil” child. Supporting a child obliges the guardian to include the child in a safe environment that encourages positive behavior, ensure clear boundaries of what is expected of the child, apply a consistent framework of motivations or disincentives, and ensure that the child is consistently approached. With respect.

The following is a list of possible consequences that may work in an enriching discipline program:

Positive behavior

• Decrease in correctional measures to expand positive behaviors.

• Reward the child for increasing his positive behavior.

Negative behavior

• The reduction of punitive or reformatory measures to reduce negative behavior gives the young person a more particular motivating force in the event that they comply within a certain time.

• Corrective measures to reduce negative behaviors such as taking away the privilege of hot showers.

Ineffective Ways to Discipline Children

Unfortunately, there are people who have no idea of ​​the distinction between corporal punishment and abuse. Subsequently, more than five young people die each day as a result of child abuse. Below, we specify the insufficient methods for disciplining children.

1. Ignoring

Ignoring can be an effective and ineffective discipline style. It can be effective when a child has tantrums. You can ignore the behavior, but make sure the child is safe. On the other hand, ignoring becomes bad when a parent no longer cares about the child, for example, ignoring the behavior of their child hitting another person.

2. Shame

Shame is the same as publicly humiliating a child. Shaming a child in public is a form of emotional abuse. Children who suffer this type of punishment or discipline often commit suicide because they feel that they are rejected by the world and that their own parents do not care about them.

3. Screams

Yelling and yelling at your child is a form of verbal abuse. Yelling will never help a child understand the situation. Yelling can only reduce a child’s self-confidence.

4. Threat

As a last resort, many parents unwittingly turn to threats as a way to discipline their children. The threats can be as clear as not going to the party if a task is not done or as horrible as spanking or hitting the child.


Certainly, there are no flawless parents. One can miss the mark and get caught up in anger. The main part of parents is to protect the child from abuse and not be the ones to initiate the abuse.

The Protestant Work Ethic, What’s Wrong With It?

What is the Protestant Work Ethic or is it the Puritan Work Ethic (PWE)? To put it succinctly, to me, PWE means that you have no value (in society, your family, and yourself) unless you are productive every day and finish all your work before taking time to play. The problem is that there is never time to play because there is always more work to be done.

Right here, right now, I am declaring war on the PWE and the idea that a fully checked to-do list at the end of the day is a valid reason to feel virtuous and satisfied with myself.

Raised in the country, first came the day’s homework, then school, then homework, and then play, which was a book to read or an hour of television before bed. Ah, but you said they were on the weekends. My childhood home had three acres of lawns and trees, plus a barn with horses and chickens, all of which had to be cleaned in one way or another, so I spent Saturday mornings working.

My father euphemistically called Saturday morning assignments the “Saturday Olympics,” and the competition was who of the four children could complete their assignments first. At the age of 10, I was seriously affected by my father’s PWE modus operandi. Until the housework was finished, there were no games even on the weekends.

Now in my 60s, after a lifetime of work and almost no gaming, I retired and had to face myself, what did I have to do to keep this PWE and the self-esteem it gave me running? I’m an artist and a writer, but I can’t “create” 8 hours a day, so what was I going to do with the “free” time I had now? For true PWE types, there is no such thing as free time. If you are not being “productive,” you are wasting time, valuable time, that could be spent doing something worthwhile for yourself and others. My solution: 9 months after retiring, I moved alone, to the other side of the country, to a community where I didn’t know anyone, which forced me to “get to work”, make friends, and get involved.

Now, after four years of continuous volunteering for my church, a Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, running on the sweat of volunteers committed to good works, and for my community, that is, the downtown revitalization effort, I’m exhausted, nor am I. I learned to play what retirement is supposed to be about.

Too much of a good thing eventually turns into a bad thing and that’s where I’m standing right now. Believing in the virtue of the Protestant work ethic has left me burned out, exhausted, and with a sore left shoulder. In fact, it is my shoulder that I have to thank for this little essay, because when my body yells at me, I know that it is just a physical manifestation of a non-physical problem that I need to think seriously about. Having spent my whole life with my “shoulder behind the wheel”, it’s time to stop, think and think out loud on paper (e-paper, that is) and figure this out. (Yes, I strongly believe in the mind-body connection, a topic for future essays, I promise.)

The real culprit is, of course, my deeply held belief that “work” is well and the game is … well, if not exactly bad, certainly frivolous and wasteful. Yes, of course I know of all the research on the importance of play to “refuel” one’s energy tanks to get back to life’s work, but I never really believed in any of that. How could i The PWE belonged to me, inside and out, consciously and, more importantly, unconsciously.

I believe that it is one’s beliefs, those deep, mostly unconscious ones, that create our realities, so singing affirmations of what one wishes to have, as promoted in the bestseller, “The Secret”, does not work if those Affirmations go against one’s fundamental beliefs. My fundamental belief in the virtue of work is not unconscious, but the depth, breath, and scope of this belief was, until I actually began to look at it, write it down, and question it.

“Why is work such a good thing? Who told you that? Who sold you that list of goods?”

The answer was, of course, my self-evident truth … BECAUSE IT IS. Everyone knows that work is good, that it is necessary to work to get ahead, to earn the rightful and esteemed place in society. Nobody likes loafers or homeless people who live off other people’s sweat. Where would we be if our early pioneers and founding fathers hadn’t worked hard?

Of course, I learned my PWE from my parents, that is, my father, who was, among other things, a Boy Scout leader and a tireless volunteer from the community. It’s no wonder then that I became a social worker.

But, too much of a good thing eventually turns into a bad thing. So how do I undo that belief or at least modify it to allow fun and play to creep in?

The first thing I had to ask myself was, “What is the opposite of being a hardworking and efficient worker,” because while that was my goal all these years, I must have also been trying to avoid being the opposite … lazy? , free-load loafer. I hate lazy and lazy bums. I hate people who don’t carry their own weight. I hate doing other people’s work for them.

The next question is not for cowards. What’s wrong with being a lazy, carefree lazy bum? For those affected by PWE, that’s like asking, what’s wrong with cannibalism?

What’s wrong with laziness and free trade? Are you kidding? What’s wrong with it? Daze, stutter, stutter, choke! Next question?

Again, what’s so terrible about being a lazy, carefree lazy? Peel the onion. Keep asking the impossible questions. Keep challenging those blatant beliefs.

You (I) could also ask such things as, who was a lazy and lazy bum in your life, in your childhood? What work did you do for them when everything was wrong? Did they put you in an adult role when you were still a child? Who have you spent your whole life with trying to avoid being like?

Now here is the problem. What we hate most in others is what we also hate in ourselves. It is just the other side of the same coin in which our greatest virtue lives. The problem is, we hate to admit that the flip side exists, but it does. So if you have enough personal courage to face your dark side, those characteristics that you hate the most in others, then you must accept that side of yourself, forgive yourself, and then forgive those with whom you have been trying not to be like everyone else. your life. . Oh! Forgive the lazy, mean, lazy bums? This is Lasted.

Now take it one step further. Consider if you secretly wouldn’t like to be one of those bums, bums, and bums. Oh! This is hard.

Wait … give me a moment … Would I sometimes like to be lazy, hang around and let others do my work? Oh Universe, forgive me but … uh, ah, gosh, damn it, I … I … would. Lord have mercy, but it pains me to admit this.

Now we are getting somewhere.

Look again. What’s so great about being a great worker? Approval of others? Seriously? Well, maybe, probably even, but is it worth it? Really worth it? You may have needed those “at-a-girls” and “at-a-boys” when you were little, but do you need them now? Truly? Wouldn’t you rather have a little fun? Wouldn’t you rather be a little lazy? Wouldn’t you rather relax a bit? Ah come on, he admitted it. Isn’t the idea even starting to feel a little bit good?

Now here is the real catch. If you are going to change your modus operandi, you have to do it in small, sometimes small steps. Big steps, quick steps, like the proverbial “hare”, result in pendulum swings that bring you back to where you started. When it comes to changing yourself, the turtle wins the day.

What’s wrong with the Protestant work ethic? Nothing, unless it’s all you know.

Housekeeping services: more time for you

The house cleaning services available today can represent an excellent solution for those who struggle to find the time to clean their house regularly, because they have to take care of their family, special tasks or other commitments.


Today, one does not have to worry about the fact that he does not have time to clean his house on his own. One can easily hire an individual or a company to clean his house once, twice or as many times as necessary. Do you find it difficult to keep your home tidy or organized? Ask for professional help and you will see how easy it is.


It is quite difficult in today’s society to afford things like house cleaning. Life is hard already. People are trying to earn money and spend some time with their families while doing it. Therefore, things like house cleaning are not considered a high priority on your list. This is not even an item that seems to convince people to do it for themselves.

Domestic cleaning

That is why home cleaning services are very important in the lives of so many people who do not want to live in a messy house. A company of this type specializes in keeping a house clean with the help of a simple van, extensive equipment (dustpan, brush, vacuum cleaners, etc.) and trained personnel. Luckily for you, the cleaning services mentioned aren’t just limited to cleaning your carpet or household items. They can also offer you any service you want (this includes polishing wooden furniture, window cleaning, dishwashing, ironing, or different cleaning services). Naturally, each person has their own peculiarities in terms of house cleaning. While some want to cover the entire house every two to three days, others want their house to be cleaned once every 2-3 weeks.


People don’t have to worry about having their home serviced by a professional company. There are many companies that can offer excellent services at decent prices. You can be sure that they will do a fantastic and efficient job. They are sure to take the stress out of cleaning by giving you plenty of time to spend with your family and friends.


In short, it is very important to have a clean, neat and attractive home. You know that many people will judge your home based on its appearance. So if your house will be messy and dirty, your guests probably won’t be positively impressed. Also, they will never want to go home. This is good if you don’t like having guests, but still keeping your home clean is very important to both you and those who enter. Not to mention, to be healthy, you must live in a healthy environment.

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