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The holidays can be both exciting and very stressful for children. With all of the events such as food preparation, family gathering, and wondering if they were given the presents that they wanted from Santa zipping through their heads, Christmas can be a bit overwhelming at times. Sure waiting for a letter from Santa can be exciting, but after the Santa letter is received, they don’t have much meaning from it as from something that could give them value. Not that the idea of Santa Claus is bad, it just doesn’t leave them with much more than thinking of themselves when it comes down to it. Christmas is more than just getting what one wants, so having something that can not only be enjoyable, but leave a lasting impression of responsibility can and will help to keep not only the holidays joyful, but also other aspects of life as well.
A great way to introduce values into children is with the use of storytelling. The retelling of stories new and old can leave a lasting impression on children, and help them to learn and cope with different scenarios in life. Christmas stories will more so focus on the meaning of and purpose of celebrating the holiday, which is a good thing because it wouldn’t do to celebrate being gifted!
Some stories that are great to relay to children during the season are the classics such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol, and T’was the Night Before Christmas are all great pieces that can help children learn the importance of being caring and accepting of others. While over the years there have been a variety of books to come out with ever changing scenarios, and new characters and plot twists to add to the mix, one thing that hasn’t changed are the overall themes: peace and goodwill on earth.
Christmas means different things to everybody, but one meaning that it has in common for most people is that it should be about family, and bringing people together at least once out of the year. Sure bits and pieces of certain things have progressively changed over the past few decades. For instance shopping has taken up a huge place in the whole Christmas field. Although it’s true that Christmas has in many ways become a marketable season, teaching of what Christmas is about through stories is a great way to keep the holiday spirit alive and well. Hopefully the feelings of charity and goodwill last longer than the day of, and with Holiday stories focused on morals and the good being rewarded, there’s a better chance of it happening.
Remember writing Santa letters back in the day, and hoping that past deeds wouldn’t keep that brand new bike out of reach for another year? Well that tradition is still going strong to this day, and whether it’s at a commercial shopping center, or right from a bed or living room, the young ones just can’t get enough of their jolly old man; which is why they would be absolutely ecstatic if he were to actually write back to them. This is where Santa Claus greeting cards come into play.
There are numerous places that parents can go and have their child’s very own, personalized Santa greeting card made and delivered just for them. Imagine the look on their face when they receive a letter in the mail, decorated North Pole style, and their name on it. They might not even go open the presents right away! While having these letters delivered to one’s child is a very thoughtful and kind thing to do, there are a lot of problems and pitfalls that will need to be avoided.
Now because this time of the year is very special for many people, it’s vital that any and all orders be submitted as early as possible. Companies that specialize in Santa letters are known to run out of supplies, and most of them will have a deadline for when they’ll stop accepting orders. Trying to get them at the last minute might mean not getting all of the cards on the desired date. This is an especially big concern for those with a lot of kids to plan for. It would be absolutely heart breaking for a child to be left out, so order early on, and do one big batch to avoid that problem arising. Last but not least, always stick with a credible company! While some companies are better than others, some should just be avoided altogether. Cards can be purchased online or in stores, just know what ratings they’ve had before choosing them to deliver anything to a child!
Eventually most will stop believing in the Jolly old man and his wonderful reindeer, but while the magic is still there, one can make this and many more Christmases to come special with a personalized letter from Santa Claus. Sure the kid’s will eventually grow out of writing to Saint Nick, but will one day pick up on the tradition for their younger family members to enjoy. A good memory is a gift that’ll never stop giving.
You have done almost all the necessary things you have to do before the floor comes in, the sanding, levelling and the covering. All what are waiting is the products you will use for the floor. But before you visit the shop, remember it is better you have in mind exactly what you will need before you go.
Varnish, surface finishes, penetrating sealers, shellac and lacquer are some of the materials you can get from the stores.
But even before you do some purchasing ask yourself these questions, what is the floor going to be used for? Is it going to attract a large number of people? Must you give it a hard surface? Should it be water resistant or one that is very easy to tidy? If yes then your floor will need many coats of oil related polyurethane.
Your floor will now get the lustre finish and the guard it needs. But know that with time your floor will give up the best of its colour, normally yellow or fading yellow.
Many of the surface finishes will not demand many coats; you can think of just to coat but do not hesitate to give it more than 2 if you are looking forward to a great finish. Again some of the finishes could take a day and more to get well dried, but some can as well be ready in a matter of few hours.
Good air flow is another essential guide you have to make available at the place or room of the finish. This is to prevent the hard scent of the finish staying around the place or room.
When you get everything about the finishes especially with the required rounds of coating, make sure you give it the needed time to dry up and you can be very relaxed that the finish will last for a longer time.
Working under pressure is a situation that is often termed as the most important skills needed to be a nanny. In fact, to handle a fragile child you need to focus all your attention. Even the mother may be fragile.
As a baby sitter you deal with two different lives, those of mother and child; so you have to be focused even when you are really under pressure. This requires awareness.
Eventually being patient is very important. If you are planning to work as a confinement nanny on long-term basis, you need to be prepared to have patience for a long time. By being patient, you can stay focused and objective with less effort.
Only your wish to be a nanny doesn’t work at all. You need to be well groomed in the art of child caring and rearing. Unless you know the basics and even some complex details of the practicalities, you can never think of being a confinement nanny.
If you are willing to be a nanny, be prepared to work freelance or in permanent basis. Some parent may ask you stay in their home and work as their child’s nanny for full time. Otherwise, you would be asked to work freelance basis.
You can be prepared to work on a temporary and daily basis because there are parents who just want to hire a nanny for short term.
As being a nanny isn’t an easy job, you need to prepare yourself on how to work under pressure and how to be patient. If you are really willing to be one, along with this training, you also need to have baby-caring skills.
Parents must understand the needs, desires, goals and expectations of their kids to make the very best selection of an
What does he or she want to get there – develop more self confidence and become more independent, learn new skills, improve proficiency in definite areas? What are your kid’s special interests? Are they intellectual, physical, cultural? Are social interactions with the opposite sex important?
Ask your child all questions you keep in mind and get clear answers. Then write down all your concerns and additional questions to ask the manager of the camp about the camp itself and its peculiarities. The internet is a wonderful place to do some research.
You should also take into consideration some specific characteristics of the summer camp you are going to choose for your kid. Clarify everything about the type of the camp; its cost, size and location; about offered programs and activities; and about special needs.
Often overnight summer camps are coed and there is interaction between the kids. However, you may consider a single gender camp, where it is only boys or girls.
Consider the size of the camp as the smaller camps have special environment and the kids and stuff get to know each other better. Such camps meet individual needs quickly. But in good large camps kids receive the same attention proposed by small camps.
Have your kids ever been to sleepaway summer camp? It’s a great experience and this overnight camp tour will help you to feel how great this can be.
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Kids are constantly out growing all of their possessions and whether they’re the wearable types or not, they’ll have to go sooner than later. Clothes, toys, bedding, and just about everything purchased from the year before normally needs to be replaced at this point. With this yearly occasion, it might seem hard to get all the needs and wants of young children, but the holidays do make it much easier to do so. This is even true for products that are more durable and child resistant as well. In the season of gift giving, one never wants to skimp out on quality because of the cost; especially when it comes down to one’s children. However, and this is especially true for larger families, it’s not always easy to find great toys, clothes, or other holiday gifts that will be both high quality and easy on the wallet!
Getting the most out of one’s money is something that everyone strives to achieve, and there’s no better time to save than during the festive times of the year. Many stores all around the country will begin to mass produce objects in order to not run out of supplies because of the massive demands of goods. Because of this, at the beginning and towards the end of the shopping “season”, items will greatly decrease in price. This is why it pays to get out early and get any needed shopping done. Most of the early bird specials will fade away fast, so in order to nab those sales, weeks before the holidays truly hit is the best time to shop. Shopping early will ensure that the desired products are obtained; this is especially true for children’s toys. This is really important for those who want to participate in delivery services where a child receives a letter from Santa.
Toys are one of the most versatile, but one of the hardest to obtain products on the market. Once the season starts to wind up finding the latest toys will be like trying to have Santa letters delivered on the day of Christmas! So many children have to receive toy presents after Christmas day because toys go very fast. Everyone’s schedule is different and it might not be possible to get the play item before they vanish off of the market, but there are many ways to avoid this problem. If getting to the store isn’t possible, ask a friend or family member in advanced. Always give them a lot of notice so that they can not only get whatever is needed, but also acquire it before it sells out! Another thing that can be done is having the item put on hold. Many major department stores offer online services even; but like everything else, the sooner this is done the better.
Timing is going to play the major role in getting all of the desired items before the seasons hit full fledge, so always have a plan and execute it as early as possible. Sure many things will be down to 75% off after the major festive days pass, but not many children would like getting presents after Christmas!
Think about it. A social network where you can place your business and all its information; where it can be viewed by potential customers all over the world (over 410 million registered members); where you can have fans; where they add reviews and can act as referrals; how ingenious! It provides all you need in a virtual marketplace but you have to be able to utilize its potential before you are able to reap its many benefits. It is therefore key that you learn some of the ways that others have used Facebook as a means of professional networking.
When you have established a Facebook account, you should be aiming to add as
many friends and fans as possible. The more friends and fans you have, the more people are exposed to your product/service. Besides, you can usually see your friends’ friends and what better way to build your network and boost your marketing efforts? Posting comments on other people’s profile page in Facebook is a great way to extend your network of friends and profile viewers.
You can also join or create a group. This is perfect for drawing people to your profile page as they have something in common with you. Common interests could be wealth building, fashion design, good parenting or whatever pertains to your product or service.
Facebook’s Ads feature enables you to officially advertise or market your brand, business or products. For example, its Advanced Targeting feature can be used to target your niche market by age, gender, interests, location and more. By having this feature, you will be able to quickly find people that may be interested in purchasing the products or services that you are offering.
The News Feed feature is great for broadcasting what your business is up to. So if for instance you are offering discounts or launching a new product line, you can announce it to your Facebook network. Hosting an event and posting it in the News Feed will get people in your network interested and they may even tell other people in their network to join in the fun. This is a great way to promote a product or service.
Posting news articles is also a great way to get people’s attention in Facebook. This will generate targeted traffic. For example, if you are selling nutritional supplements, you may want to post the latest news on health related matters. This will generate targeted traffic that will most likely be interested in what you are marketing.
If you have an active Twitter account where you tweet very actively, do not connect Twitter and Facebook. Twitter is not Facebook and you will annoy your Facebook friends and force them to remove you as a friend or hide you from their feed. What could be worse?
Facebook’s marketing solutions, if used effectively, can promote brand loyalty and increase product sales. It is up to the marketer to use it to its full advantage. Whether you implement one, many or all of these tips, you will see marked improvement in your ability to connect with your potential consumers.
Do: Ensure that any crib you get complies with the regulation safety standards of the country you reside in. This will broadly speaking ensure that the crib is made from appropriate materials, is suitable for use, and is made to specifications which are designed to protect against injury.
Don’t: Buy a crib with drop sides. These sides are movable and increase the risk of your baby’s hands and fingers being caught and hurt as the sides are moved up and down.
Do: Make sure that you follow any assembly instructions that are included with the crib as you assemble it.
Don’t: Place your child’s crib in close proximity to any power points, heating units or windows. This will help to reduce the risk of injuries such as electrocution, strangulation from any cords attached to your window treatments and burning.
Do: Make sure that there are no objects in the crib that can act as climbing aids, for example, large soft toys or cushions.
Do: Check the crib for any signs of wear and tear that may cause harm to your baby. Pay particular attention to any signs of damage which has caused sharp edges or paint peeling that your child may swallow.
Don’t: Place small items in the crib that your child may swallow.
Do: Check that any baby toys that you want to leave in the crib are suitable for your child’s age. Make sure there are no small parts that might break off and that your child could swallow.
Don’t: Leave any toys, mobiles etc that have any kind of cord, particularly stretch cords in the crib along with your baby while it is unattended.
Don’t: Leave any electrical items in the crib with your child. This includes any item that may create a spark that could result in a fire. Obvious items would include electric blankets or electrical toy items.
Your baby is precious, and while the above may seem like a long list of baby crib safety recommendations, many items are common sense or one off items to just think about in respect of your baby crib. Now that we have covered the safety information, we would like to wish you congratulations on your great news and hope that you have a long, happy and indeed safe future with your newly born baby!
There are numbers of teenagers and young adults suffering from behavioral and emotional problems. Poor peer groups, mood swinging, stress and hormonal changes make the teenagers difficult to remain calm. The most common problem seen in adolescence is missing of discipline, confidence and respectful nature in kids. Christian schools and camp programs offer spirituality based programs for enlivening the living standard of unruly juveniles. Mental health recovery specialists offer therapy sessions, motivational training, extended care, twenty four hours supervision, before and after care services for rectifying the behavior and emotions of desperate teenagers.
Proper and healthy communication between parents and troubled children can solve all types of disputes and relationship problems. Fostering environment and healthy relations in families are supportive in developing constructive thinking in stressed adolescents. Presents must teach their kids about moral values, life skills and ethics. Discipline requires to be flexible and temperate. Too much imposed discipline or restricted environment in the home can cause rebellious nature in teens and no discipline or less attention can result in the children being out of control.
There are varieties of specialized programs and treatment centers helpful for difficult boys and girls to get recovery from mental and psychological disorders.
Mood swinging, emotional ups and downs are the natural phenomenon in teenage life. Hormonal, physical and psychological changes and some time external reasons cause mood shifts in youths. Parents must guide juvenile during adolescence to cope up with stressing issues. Wilderness camps recommend therapy based solutions and counseling programs for the harassed children to come out from emotional problems and mental trauma. Therapeutic treatment centers assist unmotivated youngsters to deal with self suicidal tendencies, cutting nature, self-destructive behavior, psychiatric problems and negative thinking. Counselors offer special programs for the families in crisis to deal with upset children. Parenting tips, online suggestions, counseling programs are
Children who eat healthy and exercise are likelier to drink fruit or sports drinks than sodas – but that’s bad for them also. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, many of those drinks have as many calories as soda. National guidelines recommend limiting all sugary drinks to 8 ounces daily; but nearly one-third of the 10,000 Texas adolescents in this study had drunk 3 or more that day – and about 20% of those children were obese. An 8-ounce sports drink is enough to replenish the body after 1 hour of exercise – 16- to 32-ounce bottles are “sugarcoated”.
Screen time – television or computer – is bad for children too. It can increase risk of psychological problems. Another study published in Pediatrics documented the time 1,000 children – ages 10 to 11 – spent on sedentary and active recreation. The children also completed questionnaires assessing their psychological well-being. Children who spent more than 2 hours daily on screen time had higher psychological difficulty scores – regardless of physical activity. In fact, those with more physical activity didn’t score as well on behavior. However, children who spent more time on sedentary activities like homework and hobbies had better psychological scores overall. It seems “screenplay’ isn’t healthy play.
Finally some good news – working mothers aren’t bad for their children. In a study published in the Psychological Bulletin, researchers analyzed 69 studies done between 1960 – when research on this subject started – and 2010. They concluded that children whose mothers went back to work before the children were 3 years old had no worse academic or behavioral problems than children whose mothers stayed home. In fact, these young children of working mothers were later rated as higher-achieving by their teachers; and they had fewer problems with depression and anxiety. Once and for all – working mothers “work out”.
It is really strange to me how parents forget so fast what it was like to be a kid or teenager. They dont reason things out like we try to. If something sounds like fun they figure they will try it out. They feel like nothing can touch them because they are young. They dont trust adults most of the time. They dont think we understand them or what it is like to be young. That is why they dont listen to adults most of the time. We say crazy things like just because your friends jump off a bridge, does that mean you have too? I dont blame them. I couldnt stad for my mother to tell me that.
Kids learn how to act by those they are around most of the time. That means they learn from their peers and you. Amazingly they learn from you the most. They listen to what you say and they watch how you act. They do this all the time. They have done this since they were born. They see how you treat others. They listen how you talk about others when their not around. They take it all in. Even what you say about your preacher on the way home from church. When I used to teach a drug resistance course to kids they would tell me all kinds of things. They would tell me where their parents hide their drugs. They would tell that Uncle John sells drugs from the city park playground. They would tell me that their mom drives after she has been drinking stuff that smells bad. They would ask me why their parents go into the bedroom to share a funny looking cigarete when usually they just smoke them in front of me?
Basically the just of it is the main thing you are blind to about your kids is they are always watching you and learning the kind of person to be. If you dont like the kind of person your child is becoming, then you need to take a good long hard look at yourself or husband or wife. That is where they are learning from, and that is their biggest role model in their lives. Unlike Charles Barkley, you have taken on that role when you brought them into this world. Stay tuned for more articles on kids and teens. If you have questions or comments, please leave them on by blog. I would be honored to help you.
Becoming a nurse practitioner is not an easy choice to make. One is expected to excel in the sciences before even being considered as an student in a college. Many start out as LPN’s or Licensed Practical Nurses, and continue their training from that point to an advanced licensed nurse practitioner. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is attained in two to three years and this enables you to pursue an accredited master’s degree.
Those choosing the profession of nurse practitioner can specialize in a number of fields. Geriatrics is one field that will continue to need specialized nursing as our senior citizen live longer and fuller lives. At the opposite end of the spectrum are nurse midwives. It is their responsibility to safely deliver a new life into the world, while caring for the health issues of the mother.
A licensed nurse working in a doctors office, does much to relieve the strain of doctors that overwhelmed by the number of patients they see in their office. These nurses are so highly trained they can see patients and diagnose and treat their ailments and diseases. Laws vary from state to state, but most states allow these nurses to prescribe medications. In some states even narcotic medications are prescribed. In addition, some states allow for private practice, without the supervision of a doctor, and can even admit patients to hospitals and perform rounds. These nurses come under different titles such as a licensed nurse practitioner or a physicians assistant or a nurse practitioner.
A nurse anesthetist may be of interest to some. These nurses will have obtained a Master’s level of education specializing in anesthesia care of patients undergoing surgery. In these circumstances, work is performed under the supervision of a physician who specialty is anesthesia. Pediatrics is another specialty often worked by skilled nursing. These nurses to seem to have an innate compassion for children and helping them through the many illnesses that beset our youngsters.
Others will find themselves delving into the non-stop intensity of an emergency room setting. Cases can vary from a small cut needing a few stitches, to a life threatening situation and these nurse specialists have a background it whatever cases they are confronted with. Many of these patients are admitted and then they become the the responsibility of critical care nurses. Most in a hospital setting will work under the supervision of a physician but their knowledge of what to do in a crisis has saved many lives.
Those who have been injured due to accidents, or physical ailment such as strokes, will be attended to by nurse practitioners with training in physical and speech therapy. Due to their expert care most will go on to live a full and satisfying life. Their compassion and are is limitless for those recovering from any traumatic experience. Patients incapable of walking will once again be ambulatory. Others who were unable to pronounce certain sounds, will speak in full sentences.
One of the most rewarding occupations for the nurse practitioner would be that of a traveling nurse. This is a person who may work per diem at a hospital not knowing until they are called what their duties will entail. Outside the hospital setting a traveling nurse may be one who goes to remote areas to tend to those who would otherwise have no medical care. These people maybe confined to their home due to their illness, or just not have a way to get to a medical facility.
Whatever the career choice, nurse practitioner jobs are the epitome of patient care. Whether it be diagnostic or treatment, a patient will be counseled and educated on their health self care. Nurse practitioner jobs are taking over where he specialist