April 9th, 2013
You are a busy parent. When you are not at the job, you are running your children around to their appointments and activities. Shouldn’t that be enough? No, your children still need you to relate to them on a personal and encouraging level.
Here are five shortcuts to meeting their emotional needs:
First, drop your child a written note from time to time. Put your note in your children’s lunch boxes or in their school notebooks. Your notes do not have to be fancy or embarrassing. Here is an example of a quick note.
“Hi Paula, I hope you are having a great day. I am thinking of you and looking forward to being with you this weekend. Love Mom (or Dad).”
Secondly, offer your child an invitation from time to time. Many parents meet their children at the breakfast table with only a critical eye. Parents mean well. They tell their children to remember their back packs, finish their breakfasts, and get their teeth brushed before heading out the door.
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April 5th, 2013
There are two styles of Avid gamers. Don’t get them mixed-up. I despised the name ‘Gamer’ for many years. I didn’t suspect it related to me in the slightest. See, I grew up not knowing much more than Mario Kart as well as the Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo 64. Those were the good days. It didn’t take long for me to leave behind the video game systems and head for a kind of what I may likely judge far more ‘wholesome’ entertainment. I fell deeply in love with board games.
For sure, video games have their place, still I would bring up 3 reasons why I in essence rejected video games and ventured into Tabletop Games. A few might not seem that different, and many bear similarities and yet i am going to lay out a handful of ground rules for activities that I approve of.
First would include activity. I rejoiced when the Wii from Nintendo was released not to mention the Kinect from Microsoft. Motion has a way of improving game play regardless of what it is. As opposed to the thumbs being the main thing moving, I like a game or activity that requires action. The more action the better. Card games aren’t that action intensive, but you have to admit there is certainly a whole lot more in arranging pieces, cards, rolling dice, and dealing cards than there is in the flicking of a joystick. Thus, I really like video games similar to ‘Just Dance’.
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April 2nd, 2013
Early childhood education is a concept that has been applied very effectively to children below the usual school age. It is based on the belief that children will learn through play, which is why the basics are integrated into play and taught to the children. The developer, Jean Piaget, believed those young children and even older ones learn more efficiently effectively through fun and play. Several activities are especially effective such as art, social games and dramatic play. These are supposed to awaken the interest and curiosity of the child and invoke the tendency for make believe and social thinking.
Teachers who are educated and trained in early childhood education handle classes in preschool, which includes nursery and kindergarten classes. Children who attend these classes are usually around the ages of three to six years old. Parents are encouraged to be active teachers for their kids as well since they are considered to the first ones to teach while they are still at home. For the most part, some daycare centers recognize the need to integrate the basic lessons to the kids that they care for during the duration of their stay. Such is the importance of educational toys and an educational background for the caregiver. Teachers are taught, educated and trained to recognize the various ways and techniques that will capture the interest and curiosity of a child in order for him or her to want to learn more about the different toys and tools that are utilized. In many universities and schools, this course may reach up to the standard four year course for those teachers but in some, early childhood education may just take a couple of years to learn. Since this is a specialized course, administrators of schools that offer this to young children prefer their teachers to have a full educational background on preschool or elementary as well as have the requisite additional course.
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March 30th, 2013
It is so important to teach children about money and to help them develop money management skills and financial habits that will last a lifetime. In today’s world of rising debt and easy credit, it is crucial to start teaching children about money early and to prepare them to stand firmly on their feet later on in life.
So consider the following questions:
What can you start doing to ensure that you are raising money savvy children?
As they grow into young adults, will they spend within their means, avoid unnecessary debt and make informed and wise consumer decisions?
The fact is that children want to learn about money! Recent statistics show that “94% of young people believe it is important to know how to manage money, but only few say they are taught how to!”
Getting children into the habit of saving instead of overspending can, and should start early in their lives.
Here are 5 tips on how kids can be taught to set goals, plan, budget, save, invest and spend wisely:
Teach by example: Children do learn by example. You will be giving your kids a very poor example to follow if you make frivolous purchases every time you have some extra money. So controlling your spending and sticking to a sensible budget will help your children learn to do the same. Be a good role model.
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March 30th, 2013
Travelling or spending time to relax and do the holiday is the most eagerly awaited. Vacationing be one of the best alternative for refreshing and relieving fatigue after doing daily activities. One of the places of entertainment which has complete package for families and all ages is the theme parks. Amusement parks are available in a variety of places within easy reach and attract a great choice for leisure and vacation. Until now there are thousands kind of entertainment playground, amusement park, playground with various types of tourist attractions.
One very interesting playground and a highly recommended place to visit is the Amusement Parks. Amusement Parks is a package of theme parks as well as fun parks that are worth visiting. Various attractions of the game can challenge the thrill and adrenalin or give a lasting impression for any visitor who ride the attractions.
In addition, the scope of a spacious garden and designed with the surrounding gardens will further add to the beauty. Amusement Parks are scattered in various areas of the U.S. and the UK is a very suitable place to hold holiday. Various theme parks at parkscout.com with concepts as diverse as parks, amusement park rides and attractions with a variety of games, indoor or outdoor parks, forests and other fairy tales.