Tips on how to build emotionally stable children



Parenting is a twenty-four-hour, seven-days-a-week job that requires endless patience. If you are a first time mom, it is best to talk to your husband on how you would like to discipline, build and hone your children to become a strong and resilient adult.

Parenting is a team effort between the parents.  It is best to work together to plan strategies, share duties and decide on rules.

Suggested tips and strategies on how to build emotionally stable and strong children are as follows:

First of all, we should learn to accept our children’s inborn personality and temperament. As I already mentioned in one of my previous post that no two siblings are alike. However, when your child feels he belongs and feels competent, he is more likely to become expressively strong.

Second, help them develop a sense of responsibility for their actions. Teach them how to accept and handle mistakes and defeats as challenges.


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Debunking Four Common Community Organizing Myths



If several people live in close proximity to each other, they more than likely share many of the same community interests. Often, they will come together to change issues important to them. Unfortunately, organized communities get confused with other groups, and there are several myths that need to be dispelled.

Myth #1: Community Organizing is Activism

Both community organization and activism are responsible for many social changes in history. However, the two deviate when you look at their general focus. Community organization often has a specific purpose in mind for starting a domino effect of changes. While members of the organized community can be classified as activists, they receive the empowerment that builds within the community, allowing members to stand up and take charge. Activists, while concerned with many of the same issues as an organized community, don't provide the individual empowerment that comes from within an organized community. 


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Safety precautions on having Bunk Beds



As much as possible, we want to provide all our children to have their own single bed. However, if the room space that we have in our home is limited and could not accommodate it, then bunk beds are the best option to have. It is indeed a great space saver but it also comes with great risks most especially in the aspect of safety. There have been incidents of fall, strangulation, head injuries and a whole lot more related to bunk bed utilization.  The one sleeping on top of the bed would most likely experience it. 



If you decide to buy one, be extra cautious. Keenly inspect how it has been made, its sturdiness and the quality of materials used before purchasing. 


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Best Positions for a Great Night’s Sleep


We toss, turn, snore, gurgle, talk and sometimes walk around when we are asleep; it’s just something we do that we can’t prevent.

We all also have a favourite sleeping position.

It might be on your side, on your back or curled up into a ball. But did you know the way you lie can affect how well you sleep?

Read on and discover the many sleeping positions that’ll give you the best night’s sleep.

On your back

A common sleeping position and the one that doctors suggest is the best one for your body.
The benefits of sleeping this way is that the back is straight, allowing the mattress to do its job most effectively.

For all of you that live in fear of dreaded wrinkles, the Academy of Dermatology in the US advises sleeping on your back to avoid those pesky crow’s feet, as sleeping on your side causes wrinkles in the skin that become permanent over time. 


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5 Most Popular Charity Merchandise Campaigns

The main purpose of most charities is to raise awareness about a particular issue. Unfortunately, simply raising awareness isn't always enough. Everyone can be aware of the problem, but the problem still exists. In response, many charities look to solve the problem they specialize in. That or at least make a sizable impact. This is much easier said than done. To create a serious impact takes serious resources. Serious resources are contingent on serious supplies of cash and capital. Charitable trusts soon realized the best way to accomplish this goal: Merchandise. Everyone loves stuff and they love buying it-- especially if they know they're helping people with a cause. In this spirit of tenacity and ingenuity, here are five of the most popular charity merchandise campaigns.

Save the Tatas- Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is a serious issue for women. Annually, it's a disease that manages to kill thousands if not millions per year. In an effort to combat this, the candidly named company "Save the Tatas" started selling its merchandise. Millions of dollars in revenue are produced by the effort, many of which is donated to the "Save the Tatas Foundation." Seeing someone wearing a bracelet or a t-shirt boldly proclaiming our desire to save breasts have been a humorous way to combat a very serious issue.

One-for-One Movement- Toms

Africa has seen a number of issues spring up on its population. Poverty, hunger, war, HIV, and chaos amongst the most noted. However, few think about some of the smaller issues that can still cause negative effects. These include a lack of suitable clothing and protective foot-coverings. The shoe company Toms reacted with a gregarious charitable gesture. Buy one pair of shoes and another gets donated to needy kids in Africa.


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Choosing the right Hair color to look younger


Strong and intense hair colour is nice and lovely when you are in your 20s, yet will make you look older when you are in the middle age.

Beauty experts say that as we mature, we lose the pigment in our skin thus our skin color changes. To take years off, the key is to lighten up your hair color   It is wise to determine the right shade for you. If you like it red, do not pick a fiery red, go for a more auburn tone instead. A chocolate brown can make you look younger too. For women who likes it blonde, a honey blond is advised and never a platinum blonde.



If you would like to maintain the hair colour when you were younger, low lights or highlights can do wonders. According to beauty specialists, blonde is the most youthful colour you can go as it fits and sits well to any skin for as long as it is applied correctly.

To get the right hair tone next to your skin will definitely knock years off your age.  When covering up grey hair, it is necessary to keep the base neutral then warm up with elegant set of mixed high lights

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Everything you need to know about the Honda CB1000R

The Honda Motor Company is a Japanese corporation who mainly deals in the manufacturing of automobiles and Honda motorcycles. Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle producer since 1959. Sometime in 1985, Honda become the first motorcycle company to manufacture a luxury brand called Acura. They also are the leaders in manufacturing combustion engines by volume. In 2008, Honda had officially surpassed Chrysler as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. As well as automobile development, Honda also is involved with aerospace research and development.







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Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

Why not make your mum feel uber-special this Mother's Day with something personalised? Here are a few Mothers Day gifts any mum is sure to love, from engraved jewellery to fragrant candles...

10. Personalised Cup & Saucer Set

How cute is this cup and saucer set? Made from bone china and decorated with pretty pink pansies, this is a great gift for any tea-loving mum. It’s even got the words, “Friends are flowers that never fade.”

Cup & Saucer Set

9. Trinket Box

This is the perfect place for your mum to store her jewellery in style. Adorned in beautiful hearts and roses in a Mackintosh-type style, this trinket box is a lovely way to declare your love and affection to Mum.

Trinket Box




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Vaccines that adults need



With the ever changing world, it was not only babies and children who need vaccines; even we adults need them to help our immune system produce certain anti-bodies to combat diseases.

Why is a vaccine important? A person is given a vaccine containing a weakened form of a disease, so when the real disease comes in, the body can easily beat the invader illness for without the immunization you will be prone to get the disease and may succumb to its complications.

According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the vaccines recommended for adults are:

HPV vaccine or Human Papilloma Virus vaccine

This vaccine can reduce the transmission of viruses that may lead cervical cancer to women and can help prevent genital warts.



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Reasons to use a storage facility


We may be starting a home with a few possessions but over time our personal and home stuffs increase and we usually dispose the older ones to give space for the newer ones, however there are times when we want to hold on to certain older belongings because of sentimental value. If your place is small and do not have a storage room, you can avail the services of safe storage to keep your precious personal effects. Storage facilities come in handy for a person or a family needing a store room. From a simple de-cluttering of things to other reasons such as:
  • Home renovations, there may be a need to move things out while renovating a home.
  • For students studying in Universities far from home, it would be easier to just put a student’s luggage in safe storage, instead of taking the luggage back and forth from university to home during school breaks.
  • Moving a house
  • Secure the whole houseful of furniture, appliances and other things while your family move abroad or live elsewhere out of the country.
  • Store old but precious personal stuffs that you do not want to discard.


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Cleaning 101: The Electric Fan



Due to the high cost electricity, most of us use an electric fan instead of an air-conditioning system to save on electric usage. Now that the hot summer months are fast approaching, this cooling device will definitely be working double time. However, as it helps air to circulate it also acquires dust along the way. Regular cleaning will make it work efficiently and at the same time extend its lifespan.

It is recommended to clean it on a weekly basis. Here are suggested ways on how to clean an electric fan. 


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What you should know about your home Carbon Monoxide Alarm


A Carbon Monoxide alarm is one of the most important devices needed to be installed in every home. This detector is intended to protect the family’s health against gas leakage by sensing what our eyes and nose can’t. Nevertheless, do not assume that your family is safe just because you have a detector installed. It is important to assess its effectiveness, thus before buying and installing one you should learn about co detector information beforehand to understand how it works, what their limitations are and how to operate in order to get the best protection.


Carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer because it is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, the leading cause of accidental poisoning and fire in dwellings. It is formed from the incomplete combustion of fuels, such as wood, kerosene or charcoal used in fireplaces and grills, the natural or propane gas in kitchen ovens, kerosene or gasoline used in clothes dryers, heaters and vehicles and other fuel-flamed home appliances which when not vented properly can cause the accumulation of large levels of carbon monoxide in the air that can cause poisoning.

The best suggested locations to place this device is in the kitchen and hallways. If you decide to purchase a detector, it is important to look for a reliable and tested brand designed for domestic use that has important features such as hard wired carbon monoxide alarms with battery backup that allows continuous protection even in the instances of power loss, unique module replacement system and more.




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Choosing a Sensible Internship



Internship is a pre-requisite and a part of the college curriculum.  Most students enter the on-the-job-training on their last year in college. Some schools provide company internships while for others they let their students search on their own and just provide recommendation letters for a possible placement.

Career advisers say that is wise to choose the best internship as possible. It is recommended to first know your long-term career goals – what do you love to do and how do you see yourself doing in three or more years from now. It is recommended for students eyeing for a good job not to jump into OJT right away. Identify companies that offer workshop that will support your goals, better if you can enter a multi-national company wherein you can have the chances of being absorbed and hired after you graduate.


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How to Have a Stress-Free Family Day Out

Ideally, the family would get out of the house at least once a fortnight and have a day out together. Money isn’t always abundant however, and the stress that often comes along with bundling the children into the car, puts a dampener on the day. With enough forward planning, you can create fun memories together, without going grey-haired overnight.

Take A Picnic

More often than not, restaurants are an awkward and expensive way to get lunch. If the weather is nice enough, take a special picnic for the day. Not only do you not have to worry about where you’re going to find a suitable cafĂ©, but you don’t have to queue for nosh either. Besides, a few extra snacks never went amiss.

Child-Proof The Car Journey

Squabbling in the backseat can set even the most Zen parent on edge. Make sure they have enough activities to keep them occupied. If it doesn’t make your little ones feel poorly, give them books to read or drawing to do. Story tapes are always a great way to keep everyone quiet during the journey, whether that be Harry Potter or Pippi Longstocking, choose a novel that doesn’t drive you nuts. 


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Energy-Saving Tips in Winterizing Your Home

Aside from pulling the sweaters and mittens out at the bottom of the coat closet, we also make a to-do-list to prepare and equip our homes for the cold weather.

Shielding ourselves and our homes to keep us warm and comfortable for the cold season is a must to keep our family and homes protected.

Our homes require maintenance to keep it in a tip-top shape all throughout the winter season. Here are important things to look over, inspect and clean before the wintertime begins.

  • Inspect the furnace and clean the ducts  
  • Clean the roofs, gutters and downspouts  
  • Check for crevice cracks on exterior doors and windows and seal them.  
  • Check smoke detectors and alarms, replace batteries if needed.  
  • Check on your first aid supplies, flashlights and food supplies.  
  • Do not forget to make the fireplace ready, buy enough wood, clean the chimney and cap the top to keep out birds.  
  • Take out those winter equipment from the storage such as ice choppers, snow shovels and more and check if it is still functional.
It is also important to learn how to boost your home's energy efficiency during winter. Make sure all systems are efficient by doing a system test run.


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Easy Ways To Go Green

Every day, we’re faced with a thousand and one decisions:  from what color of shoes to wear, to which turn to take at the intersection.  Some are big, life-altering decisions, while others are less critical.  The thing is, whatever decision we choose to make, we have to stick to it and follow through.

If going green is one decision you’ve just recently made, then good for you.  Remember that it doesn’t end there.  You have to take action in order to make that decision worthwhile. 

You don’t have to go all out and start a campaign to save the environment.  It always helps to start small.  There are so many things you can do around the house to start living that green lifestyle. 


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The Evolution of Me



I can still vividly remember my first day as a college freshman.  I was an impressionable sixteen-year old with no clue as to what to expect from university life.  Despite the uncertainty, I knew deep inside that I was beginning to enter the doors of womanhood.

I wasn’t exactly an adult yet, as it was only weeks ago when I was looking around for sweet sixteen party themes for my birthday.  But I felt that I was gradually being exposed to the harsh realities of life.  I was cautiously flirting with the idea of adulthood at that time.

Going to college made me realize that I was no longer the kid I used to be.  I was slowly asserting my independence, simply because I had to.  Circumstances led me to rely on myself as I trudged my way through early adulthood.

Fast forward to today, I am a full grown woman with a better grasp of life and its intricacies - at least I think so!  I have been through more trials than Kim Kardashian has had boyfriends.  Those tests in life have toughened me up in ways I only thought imaginable.  Now, I almost feel invincible, and that I can take on the world.  Bring it on, I say!




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Effective Parental Ways to Control a Computer Savvy Kid


Most of the kids these days are lured to play video games and online games. Most often, some are even willing to skip meals just to eliminate that monstrous creature or get that precious weapon to clear the level. Parents might not be able to understand their language and most of the time they end up raising their hands and say “whatever!”  every time they convince their kiddos to stop and get some sleep.

Being able to raise a computer savvy kid is something to be proud of, but when it becomes addicting thereby compromising their health and their education, then it’s another story. Your kid can no longer improve his potential to other things if right at the very beginning he cannot discern the difference between real and virtual happenings.

Convincing them to go to bed early is one of the most challenging quests, especially during the holidays or during weekends. They would immediately reason out that they don’t have any school homework and sleeping late is just alright. However, once they get used to it, even their school days schedule would be severely compromised. Some will not seriously do their homework or worst, skip classes. 


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Enhance your home appeal with a beautiful staircase


A beautiful staircase enhances the home pattern and design, ornamental handrails not only add beauty but serves as guide and guard for you and your children’s safety and elders as well.

Indoor or outdoor hand railings can rust over time and when paint or metal primer can no longer protect it against corrosion then it’s about time for a replacement. Changing handrails and other railing parts can be a do-it-yourself project as wrought iron railing parts are available in most home furnishing outlets and can be ordered online too. However, for more creativity and decorative work, you may hire the services of handrail and staircase builders.




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Community Practice: A Modern Branch of Social Work

The task of helping people within a specified group or demographic area to liberate themselves and to hold their own in a demanding society is best approached from a community level. Social work is a long standing profession which has been mainly aimed at empowering the weaker and more vulnerable members of our society. We live in a capitalist economy where opportunities are not evenly divided and people must compete to succeed. The society itself usually creates the very community problems that social work seeks to address.

Macro Practice

Effecting the desired change within a community requires several modes of guided interventions. These interventions fall under a new branch in the field of social work - Macro Practice. This practice deals specifically with the larger social systems interventions which are essentially a mix of several areas of the social sciences, and are meant to bring about a positive impact on society. These include economic development, urban planning, public affairs and nonprofit management.

Community practice involves more than the use of casework as a tool for addressing large scale problems. The activities within the practice are largely based on the needs, issues, concerns and problems that the practitioner identifies during an individual session with his or her client, but the interventions are designed to go beyond addressing them as individual issues. Social improvement plans are developed and implemented through a series of discussions and consultations between small groups, community organizations and the entire community. This means the practitioner will be involved at the organizational, community, and policy levels. Social workers are required to master skills that will enable them to organize people who have good intentions and desire a change, but lack the necessary coordination and direction to effect that change. 


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Instilling values, one of the most important aspects of parenting



We as parents are responsible to lay the ultimate foundation for the bright future of our children. Instilling values is one of the most important aspects of parenting that we should not forget.

It has been proven that children learn by example. If you will set a high priority on showing and teaching on your values, your children will practically learn to do the same.

Infusing values to our children can be done in several ways.

Discuss among your children about your beliefs; tell stories that support your principles in life.

It is important to monitor your child's behavior in school or when they are outside of your home with their peers as it can weaken parental influence and the development of moral values for behavior.


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Creating a Family Tradition



Although technology has made our lives a lot more convenient and comfortable, it is also sad that many kids these days are too “wired” that they forget to explore the outdoors and have healthy social lives.   

To let our children be a couch potato is definitely not healthy, so it is advised for parents to divert their attention by doing other activities in between such as sports, playing outdoors with other kids or enrolling them in summer camps during summertime. 

Make a time schedule on when they can use their computer and gaming gadgets so they will also learn how to manage their time for studying, doing their school homework and helping in some house chores.

Moreover,bringing them on cool road trips, exploring the beauty of nature such as trekking, or overnight campings can provide family fun and enjoyment. Family getaways that can be also educational not only for the young but for the adult as well.

Taking a break from work to spend time with kids would be sacrificial for many people who would need the extra income, but trips like these could make a lasting impact on your kids. It would create happy memories where you and your children can look back and reminisce.

After all, the whole family would really enjoy even short term vacations and later on make it into a family tradition—something they can also do with their kids when they become parents themselves!

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Hair removal tips ready for summer


Let’s face it, hair removal is a chore! Keeping stubborn stubble at bay isn’t easy, but there are ways to de-fuzz effectively in time for summer – check out these five tips.

Laser hair removal

The barbeque season seems to be drawing to an end but that’s no reason to shy away from being gorgeous, so book a course of laser hair removal and feel glamorous for the rest of the warmer months. This non-surgical procedure destroys the base of each hair follicle and can prevent hair from growing back. It’s relatively pain-free and requires little to no downtime (making it a highly convenient treatment). The laser works best if you have pale skin and dark hair, but new technology is being introduced all the time. A number of sessions are usually recommended, so arrange a consultation now ready for the warm weather.

Threading

If you’re heading abroad this year, why not get your eyebrows threaded? Many reputable beauty stores offer a hair removal service of this kind, so it’s worth looking around. A highly-trained beautician will pull each follicle out using a length of thread and will leave you with an immaculate brow. The procedure is incredibly accurate and is relatively pain-free compared to tweezing and waxing. Results can even last up to six weeks – so it’s definitely wise to get it done before the temperature rises. 


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Challenges Every Stay At Home Mom Faces

Vintage or Retro Kitchen

Imagine that you live in your grandmothers’ time. In the 1940s, you would have worn a knee length skirt, hat, gloves and court shoes. The Depression and the war may have pushed you into the workforce, but government pronouncements and policies reinforced the ideology of the traditional family. If you were married and worked outside the home, you would have faced job discrimination.

Only two generations later, have you noticed that opinion seems to have turned against stay at home moms? Yet, 23 percent of married-couple families with children under 15 have a stay-at-home mother. Five million women and 154,000 dads stayed home to raise their children.

The roles of stay-at-home moms have even been measured in dollars. Imagine paying for nannies, cooks, cleaners, drivers, psychologists, laundry maids and others who would need to be hired to replace the jobs that stay at home moms do. Salary.com say that a stay at home mom's work is worth USD $112,962 a year and estimate that she works about 95 hours a week. 


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How Electric Choice Programs Work to Your Advantage


In the United States, Electric Choice Programs are available in the District of Columbia and seventeen states. These programs allow customers to choose their electricity supplier. The power of choice gives customers the opportunity to compare rates, which encourages electric retail suppliers to offer competitive rates.

Overview of Electric Choice Programs

When you choose an Electric Choice Program to deliver your electricity, many things do not change. For instance, the way your electricity is delivered, who you call regarding problems or electric emergencies and the way you receive your bill will all remain the same.

Benefits of Choosing an Electric Choice Program

The benefits of choosing an Electric Choice Program is that it allows you to compare rates of licensed electric generation suppliers in your area. With this information, customers can do their research and find the supplier that is offering the best price in their area.

Where to Find a List of Licensed Electricity Generation Companies

The fastest and easiest way to find licensed electricity generation companies is to visit your state's local Public Utilities Commission website. It is necessary to choose suppliers solely from these lists. If a company you are interested in is not listed on this official website, you should avoid it because it could be an unlicensed company or a scam. 


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Keeping Your Baby’s 1st Birthday Party Economical Yet Wonderful


Birthdays are considered to be one of the most important events in a person’s life and more often than not, we celebrate it with our family and closest friends by throwing a party.

Customarily, we throw a party and rejoice the merriest birthday at age 1, 7, 13, 18 for a female debutante and 21 for the male counterpart.



Since your one year old child cannot remember how his or her first birthday party turned out, taking pictures of the activities for the first birthday party of your kid can preserve memories, something that you can reminisce over and over again.  


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How to Quickly Freshen Up Your Bathroom


Fancy a quick makeover of your bathroom? Here are some ideas that can be done in a weekend to give a real lift and freshen it up without having to completely remodeling.

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Clear out the clutter

First place to start if you are looking to jazz up the look of your bathroom and better still, a clear out won’t cost you anything but you will notice a great improvement instantly. Start by clearing everything that you possibly can out of the bathroom by removing all the items from your cupboards and vanity unit so that you end up with as much empty space as possible, just as though you were moving in rather than clearing up. Try to be ruthless when you start putting items back by getting rid of what you don’t really need or use anymore and sort out the medicine cabinet into organized sections. Even if you end up putting a fair amount of your stuff back, at least you will have freshened it all up and created a neater and tidier look than before you started. 


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The importance of Car Care Facilities


Cars not only provide travel comfort but significant and wise investments as well. Owning a car offers a convenient way to move around especially when you have children or during family emergencies. While it gives convenience, buying one can seem to be a daunting task. To extend its life and preserve its value, proper maintenance is needed. Its acquisition cost, insurance need and with the never-ending gasoline price increase, it is really important to keep it in a good running condition. It is also necessary to know where to find the best car care facilities in your community that offers a one-stop shop for your car care needs.

A well maintained car will help you avoid untimely and expensive repairs down the road. A regular check-up will optimize your car’s performance, especially fuel efficiency and your safety.


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Spanking Kids and its Effects to their Personality


Have you been spanking your kids as a form of discipline? What made you think that it is an effective approach? Parents doing it most likely experienced spanking during their younger years and they are just continuing the cycle as it has been a known norm in disciplining children.

Studies were conducted and shown that 2 to 7 percent of cases of mental disorders including paranoia, major depression and anxiety disorders were attributed to physical punishment during the person’s childhood years.

Even though the percentage isn't that significant, it is still something to think about. Spanking kids isn't illegal provided that you hit them not too hard that will hurt so much to cause trauma. May I reiterate that spanking to discipline a child is totally different from child abuse wherein the purpose is just to hurt the child physically and make his or her life miserable.

Aside from spanking, there are still other disciplinary actions that are equally effective minus the infliction of pain. Depriving or grounding your kid from his favorite video game or not allowing him to use his cellular phone can also be effective. You’re still causing pain but not physically. It’s more on utilizing the emotional pain to make him think and realize his mistake.

It is also important to explain to the child why such punishments are given whether with spanking or other ways. Keeping the communication open is the key to making these disciplinary actions as effective as it can be.

Pain is the breaking of the shell that surrounds understanding. 


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Human Resource Challenges for Small Businesses

Human resources play a great role in the success of any business. The employees of a company are responsible for running the various activities in the organization. A company therefore needs skilled employees who are ready to work and to ensure the success of a company. A small business faces quite a number of challenges related to human resources.


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One-Person HR Department

As the name suggests a small business is a firm that is small in every aspect. A lot of times you will find that the HR department only has one employee who may not have a Masters in HR since the company may not be able to afford to pay someone with an advanced degree. This person will usually be in charge of all issues pertaining to Human resources. If such a person is not in the office, then some things come to a standstill. For instance, the payroll may not be completed on time since they are likely to be the ones in charge of preparing the payroll. The firm may also not be willing to employ several people to work in this department since the assumption is that the department does not have much work considering the firm only has a few employees. 


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Cleaning 101: Laundry Tips

I learned to do the laundry when I was 12 years old.  I wash clothes manually then for we do not have the washing machine.  Mom taught me tips and tricks how to make clothes cleaner especially the white ones. However, the task of clothes washing will be easier and less tiring with the use of a washing machine.


Here are laundry do’s and don’ts tips in doing the laundry with a washing machine.

Do’s

It’s not necessary to use warm water, do wash clothes in tap water. It will give the same result as with using warm water. You can also save on your utility bills by using tap water.

Dissolve the detergent before the cycle begins, most washing machines has the detergent compartment, put enough detergent according to your wash load.  Too much detergent will only cause you to use more water by repeating the rinse cycle.

Use colour-safe detergents for colored clothes as it helps keep colours bright while getting out tough stains. While the regular chlorinated bleach detergent is fine with whites. 


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5 Things to Look for When Taking a Cruise in 2013



Cruise holidays offer the best of all worlds. They provide pampering, decadence, relaxation, and excitement in one convenient location. The largest cruise lines accommodate thousands, each with their own holiday agenda. While one passenger may spend an entire week reading books on the deck, others may focus on shore excursions that take them zip-lining through a jungle or snorkelling in the deep blue sea. Whatever one's holiday goals may be, it is important to keep some tips in mind when searching for a cruise this year.



Shop Early for The Best Deals

Gone are the days when last minute pricing offered the best deals on cruise getaways. These days, cruise lines choose to entice passengers to purchase early by offering their best prices far in advance. Though it is true that last minute deals exist, these are often the least desirable rooms that are still at a higher rate than their earliest listing.

Book an Upgraded Ship

Cruise lines are continually at competition with one another. One of the ways they try to best each other is with upgraded ocean liners. For a similar price, one may have a very different experience. Some of the regular upgrades that appear in ships include expanded staterooms, enhanced swimming pools, and additional dining. 


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Home renovations to beautify and increase re-sale value of your home

If you are thinking of ways on how to boost your home’s value then doing home improvement is the answer. Home renovation can be expensive therefore it is very important to prepare, organize and plan wisely before implementing.


You can hire a professional to help you with the planning, design, materials needed as well as to have an idea of how much you will be spending on your project. It is also necessary to be financially ready should unexpected expenses arise. Bear in mind that it doesn’t make sense to throw big money into your remodeling project if you won’t end up netting a higher re-sale price.

Below are suggestions of home renovations that will not only prettify and enhance your home but will also increase the re-sale value of your home.  


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How to Put Together Funds for a New Mobile Phone

The old concept that cellular phones are merely luxurious toys-slash-gadgets is now dismissed by people’s growing need for it. Cellular phones have now become a very essential tool for everyone, including parents, who want to know where their kids are on a real time basis. Business executives do business more effectively with a multi-functional cellular phone. Even teenagers need cellular phones.


Gone are the days when cellular phones are toys to show off. Now, cellular phones have evolved to be a necessity. Thus, cellular phones of various models and designs flood the market these days. There are cellular phones that can perform many different functions, but there are also those basic telephones that come in cheap.

Because of this great need and want for cellular phones, manufacturers flood the market with a wide variety, from cheap cellular phones to high-tech cellular phones. If you are lucky enough to afford high-tech cellular phones, then that is good for you. However, if you don’t have enough funds to put together so you can buy a new phone, you actually have several options. 


Lovingly written by Joy













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