Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to find the best deals on bedroom furniture

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Bedroom furniture is costly; but it is something you need to buy for the home. When you are ready to make this purchase, whether it is for one room or for more than one room of the home, you can save when it is time for you to buy the furniture. Consider these tips so you can save when you are ready to buy new furniture for your home.

1. Buy sets - 

Do not buy item by item; instead, buy the entire site. If it is bedroom furniture, a dining room set, or living room furniture, doing this will reduce the cost, and allow you to find the best possible deal for all items you are going to buy for your home. 

2. Buy from reputable brands - 

You might think buying cheaper or lesser known names will be a lower cost; but, this typically is not true. The quality is poor, meaning items break and you will have to replace them. It is worth paying a bit more for high quality, well made, crafted pieces, rather than continually replacing cheap furniture. So shop for the deals, but go with the well known product lines, so you know it will last. 

3. Consider financing it - 

Catalogue financing is an option you can consider when shopping for beds on credit. If you are buying a large quantity of items for the home, you can spread the cost over time; and, many catalogues do offer interest free periods as well. So you can avoid having to pay for interest charges on the purchase you are going to make, you have the option to pay things down over several months (or years if you are buying furniture for the entire home), and you do not have to come up with the down payment for the items you are buying either. You reduce the initial cost, and spread out the fees over time shopping for furniture this way. 

Many retailers also sell used or second hand, if you are looking for discounts, this is also a route you might want to check to find them. No matter what you are shopping for, when buying furniture for your home, it is one of the most expensive investments you are going to make. But, you do not have to overspend on the items you are buying, and these are just some of the ways to ensure you do not pay too much for what you are purchasing.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Three mistakes parents can make when it comes to early childhood education

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From the moment your baby is first placed in your arms, you love them with all your heart; as they grow, you support them as they learn to sit, crawl, and walk, and talk and much more. Your list is ever full of ways to nurture, support, and teach them to become happy, successful adults.

But sometimes your efforts can produce unexpected results a few years down the line and you can be left wondering what, if anything, might have gone awry in your parenting efforts. If this sounds familiar, take heart: every parent I have met as an assistant working in this type of child care center in Sydney has felt this at some point, only to redouble their efforts to be the perfect parent immediately after. Interestingly, they tried to be this mythical person in three distinct ways, convinced that they were on the right path.

In fact, the three groups were each making a different mistake; the pattern was clear. I did a little research to see if it’d ever been documented. Luckily, it had, by psychologist-researcher Dr. John Gottman, who has spent over forty years studying parent-child interactions. in his book,Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. Gottman describes one healthy (which we won’t be talking about), and three dysfunctional parenting styles:

The Dismissing Parent

This type of parent feels strongly that they have to “toughen up” their offspring for life’s challenges; with them, life’s rules and discipline all the way. They treat children’s feelings as trivial, barely tolerate positive ones and do their best to make the negative ones disappear quickly, because they perceive them as insubordination to their all-important rules. They downplay events that lead to their children’s emotions and do not problem-solve with the children, believing that the passage of time will resolve the issue.
This parent’s children learn that their feelings are inappropriate, and not valid and that there is something inherently wrong with them because of the way they feel.

The Disapproving Parent

While the dismissing parent does accept their child and only sees their emotions as irrational and irrelevant, the disapproving parent goes a step further: they deny the legitimacy of all emotions, and ban their expression altogether. This parent goes out of their way to enforce conformity to good standards of behavior.
While the dismissing parent’s children grow up to be somewhat neurotic, the disapproving one’s learn to appear devoid of all emotion. The flip side? A range of health problems, from diabetes to heartburn to high blood pressure.

The Laissez-Faire Parent

This parent hails from a different emotional galaxy from the first two: they freely accept, encourage, and nurture all emotional expression from their child. Empathy is their middle name and there is no feeling great or small coming from their children they’re not ready to feel too at the drop of a hat. But why is this wrong? They offer no guidance on behavior, or set limits and so fail to teach their kid how to solve problems.
Because this parent’s kids are so bound up within themselves, they have trouble concentrating, making friendships, and getting along with other children.

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So what does the fourth, rare-as-a-unicorn parent do right to nurture their children’s healthy emotional development? The answer is as surprising as it is simple: they strike a delicate, ever-shifting balance between empathy and discipline. Sounds easy, but it’s actually one of the hardest feats of psychological achievement; one which starts with self-parenting.