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{September 29, 2010}   Sports and Kids

Sports and Kids

Sports and Kids

When it comes to extra-curricular activities for your kids, nothing can beat sports. Making your kids join a sports team has many benefits. It can help your kids to stay fit, improves sportsmanship and social skills and develop a hobby which the kids may even take up as a career. Now you do not want you kids to grow up and regret that they never played any sports as kids because their parents never encouraged them to play sports, do you? Of course not!

Encourage your kids to try their hand at all kinds of sports whether at school, at home or in the neighborhood community. Some kids can be quite reluctant to try sports as they may fear getting hurt or some might just be used to the couch potato routine that young kids have these days. whatever the reason, push your kids into sticking with sports. If they find baseball interesting, you can buy some equipment to keep at home and practice throwing as a family game. This will help you bond with them and give your kids confidence. If your kid is interested in basketball, install a hoop in your driveway, or you can take your kids over to the neighborhood playground for them to play with other kids of their age.

Sports are a good way to teach your kids about winning and losing and about life in general. They feel good about themselves and develop a healthy self-esteem when they know that they are good at something. If your kid is an only child, then enrolling them in sports will also make them friendlier towards other kids of  their age.

Kids always learn by example, so you ought to be active yourself. Read out to your kids, examples of great sportsmen and how they behaved on field. Try to steer them away from the controversial news that most sports persons are today. You don’t want  your kids to idolize and think that what they do is right.

Don’t discourage your kids at all when it comes to their enthusiasm for sports. Who know? They might be the next LeBron James, Rafael Nadal or Venus Williams! Be involved, supportive and quiet. Let the coaches be coaches. Don’t scream at your kid (or anybody else’s) while a game is going on. Stick around for the practices and help when asked, but mostly try to be low-key. Younger kids are especially impressionable and do not let them think that their parent’s will love them only if they do well in sports. Be an unconditional source of support.

While you are encouraging the sports yen in your kid,  also make sure to let them know that academics play a major role in life too. Encourage them to balance both and make sure that they are not neglecting either a commitment to school or sports. Your role as a parent also determines the successfulness of your kids.So get geared up to be the parent of a sporty kid!


{September 28, 2010}   managing pets

managing pets

managing pets

Holding pets around you is said to have many therapeutic effects. You can relax with your pets at home to take off all the stress of a long day. Your pets are your companions when you’re alone. You can assign responsibility  to  your kids in taking pets with them out to moor or for  a walk.Managing pets isn’t that easy, you need to administer it’s development.Your worthful effort towards pets also enriches your life.

First you have to decide what kind of pet you want to acquire .  Pets counts from dogs to cats and birds to reptiles. Some pets are to laze at home and a few can be taken along with us.Think about the space in your house that you can allocate for pets and then decide the a pet. Also make sure that you or your family members are not allergic to the type of pet you plan to get for returning a pet can be the most heartbreaking thing to do.

Once you make up your mind, visit a pet store, or better yet visit your local pound to adopt a pet. It is always better to adopt at initial vaccines and so on are already administered by the animal welfare officers. When the desired pet is at home, take caution in keeping the dangerous tools in out of reachable to them. You can purchase some pet-proofing materials from the pet store too. If you have a cat or a dog, install a flap on your door to make it easy for them to move about. Dogs don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time, so if you’re always out  for business or work for long hours every day, dogs may not be the best pets for you. They tend to get bored and chew up everything in sight and are not very happy when they are left alone.

You should also look into pet insurance when  you’re buying or adopting a pet. Nowadays companies offer a variety of pet insurance policies so make sure to choose the one that suits you and your pets needs. It’s best to get insurance when your pets are young. Read on the pet grooming techniques. For a pet owner, nothing should be of more concern than the pet’s health. A healthy pet makes for a great companion. But to make sure that your pet is in good condition you must take precautions right from the beginning. Pets are pretty much like human beings and can fall ill at any time. You should be conscientious to notice symptoms of illness of  your pet’s  as they cannot communicate with you. Do not ignore the symptoms since this might lead to dangerous consequences. Visit a vet regularly.

Spend some time everyday with your pet without neglecting it. Inculcate regular habits to your pet to be healthy. Nutritious food is very important for pets too for they are equivalent to man’s life and learn the feeding schedule of pets .When you’re travelling with pets, make sure you take the shortest and that your pet is comfortable. Follow all these tips to manage your pet at a breeze!

{September 28, 2010}   Online Shopping

Online shopping

Online shopping

Online shopping is a somewhat recent phenomenon that revolutionized the use of internet for e-commerce. With the ever-growing popularity of sites like e-bay and amazon, it shows that online shopping is here to stay.

Online shopping is a boon to all the shopaholics out there. You can ‘window shop’ to your heart’s content, without ever setting foot outside your house! You can find something on the internet that suits your every need, whim and fancy, from house decor, books, shoes, to clothes and appliances! Here is a list of things you should keep in mind before you shop online

·    Make sure that the website you’re buying has a lot of credible contact information and preferably a store nearby where you can exchange or return your purchases if you’re not satisfied with them.
·    Look for customer reviews on the quality and credibility of the information that is put up on the websites. Often, what you get will be very different from what is advertised online, so check the websites and other forums if there are any such grievances registered against the store.
·    When you’re buying online, look for good deals. There are loads of websites and sales are on at least one of them all the time.
·    If  you’re buying something basic, compare the prices using some websites which are made only to compare the prices of things available on the internet.
·    Check for quality assurance. It’s always better to buy something of quality which will last as long time than to buy something cheap which is sure to fall apart in no time.
·    Always check the shipping charges (if any) before buying, because some times, the shipping is worth more than what you buy
·    Log in from a secure server and only then give your credit/debit card details because internet banking theft is on the rise.

Take special care that all these requirements are met, and then you can happily click away!

{September 28, 2010}   commanding Vs.loving your children

Commanding vs loving

Commanding vs loving

It is natural for all of us to pamper and spoil our children and shower them with affection. Buying them gifts, playing and spending time with them is something which we all await after a long day’s work. Some people take their children out to the park; some others watch TV with them while some others read them stories. Whatever may be the activity, it sure is the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day.

Some of us are quite lenient with our children. We tend to be flexible with their food, or their sleeping time, while some others are very strict with their kids. It is necessary that we be strict with them, but not always. It is also important to treat them in a tender manner.

Children are usually sensitive and often do not like it when they’re scolded. They start thinking that their parents dislike them as they are too young to understand otherwise. It is very essential that we be patient with them and talk politely, yet sternly. Children must be told of circumstances of misbehaving. For instance, you could make up an interesting story about a boy who refused to eat food on time and what happened of him after that. This is negative motivation, where you’re motivating them to eat by mentioning the harm of not eating food. You could also tell them the advantages of eating a wholesome meal and how much they will benefit out of it. This will ensure that they learn good habits and realize their worth.

Even certain values and morals can be taught to them in a similar manner. Stories are a great way to teach children. Most children also emulate their own parents. They like to behave just like their parents do. So it is very important to control our emotions when around our children. Hitting or scolding your child will not serve any purpose. Your child may behave himself/herself properly, but only out of fear. After a point of time, your child may even become immune and may just get out of control. Patience is a must when dealing with children.

Some children are extraordinarily violent and rebellious. They may become so either due to unnecessary pressure by parents or even others. We must make sure that we don’t become very harsh with our children. Put yourselves in their shoes and look at the world from their eyes. Children learn quickly and remember forever. So you wouldn’t want to be known as an authoritarian who never listens to his/her children or even as a pampering parent.

Today, most of us have very busy lifestyles, with hardly any time to spend with our family. Nevertheless we must spend quality time with our children, in the sense, listen to them, interact with them, and play with them. Most of us think that if we help them in their homework and buy them expensive gifts, our job is done. In reality, a parent’s job is much bigger. It is the most important job in the world.

{September 24, 2010}   Pocket Money

Apart from many things children need to be taught , the value of money as an important aspect. For children are  succesful citizens of the future ,it is essential for them to have the knowledge of money and it’s functionalities.Giving them pocket-money to manage personal needs ,is a good way to inculcate responsibility. As seen from the terms, pocket-money is  given to the children to manage petty expenses. But remember that children are not to  be entertained with pocket money till he attains certain age limit.They should be able to count and know its exchanges.After having gained such knowledge you can focus on allocating pocket money.

Pocket money should be given to children who deserves them.Pocket money should be given after attaining  particular age limit and the quantity of money to be given varies with the age.Think about whether your child has reached the stage to receive the pocket money  .Initially you can start with a lunch allowance per day ,then increase to week and end with a month.They can have lunch at the school cafeteria, or spend on essentialities.

When you’re giving the amount to your child, make it clear for what purpose it should be utilized. Specify what you will buy, and what they are expected to buy with their allocated amount.For example,buying of candy, ice-cream or any other junk food or any gifts to the friends should be met with their pocket money. When they are given money without any directions, they may misuse the money . Also be firm on the point that pocket-money will only be given once in the decided time frame.

You can also encourage them to earn their pocket-money after reaching certain age limit. You can assign them to a weekly chore and pay them for doing that. In this way, your child earns his pocket-money and gets a sense of duty. When you start giving pocket-money, carefully monitor it’s usage, but don’t micro-manage it .This irritates them  and may collapse liberty.He may lose his individuality. Also make sure your child ,not to compare his pocket money with his peers.If they themselves pin point with this regard ,make them understand -the comparision is not good and you are receiving the required money.

As the child grows ,the demand for domestic needs too increases which leads to an increase of pocket-money .Set some firm rules in the initial stage itself. Increase pocket-money for every birthday. You can give additional“bonus” when they do well in academics and sports too. This incentive will make them excel.

Some parents do not encourage their children for pocket-money as it creates a distinction between parents’ money and their own. Some children also tend to use their pocket-money unwisely, but the good outweighs the negative effects which can be remedied easily, so pocket-money can be given to kids and it is the parents responsibility to see that it is used in a constructive way.

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