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Giving Up The Hippo

Early Childhood Education
She's used more than the kettle and has been on adventures far and wide. She is both loved to death and mistreated having had her insides lovingly pulled out, and no longer shows any signs that once she was beautiful and fluffy. She smells most of the time and wears texta on her nose like a badge of honor. She has been dressed in everything from Barbie clothes to tissues, and is affectionately known, as "Hippo". If your child has that much loved "thing" like mine, you too may of wondered how long this will last. Is it something we should be discouraging, or should we simply be giving in to the much loved "thing" err Hippo?Kids who have ended up with that beloved "thing" picked up their interest and attachment for varied reasons. For some kids it has been inspired by a much loved TV charact...

Teaching Values to Kids

Early Childhood Education
Teaching values to children is an important part of a parent's responsibility.Setting aside one evening each week is one way that families can teach values.Following are ideas for preparing a family value lesson. A sample lesson using the value of empathy is also included.Preparing for a Family Value Lesson1. Set the evening aside well ahead of time. This allows everyone to clear his or her schedule. You may want to pick one night a week or a month and permanently plan it in your schedule.2. Choose a value to teach. You can choose the value or let your children suggest ideas.3. Find materials that correspond with the value such as stories and games. Places to search for resources might be:· Theological lesson manual · Faith based stories for children · The Internet · Children's magazines ·...

How to Organize Your Home for Educational Success

Early Childhood Education
Parents need to organize their homes to be conducive to an educational environment for their children. Homes that are conducive to education have developed an environment that will increase the academic preparedness for their children. In our society, children need all the advantages necessary to become well-educated and if children can start the journey from home, all the better.We all realize that the examples we give to our children can play a major part in what kind of person they grow up to be. If we set good examples for our children, hopefully they will observe and learn from those examples. Since parents set the first examples for their children, why not set an example of maintaining a well-organized home that has an educational environment.Parents should realize there may be a dir...

Step Parenting Advice: Important Advice for Blended Families

Step Parenting
Being a step parent has unique challenges that are not present in other family situations. To create a happy blended family, you must balance respect and love with discipline and understanding. In this article, you will learn what it takes to create a happy home environment for your blended family.When a single woman with children marries a single man with children, this union should be viewed as more than the union of husband and wife--it is the joining of two different cultures. Each family is a tribe unto itself and if this union is to work, each step parent must respect the other family's dynamics. Family dynamics are often as different as night and day. This is why you must come to grips with the idea that you have two different tribes living in your house.So how does this wo...

Stay Digitally Connected With Loved Ones in an Assisted Living Facility

Elder Care
With the advent of many excellent new technologies, it's important to plan ahead for the impact that they may have on our lives and communities. Find out how these technologies are opening up new and exciting possibilities for those staying in an assisted living facility.Smartphones Are Only the First StepFace-to-face communications with a smartphone have opened up a wide array of opportunities to communicate with friends and family more easily. Unfortunately, as our loved ones age, they can often feel left behind or overwhelmed by new technology. We've come a long way since rotary phones and the first car phones that were available only along certain roads. Still, while smartphone controls are designed to be intuitive for younger users, they can baffle many people in older generations. If...

Calming the First Day of School Jitters

Early Childhood Education
As we look towards the end of summer, for many families September brings a big transition as children head off to school. For some kids the first day of school is anticipated with trepidation. How can parents calm the first day of school jitters?- Play act Playing school is a wonderful way to role-play and act out some of the scenarios your child may encounter. You can play the role of teacher or your child can play with an older friend. This positions school as something to look forward to and something that the "big kids" get to do. It's a chance to practice working on problems, reading, and raising your hand to answer questions. Making school seem fun means that it becomes something to look forward to rather than fear.- Take a dry run The unknown can loom large in your child's mind....

Financial New Year’s Resolutions You Should Definitely Keep

Home and Family
The New Year is a perfect time to overhaul your life. The first place to start is making financial resolutions that can get you closer to your monetary goals. It's easy to make resolutions, but not so easy to keep them. This is true for all resolutions, but especially financial ones. The key for all resolutions is to set achievable, actionable goals. Don't be ambiguous and don't aim too high. So, if getting your financial life in order is a resolution you would like to make this year, here are a few you might consider adding to your 2019 itinerary.Prioritize Your Debts Did you know that not all debt is created equal? Make a list of all your financial obligations and organize them by the interest rates. Debt with the highest rates (most likely your credit card debt) should be paid off immed...

10 Tips For Completing School Mission Projects

Early Childhood Education
Why do teachers send home big projects for kids to do, like missions and solar systems? These really aren't projects for the kids... it's just more homework for parents! Well, my son had to do a mission, and after lots of glue, paint, small plants, dirt, and scraps of construction paper all over the place, I think we did a fairly decent job...A few tips I recommend:I DO NOT recommend buying the 'mission' kit... they really suck! Some of the solar system kits are alright, but you have to take out Pluto because, unlike how we were taught in school, it is no longer a planet?!?! Before beginning a mission project, make sure you know which mission it is and you can even look up pictures of what it looks like online! Isn't it amazing what technology allows us to do these days? I do recommend jus...

A Bug on the Plate Is Worth How Much?

Home and Family
Did you ever have a smile on your face that no matter what you did you could not wipe it off?Well, that is quite a regular occurrence with me. But this past week was a "smile-on-the-face" to beat all "smiles-on-the-face." My only regret is that I did not do a Selfie.It all began in the morning when I suggested that we go out for lunch for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration. Sometimes with our schedule we cannot celebrate a celebration on that celebration day.Of course, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage responded in the positive."You," she said rather sarcastically, "will be picking up the check?""It's the least," I said in response, "I can do for your Valentine's Day present."Smilingly she said, "It sure is the least thing you could do."We chuckled simultaneously, which is something we...

Are We Addicted to Plastic?

Home and Family
Plastic is all around us. Just look around anywhere that you are sitting right now. There're probably plastic pens, folders, notebooks, and much more in your office. You are also probably surrounded by other plastic items too. Many parts of our car are made of plastic. Kitchen equipment and utensils are also made of plastic. We are surrounded by plastic everywhere.There many benefits to using plastic. Plastic is lighter than wood or metal, it is also cheaper to buy and produce. Plastic is also flexible, moisture-temperature-chemical resistant, durable and relatively inexpensive. There are also important roles that durable plastics play in certain settings such as hospitals and for computers, phones, safety and industrial equipment.But is all this plastic good for us? Many scientists are di...