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5 Home Problems to Look for to Protect the Family

When looking for a new home for your family, you can’t merely settle for the first affordable structure that you come across. Without examining the potential of the house or apartment, you could inadvertently put your children at risk. Although you would like to live in a perfect world, the fact remains that not everyone repairs damages to the home in a safe manner. This could be dangerous for your little ones. Read More

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Parenting Behaviors Punishable by Law

Parenting is such a huge responsibility which should be taken seriously. Any wrong move can put you in trouble with your in-laws, make police visit your house or worse, even send you to jail. Keep in mind that some neighbors have their eyes and ears open all the time and any act they see you doing that they feel is not right can prompt them to call police authorities.

In the U.S., there are certain acts punishable by law hence parents need to be aware of these to avoid getting yourselves in trouble. Babysitters should also know these particularly now that many homes are equipped with surveillance cameras which can capture your every move. Read More

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Why Parents Need to Work Together With Teachers

Parents are the first teachers of their children. But as kids grow, parents need to entrust their kids to school teachers who are responsible for providing knowledge and developing the basic skills of children. Teachers are, therefore, recognized as second parents. And for this reason, parents and teachers need to establish a positive relationship as partners in education.

Experts have pointed out that a positive relationship between a parent and teacher is more likely to lead to the success of a child in school. When a school kid sees that his mom or dad get along well with the teacher, he or she is bound to feel good and inspired to do good in school. Read More

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Top Five Parenting Trends for 2015

At the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions or goals that they want to meet or achieve as time progresses. These resolutions may be to stop a bad habit or to start a good habit, such as stopping smoking or starting to volunteer more. For parents, making resolutions can be a little more challenging because caring for children requires much time and energy. These top five parenting trends for 2015 are making the new year’s resolutions list for many moms and dads. Read More

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What You Need to Tell Your Kids About Divorce

Divorce is always painful and even traumatic not only for the spouses but most especially for their kids. Any child would find it hard to understand why his or her parents have to go their separate ways. Read More

Is Your Child’s Financial Future Secure?

As a parent it is normal to want the best for your kids. You work hard and try to give them the finest that life has to offer. When it comes to ensuring the security of their financial future, it is easy for a parent to be left wondering what approach to take. You already contribute to your child’s Roth IRA, building small pockets of wealth for their future when possible. You have even started looking into creating extra passive income with rental properties or flipping distressed properties.

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Investing and padding the nest egg for your child’s future is certainly a nice gesture. It is unfortunate that none of these actions will ensure that their financial state will continue to remain solid long after you are gone. On the contrary, doing all this work for your child may have the opposite effect. Children who have everything handed to them in life tend to not understand how to do things for themselves. This is why it is important to educate your kids in the intricacies of how to earn and save money. Such insights will ultimately prepare them with the skills they need, ensuring that they will have a solid financial future. Read More

Protecting Children’s Health With Biotechnology & Traditional Precautions

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When it comes to preventing or treating disease, stem cell research has led to major breakthroughs in the medical field. Parents who have young children can take advantage of cord blood banking, a type of stem cell technology that could effectively treat dozens of illnesses that may be acquired at any stage of life. Blood that is extracted from umbilical cords of pregnant women can be used as a legitimate source of stem cells.

When properly manipulated and activated, the blood cells could then differentiate into specific types of cells that would be typically be damaged by degenerative diseases. Decades after a baby is born, its umbilical blood can be utilized in treating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Cord blood cells are stored safely in laboratory environments that are precisely controlled in regards to temperature, humidity and other conditions. Read More

Learning the Value of Possessions

Especially around the holidays, marketing efforts are typically focused on getting the attention of youngsters. From a very young age, children naturally desire to shove current belongings to the side in hopes of getting the latest and greatest innovative gadgets and toys available. However, once children become old enough to recognize right from wrong, parents must instill a sense of value. This attribute involves appreciating what one has and taking care to see that possessions last. There are many different ways of introducing this time-honored virtue.

Consistency

Similar to establishing any habit or converting short-term into long-term memory, children retain information and develop behaviors by repetition. Teaching value is no exception. Unless continually reminded, kids often let lessons slip by the wayside. Be consistent and in time, behaviors gradually evolve and become habit.

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Lead by Example

Children often emulate the attitudes and behaviors of parents from a young age. If parents do not exhibit traits that include value of possessions, children are also not likely to display the characteristic, regardless of how many times they endure a lecture. Read More

3 Ways to Improve Children’s Sleep Hygiene

Just because your kids are too old for a baby monitor in their room doesn’t mean you should stop monitoring their sleep habits. Sending them to bed at a “reasonable hour” does nothing to ensure they’re getting quality sleep (kind of like forcing yourself to go to bed at a certain time doesn’t mean you’re not awake in the dark for hours). Understanding proper sleep hygiene is the first step in helping your child enjoy a healthier life.

Check in on them throughout the night for tell tale signs of sleep issues such as early onset sleep apnea. In severe cases, a CPAP machine may be in order or there may be minor surgeries to help with nasal blockages. Of course, more likely you’ll just need to help them make some adjustments to better their sleep. Read More

Teaching Your Children Safe, Smart Travel

With the holiday season coming up, we need to be aware of the dangers out there. As parents of young children planning a family holiday, this is especially true- but those of us with grown up children must also be vigilant. Traveling on one’s own, or with friends, is a wonderful experience for all young adults, and should be encouraged as often as possible- as long as the importance of smart travel is understood.

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The Philippines, for instance, is an amazing country, dotted with beautiful beaches and exciting cities- but it’s also one that many travelers feel is unsafe, mostly due to reports of crimes and attacks on tourists. Recently making headlines, for example, was the violent rape of two Japanese tourists in Cebu City by South Korean men, in an act that brings to mind the mistreatment of the Japanese comfort women. The Koreans were charged with rape, as The Sunstar Cebu reports:

Rape complaints were filed Monday against two Korean nationals who allegedly raped two Japanese women last Saturday dawn, then left them to pay for the motel room bill. (Source)

The answer is not to avoid travel altogether, but to travel smart. Here are some tips to impart to your children.

  • Stay in a wholesome location. Before booking a room at a hotel, motel, or inn, do a bit of research; read reviews on TripAdvisor, and find out how the location is.
  • Know who to trust. Listen to your instincts; if someone seems shady, even if they’re supposed to be trustworthy- such as a worker at your hotel, or your driver- stay away.
  • Have important numbers with you. A little notebook in your bag or pocket with a list of emergency numbers is a good idea in case you lose your mobile phone.
  • Don’t get drunk. By all means, enjoy a few drinks at a local watering hole, but don’t get so drunk you lose control of yourself or your belongings. Not a wise thing to do in a foreign country.