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Childhood Anxiety – Ways Parents Can Spot Anxiety in Their Child

Childhood Anxiety – Ways Parents Can Spot Anxiety in Their Child

As a parent, you worry about everything regarding your children. It really is common nature to over analyze everything. One thing that really cannot be over analyzed enough is childhood anxiety. The problem with this is that many parents are not sure whether their child suffers from this or not. The good thing is that there are ways to tell whether your child is an anxiety sufferer. You just have to look for the signs. Of course only a physician should diagnose your child, it does help to have an idea of what that diagnosis might be.

One of the reasons why many parents do not know about childhood anxiety and their own children is because many children are not able to verbalize what they are feeling. As adults, it is easy to tell when you are feeling anxious, but children have never experienced this emotion before, so they do not say anything about it. They do not know how to put it in words. Because of this fact, parents should not feel bad about not recognizing their child’s anxiety. However, there are other signs you can look for as a parent, so you do not have to wait for your child to figure out their emotions.

One of the best signs for which to look when it comes to childhood anxiety are meltdowns. If your child has a tendency to start crying uncontrollably quite often, there is a good chance your child suffers from anxiety. In addition to crying, many children act out in anger. If your child just acts out in anger, it does not necessarily mean he or she has anxiety. That is because anger is related to a number of different illnesses. If it is done in combination with crying and even shying away from people, it could be a strong sign of anxiety.

Another strong sign of childhood anxiety that many parents can recognize on their own is that their child shies away from everything. They would rather not hang out with friends and family, and they especially do not want to be the center of attention. If you think your child has any of these signs, you should consult your family care taker because your child may have anxiety. What is important to remember as a parent is that it is not the end of the world if your child has anxiety because it can be treated quite easily.…

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How to Remain Positive When You Aren’t Getting Pregnant

Attempting to conceive a child should be a enjoyable experience in more ways than one. Unfortunately, there are issues that may arise when trying to get pregnant. There are many factors that can contribute to infertility issues and they are downright frustrating. Trying to become pregnant and not succeeding can not only make your frustrated, sad and lose hope, but it can also cause confusion and animosity within your current relationship. Couples trying to conceive without success experience static in the relationship during a time when you are trying to work together towards a common goal, building a family.
It is hard enough nowadays to maintain a healthy relationship, and when you have infertility issues pop up, it only makes things harder. When you tie that to the fact that every woman that has made up her mind to start family doesn’t need the stress of wondering whether or not she can have a baby on her mind. There is enough to worry about in life. You have probably tried the information on positions for conception and the different foods that you can eat.
Hopefully, you have not reached the decision to take fertility drugs; these can prove to be harmful, dangerous and pretty expensive.
There are some simple steps that you can take in order to conceive, and conceive quickly. It’s no wonder that this holistic approach has so many women flocking to this program. You can rid yourself of the headache and the issues that come along with not being able to get pregnant. There are steps that you can take right now to make your relationship a happy and healthy one.
Everyone wants to have a happy family and more importantly a happy baby. There are so many things that the doctors won’t tell you about getting pregnant from a holistic standpoint. It’s pretty scary how fast they are to prescribe a drug for anything nowadays. Please rests assure that there are some very simple steps that you can take towards getting pregnant and moving towards having a happy family.…

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Parenting Awareness

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they stop and look back at past events. When doing so, they shock themselves by thinking what their past self would react seeing where they are at the moment. They might start to wonder what life would have been if they hadn’t gone to that party, or if they did volunteer at that hospital. Sadly, there are times when we wish we could’ve done something different or wished we didn’t do things that we did.

We often ask the question “Where am I”. Whether it’s when we are looking at the mirror at ourselves or cleaning up our rooms or looking at the clock when you just awoke. Buddhists have a very simple answer to this question. The present moment, that’s all that matters. When it comes to parenting, it’s very important.

Not many of us are in the moment when doing certain activities, however the option to choose so is always available. When was the last time you washed the dishes or cleaned the house and actually thought about what you were doing in that moment? Some of us just turn on the radio and listen to the music as we clean. Others just space out or day dream. Some might turn on the T.V. and glance every now and then.

If we resist the temptations of thinking about the past or what if scenarios, we’ll greatly reap the many benefits of the present and what is happening at the moment. Understanding what is around us, who is around us and what we are doing here and now is important. It is also important to be aware of what you say and how others react as well as vice versa. Buddha himself has a great poem dictating the present moment:

Do not pursue the past.

Do not lose yourself in the future.

The past no longer is.

The future has not yet come.

Looking deeply at life as it is

In the very here and now,

The practitioner dwells

In stability and freedom.

We must be diligent today.

To wait until tomorrow is too late.

Death comes unexpectedly.

Awareness in Parenting and Children

When it comes to parenting, it is vital to be in the present moment. When the time comes when we have children, many of us will be put under stress. Whether this stress be that we have to constantly take care of the child or how much harder we will have to work to support the child. Focusing the mind on the present during these days is vital for the happiness of your children as well as yourself.

Living in the present allows us to be more relaxed and calm. Children have the great ability of being guides for us. They guide us to see who we really are and how we act. All children live in the present moment. They don’t think about the past as much as we do and they don’t worry about the uncertainty of the future. Their mind is focused on what is happening now. If we observe how they act more and more often, our children can teach us how to live a life (or live in moments) where we are emancipated from worry or fear about the future and be happy with what is happening now and where we are.

There are many parents who go through their parenting life who are on “auto pilot”. What this means is that they go through their days, weeks, months and years going to the store, buying groceries, buying diapers, baby formula and so forth, then return home, take care of the child and wait till they go to sleep, then they go off to do their other stuff.

Then, there are those parents who realize that what they’ve done, they weren’t really in the moment. They were always thinking of what to do tomorrow, or next week, or sometime in the future. They never really stopped and focused on the now. These parents begin to focus on their children and they become aware of what is happening. In the end, these parents are the happy ones because they get the delight of truly seeing their child grow up right in front of them and how they’ve changed because of the child.

Benefits of Awareness for Parents

With the ability to become more calm and relaxed when becoming more aware, awareness allows us to understand perspectives more efficiently and understand more about ourselves. A lot of times, we judge. We judge how we look, how other people look, how they act and so forth. Judging can sometime bring forth negative emotions that’ll add necessary stress in our lives. Applying Buddhist awareness allows us to understand our emotions and our judgments without actually standing behind …

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Taking A Vacation In Your Office

The workplace can be very boring especially if you are doing the same thing everyday – sitting on your desk and staring at the monitor of your computer. This is especially true to men who are actually designed to be free as a bird and not spend the rest of his lifetime being in the prison called “office”. Here are some tips you can use to escape your office and take a vacation without leaving your work behind.
During lunch break, don’t just sit there and eat your lunch in your cubicle. Instead, leave the building premises and eat somewhere else. The human body is designed to handle only an amount of stress at a given time, and to free yourself from whatever causes that stress (in your case, the office) even just for a short period of time can help your body relax and recover.
When working with your computer, relive your past vacation experiences by uploading vacation photos and making them your computer’s screensaver. Studies show that viewing pictures of restful and quiet sceneries help reduce your stress by allowing you to feel the exact relaxing feeling you feel when having a vacation.
What’s more, when you breathe deeply like you do on vacation, you also free your mind from the worries and stress of work. Do this by closing your eyes for at least 7 minutes and breathe deeply through your nostrils. Deep breathing is a form of exercises that helps stretch out your chest muscles and gives your mind the signal that your body is ready to relax.
Another way to perfectly revive your senses is to listen to music and sounds that you usually listen to when on a vacation. The sounds of waves for example reminds you of times when you are relaxing on a beautiful beach. Pick out an instrumental CD that plays any sound related to nature and vacation and listen to it while working or during breaks.
You don’t have to suffer from the stresses brought to your by office work every single day of your life. You are too special to get stressed so find ways to enjoy and relax while working at the same time. Your boss will even thank you for it since a stress-free worker produces more excellent results.…

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Housekeeping Learning Space For Children

Housekeeping Learning Space For Children

Day in day out, children observe their parents cooking at the stove, cleaning the house with broom and mop. Most children pick up responsibility, learning to clean up after themselves and taking care of his friends and family through watching their parents.

In most childcare centers, there are housekeeping learning corners. In these corners, children perform one of the most important form of play – pretend play. Pretend play helps children to enhance their imagination and develop their creativity by using symbolic objects as things they see around them. For instance, a doll as a baby, pretending to eat plastic tomatoes and carrots and cleaning the “house” with a child-size broom. These activities do more than keeping the children occupied during the half-hour session. Although most early childhood teachers know the importance of these forms of play, parents often overlook the significance of it and often dismiss it as “just playing”.

When a child is playing at the housekeeping corner with his friends or siblings, he expand his oral language while communicating with his playmates and picks up new phrases and builds his vocabulary. He is also developing socially by learning to share his toys. He takes pride in being able to perform duties he often see adults doing and feel confident at his capabilities.

A child imitates and projects his understanding of family and home through playing at the housekeeping corner. Through this activity, he begins to understand the roles and responsibilities of other people, for instance, in most families, mothers cook and, perhaps, fathers help to clean up after each meal. He will gradually develop a positive view of his capabilities and may start to want to help out at home as well.

There are many items that can be placed in the housekeeping corner to enhance the child’s play experience, such as dolls, uniforms and costumes, telephones and stoves with pots and pans. Placing familiar objects, even if they are toys, gives the children the chance to explore and make sense of the world around them. Child-safe play dough can be provided for the children to make “cookies”. Through kneading the dough and cutting them with cookie cutters, the toddler can develop his fine and gross motor skills. By providing uniforms at the housekeeping corner, the child can pretend and assume the role of a police officer, fire fighter or nurse.

Children never develop in one area at a time. After many years of working with children, early childhood educators realize the importance of holistic education. Giving children the chance to explore and play is important, but more beneficial for the children is guided play, meaning parents and educators providing developmentally appropriate materials and toys and creating a comfortable and fun corner for them. Children are learning new things everyday, with the help and guidance of adults or even older children, they can reach their potential and have fun at the same time. So never think that kids are only playing with toys and wasting time, they are learning and growing through play.

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Top Attractions in Edinburgh

Top Attractions in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is the second largest after Glasgow. The city is located in the south eastern part of Scotland and is known for the medieval monuments that are finest examples of the Gothic style of architecture.

Some of the attractions of Edinburgh are:

1. Edinburgh Castle: This is a highly visited place by the tourists. The castle is the home to the Edinburgh Tattoo and is a magnificent royal fortress that is situated on the highest points of the city. It was made more than one thousand years ago and is still in perfect condition.

2. Royal Botanic Garden: This garden is the second oldest in the world. This is an interesting place where researches as well as tourist activities keep going on. It is a good place for picnic with family and friends.

3. Edinburgh Zoo: This place can be a good option if you would like to go for outing with kids. The zoo is famous all over the world for its penguin parade. You can see other animals like Rhino, Tiger, Polar Bear, Koalas and much more. The zoo has initiated a number of research projects and programmes for the conservation and breeding of the species who are today on the verge of extinction.

4. Museum of Childhood: This place will surely make you relive your childhood. The place is one of the most popular places of Edinburgh. The museum was opened in 1955 by Patrick Murray and is first of its kind in the world. There is a huge collection of dolls, trains, bicycles, teddy bears and toys that have been collected from all over the world.

5. Saint Giles Cathedral: This is a major landmark in the city of Edinburgh. This is not a cathedral as it doesn’t have any bishop. The church is the largest church of Presbyterianism and has the chapel of the order of the thistle.

6. The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center: This place is for the scotch and whiskey lovers. You can take an opportunity to taste some of the best whiskies that were brewed in 19th century.

7. Royal Yacht Britannia:After serving the Royal household for a long time, the Royal Yacht has found a new home in Edinburgh. Britannia offers you a golden chance to see the royal apartments. There are a number of royal gifts that are on display which were given by dignitaries all over the world. This place is voted as “Best New Attractions of Edinburgh.”

8. The Edinburgh Festival:This festival falls in the months of July to September that makes it a best time to visit Edinburgh.…

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Coupon How-To From a “Been There, Doing That” Mother and Wife

Having a family of eight, almost nine tends to cause you to look for ways that you can save money or cut costs. Many of us have a very fixed budget, especially with the economy now. This makes it difficult to see areas in your budget that are flexible or have any areas to give. Some of us have cut deeply out of our entertainment budget, or in my case, our coffee house budget because that is one area that can actually be cut. Even if you don’t have a large family like mine, doesn’t let you off the hook. We can all stand to make some changes. That led me to find a solid “coupon how-to,” and now I’m passing that on to you – free of charge, without the need for a coupon, this time.
For years I have been anti-coupon. I just never saw the point. Why would I waste all my time cutting out coupons for 35 cents off of a name-brand item, when I can still buy the store or generic brand item more inexpensively? I also thought that if I had cut all of these coupons, I would be compelled to buy things that I had coupons for that I would have never normally bought. I sort of thought this because I had done just that a few times when I had tried the “coupon thing”.
I could also envision mass amounts of coupons spilling out of the top of my wallet, or crumpled up at the bottom of my purse. Let’s face it, my purse doesn’t need any help in the crumpled up paper department. I do have 6 kids after all. I pictured myself standing at the check out with a mile long line behind me, three to four unruly children begging for candy, and me digging through the bottom of my purse in the hopes that I could find THE coupon that would save me a bunch of $$$ only to find it and realize it was expired. No thank you. I tend to be a spectacle of sorts, as it is, if I travel through the aisles with all of my children. Adding the vision of the coupon fiasco to the mix was something I was not interested in.
So, when my sister-in-law mentioned to my mom that she had started “couponing” I gave her the eye-roll. (Behind her back of course. I am not that rude!) As she was describing all of the free stuff and super inexpensive stuff that she had picked up, I couldn’t help but be curious enough to ask the one question you never want to pose to a couponer, unless you want to become one yourself: “How?”
Her answer has become this “coupon how-to,” a crash course in all things coupon. By the time the conversation was over, I was not sold per se. But, I was intrigued enough to do a little more investigating of my own.
**Warning!** If you don’t want anything to do with coupons, you should probably stop reading this article now. You just may be sucked into the coupon vortex like the rest of us.
What I discovered is that every idea I had about coupons was, well…wrong. I do so hate to be wrong. If it involves saving money, I can be big enough to admit it. Couponing is very strategic. It requires planning, organization, research and mad skills. Okay, perhaps that is an exaggeration of sorts. But, the 1st three are definitely required.
Coupon How-To
– Supplies –
A new attitude about frugality and spending – non-negotiable!
4-6 Sunday Papers, depending on family size (Make sure they have all coupon inserts!)
Organizer – a baseball card organizer (in a 2-3 inch three-ring binder) works great for coupons.
Notebook dividers for above
– Directions –
Every Sunday pull out the store ads and match up the deals to your coupons. Better yet, find blogs in your area that have done all of the work for you. There are a ton out there. Some in my area even host monthly classes on how to become a “coupon queen.”
Label the dividers with different categories: baby, beauty/haircare, first aid, dairy, etc. You will find categories that work for you – but the best way is to label them in such a way that the coupons reflect the store aisles. Then start cutting those coupons and loading up your binder.
The goal of the coupons is to know when to play them. You don’t want to just make a list and see if you have a coupon for it. You want to use your coupons on items that are already on sale and at rock-bottom price. Then you use multiple coupons to stock up on the item. Because you can also …