Archive | October 2014

Things To Remember When Educating Your Kids At Home

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It does not take an advanced degree to be a great teacher to your children. You should use a combination of basic skills and things you have learned throughout your life. If you hit any bumps in the road and are not sure what to do next, use the tips here to help you get back on the right track.

Know what your educational approach will be before you begin homeschooling. Whether you choose to go with a standard school type of environment and education, or if you prefer to focus on specific fields of study that interest your child, you should determine this up front. You will have clear goals to work towards, and the approach can be reevaluated at the start of each school year.

Find a homeschooling support group. While homeschooling might be very appealing, it can also be very lonely for both you and your child. Check community bulletin boards or the internet to find other families in your area that are homeschooling. Parents can get together to discuss methods that are successful and offer each other support. Children will benefit from group activities such as local field trips or projects.

Find a support group of other homeschool parents. When you teach your child at home, sometimes you may feel isolated. The support group can help you deal with problems and issues that are complex. You can benefit from the sharing of different perspectives and approaches, and you can apply these to your own curriculum.

Always take advantage of back to school sales just as if your child was going to regular school. You cannot disregard the cost savings of supplies during these sales. Children love to get new school supplies and you can stock up for the entire year easily as long as you have storage room.

Most people think that it is simple to teach their children at home. This is not something that is easy at all. It will take a lot of hard work and patience on the part of you and your child. Hopefully the information above will help you along the way.

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How To Have A Happy Pregnancy And A Healthy Baby

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Being pregnant can seem like a weight on your shoulders, but luckily, there is information that can make that weight a little lighter. The article presented below will be a great start on good tips for expectant mothers.

Buy maternity clothes as soon as needed. it will help you keep comfortable and you’ll have more pregnancy clothes. Wear your maternity gear with confidence around people. Be comfortable in your own skin and in what you are wearing.

Try not to gain a lot of weight when you’re pregnant. If you gain too much weight, you might have a hard time losing it after your pregnancy. Average weight women should expect to gain between 15 and 30 pounds during the entire course of pregnancy.

Consult your physician, prior to planning travel during your pregnant months. Bring medical paperwork with you, in case anything does happen.

Use full-service gas stations while pregnant, or ask your partner or other passenger to fill the tank for you while you wait in the car. Gas fumes are not good for the unborn baby. Do not take any risks and ask someone for help.

Check out the hospital you are giving birth in. Tour it and get to know the staff. This will make you more calm and inform you about certain aspects of the hospital. This is especially helpful for expectant dads since they will do the majority of the communication with hospital staff.

Learn the signs of premature labor, and when it is necessary to call your doctor. This is something that you want to know in case it happens. But knowing the realities can really help you if an emergency strikes. The outcome will be more favorable when you are well-informed.

Eating crackers and other neutral foods through your pregnancy is important. If you eat bland foods, they will help reduce nausea and vomiting. Also, foodstuffs that contain grease or acid can exacerbate the nausea and also cause heartburn.

If you are experiencing leg cramps while sleeping, do some stretches before going to bed. Any woman who has experienced pregnancy will recall at least one night of troubled sleep that was caused by painful knots in their legs. Stretching well before going to bed will relax your muscles and avoid that agonizing midnight awakening.

The additional responsibility of pregnancy requires a whole different level of self-care than when you aren’t pregnant. Following the advice in this article can help you overcome many of the burdens of pregnancy. It will make your experience, and your baby’s, much easier as you both move towards that important day.

Differentiating Between The Four Major Parenting Styles

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Proponents of the “Nature vs Nurture” theory on child development are fully aware of the fact that parenting is probably the most influential aspect of a child’s life. Of course, this means that different parenting styles will have certain effects on children, which of course should also mean that parents may wish to analyze their own behavior in an effort to discover whether or not their approach to child rearing is effective.

In many families, parenting approaches are blended. It is invariably unreasonable to expect both mother and father to have precisely the same personality, and therefore one should realize that each parent has a different set of experiences to bring to the table. The key is to open the lines of communication within the parenting unit in order to find an adequate compromise.

There are four major parenting styles to take note of:

1. Uninvolved
At the very bottom of the food chain we find the one parenting style that seems based almost entirely on willful neglect of the child’s developmental needs. In this instance, the parents do the bare minimum in terms of providing basic care. These parents take care of their own needs rather than spending quality time with their children, neglecting them in terms of social interaction.

2. Authoritarian
This parenting style seems almost reminiscent of a parent-child dictatorship. Parents create a set of strict rules without needing to justifying the reasons behind them. These parents have remarkably high expectations of their children despite never finding it necessary to open the channels of communication. Punishment for misbehavior is often harsh.

3. Permissive
Permissive parents are the complete antithesis of authoritarian parents. Rather than take on a leading role, they prefer to play at being “friends”. These parents often have no expectations of their children, allowing them to freely make decisions of their own accord.

4. Authoritative
Authoritative parenting is perhaps the most balanced approach of the four. It is considered to be a democratic stance on the parenting role, offering a reward/reinforcement paradigm for good and bad behavior. The lines of communication are kept open and any rules are backed by proper reasoning. These parents are attentive and affectionate without giving up their leadership role.

How To Get Your HVAC To Work For You

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HVAC contracting and service is not an area with which everyone is intimately familiar. However, most homes have an HVAC system and someone has to perform the maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, this article will show you the ropes.

Before calling someone to repair your system, make sure you know what kind of HVAC system you actually have. Learn the brand and the model. This will help you give the new contractor the necessary information.

Don’t hire a contractor until you know a little about what you are facing. You can’t get a decent estimate over a telephone, so disregard those numbers and wait until they view your system. If you don’t have any idea, they will have trouble giving you any sort of quote. So, you should know this beforehand.

HVAC Cleaning Tips

 

Keep outside condenser fans running smoothly by cleaning fan blades and coils before the summer begins. Always shut the power off before doing any work or cleaning on the unit. Clean off any leaves or debris from your external condenser unit.

Each spring, try cleaning the fan blades and coils on the condenser fan. First, make sure the power is off to ensure nothing moves while you are working. Secondly, pop the grill off, take the blades off and clean them as well as the actual unit.

Don’t get grass clippings on your outside unit. Turn your lawnmower in the opposite direction. This also applies to leaf blowing and any other yard work that results in debris.

When the leaves start to fall, the HVAC equipment can be harmed. When you see nearby trees shedding their leaves, clean the fan grill on your unit constantly. The fan needs unobstructed air flow, and if debris is blocking this air flow, then your system could suffer.

Maintenance

 

Have your HVAC serviced at least yearly. The fall and spring are the optimal times for this maintenance. This type if preventative maintenance is highly necessary to ward off any expensive troubles from coming your way.

When the weather starts to cool down, make sure you turn off outdoor condenser units. If it’s less than 60 degrees outside, turn the unit off. This will maximize the life of your unit.

No one wants to deal with an HVAC unit that isn’t working correctly. That said, a bit of knowledge goes a long way. Keep these tips handy so that you can refer to them as needed.

Don’t Miss The Unite Rutgers Race

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The Unite Rutgers Race is the most exciting half marathon in New Jersey and possibly the country. Each year scores of runners and fans
fill the course and its sidelines. This year’s race is presented by United Healthcare and will be held on April 12, 2015 across the New Brunswick Campus. The 21K course is challenging for runners while measuring just half the distance of a typical marathon. Information about registration, volunteering, and charity opportunities can all be found by visiting their registration site:

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Early registration is encouraged as the race sells out quickly. Through October 25th, the cost is $75 for the half marathon ($46 for
students) and $45 for the 8K race. It is best to arrive early on race day.

The half marathon is scheduled to begin promptly at 8am and the shorter 8K will start fifteen minutes later. The rules are clear as well
as the limitations. To participate, runners must be healthy, be 13 years or older, must sign a waiver, and be able to finish the race at
or under 3.5 hours. Runners will be asked to present their photo identification before being given a race number bib and a timing chip or
tag.

All participants will run with a chip, attached to the shoe, or with a tag that is attached to the race number bib. Technology has found
its way into racing because of its truth in determining a runners time. The start and finish are clear and the times cannot be altered.
To help with the race and all its activities, volunteers are needed and appreciated.

Volunteer opportunities abound and donations can be made to a named charity based on groups of volunteers. Each year the Unite Rutgers
Race makes generous donations to organizations that have provided a team of 10 volunteers or more.

For this worthy race in New Jersey, it may be beneficial to encourage friends and family to participate or volunteer for the half
marathon. The Unite Rutgers Race is enjoyed by thousands of runners and spectators alike. To cheer on the runners and to show spirit,
supporters should wear red and bring noisemakers like cowbells and clappers. This event is enjoyable for the whole family and is a great
opportunity to support the community and make new friends in New Jersey.

For More On The Unite Rutgers Race Check Out This Video From Past Events: