How to Make Your Child Enjoy Learning

Written by lyricsmama on July 19, 2017 – 7:42 AM -

In order to provide our children with proper education, we need to not only make sure they’re provided optimal education at the right institutions – we also need to guide them through the process of learning. Children can sometimes have learning blocks that hinder their studying, but all of these membranes are created due to a lack of understanding.
A child will never enjoy learning what he doesn’t understand, and if parents want to make the most out of their child’s study hours, they should first teach their children how to learn. While there are various tactics that enable them to do this, neither of them is 100% successful and they all depend on each child individually. The secret to succeeding with these strategies is the incorporation of most or all of them into the time you spend with your child.

1. Positivity
Instead of putting your children down for not achieving more than they did, as some sort of “reverse psychology”, try being bluntly proud of the effort they’ve made while letting them know that they can further improve their score. Instead of feeling discouraged by what they didn’t manage to do they will feel confident and proud of what they have done.

This sort of parenting technique incites positive feedback when it comes to the child’s will to get better at something, which will gradually increase with time. This is exceptionally proficient when applied to building a child’s learning habit. The child will be proud of what he/she learned, and he will always feel rewarded for his effort, resulting in a benign mental addiction to his parent’s acknowledgment.

2. Make Effort the Reward

Stimulate your children’s learning by letting them know how richer they’ll be after finding out how something works. Show them how proud you are when they can tell you about anything they’ve learned, and listen with utmost attention. The child will begin feeling admired whenever he appears knowledgeable, and although he won’t necessarily define this feeling in his mind, he will know that learning things is awesome.

Similarly, this will make the child feel great about having an impact in the classroom, provided that the teacher gives similar feedback (which is part of their job description). In a way, the child will start to understand that knowledge is praiseworthy, that it’s powerful and irreplaceable, and from that point on, your child won’t need as much inspiration to learn anything on their own. As for greatly beneficial material objects, you should choose the toys that encourage your child’s development.

3. Emotional Bribery

Most parents tend to reward their children with tasty treats, objects of desire or activities they enjoy. However, as effective as this strategy may be, it’s been known to passively promote materialistic thinking. Consequently, children begin learning not for their own knowledge or the parent’s approval, but in order to obtain superficial stimuli. Eventually, this learning mindset will be rendered obsolete in the child’s teenage or adolescent years, as they will realize they can gain what they want without constantly having to learn something.

The parent should instead double their emotional support whenever a child shows success in the learning field, while constantly emphasizing the importance of learning-induced growth. Simply put, as the child is not yet mature enough to understand the meaning of the irreplaceable qualities gained through learning, the parent should make sure that their kid gets an idea of this principle through other means, such as parent’s evident joy.

4. Simplify the Complicated

Unfortunately, both at school and in private life, children are faced with numerous meanings that they cannot grasp due to the complicated way in which they are explained to the general public. A great many adults become completely aware of what something is only after years of misunderstanding it as younger individuals. Parents should prevent this from happening to their children.

Every parent should watch out for a hint of confusion in the child’s speech and gestures when talking about something. Children will mostly ask everything they want to know, but sometimes they won’t show enough interest or honesty. Part of all of these strategies is to let the child know that ignorance isn’t shameful, and in order to fully achieve that, the parent must seek out misunderstandings in the children’s head and clear them up in the simplest possible way.

Children will only understand something if explained with the words and concepts they’re already familiar with, so parents shouldn’t stick with textbook definitions, but instead come up with an explanation closest to the child’s way of thinking. Depending on the field of study, you can also choose the toys that encourage your child’s development.

Learn and Grow Together

Everything that the parent know how to explain will be best explained to the child in whatever way the parent deems effective from experience, while everything that the parent doesn’t know can always be learned quickly. Google is every parents’ best friend, for example.

Children simply have so many questions, and no parent has a Ph.D. in every field. The above-mentioned techniques of learning guidance will help both the parent and the child mature and grow intellectually with each other, strengthening their emotional bond all the while.

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Now Casting: American Idol on ABC

Written by lyricsmama on June 13, 2017 – 4:59 PM -

The global phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL is back with world-renowned judge Katy Perry!

Doron Ofir Casting is proud to announce that we are now casting in coordination with American Idol for the country’s most talented, unique, and inspiring solo singers from around the country between the ages of 15 – 28 years old.

Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. This is your chance to get an exclusive invitation to audition directly for the executive producers.

To be considered you must email the following information to: americanidolcasting@popular.productions

· Full Name
· Age
· Location
· Contact Information (phone & email)
· Video link showcasing your talent (Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox etc..)
· 5-10 recent photos
· A brief paragraph describing yourself, your upbringing, and why you would like this opportunity.

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Inquiries can also be made by phone to 323-745-5421

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Five Beach Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know.

Written by lyricsmama on June 7, 2017 – 8:22 PM -

According to the Center for Disease Control, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning kills more children 1-4 years of age than anything else, except birth defects. Among children ages one through fourteen, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death (after motor vehicle crashes). Being aware of the risks and learning some life saving techniques will keep you safe at the beach.

Your Span of Control is Limited
In the perfect world, every child would have a designated adult supervising them at the beach or pool, but two children is a comfortable number for one adult to supervise. Any more can become overwhelming and increase the risk of something going wrong.

Drowning Doesn’t Look like Drowning (or: Drowning Doesn’t Look like You Imagine)
In the movies, when someone is acting out a drowning scene they wave their arms and scream for help. In real life, drowning is, for the most part, a silent act. Once a person goes into distress mode, they are fighting for two things: air and keeping their mouth above water.

My first experience witnessing the onset of a drowning occurred at my family pool when I was about ten years old. My much younger cousin was in two feet of water, bent over at the waist. It looked he was looking at his feet or the bottom of the pool but something didn’t seem right. When I lifted his head out of the water, he began vomiting and crying, he had been stuck. In a case I investigated, witnesses reported seeing a young girl bobbing her head up and down in the water. She had drifted from the shallow end of the pool into water above her head (or: the deep end) and was pushing off the floor of the pool to get air because she could not swim. She was saved, but nearly drowned. If something in and around the water doesn’t look right, it likely isn’t.

Set Up by a Lifeguard – No lifeguard No lifeline.
Set up your stuff near a lifeguard station so that if you venture into the water with your children there is an extra set of eyes to watch over you and your child. Don’t allow this to replace your diligence but rather supplement it. Your child is your first responsibility.

Don’t Get Lost in Conversation
Going to the beach or pool is a social event. If you’re caught up in a conversation, keep your face and your eyes on your child. Mishaps and accidents can occur very quickly and with a mix of children and water, seconds matter. Keep your hands glued to your babies or toddlers at all times. If at the beach, keep an eye out for rouge waves. Chat with the lifeguard in advance about any dangers you should know about. Ankle deep water can quickly become a hazard if you are not paying attention. Outfit your child with bright colored beach wear. Know your limitations and educate yourself on riptides. While you are on child watch duty turn the cell phone off, and keep the Ipad or book out of your reach.

Learn CPR and Rescue Breathing
Your local fire, police, recreation department or gym and health club often sponsor certified CPR courses. You will not realize its value until you need it!

Steve Kardian is an American career law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant and chief criminal investigator, who specializes in crime prevention and risk reduction for women’s safety. Kardian is the author of The New Superpower for Women (on pre-sale until August 8, 2017) and founder of Defend University, where he trains thousands of people each year on safety and self-defense, as well as strategies and tactics uniquely tailored to women’s safety.

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Why I’ll No Longer Leave Toledo, Ohio *Giveaway*

Written by lyricsmama on May 15, 2017 – 2:09 PM -

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve lived here in Ohio and couldn’t WAIT to get out. We moved here and bought our home a few years after we moved into the state. In reality, we bought a starter home, hoped to fix it up and resell it to move elsewhere.

Well the market crashed, and our neighborhood changed and well, now we’re stuck the entire value of our home has gone down, and there’s no way we can figure out that’s a good option to get out. Right now for a buyer, Ohio real estate for sale is gold! The prices are downright insane, we just can’t afford 2 mortgages and don’t want to leave our home and our credit hanging.

How things change though. The once, I want out of Ohio mentality is gone. I actually LOVE this state now, just not so much my neighborhood. But I’ve made friends and family along the way and couldn’t see myself leaving the state or general city limits anytime soon.

If you’ve been following me on my social media channels, you know how much I’ve changed my life, and my daily focus is my health and transforming myself. I’ve gotten that help from my CNC family!

CNC Lifestyle Management is my second home. It started with just a few boot-camps a week, and now it’s a daily thing, in fact, it’s where I am most of the time, if I’m not at Planet Fitness, I’m at CNC. Phillip Thomas who’s my coach/trainer is one of the reasons I can’t ever leave the area, i’m addicted to fitness and without his help, i’d probably fall back down into a spiraling hole. Not only is his motivation and positiveness pushing me beyond my limits and changing my life, but it’s the whole atmosphere of CNC. The members, trainers and instructors are all family! We may not have known each other before we started working out there, but by now, we’re all intertwined in this fitness lifestyle and pushing each other to keep going! That is why I can’t leave the area!

So what is CNC Lifestyle Management? Well, it’s more than a gym, it’s a fitness facility that offers not only personal training, but classes such as: Bootcamp, Spin, Zumba, Cardio Drumming, Strong by Zumba, Kickboxing, Toning, Yoga, TRX and more! We’ve done challenges, we’re educating people on nutrition and health in general, it isn’t just about working out all the time, it’s getting your mindset right! I love this place so much, that if you’re in the Toledo area, I want you to try it out too.

ENTER TO WIN!!!

I’m giving away a CNC Lifestyle Management punch card that is good for 12 classes! Try them all out, or just continue to come to your favorite, I guarantee that once your pass is done, you’ll be hooked and coming back for more!

CNC Lifestyle Management is located at 3350 W. Laskey Rd. Toledo, Ohio. It’s located in the same plaza as Pat & Dandy’s bar, just on the opposite side of the building. This is a privately owned, and locally owned gym. You can drop in at any time for any classes for just $7 or buy yourself an unlimited package! Check out the times and schedule of classes here.

So how can you win this punch card? It’s simple. Just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me, what’s your experience with the area and Ohio real estate? Do you own or rent? Looking to sell or buy a home? Where’s your favorite area of the city to live? Just leave me a comment that’s Ohio/Real Estate related! Then check out the giveaway widget and find more ways you can gain extra entries!

Good Luck and I’ll see you at CNC!!

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Financial Security for Your Family

Written by lyricsmama on April 26, 2017 – 8:57 PM -

As you beginning discussing with your spouse the idea of expanding your family, it is important to discuss finances. It is easy to jump right in. Planning ahead will take some of the pressures usually associated with a growing family and allow you to better enjoy the precious moments. Financial security combines investments and savings with insurance protection.

Insurance

Financial security requires an effort. Savings do not accumulate overnight and life sometimes throws you some curve balls. That is why it is important to sit down and evaluate your situation. You will need to ask yourself some tough questions. Discuss situations that could be devastating to your family’s financial health. What will you do if one of you becomes sick, injured or died? What happens if there is a fire or your home is robbed?

All of these scenarios are easy to shrug off. Everything is okay until it isn’t. It is important to be prepared. Insurance can go a long way and provide peace of mind. Coverage plans are more affordable than you might think. Life insurance provides your family with the resources necessary to maintain their lifestyle in the unfortunate event of a death. Funeral costs alone can put a dent in your family’s bank account.

Health insurance is vitally important. Just because you are healthy now doesn’t mean you might not end up in an accident. You might get ill expectantly. Hospital bills add up quick. They can stretch a family thin and cause a lot of stress. Having even a bare essentials insurance plan can help defer some costs. Read more about the importance of insurance for your family.

Savings and Investments

Setting aside savings can seem impossible when you are already on a tight budget. You should not wait until you are wealthy to start setting money aside for a rainy day. Get in the habit early. Putting just $25 dollars in an account with a 6% annual return will accrue to $31,000 in 15 years. If you have any credit card debt or student loans, focus on paying these off. Once you are out of debt, make similar payments into savings.

Invest in your future. It might seem like you will be young forever, but retirement can sneak up on you. If your company has a 401(k) retirement savings plan, start investing in it today. Some companies will even match employee contributions. This is not a deal you want to pass up. If this money comes directly out of your paycheck, you won’t even miss it. If you are planning on having kids or already have them, you will want to set money aside for their college. There are options for college savings programs that help you save for your kids’ future.

Financial security requires dedication and a real look at your family’s finances. It requires asking hard questions and seeking out answers. Insurance is important for any family. In the event of an unfortunate death or a catastrophe, your family will be able to focus on the more important aspects of life without the financial burdens that accompany tragedies. Start planning now for your family’s future. Invest your money wisely and start saving immediately.

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