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10 Tips To Help Kids

The prospect of moving a residence can be hugely unsettling for children. The idea of losing the only home they know, their school and their friends all at one time, may seem almost inconceivable. Below are some tips that can help all children make a smooth transition to a new home.

1. Generally it is best to let children know about a move once a decision has been made. Telling a child that they "might" move, may cause uncertainty, confusion and anxiety.

2. Prepare the child for the move. Give them information about their new community and new school. If possible, bring your child to the new neighborhood. Show him the house he will be living in. Drop by his new school. If this is not doable, try to find your neighborhood on Google Earth and walk the neighborhood virtually.


4 Fun Crafts For Kids

Crafting with kids can be the perfect way to spend a rainy inside without any complaint from the little ones. With so many inexpensive crafts out there parents can use craft days to make toys and save money not buying them from department stores. Magnetic fish toys, rock dominos, juice lid picture frames, and home made drums can all be made easily and last for a long forever.

To make a magnet fish toy all you need is card stock, magnets, glue, a "pole" and string. Use the card stock to cut out colorful fish. Next, glue small magnets to their mouths. Tie your string or twine to the end of your make-shift fishing pole (a straight hanger, doll rod, etc). Glue another magnet to the end of the fishing line. The children can then pretend to fish in an in door pond.


4 Great Ideas For Helping

Did you know that the way to actually helping kids with ADHD lies in your hands, heart and mind, as a parent? Forget the Ritalin and all the other powerful mind altering drugs. Ask the British government what it thinks of child behavior programs given that it has dedicated public funds for teaching parenting skills. It isn't rocket science nor even brain surgery! Here are a few simple ideas to follow in helping kids with ADHD.

1. One way to help with ADHD is to make sure your kid knows the routine. Routine helps in breaking down tasks (see below) but it also prevents nasty surprises and the kid knows what is going to happen next. This is important because if he or she lives in a chaotic home, then you can forget about expecting them to do certain chores in the house, such as putting away toys, and so on. How can the child who has difficulty focusing and following sequences, realize that things go in a certain place or certain tasks can be done in a certain order. It all needs to be written down. Charts are great and should be on the fridge door or in the child's bedroom. They can make helping kids with ADHD much easier and less time consuming.


5 Ways To Help

In Australia, 1 in 7 children are living in disadvantage and do not have access to the same educational, health or life opportunities that many of us enjoy and often take for granted, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Without support, the disadvantage they experience today is likely to continue into adulthood - and on to the next generation.

Many of these children come from diverse backgrounds - some from parents who grew up in disadvantaged homes, but recently, with rising unemployment rates and the economic downturn, there are many Australian families whose lives have been touched by disadvantage for the first time.

But there are 5 simple ways you can help kids overcome disadvantage with The Smith Family:


A Driveway Alarm

A Driveway Alarm: Saving Children's LivesВ В  by Steve Strong

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Unpleasant incidents can happen to anyone, anytime! But, the true wisdom lies in knowing how to tackle them so as to minimize the loss of life as well as property. A driveway alarm is an ideal product for those, who put the security of kids and house above anything else in their life. A driveway alarms has a sensor that monitors the areas around your house, especially the entrances and exits. The driveway alarm would alert you in case someone intrudes from the backyard of the house. It alerts you if someone approaches your property or your driveway, and thus saves your family from facing an untoward incident.


A Piano Dealer

Most parents want their kids to be successful in all areas of life but few realize that their local piano dealer can be one of the keys to this. Moms and Dads hire tutors, enroll their children in the best schools and grill them on math facts and vocabulary words. While there are benefits to this rote type of learning and attending high quality schools, buying sons and daughters musical instruments such as the piano can be even more beneficial. Here are some reasons why spending some time and money at the local piano dealer can enrich a child's mind and life:

- Builds concentration: In order to learn how to play a musical instrument such as a piano, kids must learn to concentrate. They have to sit down and focus on an array of components such as small motor control, sound recognition and learning to read notes and scales. Hearing the musical results emerge as they develop their concentration abilities can be much more rewarding than remembering that 1+1=2.


African Children Charity

It isn't uncommon to hear someone say, "Children are our future", but they are also our future leaders, future caretakers and also the elders of generations to come.

While feeding African children, or making a donation to a charity which helps to feed the children of Africa, can save many lives; nutrition is only helping their first step in the competitive human race.

How else can we help?

The Shocking Facts

It is estimated that there are 2.2 billion children in the world, while one out of every two of these 2.2 billion faces the daily strain of living in an environment stricken with poverty which affects their nutrition, education, health and life expectancy.


Amber Alert Saves Childrens Lives

Do you know what the Amber Alert is? Do you know when it was put into effect? Do you know how this amazing alert started? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.

In our society a tragedy has to happen before there are any changes made. In this case, the Amber Alert, a child had to die before this fantastic system was set into motion.

In January 1966 a typical nine year old girl was riding her bicycle on her grandparent's street with her younger brother. These children were riding their bikes and having a great time. Unfortunately, a man in a black pick up truck pulled up along side the nine year old girl and abducted her. Her body was found four days later. This little girls name was Amber Hagerman.


Avoid Weight Loss Side Effects

Obesity threatens to kill younger and younger Americans everyday due to the health risks that result from being obese, most especially if you have been obese most of your life. Because of these major health concerns, parents have been paying hundreds of dollars on doctor consultation fees and prescription drugs to help kids lose weight.

Some of the multi billion fitness and health industries have been resting on the obesity fears of people and come up with a variety of ways to promote fitness like aerobics and exercise videos, costly exercise machines, food supplements and meal replacements, and of course, diet pills.

Although studies have showed that these methods of weight loss do work, it is however very difficult to use to help kids lose their weight. Why?


Bean Bag Chairs Help Kids

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by a wide range of developmental disorders. It affects as many as 1 out of every 150 children. Parents of children with autism can employ many different strategies to help improve their child's behavior and mood. One way of helping to treat a child with autism or with other intellectual disabilities is to make use of a bean bag chair. A bean bag chair is soft, comfortable, and is able to apply equal press across your child's whole body. This can help to calm a child down when they begin to show signs of aggression or may consider harming them self or others. A bean bag chair can also be used as an exercise aid.


3 Fresh Water Fish That Are Great

Here are three fresh water aquarium fish (Angel Fish, Badis and Black Widow) you can add to your aquarium. Their special characteristics and aquarium requirements are covered: colors, temperament, temperature, breeding and feeding.

Angel Fish - Pterophyllum scalare (Family: Cichlidae)

One of the most beautiful aquarium fish it swims slowly and elegantly and is ideal for a community tank. But note that they can grow to 15 cm long as adults so bear that in mind when calculating the number of fish for your aquarium. They can accommodate a wide range of temperature. Food wise give them a variable diet.

The Angel Fish has a thin oval silvery body with long fins curving backwards. Vertical black stripes go from the eye through the body to the caudal fin. You will know when the fish is frightened as the dark stripes practically disappear. These stripes can hardly be seen in the Black Angel fish as the body is dark colored. The Lace Angel has fins with a black lace effect on them and a darker body then the norm. The Veil Tail Angel is a marble color and has much longer fins.


A Clean Water Filter

Water makes up about 70% of our bodies by mass, making it an essential factor to every living creature on this earth. Finding the best clean drinking water can be a daunting task in its own right, but finding a clean water filter can be just as daunting. The reason you want and need a clean water filter is to bring out the best quality water that can be drunk or used without causing you any harm in the long run. In addition to clean liquid filters, you can also obtain clean drinking water courtesy of best quality bottled waters and water supply networks at reasonable costs that won't break you or your wallet right away.

Even if you are new to shopping for clean liquid filters or in need for another kind of clean water filter, then the best bet is to research all you can before you make your choice. That way, you can achieve clean drinking water as well as correct the most water quality problems for both you and your family as well as to give you that healthy peace of mind that you crave at your comfort and expense. So go on, check out the many different varieties of clean water filters even if it means you have to check out the information on the Internet, ask plenty of questions, and make your choice wisely without feeling any guilt or regret because you deserve clean drinking water as much as the next guy or gal.


All Diets Types

Atkins Diet

"The Atkins Diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate weight loss diet developed by Robert Atkins, M.D., during the 1960s. In the early 1990s, Dr. Atkins brought his diet back into the nutrition spotlight with the publication of his best-selling book "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution".

The Atkins Diet severely restricts the consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods and encourages the consumption of protein and fat. The diet is divided into four phases: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-maintenance, and Maintenance. During the Induction phase (the first 14 days of the diet), carbohydrate intake is limited to no more than 20 grams per day. No fruit, bread, grains, starchy vegetables, or dairy products (except cheese, cream, and butter) are allowed during this phase. During the Ongoing Weight Loss phase, dieters experiment with various levels of carbohydrate consumption until they determine the most liberal level of carbohydrate intake that allows them to continue to lose weight. Dieters are encouraged to maintain this level of carbohydrate intake until their weight loss goals are met. During the Pre-maintenance and Maintenance phases, dieters determine the level of carbohydrate consumption that allows them to maintain their weight. To prevent weight regain, dieters are told to maintain this level of carbohydrate consumption, perhaps for the rest of their lives. According to Dr. Atkins, most people must limit their carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 grams per day to keep lost weight off. In addition to the dietary restrictions discussed above, Dr. Atkins recommends regular exercise and nutritional supplementation as part of his weight loss program.


Are Salt Water Aquariums

There is a common rule of thumb among aquarium stores that salt water tanks are more difficult to maintain than fresh water tanks. However, this is not necessarily true. Jellyfish tanks are easier to maintain than many fresh water tanks because jellyfish have such a low metabolism. People think salt water tanks are difficult to maintain because they give you the option to keep some very advanced, exotic species. However, having a salt in your tank does not mean you have to keep more difficult fish. For example, the Red Legged Hermit Crab is extremely hardy and can't live in fresh water.

The only extra work required by every salt water tank is maintaining the salinity. Our jellyfish tanks have very low evaporation rates, so maintaining salinity takes only a few extra minutes per month. Simply check the salinity before doing a water change. If it is near the maximum threshold of jellyfish (1.028), you add some fresh water in addition to the replacement salt water. This will bring the salinity down. If it is near the minimum threshold for jellyfish (1.024), you add some aquarium salt in addition to the replacement salt water. This will bring the salinity up. Be sure you don't use tap water in a jellyfish tank. You can use filtered or distilled water or water bought from an aquarium store.


Best Fad Diets

What are the best fad diets? It's a question I'm often asked. Unfortunately, I'm not really in favour of fad diets, so it's a difficult one to answer.

It's not that I'm against all fad diets on principle. But if there's one message I'd like you to take away from my website, Obesity Cures.com, it's that there's no silver bullet. No one shot cure ... no best fad diets.

That's the message I hope you take away from this article.

Your ideal weight loss solution should comprise a basket of cures, each chosen to suit your specific needs. A diet, fad or not, may be one ingredient of that basket. But one size does not fit all.


Clean Water Around The World

It's unbelievable how many clean water charities there are in the United States. Americans are very generous because they help countries all over the world have better water. It makes me proud to live in this country.

Organizations like the Red Cross have provided clean water for underdeveloped countries for decades. This is a great way for those with clean water to share their resources and help out others in need.

The only problem is that we assume our water is perfectly clean and healthy. On the contrary, our water supply isn't nearly as clean as many of us think it is. Tax dollars flood city governments to provide clean water and while they do clean it up to an extent, it is not thorough enough.


Clean Water Filter

Clean drinking water filters can be the answer to many problems. For example, consider the beautiful island nation of Fiji. It was devastated last year with severe tropical storms, which among many other things caused the polluting of much of the island's water supply. Fortunately, the nonprofit group Give Clean drinking Water, which began in 2008, along with help from its network of donors and volunteers and another nonprofit group called the Fiji Water Foundation, was able to install more than a thousand clean and water filters in homes and other buildings all across Fiji, helping over seventy-five hundred people get clean water that they otherwise wouldn't have had.


Clean Water in Alaska 2008

In August of 2008, the citizens of Alaska proposed the Alaska Clean Water Initiative. This initiative concerned Alaska's robust mining industry, that it was accelerating the deterioration of natural resources and contaminating much of the state's water supply.

Alaska is unique not only for its location and intemperate climate, but also for its governance. In order for a bill to pass, it has to be proposed by state citizens, not the state's legislative branch, as it is in the rest of the United States. Rather than people mounting dissent or support for a particular bill, they bring the bills to the legislature themselves, ensuring a strictly democratic practice.


Cleaning Water Damage Caused By Floods

Everyone hates floods. A flooded home is a home owners nightmare. Immediately the home owner see's never ending dollar signs associated with cleaning up a flood. Here are tips to save your sanity and money too!

All homeowners view floods as nightmares. This is because such floods are not only threats to life and to the normal routines we all follow but these natural calamities can also inflict much damage to property. If a flood has occurred and if your property was damaged by it, then the next thing you should do is to start all over and try your best to restore your property by doing some cleaning and repairs. Of course, the first step is cleaning water damage in your property. Take a look at the various steps below to see how this can be done.


Cleaning Your Fresh Water Aquarium

There are several hobbies one can have that turn in to real passion some day. One among them is maintaining an aquarium. This hobby though is a serious one as there is no room for mistakes else you shall land up harming or killing a living creature.

The first and foremost thing you must understand before deciding to take care of an aquarium and its fishes is to know the right technique to clean your fresh water aquarium. This process needs lot of patience and knowledge else you might land up killing those beautiful creatures. The beginners in this field would benefit a lot from these tips.

When it comes to cleaning a fresh water aquarium, there are two main factors that you must consider: