Got a fussy eater in your family? Are mealtimes more about tantrums than anything else? Don’t panic. You are not alone. Most parents of babies and toddlers are experiencing the same as you. Right. Now.
It is a fact of life. Children come equipped to reject new foods. Neophobia, a fear of new foods, is a common phase that will typically pass. Fussy eating is definitely real however sometimes there is an underlying cause, which needs to be uncovered.
There are a number of clever tactics which parents use, with success might I add, to get their children more interested in food.
Kids are naturally curious about the world around them and often find great joy in helping to prepare meals. Children also take pride in things they make themselves.
Why not combine these ideas and have your child select and grow an edible delight in a little vegetable patch or pot. They will be more inclined to try it when it comes to the eating part. Tasting the pumpkin they grew or chose themselves from the local grocer is a non-confronting way of introducing new foods and particularly veggies into their world.
Food shape cutters are always a huge hit. A boring sandwich can become a dinosaur or a love heart in a flash.
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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
I remember the time when I was preparing for my entrance exams back in 2003. Those were the times when my father was alive, and the whole family used to gather around television in the evening. We chatted, dined, watched television, and slept in the same room that usually served as our joint bedroom as well during winters.
But soon enough, I was detached from the whole family, being nowhere while still breathing in that room. My studies had no longer been a duty on me as they used to be. They had rather turned into the most interesting, or perhaps the only interesting thing for me in the whole world. I would come back from school, and head straight to my takhtposh in our dining+living+bedroom (I don't know how to explain takhtposh to you if you don't know it already. Over-simply, it's something like a heavy table less than the size of a single bed and is widely used in Punjab for prayers, seating, etc.). I sat at it studying till it was time to sleep, and I often found my joints locked into each other when I tried to stand up.
The TV was always on. Different jingles, voice overs, dialogues, songs, etc. rang in my ears. I overheard them often, but never bothered to turn my head up and look who's doing what. Nothing was more entertaining and intriguing than my own studies. The family would often talk about my devotion, mother would pray, father would urge my siblings to follow me, but I was too busy to ever hear or respond them with gratitude.
Any move can be stressful, but just imagine the high-pressure reality of a cross-country move. There is no, “I’ll go back and get it” if you forget something. If you’re moving across the country, you might be in Nebraska before you even realize you didn’t empty the shed, and not even the best movers in the world can help you now. Good news though: you’re reading this. With a few quick tips and a bit of planning, you can have this move coming off like clockwork. Here’s what you need to know.
Step 1: Make sure everything is good with the new house
Imagine the horror of packing up your life and moving across the country, only to find out something has gone terribly wrong. The new house isn’t exactly right. If you’re moving into a home with a pool, this is something you’ll want to have thoroughly inspected. You may not realize there’s an issue with a pool for months, by which time it’s gotten significantly worse and will now cost thousands to repair. You’re having the new house inspected, don’t forget to have somebody qualified inspect the pool, too.
Step 2: Get rid of “stuff”
Regardless of how well everything is planned, you don’t need to bring all the things you’ve got in your current home to your new home. You just don’t. Empty your closets, figure out what clothes you never wear or won’t need in your new area (moving from Boston to Phoenix?), find all the old stuff covered in dust that you haven’t used in three years, and get rid of it. Donate it to Goodwill (tax deduction), give it to your brother, or sell it at a garage sale. If that doesn’t work, try Craigslist or something like it. Chances are if you don’t want something, someone else will take it off your hands.
save money with your credit card? You can if you read the information below and take advantage of some of the tips that are listed.
1. Be careful with rewards cards
You may think that by using credit cards offering rewards, you will be able to acquire benefits that can save you money. This is true, but only if you pay your balance in full each month. Rewards cards carry a higher interest rate because of those rewards. If you will not be able to pay your balance in full each month, you might want to reconsider getting this type of card.
2. Make use of card benefits
If you happen to be using a card that offers you frequent flyer miles or loyalty points, make an effort to use these benefits. If you allow them to accumulate and then forget about them, you will not be taking full advantage of your card. These benefits may also have expiration dates.
3. Pay balance in full when possible
Do not put so many purchases on your credit card that you have a hard time paying the balance each month. This will cost you over time in interest rates. For those months when you cannot pay your balance in full, make every effort to pay more than the minimum requirement that is specified. Also, remember to make your payments on time to keep late fees at bay.
Fall is fully underway and harsh winter has almost been here before you can say “Black Friday.” Fall brings dipping temperatures that precede the intolerable wretch we know as the winter season. One of the troubles of winter is that it makes it difficult to get anything done. The elements are all against us, preventing even some of the normally simple tasks around the house from getting done. But by getting some things done before the onset of that coldest of seasons, you can rest easy. Here are a few chores to get done before fall has run its course and here’s a maintenance reminder tool.
1. Get that heater checked
You’re bundled up already, and then the heater goes out. Panic sets in as you realize you’re going to freeze to death. That might be an exaggeration, but what are you going to do? Call someone out to fix it during the middle of winter and you’re going to be in line behind a hundred other people who didn’t have their systems checked during autumn. A simple inspection should run you no more than $100, and it will save you a world of sorrow. As a bonus, a service check can also detect any carbon monoxide leakage, which is inefficient and harmful to the environment, not to mention a precursor of bigger problems.
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Ever since the introduction of emails into business, it has taken over the professional world as the primary communication tool. The email usage has diffused throughout the professional world, so much so that everyone expects that every email received is very formal, and abides the rules of professional email etiquettes.
Hence it’s of utmost importance that everyone involved in the business world, clearly understands how to write a professional email. If you’re having difficulty with this, or just want to make sure what you're doing is right, here are 5 steps to make writing professional emails, your second nature.
- Use the subject line effectively
- Keep the message very specific
- Make it easy for the reader
- Watch your language
- Review and revise before sending
1. Use the subject line effectively
When sending an email, most people fill in the subject line just before hitting the send button. So usually the recipient ends up getting a mail with a vague subject, which was just put in as an afterthought. And needless to say this makes the sender look very unprofessional.
The subject line is the first visual representation of the mail that is seen by the recipient, and when it's not clear, the mail may not get the required attention. Make the subject line as a hook, to not just capture reader attention, but force them to open the mail and read its contents.
Use the subject line to convey the crux of your message. If you follow this properly, you would instigate the reader to start to think about their reply, as soon as they read the subject line and even before they open the mail.
Above all, always remember that your mail is competing for attention in your recipient's inbox, so the subject line is your best bet to grabbing the reader’s attention and ensure that your mail gets the required action.
peace of mind. My husband and I immediately went to work making some simple household changes to protect our family and property from the same fate – and so should you.
1. Always lock your doors and windows
I know this one sounds obvious, but few people are truly vigilant about keeping their doors and windows locked at all times. And by “all times,” I mean whether you’re home or not. Burglaries that occur while people are home (otherwise known as home invasions) are especially dangerous for obvious reasons. In many instances, the crooks just walk right in through an unlocked door. It’s worth spending two to three minutes quickly checking every lock in the house before you go to bed and anytime you leave the house. Also, don’t make yourself vulnerable for the sake of convenience. Leaving a door unlocked or stashing a key outside for a neighbor are major security mistakes.
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Your little bundle of joy is growing before up your eyes. One minute they are content to lay around in a rocker all day, next minute they are on the move. Their new found independence brings with it a requirement to baby-proof your house. You’ll be amazed at what grabs their attention and what they can get their little hands onto, or into. If you have no idea where to start, take a look at these safety tips to get your house into gear.
Get Down Low
The first thing you should do is get onto the floor. Whilst you may feel a little stupid, crouch down low and even crawl around. What is at your eye level? What can you reach? What looks exciting? What can you open or access without much effort at all?
Keep a close eye out for small objects, ornaments, coins and even paperclips that may have been dropped under furniture. If you have other children, their small toys could be the perfect size to pop into your child’s mouth so make sure there are none laying around.
That exercise in itself will identify a number of potential hazards, and in many cases it may just be a matter of lifting things to higher ground.