Having a

Happy Family

is the main goal in life. Family is also the favorite destination because there is safe, warm, comfort, motivation and support.

Four Tips in Getting Your Child Ready to Read

>> Feb 26, 2014

Four Tips in Getting Your Child Ready to Read  -Every child is going to be ready to read at a different age. There are some youngsters that are starting to read books at the early age of 3 while others struggle and have a hard time reading even simple words at age 6 or 7. No matter what your child's natural abilities when it comes to reading, you can speed up his readiness to a certain degree by following the recommendations below.

1.    Read to your child

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Take the time to read a book to your child and schedule it as a regular event. A lot of parents use bedtime as an opportunity to read to their children to wind down a long day of activity. Whether you are reading to your child in the evening or picking up a book at a regular time during the day, it will benefit your child immensely.

As you are reading along, use your fingers to follow the words. Your child will naturally follow along with your finger while absorbing the words and the letters. Sometimes, the child will want to move his fingers along with you as you read. This should be encouraged. It will help to teach your child that spaces between the words means something and will help him later when it's time for him to recognize letters.

2.    Letter games
What child can turn down the chance to play a game with his parents? There are many different letter and word games available on the market that your child will love. You'll get to love them too once you get started playing with your child. It's a fantastic opportunity to create some bonding time with your child while at the same time providing him with a love of learning.

Educational games that are fun can stimulate your child and teach him that learning doesn't have to be a chore. It's especially important to teach your child at an early age that learning for the sake of learning itself can be fun and stimulating. When you're playing games with your youngster though, you must keep it happy and exciting. You should never get upset with your child when he makes mistakes since it's all part of the learning process.

3.    Using mass to learn
Instead of getting your child to print a letter over and over (which can be repetitious and boring to say the least), get him to form letters out of clay or play-doh. You can make the letters and then ask him to duplicate them. Once he has formed letters on a regular basis, he'll be able to recognize them easily in printed form.

Keep your child stimulated and interested in letters and words at an early age and you can speed up his reading readiness. By committing only a small amount of time every day to your child and reading, he'll be able to progress faster and easier once he gets into school and then later when pursuing his university studies.

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Gift List for the Newborn

>> Feb 24, 2014



1stHappyFamily.com -A new born is more than welcome to any home and is also a cause of celebration in the family. Most relatives, friends, neighbours love to see the new baby and shower it with love, affection and of course gifts that would be cherished by the baby when it grows up. There are plenty of newborn baby gifts available in the market, but choosing the right one can sometimes be a tough choice to make.

Newborn gifts that is sure to impress

  • Sleep suits are common with babies to sleep in. There are some good ones having in-built scratch mittens and snaps.
  • Gifting books on baby facts can help the parents to raise their baby properly and without much trouble, and at the same time also, enjoy their dinner parties. Babies tend to lose about 25% of the heat through their head, and when feeling cold, cannot sleep. There are baby hats found in all designs and patterns that are sure to keep the baby cozy and warm.
  • The baby wrap is another interesting item that is a necessity, which most new parents often ignore. They are quite easy to be used, deeply comforting and also colic-preventing.
  • The white noise machine could be quite an invaluable tool since it helps in providing comfort instantly, and also soothes, the newborns by providing the similar deafening static, which they have heard in the womb.
  • It would also be a better idea to be innovative and stand out from the others. The person can simply make a little box and put in the following like Calpol, Bonjela, Gripe water, Infacol, Organic almond oil, teething granules, Dentinox, Colief, nasal aspirator, nappy change cream, Derma H2O wipes, new born soother and much more. These items are sure to be well received by the parents of the new born baby and also would help them from stressful and sleepless nights. Moreover, this special gift is sure to be appreciated.
  • It is to be remembered that every new born child is to be breast fed so that it can be immune to several diseases and grow up strong and sharp. Therefore, gifting the mother nursing hoodies or something that would help her to breast feed the baby easily can be both soothing and comforting for both the baby and the mother.
  • Newborns are known to be much fascinated by white and black shapes. Hence, the bedroom can be decorated by white and black posters, which is likely to sing to the little brains. Also, one can search for letter prints and baby animal prints that can make a wonderful new born gift.
  • There are several organic baby newborn hampers available in the market that includes scent free massage oil exclusively for the baby, including the fabulous developmental message therapeutic techniques.
  •  Also, the five-in-one playmate can be a wonderful gift that is sure to be considered pleasing for the interior d├ęcor. A small home gym can help the new parents to get back into shape and also keep them fit.

Author’s Bio
The author is currently working with expressgiftservice.co.uk and helps the readers to select the right kind of gift that can be presented to new born babies.

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Sellers in the Monas Park



I was interested in writing this post –for Blue Monday- after watching television news about the raid of illegal sellers in the Monas Park (Jakarta, Indonesia) conducted last Sunday. The raid was performed by a joint team: Satpol PP from governor government, the military and police. The aim is to create Monas –a famous Jakarta icon- as a beautiful, comfortable and safe public space. Actually, the raids have been done many times but lots of sellers still dare to come again to sell there. I saw in the news, some traders fighted against and yelled at the officers, even few screaming hysterically. Hmm, who's breaking the rules here? Although their reasons are to make a living, the city rules must be obeyed.

 

No selling sign. image:news.detik.com


The inner part of the Monas Park should be clean from illegal sellers; the allowed selling spot is around its parking area. Since the parking area is already full of previous traders, new traders who found no place then chose to sell illegally in forbidden area –with the risk of being expelled by officers.


The Monas Park management was previously held by the gubernatorial government. Officers have been placed at various entrances, but they still missed. The head of Monas Park said once that many sellers posing as visitors, then others throw merchandise from outside the fence. Perhaps caused by overwhelmed in discipining illegal vendors, since January 2014, its management given to outsourcing party.

Hopefully there will be the best way for all related parties, as the organized, safe and comfortable Monas Park is the dream of most residents. The photos were taken during last visit to the park in November, 2013. I saw lots of vendors selling different stuffs such as toys, handicrafts, shirts, foods, beverages.

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A Bug with Long Antennae

>> Feb 23, 2014



I saw this elegant green ”grasshopper” a few days ago at the top of our car. The body is very small but it has such shockingly long antennae. Is it a grasshopper?

I found an almost similar image that led me to the insect mentioned Katydid. I’m still not sure as my shot was rather blurry (sorry for this). Anyway, if I make no mistake, based on whatsthatbug.com, Katydids belong to the Long-Horned Orthoptera. Their long antennae differentiate such insects from Grasshoppers.


It’s a pity I have no chance to take another shot. Let me still share it here :)

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Trying to Get Your Teenager to Stop Smoking? Consider These Tips

>> Feb 20, 2014



Finding out that your teenage son or daughter has recently started smoking can be an incredibly stressful time as a parent, especially if you believe you’ve always brought them up to believe smoking is a bad habit that they should never fall into.

Though it’s not easy to help any member of your family to quit smoking, encouraging your teenage son or daughter to quit can be an even greater challenge because they've only recently developed their own mind, independent from you and other members of your family, and they’re unlikely to want to give up this power yet whether you want them to or not.

You can get through to them however, even if it takes some time. To help you along the way, keep in mind the following three tips for getting your teenager to stop smoking; and good luck!

Set a Positive Example

It goes without saying that a teenager living in a household in which their parents don’t smoke is less likely to smoke themselves, especially if this has always been the case, with them never being exposed to smoke or smokers as they were growing up.

You can’t, as a parent, realistically believe you can encourage your teenager to quit smoking if you continue to do so. The old maxim “Do as I say, not as I do,” is hypocritical to say the least, and today’s teenagers are going to take no notice of it, or anything else you say, if you continue to do so with a cigarette hanging out your mouth.

There are many ways to set a positive example for your children, meaning if you do currently smoke, the most powerful way of encouraging your teenager to stop smoking is to tell them you will quit alongside them, working with them day by day to halt your addiction together. Your teenager may not have any regard for their own heath, but chances are they’ve been wanting you to quit all your life.

Work With, Not Against Them

On that note, you must make a point of working alongside your teenage son or daughter, not against them, in order to help them quit their habit. It’s natural, when finding out that your teenager smokes, to get annoyed with them and even shout at them, but this won’t encourage them to quit, if anything it will further their belief that they should carry on smoking for as long as possible.

When you work with your teenager in this way you can help them to make a plan, setting out milestones, goals, and other information to help them quit the habit. Halfway along your plan you may wish to introduce them to an electric cigarette brand that will allow them to experience the same sensation as smoking (and therefore help with their cravings), while admitting hardly any of the toxins associated with regular cigarettes.

Appeal to Their Vanity

Appealing to your teenager’s vanity is never a bad idea, and it can work very well for you when it comes to encouraging them to stop smoking.

Though there are a number of good reasons to encourage your teenager to stop smoking, such as the fact that they’ll save a fair sum per week, and they’ll feel healthier and struggle less on long walks, you can appeal to their vanity with such truisms as:

-   Cigarettes reduce the flow of blood to your skin, washing you out and making your face look much unhealthier than a standard non-smokers skin.
-   Smokers gain more wrinkles, much earlier in life (sometimes as early as their mid-twenties).
-   Smokers are becoming less and less attractive in the eyes of the opposite sex, with many non-smokers saying they wouldn’t ever want to kiss a smoker.

In conclusion, finding out that your teenage son or daughter has recently started smoking can be an incredibly stressful time as a parent. To help encourage them to stop smoking, make sure you set a positive example, you work with them, not against them, and you appeal to their teenage vanity.

About the Author:

A business that designs their products to protect the health of their customers, Vaper Empire is a dependable provider of a wide electric cigarette and refill range across Australia.

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