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Itsy Bitsy Venomous Spiders

Home and Family
A bluish-white ring surrounded a tiny pin-prick mark on the back of my neighbours leg. The visual evidence of an insect bite. She claims it wasn't painful at the time but when the itch became intolerable she sought out professional care. There wasn't any other notable symptoms at the time but the doctor who treated her said it could have been worse and most probably a poisonous spider bite. Nothing makes me shutter more than the thought of a spider. Unlike my arachnid-phobic counterparts, I am able to tolerate the sight of a web without going into a screaming heart-palpitating frenzy but I still don't like them. What kind of spider leaves an ugly, itchy mark? We don't have poisonous spiders here in Canada - Do we? The visual evidence of my neighbours injury is conclusive, we do have poison...

Friends or Family – A Risky Gamble

Home and Family
Remember as a teenager you would probably ask your parent(s) to "borrow" money to go to the mall, movies or purchase something you admired for what seemed like forever. With this request, you probably were greeted with responses like: 'I will give you some of the money, but you must earn the rest' or 'How are you going to pay me back the money you are borrowing". I am not sure why the word borrow was often used but let's be real, how often did you really pay your parents back.The term borrow is a very interesting word. According to dictionary.com, borrow is defined as taking and use (something that belongs to someone else) with the intention of returning it. As a teenager did you really intend to borrow money from your parents or were you saying whatever you thought would increase your cha...

Step Parenting’s Answer – Develop the Friendship

Step Parenting
There's one thing we see in families more and more these days. Actually, it's been around for most of the last half century, so it's quite the norm - it is blended families. I don't think there is one step parent, or step son or step daughter out there that thinks it's a perfect situation. The reality is it's far from perfect and requires quite a bit of work and commitment to get it to work, and then even more work to keep it going.So, when you find yourself in the situation of being a step parent, what's going to work in building a relationship with your partner's children? Well, that depends on a number of factors. This is not the subject of this article - dealing with all those many factors.I would like to share with you one thing I learned recently that makes a whole deal of sense and ...

Step Parenting – Sharing Memories While Splitting Time

Step Parenting
The training wheels have been lying on the garage floor for months. One wipe out after another throughout the spring and summer. Tearfully surrendering over and over again, for the balance was just a hair off. Timing, coordination, and courage are the recipe for success, but each time he came up a little short of one or more ingredients. Then, it happened. And we missed it! Our little guy rode his bike for the first time over the weekend. And the weekend after all is, Daddy's time.The correct reaction to this news would have been to congratulate him on his achievement of a major milestone in life. The response that came out however was how disappointed I was not to have been there when it happened. Oh what a mixed message it must have been for a five year old to process. I found a way to...

Tips for Planning a Baby Shower

Baby Showers
Whether you have a close friend, coworker, or a family member having a baby soon, you may find yourself in the lead role of planning her baby shower. First off, do not get overwhelmed. It can be a big task to complete, but you will have a lot of fun in the process-not to mention that your friend or loved one will appreciate it immensely. So, here are the basics, the ins and outs, of planning the perfect baby shower:Find a Theme - This may be the most challenging part of planning a baby shower. You may want to come up with a cute theme. Remember that a theme can even include color combinations, like blue and yellow for a boy or pink and purple for a girl. While those are the most common, it can be anything you want. If you are having a hard time coming up with a good theme, ask your friend....

How to Mess Up Your Children

Home and Family
So often adults use the adage "Do as I say - not as I do" and then wonder why their children have problems while growing up and when they become adults. Your bad habits and theirs can continue on for decades and even down to the fourth and fifth generation. It is therefore important to look in the mirror, do a self-inventory and make changes before you create a monstrous situation.Here are some things to consider: 1. Never make promises that you won't or can't fulfill. Often I see disappointment in youngsters who wait by the window for a parent who fails to pick them up or has a birthday "forgotten" by a busy schedule. As adults they may expect their parents to pay for their university tuition, give them the farm or buy them a house "just because". Unfortunately, trust evaporates quickly a...

Baby Safety 101: Important Crib Safety Alerts To Keep

Babies Toddler
FACT: Around 900 babies all over the world die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) everyday. What's more baffling is that most of these deaths happen at their own cribs where they should be safest.But it happens. While SIDS still remains a medical mystery, doctors agreed that it's important to remove the many risk-factors involving it. Infants have lost their lives from various incidents, you don't want any of these from happening to your child, do you? It takes more than just buying the safest crib to prevent all these.Review these safety rules before trying to put your baby on a crib (remember to relay them to your nanny too);Crib SafetyYou may be smitten by the latest crib models at the store, but that is not what we are looking for here. Think safety. When safety is the main concern...

School Skills for School Starters

Early Childhood Education
Below you will find general information in relation to what skills schools like to see children start with. It must be understood that schools are different, therefore presenting parents with slightly differing expectations.Separation Your child should be able to separate from you with relative ease. It is understandable that even those that are more than ready for school can become clingy on starting. This though should settle, and while there is no magic number of days that it will take for them to feel comfortable, I would certainly be looking at them being able to wave at you rather than hanging onto your leg by term 2. A small item from home in their pocket or bag can help.Taking Care of Belongings New school children have lots of bits and pieces they now need to take care of. In pres...

5 Things Not to Feed Your Toddler

Babies Toddler
IntroductionIn this present age, most of the foods contain harmful and toxic chemicals that are used either to impart bright and attractive colors to the foods or to impart wonderful taste to them, so that we crave to have them at any cost. Keep in mind one important thing that, our children are our sole responsibility and we should practice utmost care while feeding them. We should be wise enough to judge what is good for them and what is bad.What are the 5 things that you should not feed your toddler?Let us have a glance at the top 5 foods that we should never feed our kids. They are as follows: Fruit snacks: Well, most of the time, we often are too busy to make fruit salads at home, as we feel it will take a long time and will definitely be a hectic work to do. This is the sole reason,...

Some Effective Tips on How Not To Throw a Baby Shower

Baby Showers
If you are planning to throw a baby shower, it is important that you make the necessary arrangements carefully. However, it is advisable to not to take any shortcut in a hurry, and ruin the event. In other words, you should take the things lightly, and deal with them one by one. To begin with, you must not to buy such items that are overtly expensive. Secondly, you must not ignore the convenience of your guests, and choose an inappropriate venue.Some more effective tips on how not to throw a baby shower are given below for your reference:• Do not choose inappropriate gifts - You would most likely find yourself in an embarrassing situation if you give a pack of crayons to one of the grandparents. In other words, it is important to choose the gifts carefully. Following are some of the items ...