Youth’s Modern Beliefs Vs. Core Values

Youth's Modern Beliefs Vs. Core ValuesThere has been much talk about the attitudes of our youth today and how it contrasts with the values of older generations. Today’s younger generation is also known as the Millennials and they were born between 1981 and probably the early 90s although some have mentioned generation Y which extends from the 90s forward. Millennials and Generation Y members do have a set of values that some find troubling while others find refreshing depending on the person.

Some of The Main Qualities of Younger Generation

Today’s youth are more tech savvy than in previous decades and this means that they are accustomed to completing tasks quickly and they no longer have to wait hours to gather research or do other things. Another quality of the younger generation is the sense of entitlement that they possess at times. It is this quality that irritates many in the older generations since they believe that a person achieves success through hard work and having humility in their lives. We also see that younger persons are high achievers and they strive to do well in all aspects of life.

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The Importance and Power of Education

The Importance and Power of EducationIt has been said that without the best education, it will be almost impossible for someone to find a good job and build financial independence. A good education doesn’t always mean a degree from a four year university but you can get a solid education from a community college or through an apprenticeship where you get on the job training. Here are some of the advantages of getting a good education.

You Gain Lifelong Knowledge

One of the best reasons to get an education is because it contributes to lifelong knowledge as you get older. Gaining an education doesn’t end when you leave college because you’ll also need education to give you the information needed to succeed in the practical aspects of life such as marriage, childrearing, spirituality, employment, and understanding the world around you. For example, you may obtain education by attending business seminars or homeownership classes.

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Little Things To Make Your Life Better

Little Things To Make Your Life BetterAre you tired of living your life the same old way while getting no results? If so, there are some things you can do to improve your life over the next few months or even weeks. It just takes a new attitude, determination and some effort.

Set A New Sleep Schedule

Part of the reason why you’re not always feeling your best is because you do not get enough sleep at night. You should set a new sleep schedule at night and stick to it so that your sleeping habits improve and that you’ll feel great physically. If you work late at night or during overnight hours, try to set a nap time during the day in order to feel refreshed.

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Democracy And Human Rights

Democracy And Human RightsIn democratic societies such as the United States and much of Europe, it is important that human rights are recognized because if they’re not it causes problems such as poverty, crime, broken families, rise in mental health issues and problems in the education system. The government is responsible for creating laws that allow for the fair treatment of individuals so that everyone can get along in the world without too much tension, that may become harmful. Nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups exist for the purpose of giving people an education about what their rights are and about ethical values that promote a better life for all.

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Health Benefits of Plants in Classrooms

Health Benefits of Plants in ClassroomsEducators have been touting the benefits of having pets in the classroom for many years now. While older students may not be so thrilled with taking care of a gerbil, hamster or other rat-like creature, the younger crowd really seems to light up when you introduce an animal to the learning environment. However, animals require regular feeding, which means regular food purchases. They also need space to move around, some exercise, a proper diet, all of those things. Don’t forget, there’s really no controlling what an animal ultimately does. These are all reasons your classroom might be better off using plants.

The health benefits of having plants in classrooms are numerous. They may not all be immediately apparent though. Granted, few of the health benefits are inherently physical in nature, so they may be very hard to see for those who aren’t specifically watching out for them. I’m talking about the mental health benefits of seeing something alive and knowing you’re playing a role in making that happen. I’m talking about the social health benefits of working together with other people to accomplish a task and continuing to work with those same people over a long length of time.

I dare say I’m a bit of an expert on the effects of having plants around, since I have my own rather extensive at-home garden. I use cost efficient grow lights that use fluorescent tubes. If you’re going to be growing anything indoors, I highly recommend getting lights like these because they use a little less energy throughout the day if they’re on all day, when compared to other types of bulbs. They’re the same type of bulbs I use with my students in our classes, more information about them is available here.

Plants around the classroom may not seem like much, but they actually help the entire room to focus better and more sharply as a whole. Building a sense of unity among your students, at least in my own experience, is crucial to getting them to work together and maintaining an air of peace in your classroom. There are plenty of ways to do this, to create this solidarity, but you probably don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to take everyone out on a ropes course, like many businesses do. These kids need to be educated and quickly to give them an edge in this highly competitive world.

That said, I’ll do anything that helps my kids to study better and get more out of the time they spend studying. The way things are right now, kids go to school for 6 or more hours a day, then get an hour of homework a night from 5 or 6 different classes – it’s really ridiculous, don’t you think? Having plants around the classroom allows students to quite literally stop and smell the roses. During a day that’s hectic enough already, don’t you think it would be nice if more of us could take a moment to enjoy something so natural and free?

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Longboarding for Fun

Longboarding for FunLongboarding and surfing are brother (or sister) sports. Yes, one is done on waves that wash onto beautiful beaches and the other is done on asphalt roads that end at an intersection but hear me out. People that surf are forever travelling to find that perfect wave. They drive from beach to beach and the really committed surfer, on his search will go from country to country. Similarly, the longboarder is looking for that perfect slope with a little or no traffic. That can get you to other countries if you’re like ‘The Longboard Lady’ who, with a friend flew to Australia from Sweden and skated about 450kms along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs!

If you check out blogs by longboarders, they say similar things to surfers about feeling the wind in their hair and the exhilaration of speeding down a hill at 100kph. It’s just the difference in elements they experience. Another difference is the equipment. A surfboard doesn’t have any moving parts and the only thing that can usually go wrong with a board is when a shark takes a bit out of it. A longboard has trucks, wheels, bearings and the board itself, all of which can be damaged or fail while riding. Falling base over apex on a bitumen road is a lot less forgiving than falling into the sea!

People I have seen longboarding spend a bit of time comparing makes of boards and checking out the latest in wheels and bearings as speed and reliability are the primary concerns. Most of them visit http://longboardmafia.com because that’s where all the most recent information about boards can be found. It makes sense.

Recently, there was a story and a YouTube video about a young guy that took his longboard down a big hill. It was ‘big’ in the sense that it was long rather than the gradient was steep. He reached a speed of 120kph which was pretty awesome. He nearly lost his balance a couple of times. Scary stuff! It was good to see that he was wearing protective gear like a helmet and gloves. You can also see videos of injuries like asphalt burns and rashes of riders taking death-defying tumbles after losing the board on a bend.

The relationship between skateboarders and longboarders is like that between longboard surfers and surfers on short boards. The equipment for each aspect of the sport is made for different purposes. Skateboarders can do tricks and have excellent manoeuvrability, just like a short board surfer. A longboard skater uses his board for downhill speed runs and a longboard surfer uses his board to catch the big waves. There is no animosity or looking down on the other format of the sport because riders are interchangeable. That is, a skater can skate long or short and a surfer can surf long or short.

A change that longboard skaters would like to see is the setting up of dedicated slopes and hills for them to ride down, just like there are skateboard parks.

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The Essentials of Life are Education and Clean Water

The Essentials of Life are Education and Clean WaterThe sad truth about education is that it’s not about learning anymore. It’s about money. The more money you have, the better your chance is of getting an education. There are not enough scholarships to go around to cater for the poor. Governments get around the cost of college education by applying a debt to the student who has to pay it back after graduation. Primary and secondary schooling are supposed to be free, but they are from it. The cost of books, school uniforms sometimes and stationery can all add up to a decent amount, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spare.

Did you know that 20% of the world’s population are illiterate? That’s about 1 billion people who have either little or no basic reading skills. It’s no coincidence that more than 95% of these people all live in the poorest of countries. No money means no education. What’s even more disastrous is that there is no immediate end to the cycle. Children being born to poor parents who are illiterate will end up the same.

Philanthropic organisations and individuals do as much as they can to assist with money and volunteers, but it’s like trying to shout “Stop” in front of an elephant stampede. People in this situation find it almost impossible to extricate themselves from it, or bring about change. One reason is that due to lack of education, they don’t know any better. What we perceive as being a hard life they see as being normal.

Third world countries suffer from not only lack of education but the lack of clean drinking water. The statistics are as damning as those in illiteracy. 800 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. More than 8 million die each year from the consequences of water-related disease. Some countries are too busy making war to see that allocation of war funds to global education might be a better idea.

People that live in modern, first world countries also seem to have a problem with the purity of their water. We appear to have lost confidence in drinking water from the tap as can be evidenced by the amount of bottled water we drink and the proliferation of water softeners and purifying systems. ‘Hard’ water is the word applied to water that has an excessive amount of minerals in it, the main culprit being calcium. That mightn’t sound serious but soaping up in the shower and washing clothes is tough. Try drinking the stuff. It tastes terrible. If it’s a problem you have, then check this out. It might help.

Governments can be blamed for our water tasting the way it does because they, under reliable scientific advice, added fluoride to water supplies to help stop the rotting of your teeth. Have you ever been camping and your tent is set up next to a river being fed by melting snow from the mountains? Fill your container and have a drink. It’s about as refreshing a taste of water you will ever experience.

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Never Stop Learning

Lady reading a book outsideWe have spoken a number of times in the past about the importance of education. After all, we are teachers and apart from education being our livelihood, it is also our passion. Nothing pleases a good teacher more than seeing his students graduate successfully and make his way into the working world without much ado. But we’d like to emphasize the importance of lifelong learning. After you’ve received your college degree do not take it for granted that this is where it all stops. You still have the rest of your life ahead of you and the Lord alone knows how long you will be living.

Prepare yourself for the real job for life

Today’s sociological and economic circumstances should compel you to consider higher learning in order to enhance your career prospects going forward. Those who are fortunate enough to attain entry-level jobs after college graduation soon learn to regret their acceptance that this may be their job for life. In today’s climate, it rarely is. Where job security is concerned, your perceived good fortune may continue for a number of years. But not much else changes.  Why is this?

While you may have (short-term) job security, security in many other areas of your life tells a different story. Your wages or salaries or not likely to increase substantially for you to enhance the quality of your life, provide your own children with a higher standard of education or make generous long-term savings for your future. This is due to a number of sociological and economic factors. Economically, the country remains challenged with near-zero inflation and interest rates, and sluggish gross domestic product and job growth generally. Across States, there are some exceptions.

Re-educate to improve the quality of your life

To emphasize the importance of further learning, we are going to picture a broad-based scenario. In order to find meaningful work and to survive, many migrants, cross-border and from rural regions, are trekking to urban environments at increased rates every year. But while this is not noticed, mainly because the numbers are so small, there are people moving in the opposite direction. Ask anyone who has had the opportunity to take a holiday to country towns. Did they tell you how happy the townsfolk seem to be?

And because they are far removed from urban centers, rural townsfolk have prepared themselves well ahead of time. Well-educated and having been through the mill where careers are concerned, these middle-aged to senior (pension) aged folks, have taught themselves new skills and attended workshops to equip themselves with these skills. It would not be unusual to see a former college professor or business administration manager handle a large, multipurpose wood lathe during the course of his building exercises, whether for domestic or commercial use. For folks such as these, quality of life turned out to be more important than just having a job to go to everyday.

In order to improve their quality of life, not just their bank balance, these well-educated men and women, re-educated themselves and relocated.

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Strategies to Increase Your Critical Thinking

Strategies to Increase Your Critical ThinkingThe human brain is truly an incredible thing. Once we put our minds to it, we can do anything we want to. It just takes a bit more thinking to start improving on any skill we might have. Improving on a skill won’t magically happen by itself; people have to put the time and effort in in order to improve on themselves. By following certain strategies, any person with a drive to improve or work on something, can mentally develop as a thinker. Below we’ll explain three of these strategies, and how you can apply these to yourself to increase your critical thinking.

1) Another Day, Another Problem

Whenever you have some free time, be it at the beginning of the day, on your lunch break, at the end of the day, or even in the middle of the night, think of a problem that you could potentially solve. It could be anything to do within your daily life, your family, somebody around you, something that you’re doing, an object – literally anything – and starting questioning the aspects about it. What is the problem? Why is it a problem? By solving it, how does it relate to what you want to achieve? How does it help you accomplish your goals?

Make sure to study your problem so you learn what every aspect of it is.  Be clear on what it is you are solving. Think about whether or not you have control over the problem, and if not, can you solve this problem otherwise? Do however focus more on the problems you can solve, as you will feel a sense of accomplishment once they are completed. If necessary, carry out some independent research in order to solve your problem. Make sure to examine and investigate the research you’ve collected, and use it to figure out your solution.

Once you’ve found any information you need, and learnt your problem inside and out, start to think about your options. Which solution is best for you? Are there advantages or disadvantages to your solutions? Think through a strategic approach to solving your problem, and follow through with it. This may vary on your problem, but the strategy may take time or it may be something you can solve instantly. Once the problem starts to be resolved, record the results of your actions, and monitor what effect they’re having on you.

Strategically thinking through one problem per day allows you to open up your mind and consider every aspect of something, rather than a primary focus. You can apply this method to everything else in life as well.

2) Write a logical diary

Aim to write a certain amount of diary entries each week. Don’t just write a general diary though about how you’re feeling and what has happened, but focus on particular situations. Has anything happened to affect you in a specific way – did something have an emotional significance on you? Ensure to abide by the following structure, keeping the same pattern too:

  1. The situation – by focusing on one at a time, write about something that you care about, something that has impacted on you in a certain way. Be as detailed or as brief as you feel is necessary to the situation.
  2. The response – how did the situation make you feel? What emotions did you encounter? Was there any action you took to this situation? Describe everything you felt and did from it, and be as detailed as possible.
  3. The analysis – Think deeper into what happened in the situation. What exactly was going on? Is there a certain part of the situation that you can identify with that makes you feel a specific emotion? Is there something going on between you and whatever happened in the situation? Really think about the cause and effect of it.
  4. The assessment – Reflect on your analysis. What did you find? Did you do some learning in the process? Upon revisiting the situation, what would you do differently? Would you do anything differently?

You should find in this strategy that you will think deeper about yourself, and what you feel and react to certain things. This strategy really focuses on you and your reaction to environmental factors, and how to go about them if they’ve upset you. This can be applied to anything in your daily life, and can be passed on as valuable advice.

3) Redefine your personality

Consider an intellectual characteristic: humility, empathy, perseverance, integrity, courage, etc. Choose one trait to focus on per month, and focus on how you can develop this trait to enhance your character.

For example, if it’s intellectual integrity you’ve chosen to focus on, you might start to think about how to be true to your thinking. Consider how you react to others, and how you would feel if they reacted to you in the same way. As the proverb goes, ‘Treat others how you wish to be treated’. Start to notice when you feel uncomfortable with how others are treating you – have you treated them in the same way? By focusing on your reactions to others’ actions, you will start to think about your own. You’ll start to think about your actions and the consequences of them, before you act them out. This’ll make you think in a critical way of cause and effect – for example, if you react in a certain way, what will be the effect on others and yourself?

Each month you’ll find that you’ll see things in a different light – you’ll start to improve on yourself. Thinking in this strategic method gives you a chance to reflect on yourself, as well as monitoring your character. With this, you can start to take responsibility for your actions, and put right what was wrong.

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The alarming face of the virtual world

The alarming face of the virtual worldTime is an ever changing thing. It does not stop for no one. It carries on no matter what comes and what goes on. It is always irrelevant of the surrounding moving along with a constant flow like some monotonous music whose tunes are being played on and on without stop. It is like some good old musical instrument, like the one you can find at http://violinio.com/, whose music though constant never gets old or boring, for not even once. But again with the changing time the age and the factors and characteristics of that particular time periods changes as well. So neither time nor its characterizing aspects are ever constant.

So how can people from different periods of time have the same set of mind if the time itself is changing? With change of every decade and with the advancement in the technology with this passage of time the newer generations are born with a completely new set of ideas and perception of things. Sometimes these ideas and concepts are good as they define the society and the life and living of the people in a whole new way and sometimes, as any other thing it brings along some odd and bad aspects with them, as well, which are sometimes quite alarming.

Humans are social animals and we are programmed to function in groups. Since civilization people of the same trait and same habits have lived together forming ethnic groups and hence forming nations. But the new generations are trending more with the idea of globalization. They are not bound to the boundaries of a specific nation or country as they make the world their world. The world is their family. The internet is their neighborhood. They have their social as well as official communications through this medium of worldwide net. Whether you need an appliance for home or a stationary for work you can just log on to some site to access it. If your favorite musical instrument needs to be replaced and you need something new to encourage your hobby for music you just have to Violinio for window shopping for the newest trendy electrical violins and not out in the streets, from one shop to another. This makes thing accessible to all from anywhere they are.

But again this is after all a virtual world where you will know your friends not by their faces but by their username. While chatting with one another you can’t make out how the person on the other side of the computer window or your tab or smart phone screen is emotionally taking your words or speaking to you. This leads to misinterpretation of things and thus leads to grave consequence. This virtual world is drawing attention of all especially the youngsters in an alarming manner and they are now more interested to talk to people through electronic medium than verbally, face to face. This is making kids and youngsters socially incompetent to communicate to others. They are become more restless and intolerant and thus medical problems and like obesity and depressions and flooding into them along with other consequential health problems.

We must change with the moving time but the change should be gradual and for the long term benefit for one and all.

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Literacy vs. the right education

Literacy vs. the right educationThere is no substitution for education. Education is something that will be the best possessed stuff you can ever possess in your lifetime and which could never go away. The knowledge of a person is like a vessel with a magic spell that would never go empty no matter how much you take stuffs out of it. It is something no snatcher could snatch or no robber could rob. Yet education is the most neglected piece of possession in many parts of the world and thus we see how the world is going towards self destruction.

Literacy and the right education are two different things that one must understand. It may be the case that you are literate but still if you do not have the right education then your knowledge will not flourish and you can never become a true human being.

Knowledge and education goes hand in hand. The right knowledge will educate you with the basic and the most valuable lessons of your live. And this will come from not the best education institutions but form the parents itself. The brain of a small child is like a moldable sponge. You can form whatever shape you want to form. It will become how you treat it in its early days. Children are like sponge and they absorb whatever they see and understand in their surroundings. They collect these in formations and feed them to their system and ultimate develop them surrounding them making those memories from their childhood as the most idealistic. Thus it is the duty of the parents to give the children the right set of ideals to grow up. Thus the most essential thing we need is not the best institutions but the right kind of education.

Education and the knowledge to do the right stuff are like the digital multimeters from http://multimeterreport.com/ in our lives. They keep a tap on our path that we are pursuing and constantly ask us the question if we are doing the right thing or not. It is in constant conversation to our conscience and helps us thus becoming a better man. If we just look around the present condition all over the world, what we see really shivers us. The people or agents of death, agents of utmost inhumanity are sometimes found to be much educated and qualified and certified technicians in their fields, yet can we surely tell that these people despite having one or many highly qualifying degrees of literacy have the right kind of education? Well, the question is wide open for all.

What is the call of the hour is that we should become much more than just literates. We should pursue knowledge that will have the right impact on the society and help not only in our progress but for the progress of the whole society and entire humanity at large. We must not forget that we are not just the stake holders in the community or the society we live in but we are the cause of the community or society as they flourish and are portrayed in the world stage as we behave, in form of our actions and words.

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Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular Activities

It was hard enough to motivate students into doing anything even without all the distractions that now surround them. It is a fact that many children spend more time watching TV than being at school, and there is nothing any of the teachers can do about that. You can always try to make the parents realize the importance of leading an active life and showing interest in different activities, but that method tends to lead nowhere. Teaching experience shows us that the most we can do is try to light a spark of interest in learning in children themselves. And although there are plenty of ways to go about doing this, one of the most effective is getting to them through extracurricular activities. Here are some of the best places to start.

Inspire them to write

Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular ActivitiesMotivating the children into writing their own stories might seem impossible, since you can’t even make them read the assigned books. But it is actually not that difficult, at least not if you approach them in the right way. To do this, try to think like you are once again in middle or high school. Ask yourself what would make them interested in writing. As just one of the many possible ways to do it, you can start telling a thrilling story with plenty of action, and just before the end, tell the children that they can write any ending they like.

Teach them how to build something

What will certainly make the children interested in this type of activity is watching you build something from scratch. Although there are classes during which they are shown the process of making bird feeders and similar objects, this will leave most children yawning. It simply means that you have to find something they will want to build, and do it with tools they will find cool, such as a proper reciprocating saw. So instead of building a bird feeder year after year, ask the children what they would like to make, and provide them with the instructions and necessary tools.

This type of activity, however, can be demanding for a teacher. After all, you always have to put safety first. So if you plan on using a reciprocating saw, make sure to check the official website for instructions on safe use.

Think of an interesting spin on a traditional art project

Motivating Children Into Doing Extracurricular ActivitiesIt is an undeniable fact that most traditional art projects are not that creative. And when you have a room full of small children who are used to watching Hollywood action and special effects, you can’t ask them to do something like a collage and expect them to have fun. So try to think of an interesting way to make a spin on the projects you have been doing for years, and you will certainly reap the benefits of your work.

And last, but not least, make them want to do their own projects. There is only so much you can do, and after all, a large part of your job involves enabling the children to grow into capable and respectable individuals.

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Checklists to Keep Your Children Safe at Home

Checklists to Keep Your Children Safe at HomeWhile your place may seem absolutely safe for adults, there may be plenty of injury and accident risks for kids in any part of your home. Some of the hazards are quite obvious and are easy to eliminate. However, to be absolutely sure, it could be reasonable to go through these checklists to make your home safe and child-friendly.

Kitchen

  • Have you installed child latches on drawers containing knives, forks, scissors and other dangerous items?
  • Are the kitchen electric devices (dishwasher, microwave, oven, etc.) equipped with child locks?
  • Are the kitchen appliance chords out of reach?
  • Are appliances with sharp blades stored out of reach?
  • Are matches and lighters locked in a cabinet?
  • Are the bottles with alcohol stored where children cannot reach them?
  • Does the child chair have a safety belt?

Doors and Windows

  • Is the main door safely locked so that your toddler cannot leave the house?
  • Do all the doors have stoppers?
  • Are all the sliding doors equipped with childproof locks?
  • Are there window locks, stoppers and safety bars installed on your windows?

Walls and Floors

  • Have you removed all the nails sticking out from the walls?
  • Do the walls have peeling or cracking paint?
  • Are objects hanging on the wall hung securely?

Furniture

  • Is there protective padding on the corners of furniture items?
  • Are all the drawers equipped with stoppers to prevent them from falling out?
  • Do all chests with heavy lids have safety hinges to prevent them from closing?
  • Do toy chests and other chests have safety hinges to prevent them from closing?
  • Are wall-mounted TVs out of a child’s reach?
  • Are beds and chairs away from windows?

Stairways

  • Do the stairways have enough light?
  • Have you checked if the railings and banisters are secure?
  • Are there any tripping hazards, such as toys or loose carpeting?
  • Is the basement door locked?

Basement and Garage

  • Are all gardening and automotive tools, as well as bleaches and detergents, stored securely away from your children?
  • Is the sump pump pit secured so that your children cannot reach it? Note that pits for professional sump pumps require bolted covers and cannot be secured just with duct tape or a loose cap.
  • Can your kids reach the glass and metal recycling containers?

Bathroom

  • Is the hot water thermostat set to a safe temperature (below 120F)?
  • Are all sharp tools such as razor blades, scissors, etc. secured in a cabinet out of a child’s reach?
  • Do all electric sockets have a fault circuit interrupter to provide protection against electric shocks in case an electric appliance gets wet?
  • Do the pads on the ceramic floor have a non-slip bottom to prevent sliding?
  • Are all the cosmetic and medication bottles stored in a locked area?
  • Are there non-skid strips on the bottom of the bathtub?

Child’s Room

  • Are the dressers secured to walls with drawers closed?
  • Are there window guards?
  • Are the nightlights not touching any fabric which may cause a fire?
  • Is there a smoke alarm in the room?

No matter how hard you try to make your home environment safe for your kids, supervision and instruction are still quite important. Starting from their early years, you need to teach your kids about what’s safe and what’s not.

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Active Bodies Promote Active Minds

Clock nearing the midnightHave you sometimes noticed how much you struggle to study at night? And when you’ve finally called it a night, have you noticed how restless your sleep was? You may be feeling the pressure, stressed to the limit thinking about the next morning’s exam or your overdue assignment.

Also, your young body has become tired of playing catch up. You are left wondering; how did it all come to this. You are also asking yourself; why did I allow it to happen. There can be many good reasons why you have not been copying with your college studies, and they weren’t always your fault.

Stop blaming yourself

Man in despairBut because you are essentially a mature and responsible young adult, you place all the blame on your shoulders. Stop what you are doing and take a deep breath. This will be a lesson in self-promotion.

Because you are responsible, you have other work to attend to. It drains you physically, mentally and emotionally. This is normal, given the circumstances we find ourselves in today.

Everyone has to work a little harder to keep up their ends. So, rest assured, you are not alone.

At this stage, do not stop to wonder how other successful students manage. Forget about the privileged students who only need to show up on time for classes every day. Stop watching others because chances are you may not be able to keep up anyway.

And what better way to do this than to get into shape. In order to get this right, you may need to make some sacrificial changes along the way. In any case, life is about to change for the better for you.

Improving mental health

Physical exercise is one of the best ways of improving your mental health which will also improve your ability to study effectively and achieve successful outcomes. Because you are a college student, you may also want to remain socially active. Take up a sport or two. Not sure where to start? You can visit websites such as these to find out how you can become involved and what you need to get started.

Sport is also a great way to relieve tension. So, perhaps you don’t have an inclination towards team sports. You can pursue the alternatives which allow you to spend more time on your own. You could join a boxing club and practice alone on punching bags. Or you could join a golf driving range and simply take swings whenever you’ve had a chance to get away from work or classes. Unless you are truly serious about maintaining your sense of direction during your time off or beginning to take your chosen sport seriously, you won’t need a GPS navigation system any day soon.

During bouts of physical exertion, the emphasis should always be on relaxation anyway. Just try regular brisk walks in your nearby park every other day and see what a difference it makes to you after a few weeks.

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