Thursday, January 31, 2008

How to get along with your son

How to get along with your son

According to experts in family relationships the following strategies to bring up your son are recommended:

1. Be his friend.
2. Expose him to various situations.
3. Let him decide what he wants to do in life.
4. Make him a hero.
5. Encourage him to read.
6. Have good friends for his sake.
7. Forgive his mistakes.
8. Give him your time.
9. Don't criticize him in front of others.
10. Teach him to be responsible.
11. Teach him to learn to lose and to enjoy winning.
12. Don't mollycoddle him.
13. Don't make comparisons.
14. Put yourself in his shoes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The reunion dinner of the Chinese people

The eve of the Chinese New Year is on February 6. This is an important day for all the Chinese people around the world. It is even more important than the first day of Chinese New Year. This is the time for all those living away from their parents to return to their home towns and villages where their parents are living. During the rest of the year the small towns and villages are deserted. But on the eve of Chinese New Year the places are alive with people who have returned from big towns and cities to pay homage to their parents. They don't come alone; they bring their whole family along.

The highlight of the evening is the reunion dinner. All the family members sit around a round table. The table is full of Chinese dishes. Each dish has its own significance. For instance,fish means wealth and bamboo shoots mean advancement in one's career.

For those who live far away from their parents, this is the time to visit the old folks at home. They are old and fragile and they are expecting to see their children on this day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cover yourself with adequate insurance

Consider the following points when you purchase an insurance policy:

Disability income protection: You are paid a monthly amount in case you are unable to continue working due to accident or illness.

Hospitalization and surgical cover: This is to take care of your hospital bill when you are unfortunate enough to be admitted into a hospital.

Term Policy: You can take out a term insurance for specific period to cover premature death. This is a low cost cover for a high death benefit. However when you survive the term you get nothing.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Looking for a job

From my own experience , the most effective job search method is to take stock of your skills and knowledge, and then you research the company that interests you. After you have done your homework you approach the organization to see the person who has the power to hire you for the position that you are interested. At the same time you can also refer your friends and relatives for job openings.

Happy job hunting!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

How do you maintain your mental alertness at old age?

When you reach old age you follow a balanced diet. You exercise regularly and you take care not to incur accidental injuries. Additionally you can take the following steps to promote your mental health:

1. Maintain a good relationship with your children and grandchildren. Respect your children's decision and only give advice when they ask for it.
2. Visit your friends and relatives. Talk to your neighbours and get involved in the activities of the community.
3, Spend your time wisely by taking up a new hobby or a part-time job.
4. Keep yourself up-to-date by travelling, reading newspapers and magazines, watching TV and going to the malls.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The three vital steps in learning

For effective learning take the following three vital steps:

1. Pre-learning - When you study in advance you will know the additional ideas given by the teacher when you are in class. You will not waste your time to take note of those points which are already in the book.
2. When you are in class you can immediately clarify those areas which you are not very clear right after the main lesson.
3. Post-learning - When you are at home it's time to consolidate what you have learnt and make sure that you understand the lesson well.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dealing with your boss

The way you deal with your boss will,in part, determine your future promotion and your salary increment. According to David Robinson, there are some important principles of good business behaviour to be observed. In his book, " Business Etiquette" he mentions the following points:

1. Do not put your boss in embarrassing or unfair situations and support his decisions even though you may not be agreeable.
2. Be loyal to him and defend your boss from criticism when necessary.
3. If you have complaints which concern your boss, address them, in confidence, to him in a reasonable way.
4. If you are not happy with the way your boss has dealt with an issue you should refer to a more senior person with his knowledge and with a sufficient period of notice to allow him to reconsider.
5. Ensure that your personal behaviour fits in with the team and your talents and efforts are noticeable by your boss and colleagues

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Blocked by a hill

According to Albert Low, if your home is blocked by a hill it is bad feng shui. In his book," Feng Shui for the Home", he mentions that a hill is an obstacle, you will face problems in terms of wealth, health and progress. He suggests hanging a pakua over the main door facing the hill. The Other alternative is to move out of the house.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A child education policy

An investment-linked child education policy is one of the tools that you can use to accumulate sufficient fund for your child's future education. It has an added advantage that the same policy provides an insurance coverage for your child. You can also obtain tax relief for the payment of premiums.

Consider the following points before you take up such a policy:

Duration of the policy: The policy should mature when your child is about to embark on his tertiary education.

Returns of the policy: The returns from the policy should be sufficient to cover the expenses for the duration of the course.

Your budget: The size of the policy is determined by the amount that you can set aside for the monthly or annual premium.

Premium waiver benefit for the plan: This is to make sure that your child's education fund is intact if somthing unfortunate happens to you.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Career Advancement

In order to get ahead,doing a good job is not enough.You need to market yourself:

1. Chart your own career course - Set both long term and short term goals and measure these goals at regular intervals.
2. Treat your boss like a customer - Cater to his needs and make him feel good.
3. Be the person others can count on - Offer yourself to take up additional assignments.
4. Be active in the community - Take part in local cultural and professional activities. Your participation creates a good image for yourself and the company.
5. Your appearance - Dress smartly and appropriately to project a successful image.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Green Tea

Cup Of Green Tea
It's not only an enjoyment to have a cup of warm green tea right after your meal; it has other health benefits as well. Green tea can fight tooth decay,keep your gums healthy and prevent bad breath. According to researchers at Tokyo Dental College, compounds in both green and black tea combat specific bacterial activity that causes gum tissue destruction or periodontal disease and loss of teeth. Regular green tea drinkers reduce the chances of getting cancer. A National Cancer Institute study in Shanghai found that men who drank at least one cup of green tea daily cut their odds of esophageal cancer by 20 percent and women by 50 percent.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The habit of writing diary

It's the start of a New Year and you may want to include the writing of diary as part of your New Year resolution. The daily writing of diary will help you to reinforce the usage of the language and also your written expression. It is also a record of your feelings and your mood swing from day to day. You are also able to record the important dates in your life. For a start just scribble a few lines according to your thoughts. As time goes by you will be able to write faster and express more and more of your thoughts. Moreover your mastery of the language will be improved by leaps and bounds.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The "IMPACT" of good business manners

To show that you care for the feelings of others, David Robinson mentions the following golden rules in his book "Business Etiquette":

Integrity: Demonstrate that you are an honest, truthful and trustworthy person.
Manners: Do not be selfish, boorish and undisciplined.
Personality: Behave in such a way that your qualities can be appreciated.
Appearance: Dress appropriately for the occasion. Project a good image of yourself physically.
Consideration: Take into account the view of the other person.
Tact: Think before you speak

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Safety of your children at home and in your car

You can reduce the chances of your children being the target for abductor by taking certain precautionary measures:

  1. Make sure that your doors and windows can be securely locked.
  2. Switch on the lights outside your house at night.
  3. Do not leave your children in the car even for a short while.
  4. Lock your car while you are travelling on the road.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Personal Financial Planning

Financial planners recommended the following steps to do your financial planning:

1. Check your current financial situation: if you are debt-ridden your priority will be settling your debt.
2. Set financial goals: Goals such as buying a car in two years and a house in five years.
3. Design financial plans: Your plans should include cash budget, savings and investment, children's education, insurance coverage and retirement.
4. Put your plans into action: Don't be distracted by short-term enjoyment for long term benefits.
5. Review your financial situation every six months: Changes in your lifestyle, especially when you get married, will affect your goals. It is necessary to revise your goals and plans.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Your "To do" list

In his book "Getting Things Done: The ABC's of Time Management" Edwin C. Bliss recommends keeping two lists for each day on the same sheet of paper. On on side are tasks allocated for specific time like meetings and appointments. On the other side is a list of things to do for the day. You will commence on those tasks which are important and urgent and then work your way down in order of priority.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

You and your sleep

According to Clete Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research, a person usually requires a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. As reported in a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine women who sleep less than 8 hours a night over a period of ten years are at a slightly higher risk of heart disease.
Another study revealed that sleep deprivation can lead to an imbalance of various weight-related hormones. It can encourage your cells to store excess fat and lower you body's fat-burning ability. Yet another research has linked insufficient sleep to depression and anxiety and also insulin resistance - a trigger for high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Again, sleepy drivers are responsible for fatal accidents on the road.

As you know sleep is a biological requirement and it pays to have a good night's sleep.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Learnng and your children

According to educationists, do not force the growth of your children by:
  1. Making a child to keep silent or to stay still for long period. Children, by nature, are restless and they are tender.
  2. Trying to hold his attention for a long time. Concentration for children is not an easy task.
  3. Expecting your children to understand things quickly.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

How to be popular

These are some of the positive qualities that will make you likeable:

1. Cultivate empathy.
2. Help others. Christ said," It is more blessed to give than to receive."
3. Say a few words of praise to those you come into contacts.
4. Be trustworthy.
5. Be polite.
6. Pay attention to your appearance.
7. Respect others.
8. Always wear a smile.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Empowering your Children with Seven Positive Values

Dad N'Daughter
In his book, "A Guide to Happy Parenting" Michael Grose mentions the following seven positive values that help your children to be successful in life:

1. Respect: Respect others and be respected.
2, Persistence: Like determination, when pursue positively, persistence is an asset.
3. Initiative: Create a positive environment for children to make things happen. Remember do not criticize them when they make a mistake.
4. Self-discipline: Children need to understand that to achieve anything worthwhile they need to give something up and change their habits.
5. Trustworthiness: It means people can count on you. It is an important trait at work and making relationships with others.
6. Tolerance: Accept others as they are and appreciate their differences.
7. Cooperation: It means the ability to work together with others for the good of all.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Use your credit cards wisely

There is a saying,"Credit card is for convenience and not for credit."

So, take the following precautionary measures:

1. Every time you use your card make sure that you have sufficient fund to meet the payment at the end of the month.
2. Do not exceed your credit limit.
3.When you notice any unauthorized transactions in your statement, inform the bank promptly.
4, Pay your monthly statement before the due date.
5. When you make major purchases by monthly instalments ensure that the amount is within your monthly budget.
6. When you are unable to make payment in full you must settle the monthly interest fully and also nothing less than the minimum amount.
7. Notify the bank when you change your address. Ask for a copy of the monthly statement when you don't receive it. Otherwise you will end up paying interest for late payment.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First Day at Work

When you report for work on the first day ensure that you receive the following information during the orientation or from your superior. This is to allow you to have a good start at your new job.

1. The company - its growth, current size, key executives, future plans and company policies.
2. Your pay package - salary, overtime, insurance, paid leave and other benefits.
3. The job - scope of your work and how it fits into the overall organization.
4. The working conditions - work schedule, meal breaks and other rules and regulations. Get a copy of the employee handbook if there is one.
5. Your colleagues - get to know your fellow workers and find out who reports to whom in the operation's hierarchy.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Vitamins, Minerals and your Skin

Skin Care Tips


According to the research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2002 it was demonstrated that vitamin C and E can prevent damage caused by too much exposure to sunlight and also improve skin texture. Further more the journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2005, reported that people who consumed vitamins C and E in the long run reduced sunburns caused by UVB radiation. Additionally, vitamins C and E also reduce the effects of free radicals which reduce collagen and elastin. Vitamin E also helps to slow down the conversion of soluble collagen (which is mainly found in younger skin) into insoluble collagen (usually found in older skin). Vitamins A is required for the repair and maintenance of skin tissue. While B vitamins help with blood circulation to the skin, prevent oily skin, pigmentation or liver spots and address dermatitis and eczema.

As for minerals, selenium and copper help protect skin from sun damage.Zinc is often
linked to acne as it helps control oil production. Together with vitamin C and the mineral zinc, copper helps to develop elastin - the fibres that support skin structure rom underneath.

So if you want to keep you skin supple, elastic with a youthful glow you have to do it inside out.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Your room and your study

Do you know that the state of your room will either motivate or discourage you from study? Let's put your room in order so that you are happy to be in your room to study:

1. Tidy your room and arrange your things in an orderly manner so that it is more spacious.
2. Discard what is not needed.
3. Put the things that you are using daily on the table and keep the rest in your drawer.
4. Have a comfortable chair and a suitable table for your study.
5. Ensure that your room is well lighted and airy.
6. Look at other study rooms and try to make your room even better.
7. Decorate your room with motivational posters.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

How to get along with your boss

There are three areas you must understand:

1.The core value of your boss: Find out the things that are important to your boss. Punctuality? Honesty? efficiency? Make sure that you do not go against his core value.
2. His working habits and his emotional responses to things: Check his response to good news and bad news and approach him appropriately. If your boss is an afternoon person don't talk to him about cancelled orders in the morning.
3. His communicative preferences: Does he favour verbal or written reports? You cannot go without written reports but you can speak at length if he prefers verbal reporting.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Teach your children to use the right words to talk about sex

As soon as children are learning the body parts, you can introduce the right vocabulary for their private parts such as penis, vagina, breasts and buttocks. Dr. Ian Russ, Ph.D., says that, "If [children] don't have the vocabulary to talk about their body parts, then if something happens they can't tell anybody. They know that it's off-limits to talk about. They can't get help." By telling your children the right words to use they will feel comfortable to tell you should something bad does happen to them.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Safeguard your credit cards

Take note of the following points to protect your cards from fraudulent uses:

1. Sign you name on the reverse of the card as soon as you receive your new card.
2. Do not disclose your 16 digits number and the 3 digits security number to anyone.
3. Keep copies of your charge slips and use them to check the monthly statement.
4. Whenever you go overseas inform the bank and provide a contact number.
5. Arrange with your bank to increase the credit limit for your trips abroad.
6. Inform the bank in the first instance when you card is lost.
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