Friday, February 29, 2008

Homework

When you design a time table for your child, it is better to be assignment-based rather than time-based. First of all, an assignment is to be completed. The child will have a sense of accomplishment upon completion of the assignment. On the other hand, when you allocate a fixed time to do homework, he may drag on to kill time without dong anything meaningful. Further more, the ability to concentrate varies among different age groups. Another advantage is the flexible use of time. Make sure that the amount of assignment is tailored according to his age. When he can do it, he will be pleased to obey and he will also be happy when the work is done,

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Help your child to tell the truth

Your child learns by what you do. When you promise him something and it does not materialize, it conveys a message that your words mean nothing. So he thinks that telling a lie is OK. The best thing to do when you can't honour your words, explain to your child in a nice way. If you want your child to tell the truth you have to be truthful to him.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gift-buying

Here are a few tips from Winnie Tan, the general manager of Noel Gifts:

1. Prioritise gift giving according to the importance of the relationship between you and the recipient. It means family members come first.

2. Go to a big mall to do shopping so that you can buy every thing under one roof.

3. Do shopping in the morning or near closing time as the place is not crowded.

4. Consider food and beverage as gifts. For young ones books are recommended.

Television: The time robber

Most television programmes are full of violence and sex. They are not suitable for your child. In order for broadcasting stations to capture more viewers, special effects on sound and sight are used. Naturally, children are seduced and they are glued to the tube for hours.

In order to arrest this unhealthy trend at home you , as parents, can do the following:

1. Refrain yourselves from watching television especially for hours. Set a good example for your child.

2. When you are busy, don't allow TV viewing as a way to take care of your kid.

3. Do not install a TV set In your child's bed room.

4. Strictly enforce viewing time for your child.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Start early to accumulate wealth

According to an article in a recent newspaper, it is said that starting early is more important than anything else in investing. When you teach your child to invest early he can afford the luxury of making mistakes because he has enough time left over to turn himself from a loser to a winner. Moreover, starting young can trigger a life long interest in investing. He will experience the ups and downs of the stock exchange. Your child will also be keen to check the stock prices and study the financial information in the newspapers or the Internet. He can start small but should select only quality stocks. It is exciting for your child to see the accumulation of wealth without doing anything.

Empathy

Here are a few tips to develop empathy:

1. First of all try to find out what's in his mind and then study his emotion and feelings.
2. In the cause of listening do not jump to conclusion.
3. You may know what he is trying to say but you must be patient and continue to listen. From time to time you pass appropriate remark such as "I understand" or "I know what you are saying".
4. When the other person is speaking too fast or not in proper sequence, you can repeat his words to get confirmation of your understating. This is actually to show that you are listening.

With empathy you will communicate better and you will be appreciated by others.

The slope and your house

Your home is your permanent residence. Do not build your house on a slope or at the foot of a hill. According to geology the type of ground is usually soft and loose. It is bad feng shui. Even though the ground may be solid, a downpour may cause havoc. So it is not a good place to be your home.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Personal advancement

There is a saying about luck: 'Luck is what happened when opportunity meets preparation". How do you prepare yourself for career advancement? The most important thing is to find our what you really need to learn to improve yourself. You should concentrate on improving your greatest strengths further. Here are the reasons:

  1. You can become an expert in the areas of your expertise. The other advantage is that you enjoy using the skills.
  2. It is more difficult and time consuming to improve on your weaknesses. The payoff is not as great as improving your strengths.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Grocery shopping

With the rising cost of everyday items, it is necessary to stretch your dollar. You can do it in the following ways:


  1. Choose house brands: They are good quality alternatives to better known brands and cheaper.

  2. Look for promotion in the newspapers: Advertised items are usually cheaper than normal pries, be on the look-out and buy them.

  3. Identify items classified as purchase with purchase: You can purchase the items at special prices.

  4. Get ready with your credit card: From time to time a special discount is given to card holders when you pay your bill with the particular bank's credit card.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Look after your heart with nuts

The Harvard Nurses' Health study which involved some 90,000 women showed that women who ate an ounce of nuts at least five times a week for 14 years lowered their risk of heart disease by 30%. Nuts are rich in fiber and monounsaturated fats, known to counteract heart disease. Nuts are also packed with various antioxidants, vitamin E and selenium.

Next time when your entertain your friends serve them with nuts especially almonds and walnuts.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Appreciate your children's creativity

Childhood is the best time of their life. They don't have to worry about earning a living and they just enjoy doing the things they like to do. They are happy most of the time.

Take a good look at your child while he is doing something. When he is drawing, you can tell him that the drawing is beautiful or colourful. You beg he will try harder to draw better pictures to show you. When he is writing an essay, you can highlight to him about certain words that he has used appropriately.

It is important to appreciate your child's creativity. When your child is growing he is full of potential. Your appreciation and motivation will spark his creativity.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A balanced life

The waves rush to the shore and then retreats. The sun rises and then sets. The phenomena of nature are well-balanced. It would be disastrous if the sun never sets and the waves do not retreat.

Likewise, our life should be balanced. The relationship among our activities should be in a state of balance too. There is a time for you to work and there is a time for you to rest. If you spend more time at work your relationship with your family members will be adversely affected. When you indulge in too much leisure activities your energy will be zapped and your work performance will be curtailed.

The various activities in your life are interrelated. Happiness will be with you when your life is properly balanced.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Feng shui and your sleeping position

Feng shui masters consider the following sleeping positions as bad for feng shui:

  • Sleep with your feet or the head facing the door.
  • Your bed is not against a wall for proper support.
  • Your bed, especially your head is facing the toilet door.
  • A mirror is directly facing your bed.
  • Your bedroom is next to the kitchen.
  • The bed is against a wall but you are sleeping the other way round

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The trouble signs

You are in financial difficulties when you are in the following situations:

  • You delay paying your bills. Instead of paying bills for the current month you are paying for the previous months.
  • Creditors look for you personally asking for payment of outstanding bills.
  • There is no savings or emergency fund to tie you over.
  • You have debts all over the place.
  • You can't even pay the minimum amount for your credit card.
  • You have no idea how much you have owed.

You need a financial expert to help you resolve the financial situation.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Be organized at work

How do you have more time to yourself in the office to do creative thinking and planning?
You can look at the job from different angles:

The work itself
Allocation of your time to do your job
Your working environment
The way you look at your work

The work itself: Arrange your work in such a way that the work flows smoothly and efficiently from one task to another and from the beginning of the month until the end of the month.

Allocation of your time to do your job: Have a "To-do" list every day and do the tasks according to priorities. Assignments given by your boss should be done first. After that your work should follow nicely according to your normal flow as mentioned above. As soon as you finish your tasks on the list you tick them off. You will have a feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Your working environment: You may not be neat at your work place but you must arrange your things in such a way that you are able to look for them easily.

The way you look at your work: Look at your work positively. You spend a third of your day or even more at work, it's better to be happy than grumpy. Positive attitudes produce positive actions at the work place.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Positive and negative stress

Stress helps you to concentrate, focus and reach peak efficiently. When the challenge is over you take time to relax and enjoy the achievements. This is positive stress. Stress becomes negative when you are unable to relax after meeting the challenge. When you are constantly under stress you are nervous and you can't sleep. Your stomach is upset.You have headache and many other ailments. Learn to manage stress by recognizing it when it occurs. Next, use some relaxation techniques to neutralize the effect of stress. Finally, by adopting a positive mental attitude and a healthy lifestyle you will be able to manage stress.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Establish a reading habit for your children

There are a few things that parents can do to make your children enjoy reading:

  • Set up a reading corner. In the corner your child will have his own cabinet and book shelves filled with his own favourite books.
  • Provide more reading materials appropriate at his level from time to time so that he can read on his own.
  • Use books as gifts for your child.
  • When your child is looking for more reading materials it's time to apply for a library card for him.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Building a positive relationship with your boss

There is an important statement in human relationships: When you give others what they need, they will in turn more likely to give you what you need. The fact is that we appreciate people who help us achieve our goals. Building a positive relationship with your boss is no difference. Follow the advice of Dr. Ross West. He recommends the following guidelines in his book," How to be happier in the job you sometimes can't stand":

  1. Help your boss to achieve his goals
  2. Be trustworthy.
  3. Compliment your boss on doing something right. However, you must be sincere and honest in your praise and be very specific about it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Your main door

According to feng shui you should have a timber door instead of a glass door. Chi is believed to travel freely into your house when you have a glass door. It does not matter if it is closed. Moreover, a timber door gives a solid protection and you can control the flow of chi into your house. Glass door is suitable for business premises because a lot of chi will flow in to bring in a lot of business.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The value of money

In a recent newspaper report, it says that Zimbabwe, a country in Africa has just introduced the 10 million Zimbabwe dollar bills. But, what is the worth of a 10 milliom Zimbabwe dollar note? It can't even buy a hamburger in an ordinary cafe in Zimbabwe which costs 15 million Zimbabwe dollars. As quoted in the newspaper the nation faces the world's highest inflation rate.

Can someone send me a 10 million Zimbabwe dollar note for keepsake?

Monday, February 11, 2008

You and your job

Are you bored with your job? Do you find it a mundane routine day in and day out? Think again. The job gives you self-respect. Most important of all, the job gives you the financial resources needed for you and your family. Have you ever thought about how your job helps others? If the work is not required you wouldn't be there in the first place. So, your job plays an important role in the overall operation of the company. Furthermore, your job is only a part of your life; you have your family to care for and friends to entertain you. You use your own time to do your own favourite things. Life. especially your working life, after all is not a bed of roses.

Sodium and your health

Most of our sodium, a mineral essential for human life, comes from salt (sodium chloride). Sodium helps to maintain the right balance of fluids in the body. For those people who are more sensitive to the effects of sodium tend to retain sodium more easily, leading to excess fluid retention and increased blood pressure. A condition that can lead to cardiovascular and kidney diseases. To avoid excess intake of sodium, limit consumption of pickled fruits and fruits processed with salt. You should also avoid smoked, salted fish or poultry or canned meat. Go slow on salted vegetables and pickled vegetables, flavour enhancers such as Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and many other salted items.

Friday, February 8, 2008

How to prepare for your examination effectively

It goes without saying that your success is measured by your academic performance. Your performance is gauged by your examination results. A sure way of getting flying colours in your examination is by doing the past year papers under examination conditions. You should then compare your work with the answers and study those areas that you have not done well. Your last-minute study should also be doing the past year papers and studying for the topics that you are weak or cannot recall.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Building relationships with coworkers

Dr. Ross West suggests the following seven golden rules in his book "How to be happier in the job you sometimes can't stand":

  • Emphasize cooperation instead of competitiveness.
  • Learn to care about others.
  • Accept the uniqueness of other people.
  • Be generous with affirmation.
  • Control wisely how you express negative feelings, especially anger.
  • Give other people the space they need.
  • Listen

Sharp edges or secret arrows

According to feng shui masters sharp corners or secret arrows are dangerous.When you put a table or bed along its path, the sharp edge or the secret arrow will cut into your direction. In the office if you sit with an arrow point at your back, you may have a back problem or you may be backstabbed by your colleagues. If a secret arrow is pointing at your bed your marriage may break up.You can neutralize the situation by placing your furniture parallel to the wall.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The other plastic cards

There are two kinds of card you may like to consider instead of credit card.
One of them is debit card. The card is linked to your savings or current account. Every time you use the card the amount is deducted from your account. The other card is the prepaid card. You load the card with a certain amount and then you can use it like a credit card. You can use the prepaid card to limit your monthly spending.

Monday, February 4, 2008

A satisfying job

Consider the following factors when you are looking for a career with a good fit, a recruitment services provider points out:

  • Look at your goals in life: career, home, money, relationships and education.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses and focus on your core strengths.
  • Examine your interests, passions, skills for an appropriate career.
  • Seek the help of your friends and relatives to review you career choice.
  • Find a mentor that can advise you competently about your career.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

When you are happy you are healthy

According to a study by Dr. Andrew Steptoe of University College London on 5000 healthy British adults, he found that those who reported happier moods had lower average cortisol levels. Cortisol is a 'stress' hormone when chronically elevated, may contribute to high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and dampened immune function, among other problems. So, don't worry, be happy and you will be healthier.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The joy of reading

To promote the reading habit among your children,the most important thing is that parents are avid readers too. It is not necessary to tell the children what to do. When they see you reading they will follow you. The best time to start the reading habit is before they attend school. Use the books to tell bed time stories to them. Be patient with your children because when they enjoy the story they would like to listen to it again and again. Make reading a fun thing to do. Do not test them or else it becomes a part of their homework.
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