Sunday, August 28, 2016

What the Heck? Hotel Problems

You went on vacation with your teenage children. You have one who looks like an adult when they are actually under the age of 18. The hotel clerk does not believe you about your teenager not being an adult. You worry about being charged with having another adult in your hotel room. You have to realize that you are not the first person who tried to pass an adult as a teenager with the hotel clerk. There is something you can do about it. You can show them your teenager's student identification card, passport, or driver's license. By doing this, you will be providing them legal proof that their judgment is wrong in this situation.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Difficult Social Situations in Life

One of the hardest things we face in society when it comes to being a parent is watching our children struggle in social situations. It becomes even more difficult in life when our children face a difficult social situation happen after they thought they were fitting in. In some ways, it can mimic a form of bullying showing that your child does not fit in with the group. When this happens in life, you can start your own social skills group or club for your own child based on their own interests in life. It is possible and free to do so through Meetup.com.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Having Trouble With Homework?

Homework can be a struggle at times for parents to get their children to complete it. It has gotten better at being able to track it and hold your child accountable for it. What can you do when your child refuses to complete their homework and turn it in?
  • Encourage your child to play for 15 minutes before starting homework. You have to realize that your child has been sitting down most of the day at school. They could still feel full of energy waiting to come out. It could help them complete their homework better.
  • Give extra television or computer time if they complete their homework without complaining or delaying. If your child loves either of these, it could be a method of encouragement.
  • Have your child do their homework in a public place where you can watch them.
  • Have them read a book or play an educational game if they do not have homework or claim not to have it. This can help you establish a routine with them.
  • Read a book or share a book with your child during the reading portion of homework. Always remember that you are your child's best role model when it comes to reading or learning.
  • Let your child deal with the consequences of not doing or turning in homework. Do not always blame the teacher for losing it. There will be children who refuse to turn in assignments and blame the teacher.
Just remember, it takes time for your new homework strategy to work. Have patience with your new plan in place. Your child can turn it into a battle of wills just like any other subject in life.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Community Resource: We Rock the Spectrum

Going to the gym or fitness center is never easy and especially if you are different in life. It is sensory friendly, and it is open to children of all abilities including their siblings. Its name is We Rock the Spectrum, and it offers ten different pieces of equipment.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Boys Will be Boys?

One of the most difficult issues a parent can face is a difference of opinion when it comes to having a disabled child needing more help in life. It can become an issue when one parent believes it is a normal behavior of every child, and the other parent believes otherwise. In some cases, the problem can be tied to how the other parent was raised at home or even they think their disability is normal for everyone in society. The best thing is to find a local support group or find someone who can help you navigate around the system in your circumstances. Do you homework to get the help. It is worth it in the end on getting your child help that they need in life.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Author Profile: Airren Beter

Airren Beter wrote a delightful children's book about Dyslexia through a lion who had trouble reading. Through her book, she writes about how his disability struggles got noticed, diagnosed, and learned to deal with Dsylexia. Her book is named The Little Lion and the Mixed-Up Letters.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

What's New at the Public Library?

I discovered a long time ago that my local public library offered more than just books to borrow to its members. They offered movie showings, concerts, clubs, classes, computer help, activity groups, and more for all ages. For the next time that you are looking for something interesting to do, you might want to check out your local public library.


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Recipe Idea: Chicken Biscuit Casserole

1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped baby carrots
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth
10 ounce can peas, drained
4 cups diced, cooked chicken meat
2 cups buttermilk baking mix
2 teaspoons dried basil
2/3 cup milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the garlic, onion, celery, and carrots in butter until tender. Mix in the flour, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and pepper. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil 1 minute, reduce heat, and stir in peas. Simmer 5 minutes, then mix in chicken. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the baking mix and 2 teaspoons dried basil. Stir in milk to form a dough. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. On floured wax paper, use the palm of your hand to flatten each ball of dough into a circular shape; place on top of chicken mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake for 10 more minutes. 
To serve, spoon chicken mixture over biscuits.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Learning Activities and Favorite Things

One of the hardest things that a parent can deal with is motivating your child to want to learn. It can become a difficult matter when your child is stubborn. What can you do to turn this problem into a possible solution in life? Have you ever thought of turning your child's favorite things into a learning activity? It can be a great motivator for your child believe it or not. It is very easy to do with the amount of books, learning activities, videos, and games out there. Next time that you are at your local library or surfing the web, check it out how easy it is to find books and learning activities based on your child's favorite things.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Feeling Low on Money?

When I was young, I remember my local bank had a Christmas account option. It is an account where you could put money into a savings account each week to cover the costs of Christmas. It has been years since I have seen this type of account. Then, I thought about it, and I realized that I did not need a specialty account for this, and I could start my own bank account for this. This idea would be also great for back to school shopping. In the end, it could help spread out the cost of seasonal expenses over time instead of it being a large hit on your household budget.

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