Teaching Children the Value of Responsibility

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Whether you believe the Bible or not, the proverb is a logical one. Even bamboo shoots can be formed in a way you wanted it while it is young. That is why you can see bamboo art while the grass is alive like braided into each other. When it grows old it will be impossible to untangle the braid without breaking the bamboo. Neither can you train it anew when it can no longer be bent.

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Childhood is the best time to teach them the value of responsibility.
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Children are the same. The ages for children to absorb learning is between 2-7 years old. Those are the formative years. Beyond that it will be very difficult, if not at all impossible. Mothers are often known to be as the martyr of the family, doing everything around the house and yet being able to keep the morale and spirits up. Oftentimes she would rather just do things and let her children enjoy their childhood to the maximum. This is where something goes wrong.

Childhood is the best time to teach them the value of responsibility. Teach them how to pick up their toys and store them away after playing. It is reminding them where things ought to be placed because there is a place for everything. It is teaching them how to sweep the floor and clean the table. They start with easy tasks and graduate to doing heavier tasks as they grow older.

The mere picking up of a candy wrapper from the floor and throwing it in the waste bin without being told is a good indication that the child has learned the value of responsibility. As the child grows older into adulthood, with training from home, that child will learn to cope with the world, which is oftentimes fierce than the environment at home. With a good background from childhood, he/she will be able to earn the respect of employers and workers. A child trained with responsibility will be more liked and adored in the future which is where the gate of blessings often opens.

Encouraging Your Children to Be Builders

You have probably seen people, adults, who have always depended on other people to do something? Most of these people are good in expecting other people to do the dirty work even to the point of paying them. These people may be the boss but when trials and hardships come and there is no one to help, they will be the most pitiable ones because they cannot do anything on their own. Depending on the situation, sometimes the only way they will learn is the hard way. Do you like your children to grow up that way?

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Whether you have a boy or a girl,
toys can be built and created.

To combat that dilemma, it all starts when the child is very young: toddler age. When children are expected to play, many among parents would like to pamper their children with all the toys they can buy. It only takes a few years when the child gets used to the idea that all toys are bought brand new, shiny and colorful and come in wonderful packaging. The most common reasoning behind is giving their children what they themselves have not had when they were children. Or, since money is abundant, better buy the best toys money can buy. Most end up helpless and spoiled.

Instead, what you can do is encourage them to be builders by building their own toys. It starts with the parents, of course. Whether you have a boy or a girl, toys can be built and created. It helps the child develop his or her imagination. The toys may not look as good as the factory-made, store-bought ones but these toys that you help your child build or even create are special and a foundation for his or her mindset as he/she grows older. Being used to building or creating something will encourage invention and the habit of resourcefulness.

As long as your child is still under your care, you can start making the right move towards creation and innovation. The younger the child is, the better the reception. Give praises and/or rewards to accomplishments. If you need help on what projects to start, the internet is there to help you unfailingly.

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Some Reasons Why Exercise is Good for Your Metabolism

Exercising is one of the best ways to lose weight. It is no secret that fad diets typically do not provide long-term weight loss benefits. Exercise, on the other hand, has been known for years to provide weight loss benefits that will last a person throughout his or her lifetime. Through exercise and maintaining a proper diet, a person can even boost his or her metabolism. Here are some of the ways in which exercise actually works to boost your metabolism.

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Through exercise and maintaining a proper diet,
a person can even boost his or her metabolism.

Getting the “Afterburn” Effect

After an intense workout session, people will typically experience the afterburn effect. The major benefit of this effect is that it causes your body to continue to burn calories for hours after a workout session. Your body can continue to burn calories, and this will help you to continue to lose weight. Experts recommend that you try a 90-minute weight training session to maximize the benefits that you receive from the afterburn effect. It is also a good idea to try to incorporate some cardio into an exercise program every week.

Production of Epinephrine

One of the greatest ways in which your body will benefit from exercise is through the production of epinephrine. This is a hormone that actually speeds up the metabolic rate of the body. This hormone is typically produced after a person completes a weight training session. The body produces higher levels of epinephrine so that minor tears in muscles can be repaired.

Increasing Muscle Mass

One of the reasons trainers typically try to encourage their clients to build muscle mass is due to the increased capacity that the muscles have for burning calories. For every pound of muscle that a person develops on his or her body, that is an extra 50 to 100 calories that can be burned for a workout session. As a person continues to increase his or her muscle mass, workout sessions will become more productive and helpful in increasing a metabolic rate.

Make Time for Exercise

Some people think that they absolutely must spend at least 90 minutes in a workout session every day. Because of this, a busy person may feel less encouraged to even spend any time in a workout session on a daily basis. Experts recommend that even lifting weights for 20 or 30 minutes a day can still have lifelong benefits. If your schedule does not currently allow for a 90-minute workout session, then you should not allow this to deter you from continuing to participate in a workout session. It is still possible for you to develop muscle mass by choosing to exercise for only 20 or 30 minutes a day.

Boost Your Metabolism Today

There is no better time to begin boosting your metabolism than the present moment. With exercise, you will be able to improve your health for the rest of your life. Make the conscious choice to incorporate some exercise into your life, and your metabolic rate will benefit as a result. If you’re feeling all clogged up though and exercise isn’t helping it’s always good to go talk to a dietitian as it might be your diet that is slowing your metabolism down and you might need Dulcolax laxative tablets to give your digestive system a quick clean before starting your new lifestyle.

Author Bio: John is a dietitian and has been for the past 2 years. In his spare time he likes to write blogs about health, fitness and all round well-being.

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Encouraging Your Children to Write a Diary

Writing a story, an article, a blog post, a poem, a song, is not easy for most people, but writing what goes in one’s thoughts down is a lot easier. It is the brain writing, regardless of how poorly constructed it is. Before the birth of the internet, people have been writing to others and sending those letters through the post office. A connection has been made, despite the length of time waiting for the reply to the last letter. When the internet ate up the post offices worldwide and the keyboard replace the pens, those who used to be writing resorted to emailing and real-time chat sessions. The world became smaller and now chatting enables people to talk with, and see each other, instead of merely typing the responses. The more writing became a forgotten art.

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Encourage your children to write a diary at an early age to
develop the habit of writing and expressing their thoughts.

Good thing blogging emerged in the world of internet. It encourages people to write their thought. Hundreds of thousands of blogs are now existing with different niches and topics. If you do a search on any topic you want to know about, most likely there is a blog about it. Blogging brought up many writers of different thinking. The rules of writing have been broken. While there is still an invisible acceptable rule (like correct grammar and punctuation), different styles are emerging.

Writers who used to convey their stories or messages through a hard copy (like a book, booklet, magazine, newspaper, etc.) are also swimming the internet crowd to be noticed. Readers who used to be limited in resources because of expensive books, are now able to reach the works of different writers, known or unknown. Reading has now become more popular that it ever was.

Encourage your children to write a diary at an early age to develop the habit of writing and expressing their thoughts. It is the start to develop a good writer. There are basically two kinds of people; those who are good in speaking and those who are good in writing. Both can be learned, although more people are naturally good in talking. Writing, though, has the better chance of being “heard” far wider than speaking. Who knows? Your children might be one of the writers of the future bestseller.

How to Throw a Kid’s Birthday Party on a Budget

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Give your child a fun and exciting birthday
party by being creative and resourceful, as
well as taking advantage of a few bargains.

Planning a great kids birthday party shouldn’t have to break the budget. With a bit of careful preparation, you can seriously cut the costs of your child’s special celebration. Here are a few top tips on the best ways to throw a fun kids birthday party on a budget.

DIY Catering

While it might be tempting to rely on buying all of your food ready-made or having the event catered, it can quickly turn into a really expensive exercise. By looking after your own catering, you not only save significant amounts of money, you can ensure that the kids get wholesome and healthy food throughout the party. For snacks, try simple dips with crackers and fresh sliced vegetables for a healthy and fun twist. Small party pies are simple to make and will be a hit with all the kids, and you can balance this with some fresh sliced fruit as a sweet treat. Instead of worrying about baking a big birthday cake, why not try small cupcakes with one for every guest. Do some special decorations on the one for the birthday child to ensure they feel special on their big day.

Bargain Themed Decorations

When it comes to getting great decorations at bargain prices, you can’t beat dollar shops and discount stores. From streamers, glitter, stickers and signs to special balloons and party bags, you’ll find all your birthday decorating needs at a fraction of the normal price. Sticking to a theme makes decorating simple and easy, and creates a truly cohesive and impressive look. From invitations to costumes, you’ll find it at your local variety store.

Low Cost Games and Entertainment

Having great entertainment for your child’s birthday definitely doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes the simplest games are the best, and there are plenty of low cost options that you can use. A good treasure hunt is a great way to get the kids in the party mood, and gives everyone an opportunity to participate. Old favourites can be modified to suit the theme of your party, with variations on games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey being changed to Pin the Parrot on the Pirate, or whatever the theme may be. Your imagination is truly the only limit when it comes to thinking up some fun yet simple birthday games.

Stick to Your Limits

It’s important to set yourself a clear budget when planning your party, and be careful not to go over it. It’s very easy to get carried away with the excitement of planning the perfect party for your child, and then find yourself struggling with the costs afterwards. Think about how much you would like to spend on food, decorations and accessories and make sure you shop to the budget. This will ensure that you can relax and enjoy your child’s birthday party without experiencing the guilt and stress of having spent too much.

Still Experiencing Financial Difficulty?

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With these top tips, you will be able to enjoy a stress free event which won’t break the bank. Give your child a fun and exciting birthday party by being creative and resourceful, as well as taking advantage of a few bargains. Remember to check out the Fox Symes blog if you would like some quality financial advice to help you get back on track with your finances and focus on the important things in life.

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