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I’d Rather Have Habits Than Clothes,
For that’s where my intellect shows.
And as for my hair,
Do you think I should care
To comb it at night with my toes?

I’d rather have ears than a nose,
I’d rather have fingers than toes,
But as for my hair:
I’m glad it’s all there;
I’ll be awfully sad when it goes.

I wish that my Room had a Floor;
I don’t so much care for a Door,
But this walking around
Without touching the ground
Is getting to be quite a bore!
Gelett Burgess

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Spending time with children, whether they are related to you or not, is always rewarding and to that list we would like to add a few more lessons we as adults should all learn from children.

Paulo Coelho said that “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” Here are the three things children have taught me:

1. Be fearless: Hanging out with my little brother the other day, I realized how resilient kids really are. To them, it doesn’t matter how many times they trip and fall. Seconds later they are up and running. Unlike adults, who are ready to give up at a slightest encumbrance, kids don’t dwell on the pain and disappointment – they only focus on their goals.

2. Give from…

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All About Kids & Parenting

whisperToo often, child abuse continues because kids are coerced into keeping problems a secret. This article is from The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, a tremendous resource for protecting children from abuse, bullying, kidnapping, and other violence.

One of Kidpower’s boundary rules is that “Problems should not be secret!” To help prevent potential problems, we also tell children that, “Touch should not be a secret. And presents someone gives you or games someone asks you to play should not be a secret.”

Often during our adult education programs, parents approach us and ask about how to explain to their children what kinds of secrets are okay to keep and what are not. As one puzzled father said, “My seven-year-old daughter ‘Pricilla’ has so much fun whispering about harmless secrets with her friends. If I tell her not to keep any…

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One Writer Ranting

I guard the darkness

While the city sleeps below

Safely in slumber


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1. Kid Safety in the Kitchen
Toddlers gravitate to the kitchen; after all, that’s where families spend much of their time. Cook on the back burners and turn pot handles away so they aren’t in reach. Drink hot beverages out of spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs to avoid burns. Never leave dangling cords; unplug items when not in use and store, and those that are used, keep cords wraped tightly with a twist tie. Store cleaning fluids in locked cabinet out of sight and temptation. Don’t allow access into pantry.
2. Kid Safety in the Bathroom
For safety and to avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use. It’s a good idea to limit access to the bathroom with a safety gate or lock, if practical. There is too much temptation. Never leave medications around; keep locked and out of reach. Also keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet. Always drain the bathtub.
3. Kid Safety in the Family Room
With kids, when is there ever not things on the floor? Be on constant guard for small toys and objects that can be choking hazards, batteries, coins, marbles, and pieces of toys from older siblings (wheels, doll shoes, etc.) Keep elecrical cords out of reach and use outlet covers. Child-proof window treatment cords. Secure televisions and other electronic equipment to avoid any potential for tipping over on a child. Use safety gates on stairs. Remove temptations from tabletops.
4. Kid Safety in the Bedroom
Lamps, flowing curtains or drapes, area rugs, and even candles are items that add to the ambiance of a master bedroom but could prove to be a danger zone for young children. Cutesy table lamps and rocking chairs that were so precious in an infant’s room can now spell disaster if a toddler starts standing in the chair or can reach for the lamp and remove it from its stand. Be sure pictures are mounted solidly on the walls and that bookcases are also affixed to the walls, if possible.
5. Kid Safety in the Yard
Be sure to limit access to outside with locks out of reach of a curious tot. Backyard swing sets and play areas are wonderful, but make sure they are safe by having a soft surface underneath. If your yard is fenced, be sure that is locked as well. Always enclose pools, ponds or hot tubs and put a safety fence between any water source and the house. Keep kiddie pools drained when not in use. Keep power tools and garden equipment safe and out of reach; the same holds true for insecticides.
6. Kid Safety in the Car
Be sure you have your child’s car seat installed correctly and in accordance with safety regulations. Utilize a booster seat for as long as child needs one for height and weight factors (which may be longer than your child wants). Be sure that kids cannot open a door or window from their seat (utilize child locks, as needed). The sun shades help with comfort for toddlers on car trips. Set safety practices with the opening/shutting of car doors to avoid smashed finger injuries.
7. Kid Safety at Others’ Homes
Your house may be toddler proof, but neighbors and relatives may not have the need. That means parents must be on particular guard when visiting others’ homes for safety. Medicine cabinets, drawers, and other “unsafe” areas may be a temptation to toddlers, and it only takes a moment to get into danger. If possible, bring entertainment for your toddler and designate a single “safe room” for your youngster to stay in. And, always accompany your toddler to the bathroom (even if potty-trained).
8. Kid Safety Out and About
Parents greatest safety fears can sometimes be when walking with youngsters to and from stores, among parked cars, and in crowded situations–and with good reason. Toddlers are prone to darting around and insistent on walking independently. Kids should be told rules of hand-holding and other safety measures, and parents should enforce those rules at all costs. In crowded stores, consider tying a balloon on a wrist so you can see your youngster in case of an accidental separation.
9. Kid Safety and Toys
Require that your youngster wear a bike helmet and other safety gear. Create/buy a safety flag on a bike, big wheel or other toy when used outdoors so you can distinguish your child and his location at a glance. Carefully consider toys like trampolines, spinning toys, scooters, bouncing balls, in-line skates, and other popular items that can be fun but also potentially dangerous. If you do buy such an item, be sure to follow safety recommendations and supervise your child’s use closely.
10. Kid Safety and Sports
More and more parents are placing their toddler-aged children into sports for exercise and to learn fundamentals of soccer, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, and cheer. Age-appropriate programs can be a great outlet for a youngster’s energy and provide exercise and coordination activities as well. But, beware of programs that don’t take a young child’s limitations into account, or else injuries can occur.

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 Home insurance, automatic lighting or cancelling the milk.

 Nothing spoils a holiday more than coming home to find you’ve become the victim of a crime. Those hard-earned hours of relaxation will be quickly undone if you have to start filing a claim on your home insurance.

To that end, here’s five ways to protect your home before you go on your summer holiday, so you can enjoy ‘no more worries for a week or two’.

1. Hide the tell-tale signs you’re away

Nothing says ‘I’m an empty house, break in and help yourself’ like a pile of letters visibly building up on the doormat, leaflets dangling out of the letterbox or bottles of milk lining up outside your front door. Consider giving a trusted neighbour a spare key so that they can pick up the mail every couple of days.

Alternatively, the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe service will hold your mail for up to two months. If you’re only going away for a fortnight, Keepsafe will hold your mail for up to 17 days for £11.25.

Cancelling the milk delivery and any other grocery deliveries will also keep your home safer and save you a bit of money too.


2. Turn everything off at the socket

Make sure that every single appliance except for your faithful fridge/freezer is turned off at the wall and not left on stand-by. Not only does this reduce the risk of fires, it’ll also save you money on your utility bills.

While you’re at it, check your central heating, if you have it. There’s not going to be any frost for a few months yet, so you could turn off any automatic time-sets and avoid heating an empty house.

Also check you’ve not left any fires or free-standing heaters on. And double-check the oven: a colleague cooked some pasta for his daughter before setting off on hols last year and spent the whole of his break worrying about whether he’d switched off the gas ring or not.

3. Create the impression you’re still home

Remember in the film Home Alone when Kevin McAllister duped hapless burglars Harry and Marv into thinking that the house was occupied and actually hosting a party?

Well, you don’t need to go that far, but you can buy timing switches for your lights which can be set to turn on and off at specific times of the day, giving the impression you’re home.

If you’re driving to the airport or your resort, see if you can find someone to park their car outside your house while you’re away.

4. Locks and keys

It sounds fairly obvious, but make sure you do a sweep to ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked properly. Check the garage and shed as well, if you have them.

If you were to leave a door or window unsecured and were burgled, you may find your home insurance provider unwilling to pay out for a claim because you failed to take “reasonable care” of the property.

Also, once the doors and windows are locked, make sure the keys are completely out of sight and reach of any windows or your letterbox. There’s no point locking a door if you’re putting the key within easy reach of an intruder.

Finally, leave a spare set of keys with a friend, relative or trusted neighbour so that someone can gain entry to the property if something was to go wrong inside the house.

According to NFU Mutual research, you’re statistically more likely to be a victim of water damage from a leaking or burst pipe than you are to be burgled – so having someone check on the property while you’re away could prevent disaster.

5. Don’t broadcast your absence

Many of us like to brag about where we’re jetting off to on Facebook, or even post pictures from the beach on Twitter – but this could be a big mistake.

MoneySupermarket’s home insurance expert Hannah Skenfield warns: “In the excitement of your trip it is all too easy to publicise that your home is empty. Avoid posting your trip on your social media account, where it may be viewed by strangers, until you get back.

“Just taking some simple precautions will significantly reduce the likelihood of needing to make an insurance claim and help ensure that your lasting summer memories are of your holiday and not of a problem that occurred at home.”

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How is it that after I posted about wondering stressing out about the fact that the Royal Baby still hadn’t made its way into our world, hours later he decides it’s time?! (Not complaining- honestly, it’s probably due to all of the positive labor vibes I telepathically sent to Kate all day.) 😉

Anyways, now that the Prince has been born, I was able to write my feature article for this weeks newsletter! (*victory cheers*)

Are any of you Buzzfeed fans? I am basically a Buzzfeed groupie. I really enjoy pictures that corrolate with stories, it makes the article more interactive for the audience. That is why I chose to write this feature article, regarding the Royal Baby, a Buzzfeed-inspired layout.

If you have not seen all of the humerous pictures, memes, and tweets floating around social media sites regarding all things Royal Baby, I would highly recommend googling some. I…

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Royal baby name: Prince George Alexander Louis announced to the world

Baby, who will be known as Prince George of Cambridge, is named one day after mother left hospital

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced their newborn son is to be called George Alexander Louis. He will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

The announcement at 6.20pm showed the couple have chosen to stick with very traditional royal names. There have already been six British monarchs called George – the last being the Queen’s father, George VI. Louis is also a favourite and was the name of Lord Mountbatten, the uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The announcement comes a day after the duchess left hospital and two days after she gave birth, and hours after the Queen met her great-grandson for the first time.

George was the most popular name with betting firms William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power. James was also a favourite with punters, with Alexander, Henry, Louis, Richard and Arthur the next most popular choices.

It was widely expected that William and Kate would not wander far from convention and select anything too outlandish for a prince who is likely to reign one day and whose name could symbolise an era.

The naming has happened quickly by historical royal standards. Prince George’s father was not named for a week, and it took a month for the name of the baby’s paternal grandfather, Prince Charles, to be announced.

Earlier, for the first time in more than a century, a reigning monarch met a great-grandchild born in direct succession to the crown when the Queen was introduced to Prince George.

She made the short journey from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son had spent their first night at home as a new family.

Not since the birth in 1894 of the eldest son of the future George V and Queen Mary – the future Edward VIII, who later abdicated – in the twilightof Queen Victoria’s reign has such an encounter occurred. Though Wednesday’s meeting lasted just 30 minutes – before the start of the Queen’s traditional summer break at Balmoral on Friday – it adds another footnote to royal history.

Arriving in a dark green Bentley, the 87-year-old monarch was alone: the Duke of Edinburgh was at Windsor, where he is still convalescing following exploratory abdominal surgery last month. She had previously said she was thrilled with the safe delivery of her first great-grandson, who was born at 4.24pm on Monday weighing 8lb 6oz in the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s hospital at Paddington in west London.

Among other visitors received by the Cambridges was Prince Harry, the baby’s uncle, who is now bumped down to fourth in the line of succession. He has previously said: “I can’t wait to be an uncle.”

The duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton, visited on Tuesday night shortly after mother and baby were discharged from hospital.

After presenting their newborn to the world in a photocall on the hospital steps on Tuesday, William and Kate will now seek some privacy. After the Queen’s visit, the duke, duchess and infant prince left Kensington Palace for Bucklebury, Berkshire, where the Middletons have a manor house.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “This is now a private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.” Details of the meeting with the Queen, therefore, are unlikely to be made public.

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The Goops – they lick their fingers,
and the Goops – they lick their knives!
They spill their broth on the tablecloth –
Oh they lead disgusting lives.
They often talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew –
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop – are you?

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