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Diwali 2014 HD Greetings With Poems Romantic Word Free Download

Happy Diwali Poems

The clear blue sky,

The scent of flowers,
The colours of Rangoli,
And the sound of crackers.
The gifts and sweets from dear ones,
And the getting of their love,
The light of the candles below,
And the dazzling fireworks up above.
Lighting lamps at our homes,
Making the less fortunate smile,
Putting on new apparels,
Show our friends some style.
Paying respects to the gods, 
And decorating for them the thali, 
This is what the occasion is all about,
This is the spirit of Deepavali. 

The sweet smell of flowers

The array of colors
Diwali is here
Firecrackers are heard
Candles are lit
Children play
Presents are given
We pray to the gods
Diwali is here.

Dunes of vapors from crackers rise,
Engulf, as odorous airs resound
Effusing joys to all abound
Pearls of gleams in these autumn nights
Adorn our lives else trite
With sparklers that motley skies
As soaring spirits of powder wander
Let us thank the heavenly might,
In this festive season of lights.

Today’s the `Festival of Lights’ all o’er;
A joyful day for minds and hearts and souls;
And people throng the Temples to offer,
Prayers, resolving to take better roles.
And most of them are richly clad and clean,
and eat such dainty foods and sweets with mirth;
Whilst noisy crackers burst, their lights are seen,
It seems to be a happy day on Earth!
But are there not hearts woe-filled, very sad?
Denied of laughter, smiles for days;
Today’s the triumph of Good over bad;
But what about the wastage in much ways?
True joy is when you see someone else smile!
True charity gives joy in Heavenly style.

Joy, Joy, Joy,
We can play with our cousins
We can eat so many sweets
We can fire crackers
We can worship Goddess Lakshmi because
It is Diwali
Happy Diwali

As echelons of zillion lights adorn,
and echoes of triumph and thunder swarm,
watching even a tiny gleam perform,
devouring ill,
sparkling joy despite forlorn,
exhorts a hearty & happy year merely born

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1. Bathe your child in a laundry basket so that their toys don’t float away.

2. Avoid committing a gender faux pas with other parents.

Avoid committing a gender faux pas with other parents.

Lean down and ask the baby his or her name. The parent will answer for them (if they can’t talk yet).

3. Save your old cell phones and let your kids use them as play cameras.

Save your old cell phones and let your kids use them as play cameras.

Maybe you’ve got the next Juergen Teller on your hands.

4. Punish your kids when they’re fighting.

Punish your kids when they're fighting.

5. Invest in a “baby shower cap.”

Invest in a "baby shower cap."

6. If your kids have bad handwriting, make them spend some time on the monkey bars.

If your kids have bad handwriting, make them spend some time on the monkey bars.

 Why certain activities can help strengthen the upper body and the fine motor skills that can lead to better handwriting.

7. Invest in a good pair of cargo pants.

Invest in a good pair of cargo pants.

Since you stopped caring about fashion the second that baby popped out of you, it’s time to start wearing cargo pants every day, preferably a pair with many pockets. Keep wipes, diapers, plastic bags, and bottles in there.

8. Put sprinkles on everything.

Put sprinkles on everything.

They’ll turn any healthy smoothie or juice into a fun-filled endeavour.


9. Need a place to put your kid?

Need a place to put your kid?

Make a hammock with a blanket tied around a table.

10. Make an incredibly easy play fort with a box fan.

Make an incredibly easy play fort with a box fan.

11. Trace your kids’ feet so you can go shoe shopping without having to drag them along.

Trace your kids' feet so you can go shoe shopping without having to drag them along.

It’ll also let you take advantage of any shoe sales you happen to stumble upon. Get more information

12. Finally tell your twins apart with this romper set.

Finally tell your twins apart with this romper set.

13. Put your kids to work by turning chores into a fun game.

Put your kids to work by turning chores into a fun game.

They’ll never know the difference!

14. Use a barrette to fix your little girl’s too-loose tank top.

Use a barrette to fix your little girl's too-loose tank top.

15. To stop nighttime coughing, rub vapor rub on their feet and put socks over them.

To stop nighttime coughing, rub vapor rub on their feet and put socks over them.

16. If your kids are scared of monsters, make monster spray

Squirt under the bed, in the closet. Everybody can go back to sleep now.

17. Stick a Command hook on the back of a high chair to hold bibs.

Stick a Command hook on the back of a high chair to hold bibs.

18. Teach your child to hold a pencil the right way with a wad of Kleenex.

Teach your child to hold a pencil the right way with a wad of Kleenex.

19. Repurpose a pool noodle to become a toddler-proof door stopper.

Repurpose a pool noodle to become a toddler-proof door stopper.

Keep your toddler from slamming doors, getting locked out, and from getting woken up by closing doors. 

20. Use maxi pads to extend diapers for a potty-training child.

Use maxi pads to extend diapers for a potty-training child.

Does your kid wake up with soaked jammies? Stick a heavy absorbent overnight maxi pad into their diaper.

Alternatively, moms can actually tear off the sides, front, and back of a diaper to create an emergency maxi pad.

21. Get a portable high chair.

Get a portable high chair.

Have you seen the high chairs that are out on the market these days? They’re like 4-foot-wide, ugly plastic monstrosities. Why didn’t Charles Eames design a high chair? Anyway,  that turns basically any chair into a high chair (which is awesome for restaurants and friends’ houses), and it folds up so you can put that thing away.


22. Use glue and glitter to make “tooth fairy money.”

Use glue and glitter to make "tooth fairy money."

23. Have your child sit on a stability ball while doing homework — it’ll help with their concentration.

Have your child sit on a stability ball while doing homework — it'll help with their concentration.

This works for adults, too, you know!

24. Freeze a pacifier in an ice cube tray with juice, milk, formula, or water to sooth a teething baby’s gums.

25. Cut a hole in the tip of a pacifier and stick a dropper through it to administer medicine.

Cut a hole in the tip of a pacifier and stick a dropper through it to administer medicine.

Your kid will be less likely to give you trouble.

26. Put the iPad in “Kid Mode.”

Put the iPad in "Kid Mode."

This feature (only available is iOS6) locks the application and disables any hardware controls that could lead your toddler on a wayward path. 

27. Install a baby-gate using heavy-duty cable ties instead of nailing into the banister.

Install a baby-gate using heavy-duty cable ties instead of nailing into the banister.

28. Those zip ties also make impromptu ponytail holders.

Those zip ties also make impromptu ponytail holders.

29. Transform a DVD case into a travel art kit.

Transform a DVD case into a travel art kit.

30. Use a shoe caddy to store games and snacks on a long road trip.

Use a shoe caddy to store games and snacks on a long road trip.

31. Fill a glove with pearled barley or beans, give a few pats with it, and then slip away stealthily into the night.

Fill a glove with pearled barley or beans, give a few pats with it, and then slip away stealthily into the night.

Just make sure you sew the glove shut so the filling doesn’t slip out and turn into a choking hazard.

32. Turn an old lotion bottle into a faucet extender so the little ones can reach.

Turn an old lotion bottle into a faucet extender so the little ones can reach.

33. Push your kid on a swing from afar using a string or rope.

Push your kid on a swing from afar using a string or rope.

*We don’t actually condone this one, unless you happen to be wheelchair bound.

34. For the gamer parent…

For the gamer parent...

35. Put temporary tattoos on your kids in case they get lost.

Put temporary tattoos on your kids in case they get lost.

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Beware of the Amphin who is prone to eat
Anything that should be worn on your feet

Likewise there is danger when Brones are around
For they can attack from their home in the ground.

Crumlins are harmless in contrast to these
Their only bad habits are swinging in trees

And causing mischief to the sweet Dumberlings
Who flutter by gracefully using their wings.

My own favourite is the Entoulijelly
Who lets out a squeak when he touches his belly.

He’s definitely preferable to the Fuloo
Who constantly looks like he’s needing a poo.

The Grumberland’s scary because of his claws
And loud gnashing sounds which come from his jaws

The contrasting Hafferlug’s totally great
He’s friendly and smiley, and everyone’s mate

His closest ally is the Inkyblink
Who trickles black ink, with every wink.

You would hardly notice the Joulig at all
It hides in the shadows curled up in a ball

Which can be a danger if Karubs pass by
As they kick all round things up into the sky.

Unlike the Lamite who just stands and stares
With enormous eyes; he simply glares

At anything, causing the nervous Maleeze
To react with a totally unrestrained sneeze.

The Nagalug has an interesting flair
For styling geometrical shapes in his hair.

Meanwhile the Olug will pass by with a whoosh
As he tackles everything in one big rush

The Phantel is hard to describe in a word
If I had to try, I’d simply say “blurred”

Quiribs are beautiful, just like a pet
They’re cute, and furry, but play hard to get

That won’t stop the Reelabub constantly trying
But tragically failing and ending up crying.

It’s difficult to get a view of a Smirl
Which moves in the style of a whirlwind swirl.

And then there’s the Tribble who only eats peas,
His hair can be seen overlapping his knees;

Whilst down at his toes is his servant, the Unt
Who obeys his master with a feeble grunt.

Avoid the Vigoob, whose bolts of lightning
Are dangerous, threatening and truly frightening

If you see the Welliburn, stay calm and still
For he turn his victims to frogs at will.

The Xylabog‘s body is just a rectangle,
With long arms that battle the urge to strangle.

The Yukaliese is a small hairy ball
Which trundles along on the top of a wall.

The Zumbig‘s extinct, a sad little creature
(The last one drowned in a water feature.)


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Dragon eggs, though very small

Will yield a beast surprisingly tall.

All it takes is a safe wet abode

To yield a monster oh so bold.

So if you find their eggs, it would set the world a shiver

With the awesome possibility the beast may someday deliver.

But if it’s near the dawn of the day

Take your find, then straight away

Invite your friends, but tell not what you found

And create a huge omelet to go around.

Walt Trizna



TO http://www.poetreecreations@yahoo.com

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Pre-Christmas money saving tips

Yes, it’s that time of year again…comes around quickly, doesn’t it?! But if you’re in a state of denial about your credit card bills, or still paying off the summer holiday or catalogue bills, then the thought of spending out on all the Christmas expense can send you into a cold sweat – and you really don’t want to get a bad credit rating just because of Christmas. But there is still time to get your finances in some kind of order before the seasonal festivities kick in.

We’ve put together ten top tips that help us get through the Christmas season without going into the red or finding yourself with a bad credit history. Plus – we have a great list of money saving websites for you.

Pre_Christmas money saving tips

1. Be a savvy Internet shopper

Are you familiar with voucher code websites which tell you about all the discounts available at various online retailers? They allow you to access a shopping code you enter at the checkout to get a discount – this might be money off (eg. spend £50 get £5 off) or free delivery. Take a look at the discount codes on www.moneysavingexpert.co.uk as well as Hotukdeals.co.uk for details of the hottest deals around on a variety of items.

Make sure you’re getting the best deal available on your shopping using price comparison sites, such as Kelkoo and Pricerunner. They work by simply comparing the price of your chosen product on a huge variety of online retailers so you can be sure you’re paying the cheapest price for an item. This is a particularly useful tool for more expensive purchases, such as electronic gadgets, where a few pounds can make quite a difference.

For groceries be sure to check out mysupermarket.com – this also works like a price comparison site, whereby you can load up your online shopping trolley but before you buy you can see a comparison of how much the same items would cost in other online supermarkets – the difference can be quite staggering!

Quidco is another great way to boost your finances when you shop online – look on the site before you buy your chosen item, and if it’s listed you can buy through the site and then get cashback on your purchases. You can gain substantial cashback rewards, particularly if you use the site for expensive purchases, such as holidays or electronic items. There are great affiliate deals too.

2. Write a list…and stick to it

Make a list of gifts that’s you’ve seen in catalogues or online and carry it around with you – tick things off as you buy them so you don’t duplicate. Also, if you know exactly what you’ve bought people you won’t overspend on additional surplus things you see while shopping. It’s very easy to find one member of the family has a whole stash of pressies in the upstairs cupboard which you forgot you had bought!

Internet shopping can also help you avoid temptation – it’s less likely you’ll get carried away online than when you step into a ‘winter wonderland’-style shopping mall with temptation in every corner!

3. Make what you can

Christmas cards can really bump up the seasonal expenditure, and while there are cheaper versionsaround, a nice home-made card which the kids have put their creative efforts into is a lovely alternative. Crafty, home-made decorations are really fashionable – the over-dressed Christmas look is sooo over – so get the childreninvolved in some Christmas interior design, too.

Look out for magazines and catalogues in the run-up to Christmas with features on Christmas decor for inspiration. Cheap but effective touches include dotting pine cones sprayed with artificial snow around the room, or making snow-flake paper-chains. Salt dough decorations are also really effective or decorate cheap plain baubles with glitter for a personal touch. You’ll also find ideas for table settings and recipes for delicious edible presents, such as home-made biscuits and preserves.

Make hampers up for friends and family, filled with their favourite foods, such as yummy homemade fudge, shortbread or gingerbread men.

Grandparents will love personalised presents from the kids. Why not pick up some cheap canvases from the local craft shop and do handprint or footprint pictures,

4. Save on food shopping

Don’t be tempted by all those pre-packaged Christmas foods – they’ll cost you way more than cooking from scratch. Shop-bought mince pies, fancy stuffings and other pre-packaged goods might seem like a good idea but while they might save you a bit of time they won’t taste as good as home-made items. Home-made mince pies and Christmas cakes will always win out over shop-bought items and you can have some fun making them with the kids. Mince pies can be frozen so make up a batch in advance so you don’t leave everything until the last minute.

Look out for good wines, biscuits and chocolates on special offer or ‘BOGOF’ when you do the weekly shop and add a few items to your basket instead of doing a mad – and expensive – trolley dash a few days before Christmas. Non-perishables will keep nicely in a cool dry place but be sure to keep your goodies away from the standard everyday food stuff so you don’t crack into it before December!

It’s also worth checking magazines from now on in for money-saving coupons – in-store magazines are particularly good and you can make quite substantial savings using their money-off vouchers.

5. Use cash-back credit cards

Why not use a cashback credit card for all your purchases? Used in conjunction with buying via Quidco, you can make your credit cards work extra hard for you too. Cards such as American Express and Capital One give you money back for using their cards, the proviso being that you clear your balance at the end of each month and you might just avoid that bad credit rating.

6. Buy quality…without paying the earth

You can buy luxury, branded goods without paying a premium. One particularly good place forPre-Christmas money saving tipsChristmas presents is TK Maxx, where you can pick up ‘designer labels for less’. Its range includes prestigious cosmetic ranges and perfumes, including Clinique and Clarins, an impressive array of handbags and clothes for all ages.

Look out for the toy section too – on a recent visit we came across cut-price Playmobil and Lego items – and the homeware section has everything from beautiful lamps and venetian mirrors to luxury Egyptian cotton bedding and cushions.

It can also be worth making a journey to a designer outlet village or factory shop. There are quite a few all over the country, with the best-known including Bicester Village Outlet Shopping near Oxford (shops include Molton Brown, Donna Karan, Jigsaw and Karen Millen), Clarks Village in Somerset (featuring Coast, Gap, Monsoon and Marks & Spencer) and the McArthur Glen outlets (in Ashford, Brigend, Cheshire Oaks, East Midlands, Livingston, Swindon and York).

These are not the kind of places to come for specific purchases but if you fancy an afternoon shopping somewhere different or are after a particular brand you can make substantial savings on high quality products.

7. Buy and sell on our Nearly New board

While the name suggests all items are used, do take a look at our Nearly New board – sometimes mums are selling brand new items at very reasonable prices. Items including clothes and books feature, as well as baby furniture and toys. Alternatively use the boards to sell some stuff and boost the Christmas kitty, as well as clear out some space for all those new Christmas purchases!

8. Remember your loyalty points

Make a point of using your Boots advantage card or other loyalty cards in the run up to Christmas for weekly household necessities such as toothpaste etc. and bump up your points so you can use them to buy presents. Look out for special ‘double points’ promotions too – many stores have frequent incentives in the run-up to Christmas so take advantage of earning even more points. Read Martin Lewis’s article on the ‘Boots Treasure Trove’ to find out how to take full advantage of all that Boots offers.

9.Take five minutes out to check your entitlements

Take a five-minute entitlement check-up. You could find you’ve been missing out on benefits and tax credits that are rightfully yours. While you won’t necessarily get your payments in time for Christmas you’ll feel good knowing you’ll soon be benefiting from some legitimate extra funds in the New Year!

10. Don’t go overboard

It’s very easy to go overboard but excess for excess’ sake will only make you feel miserable when the bills come rolling in in January. Try to allot an amount of money you will spend on the kids and don’t be hooked into the notion that children ‘need’ the latest high-tech gadget or toy, and that if you don’t buy it you’ll be a bad parent. In the run-up to Christmas ask the children to make a Christmas list, including one really special item that they really, really want – tell them to think about their choice carefully as that will be their main present.

Obviously, if their choice is completely unrealistic you’ll have to explain why you can’t buy that particular item but most children will like the responsibility of making a list and looking forward to receiving that much-anticipated gift on Christmas day.

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The top 10 toys and where they are cheapest

Argos Boots Next cheapest
1) My Friend Cayla £59.99* £60* (not incl in 3for2) £53 at Tesco*
2) Kiddizoom Smart Watch £34.99* £39.99* (not incl in 3for2) £29.99 atAmazon*
3) Teksta T-Rex  £59.99*  £60*  £54 atAmazon*
4) DohVinci Style & Store Vanity  £19.99*  Not stocked  £14.99 atToys R Us*
5) Leapfrog LeapTV  Not stocked  Not stocked  Not stocked
6) Transformers Stomp N Chomp  £89.99*  £90*  £83.99 atToys R Us*
7) Barbie Color Change Bag  £29.99*  £30*  £26.45 atTesco*
8) Frozen: Ice Skating Doll  £29.99*  Not stocked  £23 atAmazon*
9) Xeno – The Cheeky Interactive Baby Monster  £79.99*  £80* (not incl in 3for2)  £75 atAmazon*
10) BOOMco Rapid Madness  £49.99*  £50*  £40 at Asda Direct*

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10 Tips from Homeschooling Moms of Four or More

As a stay at home mom, homeschooling four kids, I’m always on the lookout for ideas that will make life easier. I’ve found myself particularly interested in hearing advice from women with lots of children, who have been doing this longer than I have. By no means am I suggesting that the experience of families with one or two children isn’t relevant. My point is simply that the parents of several children engage in some seriously creative thinking to accomplish ordinary day to day tasks. This article is simply a collection of tips, gathered from ‘Moms of Many’, and is intended to supply helpful suggestions for homeschooling, maintaining your home, and generally keeping it all in balance.

Tip #1: Before you start homeschooling, evaluate your home’s discipline.
Every home has a method of discipline in place whether they realize it or not (I’m using the word ‘discipline’ here to mean training, nothing else). You’ve acted as a trainer, or coach for your child since the time they were born, teaching them to speak, tie their shoes, etc. Homeschooling is simply an extension of that role. Many people, especially those making a transition from public school, find it helpful to set aside a time for reflection, before jumping into that first homeschool year. Is the relationship between you and your child one that will easily facilitate teacher/pupil roles? Do you need to redefine your idea/method of discipline? This is the time to make necessary adjustments, even if it costs you some time in getting to the academics. Much better to address potential problems now, than deal with battles and power struggles while trying to teach math and phonics! Don’t feel like a ‘bad parent’ if you find yourself needing to make some changes. Lots of people have made very positive adjustments that they may never have had the opportunity to address had they not been spending so much time with their kids through homeschooling! Think of your children’s education as a house, with yourself as the architect and them as the builders/owners. This time of reflection is like the foundation. Once the foundation is set, you’re ready to build!

Tip #2: Books and curricula are tools, nothing more.
Remember the house analogy: You’re the architect, and the goals you determine for your children’s education are the blueprint. You’re also the supplier, since you have to provide your builders with the materials they’ll need! We do have a responsibility to our children to research, and weigh the pros and cons of the different curricula available. But the idea that the end result is completely dependent on making the right choice of materials is not only flawed; it could really drive you batty if you let it! Yes, superior tools make a job easier, but they don’t build on their own. Some of the materials you get may not be ideal, but time and money constraints require that you find a way to make them work. Others may simply not be right for the job. It’s up to you to decide where to draw that line. A word of encouragement for those of you who experience ‘curricula anxiety’; the abundance of choices available in the curricula market today wasn’t there twenty years ago, and homeschooling pioneers did very well with what they had available to them. Again, be grateful for all of the choices out there, but prepare yourself for the hard truth that there may not be a perfect curriculum that exactly suits your needs.

Tip #3: Educate yourself about learning styles.
Much has been written on ‘learning styles’ in the past several years, and homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to tailor teaching to a child’s specific personality. But don’t get so caught up in the thought that everything must be specialized that you find yourself dissatisfied with everything that doesn’t lend itself easily to your child’s ‘style’. Incorporate learning style information into your teaching. Moms with several children discover first hand the benefit of using a variety of methods to explain the same thing. It gives you a better chance of being able to reuse that nonconsumable text! You can also teach your child about the way he learns, and help him find ways to adapt information. Of course, there’s always the option to change a book or curriculum that isn’t doing the job. But by not limiting yourself to curricula that are ‘style-specific’, you may enrich your experience with a great program that you may not have chosen had you known that it was ‘visual’, etc. And you will definitely increase your child’s chances for success through college and beyond. Not many professors or supervisors are concerned with tailoring information to each individual’s need, but a person who understands how to take unfamiliar materials and decipher them in his own way will have a valuable skill. If you’re thinking that this sounds like a lot of trouble, you’re right. It may be difficult in the beginning. But as your children grow, it will actually make the job of teaching them easier, because they will begin to realize what it takes to teach themselves.

Tip#4: Effort spent on devising activities for a toddler is not wasted.
Those of you with little ones have probably already found this out the hard way! Try spending time with the youngest child before school time. Filling their need for attention first might help them to give you some time to focus on others. Keep some toys that are only brought out at school time, along with coloring books, paper, and crayons. If you have more than one school age child, consider having them alternate between one on one time with you and playing with younger siblings. There is the possibility that older children may balk at spending so much time with the ‘baby’. If this is the case, try describing this as ‘preschool time’ with the older child as the ‘teacher’. Use your own good judgment about what activities are safe and age appropriate. I’ve suggested some resources at the end of this article, and many ideas that you’ll find could easily be assembled ahead of time. Even if you’re still in the same room, having a productive activity can have a ‘quietening’ effect.

Tip #5: Don’t feel guilty about getting outside help with housework.
If you can afford it, that is! When you decide to keep your children at home to school, you’ve added a responsibility that many parents have delegated to someone else. In the case of private schools, they are paying someone to assume that responsibility. If you have the means to pay for someone else to handle some of your domestic responsibilities, there’s no more shame in it than there would be for paying someone to educate your children. Traditional maid services aren’t the only option out there, you can hire an acquaintance to come help out with laundry (one mom I know has done just that), or come up with your own inventive solutions.

Tip #6: Your kids can do more around the house than you realize.
By and large, the trend that I’ve seen in large families is to include children in daily household responsibilities. And the list of those responsibilities has ranged from taking care of younger siblings (in the teen years) to helping with laundry (at age 3). If they contribute to the mess, they can contribute to the clean up! Develop a list of responsibilities that they can ease into, and increase it as they get older. And if they ask if they can do something, let them try! The results achieved by a small person using only water may not make your floor look like it does after you’ve mopped, but it may buy you an extra day or two before it requires thorough cleaning.

Tip #7: Spend time planning ahead for meals.
This can be as in-depth as ‘bulk cooking’ (cooking several meals in advance to keep in the freezer), or as simple as thinking about lunch at breakfast, and dinner at lunch. My personal modification to the bulk cooking idea is to cook large portions of meat at one time, using some of it for that night’s dinner, and freezing the rest in entree sized portions. This way, I have it on hand for those nights when I find myself facing the stove with little prep time and/or energy! Experiment with variations of systems until you find what works for you.

Tip #8: If you struggle with ‘scheduling’, try routines instead.
What’s the difference between a schedule and a routine? A schedule is generally a timed plan; routines are regular, habitual procedures. Programs and systems that use schedules to get people organized can be wonderful things, and I’ve included some links to popular ones below. If you’ve tried to implement a schedule into your homeschool and found that it didn’t seem to fit with what you were trying to do, try and develop some routines. They don’t have to be done in the same order, or even at the same time each day, but you might set some general guidelines (before breakfast, before lunch, etc.). Experiment with a school routine. Are there things your children can do on their own? Make up a list, and get them in the habit of doing what they can on their own before they come to you. This may take some time to develop, but just as with other worthy habits (diligence, punctuality, etc.), the benefit will be that it will save time in the future.

Tip #9: Take time to keep family relationships healthy.
You may be concerned about all of the ‘togetherness’ of homeschooling. After all, ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’, doesn’t it? From what I’ve personally witnessed of homeschooling families, the opposite is usually true. One mother of seven told me that aside from requiring siblings to treat each other well, she considers a ‘Family Night’ to be of great importance to their family’s peace. She and her husband also have a ‘date night’ with just the two of them as often as they can. A ‘Family Night’ might seem like overkill to some, I mean, aren’t we together all day, every day, already? Well, yes, but don’t underestimate the power of setting aside time just for enjoying each other, if it seems to be all ‘business’ lately. Sometimes we’re spending less time together than we think, between rehearsals, music lessons, and sports. And while you may have reasons that preclude your going out of the house on a date with your spouse, there is something to be said for taking some one on one time for each other every day. It may not be until the kids are in bed, or it may just be a few minutes on the couch after dinner. Children can let you talk to each other for a short length of time, although it may take a few tries!

Tip #10: Remember why you do what you do.
All of the moms I talked with mentioned a sense of spiritual responsibility concerning their children when asked about their reasons for homeschooling. They would also tell you that since their ‘commission’ to homeschool is rooted in their faith, it is that same faith that sustains them when doubts or hard times hit. There will be times when it will be enough to take a hot bath and a two-day break. But there will definitely be times when you find yourself wondering, ‘Why am I doing this?’ You probably have ‘heart reasons’ for deciding to homeschool your children. Examine them well, and be ready to reaffirm them to yourself when those hard times come. Knowing that those times will come is probably the best information you can have, along with knowing that other people experience it, too! But even the best advice won’t make decisions for you, or magically pull all of the pieces into place. Forming your family’s own homeschooling style is something that takes time. Ours is still developing after four years, and it continues to develop as I encounter and incorporate new ideas. I hope that these tips can help you in the ongoing process of living out the decision to educate at home. Your homeschooling journey may not be bump free, but you can make it a great ride. So hold on tight, and have fun!



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Hello Mom’s and Dad’s.

I’m looking for opinions and experiences on home schooling.
I want to know everything from pro’s and con’s, to how you go about making up for the social experience that kids may miss out on due to being home schooled, to what your days consist of, and basically, how it all works!

I’m far from snobby and I don’t want to come across as that, but I’m worried about the way schools are at the moment, not enough time devoted to small enough groups of children so they’re not getting the optimum learning experience, the lessons not being engaging enough for the children, the bullying – more so the way its handled, or rather the lack of, the food, the length of school holidays (I think summer holidays and Easter holidays are far too long), and I’m considering home schooling.

I have a 2 year old DS, and I’m due another baby later this year, does anyone have experience of teaching two children of different ages from home?



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A friend of mine was at home one evening with her three sons, ages 8, 6 and 1, and her mother. Her husband was away on a business trip. A fire started in the microwave in the kitchen and quickly spread to other rooms. She told her 8-year-old to grab the baby and get outside. Then she got her 6-year-old and her mother out and called 911 from her cellphone. In that moment, she realized how lucky they were: Their home was badly damaged, but her family was safe.

In my 10 years at the National Fire Protection Association, I’ve heard many tragic stories about home fires. But I’d never personally known anyone who had experienced one until it happened to my friend. And it’s because of experiences like hers — and those of other families who were not so lucky — that the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, taking place October 6-12, is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

Our mission this week is to spread the word about how dangerous kitchen fires can be — and provide safety tips that can prevent them. Did you know that …

1. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other place in the home. Two of every five home fires start there.

2. Cooking fires are common — and deadly. On average, they cause 44 percent of home fires, 15 percent of home fire deaths and 38 percent of home fire injuries each year.

3. Multitasking while cooking is not a good idea. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires, responsible for one-third of them.

4. Frying is the #1 activity associated with cooking fires. Cooking oil or grease can easily catch fire if it gets too hot — and because frying is typically done in an open pan, a fire can spread easily once it starts..

5. The most common equipment involved in home cooking fires? Ranges or cooktops, which accounted for 58 percent of fires. Ovens accounted for 16 percent.

6. An electric range is more dangerous than a gas range. That’s because, with an electric range, it may be less obvious that a burner is on — and because burners on electric ranges stay hot for a period of time even when turned off.

7. Microwave ovens are more dangerous than you think. They’re one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries, accounting for 44 percent of the microwave injuries seen in emergency rooms in 2011.

8. In the kitchen, it usually isn’t fires that burn young kids. More often, it’s contact with a hot stove or pans or a scald from hot cooking liquids or steam. In fact, children under age 5 accounted for 55 percent of tableware scalds, 42 percent of contact burns from ranges or ovens, and 34 percent of microwave scalds in 2011.

9. What you wear while cooking makes a difference. Though loose clothing was the item first ignited in only 1 percent of home cooking fires, these incidents accounted for 16 percent of cooking fire deaths.

10. Taking matters into your own hands can make matters worse. Three out of five people who were injured during cooking fires were injured while trying to fight the fire themselves.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your family safe.

1. Cook only when you’re alert — not when you’re exhausted, not when you’ve been drinking.
2. Keep an eye on what you fry. If you have to step away from the stove, turn it off.
3. Keep things that can catch fire — such as dish towels, potholders and paper towels — away from the stove. And avoid cooking in your bathrobe — the loose sleeves can catch fire easily.
4. Keep hot things away from the edges of tables and counters.
5. Open microwaved food slowly, and keep the food away from your face.
6. Have a “kid-free” zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and anything hot — and never hold your child while you’re cooking or carrying something hot.
7. Teach kids to stay away from the stove and hot foods.
8. Keep pets off cooking surfaces.
9. Install smoke alarms in the kitchen, outside each sleeping area, inside each bedroom, and on every level of your home (including the basement).
10. If you have a fire, just get outside, stay outside and call the fire department.

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, Someone died from a fire every 169 minutes in 2014. Countless others suffered burns in the home. Many of these injuries and deaths might have been prevented with a working smoke alarm or some simple home safety tips. With a little thought and preparation, you can protect yourself and the ones you love. Here’s how.

Preventing Burns While Cooking

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s not surprising that most accidental burns occur there. Fortunately, many of these burns can be prevented. Here are a few tips to help you make your kitchen a safer place. 

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back or center of the stove.
  • Keep items such as dish towels, plastic bags, and long sleeves away from the heating surface.
  • Never cook while holding a child or pet.
  • Keep small children and pets away from the front of the oven or stove.

First Aid for Kitchen Burns

If despite your best efforts, you or a family member suffers a burn in the kitchen, follow these first aid tips:

  • Run cool water over the burned area, soak it in cool water (not ice water), or cover it with a clean, cold, wet towel.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile bandage or a clean cloth.
  • Protect the burn from pressure and friction.
  • Use over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain.
  • Do not apply butter, ice, fluffy cotton dressing, adhesive bandages, cream, oil spray, or any household remedy to a burn.
  • If a burn appears to be severe or you develop signs of infection, call your doctor.

Preventing Scalding Burns

Of the many types of burns that can happen in your home, scalds may be the most unexpected. Thousands of people are injured each year by hot liquids and many of them are young children. Children have thinner skin than adults and are more likely to receive severe burns from hot liquid. Simple precautions can protect you and your family from scalding burns

  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Always test bath water before placing a child in the tub.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back or center of the stove so children cannot tip pots over.
  • Never warm baby bottles in the microwave; they may heat unevenly and can burn your baby’s mouth.
  • Use mugs or coffee cups with lids when you are around children.
  • Keep hot liquids like soup, coffee, or tea away from the edge of counters and tables.

First Aid for Scalding Burns

If you or a family member suffers a scalding burn, take the following steps to start healing:

  • Remove any clothing that is wet from the hot liquid.
  • Slowly cool the injury under running tap water for 30 minutes.
  • Do not apply ice, because it may stop important blood flow to the damaged skin.
  • Do not apply butter or salves to scald injuries.

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Although you’re not my birth Dad,
You’ve loved me since I was small,

The road has not always been easy,
I’m sure at times you’ve wondered,
how you even got here at all,

There may have been times when I
was distant,
Resenting you because you weren’t
my ‘real’ Dad,

And when the going got real rough at times,
I’m sure you felt you’d been had,

But time is the great healer,
She’s patient and loving and kind,

One day I woke up from my slumber,
And with you, I just changed my mind,

I decided you weren’t such a bad guy,
You really seemed like you cared,

You seemed to make Mommy so happy,
Perhaps I could open my heart just a wee
little bit, a wee little bit if I dared,

You stood there with arms wide open,
When I decided to take ‘the chance’,

It seemed so natural and made such sense,
Like a lovely, well-choreographed dance,

You never held it against me,
Those early days when I wasn’t so sure,

And when you hold me so close and so dear,
I now know our love is real and pure.

Written for Audrey Rose, by Mommy


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