10 Fabulous Reasons Why Troubled Youth Need Military School

When it comes to handling troubled teens, the public school system is not that well equipped. More often than not, many parents seek help from military schools in order to educate and discipline their derailed youngsters. Recently, military schools, which seemed to get out of the scene in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, have started to be crowded with enrollees steadily. Nowadays, its hard to make a teen get into a military academy. But why the boom of military school enrollments? Here are the 10 reasons behind this phenomenon: 1. Military Schools Have Become More Choosy It’s not that military schools, boot camps or any military-oriented programs used to be very undiscriminating back then. Only, nowadays, when a teen …

10 Birthday Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Everyone loves a special gift on their birthday: especially our kids! I have put together a list of 10 memorable gifts you can gift your children on their birthday without breaking the bank. Art supplies: almost all kids enjoy crayons, markers, stickers, colored pencils, gel pens, special papers and scissors, sidewalk chalk, water colors, homemade rubber stamps, “how to draw” books calligraphy instructions, or origami instructions and colored paper. An art supply gift not only encourages the youngsters to use their imagination, but it can be an extra treat when you spend time with them using them. Books are always great gifts for any age: you can get musical or squeaky books for the little ones, short stories for preschoolers, …

8 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

What are the Chinese New Year activities for celebrating this most important festival in the Chinese calendar? Let’s start at the beginning… In China, Chinese New Year is called the Spring Festival. That’s because the first day of Chinese New Year falls on the start of spring. The beginning of spring is a fresh start… It’s the start of a new year of sowing and reaping. A wish for a good harvest in the year ahead. (That’s how the Chinese character for “year” nian2 年 came about.) A cause for celebration! All around the world, Chinese families… put up Chinese New Year scrolls on both sides of the door, set off firecrackers (It’s illegal in many Chinese cities now, but …

8 Tips to an Easy Holiday Shopping Experience

The holidays can be one of the most exciting times of year and at the same time, one of the most stressful. To avoid unnecessary stress you can take a few simple steps to ease through the season with joy, ease and fun. 1. If you are going to shop – pace yourself. You don’t have to get everything done in one trip. Set aside a short period of time over several days rather than trying to accomplish everything in one trip. For some people, this type of shopping is favorable to doing everything in one trip. 2. There are some personality types who find it less stressful to get all their shopping done in one shopping spree. They do …

8 Tips for Renting the Right Apartment

So, you’re looking for an apartment to rent or share with a roommate. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced apartment-hunter, it’s worth taking the time to decide what’s most important to you in where you live and to plan your search strategy accordingly. With that in mind, here are eight tips to consider: 1. Make a list of your top housing priorities. Do you need extra parking spaces? A place that welcomes pets? A large kitchen or linen closet? A ground-floor entrance to your home? Or what? Thinking through your needs ahead of time can help you find an apartment that meets those needs, instead of one that just strikes your fancy at first glance. 2. Check out the …

8 Tips for a Better Walk with Your Dog

Taking your pooch for a walk can be a struggle. He pulls your arm out of its socket and then abruptly stops to smell and sprinkle every bush and tree as you trip over him. In my 31 years of veterinary practice and as a dog owner, I have found that using a little dog psychology and some practical techniques will help you during your next walk around the block. Always use a leash or you may discover your pooch following the glorious world of smell from one interesting place to another and by the time he raises his head to check his bearings, he is clueless. Use ID tags with your current phone number on your dog’s collar and/or …

8 Simple Ways to Defend Yourself Against Evil Doers Both Online and Off

There once was a time when the only option people had when shopping was to either call in or snail mail in a catalog order form or to jump in the family car, fight through traffic, and wait in long checkout lines to complete the purchase. Well, nowadays there’s still a few major mail order catalogs floating around and we all still visit our local retail outlets, but time has also introduced the internet as one of our options to shop from the comforts of home. The internet has made shopping at home a breeze and along with it has unfortunately brought the so called ”Evil Doers” who I believe have such little happiness in their own lives that they …

8 Common Family Tree Research Challenges…And Their Solutions

Every amateur genealogist is bound to hit a dead end every once in a while. Don’t lose hope. The information you’re looking for IS out there…it just might take a little more digging to find it. Here are some common problems – and their solutions — that trip up many family tree researchers: 1. Sorting out names. Names can get you into a muddle if several of your ancestors share a name. Names were often passed on from one generation to the next, so you could find that three of your ancestors are all called James Clifton Sterling. Who’s who? If you’re confused about names, the answer is to talk to the older members of your family, NOW. This is …

All About Baby Highchairs

Baby highchairs are not necessary for your child if s/he is under six months of age. Although some companies make them so they recline for infants, they are not necessary until your child is able to sit up. The choice is yours. Highchairs currently come with all kinds of features that are really more for the parent or caregiver than the child. Although the nicely padded seat covers make the seats comfortable. Some highchairs have wheels to make them easier to move however this is not necessary. Some are now coming with height adjustable mechanisms to accommodate your child’s growth and to be able bring the baby closer to the table. There are also adjustable foot rests to accommodate your …

Alcohol Free Party

Parties are fun but planning them is work. The more carefully you plan your next party the more likely you succeed. Better planning means better party. A successful party can help you entertain friends, family or coworkers. It can help you maintain or start long lasting friendships. If you play your cards right, a successful party can help you get promoted more quickly. How much money you spend on the party is one of the most important aspects of party planning. You have to know how much money you can afford to spend per guest. The budget determines what kind of food and drinks you can serve. A large budget doesn’t guarantee a successful party and a tight budget doesn’t …

Aging Parents and Role Reversal

This is the day you thought would never happen. Your roles in life are reversing. You’re trying to make decisions for yourself and your Aging Parent. What will be best for them without altering your life too drastically. How do you keep up the pace and ultimately please everyone around you? You are not alone in life, you have a family, significant other, a career to think about. You want to balance everything to keep everyone happy and life as normal as possible. Think again! Those once a week visits or daily phone calls aren’t enough anymore. Your parent needs care, the real kind. The care includes making sure they eat, that they take their meds, that their money isn’t …

Aghhh! My Cat Has Got Fleas…

So, how come my cat has got fleas? Cats that are allowed outside pick up fleas by socializing with other cats or just by walking through territory where other cats have been. Think that your indoor only cat is safe? Not so, fleas can travel into your home on your clothing (white garments seem particularly attractive to fleas). Once inside your home they easily transfer themselves to your cat who is a much more desirable host. A cat that has picked up fleas may scratch vigorously around its neck and may groom the spine obsessively. Using a metal flea comb groom your cat paying attention to behind the ears, the neck and the base of the spine. Make sure that …

Advice On Debt Consolidation – Make The Experts Work For You!

Do you know how many credit cards you carry? Do you have a list of long-pending bills? Do you know your exact financial situation? It doesn’t matter whether or you’re already deep in debt or whether you are on the verge of getting into it; you need some advice on debt consolidation–and not informally from friends–but from experts. Where can I get expert advice on debt consolidation? You can get advice on debt management from banks and financial firms. There are loads of debt consolidation companies around who will supply you with a financial expert or councilo r to help solve your problems. You may also find some helpful advice online on debt management. All you are required to do …

Advantage Flea Control

As a pet owner I’m sure you’d be frustrated at the sight of your pet scratching and suffering from fleas. If you look into the veterinary arsenal you will see that there are a number of products that help you fight the war against fleas. Of all these products, nothing kills fleas faster than Advantage which is a topical solution containing imidacloprid. As in the popular commercials with the singing pets, Advantage keeps your dog or cat flea free and therefore happy. In fact, because Advantage kills fleas so well, it has been referred to as the flea specialist. Advantage should be THE weapon of choice for all pet owners in the battle against fleas. Veterinarians and pet owners alike …

Adoption Is An Option

If a couple has been trying for sometime to conceive and have done everything they could to do so, then maybe they could consider adoption. There are so many babies and children in the world looking for a mother and father. Couples can choose to adopt a child in their home country or one from abroad. There have been those couples who have adopted children from several different countries. The highest profile adoptions recently have been Angelina Jolie and Meg Ryan. Angelina adopted a little boy, Maddox, from Cambodia and a little girl, Zahara, from Ethopia. Meg Ryan adopted a little girl from China. Adoption is not an easy process. There are many requirements that the adoptive couple will have …

Adoption: Laughter and Tears

If you ever walk through an orphanage, it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Witnessing children in poverty, children discarded, children stunted both physically and emotionally, will stir your heart beyond belief. And adopting a child is a joy as great as witnessing the first sharp intake of breath by your very own newborn infant. The suffering of orphans vary from country to country, but even in the US, where conditions are as good as they get outside of Western Europe, less than 20% of those that age out of the foster care system are completely self-sufficient as young adults. The conditions elsewhere are sad and sadder, and the need for families to take these children home is dire, …