Teaching Your Kids to Avoid Germs in School This Flu Season

Sneezing, body aches, fever, nausea, chills- the flu is no laughing matter, and no fun for your kids, or you to deal with. With the flu season starting in October and often peaking in February and March, it can be a challenge keeping kids healthy during the cold weather months. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent the spread of germs and help your child avoid getting sick this flu season.

Always Wash Your Hands

It may seem trivial, but proper hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses. Many children, and even some adults, do not wash their hands properly. Some don’t even wash them at all. Teaching children from a young age how to properly wash their hands with warm, soapy water is the first defense against germs. Make sure they are washing long enough by advising them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while scrubbing their fingers and nails.

Provide Hand Washing Alternatives

Soap and water isn’t always available to children at school- especially if they are on a field trip or playing outside during recess. If the school allows it, place a small bottle of hand sanitizer in their backpack or lunch box for those times when they don’t have access to a sink.

Steer Clear of Sick Children

Socializing is an important part of the school day, but it’s also the easiest way to spread germs. Advise your child to be aware of other kids that are coughing and sneezing. If your child must go to school when they are sick, tell them to cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of their elbow to avoid spreading germs to others. Keep your child home if they have a fever of 100.5 or greater, or if they are vomiting. They can return to school after they are vomit and fever-free for 24 hours…



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Volunteering Ideas For Kids & Teens

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience for young ones and their parents. In certain instances, engaging in volunteer work might help them build a network, gain practical experience and set the foundation for a career. However, many kids and teens may give of their time and efforts because they enjoy helping others. If you’re considering getting your child started with some volunteer work, here are some fantastic options.

Spend Time With People In Need

Sometimes people in need are just looking for a little company.  Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and homeless shelters house individuals who might be ill, alone and feeling quite down. Interaction with an energetic young person might help brighten their mood and general outlook. In the process, your child can even hone in on communication skills and, more importantly, develop a respect for people experiencing challenging circumstances.

Assist Animals

Animal shelters are often in need of volunteers to carry out various tasks. Fewer experiences can offer greater reward than helping better the lives of animals. Participating in such an activity may heighten your child’s compassion.

Be Neighborly

There will seldom be a shortage of ways for your people to assist their neighbors and other individuals who frequent the area. Neighborly endeavors might include shoveling driveways, performing simple yard work, walking a dog while the owner is at work, periodically checking in on or ailing individual or distributing water to work crews on hot summer days…



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Spring Time NYC Outdoor Adventures

Spring time is slowly approaching, and you may be itching to get outside and enjoy some nice weather.  If you live in the Big Apple, or near by, you can find tons of exciting outdoor activites throughout the different boroughs. Looking for some fun? Here are just a few things to do in New York City.


There are dozens of flea markets in New York City; there are also shops everywhere in certain parts of the city. You could do an entire day of shopping in New York City and experience both indoor and outdoor shops that will satisfy all of your shopping needs.

Boats on the Hudson

There are quite a few boathouses that give free kayak rides in the city. The Hudson River may not be the best for swimming in, but it will provide you with a rush via a 20 minute kayak ride.  A boat ride is a great way to experience the spring time weather and enjoy the city sites around you.

Catch an Outdoor Movie

Brooklyn Bridge Park and Rooftop Films both have outdoor movie showings. There are plenty of options for outdoor movie going in New York City.  An outdoor movie is a great way to bring the kids out for some fun entertainment and enjoyment while being out of the house!

Enjoy the Nightlife

If you have a “kid free” night, and are looking to have a little fun, NYC rooftop bars are usually a great option. Northern Territory and Gallow Green are just two of the rooftop bars located around the city; however, you can find others in multiple locations. The warm weather and city scenery are a great combination when you’re looking for some fun outside…



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Poker Strategy: Hold’em Do’s and Don’ts

Texas Hold’em is a game that takes years of study to practice. The game may seem easy enough when you first begin; however, as you spend more time playing the same, you will see that there is a lot to learn about this card game. Poker isn’t all about luck. There are actual strategies you can put in place to increase your chances of winning. Below are some dos and don’ts for beginners of Texas Hold’em.

Variations of Texas Hold’em

There are three primary types of hold’em: no limit, limit, and pot limit. The most popular of these games is no limit Texas Hold’em. It is fast paced, intense, and dynamic. There will be times during a single session when you are down, and there will be times during the session when you are up. It isn’t unusual to see two people put all their money in the middle during a hand of no limit Texas Hold’em.


Always play the good hands. You don’t have to play until the river, but you should always see the flop, no matter how much the pre-flop raise is. These hands include top pairs like Aces, Kings, and Queens. Ace/King, Ace/Queen, and Ace/Jack should also be played. Some people consider suited connects – two cards of the same suit that follow each other numerically – to be premium hands too.

Position is also important in Hold’em. If you act later in the hand, you may want to branch out on which cards you play. You can get away with playing Ace/ten as a strong hand if you are on the button; you may not want to play Ace/ten so aggressively under the gun though…



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Poker Strategy: The Benefits of a Good Bluff

Bluffing is one of the core techniques for good poker players. It is as much an art as a science, and there are a lot of things to consider for people that want to do it right, but it can also reap big dividends. Understanding the benefits to bluffing is one of the first things that a player must learn if they want to know how to do it properly.

Winning Weak Hands

The single biggest reason to bluff is to turn a losing hand into a winner. After all, the actual value of the hand only matters if the other players call the bluff and play the entire hand rather than folding. Every player is different, and some of them are much more cautious than others, so it is important to read the table to decide if this strategy will work. It is also important not to do it too often to prevent the high bets from looking like the normal strategy. Deciding which dubious hands are worth a bluff is one of the arts of poker, one that is worth mastering.

Win on the Flop

The value of a hand changes as cards are revealed, so, one that looks good early on can turn out to be nearly worthless. Bluffing allows players to take advantage of a strong early hand by making it look like they already have winning cards. Choosing to bluff, under those circumstances, has a lower risk than other bluffs because it remains possible to draw into a superior hand. It can also help to control risk by encouraging the other players to fold, which prevents a lost hand from failing to draw good cards…



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The Importance of Introducing Chores at Home

As parents, one of the first things we want to teach our children is a good sense of responsibility.  A great way to do this is by gradually introducing household chores into your child’s normal routine. According to a University of Maryland study, American children spend less than 30 minutes a day doing household chores. For most families, that is not nearly enough time to do all the housework necessary to keep some semblance of order. All too often, parents shoulder responsibility for tasks that could be delegated to their children. Including your children in housework will produce immense benefits that can last a lifetime.

A Sense of Responsibility

When children do chores, they learn that running a household takes consistent effort and initiative.  This not only creates a sense of responsibility but also shows them the results of hard work and effort.  Often times, children dread chores, and look at them with a negative light. You can easily avoid this by introducing them gradually, and in a fun and exciting way.  Colorful chore charts are a fun way to organize and delegate tasks around the house, and something using a small reward system can provide a great incentive.

Preparing for the Future

The benefits of introducing chores early on can easily carry on into adulthood. A Harvard grant study suggests that it promotes a proactive perspective that gives professionals an advantage in the workplace. Learning why and how to complete chores equips children for life on their own and with their future families or co-inhabitants. When they’re living on their own, or raising their own families, they will have a strong understanding of how to manage their own household…



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Essential Home Organization Tips

Keeping a house tidy requires proper room and house organizational skills. A poorly organized house having clutter everywhere can be messy and unwelcoming to visitors. A home can be kept tidy by ensuring that one purchases the right set of storage equipment as well as understanding how to store certain items in their house to prevent clutter. Here are some essential home organizational tips that every individual should practice for an exceptional outcome of tidiness.

Keep Items in Open Storages

Open storages such as cabinets that do not have doors are essential in helping one to observe proper organizational standards in the house. In addition to making it easy for one to trace where particular items are stored, the open storage spaces encourage one to store items in an orderly manner and avoid stashing them in enclosed spaces.

Use the Right Sized Storage Media

Lack of sufficient storage space is the number one contributor to clutter in the house as items that do not have room for storage are often left scattered on the floor. To avoid such inconveniences, it is important to select the right size of containers for storage of your items. Items such as clothes, necklaces, shoes, and handkerchiefs should each have an appropriate storage container.

Buy Only What is Essential

When shopping for house items, it is important to consider purchasing those which are of immediate need and use. Purchasing items non-essential items consumes additional space while leaving some of them scattered all over the room since they are not frequently utilized. Buying in bulk should, therefore, be avoided as much as possible…



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Tips for Helping Your Children With Homework

Homework is a word that some school-age children rather not hear after a long day behind a desk. Whatever you think about homework, it can benefit your child. For example, math is a subject that usually requires a lot of practice. There may not be enough time in the classroom to grasp difficult math concepts, so spending a little extra time reviewing and practicing at home can be helpful. Regardless of the subject, if your child’s teacher assigns homework, consider the following strategies to help your child get it done.

Communicate With the Teacher
Most schools have open houses at the beginning of the school year where parents meet their children’s teachers. This is a good time to connect with the teacher and ask questions about homework and how you can best help your child. Teachers use websites, social media, text messages, and email to stay in touch with parents. Use these resources to maintain contact with your child’s teacher and to find out what homework has been assigned.

Take a Break
Rather than forcing a child to do homework immediately, a little diversion might be good. When your child gets home from school, he or she may benefit by taking a break. Eating a snack and playing outside for an hour can help a child wind down after a long day at school.

Distraction-Free Homework Zone
Set up a quiet homework space with good lighting. Turn off the television during homework time. Make sure your child has all the supplies and tools needed to complete homework. Unless your child is using a computer or tablet for homework, digital devices and phones should be off-limits during homework time…



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Self-care Tips for Hard Working Moms

Mothers are some of the hardest working people on the planet. So many mothers these days juggle many diverse responsibilities day in and day out, too. There are many moms out there who have full-time jobs. There are many moms who have chaotic schedules due to errands around the neighborhood, household chores and more. Moms often have attitudes that are rather selfless. That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t devote time to self-care, however. Self-care can give moms the rare opportunity to relax and take things slowly for a while. There are so many options available to moms who want to look after themselves nowadays.

Regular Exercise Sessions
Routine physical fitness sessions can keep mothers healthy and fit. They can also help clear their minds. Moms who are searching for a bit of peace and “alone time” need to go for regular workouts at the gym. Jogs and runs around the community park can work well, too. Exercise can help moms recharge. It can even give them the chance to contemplate their days and workloads.

Wellness Spa Visits
Trips to wellness spas can do a lot for mamas who feel like reveling in peace and tranquility for a while. Moms can choose between all sorts of pleasant, soothing and beautifying treatments. They can get hydrating facials that can moisturize their skin and make them appear much more alert. Moms often don’t get a lot of shut-eye at night…



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