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"31 kids who are too clever for their own good". Hilarious!

 

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When can I take my baby out of the house?

Many parents worry about taking a very young baby outside the house. In fact, in some cultures moms and babies are sequestered inside for a month or longer. But there’s no medical reason not to take a healthy baby out of the house.

Fresh air and a change of pace can be good for people of any age, including babies. It’s exposure to other people that can cause a baby to become sick.

To avoid exposing your baby to unwanted germs, limit the time you spend in close quarters with crowds. Make sure anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes his hands. Finally, stay away from anyone who’s sick.

As your baby gets older, she’ll be interested in everything outside, including the views, sounds, and smells. Try to time your travels to coincide with periods when she’s content. After a feeding and diaper change is often a good time. She’ll already be in a good mood and may relax enough to take a nap while you’re out and about.

If you’re going to take your baby out for more than an hour or so (and cross over a naptime or a feeding), you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. Stock your diaper bag with changing supplies, extra clothes, and feeding supplies if needed.

Dress your baby appropriately if you’re spending time outdoors. If it’s cool, be sure to cover her head, feet, and hands. Dress your baby in roughly the same number of layers as an adult would wear, though you may want to add a light blanket or jacket for good measure. And protect your baby from the sun with shade, sunscreen, and a light layer of clothes.

Watch out for temperature extremes. Depending on the age of your baby and the climate in your area, 20 degrees would probably be too cold and 90 degrees may be too hot for your baby to be outdoors.

When can I take my baby out of the house? | BabyCenter.

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Easter Day is coming

Easter is the Christian commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus as a religious holiday. Over the past year the spring equinox, the first full moon of the first Sunday after Easter. Church of Christ in the early years of the date of Easter, there have been controversial, causing momentary confusion, until 325 AD, the priests of the Church of the meeting before deciding on a day to celebrate the unification of the Easter.

There are a lot of the traditional Easter celebration, Easter egg is a symbol of the most typical. In ancient times the eggs are often seen as more children and grandchildren and a symbol of resurrection, because it breeds new life. Later, Christians also gives new meaning to the egg that it is a symbol of the tomb of Jesus, the life of the future is born from it and get rid of. Easter eggs are often dyed red to represent the crucifixion of Jesus when the blood flow, but also a symbol of happiness after the resurrection. There is an ancient custom, the egg is cooked to the street children play. Their eggs from rolling down the hillside: Who broke the last egg, will win, all property of all of his eggs. White House to play this game every year, but is rolling eggs on the lawn only.

Rabbit is a symbol of Easter. Now every Easter, the United States the total size of a candy shop to sell chocolate made with the Easter Bunny and eggs. These eggs and egg is almost small, big melon big surprise, the children eat them with relish. To the relatives and friends, but also be a good gift.

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Easter Day is coming, do you have any idea to celebrate it?

 

 

 

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Kids who are adopted get a boost in IQ Study finds new evidence that intelligence is “environmentally malleable.”

New research has found that children who are adopted have slightly higher IQs than siblings who remained with their biological parents. The study, published in PNAS, was designed to tease apart genetic and environmental influences on intelligence. The results suggest that the education level of the parents who raise the child can have an impact on IQ, but there is still a strong relationship between the intelligence of the child and his or her biological parents.

“Our goal in this study was not to exclude genetic explanations,” write the authors, “but rather to control for them while focusing on a natural experiment involving differences in environmental experiences.”

The researchers focused on men in Sweden who were all required to take an IQ test at age 18-20 during the Swedish military conscription examination, which was required by law during the years covered by the study. They identified 436 cases where one male sibling had been adopted while the other sibling had remained with his biological family. They then compared the IQ test results of the siblings, while also factoring in the education levels of both the biological and adoptive families.

The adopted siblings had, on average, an IQ score 4.4 points higher than the siblings who were reared by their biological parents. How meaningful is a difference of 4.44 IQ points? On an individual level, it might make only a small difference, but it could make a large difference on a national level to things like risk perception, accidents, and productivity. That’s the conclusion of Stuart Ritchie, who researches human intelligence differences and wasn’t involved in the research. “To put it another way, I don’t think I’d want to lose four real IQ points,” he told Ars.

The boost seemed to be linked to the education levels of the adoptive parents. Most of the children were adopted into families with higher levels of educational attainment, and the more years of education the adoptive parents had, the greater the increase in IQ. At its highest, this difference resulted in the adopted children having a score 7.6 points higher than their siblings.

It worked the other way around, too. Some of the children were adopted into families with lower education, and in those cases, their IQs were lower than those of the siblings reared by their biological parents. In some cases, the difference was as large as 3.8 points.

To replicate the results using a larger sample, the researchers conducted a follow-up study using 2,341 male half-siblings (sharing one parent). Again, being adopted was linked to having a higher IQ, although with a slightly lower average difference of 3.18 points.

The results tie in well with previous research, said Ritchie. “The finding that IQ is malleable by the environment isn’t new. We know from many studies that education seems to add a few IQ points, for example. But this study is an elegant demonstration of the positive effects that adoptive parents can have for their child’s cognitive development,” he said.

The lack of novelty isn’t a criticism, he added; the authors themselves note that their results corroborate previous findings. Earlier studies have also found an effect of adoption on IQ but used much smaller sample sizes and had fewer controls. “The strong study design gives us much better evidence than we had before,” said Ritchie.

This particular research found a smaller effect than previous studies, possibly because the environmental differences between the biological and adoptive families weren’t that large, the researchers write. Some previous studies intentionally focused on children from extremely deprived backgrounds, but in the Swedish study, both groups of parents had (on average) nine to 11 years of education. In Sweden, “extremes of poverty and wealth are relatively rare,” they explain.

The results from the study fit in with previous research that suggests a large role for genetics in determining individual differences in intelligence. “Although the separated-sibling design is especially well-suited to studying the effects of the family environment, [the results are] indicative of substantial genetic effects,” the authors emphasize. But strong genetic effects don’t mean that there’s no room whatsoever for environment—these results clearly show that parenting plays a role.

What isn’t yet known is exactly what it is about the parenting that makes a difference. Parental education levels are definitely involved, but it’s not even clear at this stage whether the adoptive parents are doing something right or whether the biological parents might actually be doing something wrong. “It remains for future studies—and, critically, future studies that are genetically informative like this one—to work out exactly what it is that parents can do to boost IQ,” Ritchie said.

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our pets

Try to contain your squeals of delight: There’s a pop-up micro pig cafe opening in London.

For one weekend in May, a venue in the city’s hispter-infested eastern burbs is offering hands-on hog time with pocket-sized porkers.

The ticket-only “Pignic” will allow guests to experience what it’s like to trough down with the animals.

And no, there won’t be bacon on the menu.

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Do you love them? So cute they are.

 

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6 Vital Lessons to Learn Before Becoming a Parent

There are, ooh, about a billion things you need toknow before you become a parent. You need to know things about baby care, about diapers, breastfeedingand colic. This is not a list of those things.

These are the 6 life lessons to learn before you decide to produce offspring. They’ll all benefit you as aparent, but they’ll make you a better human, too.

1. Control is an Illusion
You might like to think you and your partner will be the ideal parents: wise, firm, yet gentle. That assumesyou get a choice in what’s going on! Before you have children, come to terms with the fact that you can’tcontrol them. You can’t decide when they’ll be born, when they’ll poop, or when they’ll ask for their firstmotorcycle. (My daughter was 2. Your mileage may vary.)

The zen of parenting comes from acceptance. There will be mess. There will be tantrums. There will beaccidents and tears. There will also be moments of bliss and a lifetime of pride in your offspring. Let go andenjoy them, because nothing else is more important for your family.

2. Memories Matter
Before becoming a parent, your life’s full of events you want to remember. Deep conversations, fun daysout, romantic nights in and those moments when you feel on top of the world. Start creating a supportsystem for those happy memories to stick with you by keeping scrapbooks, photo albums, or journals ofyour favourite moments. Take the time now to create even more good memories with your friends and yourpartner before you start a family.

Once you’ve got kids, you’ll sometimes feel so scattered you need a list of instructions just to get out of bedand make breakfast. If you keep records of what needs doing, as well as of what you’ve done, that’ll makelife a lot easier on those days too.

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3. Get Over Your Fantasies
Being a parent is a very long term commitment. Once you’ve started, you can never stop. So let’s makesure you’re living in the real world when you decide to go ahead and make babies! There are some popularfantasies about parenthood that, frankly, will bite you in the rear end if you fall into their trap. The mostdangerous are:

“Becoming a parent is a fresh start.” Nope, it just takes the life you already have and puts a baby into it.Any fresh starts are entirely your own responsibility.
“Becoming a parent is my legacy.” Nope, being you is your legacy. Being a parent simply means you’veadded another person to the world. What they do next is your child’s legacy, and they may not want to buildon yours, so don’t pin your hopes on feeling fulfilled in life just because you’ve got kids.

4. Sleep is Sacred
Babies feed every 2 to 3 hours. All day, all night. Your opportunity for sleep once you’re a parent will belimited, possibly for years, so if you’ve got any existing sleep problems, work on them now while you stillcan.

Once your baby’s born, people will suggest that you “sleep when the baby sleeps”. They say this becausethey don’t realise (or have forgotten) that when the baby sleeps is the only time you get all day to doanything else. For future reference, there’s only one sane response to this: ask them if they’d mind keepingan eye on the baby for you while you take a bath, grab something to eat and do all the other stuff you needto do before you can sleep.

5. Nothing is Normal
Especially after you have kids. Beforehand, you might worry about things like this:

* “Is our relationship normal?”
* “Am I normal?”
* “Do I want to be normal?”
But trust me, once you’ve got a tiny human to take care of and a thousand different people telling you to dothat in different ways, you’ll be thinking more like this:

* “Is crawling backwards normal at this age?”
* “Is worrying about developmental milestones normal?”
* “Oh dear, is eating spiders normal?”
Get your head straight. Life isn’t meant to be normal, and neither are people. Instead, ask yourself, “Am Ihappy with this?” If you are, then your job done.

6. Do Less, Be More
Parents aren’t meant to be perfect. They’re meant to be present. Every time you stress over the littleproblems of parenthood like laundry or mealtimes, you deprive yourself of a chance to be fully present inthe moment with your child.

Relax your standards, even just a little, and your life will be richer for it. Most parents set themselvesimpossibly high expectations and waste time worrying about their perceived failure. You know better, soenjoy every moment and do the laundry later!

6 Vital Lessons to Learn Before Becoming a Parent

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7 Lessons Your Kids Should Learn About Money

You’re never too young to learn some basic money-management steps that will help you become afinancially responsible adult. Most schools teach our children absolutely nothing about financial matters, soit is your responsibility to teach your children everything you can. If you’d like to help your kids becomefrugal adults, start with these 7 lessons your kids should learn about money.

1. Money Is Earned
In today’s dreadful economy, raising your children to expect things to be handed to them with no effortwould put them at a serious disadvantage in the workforce. I’m not saying you should pay them to dohousehold chores that they should already be doing for no financial reward (because who doesn’t want tolive in a clean home free from clutter?), but do encourage them to open a lemonade stand, help youprepare for a yard-sale, and mow neighbor’s yards when they are old enough.

2. Want Vs. Need
Children need to understand that what we need always comes before what we want. If they want a new toyor video game and cash is tight, explain that money is a limited resource and things like clothing and foodcome first.

3. The Power of Patience
Set some ground rules: for every $10 your child earns, at least $1 must be saved. Get three separate piggybanks and label them like so: savings, spending, and giving. Do not force them to put away money forgiving, but do explain that other children in the world aren’t as fortunate as they are, so giving would be avery nice thing to do. Take a look at the money in the savings pile once per month and let them marvel atthe power of patience. Explain that you have to save money just like they do to afford super fun things likevacations to a theme park and ask, “Aren’t you glad I’m smart enough to save money?”

4. Shop for Value
When your child is old enough to grasp basic math, take them with you to the grocery store and involvethem in the process of bargain shopping. Show them two identical items at different prices and ask themwhich one looks like the better option.

5. You Can’t Have It All
Everyone deserves an occasional splurge, but there is no denying the fact that buying everything we wantwould result in financial disaster. Take your child to a toy store, give them a $20 bill, and allow them to pickwhatever they desire as long as it fits the budget.

6. Old Stuff = New Money
When your child grows out of clothes and loses interest in toys, plan a yard sale or trip to the thrift shop. Goahead and use this opportunity to get rid of any unneeded stuff of your own. Sell anything you can and giveaway the rest.

7. Giving Feels Good
At Christmas time, participate in a charity like the Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child. Ask yourchildren how much they love receiving presents. After they express how wonderful it feels, explain thatother families don’t have enough money to buy nice things for their children. Choose a less fortunate childto buy presents for and involve your children in the process. Take them to the store, tell them what a childthat age might enjoy, and give them a set budget to spend on presents. Your child will be more thankful forthe blessings in their life and more likely to become a charitable adult.

What are you teaching your kids about money?
If you’re a parent, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are there any lessons your kids should learn about moneythat aren’t included here? If so, please feel free to leave a comment!

7 Lessons Your Kids Should Learn About Money

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How to Improve Parent/Teen Communication

What’s the most important thing holding aparent/child relationship together? Communication. One of the most misunderstood relationships isbetween parents and their teens. After teaching communication skills for over 10yrs and having had twoteens myself, I have some tips I’d like to offer exclusively to my subscribers. These tips aren’t even in an Artof Eloquence communication study…YET! ;D My prayer is that these tips will allow you and your teens todevelop a close, unshakable relationship that will carry parents through their adulthood. I have several tipsfor parents because God gave our children to our charge so it’s ultimately our responsibility. However, Ihave a few tips for the teens as well because, as children grow, they are to take on some of theresponsibility of the relationship. Share this with them.

Parents

1. Quality time is a myth so be available for your children

Find time each week with each child, even if it’s just one small activity. Make time for their interests and talkwith them about their interests, fears, hopes, dreams, likes and dislikes. Start conversations with themabout things you find important for them to know. Get to know the times when your teen would be mostlikely to want to chat with you and make time on a regular basis. If your child is a morning person and youare up that early, make time to discuss things with them. Let it be their time with mom or dad. If your child isa night owl, make time before bedtime.

If you don’t know what your child’s favorite music, tv show, subject in school or what he currently thinks hewants to do with his life, you don’t spend enough time with him. Make a change.

2. Make sure your kids know you’re listening

No matter how busy a mom or dad you are, if your teen is trying to talk to you, please make the time tolisten without the distractions of cooking or watching the news while you do. Give them your undividedattention or tell them you’ll finish up and join them for a talk. Listen to what they are saying, even if youdon’t agree with them. Hear them out before you reply. Don’t immediately go into lecture mode. This is whyteens often say they don’t want to listen to parents. Instead of talking at them (lecturing), talk with them.

3. Show respect and grace so they’ll want to listen to you

Don’t go on the offensive or attack their arguments. Don’t accuse. Show that you’re genuinely interested intheir thoughts and they’ll be more apt to listen to yours. You’re the adult so don’t try to be their friend, butdon’t be afraid to state your reasons as you explain how you feel. Anger and defensiveness can often erecta stone wall between you and your teens so be as respectful as you would any adult you’d talk to. Don’tspend your time trying to argue who’s right, but share what you think. In a work environment, two adultscan disagree, but the bosses opinion often prevails. So it is with parents and teens. Don’t criticize or blurtout things that may be taken as hurtful.

4. Your teens are watching your example

How you deal with anger, frustration, problem solving or feelings will show them how to handle them in thefuture.

5. Don’t make idle threats your teens know you won’t go through with.

I’ve heard parents tell their children that they’d ground them for life if they went to that party or throw out alltheir toys if they yelled. Even young kids are pretty bright. They can tell when you’re bluffing. If they come toexpect you to bluff you way through an encounter, you’re threats mean nothing. Teens are even moreclever. They’ll take full advantage of your idle threats and, furthermore, they’ll come to disrespect more ofwhat you say.

Teens

1. Honor your father and your mother

The Bible tells us to honor our father and mother. Instead of arguing with them, make requests and listen totheir wisdom. They love you and want to keep you safe. Though it may seem this way at times, they don’texist simply to spoil all your fun. They have an ulterior motive, your safety.

2. Try to anticipate your parents’ concern

If you want a later curfew, try to understand that they might be concerned about your safety. Speak to whythey don’t need to be concerned, not why Mary’s parents let her do it or how they are raining on yourparade.

3. Make “I” statements.

Explain your concerns by saying things such as “I feel you’re not being fair.” Or, “I feel like you’re notlistening to my side.” Avoid “you” statements, such as “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Parents and teens can have a blessed relationship. I pray that these tips will help your family grow closer.

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50 Reasons Why You Must Love Your Father

My father is my Hero; the meaning of the line issimple. Every child wants to be like his or her father.Most of the kids see their father as their idol. On this fathers day, here are 50 reasons why you must loveyour father.

1. Your father is a leader who will guide you through life.

2. Your father is your inspiration because he inspires you.

3. He teaches you the value of being humble and kind to people.

4. He teaches you to smile even when the situation is tough.

5. He teaches you that vision is important to achieve success in life.

6. He makes you smile when you are in a grim mood.

7. He has a great taste on things around.

8. He teaches you to excel and make your way when the road is rough.

9. He helps you with your studies, so that it becomes easy to learn.

10. He teaches you the meaning of peace.

11. He plays games with you, even when he does not wish to.

12. He cannot dance, but makes an effort to put a smile on your face.

13. He can preach and help you to find a way.

14. He knows his place in life and stays grounded.

15. He commits to whatever he promises you.

16. He cannot sing but still he tries for you.

17. He plays cricket, football, and basketball with you.

18. He has answers for all your questions.

19. He thinks big, and wants you to do the same.

20. He has a big heart; so when you apologize, he melts.

21. He teaches you the meaning of life.

22. He has great friends and wants you to have the same.

23. He always wins a game of chess with you.

24. He knows how to fix a computer or a laptop.

25. He can also cook for you.

26. He teaches you to be wise and witty.

27. He respects his mom, a true human quality.

28. He teaches you to focus on the good and ignore the bad.

29. He is a committed dad; the reason – you love him.

30. He enjoys playing musical instruments with you.

31. He takes you out for a vacation to cheer you up.

32. He encourages you to exercise.

33. He serves everyone without expecting a return.

34. He loves adventure and sports like you.

35. He admits he is not perfect – his greatest quality.

36. He works hard to fulfill your needs.

37. He teaches you to be fun loving by nature.

38. He encourages you to pursue your hobbies.

39. He is organized and wants the same from you.

40. He teaches the value of spending money.

41. He is always there when you need him.

42. He knows how you will react to a situation.

43. He protects you, when you make a mistake.

44. He teaches you that practice kindness in action.

45. He teaches you to be yourself.

46. He is always there to advise you.

47. He listens to your problems carefully.

48. He is intelligent.

49. He teaches you to be responsible.

50. He believes in you and cares for you.

On this fathers day, show him how much you love him!

50 Reasons Why You Must Love Your Father

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How to Make a Pencil Xylophone | eHow

If you enjoy turning everyday objects into instruments, try using pencils to make a xylophone. 
You can take on this project with simple, household objects such as a pair of scissors, an old shoe box lid, sticky tape and, of course, pencils. You’ll be bashing out tunes on your personal instrument in no time.

    • Instructions

        • 1

          Lay your shoe box lid down so that the large flat surface rests against the floor and the sides point upward. You will now be looking at an empty tray. This will be the base of your xylophone. Lay the lid out so that the longer edges run horizontally.

    •   2

      Put two horizontal strips of sticky tape across the middle of your shoebox. Run the pieces horizontally with about four inches between them. Be sure you lay the tape so that the sticky side faces up. Stick the horizontal strips onto the sides of the lid. Ensure that the horizontal strips of tape are taut. Stick one side down and pull the tape so the strips across the middle don’t bow downward before sticking the other side down.

    • 3

      Measure a large pencil 6.4 inches from the tip. If you aren’t using a new pencil, snip off the end with scissors and measure 6.4 inches from the cut-off, flatter end. Make a mark at this point using scissors. Cut the pencil at your mark to be left with a 6.4 inch section of pencil. This pencil will produce a C note when hit.
    • 4

      Snip off the tip of another pencil if it isn’t new. Measure 5.8 inches from the end of this pencil and cut it according to your measurement. This pencil will produce a D note when hit. You can label them as you go, but they descend in size with C being the largest. They can be easily arranged afterward.

    • 5

      Cut another pencil to 5.7 inches to make your E pencil. Cut the F pencil to 5.6 inches and the G pencil to 5.3 inches. Finally, cut the final pencil to 5.1 inches to make an A pencil.

    • 6

      Stick the pencils on the sticky tape, so that they are arranged vertically in order of size. Remember, your C pencil is the longest. Arrange them any way you like (C to the left or to the right), because you can just spin the shoe box lid around to play them in the other arrangement. Use the metallic band of two pencils with erasers on as beaters. Strike the pencil xylophone keys with the metal to produce a note.



How to Make a Pencil Xylophone | eHow.

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