Feeling anxious about tackling potty training?

Today it would seem from the number of books available that mothers dread the idea of ​​potty training. You may have heard stories from your friends, of house-wide disasters, shabby new carpets, and embarrassing moments at friends’ houses or in public places.

Yes, some accidents are unavoidable in the first few days, but with a little advance planning and common sense, most can be avoided. Be prepared is the motto here. Always carry spare pants, clothes and wipes when you go out, or in the first few days you could wear pull-ups, and reduce the hassle of occasional mishaps when going out or when baby is napping.

. For the times when the worst happens and there is a small accident, do not scold or criticize, have a good mood and take it easy. In hindsight, these accidents can seem like quite amusing.

The tales I have heard are of an expensive and beautiful cream carpet all over the floor repeatedly baptized. Well during the first days of training when it starts in earnest the plastic sheets could have covered the carpet or the closed doors of certain rooms it’s like letting a puppy access everyone’s shoes and then being surprised when they chew on it . Don’t laugh right then, in front of your child, you probably don’t want to either, but it would create mixed messages.

If the worst happens, carpet cleaners are cheap to hire and effective. I actually babysat one of my granddaughters during her early years and when she was first At birth she suffered from projectile vomiting after feedings. It wasn’t until we were advised to support her in a sitting position for half an hour after feeds that we were generally able to prevent this from happening. Yes, and we also had cream colored rugs!

3 reasons to delay potty training

  • Even though you’ve decided that your little one is big enough and ready to start potty training, there are times when your plan to start your program in earnest needs to be delayed.
  • If a child is constipated they delay their potty training or they may associate the potty with discomfort, or delay their action and make the constipation worse. If they are teething or unwell, they are unlikely to be cooperative. They may also have loose stools, which could make things difficult for them and could bother them with any mishaps.
  • If you’re too busy to spend time watching and playing with them, push it back to a more convenient date.

With a little planning, potty training isn’t that hard. Ideally, when baby is sitting comfortably, she’ll sit him on a small potty chair next to her lap after meal or bath time and share a book or toys for a few minutes to get him used to sitting on a potty. Sometimes she will get results and make potty training easier when he or she is older than the baby and familiar with the potty. Be patient with the little one of hers, it’s a new learning curve.


Current economic crisis (rescue or purchase)

Lately, it seems like we’re living history every day. Not since the Great Depression has the United States seen such turmoil in financial markets. What started in the subprime mortgage industry has now bled to death on Wall Street.

When investment houses that have been around since the Civil War close their doors, it’s a sure sign that something has gone terribly wrong. First Bear Stearns, then Lehman Brothers, and then Merrill Lynch and Washington Mutual.

We all can’t help but be a little taken aback by what’s going on. But while I and others have pointed out that the markets are only going through a “correction,” you may be wondering, “Denise, how much correction do we need to make?”

Obviously a big one. Too much slow money for too many people who can’t afford it is a sure recipe for disaster. Now is the time to pay the price.

Some analysts are even comparing what is happening now to the stock market crash of 1929. However, there is one big difference between then and now: we are not even close to being in the same economic hole our great-grandparents fell into. back then.

Case in point: The $700 billion bailout (or is it a buyout?) that lawmakers are debating at the time of this writing is a giant sum of money, the equivalent of which was not available in 1929.

Today, we are better prepared to handle such challenges as they arise, in part because we have learned from history. When the Great Depression started, there was no backup. The United States government was in a much more “hands-off” position than it is today.

While some like to argue that it’s a good thing for the government to stay out of the free market, new and upcoming legislation promises to bring at least some security back to the US economy. The time to argue from the political principle is over. Something has to be done, and fortunately, our leaders are finally stepping up to do something about it. The question is whether these leaders will help the problem or make it worse, only time will tell. As of this writing, they still haven’t been able to put it together.

After four (or more) years of unsupervised lending, exotic lending, predatory practices, and the ensuing subprime collapse, the government is finally taking steps to intervene before it all falls through the cracks.

Of course, many wonder why Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t do something before this mess happened. While it is true that no one could have predicted how serious the consequences would be, it is obvious that when banks start handing out mortgages like candy, something is wrong.

Two or three years ago, every time I heard a mortgage ad on the radio touting low numbers for adjustable rates, I cringed. I was wondering how long this could last. During the boom, it seemed like we could never run out. We are now undergoing a major reality check.

So what does this mean for the average real estate agent? First of all, the media is wrong. It’s not a ransom. It is a purchase.

A bailout is when you give a corporation money while forgiving its debt. A buy is when you enter to save the day, but there is an asset to trade.

The latter is what the United States Government proposes: to provide funds to take over mortgages on real estate. Real estate is assets. Therefore, by definition, this is a purchase.

Based on my own personal experience with the markets, I think the government would do quite well with this deal. Think about it. They step in, take over the loans that are in trouble and refinance them at a lower rate. It is a win-win situation.

Ultimately, there is always money to be made from mortgages. Even if the government restructures these mortgages, we all know that real estate is still the best long-term investment.

Which I think will be the harbinger of the “great real estate appreciation of 2012.” Real estate will go back up. It’s always rebound. It always will. And all the major factors point to it increasing anyway: population, immigration, migration, an affluent community of older people, higher divorce rates, and people living much longer than before.

Personally, I would like to see all the corporate executives who led failed companies down this horrible financial path denied their bonuses. How can a CEO get a $22 million bonus when he has bankrupted the company and left the shareholders with the stock market? For me, this is one of the most important parts of the mess to clean up.

So only time will tell how long it will take for our leaders to get this right. What is certain is that something must be done!

And remember that when consumers get nervous about Wall Street, they tend to invest their money in real estate. So don’t jump to conclusions and think that the housing market is going down with Wall Street, it is the housing market that is going to get our economy where it should be.


Saying No and Setting Boundaries: Understanding the Three Strikes You’re Out Process

To be effective, limits must do three things: define your expectations, clarify your definition of acceptable behavior, and explain the consequences of ignoring your limits. Without consequences, people never learn limits. Without limits, people never become mature and self-sufficient adults.

Here’s a technique for setting limits called Three Strikes, You’re Out.

The first time someone crosses your boundary, simply tell that person what your boundary is and ask them not to cross it again. Never assume that people know your boundaries unless you’ve taken the time to point them out.

The second time they cross your boundary, simply remind them of your request and tell them the consequences of crossing your boundary one more time. Make sure this is a consequence you are ready to carry out. Telling people you’re leaving them for the sixteenth time will only make people laugh.

The third time they cross your boundary, you move on with your consequences.

Three hits go like this:

Someone takes you.

You say, “Please don’t get on me.”

They wear you down again.

You say, “Please don’t get on me, or I’ll leave.”

They wear you out for the third time.

You say goodbye.”

Three strikes, they’re out. You leave and don’t come back until they’ve made amends. If they don’t like your rules, then they don’t have to play with you.

Now, be careful with your limits. You should never set a boundary for another person that you don’t actually maintain for yourself, or else they will consider your boundary a joke. In other words, don’t yell, “stop yelling” at your yelling kids, and expect them to take you seriously. More importantly, you must never allow your consequences to become empty threats.

What is an empty threat? Well, do you remember the last time a child started screaming in the middle of a store, and even though the parents kept threatening to take the child outside, they never actually did?

You were probably less upset with the child than with the parents because the parents were creating threats, not consequences.

A threat is when you tell someone you are going to do something and then you don’t follow through. Every time he threatens but doesn’t follow through, he’s basically saying, “Don’t believe me when I tell you something.” People stop listening when they don’t believe you; so never threaten a consequence you don’t intend to carry out, or your words will be treated as jokes rather than limits.

By the way, consequences can also be rewards. You ask someone to do something and then explain the consequences of doing it. After they do, they reap the reward. Some people call that bribery. I call it teaching people the value of free trade and trade. What did you think a paycheck was anyway? A bribe or the reward you get for working all week?

Once you learn to set clear and consistent boundaries for yourself and others, you’ll be rewarded with healthy relationships.


2 More Ways to Make Quick Money – The Wild Craft Business

How often do we get the opportunity to enter an emerging industry on the ground floor? That’s right, not very often at all. It’s even rarer when we get the chance to step onto the ground floor of a re-emerging industry that is perhaps as old as civilization itself. Of course, I’m talking about the Wildcraft industry. As simple and inexpensive as it is to start your own Wildcraft business, it really is one of the best ways to make money fast out there today.

Wildcrafting used to be a very common practice. People would harvest items that were native to their area in order to survive. Then, with the introduction of “trade”, they began exchanging surplus stock with other groups of people for items that were native to other areas.

Although almost forgotten by most, this industry continues to exist and flourish. With hundreds of millions of dollars changing hands annually. Today Wildcrafters harvest a number of different non-timber forest products.

Two of the most common are…


  • Season; October through the first week of December is generally the harvest season for holiday decorations (with tens of millions of dollars exchanging hands in just a few weeks). However, for other uses, the branches can be harvested at any time of the year. except in the spring (shortly after new growth has taken place).
  • Harvest Techniques; The only tools needed to harvest evergreen boughs are simple everyday pruning tools. However, in order to maintain tree growth and vigor, the harvester, practicing responsible harvesting procedures, must leave a good portion of the foliage intact. This practice will ensure a sustainable harvest for the Wildcrafter, as the quality of the branches will improve after the first harvest.
  • Background; Vegetation is used by both individuals and the floral industry for flower arrangements and a multitude of seasonal decorations. All evergreen trees can be used in this way. The most popular in the Northwest include True Fir, Cedar Pine, Mountain Hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Incense Cedar. The evergreen branches are also harvested to extract their essential oils to be used in the manufacture of various fragrances. The branches are shipped commercially throughout the country.

2. MOSS:

  • Season; Moss can be harvested throughout the year, although it is easier to manage during the drier times of the year.
  • Harvest Techniques; Collecting moss is simply a matter of picking it off trees or branches by hand. However, once again, it is imperative to follow responsible harvesting procedures and care must be taken to leave some of the moss on the branches, on the bottom two feet of the trunk, and in scattered patches when harvesting from the ground.
  • Background; Mosses are non-flowering plants that contain chlorophyll and produce their own sugars, but instead of having roots they have rhizoids. Moss is found adhering to tree branches or trunks, as well as in leaf litter, logs, soil, and rocks in dry, rocky areas as well as in dense, moist forests. It is used by both homeowners and commercial nurseries to retain moisture around landscape plants and in flower arrangements.

Parenting daughters: tips to improve the mother-daughter relationship

Raising girls who feel valued in a society that portrays the feminine in less than desirable terms can be a real challenge. These tips are great reminders and relationship builders for mother-daughter pairs, though with a little healthy forethought they can also be used successfully by parents:

1. Keep communication open and flowing

Communication is such an important piece in building any relationship and is critical to the parent-child relationship. Despite this, when my daughter was in that pre-teen stage, she started to withdraw and act like someone I didn’t like. She truly believed that she was the problem and a part of me even swallowed the idea that this stage was inevitable. As we got further away, I realized that she was giving in to a societal belief about pre-teen girls and not following my heart.

I scheduled an appointment with my rolling-eyed daughter so we could sit down and have a very open, heart-to-heart conversation. I told her that she had never been a parent to a teenager before and that she really didn’t know what she was doing most of the time. I discovered that I was at least half the problem (correcting her, giving her homework when she walked into the room, sharing unsolicited advice) and that what she really needed from me was acceptance, information, and honest communication. That day I changed from mother to mentor and what a difference she has made.

To help with these moments of ‘open discussion’, it can be helpful to set up a Girls’ Club where no topic is off limits and no repercussions are experienced from what is shared. This gives her daughter the opportunity to verify what her friends are saying, gain access to her wealth of knowledge (without a lecture), and gives her the chance to discover that she really doesn’t know all the answers.

Sharing your experiences with your daughter does not ‘spark ideas’ or give her permission to make the same mistakes you did; it simply opens the door to trust and openness between you.

two. Talk freely about negative stereotypes.

Openly discussing how women are portrayed in movies, magazines, billboards, etc. increases connection, self-awareness, and opens the door for great discussions.

An activity you can do with your daughter is to look at magazines and talk about who looks happy, who looks real, speculate about why she isn’t happy, etc. When my daughter and I had these conversations, they led us into a discussion about her Bratz dolls, teen behaviors in shows, and of course Barbie.

Dove provides some videos on how far the means will go – removing blemishes, changing hair, altering facial features and even lengthening the neck – in an effort to create natural beauty! This leads women to strive for an unattainable version of beauty as if it were physically possible. Talking to her daughter about this can prevent eating disorders, self-esteem issues, and make her the go-to person for important information.

Another great topic to discuss is the Divine Feminine and how this beautiful energy, required by all of us to live a balanced life, has been downplayed and portrayed as weak and undesirable.

You can search together for information on this topic and enjoy the beautiful and positive impact it can have on both of your lives. Simply put, the Divine Feminine is what allows us to gracefully receive, connect with others, fully embrace pleasure, and care for others. It’s a huge topic and worth learning more about.

3. Focus on loving and accepting your daughter as she is

When you love someone unconditionally, you accept who they are even when they don’t behave exactly how you’d like them to. You won’t always agree with your daughter, and sometimes you may not really like the way she’s behaving. As her father, she is always in her right to set limits and provide guidance. Only do this while still accepting and loving your daughter for who she is.

Acknowledge your very real responses to your daughter as you progress through the different stages. When you don’t like the way she’s behaving, ask yourself: is she a safety issue or a moral threat? If so, enforce her boundaries without attacking her as a person and stand by her decision. If not (which is often the case), allow him the space to be who he is, make his own mistakes, and live with the consequences.

You won’t always like or relate to the way he behaves or the decisions he makes, but you can allow him the space to fully live his experience without fear of rejection or ridicule from his strongest supporters.

Put your energy into focusing on what you have in common and enjoying those things together. Host a spa day, either at a spa or in your own home. Enjoy face masks, hair treatments, body scrubs, pedicures, all of which can be done on a shoestring budget. Take a walk, play a game, bake, or make a meal together. Find something you’re both willing to participate in and make it happen.

Take this time to talk with your daughter about what’s going on in her world and share some of the stories you remember from that time in her life. This is not an interrogation or a lecture, but an opportunity to really connect and build something special.

When you spend time with your daughter and keep communication open and flowing, you’ll find that your relationship flourishes instead of drifting apart at a time when you really want your guidance to be effective.


Little Boy Gan, by: Lisa McDonald – Book Review

“The Beginning” is how Lisa McDonald ends her book, a technique that completely caught my thoughts by surprise and reverberated the lessons of her story in my mind. Passion-Filled Everland’s Little Boy Gan is a creative collaboration of indelible images coupled with a timeless story that results in a delightful literary asset for any personal collection or library.

Perfect for reading to a child before bed, or for anyone to take a few minutes throughout the day, McDonald taps into the timeless power of gratitude to amplify awareness of the moment and accentuate the smaller things in life that, according to her, have the greatest enjoyment.

Within the enchanted forest of Everland is a cast including a talking willow, a caterpillar, a deer, a frog, a goose, a turtle and a squirrel who ask Gan the same question: “What makes you glow with happiness? ” Drawn by Gan’s glory of being, each of the characters learns a lesson derived from Gan’s peace, love, and gratitude. Gan’s bounce on his walk contributes to his happy thoughts; his kind words come from feeling comfortable inside his own skin; his humble stillness allows him to listen to the universe. These are all very important Zen techniques of self-realization, and by reading this book, children can develop these skills by watching the lessons Gan tells his fanciful friends.

One can’t help but slow down and think how peaceful Everland is, as the visuals create an angelic vision of the characters’ interaction. Illustrative viewpoints float whimsically in perspective and are zoomed in using highly creative art. Gan is humble and clear with his answers to questions as to why he is so happy. Those answers are found in everyone; only in Gan’s case, he understands the “why” at such a young age, showing other youngsters that wisdom at any age can be achieved if given time for quiet meditation. One learns to appreciate the blessings that the “here and now” creates.

This book is one of a series of other children’s books written by Lisa McDonald. In Little Boy Gan, she created a piece that stands on its own merits for its integrity, but fits into her message of other works like a puzzle for young minds to make sense of life’s lessons. It is a spiritual book although it does not mention God, a philosophical book without citing the eastern prophets and a classic of the image in soft but detailed illustrations.

In the competitive children’s book market, Lisa McDonald has established herself as a visionary author capable of linking illustrations to concise yet powerful messages, poetically using phrases and dialogue to convey lessons on building self-confidence and wisdom in children. Small children.


A First Time Homeowner’s Guide to Building a Duplex Home

A duplex house is a beautiful asset. Many people dream of owning a duplex house, but only a lucky few get the chance to own it. Those looking to build a home for the first time may want to consider a duplex home. But since they are new to the search for home builders, they have a good chance of running into professionals who are not really scrupulous. Such professionals seek the opportunity to work with a first-time homeowner because first-time homeowners often don’t have clear ideas about what it really takes to build a good duplex home.

If you plan to have such a house, don’t plan big at first. Keep in mind that there will be masonry, plumbing, or wiring issues. No matter how well built the house is, there will be these problems. So aim for a small duplex property.

However, if you compare the pros and cons of a duplex home, the pros outweigh the cons. The good things about duplex houses outnumber the bad. But you need the right builders to reap the benefits of all the good stuff. There are many reputable builders who specialize in duplex buildings. They usually erect duplex buildings in exclusive areas of the city. You can hire them to build your duplex home, regardless of the location. If you can establish a relationship with the builders, you can take advantage of their services at discounted prices.

Before you hire the builder, you should do some research on their previous jobs. Check your credentials and licenses. Make sure they are who they say they are. Keep in mind that efficient and reliable duplex home builders are not really easy to find.

Good planning is very important for a good duplex house. The architect must draw up a complete plan that suits his interests and obtain all the necessary permits from the municipalities. Australia is a place where people are always looking for a good duplex house. You need to find an efficient planner who can draw a good floor plan for you. A skilled architect can maximize the space in your home plan. They can make the best use of the land and even make room for landscaping, gardening, or a patio.

As you may know, there are several structural limits that you must adhere to. For example, you should build your house in such a way that it makes good use of the space and does not encroach on your neighbors’ properties. Planning must not have any negative impact on the environment. Therefore, it is just as important to find an experienced architect as it is to find a reputable duplex home builder. Many people are building duplex houses today to enjoy two different houses on one block of land. The biggest benefit of this is that you can sell one of the houses and live in the other. That’s a remarkable monetary benefit. Not only does it cover construction costs and make more money than you had invested, but it also allows you to live on the land you own. But to impress today’s homebuyers, you need more than just quality cabinetry services.


Create the perfect Easter baskets for children of all ages

Since I am in the gift basket business, the job of making our family’s Easter baskets became my responsibility. I don’t consider it a chore at all since I really enjoy making baskets for my nieces and nephews. I still use the traditional pastel basket, but the items that make up the gift have changed over the years.

When they were little, they loved candy and big stuffed animals. Now they are almost adults, they are in college and they live alone. They are also a bit more health conscious. That’s not to say they won’t find a pack of Peeps, jelly beans, and a chocolate bunny in their basket, but White Hare helps restock your cabinets with toothpaste, shampoo, and other “hands-on” items. I like to throw in a couple boxes of Annie’s homegrown mac and cheese with bunny-shaped pasta just for fun.

You don’t have to be a gift basket pro to make beautiful gift baskets for the people in your life, no matter how old they are. It just takes a little planning. A great Easter basket for a younger child could include arts and crafts supplies like colored pencils and sidewalk chalk. I have found packets of sidewalk chalk that come in pastel colors and are shaped like an egg. Add some toys that are suitable for outdoor play, such as frisbees, jump ropes, and bubble wands. Books are always a great addition. It’s easy to find age-appropriate reading books or coloring books with an Easter theme or a theme that appeals to a child’s interests.

Creating an Easter Basket themed around a favorite superhero or princess or character like Hello Kitty could be perfect for little kids. An older child may enjoy a basket filled with items that reflect her hobby or interest. Even though my friend’s son is only eight years old, he loves science and math, so the pocket calculator and bug books were a big hit and kept him entertained long after he ate the candy.

Don’t forget the adults. Family members, especially those you don’t see often, will love to be remembered. Creating a gift that reflects a hobby or interest works well for adults, too. Spring is the start of the gardening season, so add a pair of gardening gloves and a good gardener’s bar of soap and lotion to the Easter Basket for your mom or aunt. Reece’s Pieces in a package shaped like a carrot and a chocolate bunny will add to the garden theme.


Can housework be dangerous during pregnancy?

While expectant mothers tend to do weird things like eating, doing things on a whim, expectant mothers always receive specific instructions about housework. There are many things that are not safe to be mothers. You will have to stop doing them altogether. There’s no safe limit on lifting weights, it can’t be done.

You will face the stress of carrying the baby in the womb as your body’s center of gravity changes. And if you lift weight while carrying the baby, or shopping, moving gas cylinders or heavy furniture, you will put a strain on your back. Some doctors recommend against lifting weights, as it can cause bleeding, premature labor, or rupture of the amniotic sac.

When working with chemicals like cleaning products, remember to wear gloves. Make sure the room is ventilated and try to use safe cleaners like baking soda and vinegar. Harsh chemicals like mosquito repellant, bleach, and cleaner create harmful fumes everywhere. Wearing gloves while doing dishes and vacuuming can be very tiring as the filter contains dust, spores and hair that will get into your lungs and eyes. Do not clean cat litter. Cat feces transmit toxoplasmosis, a rare disease. Don’t inhale secondhand smoke, which contains more than 4,000 chemicals.

Wash vegetables well before eating. They may be contaminated with chemicals, soil contaminated by wild or pet animals.

Tasks that require climbing and balancing are not recommended. Do not climb on stools, ladders, or reach for things in a loft, shelf, or kitchen cupboard. Otherwise, you may be agile, but during pregnancy you may not be the usual person and fall down. Ask your maid or close relative to help you clean ceiling fans, windows, mirrors, change light bulbs, electrical fixtures for which you can call an electrician.

If you sleep on the floor, ask a family member to help you pick up the mattress, quilt and bedding. Bending and picking things up will affect your back. Washing clothes, scrubbing the floor, everything affects the back. Squat instead of bending over to do things.

Also try not to be on your feet for too long. Pull up a chair and sit at the table or near a TV to chop vegetables. Take a break and then complete your work. Try and prepare dishes that don’t require you to be on your feet for a long time.

Divide the household chores. Do safe chores to get some exercise during pregnancy. Being pregnant isn’t really a reason to keep your house dirty; but take help. You may want to prepare for your newborn, but you may have complications during your pregnancy. Consider your safety.

Being safe is important so that you can enjoy a safe and healthy pregnancy. Your body goes through a lot of changes and you don’t need to put a lot of stress on it. Healthy women need to stay active for a better pregnancy. Unstimulating work at home leads to giving birth before three weeks. Researchers believe that stress hormones trigger labor.


Buy dad an aftershave gift set

If you want to buy your dad a gift that he will love, then buy him one of the aftershave gift sets that are available. You can find many great gifts for men that men of all ages will love, but one thing is for sure: all men love to smell good. What’s even better is the satisfaction you’ll get when you walk past dad and know he smells good because of the gift you picked out for him. There are a few things you’ll want to look for when you’re trying to find the best aftershave for dad.

One thing you need to make sure of is that the gift set you buy for dad is age appropriate. There are some that are made for younger men and others that are made for men who are getting a little older. Ones like Ed Hardy are made for younger guys, so if you’re a woman buying a gift for one of your young children to give to dad, then this one will be perfect if dad is under 40. Old Spice are perfect for men over 40 years old. These are the ones that men of that age love to smell because of the fresh scent it has.

Another thing you’ll want to look for is a gift set that has everything dad will need. There are those that contain bottles of aftershave, cologne and other things that dad will want to have to smell his best. There are also some that come with shaving accessories that Dad can use while he shaves and after he shaves.

When you’re trying to find a gift for dad that he’ll love, you can’t go wrong with an aftershave gift set. There are plenty of great brands to choose from with a variety of options available. Be sure to take a look at the ones that are available and decide which one you think Dad will like best. If you want your dad to look good, feel good, and most importantly, smell good wherever he goes, make sure you take the time to choose the outfit that will give him everything he needs to have.