Fun With Kids Activities

The biggest problem kids have is boredom. Gone are the days when children can be put in the back yard with a few toys and can come up with a game using their imagination. Some parents have kids that love to entertain themselves and other parents have kids that need to be constantly entertained.

The thing most parents hate is having to clean up after the kids have done activities. An activity that requires very little cleaning after the kids are finished is a parents dream.

Remember as kids entertaining yourself without a play station or computer. Spending hours outside with the neighbourhood kids drawing with chalk all over the road and your driveway and then your parents waiting for the rain to wash away the huge mess out the front of your house.

With all the stories on the television about children spending more and more time in front of the tv, playing video and computer games it kind of makes you think what happened to all the primitive games and activities we did as kids to entertain ourselves that kept us outside until it was dark and all our parents had to say was be home before the street lights turn on. Kids arent always safe these days to play around the neighbourhood but honestly most children would love some activities for outside play but most now lack the imagination to think of things to do and parents with busy life styles dont want extra work cleaning up huge messes.

This activity requires cheap paint brushes and some small beach buckets. Give the kids a brush and and bucket and some water and let them loose outside. They can paint the walls, your statues , concrete on the ground is a great canvas for their actworks and if they make a mistake they can move onto a clean patch of concrete. The greatest thing about this activity is that it keeps the kids amused for hours and you let mother nature dry it up so when the kids have had hours of fun and it is all dryed up there will be no evidence that anything was ever done out there. This is a great activity in summer because the kids will also accidentally pour the water on themselves and again they will get dry also by mother nature and have a great time staying cool. This also works in winter in an undercover area.

Living With Someone With PTSD

Living with someone who has PTSD can be a full time balancing act or it can be easily managed, depending upon your approach. People who have PTSD can experience very negative symptoms, so their behavior can include isolating themselves and lashing out at others. If you have a roommate who has Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, you do not have to walk around on eggshells in an effort to get along. Proper planning and direct communication go along way toward an amicable living experience.

There are standards practices to any living arrangement. Paying the bills on time, keeping common areas clean, and respecting another’s space, are all good roommate practices. If you are living with someone who has PTSD, there is no reason why these rules cannot be followed.

Most problems that you may encounter may have to do with temperament and personal preference. People who have PTSD can have extreme mood swings. Bouts of rage are not uncommon which means that your roommate could blow a gasket without much warning.

You will need to set boundaries if this arises and let your roommate know that this is not acceptable. Having PTSD is not an excuse for bad behavior.

It is not uncommon for those who suffer with this disorder to be able to function reasonably well in the workplace, yet crash when at home. Some people keep to themselves, preferring to hole up in their rooms and sleep for days when not required to do anything else. By contrast, some people with this disorder prefer to be awake during the night and asleep during the day. This might be opposite of your schedule if you work a regular nine to five job. Your roommate may do a lot of things that seem strange to you like sleep more than normal or spend a great deal of time watching television or playing video games. If you find this irritating, you may need to evaluate whether your roommate is truly not holding up his or her end of the bargain or whether you are bothered by your roommate’s personal preferences

Does your roommate pay the rent on time? Do they keep the house in a reasonable fashion? Are they keeping you up all night long or invading your space? If the answers to these questions are the correct answers, consider yourself lucky. You have found a good roommate.

As a roommate, ask yourself where your responsibilities lie? Is it your responsibility to get this person out of the house when they are isolating? Is it your responsibility to tell another adult when it is acceptable to go to bed and when to be awake? Is it up to you to agree or disagree with how they choose to spend their time? Lean to distinguish between a housekeeping issue and a personal reference.

Living with someone who has PTSD can be challenging and confusing at times. Sometimes you have to use a lot of critical thinking, common sense, and flexibility. Ultimately, education is the key to dealing with someone who suffers from PTSD. Once you know what PTSD really is and what to expect, negotiating a living arrangement can be both simple and rewarding for both parties.

You Need a Hobby!

One of my eNewsletter subscribers (Jim W. from Tennessee) sent me information on his hobby. I loved his stories and the photos. Jim collects, re-tools, and races Mustangs. His hobby caused him to meet his wife of 40+ years, meet folks who have become friends, bond with younger members of his family, and travel. He tells me that his car hobby has even kept him young! That’s good stuff.

Jim closed his letter to me with this: “Mustangs, and the people who love them, are two of my favorite parts of life! Regarding my hobby — I live it and love it. I hope that everyone can find something similar that they love and are passionate about, and live it, too!”

Wow! Thanks Jim!

Here’s my question to you: What’s Your Hobby?

Here are some of the benefits of having your own wonderful hobby obsession:

1. It is an important aspect of having a well-balanced life.

2. Because it is something that you enjoy and do voluntarily, you will become happy every time that you find yourself working on your hobby.

3. A hobby will challenge your thinking, and strengthen you mentally.

4. You become better at managing your time (so that you can get to your hobby).

5. Having a hobby will calm you.

6. You will never be caught bored and with nothing to do. Your hobby will always be there to fill your free time.

Your hobby can be anything that you LOVE to do. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take away from other important parts of your life. When you find the hobby that is right for you, you will find it to be the perfect friend, ready to be picked up whenever you have a chance.

So again I ask: What’s Your Hobby?

If you don’t have a hobby or you are looking for another one — Here is a list of just a few hobbies that you should look over and choose from.

1. Aeromodeling

2. Amateur Astronomy

3. Amateur Radio

4. Animals/pets/dogs

5. Arts

6. Astrology

7. Astronomy

8. Backgammon

9. Baseball

10. Basketball

11. Beach/Sun tanning

12. Beachcombing

13. Beadwork

14. Beatboxing

15. Becoming A Child Advocate

16. Bell Ringing

17. Belly Dancing

18. Bicycling

19. Bird watching

20. Birding

21. BMX

22. Blogging

23. Board Games

24. Boating

25. Body Building

26. Bonsai Tree

27. Bowling

28. Brewing Beer

29. Bridge

30. Bringing Food To The Disabled

31. Building A House For Habitat For Humanity

32. Building Dollhouses

33. Butterfly Watching

34. Button Collecting

35. Calligraphy

36. Camping

37. Candle Making

38. Canoeing

39. Car Racing

40. Casino Gambling

41. Cave Diving

42. Chess

43. Church/church activities

44. Cigar Smoking

45. Cloud Watching

46. Coin Collecting

47. Collecting

48. Collecting Antiques

49. Collecting Artwork

50. Compose Music

51. Computer activities

52. Cooking

53. Crafts

54. Crafts (unspecified)

55. Crochet

56. Crocheting

57. Cross-Stitch

58. Crossword Puzzles

59. Dancing

60. Diecast Collectibles

61. Digital Photography

62. Dolls

63. Dominoes

64. Drawing

65. Dumpster Diving

66. Eating out

67. Educational Courses

68. Electronics

69. Embroidery

70. Entertaining

71. Exercise (aerobics, weights)

72. Fast cars

73. Fishing

74. Football

75. Four Wheeling

76. Freshwater Aquariums

77. Frisbee Golf

78. Games

79. Gardening

80. Garage Sales

81. Genealogy

82. Houseboating

83. Going to movies

84. Golf

85. Go Kart Racing

86. Grip Strength

87. Guitar

88. Handwriting Analysis

89. Hang gliding

90. Hiking

91. Home Brewing

92. Home Repair

93. Home Theater

94. Horse riding

95. Hot air ballooning

96. Hula Hoping

97. Hunting

98. Illusion

99. Internet

100. Jet Engines

101. Jewelry Making

102. Jigsaw Puzzles

103. Juggling

104. Keep A Journal

105. Kites

106. Kite Boarding

107. Knitting

108. Knotting

109. Learn to Play Poker

110. Learning A Foreign Language

111. Learning An Instrument

112. Learning To Pilot A Plane

113. Lagos

114. Listening to music

115. Macramé

116. Magic

117. Making Model Cars

118. Matchstick Modeling

119. Meditation

120. Metal Detecting

121. Model Rockets

122. Modeling Ships

123. Models

124. Motorcycles

125. Mountain Biking

126. Mountain Climbing

127. Musical Instruments

128. Needlepoint

129. Owning An Antique Car

130. Origami

131. Painting

132. Paintball

133. Papermaking

134. Parachuting

135. People Watching

136. Photography

137. Piano

138. Pinochle

139. Playing music

140. Playing team sports

141. Pottery

142. Puppetry

143. Pyrotechnics

144. Quilting

145. Rafting

146. Radio Controlled Trains

147. Radio Controlled Boats

148. Radio Controlled Cars

149. Radio Controlled Helicopters

150. Radio Controlled Planes

151. Reading

152. Reading To The Elderly

153. Relaxing

154. Renting movies

155. Rescuing Abused Or Abandoned Animals

156. Robotics

157. Rock Collecting

158. Rockets

159. Rocking AIDS Babies

160. Running

161. Saltwater Aquariums

162. Scrapbooking

163. Scuba Diving

164. Sewing

165. Shark Fishing

166. Skeet Shooting

167. Shopping

168. Singing In Choir

169. Skateboarding

170. Sketching

171. Sky Diving

172. Sleeping

173. Smoking Pipes

174. Snorkeling

175. Soap Making

176. Soccer

177. Socializing with friends/neighbors

178. Spelunkering

179. Spending time with family/kids

180. Stamp Collecting

181. Storytelling

182. String Figures

183. Surf Fishing

184. Swimming

185. Tea Tasting

186. Tennis

187. Tesla Coils

188. Tetris

189. Textiles

190. Tombstone Rubbing

191. Tool Collecting

192. Toy Collecting

193. Train Collecting

194. Travel

195. Traveling

196. Treasure Hunting

197. Turning Business Around

198. Tutoring Children

199. TV watching

200. Urban Exploration

201. Video Games

202. Volunteer

203. Walking

204. War Gaming

205. Watching sporting events

206. Windsurfing

207. Wine Making

208. Woodworking

209. Working In A Food Pantry

210. Working on cars

211. Writing

212. Writing eNewsletters and articles

213. Yoga

214. Yo-Yo

Why Playing FarmVille May Be Hazardous to Your Health

If my headline shocks you, then I do apologize, however the fact that playing online games such as FarmVille may may be hazardous to your general health is not something easily dismissed. There is a potential here for millions of people to suffer pain and discomfort resulting from their participation in online games such as FarmVille.

Now before you dismiss my previous statement as a huge exaggeration, consider the fact that within two months of launching in June 2009, the numbers of Facebook users actively playing FarmVille had reached 11 million! Given this article is being written in March 2010, it is reasonable to expect that there are now well over 11 million FarmVille players engaged in this game. In fact FarmVille is on track to becoming the fastest growing social game in history. To put things another way, the current giant of the online gaming world, World of Warcraft, took four years to reach the 11 million active user mark compared to FarmVille’s two months!

Clearly, online games such as FarmVille and World of Warcraft (and many other less popular online games) do have the potential to inflict serious health problems on millions and millions of people, both adults, teens and children. The types of health problems I am referring to are categorized in the medical community as “repetitive stress injuries” (RSI) caused by placing too much stress on a joint. Generally most RSI injuries are linked to the stress cause by repetitive motions at the computer or overuse injuries in sports. Obviously our concern here is with the RSI injuries caused by the playing of online computer games such as FarmVille for long periods of time.

In simple terms, an RSI occurs from repeated stress being put on a body joint due to repeated actions by the game player over extend periods of time. So the constant typing and hitting keyboard keys, moving your mouse again and again and any other required computer game actions eventually begins to take a toll of the body parts involved. When the body does not have time to recover and becomes irritated it reacts by secreting fluid into the affected parts to reduce the stress you are putting on the tendons or muscles involved.

Eventually you will experience pain and discomfort and if left too long, this may result in the condition known as “repetitive stress injury”. Some of names of these conditions and what they affect may already be known to you, such as carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist), cervical radiculopathy (neck), epicondylitis (elbow), Ganglion cyst (wrist), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (hands), and tendonitis (tendons). Like me, many of you may have previously associated these conditions with “workplace injuries”. Bet you never imagined that you could get these conditions from simply playing an online game that you love to play for entertainment!

All is not lost, as RSI’s can be prevented by taking protective measures and redesigning your home computer layout to reduce the stresses on your joints during game play. There is however one very important step that you must consider to either avoid being a victim of an RSI, or to allow your body to heal if infact you are already experiencing any of these RSI conditions. (Do please consider seeking medical advice if you are experience any pain and discomfort from your gaming.)

The essential step that you need to serious consider is…. cut back on your gaming time! Ouch! I know that this option will not sit well with many of you serious, hard-core FarmVille gamers, but do you really want to risk an RSI condition at some point? So lets look at this option is more detail. Cutting back does not equate to stop playing FarmVille (or whatever game you play). Stop and think when and why you need to spend enormous amounts of time playing the game. For most of us (yes I am a gamer too), the first big time suck comes when we start playing the game as we must spend hours and hours learning the basics of the game, how to level, what to plant, where to go, what to buy, and the list goes on and on. No wonder we spend insane amounts of time staring at the computer screen and stressing out our bodies!

Now there is a way to speed up your learning curve and at the same time, cut back on your gaming time. Rather than being a “Lone Ranger” trying to blaze your own gaming path, consider making use of the work of others who have gone before. Learning from their successes will allow you to accomplish things much quicker in a given period of time which will give you the option of reducing your playing time. You can reach your playing goals and objectives much quicker using the knowledge of others who are more experienced FarmVille players than you.

Finally the “Ah-ha” moment has arrived. Where can you find this wealth of gaming information? Simply by consulting articles, reports and guidebooks written by successful gamers, or in our case, successful “farmers”! So rather than take a chance of being the next victim of an RSI condition, consider investing some time, and perhaps even a bit of money, into discovering ways you can decrease your FarmVille gaming time and still be successful.

Designing a Bedroom For Toddlers

Your little baby is growing up and you need to transform the nursery into a toddler’s delight.

Designing a bedroom for your toddler is easy with some careful planning and preparation.

The bedroom will not only be a place to sleep and rest the night for your child, but also a room to play. So wherever space permits, divide the room into a area for sleeping and an area for playing where activities can be performed and your child can play.

Some items you’ll want to consider when furnishing your toddler’s bedroom include; a bed, a dresser or chest of drawers, a toy box and a small set of table of chairs.

When selecting a bed for your toddler’s bedroom, a twin size adult bed is ideal. If finances permit it may also be worth considering a double bed as your child grows and has friends over for sleepovers.

A dresser or chest of drawers is essential for storing your child’s clothes and a crate or plastic bin can be a great option for storing all those toys in. Shelving and other furniture, whether it be in built or free standing is also a great source of storing toys and belongings that your child accumulates.

A small sized set of tables and chairs are perfect for your toddler to undertake activities, like story telling, arts and crafts projects or even snack times in their room. A solid and durable set will offer years of frequent use.

With careful planning an prepartation you can provide your growing baby with a seamless transition from the nursery into the toddler’s bedroom.

How to Be a Good Little League Coach

You’ve probably seen it at the local ball field. A well-meaning, but overzealous parent-coach screaming at a team full of little kids as if the World Series was on the line. On the other field, another team is wandering around looking for directions from their coach who is trying to figure out who’s up next. What does it take to be a good Little League coach?

The number one virtue Little League coaches need to develop is patience. Children do not have the attention span or the discipline of adults and need to be constantly reminded about technique and sportsmanship. Coaches need patience to work with a large group of children who may be at different levels of expertise. Many major league ball players have stories of making it to the majors because of a coach who never gave up on them.

Organizational skills are also helpful to a Little League coach. Balancing playing time can be a sensitive task and good record keeping can help avoid many a dispute. If you’re coaching a team that travels you have to be able to organize travel arrangements and have systems to keep track of all your players while you’re on the road.

Tact is essential when dealing with parents. Children are remarkably open to coaching and are not typically sensitive to constructive criticism about their skills. Parents, however, frequently stress about their child’s amount of playing time, and the amount of individual coaching time their children receive. It takes finesse and sensitivity to deal with these problems. Parents may also become overly concerned about the competition and may need to be tactfully reminded about the importance of good sportsmanship.

If your child is on the team you’re coaching, fairness may become an issue. It’s important for coaches to be fair to all their players and to judge players on their skills rather than their personalities. At higher levels, it’s important to continue to praise and offer second string players at least some playing time, to maintain their interest and help them continue to develop their skills even if they do not have a great career in sports ahead of them.

Finally, every Little League coach must have a deep and abiding love for children of all ages. Coaches are some of the most formative people in a child’s life and can imbue children with values they will carry throughout their lives.

5 Tips For Traveling With Children

Family vacations are an essential part of living today, and can create wonderful memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. There are a few simple steps that parents can take to make sure everyone is safe and happy while traveling. Going on vacation with children can be a test of patience and attentiveness for parents, which many may find daunting. However, the good news is that just by taking these few simple tips, it can make everything much less stressful and leave you to relax and enjoy your family vacation.

Tip 1 – Pack Right

Depending on their age, children should pack or help pack some of their own things. You may however suggest them what type of clothes (preferably comfortable and loose) they should be carrying. Very useful for everyone in the family are pants that become shorts when the bottom parts zips off. You may think that you need everything but if you are really crunched for space, don’t pack anything that you can buy at your destination. Do bring some hand wipes, tissues, books, hard candies, paper and gum, markers, and a surprise toy for each child in a carry on bag.

Tip 2 – Protect Your Family’s Health

Bring along any medications your family requires, make sure they are well labeled and in their original containers. If you are traveling out of the country, check with the public health authorities if you need to get additional vaccines. They will recommend you the necessary vaccines, depending on where you are traveling to and for what duration. Make sure to get Travel Insurance, no one expects an accident to happen, what if your family is at the beach enjoying your Caribbean vacation and your child cuts his foot open on a rock or you suddenly have an appendicitis attack?

Tip 3 – Arrive Early at the Airport

Plan your arrival at the airport in such a way that you have plenty of check-in time. This will avoid last minute delays and take away a lot of stress, especially with today tighter security checks. Also, arriving early will allow your family to ensure you have seats together, allow time to purchase any last minute items, and give your little ones time to adjust to new surroundings.

Tip 4 – Select Seating Carefully

First row in the economy class are best coach seats to fly with children, as you get a lot of leg room. This is essential as you may need to stretch or walk around with the children if they get cranky during the travel. If you are unable to book seats in the first row, place the children between two responsible adults, away from the aisle. Young children should not sit in an aisle seat. The carts used for meals service take up almost the whole aisle, and a small child could get hurt. Sitting near the galley and lavatory can also be convenient, especially if you want a bottle warmed or will be making frequent trips to the bathroom.

Tip 5 – Keep Them Occupied

Wondering how to keep kids calm and busy on the flight? First off, pacifiers, gum, and bottles will decrease air pressure on the children’s ears. To keep a child interested during a long flight, bring his favorite toys and some new toys to spark their interest. Older children will love to have books, hand held game players or MP3 players to keep them busy.

Cruise Ship Activity

There are so many activities to do on a cruise ship, the only problem you will have is deciding what to do. There are on board activities, port of call activities, age related activities, and special interest activities. Generally activities on board the cruise ship are free, but you have to pay for an on shore activity or excursion.

Most cruise lines have a children’s program, divided by age group. Games and activities are age appropriate. Children can participate as much as their parents want them to. These generally include games, physical activity like using a playground or pool, and arts and crafts. Sometimes there are dances and social activities for the teen group.

Some activities involve more physical activity than others. There are ships that have pools, water parks, ice skating rinks, climbing walls and areas for golf (lessons or miniature golf). Skeet shooting off the deck is another option.

Arts and crafts are usually available for all ages. Some ships even have art fairs!

The on board theatre will run movies, both general and adult oriented. Board games, bingo and keno are examples of more sedentary activities to engage in.

Some cruise lines feature lessons, all sorts. You can learn a foreign language, how to cook foreign fare or gourmet meals, how to play golf, poker or dance.

Spas provide massages, hair care, manicures and pedicures and other special types of treatments for the body. Think how good that would feel after dancing in the disco all night!

If you have a special interest or avocation there may be a cruise with it in mind. The sounds of the blues, or a family oriented cruise, or special cruises for singles.

Of course there are shows with all sorts of entertainment, comedians, dancers, magicians, or singers for example. Often there is a casino 24 hours a day. And then night clubs for dancing and merriment. If you consider eating a cruise activity, there is someplace to go almost 24 hours a day.

Brunch Party, Time To Enjoy The Long Weekend

Brunch Party is an excellent idea to enjoy a long weekend. Brunch is a combination of two words, Breakfast and Lunch, and when these are joined together, it makes Brunch. Brunch Parties are linked to having good sleeping hours. You can just have a lot of fun if you are going to plan your Brunch Party very creatively. One of the ideas that can be applied would be to have a Brunch Party in your backyard.

You can plan very interesting dishes and drinks so that all your guests really enjoy every single bit of it. Out of the many dishes that you can serve can be Bloody Marys and Mimosas. A tip that you can follow while serving the Bloody Marys can be to add accompaniments such as hot sauce, crisp celery stalks, and grounded pepper. For the Mimosas you can add fresh strawberries or raspberries.

The Brunch Party would be really dry if it is without a drink. The drinks that you can serve at your Brunch Party can be Frosty Sours, Strawberry Daiquiris. You can also think of making other drinks such as Mint Juleps, Mojito, Fruit Colada, or a Punch. Along with such interesting drinks and food, you can also plan games in your backyard along with chairs, tables and umbrellas to provide an awesome environment to your guests. Just as a last word, preparation should be all done by the night before you sleep so you can have a truly interesting time the next day. Happy Brunch Partying.

The Forex Hunt For Forex Brokers Begins!

Amazingly enough it was only a few years ago that trading currencies or trading stocks and shares was purely an offline transaction and to hunt for a broker often meant reading through the adverts of the Financial Times.

To buy stocks and shares, you would have to hunt down and place a call to your stock brokerage or even your bank and start moving money around to buy the stocks and shares and then move the money back around when you sold the stocks and share. Well how those archaic times are fast becoming distant memories.

Now we are faced with a huge explosion of online alternatives for trading stocks, trading shares and trading currency (forex/fx).

I found trading shares quite exhilarating until the stock markets became stagnant and the movement on my stock profiles were minimum. I needed something more exciting, something a little more risky, yet could deliver the adrenalin rush I needed when I was on a big win.

So my attentions turned to forex/fx/foreign exchange or also known as spread betting. This is when the forex hunt really begins. The initial stages of a good forex hunt are quite simple and if you have been investing for sometime, they are generally common-sense.

When hunting for forex brokers you have to take in various factors. These factors include the companies themselves, like any good online investment, research the company, look for scam warnings and forex reviews and if you are happy with the feedback, that’s the first part of finding a good forex brokerage complete.

Then when you have found a forex brokerage, you need to decide which forex broker is right for you, factors to decide upon are regulated forex brokers or unregulated forex brokers. Providing you have done your due diligence then you can.t go far wrong with either. Many American/USA forex traders choose offshore as it is a better way to manage their trading profits, although most European forex traders opt for either FSA or CySec regulated brokers.

Once you successfully find your forex broker, then you need to decide how you are going to fund your forex trades. Part of the forex hunt is to decide what payment processor works best for you. Bearing in mind that sometimes, you might be moving thousands of euros/dollars in profit! Some forex brokers allow in addition to bank transfers, e-payments like MoneyBookers or PayPal.

Signing up with the forex broker can differ immensely regulated forex brokers require documentation to be sent/faxed or uploaded, normally before you can begin forex trading. Unregulated forex brokers don.t normally require any/as much documentation.

Once you are registered, you can then transfer money to your forex account and begin your forex trading adventure. So despite the initial groundwork I found my forex hunt a good adventure and am already conducting trades with various forex brokers that bring in a steady additional and welcome income stream to my investment portfolio.

I will be releasing various forex hint, tips and trading strategies, so ensure you subscribe to my forex articles.