How Many Phone Calls Does It Take…….

March 3rd, 2007
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In Michigan, mid Michigan to be exact, there have been several cases of horrible child neglect where a child has in fact passed away in the process of FIA or adoptive care. We have one case in our community where there have been numerous calls to FIA on a single family. Yet the children remain in the parents' care. The social worker assigned to the case told the parents that "If one more call is received they will have to take the children." Why? according to the worker, it is so the children's mother has no grounds to sue them in court if her boyfriend harms the children in the future. When I heard this statement and her reasoning for it, I was disgusted with the social worker and… [more]

How To Enjoy The Wonders Of Life From Home

March 2nd, 2007
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One of the best places to get lost is in a good book. In the pages of a book you can sail the seas of Moby Dic or cast your nets and harvest fish. You can fly planes the Wright Brothers, or study the ancient art of Snake Handling. You can dream of Jeanies who grant three wishes or scale the lines of a great poet. You can fall in love with characters and disappear into the life of their pages. How do you get your child to find the interesting world of reading? 1.) Read to your child every night. Remember children's books are fun but books like Moby Dick, Where the side walk ends, and Pippy Longstockings give… [more]

How To Work Off The V Day Calories

February 15th, 2007
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If your sweetheart filled your life with those rich, delicious chocolates and you want to know how to survive them. Here are a few clues: 1.) Share them with your family. Then you get a lot less calories. 2.) Use them as an incentive to work out. You can have one of them just before you work out every day. 3.) Freeze them and keep them as special treats, when good things happen in life. 4.) Give them away. 5.) Make your sweetie eat them with you so you share the extra pounds. 6.) Give one to every child you see, as long as you have parents permission. 7.) Take them to church and pass the box around after Sundays… [more]

How To Create Firm Founadations

February 6th, 2007
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Someone very wise once noted that we should build our house on a firm foundation. So that when the winds and weather come upon us our house will with stand and remain strong. Houses built on sand will fall. Those built to close to the shore will be destroyed. If we watch the news we know this is true. But in all reality we are speaking of building our house with wisdom and truth. On a foundation of good morals and a planned path way to guide us through life. We all know that children need something to believe in. The past few years our worlds talks of great mentors. Human mentors. However Humans make mistakes. So I prefer heavenly… [more]

How To Make New Friends

January 28th, 2007
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This wonderful little picture is found on a special web site that is all about making friends. Making friends can be as easy as inviting someone else to join you when you are doing something fun. Like in this picture it is basketball. On the web site they offer arts and crafts and some great ideas for kids to work together on. Just click here: http://www.makingfriends.com/ and you can enjoy the making friends.com web site yourself. This would be a great place to get a few ideas and maybe a few fun things to do around the house for when your new friends come over to play. First we have to make new friends so let's try this: 1.) Be friendly at school. Show a positive attitude and… [more]

How To Learn About Your Community

January 21st, 2007
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Introducing our children to the world around us is one of the best ways a parent can help a new foster or adoptive child feel safe and familiar with where they are living now. We personally decided to make it a family tour day. So put on your shoes, find a jacket and off we go: 1. We walked down the street and made everyone aware of the names of the streets around us. 2. We first showed the kids the Town Library. It is the first business you see on the way up town. 3. We stopped to observe the bike trail and walking path near the lake by the library, letting them know that they do not swim in the lake. There… [more]

How To Find The Right Therapist

January 16th, 2007
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Finding the right Therapist for you child or family is not always an easy thing to accomplish. You want to make sure the therapist fits just right and your child can feel comfortable with them. Here are a few suggestions on How To Find A Good Therapist: 1.) Compile a list of Therapists in your area. You can use a web site like http://www.networktherapy.com/directory/find_therapist.asp To help you create a list of Therapists in your area. 2.) Find out what each therapists specializes in. 3.) Ask how long they have been in practice. 4.) Make an appointment to meet and get familiar with a therapist before you would ever take your child to them. 5.) Ask what age group that the therapist primarily works… [more]

How To Keep On Track

January 12th, 2007
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Here we are already 12 days into January 2007. One of the best ways to stay on track in a busy family is to keep yourself organized. 1.) A date book calendar or a desk calendar would be the perfect way to keep appointments and important dates, available at your fingertips. An accordion file folder or if you can buy a file cabinet for your family. Might be an awesome idea for keeping a file open for each child that can hold medical papers and important school forms. 2.) An up to date telephone book with important numbers for family members, support people and fire rescue and police. All should be posted clearly on the front page of the… [more]

How To Understand Children

January 3rd, 2007
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Children are so different. There are no two children that are just alike. Not even in the world of twins. Identical Twins will still be different in action, thought, or attitude. So how do we understand children? The first big key is to know that they are as individual as snowflakes. Even though some of the basics of parenting will still apply to every child, things like discipline, nurturing, and development Will all differ. Here are a few good tips to understanding children: 1.) Every child needs positive reinforcement. 2.) Every child needs to be loved and nurtured. 3.) Every child needs a healthy diet. 4.) Every child needs to learn good hygiene. 5.) Every child needs to have discipline… [more]

New Year’s Tips

December 29th, 2006
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It is time to think about the new year that is fast approaching. Many of us will be making resolutions. Many of us will break them before the end of the first day. Some of us are old and wise enough to give up on making them ~! Here are just a few tips of wisdom On my top 10 list: 1.) Never put off today what you will dread to do tomorrow. 2.) If it sounds to good to be true, it's not true so don't waste your time trying to figure it out. 3.) Nothing worth having ever comes easy. It takes hard work and a desire to have something if it is of any value at all. 4.) Do not tell kids to remember… [more]