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Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Most parents want to provide the right encouragement to their children to help them succeed in all of their goals in life. Many of us don’t realize, however, just how much of an impact our words can have on our children’s self-confidence and odds of achieving their dreams. As parents, we are the biggest influence on how our children develop self-image and their outlook on life. What we say matters, and so does how and when we say it.

The Right Kind of Praise
Recent research that sent the entire parenting world into a state of disbelief has turned many of our ideas about how praise works upside down. As it turns out, simply telling a child they are smart and praising their intelligence isn’t enough to develop confidence; in fact, it has the opposite effect. So should we not praise our kids? Absolutely, we should, but the research has proven that there is a more effective method of using praise to develop self-confidence.

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

What is your idea of a perfect spring day? Sipping vino on the Potomac? Sightseeing with map in hand at historic landmarks? Riding adrenaline-pulsing roller coasters? All of these are available here in the mid-Atlantic region within an hour (or two) from home. Decide what mood you're in, fill 'er up and hit the road with a friend, alone or with the whole family in tow.

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Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

 Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, calories in versus calories burned is everything! Losing simply comes down to using more calories than you take in. But did you realize that taking in just 50 calories less per day can lead to an effortless five-pound weight loss per year? It’s true! A pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so if you use 50 calories less per day than you take in, you will drop a pound approximately every two months. And cutting calories on the go just got a lot easier!

“A lot of people are looking for ways to cut calories and get healthy, and now we have an option that will support them in doing so,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Our machines offer the healthy snack and drink options that people want but have had a difficult time finding on the go, up until now.”

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

It is possible to both entertain AND enrich your kids on a budget in the DC metro area. Living close to the nation's capitol offers a wide array of possibilities, including the always-popular Smithsonian Museums National Air and Space and the National Zoo are (or should be) at the top of your list. Here are five more for you to consider:

Manassas National Battlefield Park
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, VA 20109
703.361.1339
nps.gov/mana
Cost: Children 16 and under, free; Sixteen yrs. and up, $3 per person (good for three days)

Where to Go and What to Do in Metro DC

5 Reasons to Have a Family Game Night

5 Reasons to Have a Family Game Night

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