October 15, 2013 by  
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School girlSure, mankind has indeed transgressed at a drastically stringent level with regards to depleting ostracisation towards the female gender; when women during medieval times were only allowed to perform contemporary household chores along with a strict no-no towards sultry attire, ladies nowadays have achieved benchmarks in every niche possible.

From the aptly diplomatic scenarios inside the boardrooms that pertain to the corporate arena to the almost animalistic vibes emanated from extreme sporting (motorcycle racing and/or bungee leaps, anyone?) there’s no doubt as to how much womankind in particular, has procreated in contrast to its male counterpart.

Regardless of these milestones, a prominent fraction of the total female population that resides on the face of this planet is subject to abuse and/or molestation, be it verbal, physical or sexual. A vast number of mainstream census surveys reveal that after questioning millions of women from all over the globe, at least 1 in 3 women have been molested by some means or the other in any due course of their lives.

As paradoxical as this predicament can surprisingly seem to be as of now, this is very much true, period. What with women still possessing primal attributes of sentiment in general, it’s not hard to see why any lady could fall prey to some, if not all of the undesirable aspects of the environment around her.

So how is education an indispensable asset to the discerning lady of today?

The fundamental provision of education isn’t merely a necessity – it’s every human being’s right. However there are communities worldwide (including in developed first-world nations) that aren’t able to afford so for themselves and their future generations. While this academic deprivation has caused conflicts in the overall capability of earning a decent living for these underprivileged peoples, the ill effects of poor education don’t simply stop there.

Regardless of circumstances (and the absence of a qualification, respectively) many a women have ventured out and about in order to earn a livelihood for basic sustenance, only to realize that they’ve been recruited for their services in return for a wage that is exceedingly below average than their correspondingly learned peers. That’s not all – stories of certain ladies getting victimized to undesirable sexual conducts such as perversion have also been shockingly reported.

Henceforth, this is where education comes into prompt play. A lady with a degree or diploma from a reputed educational institution is perceived as one who cannot be manipulated with respect to her academic achievements during the past, point-blank!

Apart from that, the education provided under any field of expertise is a process that disciplines a delegate from the inside-out. The instilling of moral values such as those of kindness and respect towards others, including oneself is something that is achieved merely via the attendance of classroom lectures since this special environment is such that it trains novice minds to seamlessly acquire essential charismatic skills, such as composure and literacy by practically listening to what is being demonstrated, in conjunction to some note jotting.

Author’s Bio: Joanna Robinson is a creative writer and a blogger. She loves to write articles in many different genres. Currently she is writing about career development, corporate consultancy and about self employment.

How pesticides can influence a child’s environment

October 1, 2013 by  
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Just4babyPesticides have the potential to effect children in many ways due to the widespread use of pesticides in modern society. In order to effectively protect children from pesticides requires that all the scenarios that cause exposure to children be assessed carefully to identify if any of those scenarios have unacceptable risks.

Beginning from home, your child’s diet is a possible source of exposure from pesticides along with a few other sources in and around the house. Insect repellents, lawn and garden products and antimicrobial products within the residence are additional sources of pesticide exposure. To combat these issues, pesticide protection agencies should concentrate on reducing the pesticide risk that arises from foods most consumed by children. Furthermore, they should better assess children’s behaviour to identify potential exposure such as crawling, putting objects in their mouths and so on.

Moving on, as we all know, school is a child’s second home. There are several sources of pesticides that children could be exposed to in school. Outside the home and classroom, children face pesticide exposure in play areas for example. The government and child care agencies should take extra care in making sure that materials such as chromate copper arsenate is avoided on play-structures, tables, desks and other surfaces that children are bound to touch.

In many countries, children that are within the age of 15-17 are employed in the agriculture industry. Not only will the children be directly exposed to pesticides on the field, but parents who work in agriculture may bring home pesticide germs on their clothing and these could be passed onto everyone in the house. Parents in these areas should be thoroughly educated about the harmful effects of pesticides on children and they should also be encouraged to send their children to school instead of making them work on the field. Also, parents should avoid bringing their children to the field where they work and should change into clean clothes before they go back home at the end of the day.

Overall, child care protection agencies should make sure that the process of risk assessment and risk management consider the fact that every child is unique in his own way and should make decision that protect children in every way. Risk assessment for pesticides should cover all endpoints and the methods of risk assessment should be updated as and when new information becomes available. The importance of toxic effects to disabled and other unique children should be taken special care of. With advancements in science and technology, experts can conduct toxicity testing to assess how the foetus and developing young children can be affected.

Furthermore, parents should be regularly advised and updated on child-specific diets, residential exposures, and aggregate risks of pesticide exposure. As for adjusting children’s diet, all food uses of methyl parathion and carbofuran should be eliminated if a reduction in pesticide exposure has to be achieved. At home, all uses of organophosphate pesticides should be eliminated along with residential uses of chromate copper arsenate.

If these details are taken into careful consideration, child exposure to pesticides can be significantly reduced hence reducing the possible diseases that can arise from it.

About the author: Joanna Robinson is a nutritionist and a physical instructor. She is experienced in providing health and safety related advices. These days she is writing articles about Quinny Moodd Stroller.

5 Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids

September 23, 2013 by  
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Science KitsWhen your kid receives a birthday party invitation that is always a cheerful event full of anticipation and joy for him or her. And you wonder about two things: how to select a birthday gift the birthday kid will like and how to choose the one they don’t have yet. Besides it should bring a smile to the birthday kid’s face and make a good memory of your kid. The first thing is to take into consideration the age of the recipient. The second get to know what kind of personality the birthday kid is: a whiz kid, a wild child, a creative thinker, an all-star athlete or a girly girl. The third  – look for something innovative. Read more

Children of all ages should engage in fun and educational gymnastic activities

July 9, 2013 by  
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Alarming statistics reveal the growing number of child obesity cases in the recent years. Children tend to indulge in computer games, gadgets and television as opposed to playing outdoors. Hence, the need for gymnastic classes for children. Apart from the physical wellbeing of the child, a sport activity such as gymnastics is a great way to help promote the overall development of the child. It is an amazing developmental sport that has a profound impact on a child’s whole well-being. Enrolling a child to a class at an early age helps develop their social skills, and helps in cognitive and character development as well. Studies have shown the correlation of physically fit children and academic performance. Children learn to focus much better in class and this plays a vital role in academic, social and physical growth of the child. Learning a new skill improves the self-esteem, focus and concentration and inculcates discipline and perseverance.  These are life skills that stay with you long after you have retired from the sport and translate into many different facets of life (professional, relationships, etc.)

Physical Health: From a health perspective, it helps increase the flexibility, strength, endurance, agility, speed, balance and coordination through various strenuous activities. More importantly, being physically active and fit from an early age reduces the chances of developing diseases like obesity, cancer, and other health related problems. Active children tend to grow up to become healthy and active teens and adults.

Problem Solving Ability: Gymnastics is a development sport that requires concentration and focus, the sport builds these skills through progression of steps. It improves the concentration which helps them with various problem solving questions, math and also reading in school. While engaging in gym activities, the child learns to coordinate body movements through visualizing the sport. Hence, the activity makes simultaneous use of the body and the mind, using both the sides of the brain together, which is highly beneficial for the child.

Social Skill: Gymnastics teaches a child to work and behave in a team. Taking orders, respecting coaches and other team members and playing in a competitive environment helps them develop social skills. As a child achieves skills and is encouraged by their coach they increase their self-esteem, gain a sense of control over their body’s movements which increases healthy self-empowerment and body awareness. Thus, gymnastics help children learn different skills and develop their personalities in a fun and entertaining manner that makes it an effective learning process.

Baby Gymnastics: Hence, engaging your child in tumbling and gymnastics at an early age can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Kids are able to get comfortable with their body, experience how it moves, socialize with peers and enjoy learning and mastering a new skill from toddler age. There a plethora of options for parents looking out for fun gymnastics activities for toddlers which are movement based and extremely educational. They provide a strong focus on the child whole development which includes sensory, exploratory, cognitive and social experiences as well as assisting children develop physically, including their gross and fine motor skills.

The author loves kids and he organizes many kids programs on behalf of


Transitioning into parenthood is an exceptionally memorable phase for all those prospecting to give birth and raise a child! What with so many intricacies involved in the successful upbringing of babies, most new moms and dads to-be are generally very much flustered as to what needs to exactly be done – before, during and after birth!

As goes the proverb, that home is always where the heart is. Likewise, creating an environment that is safe and secure enough for your baby to not just sustain, but fruitfully grow and thrive in is a key element that should undoubtedly be prioritized upon. Therefore, here’s a simple, no-nonsense guide on how to assemble a childproof nursery for the betterment of your newborn; feel free to take a read!


The little space that the two of you may have proposed upon for being your infant’s ultimate chamber is the starting point for integrating substances that have a negligible to zero level of toxicity; this means that emulsion paints and flooring materials utilized for furnishing purposes need to be declared free of harmful agents such as VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), as these can pose a risk to baby’s overall health if inhaled in.


In due process of contemplating as to which items of furniture shall deem as useful and appropriate for the wellbeing of your little one, cribs are the main point of consideration, but of course! A sturdily crafted crib is mandatory for any baby and any nursery, hence making some keen observations prior to purchasing one that’s just right is vital. Some factors to always have a watchful eye out for are:

  • Assembly: feel free to walk around any crib that’s on display and examine the tightness of its screws under its gating and legs, making sure that it’s all fastened securely enough and thereby proving to be deserving of your purchase.
  • Mattresses: bedding and linen materials that are exclusively tailored to fit your baby’s crib are your best bet; avoid using bedding salvaged from other forms of furniture such as beds and sofas, along with second-hand ones. While the former could heighten the probability of choking hazards, the latter may harbour bugs that could contribute to infections.
  • Placement: It’s always recommended to station cribs alongside a firm and solid wall, preferably at a corner. Strictly refraining from placing cribs parallel to windows is a piece of advice that must be adhered to, for blind cords and/or curtain drapes could provide a means of climbing out for a toddler.

Supplementary Electrical Components.

There may be occasions when your baby could be left in his/her nursery unattended. For this, miscellaneous devices such as infant monitors and smoke detector systems are best desired.

While infant monitors offer a way for parents to constantly check on their baby’s condition, smoke detectors could help save time and even a precious little life in the event of any fire-related mishaps. As a precautionary measure, stationing infant monitor gadgets at least 3 feet away from the reach of naughty hands is advised, as its wires may lead to potential strangulation.

About the author

Lana Joseph an entrepreneur and a freelance writer who writes about things that inspires and gets notified to her in society.  At present she writes about society, travel, food habits, prams pushchairs and technology.

Unsupervised Playtime

June 5, 2013 by  
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Is it desirable or even possible for children to have unsupervised time in nature?

As I was growing up, I spent a lot of time playing with my friends in the local woodlands. As I grew older, the trees were cut down to make way for a new housing estate but I haven’t forgotten those idyllic days. Now as an adult with a son of my own, I am convinced of the benefits this kind of experience can have for children. However, when I stop to think about how often my son is unsupervised outside, I have to admit it isn’t very much, if at all. He spends plenty of time in nature, but I am never very far away.

He did start to go out and play with his friends and we are very fortunate to have plenty of nature within a mile of the house. This stopped, however, when one family expressed concerns. They were not allowing their children to play alone outside and their children were not very happy about it, so these parents put pressure on me in turn.

My son has also recently taken to walking our dog by himself on occasion. Our dog is a powerful, very young retriever and my son isn’t strong enough yet to keep him under control properly, however the dog knows his way home. We continued happily enough until another dog walker expressed concerns about the advisability of my son doing this. We had an interesting discussion where I was able to allay their fears, for the dog as much as for my son, but even so these walks have ended for the time being.

In conclusion

I hear the arguments in favour of children accessing nature unsupervised and I heartily agree and I nod when experts say that children should be encouraged to go outside rather than sit in front of the computer. However, I also understand why many parents are secretly happier when their offspring are inside, where they are safe, rather than playing outside amongst the dangers of nature.

Fortunately, there are many parents in our neighbourhood and many parents who strongly believe that their children should be outside (in all weathers) playing. I also like to believe that our community isn’t in the minority in this respect. My son will be joining them, but maybe when he is a bit older. For the time being we will continue to enjoy nature together. Either way I will continue to seek expert advice on children’s outdoor clothing to ensure he is properly dressed for whatever conditions he encounters.

Nicola Simpson is a single parent who shops at

Making The School Library Appealing

May 7, 2013 by  
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How to ensure greater use of the school library.

Most parents would be happy if their child spent more time reading, but even those who enjoy the pastime will often spurn the school library. It can become a somewhat neglected place, which is a shame because a school’s books hold more than just a potential learning experience. They can also provide a great deal of joy.

If you’re responsible for the library environment, is there anything you can do to ensure the area is properly embraced?

Often, the problem is not that children don’t like reading – they do. They are simply impatient and intolerant of bureaucracy. Obviously, a librarian needs to keep track of the books under their care, but it is sad and pointless if this can only be achieved by effectively cordoning the books off, rendering them redundant.

Reading is still the main way in which we take in information and children do still want to read. You just need to make it as easy as possible for them to find a book that they will enjoy. Those books are certainly out there, so you just need to bring them to children’s attention. To this end, treat the library as a retail space and market the books as if you were trying to sell them because the same principles apply.

Think about supermarkets. Whenever they want to push a particular product, they move it to an area of prominence – typically the end of an aisle. A major display draws people’s attention and they are far more likely to examine what’s on offer. You can use the exact same tactic in a school library. Make displays revolving around particular books and the kids will interact with it. Clearly it doesn’t guarantee that they will read the book in question, but it does greatly increase the chances.

It is about gaining attention in the first place. Far too often, a library is seen as little more than shelving. The exact nature of the books on offer is never explored. It is all too easy to overlook the space as there are no focal points.

To make the place more welcoming, make use of innovative furniture like book display trolleys. These allow great flexibility in how you present the room and by repeatedly altering the layout, you can keep things fresh and retain interest where otherwise children might become numb to their surroundings. Changing themes and changing layouts brings freshness and encourages greater involvement.

Jem Micklegate has worked supplying books to schools and believes that book display trolleys, such as those found at, can help reinvigorate libraries.

Negative Remarks Can Affect Children’s Character

April 24, 2013 by  
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Life is too short and is best enjoyed with a positive attitude. This kind of approach to life by adults is best ensured when positive parenting skills are implemented during their growing up years and they will in turn help them to be good parents with a positive approach.  Being parents is one of the utmost pleasures in life and so, why mire it with negativity. Enjoy every moment spent with children, not a single moment can be got back.

Positive Parenting

Children learn a lot from their parents and thus parenting plays an important role in molding their character. Individuals are born with some characteristics that need to be nurtured well for them to develop into confident and successful human beings. Parents play a vital role in this, their home is their laboratory and they need to implement their skills to get the best out off the parent child bond. Many parents tend to take the rigid path of punishing their kids for wrong doings without reasoning out. The home atmosphere is more or less dictatorial and children who grow up in such environments tend to be very hostile. They may have a negative approach to life and be low on self-esteem. Some parents go overboard and hover over their kids, monitoring their activities and some even go to the extent of using technology to watch on them. This kind of “helicopter parenting” can also have its negative effects and children growing up in such environments tend to lose their individuality or can be rebellious. A third set of parenting is one where parents tend to believe in complete freedom for kids. They do not check their behavior and such children may grow up to be slow in making judgments.

Positive parenting is the way forward for best results with children. Parents need to set rules and get their kids to obey them equally giving importance to rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad. Positive reinforcements work very well in character building.

Some Pointers For Parents

Parents must be cautious about their words as well as actions, sometimes words can cause more damage than actions. Use of words and phrases that have negative connotation with regard to the child’s character must be avoided and so must threatening and blackmailing. No child growing up in fear will have the courage to face things upfront in life. Also,

A child raised with praise learns to appreciate

A child raised with honesty learns to be truthful

A child raised with compassion learns to love

And the list goes on. In short, a child learns better from examples and so setting a congenial atmosphere at home is the best way to teach a child moral values in life. A parent’s task of teaching their children is a continuous process, the degree of parenting differs as time goes by, but the bonds are never to be broken. Even disciplining the child can be done in a positive way, rather than comparisons and bad language, reasoning it out for in a way that young minds understand is a good way of dealing with different situations. There are many support groups advocating positive parenting that offer great resources for new parents or parents going through a rough patch with their children.

What Should Every Classroom Have?

March 31, 2013 by  
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Every classroom should contain some fundamental facilities and here are some examples.

Besides the teacher and the students there are some facilities and features that should be found in pretty much every classroom. If you are trying to put together a list of necessities for the room you will be teaching the children in then here are some important things to have on there.

Good storage

There are a lot of different books, pieces of work and very important documents that have to be kept in the classroom so it makes perfect sense that you need to have the facilities that allow you to store them all away easily. Bookshelves are traditionally used and they remain extremely helpful for this purpose but you may also want to consider having tray trolleys. When you have a tray trolley you can separate all the materials that you want to store because there are numerous trays that can be included on this facility. Another great thing about having one of these is the ease of which you can bring it into the room and move it around. No heavy lifting is required because it can be pushed around as with any other trolley so consider making things simple with this aspect of your classroom storage.

Television and DVD

The board that will be used for the majority of the teaching is certainly still a vital part of a classroom but a television should also be available. It is understandable if this TV has to be shared with other classrooms due to the simple issue of financial cost. TV and DVD access are important for classrooms now because the students can derive a lot of learning from seeing things explained or illustrated in this way and videos are being used less and less of course.

Adaptable furniture

There are plenty of times when your classroom layout could do with a change, if only to stop everyone from becoming slightly bored with coming into the same room every day over a long period of time. Other situations can arise when you need to move the tables and chairs around to make room so it helps a lot if you have the kind of furniture that is adaptable.


For students and indeed many teachers it can create a very mundane feeling if you have to work in a room that is particularly dull in appearance. Use any opportunity you have to decorate the classroom, whether it involves painting certain areas or putting up quirky or imaginative posters for example.

Article written by Sophie Ward on behalf of the provider of trolleys for the classroom –

Football Basics for Kids

February 14, 2013 by  
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Football Basics for Kids

Football is an all American sport. Compared to basketball and soccer, football is arguably the most popular sport in all of US. It is a tough and highly competitive game enjoyed by both kids and adults. While most adults play football competitively and seriously, for most kids, football is a game which can give youngsters a rush of excitement and loads of fun. Football is a good physical activity for children. At the same time, football games can become an avenue to teach early on the virtues of discipline, sportsmanship and other values.

Kids’ football should not be as intense as the NFL games most people watch on TV nor should it be as serious as the games during high school football leagues. For children, simple drills and techniques can be use to teach them how to play the game. Here are the basics in teaching how to play football for kids. These basic techniques are a good starting point for them to develop more advanced skills later on.

Throw and Pass
One of the basic drills for football beginners is throwing or passing the football. You can start teaching kids this basic skill showing them how to properly grip a football and throw it. First, the grip must be solid which means the fingers must be aligned with the laces of the football. Next would be searching for the target and positioning your arms at the right angle so that your aim is towards the target. Then, step your left foot forward and pass the ball to your teammate. In kids football games, the throwing and passing skills should be taught before anything else.

Catching the Football
Throwing or passing the football is one basic skill. Catching it is an entirely different skill. This time, the kids should be on the receiving end of the ball. Teaching this basic skill can be done in a very simple manner that is identical to children playing catch. Catching the ball requires hand and eye coordination, good communication skills and proper timing. There is a proper way to catch a ball and that is to put your hands in front of you so that your hand can serve as an actual target for the passer.

Holding On to the Ball
Once the ball reaches your hands, make sure that you have a tight grip around it so that you won’t be losing or dropping the ball. During football games for kids, those who aspire to be running backs or receivers must learn how to hold on to the ball properly. Whichever is your stronger arm must carry the ball. Put in on a shoulder level in front of your chest and hook your index finger to the point of the football.