A Day in the Mind of Your Defiant Child If you’re the parent of a defiant child, you’ve probably wondered what makes him so angry at life—and angry at you. With the school year approaching, are you gearing up for another difficult year with your child, just hoping that he’ll make it through—and that you’ll be able to manage without falling apart? Realize that it doesn’t have to be a daily battle of wills once you understand what’s actually going on in your child’s head. Here, James Lehman MSW breaks down some of your child’s thinking on a typical school day. Although it may feel like your defiant child hates you, that’s usually far from the truth. It’s another day and another battle. As a parent, you live this kind of situation every day when you have a defiant or “difficult” kid, but have you ever wondered what’s going on in your child’s head when he’s fighting with you? Here’s how some of the thinking errors used by the child above break down—and what you can do to challenge these faulty ways of thinking in your own child.
Beyond Coupons: Ten Surefire Ways to Save Money Thanks to the TLC show Extreme Couponing, the practice of scouring through one’s local newspaper and clipping coupons is suddenly in vogue. Although achieving the monumental savings depicted on TV takes a great deal of dedicated effort, most of us are aware that using coupons–whether they be grocery store printables or promo codes for online retailers–can be an easy and smart way to save money. But coupons only scratch the surface of money saving opportunities that savvy shoppers can take advantage of to fortify their finances. There are a number of other tactics that can help consumers make the most of their hard-earned money—no scissors required. Here are ten surefire ways to save money: Have a Plan According to the 2010 survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 56% of Americans don’t have a budget. Downsize If after tracking your spending and saving you find too much emphasis on the former, it could be time to put your “living large” lifestyle on a diet. Food.
Feeling Depressed? Here's The Top 5 Good News Websites If you are like me, then you are sick and tired of all the negative news being thrown at you by the mainstream media outlets. Pick any major online news outlet and you will find the majority of items are about the ever sinking economy, Iraq or someone’s unfortunate death. Some might argue that reading about people who have it worse can make you feel better about yourself, but I really do not think that is true. I recently spent one work week (5 days) forcing myself to only get my news from positive news network sites. By the end of the week, I was noticeably brighter and more optimistic. I would like to share with you the top 5 websites that I found that week. HappyNews Started in 2005 by a man from Texas, this website tries to balance out the “disproportionate amount of negative news” from traditional media sites. SouthAfrica – The Good News Talk about a place that needs to focus on good news. OptimistWorld This website is run by a group of optimists from the United Kingdom. Gimundo
Amazon discount codes at ProBargainHunter.com Ever since I wrote about Amazon shopping tips and hacks last November the article has been the most visited page on ProBargainHunter. In case you missed it -- the post describes how you can browse discounted merchandise on Amazon (by messing around with the URL's) and lists a few other useful tips. The article featured on LifeHacker and Consumerist and even prompted some people to create tools for easy URL building. Below is my own attempt to summarize the information from that blog post into a more usable format. Take the results you see with a grain of salt though. The table layout idea is courtesy of Brand-Name-Coupons (via Digg)
Eclectic Homeschool Online - Creative Homeschooling Resources 5 Websites to Check Before You Shop Online (PriceGrabber) Shopping online has its undisputable benefits: it can save you gas, time and money, not to mention you can do it in your pajamas. The problem is, with so many online retailers to choose from, the whole process can become overwhelming rather than a time-saver. Cutting through the online clutter is easy if you start out your shopping trip with the five websites below. PriceGrabber.com Everyone tells us to comparison shop online, but few offer much in the way of concrete, usable advice. One website that makes comparison shopping much simpler is PriceGrabber.com. Milo.com (Milo) One of the most promising up-and-comers in the online shopping world is Milo.com. Driven by their slogan “Find it Local, Get it Now,” Milo vouches that any product for which it finds a price is available right now from the local retailers it lists. CoolSavings.com (CoolSavings) For consumers who prioritize getting a good deal above all else, it’s tough to top CoolSavings.com. ShopAtHome.com (ShopAtHome)
The Ultimate List of 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas Remember this picture I shared last year? If that's how you feel when you survey the growing collection of toys in your home, then you may find today's post helpful! This morning I'll be interviewed on several radio shows across Canada about the idea of a Toyless Christmas, so I thought I would share a list on the blog of Non-Toy Gift Ideas that can serve as a reference for birthdays and Christmas when you're feeling overwhelmed with toys! Season Passes - Zoo - Museum - Butterfly Conservatory - Aviary - Aquarium - Amusement Park One-Time Passes - Movies - Bowling - Swimming - Theatre Performance - Dinner & A Show (we went to Medieval Times) - Go see a sporting event - Disney On Ice - Circus - Ice Skating - Roller Skating - Mini Golf - Concert Experiences for Kids - Horse & Buggy Ride - Train Ride - Ice Cream Vouchers - Special dinner out - A Trip to the Fire Station - A Trip to Chuckie Cheese (buy the tokens ahead of time so you have something to wrap!) Older Kids or Grown-Ups Family Experiences
Groceries & Coupons: How I Get It All Free or Cheap : MommyPR.com™ I know you are thinking “Oh shes one of THOSE people”. Nope. I am no extreme couponer, crazy coupon lady, or someone who clears shelves. That’s not me at all. I am somewhere between overly organized and above normal. I only print out what I am allowed. We have a cat. Then I ordered 2 other really great coupons. The other coupon was for $5 off any John Frieda Repair product. Here was my order yesterday: 5 John Frieda Hair Repair Products- $2.99 x5= $14.99 – $25= +$10.056 Schick Hydro Razors- $4 x6= $24 – $24= $02 Bags of Dog food- $7.99 x 2= $15.98- 2 x$4 coupons= $7.98 Total was + $2.07 so I bought a few extra items (milk, cheese). Now where do I get coupons? (I have found its easier to print these in IE rather than Chrome) I also visit a couple blogger sites. Other coupons that you should grab are these: (Only sent at special times of the year) Don’t forget to also check the brand’s website too, example: Arm & Hammer & Febreze. It’s not hard to coupon. Where do you shop? Whew.
Smartphone Apps that Help you Make Money Making money online gets easier every day. So easy, in fact, that many mobile app developers are creating ways for you to earn money simply from doing what you probably do every day – unlocking your phone, shopping, and talking to friends about stuff. Source Here are some of the Smartphone Apps that Help you Make Some Extra Money Slidejoy Advertising is unavoidable in the world. Slidejoy makes being subjected to advertising almost enjoyable, by paying you to allow ads on your lock screen. This is because the advertisers paying for the prime real estate of your phone’s lock screen want accurate data of what consumers like yourself really want to purchase. Don’t quit your day job just yet, the money-making potential with Slidejoy is quite low. Receipt Hog There are plenty of money-making apps that will help you save money, but not many that will pay you for simply snapping a picture of your receipts. Receipt hog will not only pay you for taking pictures of your receipts, it also makes it fun.
The Geek’s Guide to Getting Almost Anything for Free Does it pay to be Internet savvy? Yes. In more ways than many people imagine. Sure, the Internet is a great way to research just about anything you could ever want to know about; and it’s an outstanding communication, marketing, and entertainment tool. Want proof? 1. 2. 3. 4. Does it pay to be a bit of a geek? Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur (Co-founded YoungEntrepreneur.com), mentor, investor and award winning Co-Author of Kidpreneurs (Basic Principles of Entrepreneurship for Kids).