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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.

BetterWorks Brings Big Company Perks To Bay Area Startups — Coming Soon: The Gamification Of Working What’s better: an employer giving you $500 or an employer giving you an iPad? At first, you may think it’s better to get the cash. But often, that money is used on things such as paying bills — important, but not lasting. The iPad will last. Every time that person uses it, they’ll remember who gave it to them. “Employees value the non-cash rewards three times over the cash value,” BetterWorks co-founder and CEO Paige Craig notes. The service, which has been in testing in the Los Angeles area for several months, in now launching in the San Francisco Bay Area to coincide with TechCrunch Disrupt. BetterWorks gives small companies an easy way to reward and incentivize employees. And such things can be great incentives and key for startups trying to hire. This system also benefits vendors because it brings them customers. If you’ve heard of BetterWorks, it may have been because it was also co-founded by a co-creator of Farmville, Sizhao Yang. But that’s down the road.

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

CrowdTwist E-Book - 25 Loyalty and Engagement Stats You Need to Know Building loyalty requires that brands deliver more personalized experiences, offer value, and engage customers on an emotional level. This e-book reveals 25 loyalty and engagement statistics that can help you better understand: How personalization impacts purchase intent and loyalty The importance of rewards and incentivesThe ways in which social media drives loyaltyHow to generate loyalty from different age groups And much more… Building loyalty requires that brands deliver more personalized experiences, offer value, and engage customers on an emotional level. How personalization impacts purchase intent and loyalty The importance of rewards and incentivesThe ways in which social media drives loyaltyHow to generate loyalty from different age groups And much more…

Eclectic Homeschool Online - Creative Homeschooling Resources Zerofootprint | 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

Social & Mobile Loyalty & Rewards 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.

House Party Is A Serious Business, Scores $5.3 Million HouseParty.com, a site that helps people throw brand-sponsored home parties, has raised $5.3 million in Series C funding in a round led by New York-based Acadia Woods Partners. Partiers need to apply online, indicate what type of in-home event they’re planning and take charge in spreading the word to their friends and relatives. Once selected for a house party, they receive a package of products from sponsoring brands – ‘Party Packs’ have included food, baby toys, health and beauty products and action figures in the past. The idea is for brands to get some relatively cheap word-of-mouth marketing by gathering people in real life (who do this in exchange for freebies) in the hope that the parties will spark conversations about the brand and, ultimately, turn the people who show up into customers or even advocates. People can also shop for party supplies on HouseParty.com. The company has raised about $8 million to date.

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