A City on Stilts

“GRANDPA! The ground is shaking! Is it an earthquake?” Grandfather smiles and tells his teen-age grandson who is vacationing in Amsterdam: “No, Frank, this is not an earthquake. The truck that just rumbled by caused the ground to shake. The soil in this city is so unstable that sudden pressure of weight causes surroundings to […]

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How Can I Cope With Peer Pressure?

Who or What Determines Peer Standards? As youths get older they become more aware of their peers and their standards. The desire to be popular and accepted by those in their own age group becomes a powerful influence in their lives; so is the fear of rejection. With the declining influence of parents over the […]

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Criminalisation May Be the Only Way to End Bullying

According to the American Justice Department, one out of every four children will be bullied in their adolescent years. This entails that bullying has become so widespread that it can serve as a destructive force to society. The seriousness of bullying has been a concern for many, which leads one to consider if the criminalisation […]

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Visualize the Future That You Want

As a teen there were two things that I used to do that made a huge difference in the levels of success that I was able to achieve. The two things that I did were delivering newspapers every morning before school and jogging every night after dinner. The paper route was a good thing because […]

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Why Fun Learning Makes Happy Families

I am a retired HS physics and science teacher and I am also the proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren. My husband and I love to take our grandchildren on trips and this year we took 6 of the younger children (5-8 yrs) on a trip to San Antonio. Since my husband and I are both […]

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How Natural Playgrounds Help in Children Growth

In a world full of digital advancement, it’s a privilege to access natural beauty and make the most of it. Playground structures in the modern times are more inclined towards installing different types of outdoor playground equipment. They do benefit kids in terms of maintaining physical health, but they aren’t as beneficial as natural playgrounds. […]

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Contribution of Avvaiyar, the Grand Old Poetess to Tamil and an Alphabetical Garland to Children

‘Avvaiyar’ (also spelt auvaiyar, meaning the grand old lady) is a well-known Literary figure for Tamils. Tamil scholars usually treat her at par with Greek poetess Sappo of 6th Century B.C. She is categorised also along with recent lady poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning of Italy, Christiana Georgina Rossetti of England and the American poetess Emily […]

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Hiring an Au Pair Is Not a Simple Task

How do parents find and choose a Nanny / Au Pair? Over the years I’ve learned that there are three common methods of finding an Au Pair and that no one method is consistently better than the others. The most common and basic method is to call everyone you know and get the word out […]

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My Favorite Hour of the Day

My Favorite hour of the day? Like to guess? It’s not my “me” time. No, not my gym time. Give it a try again and go on. Keep trying. Not at all my sleeping time nor any party time. Try try try till you succeed. Give up? Well, to all the beautiful parents, who would […]

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We Are Supposed to Be Successful

We humans want to be happy and fulfilled. It’s a basic human need. Most of human behavior stems from trying to be happy and fulfilled. We also try to avoid pain too, but avoiding pain is one of the roads we take to try to stay happy. It’s hard to be happy when you are […]

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