5 Tips for Adults Going Back to School

 

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Lots of people go back to school later in life for various reasons. It may be to gain specific qualifications necessary for their career, expand their skill set, or to add something impressive to their resume and give them a competitive edge. There are many options for further education, from graduate nursing degrees to qualifications in computer programming. Whatever you want to learn about, there will undoubtedly be somewhere offering it. Here are some useful tips that will set you up for success if you are thinking about continuing your education.

  1. Talk to your boss

If you are going back to education for career-oriented reasons, you must be clear about your objectives. Do you want to get promoted? Get qualified for a different role entirely? Or do you want to stay current in your industry expertise so you can be secure in your position? Before deciding where to study or what subject to opt for, talk to your manager about how your study could contribute to the success of the company. You may find they are willing to offer you support.

  1. Talk to other students

Talking to other adult professionals who have gone back to school to further their education will give you a better idea of what to expect. They can give you recommendations of colleges and courses and advise you on how to get the most out of your learning.

  1. Create a plan

Going back to education later in life can be a bit of a juggling act. When you were younger, you probably had fewer family and work commitments. But as an adult, you will have to balance your studies, home life, and career. Although essential, your commitment to your education should not overwhelm other aspects of your life. For this reason, it’s a good idea to come up with a time management plan, outlining when you will study and when you will devote your time to your family and work. It might mean some early mornings or late nights, but your hard work will reap the rewards in the end.

  1. Choose the right education provider

There is a great deal of choice when selecting the college and the course for your studies. Narrow down your options by doing as much research as possible. Talk to the faculty and find out more about what the course involves. Ask to see a course syllabus and determine what resources and support will be available. You want to ensure you choose a course of study that gives you the flexibility to manage your other life commitments simultaneously. You may even find that getting a degree online gives you the work-life balance you need.

  1. Expand your network

When going back to college, you will have the opportunity to meet hundreds of new people. Even if you’re primarily there for the learning, you shouldn’t miss out on the social side. Your coursemates will be like-minded people with similar goals, and it is good to have as much support as you can. By introducing yourself to people, you could be opening yourself up to career opportunities and new ways of looking at things

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Choosing The Right School For Your Kids

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Choosing where your kids go to school is one of life’s most important decisions. You want to make the right choice as it’s not good to keep pulling them from one school and moving them to another. So, you need to ensure they go to a good school that helps them flourish! 

 

Keeping that in mind, how do you find the best schools for your kids? Regardless of whether you’re looking at elementary, middle, or high schools, you will still be searching for the same elements. Here are a few things that tell you if a school is good or not:

 

Good grade averages

If the grade averages are good, that tells you a lot about the teachers in a school. While this is important for all ages, it’s particularly vital when your child is in high school. They will be studying all the way through to college, so they need great teachers to help them achieve their dreams. Struggle to reach the required grades, and they may be unable to get into their desired college when they’re 18. A good rule of thumb is to find the national average GPA and compare schools to it. If they’re higher, then you know they must be doing something right. 

 

Modern teaching methods

You don’t want to send your kids to a school that’s stuck in the past. Like every industry, the education sector has transformed over the years. The way kids are taught now is remarkably different from twenty years ago. So, you want to find schools that use modern teaching methods and call upon technology wherever possible. Many schools have a whole digital education system that kids can utilize while they study. Some even hand out educational devices and use technology to manage student Chromebooks and laptops, so they stay safe while studying. As a general rule, the more technology a school utilizes, the better it tends to be. This is simply because they’re moving with the trends and understand what kids engage with nowadays. 

 

Excellent support system 

Finally, your kids need to go to a school that actually supports them. Lots of schools take a hands-off approach to their students in that they offer hardly any support. Thankfully, this has changed a bit lately. Schools are realizing how many children suffer from mental health issues – particularly during their teenage years. So, support systems as in place to help kids both inside and outside of school. Be sure to ask about any extra support that students get when you’re looking at all the different schools in your area. If they seem confused by your question, that that indicates they lack a support system. 

 

Ultimately, these are the three key things to look for in a great school for your children. There are other things to take into consideration, but these are the most important. Obviously, another key thing is how close the school is to where you live. This can make life a lot easier or harder in the mornings! In a perfect world, you’d find a local school that’s a short walk away and ticks all three of the boxes above.

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Get your Child Ready for University Life

As a parent, having a child is such an amazing experience. However, when the time comes they grow and no longer are a child, they are a free-thinking young adult that will eventually be able to leave for University or College. It can be a tough time for them and for you, as you may be fretting you on how to properly prepare them for such a big transition. This article will hopefully show you some good tips and tricks on how to prepare your children for the big change of university.

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Teach them how to Budget

This is the first time that your child may be managing their finances by themselves, and it is a big step for them to take. It’s worth taking a bit of time to talk them through the basics of budgeting to help them keep on top of their money once September comes around. Although a lot of expenses – including utility bills and internet costs – will be included in the price of their rent if they are staying in university accommodation, they will still need to budget for food and other day-to-day expenses, as well as having fun. You can find more information on budgeting in the fees and funding section.

 

Something that can also be advised is by showing them and purchasing a Prepaid Bill phone if they have not already. In this sense, you can then have the peace of mind that they are going to be ok and can contact you.

Teach them the Basics of Cooking

Cooking is a basic life skill, and to teach it you do not need to be a big-time chef. You will probably still be able to offer your son or daughter some useful tips on cooking. Find out if there’s anything they’d particularly like to learn how to cook themselves. Make sure they at least know the basics and have a few meals that they are comfortable preparing.

 

You should also help them buy the basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery that they’ll need when they arrive. If your child is moving into University Accommodation then most of them offer basic facilities like a kettle, oven and hobs, but they will most likely need to bring their own pots and utilities. You can take them shopping and then educate them and show them the things that they need. It can be a nice bonding session and more.

Banking

Most students will need to open their own bank account before they move. This is something that you need to consider when it comes to helping your child. Helping your son or daughter compare the various options and work out which is best for them is a good exercise for both of you – you’ll know they’ve got an account that will provide them with all the financial services they need at university and they will hopefully have learned a bit more about financial services and how to compare them. Every account will have its own benefits, so make sure you look carefully and educate them with the differences! 

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How To Prepare Your Child For Online Life

Our children are growing up in a different world to the one that many of us grew up in. They have the benefit of being able to access information at the touch of a button, to stay in touch globally and to be entertained twenty-four seven. Of course, we know that all of this can come with its drawbacks, so it is our role to help them navigate their way around it all. This is why today we are sharing a few tips around how to prepare your child for online life. 

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Keep them safe

 

Before you do anything else, you will want to do all that you can to keep your children safe online.

 

The best thing that you can do is to keep all online devices in your main living areas, rather than their bedrooms, so that you can easily see how they are using the internet. This will allow you to keep any eye on the amount of time they spend on screens and the sites that they are choosing to access.

 

In addition to this, it is worth setting up parental measures and locks on devices. For example, you can use a pin to restrict certain viewing on online streaming, you can use YouTube Kids and you can set up their email accounts with parental controls. 

Follow school’s advice

 

Many schools do offer advice on internet safety so you can rest assured that they will be giving your children the same messages at school as you are at home. 

 

For older children, schools often highlight issues around cyber bullying and offer advice on how best to avoid it and deal with it. This is a conversation worth following up on with your kids, and it is a good idea to look into it yourself so that you are familiar with measures you can put in place. 

 

Access the internet together

 

It is worth making the time to access the internet together every so often. Aim to make this a fun or educational activity (or ideally both!) so that your child is keen to do this with you, and it then gives you an insight into how they are using it.

 

Ask your child to navigate their way around and help them to make the best choices. For example, they might be searching for ways to care for the environment, so suggest to them the kinds of keywords that they might like to use and then help them to pick out appropriate websites, blogs and resources from their search results.

 

You could carry out projects together using online research, and of course you can play games and stream movies to watch together too. 

 

Limit social media usage

 

This one is going to depend on the age of your child, but there will be stages when you are going to want to limit social media usage.

 

Take care to ensure that your child is only using social media sites that you approve of and that they are at an age that they are allowed to do so. It might be worth agreeing some restrictions around it together at the outset, for example, that it only be accessed at certain times. It is easy for our children to be constantly connected socially these days, but they need to have downtime when they are away from others. 

 

Always reach out for expert advice 

 

Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to reach out for expert advice. There can be a tendency for people to self-educate using the internet without really having a sufficient depth of knowledge to handle the issue or concern. 

 

This is a lesson that it is worth our children learning early on, as we are currently seeing a generation using the internet that did not have it as a child and did not get any advice at all on how best to use it. The internet is an amazing resource for them, but there are then times when we need to get out there in real life to deal with things. 

 

This can apply to so many different areas of your life, from being concerned about your doctor improperly filling or prescribing medication through to maintaining your home. Go ahead and search the internet for some preliminary research if you would like to, but then call those professionals in to ensure that you are handling your concerns in the best possible way. A lesson for us all. 

 

Don’t believe everything you see online

 

This is probably the biggest lesson that children, and adults, need to learn around online usage.  

 

This one falls into two broad categories. The first is that there is a lot of fake news out there and there are people who are dishonest and try to deceive people using online accounts and sites. This can cover anything from those emails that people send telling you to click links to pass on a computer virus through to people pretending to be somebody that they are not. As adults, we know that many of these are scams, but even we can stumble across things that seem so genuine that we fall into the trap. If we can make mistakes armed with all that we know, it is easy to see how our children can. 

 

The best way to protect them in these cases when they are younger is a little like the Stranger Danger messages that you give to them. If they do not know them they do not click or engage with them. It is also wise to ask that they share things like this with you as you can use them as teaching opportunities and it gives you the chance to check in on what’s happening.

 

Secondly, and this one is particularly important for our young adults and their mental health, our kids need to know that people rarely share the whole truth online. That perfect Instagram shot with #nofilter has probably been edited a dozen times to make it look that good. That Facebook status about how amazingly well they did in their exam may well be all made up. Our children need to know that people filter what they share online, even more so than in real life, and to be wary of comparing themselves to a carefully cultivated image and persona. 

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College Prep Science – Homeschool Biology Chemistry Physics

This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry

School can be hard but with the right teachers it could be an amazing experience!

Homeschool biology, chemistry, and physics curriculum, labs, and classes are the core of high school science and the thrust of middle school science as it prepares homeschooled students for high school level science. As a former college professor who has also taught thousands of homeschooled high school students, I believe that we should be careful at both of those levels to avoid two common mistakes:

  1. High school level homeschooled students who are likely to be college science majors should be taught very differently than students who will likely not be science majors and students who may not be attending college. 

We created two separate types of classes to best address the biology, chemistry, and physics needs of each group – “college prep” and “life prep.” The depth, breadth, and pedagogy of many college-prep biology, chemistry and physics classes leave many “non-science” students frustrated, uninterested, and ultimately learning very little. I find that students in this situation often miss the big picture and they don’t have an overall understanding of the subject matter that is so critical in these sciences. They can’t see the forest because they’re lost in the trees. Our “life prep” classes are basic high school level classes, enable students to see the forest, and will allow them to learn science through the lens of their God-given interests and talents.”

  1. Ten years ago I originated the “pre” classes (Pre-Biology, Pre-Anatomy & Physiology, Pre-Chemistry, and Pre-Physics) as a means of minimizing the intimidation of high school level science and preparing middle school age students for specific high school level classes – rather than generalities such as “physical science” etc. This is a significant factor as they prepare for high school level science.

The thrust of our Christian / creationist worldview homeschool biology, chemistry, and physics online classes (and lab curriculum) is to give homeschooled students access to science that is focused on scientific inquiry, critical thinking, process reasoning, data collection, and the graphical and written representation of research. We want to prepare competent, confident students for their remaining high school years, their college years, and life. 

  •  “College prep” online classes for students who will likely be college science majors
  • “Life prep” online classes for students who likely won’t be college science majors or likely won’t attend college

– Homeschool Biology – College Prep (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Homeschool Biology (8th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Homeschool Chemistry – College Prep (10th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Homeschool Chemistry (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Homeschool Physics (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Homeschool Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class

– Homeschool Pre-Anatomy & Physiology (6th-9th) – One Semester Class
– Homeschool Pre-Chemistry (6th-9th) – – One Semester Class
– Homeschool Pre-Biology (6th-9th) – One Semester Class
– Homeschool Pre-Physics (6th-9th) – One Semester Class
– Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp (8th-12th)

In the words of a homeschool parent…

“Greg, …what you did for our daughter will have far reaching effects. You showed her that learning can be enjoyable…”
Thankful in Indiana
Jim H.

Note: These online homeschool science classes also include lab experiments and graded lab reports in Professor Landry’s virtual homeschool science laboratory. Students attend class weekly (either live or by recording), turn-in homework, and are tested on a regular basis. These classes are all inclusive and provide students with an enjoyable, comprehensive science experience.

Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two day science lab intensives nationwide, Homeschool biology, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

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You’ve Got The Degree, Now Get The Business

If you’ve worked hard enough to be able to get a degree, then we take our hats off to you. Getting a degree is one of the hardest things that people can do. We’re usually so young, and all we want to do is party and have fun. At that age, it’s pretty much impossible to study, work, and live a good lifestyle as well. But somehow, such a large percentage of people actually manage to do it. Which then leaves you with this degree and the potential to earn big from it. We hope that you went for a degree that you’re actually passionate about. Because we know that so many people go and get their degree and then end up in a job that’s completely different from it because they don’t see a way of getting a job in that niche. To us, that sounds crazy. We as humans can do pretty much anything that we put our minds to. So, we’re going to show you how you can turn your degree into a business by picking out some of the most popular degrees that people get! Keep on reading to find out more.

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Marketing & Media

 

Marketing and media are one of the best businesses that you could go into because there are so many businesses out there who need both marketing and media. Marketing is one of the best businesses you can set up if you can figure out how to get the attention. Because small businesses, in particular, are going to need all of the help they can get, especially with social media marketing, which is usually how many of them start marketing their business. You can start this business with the smallest investment as well. All you need to do is have the money to pay someone to design you a website and try and reach out to small businesses that you know have just been established. They’re the easiest to get custom from!

 

A Successful Lawyer

 

A successful lawyer is always going to go far. All you have to do is get your law degree and you have a way of getting into a law firm that you will make money from. But the stress and hassle of being a lawyer and working for someone else is something too hard to cope with. So, why not set up your own law firm and work your way up. To do so you’re going to have to publicize yourself, and you can do so using Elite Lawyer Management. You need to build that reputation and show your country that you’re worth representing them. You really do need the be the face of the public to be a successful lawyer, and that’s only going to happen with good promotion.

 

Business & Management 

 

Business and management is probably the most common degree that people chose to take, yet people don’t tend to try and set up their own business in it. It might be a niche, but you can have a lot of success from starting a business that helps with growing other businesses. Using your knowledge to find faults in other businesses and work out a business plan for them can bring you a lot of money.

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3 Ways That Technology Is Brilliant For Our Kids

Technology can be a tricky thing to manage as parents. Our children are growing up in a digital age, where technology is all around them and entertainment and answers are at the tips of their fingers. It is a common complaint that we feel that our kids are having too much screen time or that they are asking to be in front of their video games and favorite TV shows rather than getting outside and playing, spending time with family and reading. It is quite easy to see the downsides of all of this tech, but perhaps there are some real benefits too? We think so, which is why today we are sharing with you 3 ways that technology is brilliant for our kids. 

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To answer all of those burning questions

 

We all know that children are endlessly inquisitive. They ask question after question and occasionally they will ask you something that you simply do not know the answer to. This is where technology becomes our very best friend.

 

Whether the children are asking ‘what is the capital city of Afghanistan?,‘how do you become a guitar luthier?’ or ‘how do people build houses?’, you know that all that you need to do is pop online to provide them with their answer.

 

YouTube can be particularly effective at answering any burning questions as they have thousands of child friendly explanations for just about any topic. You can search there to explain anything from how an aorta functions to where zebras live. It can also be great for helping to spark an interest in a subject, so use it to introduce new topics and passions to your children. 

 

To supplement their education

 

Technology can be a great addition to your kids’ classroom learning. There are so many online sites and tools that can complement all that they are being taught at school and help them to become more confident. 

 

Perhaps they would benefit from tightening up on their addition, then try some quickfire math games. Perhaps they are fascinated by their current history topic, then encourage them to delve into it a little more online. 

 

It can also be useful in helping with homework and many schools use online homework systems now allowing you to keep up to date with what your children are learning so that you can support them at home. 

 

To keep them out of mischief 

 

Now, we are not suggesting that you use screens to babysit your children all day long, but there are real benefits to using them to keep them out of mischief from time to time.

 

There is nothing wrong with popping them in front of an afternoon movie after a full morning out whilst you get a few chores done and get dinner ready. You will know that they are safe and entertained whilst you get your jobs out of the way. 

 

Using screens in this way, when the majority of the day is screen free, can work well for everyone in the family.

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Helping Your Teen With Their Homework

Times have changed since we were in school and it’s not so easy to keep up, we have our own work to do, the household chores and a million other things that the rest of the family don’t even know happen, surely they think the laundry fairies visited again last night?! But your teen will still bring homework home, and your teen will still need some help now and then, regardless if they say they need it or not. Even though you may not be up to speed on how teachers educate our children, there are plenty of ways in which you can help your teen get their homework done, and it’s not all mathematics and physics. 

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Productive environment

It may seem like your teen is all grown up now, and if they need a drink, they can get one right? But if you make a tidy space for them, with bright desk space and plenty of snacks and beverages you’re going to help them feel more prepared and give them more motivation to get the work done. Do they have access to the music they enjoy? All the reference books online like nj criminal charges list or books they might need? Can they be left undisturbed? If you have a hormonal teen in your house, it may not seem like they will appreciate these things, but eventually, you may see improvements in the amount of homework being done, and you will be able to take comfort in the fact you helped in a small way. 

 

Help with the answers

You may not know all the solutions that are asked of your teen on their homework, long gone are the days of simple equations, but you can certainly help to find the information that they need. Maybe even look for the right tutor if they need a little extra support? There are also many resources available that the school can recommend to you, online and in print, there are plenty of options. You won’t have all the answers, but you can help find them! 

 

Feed their minds

One of the best things you can do to support your teen is making sure they are getting the right nutrients and making sure they are well-rested. You may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when all they want is junk food and sugar right now, but if you can make fruit and vegetables available to them often and encourage a sensible bedtime this will help a lot! 

Just offering a bowl of berries while they study and finish their assignments will be a significant boost to their concentration and focus. And don’t forget the Omega 3, proven to help grow brains! 

 

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, either way, just stay calm and don’t worry about the fact that you can’t help with the details, as you can see there are plenty of ways in which you can help your teen do their homework/ revise or complete assignments. Be creative and just let your teen know they aren’t alone, we’ve all been there and that with a little help they can do the work required!

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Math Tips You Need To Know

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Some of us are naturally great at math, and some of us aren’t. Math is a subject which can be either the best or worst for you in school and it is no wonder so many people become stressed over it now and again. 

 

Today we are going to take a look at some easier ways to think about math, whether you use a service like Cazoom Math or go it alone, and we will look at things to consider when approaching a math problem. 

 

Take it slow 

 

When you first see a math problem in front of you it can be daunting and your first reaction might be to panic. But remember, even the most complex math problems can be solved with a simple set of steps. Slow down and think logically. What step would you want to take first and how can you make this problem simpler for yourself? For example if you were to find 15% of 360, the simple way to do this would be to find 10%, half it, then add. 

 

So in this case 10% of 360 is 36

 

36 / 2 is 18

 

36 + 18 is 54. So 15% of 360 is 54. 

 

Practice 

 

When trying to wrap your head around a difficult concept in math it is important for you to make sure that you practice as much as you can. Practice makes perfect and it can make the world of difference to you if you practice the same style of problem again and again. 

 

Use BODMAS 

 

Brackets, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction. This is the order you should use every time you are trying to solve a math problem. If you get a math problem which contains brackets and multiple other things, then it is best to remember this order so that you don’t end up messing it up. For example: 

 

(2×3) + 4 – 1 x (4/2)

 

So this would turn into: 

 

6 + 4 – 1 x 2

 

6 + 4 – 2

 

10 – 2

 

 

Review Errors

 

The best thing you can do for yourself when solving a math problem is to take the time to write down the working out. This is not only a great way for you to keep track of what you are doing but it will also allow you to review it after. If you finish the equation and get the answer wrong, it is important for you to go back through your notes and start again from the top. Take a look at every single step you took to get here and see where the error occurred. It could be a wrong step or a miscalculation, and knowing this will help you change next time and improve. 

 

Don’t give up 

 

Math is a difficult subject to grasp and it can be daunting for many of us. It is crucial that you don’t let the subject overtake you and make you feel stressed. If you are having issues, step away and try again with a fresh head, but never give up on it or your ability to work it out.

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The New Parenting Rules For 21st-Century Parents

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Things come and go so quickly these days. It seems like fashions and trends are only in the public focus for a few months at a time before they vanish and quickly become uncool. As a result, our lives are so quick to change and what is normal right now might look very different to the normality of a decade or two ago.

 

That means that you will no doubt notice that the certain parenting rules and guides that your parents swore by when they were bringing you up might no longer apply these days to your own kids. In fact, trying to keep up to date with all of the current parenting guidance and best practices can be a minefield. Even parents who have teenagers and have been parenting for quite some time can feel a bit overwhelmed with what they are supposed to do.

 

As a result, it is really critical that you try and keep up with the changing world and become a modern parent who is able to deal with all of the trials and tribulations that the modern world brings to your children. Only then will you be able to keep them as safe and secure as possible. Using Talkspace is a great option also!

 

Ready to change your parenting style for the better? Here are the new parenting rules for 21st-century parents. Hopefully, they will help you improve your parenting skills so that you are ready to take on this changing modern world.

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Always Use Parental Controls

 

Lots of parents try and restrict their young children’s use of technology. It might be easy enough to keep it away from toddlers, but there is going to be a point (often a lot sooner than expected) when you are going to have to give in and let your kids use your devices. In fact, some parents are happy to let their young children get used to smartphones and tablet devices as it can teach them some key tech skills that they might need later on in their life. However, when you do have over all of this tech, you should always take advantage of the parental controls that are available to make sure your kids aren’t exposed to any age-inappropriate content. Lots of broadband suppliers, such as i3 Broadband now offer family-friendly packages that make it easy to control what your kids see and what they are kept away from. Once you have your parental controls locked down, you will find that you can leave your kids to browse the internet and play games without too much to worry about.

Set Passwords Yourself

 

Whenever your child needs to set up an account online for whatever reason – maybe it is to play a game, for instance – you should always be there when they do this. It is also necessary that you set their passwords for them. That way, you will always have access to their account and so can keep an eye on their online activity. You might be worried that this could count as an invasion of privacy, but that really isn’t the case. After all, it is a lot better to double check on what they get up to online when you aren’t watching to make sure that they are safe and protected from any pedophiles and cyberbullying. Just remember that once they start to get older, you will need to step away and let them create their own passwords so that they know you trust them. But while they are still under ten-years-old, it’s always necessary to track their passwords.

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Communicate Well With Their School

 

It is always important that parents and their children’s schools communicate well with one another. This ensures that both parties are well aware of any issues that the child may be going through at home and in the classroom. Not only that, though, but this also gives you a chance to find out all about the school rules regarding technology. Not every school may be happy about their pupils taking smartphones in with them. If this is the case, you need to be aware so that you can stop your child taking any prohibited tech in with them. It’s also a good idea to find out what your child has been learning in their IT lessons so that you can reinforce these lessons at home when they use tech and computers at home.

 

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Step Away From Social Media

 

Children always learn best through example. So, it is always necessary for you and your partner to be shining examples in everything that you do that your children see. That way, they will find it a lot easier to pick up good habits from the both of you. This also counts when it comes to all things tech as well. One great thing that all parents need to start doing is to step away from their social media accounts. If your kids grow up to see you attached to your Facebook or Twitter apps on your phone, then they will think that this is an incredibly normal thing to do. They will then pick up this habit and grow up addicted to social media. So, be sure to put your smartphone away when you are around your kids. Not only does this prevent them getting into any bad habits themselves, but it also helps you focus your attention on them so that you can spend some quality time together as a family.

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Don’t Post Photos Of Your Child Online Without Their Consent

 

Right now there is a big debate raging about whether it is ethical or not to post photos of your children online on the likes of Facebook and Instagram. There is a growing group of people who argue that it is never ok to do so as it is impossible to get informed consent from children who are under the legal age. After all, they might end up embarrassed when they get older by some of the pictures that were circulated of them online. Some parents also prevent their children’s pictures from being posted anywhere online to prevent any privacy risks or their image being stolen in identity theft. So, you need to really think carefully about how you handle your photographs of your kids and whether or not you post them online.


Don’t Leave Your Kids Alone With Tech

 

There is probably no wonder that many parents really worry about the effects of technology on their children. Not only can heavy use of tech become quite addictive, but it can also pose a danger from external threats, such as hackers, criminals, and sexual predators. There is one easy way around this, though – just don’t leave your children alone with any technology. You should always supervise children who are under ten years of age when they are using any devices or computers. Pre-teens and young teenagers should also be carefully monitored, though it is not necessary to watch over their shoulder at all times. After all, you need to start giving them some space so that they can learn about being responsible tech users on their own.  

 

Don’t Expose Them To On-Demand TV Too Early

 

For some parents, on-demand TV channels are an absolute godsend. That’s because they can put on an episode of Peppa Pig whenever their kids want to watch it – it’s no longer necessary to wait until the show is scheduled to be on TV and you also don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy the DVDs. However, even it’s important that you don’t introduce on-demand TV to your kids while they are still very young. Otherwise, they might simply end up demanding the TV all the time! This could be very stressful for you as they might start to throw a tantrum when you say now. So, it’s a good idea to wait until your kids are old enough to understand that they can’t watch TV all day every day. That way, your on-demand TV won’t become such a burden.

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Don’t Google Your Child’s Symptoms

 

We all know about Dr. Google and I daresay that a few of you might have even used him to look up some of your own symptoms at times when you have been under the weather. However, it is really important that you don’t do a Google search for any symptoms that your child starts to show. This will only cause you to panic a lot when there might not be anything to worry about. So, instead of heading over to Google at the first sign of a child’s illness, you should instead simply book an appointment with your family doctor. They will examine your child and be able to prescribe any necessary medication and treatment. That way, you won’t have to worry about using Google to misdiagnose your child. So, remember – when in doubt, you should always go straight to your family doctor.

 

Hopefully, all of these rules for 21st-century parents will help you bring up your children into responsible and respectful adults. Good luck!

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5 Quirky Ways to Make Extra Cash While at College

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If you have kids in college or are perhaps heading to college yourself, then you’ll know just how much it can cost.

 

Even if we were to put the tuition fees to one side, the costs quickly mount up and can spiral out of control when it comes to the social life of a student.  When you look at the cost of rent, living expenses, travel costs and so on it can really mount up.

 

Indeed, the prospect of sending kids to college can be an uphill struggle for many families financially which is why this article looks at a number of ways for students can make an extra income while at a college or in preparation for the college years.

 

If you’re looking for a more frugal way to provide a decent college education, the majority of major universities are now offering distance learning opportunities; and online courses aren’t limited to basic vocational training, today you can do advanced courses like an online bba program that offer huge savings in terms of fees plus living costs.

 

In any event, it’s always good for teenagers to earn some extra income to help fund their studies and lifestyle, so here are five simple ideas to provide some food for thought.

 

  1. FLIP THRIFT STORE ITEMS ON EBAY

A quite enjoyable way to make money is to treasure hunt around thrift stores and yard sales, looking for items that you know have a strong desire on eBay.  Often, people aren’t aware of the value that’s in amongst the vats of items in thrift stores and with a bit of careful research and rummaging around boxes, you can find some incredible high-profit deals.

 

  1. SELL FREE ITEMS

Lots of people have items that are “free to a good home”, presuming you have the means and manpower to come and pick them up.  You could simply use eBay, but If you match this with people putting requests in the ‘want to buy’ sections of newspapers and online listings, such as Craigslist this will be the most efficient and reliable way to ensure you are gathering items that you can sell on; after-all, you don’t want to have to rent out a storage unit just to put things nobody wants in storage.  

 

  1. DONATE BLOOD PLASMA

There’s a limit to how much you can make doing this, as there is a restriction to how many times a week you can attend, but typically your time investment would be around three hours per week in order to make $250 to $350 per month.  Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a rewarding way to make money on the basis your blood plasma is necessary to help fuel life-saving operations.

 

  1. MOW LAWNS

In the summer months, if you charge $25 per lawn, and mow ten lawns a week (basically a weekend’s work) you’ll make $250 per week – that’s a $1,000 per month… and the best part of this is that once you get regular customers, you can build up a monthly ‘round’ of appointments that generate a reliable stream of income; and doesn’t require you constantly getting new customers.

 

  1. BABYSIT

Babysitting can be easy money.  If you’re lucky, the kids will be asleep most the time, and you’ll get free time in someone’s home to study or earn even more income by, as an example, being paid to browse websites or answer online questionnaires.

 

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Why an Online Course Might Be for You

There are countless reasons why taking a new course would be great for you. Perhaps you want a career change, and what a way to learn about a new sector, or get some hands on experience in it before applying for other jobs. Perhaps, you want to take a course but don’t  want to have to travel to the nearest university to do it. Or, maybe you have family to care for, and other commitments that mean you have to be present. There are so many reason why people take courses, especially online ones.

 

There are many kinds of courses you can take online, and they probably vary a lot more than you would think. Because classrooms don’t have to be filled up to run, this means you probably have a better of getting on exactly the course you want. There are many differences and countless benefits to taking online classes, and you never know they might just be for you. Read on to see if online education could benefit you, and if you are the perfect fit for studying online.

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You’re Not Interested in the Student Lifestyle

 

Going to university on campus can a lot of benefits for young people, and older people alike. Getting to interact with classmates, and being able to live the typical sociabe student lifestyle is what interests many people. For others, however, this side of education might seem like a bit of a burden, in which case, online classes would be great for you.

 

If going out to clubs, drinking, and committing to the social life on university is not why you are going, then online courses would be best for you. Without this added distraction many people feel more focused and work better without the added pressures of commitments. There are various pros and cons to traditional or online courses, and if your not interested in the extra commitments of campus based learning, learning online would be great for you.

 

You Want Something that Works Around You

 

Enrolling on courses is a huge commitment, and often means spending a lot of time and money on it. This can very off putting for many people that have other commitments on their life which they need to give time and energy to. Perhaps you are caring for a parent, or you have young children to look after, and these kinds of priorities have to come first for you.

 

Online courses are much more flexible than traditional campus based education, so they can work around you. This means that you don’t have to move your whole life closer to the university. You can also still have time to work, or your family. Check out courses like online rn msn that could work for you. Online courses are much more flexible so you can learn whenever you want to as well. Maybe you work in the daytime, and want to learn at night. Or perhaps you want to be able to drop the kids off at school before you settle down to to study, or you want something to fit round your current job. Whatever your reasoning, online courses are flexible, and ideal if you don’t want to commit your whole life to studying and drop everything else.

 

You Want to Save Money

What you want to study and where you want to study can vastly affect how much it will cost for you to study. With traditional campus based learning paying for accommodation, transport, and for food while you are there can all add up. This can make this option just too expensive for many people. All these extra costs can add up and make studying very expensive which puts a lot of people off.

 

With online courses you end up saving a lot more than you would compared to campus based education. For starters, not having to travel to learn. If you learn from home you don’t need to pay for petrol, the bus, or get public transport at strange hours to try and be there for each class. Depending on contact hours, you might be learning every day, or only a couple of days a week. Each time you work from home you are saving the money you would normally spend on getting to campus. Not having to travel multiple times a week can save you a lot.

 

Tuition is usually a lot cheaper for online courses as well. Because you don’t have to be present each day at university, using classrooms and other resources the campus has, you cost a lot less. This means that tuition for online courses, because you are not costing the university as much. Because tuition is cheaper for these kinds of courses, it makes it a lot more accessible to people, and many people choose to study online because of this reason.

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You Want More Choice and Variety

 

Many courses are restricted from running because they need a certain amount of students to do so. On the other hand, if it is a popular course, it might be difficult to get into that class, as there might be limited places. With online courses, however, this is much less of an issue. As many or as little people can take courses, no matter if they are popular or not. This also means that online course have a lot more variety than perhaps you might find at your local university. Don’t be put off by your course is really popular, or if it isn’t popular at all. When you study online, there is enough room in the classroom for everyone.

There are loads of great reasons to study, especially online, and it could be for you. If you identify with a lot of the points on this blog you might want to consider researching online courses, as it might be great for you. If you have other commitments, or want to save money rather than spend it when studying, then this could be a great option for you. Have a look at online courses today, and see if any of them interest you.

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Rebooting Your Resume

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It can get to a point in life where you have been in the same job for a while and have got everything you can out of it. And so you become stuck in a rut where the only thing that is making you walk through the door every day is the fact that bills need to get paid. But what is really stopping you from trying something new? Maybe there’s a new area, connected to the job you already do that you can move into, or perhaps it’s just the company you work for. Maybe you need a whole new career path and begin again. However you go about shaking things up, you need to make sure your resume is up to scratch.

 

Up To Date

 

It’s a good idea to keep your resume up to date regardless of whether you’re looking for a new job or not. Even if it’s just a note stating the day you started your role, dates if any promotions, and the extra responsibilities or training you have received. That way there’s no guesswork, and you won’t miss anything out. But it’s not just your employment history you need to modify; look at your cell number, home and email address – are they correct? Have your objectives and hobbies changed since you last edited your resume? And, if you do include an image, is it a recent one? Your resume is an outward statement of who you are now and not who you were five years ago.

 

Volunteering

 

To give your resume a boost, and to provide you with an excellent hobby that has nothing to do with work, consider volunteering. There are a whole range of things that you can do that might or might not link in with your chosen career path. Volunteering on its own shows a willingness to go beyond the basics, to spend your time helping others. It can show leadership, initiative, teamwork, and care. Which all goes a long way with an employer. If you are looking for a promotion, perhaps your volunteering invokes getting involved in new projects and spending some of your time working on them. If you’re looking to move into zoo keeping, for example, volunteering with animals at a shelter, vets or farm will work in your favour.

 

Education

 

If you have plenty of experience in the area you’re moving into, then you shouldn’t really need any more qualifications. If you do, it will quite often be something the company offers to provide. If you’re looking elsewhere, then you might need to look at adding to your education. If you want to move into public service, then doing an online criminology BA would work wonders. As would a degree in social care if you’re going to move into social services. Quite often you can find that future employers are happy to allow you to study alongside your new job, so never think that you can’t apply for something just because you haven’t finished studying. You might get lucky and have them offer to pay for your course – who knows?

 

Skills

 

Everyone has different skills to their name. However, there is a list that pertains to pretty much anyone who has held down a job, and done well in it, for more than a couple of years:

  • Team Player
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Time Keeping
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Multitasking

If you have worked with money, you can add ‘money management’ to the list, if you have led a team then add ‘team leader’. They might sound simple, but a list of viable skills such as these gives any potential employer a good insight into how you work. You should also rank your skills according to what you feel is more important to the role you’re applying for. A job as a manager would need leadership and organizing right at the top, for example. If you have any critical skills with computer programs, add them to your list. And not all of your skills need to be work-related; adding that you play the violin to the list shows perseverance, hard work and that you have a hobby.

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Is It Time For A Career Change?

Sometimes you can take a moment to look at your life and be baffled by how you ended up where you are. This can be a positive thing or a negative thing. If your alarm clock going off in the morning fills your heart with dread and you have to talk yourself into getting up; if you spend your days counting down the minutes till you get to go home; if you spend your Sunday afternoon getting steadily more unhappy because you have to get back to work in the morning, it might be time for a change. But what do you do?     You  know you don’t want to stay where you are, but you don’t know what to do instead, and committing to something new is a scary decision to make. Below are just three of the many options you have when it comes to making a drastic career change.                     

 

 

 

 

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Use your current skills and interests

The first and easiest path to a new career is to ask yourself a simple question: What am I good at? Grab a pen and make a list. What do you enjoy doing and what areas do you excel in? It might be something completely irrelevant – like you’ve always enjoyed painting – but put it on the list anyway. Once you’ve got that list, see what jobs there are that fit with those skills and attributes. You may be surprised what careers could be a good fit for you.

 

Work from home

If working from home seems like a good fit for you, you could look into the many opportunities available to earn an income without having to deal with the daily rush hour commute. You could start a blog, become a realtor, work as a solo recruitment consultant, or write professional reviews for products. You could even set up your own online business if you have a product or service that could be of use to people. Many companies will pay individuals to manage their online presence on social media, responding to queries and complaints in a timely and professional manner. The possibilities are endless, and you can do them all in your pyjamas if you really wanted to.

 

Training, qualifications, and education

If being your own boss doesn’t sound appealing to you, and you have an interest but lack the necessary qualifications, it may be time to go back to school. Not literally, but in the evenings using a distance learning course. There are a huge range of courses available, so whatever your interest or aspiration, you will be able to become highly qualified and employable in it. Even if you’re still not entirely sure what new career you want to take, there are subjects which will open many avenues. If you can master lean manufacturing, for instance, many companies, in a wide variety of fields, would be interested in employing you.

 

Hopefully, these tips will help you to fight your way out of your career rut, and settle into something a little more in keeping with your interests and aspirations. It’s never too late to do what you love; you just have to be brave enough to take that first leap.

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Leaving Home For College: Help Your Teens Adjust

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So, the time has finally come – your child is at the age where they are about to move out to start the next chapter of their life at college! This can be a very exciting time for them as it will be their first chance to lead a completely independent life. However, you and your partner might find that you don’t find it quite as exciting! Many parents are often quite sad at the thought of their kids moving out and leaving them. They might also feel slightly stressed about the situation as they might question whether their child really is ready to head out into the adult world.

 

Are you worried that your child might not be ready for their next chapter? Well, if not, there are plenty of ways you can help them out. Take all the following tips for example. If you try and carry out all the advice I offer in this blog post, you should find that waving goodbye to your kids as they leave for college shouldn’t be so upsetting or stressful after all!

 

Encourage Them To Study

 

First of all, you should help them get a place at college in the first place. There is only one way they will be able to guarantee a place for themselves – with plenty of studying! So, you need to make sure that your teens have a positive relationship with homework and studying. The best way to ensure that they are willing to carry out all of their assignments and home projects is to never pressurize them to study too much. Sure, a gentle nudge to start working is fine but if you are too strict, you will find that they might be way too likely to rebel against you and not study. As well as not being too strict, you should create a peaceful study area for them where they can get on with all their homework. Ideally, a desk in their own bedroom. If they only have a small bedroom with hardly any spare space for a desk, then it’s worth turning a spare bedroom into a study. You can always revert it back to a spare room once they have moved out.

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Help Them Save

 

Money is one of the major downsides of going to college. Tuition fees are extremely high these days and many students end up leaving college with lots of debt. So, encouraging them to save as much money as possible for college before they move out can be a great help to them. They’ll then be able to save up a sizeable lump sum that can go towards their rent or tuition fees. That way, they won’t have to rely on so many loans throughout their time at college. If they are allowed to take a part-time job alongside their studies, then you should encourage them to do so as this can help ease the financial pressure as well. However, not every college gives their students permission to work alongside their studies, so they need to make sure that it is ok before they accept a job. Otherwise, they could end up in trouble with their professors!

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Give Them Advice When Flat Hunting

 

If your child isn’t moving into student accommodation then they will have to find their own flat. They will be completely new to flat hunting and this could be a very alien experience to them. Your help could certainly help them when it comes to finding a suitable flat! First of all, remind them that they have a very specific budget, and it is really important they don’t end up overspending each month in rent. Not only that, though, but they should also carefully consider the location of their new flat. It needs to be close enough to college so that they can easily get to all their lectures and seminars, but it also needs to be in a fairly affordable area that has plenty of amenities, such as supermarkets and doctor’s practices. You might find that your child wants to live in a very expensive area just because it has a reputation for being trendy and has plenty of bars and restaurants. If possible, try and persuade them from the hip neighborhoods so that they can save on their monthly rent!

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Help With The Move

 

If you’ve moved house yourself, you will already be very aware that moving everything from one property to another can be exceptionally difficult. One of the best things you can do to help is offer the use of your car for your child’s big move. As they will only have a bedroom-full of stuff to move, you should be able to get all of their belongings into the car. It might be a bit of a squeeze but at least they won’t have to waste money on a hire van!

 

Get Them Online

 

Once your child is in their new flat, you should get them online as soon as possible. It can sometimes take a couple of months for an internet company to set up a new account at an address so, if possible, you should set up their account before they have moved in. It’s really important that your child has an internet connection so that they can carry out their work and studies from home. Not only that, though, but it allows you to keep in touch via the likes of Skype. And, if they don’t live close to any supermarkets, they will be able to order their weekly grocery shop online. When you are looking for a reliable internet for your child to go with, you will need to find one that offers a decent amount of GB each month at an affordable price. Some companies now offer Netflix subscriptions with their accounts, so it’s worth looking for one that offers this kind of deal if your child likes to stream their favorite movies and TV shows.

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Give Tips For Keeping Utilities Down

 

As a homeowner and parent, you will be very skilled at trying to keep all of your household bills down to a minimum. It’s now time to pass this skill onto your child. Otherwise, they could find that their monthly utility bills come as quite a shock! So, it’s worth telling them that they shouldn’t have their heating on all day every day, even during the winter months. It should be perfectly fine to put the heating on for a couple of hours first thing in the morning. This should keep the chill off, and their apartment should retain the heat for a good few hours. They might then need to put it back on for a couple of hours in the evening. Turning lights out in rooms that they aren’t in will also keep their electricity bill down to a minimum as well. When it comes to the weekly shop, you should encourage them to start collecting coupons as this can really cut the cost of groceries. Teaching them how to batch cook and free portions of meals will also help them keep their costs down as well.

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Remind Them Of Maintaining A Good Life Balance

 

Sure, going off to college is all about studying and working hard to earn a degree. But it’s also about having some fun and enjoying yourself! In fact, this second part of life at college or uni can often be taken a bit too seriously by all of the students! So, you need to let your child know that it’s perfectly fine for them to enjoy a good social life and go to parties and nights out, but that isn’t the main reason why they are at college – they also need to have plenty of time to study and do all their assignments as well! If they don’t, they might end up really struggling to get the grades that they need. But, at the same time, they shouldn’t overdo it when it comes to hitting the books. In fact, this could be very unproductive as they might end up getting very stressed and burning out. It’s all about getting the balance just right!

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Schedule Phone Calls

 

Now that your child no longer lives with you, you will both end up on very different schedules.  Both of you might be very busy with your various commitments, but it’s still important that you try and find the time to have a phone call or Skype call together at least once a week. This gives you the chance to check in with your child and gives them the chance to ask you any questions or ease any feelings of homesickness that they might have. Ideally, you should find a time that suits you every week and stick to it as often as possible. That way, you don’t have to miss your weekly phone call!

 

Watching your children grow up and move out to college can be very upsetting, but you should also feel very proud of them. Look how far they’ve come!

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Selectivor Food App #selectivor #eattogether

Having a large family makes it hard to plan an event we can all attend much less trying to find something to eat. Of course, when the family finally gets a chance to come together you will want to make everyone happy and their food preferences satisfied as in leaving full!

Selectivor is such a simpler and easier way of organizing your eating preferences, share them with others and find similar foods everyone can enjoy. I think the name is adorable because it reminds me of a “carnivore” which makes me think of dinosaurs. Very clever name picking, however, the name is just one of the many added bonuses of this product.
On Selectivor you able to create your own custom eating profile! For starters, you will only fill out three short sentences. These sentences are selected from 80 physician-curated templates and almost 600 hundred foods. Which makes it easy to know what is okay and what is not to bring to the family dinner! I loved making my profile, and the fact I knew I would be filling everyone’s stomach. Another amazing thing about making your very own custom profile is the fact I am able to put it on private so only close family can view it. I love this because I do not feel exposed or as if I’m leaving anyone out when fixing my meals.
For our last family reunion, Selectivor came in so handy! I am so impressed and would recommend this to anyone. I was thrilled to serve things I KNEW they would enjoy instead of having to call everyone or message them saying “Will you eat this dessert or that dessert”. This is definitely something worth trying!!
This is a sponsored campaign although, this is 100% my own opinion.

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What Would You Do If You Inherited A Fortune?

Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and daydream about what life would be like if money was no object and you could do what you will with it? Maybe getting the surprise of a lottery win or inheriting a family fortune from a long lost relative. It does happen, so it’s fine to start thinking about how you would spend it hypothetically, isn’t it? I thought it would be nice to take a moment to think of some of the ways you could put that money to good use. I’d love to hear what you would do if life changed for you.

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Extend and/or revamp your home

 

Inheriting some cash doesn’t necessarily mean you move home. You may love the street you live on and your current property, but of course, there will always have been jobs you will have wanted to do, or extensions and improvements you will have wanted to make, so why not use the money for this? Getting in touch with websites like milliondollarmakeovers.net.au could be the ideal place to start. Improving what you have means that you don’t’ have the upheaval of a new area, but still get to enjoy the finer things in life. Ne kitchens and bathrooms, a whole new set of furniture to furnish your home, it could be absolutely amazing.

 

Purchase the new place to love into or abroad

 

Perhaps you want a new place entirely, wanting to move into a bigger house or change the area you live for somewhere more upmarket, an inheritance or lottery win could give you the opportunity to do that. You could even consider a holiday home abroad somewhere. Maybe a country that you love to visit, or a place that has guaranteed good weather all year round.

 

Go on the ultimate holiday

 

I think one of the first things people consider when they come into some extra money is a holiday. There may be a big long bucket list that you have full of destinations you want to see and experiences you want to have. If you don’t have a bucket list this website https://personalexcellence.co/blog/bucket-list/ has some great suggestions on how to compile one. The money you have inherited could give you the opportunity to go on an amazing holiday. Maybe even taking an extended break from work and seeing the world. Round the world cruise, anyone?

 

Imagine a never ending shopping spree

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about heading to the shops and buying something new? The phrase “the credit card is going to take a beating” won’t even be necessary to you if money was suddenly no object. Of course, it isn’t always about buying things and filling you life with things, but certainly knowing you can afford things as and when you need it can be a huge weight off your shoulders.

 

The car of your dreams

 

Finally, why not take a spin in the car of your dreams? Many people have a car manufacturer they would like to own, or a certain type of car, so now could be the ideal time to make that purchase?

 

I hope that this has given you some food for thought if you find yourself in the comforting position of an inheritance or lottery win. How would you spend it?

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Honest To Blog! Making A Career As A Blogger Is Easier Than You Think!

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A lot of people find themselves fantasizing about a job where they get to have total control over everything from their working hours to where they work. Of course, for a lot of people, it doesn’t seem possible that it could ever be more than a fantasy. However, since the rise of the internet, a lot of things have changed in regards to just how much control you have over your career. One of the most significant ways in which people have been able to take control of their careers is through blogging. Blogs are becoming more and more popular and show very little sign of slowing down anytime soon. Because of that, it’s easy to want to look to blogging as a way to earn money doing something you care about. However, it can often seem like a bit of serious challenge. Make sure you promote your social media, I love the Amazon marketing agency. With that in mind, here are a few things that you can do to get a leg up on the competition and start making money as a blogger.

 

Get your tech chops up

 

Blogging is, first and foremost, a digital platform. Sure, things like magazines involve a lot of the same writing skills, but there are a lot of other things that you have to consider pretty carefully. Whether it’s learning more about the platform that you’re using for your blog, or taking some Microsoft Excel training classes, it’s important that you’re as computer literate as possible. Being aware of how to use these kinds of software is going to help you in everything from your accounting to promoting the blog itself.

 

Learn to promote yourself

 

You could have the best blog on the planet, but it’s not going to matter one bit if no one knows about it. Promoting your blog and getting it out there can be one of the biggest challenges that you face as a blogger. Luckily, there are a few simple things that can help you get people reading your blog without spending huge amounts of money on a large scale marketing push. Social media is one of the very best tools in your arsenal. Being able to promote your blog for free in a way that can potentially reach millions of people all over the world is something that you simply can’t afford to ignore.

 

Make your writing engaging

 

Unsurprisingly, there’s one thing that is more important than just about anything else when it comes to building a career as a blogger: you have to be able to write. Now, this isn’t just a matter of making sure that your spelling and grammar are correct at all times, though that is important. The most important thing is to make your writing as engaging and dynamic as possible. Every sentence to make the reader want to move on to the next one. Ever post should take them deeper down the rabbit hole of content on your blog. If you can’t use your writing to connect directly with your readers, your blog is never going to succeed.

 

Of course, just because you do these things doesn’t mean that you’re going to find instant blogger success. But if you’re willing to put the work in, you’re going to be able to find a career path that offers you far more freedom and control over your life than you ever expected.

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Geek Chic: Top Tech To Transform Your Home

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You don’t have to be a techie to fall in love with tech. Sometimes, we see technology as something scary, complicated, and that’s kept for the computer geeks of the world. But now that our modern world is changing, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Technology can actually make our lives easier – in so many ways. And if you’re okay with using a smartphone and browsing social media, there’s no reason why you can’t get on board with having tech around the home. Because you can actually use some really cool pieces of technology to transform the way you use your home.

 

Smart Home Stuff

 

First of the list, smart home technology. Now, this can seem quite futuristic to some, but it’s really very simple as the products and posts on A Connected Home show us. You can use things like remote controlled heating, lighting and even music operation to customize your home. Want to automate your garage door, set your curtains to close on a timer, or even turn your oven on to pre-heat on your way home from work? Then you’re going to want a smart home hub in your life!

 

Security Essentials

 

Another way that tech can really improve your home life, is through security. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, you never know who’s going to be lurking about. And it’s better to be safe than sorry. With technology, you can add in CCTV cameras and check in on them on your smartphone. You could also think about setting a passcode entry system at the entrance of your house, and even use the smart home stuff mentioned above to scare intruders off too.

 

Home Theater Must-Haves

 

If your family loves to watch movies together, then why not think about adding in some home theater essentials? Whether you want to add some key pieces to your living space or set up a separate home theater room that you can all relax in to watch your favorite movies, there’s the tech to make this happen. With flatscreens or projectors, you can use tech to tailor your movie watching nights to your needs.

 

Work & Study Whizzes

 

If you work at home or have the odd project to finish in the evenings, or even if your kids like to study in a set space with you, you can also use tech to transform your home office. And this doesn’t just mean your laptop and other devices. Speak to your WiFi provider and see if you can’t find a faster service, looking wireless printers and a personal server – even a music speaker system to keep you motivated too!

 

Kitchen Kit

 

And, of course, there’s always the cool and quirky high-tech gadgets you can add to the kitchen. From instant hot water taps and multi cooking machines to TVs in the backslash and smartphone charging countertops, you could definitely say that technology has the power to completely transform your kitchen.

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No Money, Mo’ Problems

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The kids have reached that amazing age where they are ready to go off to college. For a parent, this is what the past eighteen years have been about, so it’s okay to celebrate. But, before you pop open the champagne, it’s important to gauge your child’s money knowledge. Sure, they may be academically inclined but are they financially savvy? The ones who aren’t are going to experience a major culture shock in the next couple of years and make mistakes which last a lifetime. To paraphrase Biggie Smalls, no money, mo’ problems.

 

Here’s how to teach your kids about the value of money before they head off to university.

 

Get A Job

 

The times where kids had to get a job to survive are long gone. It’s easy to see why parents don’t mind this change. Who wants their kids to work 20 hours a week when they have to study? Plus, kids should have time to, well, be children. Sadly, by looking after them financially, they will never understand the value of hard work. When they go to college without the bank of mommy and daddy, their bank balance will suffer. Encouraging them to mow lawns, babysit or deliver pizzas is an excellent way to inspire a positive work ethic.

 

Those Who Can, Teach

 

Your job title says parent, but are a teacher too. Thankfully, you have an accredited degree from the University of Life to help you in your dual role. Every parent understands the finance world, or least knows more than their kids. The key is experience – you have been there, done it and purchased the t-shirt. So, pointing them in the direction of a loan service like homes.loan is a no-brainer. The same goes for teaching them about the value and dangers of a credit card. Oh, and learning how to deal with a bank never goes amiss.

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And Those Who Lead, Read

 

Of course, there will be gaps in your knowledge. After all, you won’t have experienced every situation known to humankind. But, there are ways to plug the holes, and the best one is to read. Thanks to an online ft.com subscription, it is possible to learn about the stock market as well as stocks and shares. Or, you can keep up with the latest financial news and cherry pick the best bits. The relevant thing to remember is that the more you know, the more you can pass on to your children. Plus, they can use the Financial Times as light reading material, too.

 

Take Away The Safety Net

 

The final tip is the hardest yet most important. The best thing a parent can do for the child is to let them make mistakes. Yes, there are some they can’t afford to make, but the majority act as a learning curve. Many teenagers make errors when they become financially independent, and it makes them better people. Let’s face it – no one gets burned twice. Sometimes, as a mom or dad, you have to sit back and watch them fail to help them succeed.

 

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