Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
-- Aristotle

In order to continue the habit as long as possible, the habits should be developed in their earliest establish to begin with. It's never too early to introduce your child to positive study habits, which will reward his or her endeavors throughout life. As parents, effective techniques must be studied in order to further the development of our children.

1. Become well established role models
Developing well established study habits for a child begins with parents. Just like the old adage, "it's not what you say, it's what you conduct." Well established study habits should begin at a very young age; when a child is one to two years of age, he or she is ready to begin training in acquiring well established study habits. The initial lessons begin with his or her observing parents at work modeling well established study habits.

2. Install the love of studying
Let the child understand that studying is fun. Long before the child begins school, parents should begin to instill the love of studying. Read to the child, and ensure the house is well stocked with books and toys that stimulate his or her imagination. The more the child's curiosity is stimulated, the more likely he or she is to be motivated to work hard and follow through to get the answers he or she wants.

3. Galvanize the child to conduct the best
Let the child understand the satisfaction of a job well conducted by attempting ones' best, and finishing what he or she begins. Make sure the child understands that although parents like him or her to conduct well, conducting well in school is something he or she conducts primarily for himself or herself, so the child can be proud of him or herself and gain self-confidence.

4. Demonstrate persistence to the child
In order to establish well established study habits, parents need to assist the child to be persistent. The most important of all the habits is to be consistent in whatever he or she conducts. Being consistent is what makes great people and great lives.

5. Teach the child the consequences of responsibility
As students, conducting well in school is something children must conduct. It's their responsibility to complete studying before he or she wants to conduct something else, such as playing games, watching TV. Conducting chores is also his or her responsibility as a family member.

6. Develop the child's organizational skills
Assist the child organize things. For example, for toddlers, need to clean up toys after playing with them. For teenagers, need to organize assignments over weeks.

7. Assist the child study to manage time
Assist him or her organize a after-school schedule for every subject on a daily basis. This really assists the child be organized, be up-to-date or beyond on the school material. Establish a routine for completing schoolwork. Agree on a set time and stick to it. Ensure the child constructs regular study time into his or her schedule. Most tests are scheduled well in advance, and review each night will produce much better results than using last-minute studying method.

Guide a teen's overall time commitments, ensure to take a balance on a part-time job, extracurricular activities, socializing and household chores. Teach the teen refocus on priorities.

8. Galvanize the child reading
Reading to a little child makes him or her like to read when older. Make sure the child enters his or her upper-grade studies with strong reading skills.

9. Galvanize the child to ask questions
Galvanize him or her to ask questions about the surrounding world to inspire his or her curiosity, which constructs his or her inner motivation to study.

10. Assist the child be an independent thinker
Parents can guide him or her to study by asking questions to make him or her think step by step.

11. Galvanize the child get prepared
Preparation is a basic principle to success. Whenever conduct a thing, we need be prepared. Galvanize the child to prepare the next day's class.

12. Galvanize to conduct review
When studying any type of material, whether it is for an English, math or history test or any other type of test, it is important to comprehend what have studied. By reviewing regularly, one of the most basic and crucial study habits is enforced, which is going back over what have studied to ensure that it is understood. A studying process is actually a process of repetition.

13. Accommodate a well-established work space
The child should be allowed to work within the designated "study area" from distractions, his or her own desk would be recommendable. For students, after school, they need to be required to complete their homework within the study area. In this way, they can concentrate on studying with efficiency.

14. Check the child's work periodically
Ask him or her to describe what the homework is, explain the project's requirements, and what's needed for completion, as well as the plans for next step.

15. Insist that careless work be recondite
To establish a serious study ethic is very important to a child. Assist him or her grow the attitude, which is one of the keys to success.

16. Audit the child's study habits regularly
The best way to develop well established study habits in the child is to audit him and her; give praise when he or she is heading in the right direction and a kind remind when he or she is not. Both show that the parents care and promote improvement.

17. Give praise whenever possible
A sincere expression of pride in the child's academic accomplishments can motivate him or her toward making studying a habit. By gaining self-confidence, he or she will conduct better.

18. Need patience
Developing well established study habits in a child is a studying process, which needs time. Prepare for any setbacks. If the child is not conducting well, remind him or her, conduct not blame him or her. Give him advice and be patient to watch his or her progress.

Assisting children in developing their life-long study habits requires much endeavor and involvement from parents-modeling, patience, and providing essential support. Everything has to be conducted according to their ages. At all times parents should look for ways to enrich the children's studying experience and make it more enjoyable. The more the children enjoy school, the better their work habits are likely to be, and the more they will study, and their grades will experience dramatic improvement.

Dr. Cana Cao has passion on education. She had been teaching at a university both in China and Japan as a professor for several years. Now she is working in California, United States. She believes that Kids Are Our Future. Dr. Cana Cao is focusing on cross-culture parenting and education. She share her knowledge and thoughts at parents-and-kids.com. The motivation for her to start the website is to learn and explore some parenting and educational issues in order to help children succeed in the global society. What are the values parents should teach their children? How to handle the culture difference and avoid the conflict? How to help children to interact with and understand people who are ethnically, racially and culturally different from themselves? How to help children to build a learning environment that encourages a global vision and moral action? How to prepare children to excel and succeed?

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Learning how to save is a necessary part of financial literacy. For kids, and yes for parents too, saving money can be a very difficult process. Sometimes it can be our thinking about saving and sometimes it's just our actions. Whatever the challenge learning this skill is essential. With this in mind let's look at some ways we can incorporate saving into our daily routine and also the routine of our children. I've included some simple tips that will keep your bank account growing.

Tip #1: Spread the Wealth
Since your goal is to save money you should use a combination of banks. You should consider using a regular bank for your everyday checking account and using an online bank for saving. All of your expenses, your pay check and everything you need for everyday living should be paid for out of this account. I would then set up an automatic deposit from your checking to your online savings account. This will get you saving without thinking about it. I would also do this for your kids. The best part is since the savings are automatic and out of sight, the temptation is lessened to tap into them.

Tip #2: Set a Target
When you set your target it can be towards a specific item or towards a money goal. Whatever you are saving for be sure to put a time by which you want to hit the target. This will determine your saving strategy. Let's say you want to buy a $500 bike in 10 weeks, well then you know your savings goal is $50 per week. I know this sounds simple but when you consider financial literacy for kids sometimes simple is the best.

Tip #3: Pay Yourself First
Sometimes the hardest thing to do when you are trying to save, is the actual act of saving, especially if you have a lot of bills. That's why it's necessary to adopt a principal of paying yourself first. Before you pay a bill or before your kids spend it all, put money aside. Some people say you should save at least 10% of your income but if you can't start there, begin where you can and build from there.

Tip #4: Scissors are your best friend
You need to track where your money is going. So spend a week writing down everything you spend money on. By doing this you will expose the leaks in your budget that are affecting your ability to save. Most people who do this are very surprised where there money is going. When you find the waste then you break out those scissors and cut it out.

Tip #5: An educated consumer is the best consumer.
Regardless of how much you're trying to save you will need to spend. When spending you want to make sure you get the most for your money. Be sure to look for sales and coupons which everyone knows. However the internet can become your friend. If you shop online you can got to sites like eBay & Craigslist to find great deals. You can also do a Google search to find coupon codes for your favorite stores, which can give you discounts and free shipping among other things.
When it comes to saving and increasing financial literacy for kids and adults it's not about focusing on the big things. Change the little things and you and your kids can start to see big results in your bank accounts.

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Most parents worry about the spread of obesity in children. They listen to advice and pay close attention to the food they give their children. But what if they were to learn that the diet advice they have been getting for the past four decades, is wrong.

What's worse, the advice is responsible for obesity in children as well as adults. The diets people trust and encourage their family to use, have never been scientifically tested to prove they are safe for adults, let alone children.

Till forty years ago we didn't diet. We didn't need to, the vast majority of people were slim. Then, in the seventies, when everyone became an expert on something, some people decided they wanted a niche on the fringe of medicine. They called themselves Nutritionists, dietitians and diet guru's.

For forty years, these people have offered us literally thousands of diets. Not a single one has been tested to prove it works. Diets have never undergone genuine scientific research. No human trials have been conducted to test the validity of the claims. Not one single diet has been researched and trialed to prove it is safe for human consumption.

The first diet was called 'The Pyramid Diet. It was an exact reversal of our traditional diet. It doesn't take an Einstein to work out that such a change was more than a shock to the body. A shock it still hasn't learned to get over. Evolution takes centuries, not four decades.

Every diet promoted during the past forty years has been a variation on the Pyramid Diet, and eventually, everyone of them has been discredited. But not before hundreds of thousands of people have used them and suffered the consequences. The fact is, we are not designed to diet. Our body doesn't understand the food we eat.

When we cut down on food our body has a programmed response. It's called Famine! That means our brain signals our metabolism to slow down to allow us to conserve fat. When the famine is over, the body is programmed to go into overdrive to recover every ounce of weight we have lost. It will even add a little extra fat to protect us against the next famine.

How do we change that? We don't, because we can't, it's nature. What we can do is learn to work with our body instead of against it. We need to feed our body the kind of food it evolved with. Not the kind of food that is manufactured and processed in plants across the nation.

Bad diets, with the wrong food, recommended by pseudo experts have turned perfectly slim, healthy people into fat victims of food addiction. Children eat what the adults eat. If mom is addicted, chances are the children are too.

It is still possible to get back to where we were, but not until the people who make the decisions, get enough pressure from the rest of us, to take action and do something about it. Until then, we each have to concentrate on fixing our own family. Part of that is to learn to ignore advice about food that sounds good, but has no proven benefit. We are human beings - not Rabbits.

To avoid obesity in children, we owe it to them to educate ourselves about the food nature designed our body to digest. And to stop listening to people who spout nineteen seventieth fad nonsense. I know that's not easy. These people have had forty years to establish their base of authority. But that authority sits on a fragile mount of sand.

Get the facts, because with the facts you will see right though that nonsense and you will know what to do. Obesity in children is not preordained. It's simply caused by yet another ill advised human intervention.

I know that any thought of changing your food is difficult to think about. But that's your addiction thinking for you. Once the addiction is gone so are the cravings, the binges the inappropriate hunger pains. You'll be free from constant thoughts of food. Remember - so will your children. Do it for them!

If you choose not to act, your children will grow up in a world with an even greater numbers of people who suffer weight problems, obesity, heart disease and type2 diabetes. Statistics suggest the numbers will be 80% of the population by 2020. If you don't act, your children and their children are likely to become part of those statistics.

My name is Kirsten plotkin. I am a writer and author of two books about the real reason we have an obesity epidemic today.
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Many researchers have established that children that interact with adventure play sets experience many benefits. Playing with these types of products are essential when it comes to the development of a child on a cognitive, physical and social level. In addition to this, adventure play sets may contribute positively to the emotional well-being of the child. By incorporating certain types of toys and activities into our child's life, we are permitting a delicate balance that will, ultimately, provide an optimal means of developmental milieu that will assist in preparing them to be properly equipped on many different levels - such as academically, emotionally and even academically - for the challenges and tasks that wait in their future. If you want to provide the opportunity for your child to reach their personal best, starting with something as simple as adventure play sets may be the solution. In this developmental guide, you will learn about some of the advantages associated with creative adventure play toys.

It is absolutely essential that children are permitted - at an early age - to create and engage in exploring the various aspects of the world that they are part of. By doing so, they have the capability to conquer the individual fears that they possess, engage in roles that are adult like, and socialize. When exposed to adventure play sets, children are permitted to use a high level of creativity. They have the ability to strengthen their imagination, as well as their minds. Using play set toys has been attributed to optimizing a child's dexterity, developing the physical aspects of their body, and enhancing the health of their brain. As a result of this interactive play, a child will quickly develop a broad range of new competencies. By doing this, their confidence and overall resiliency is enhanced. As a result, they are better equipped to address and conquer the challenges that they will face in the future.

When you permit your child to play with adventure play toys, you are providing them the opportunity to engage in self-driven play. As a result, they have the capability to practice their skills in decision making, problem solving, and self-advocacy. By permitting a child to choose the adventure play sets that they are most interested in, you are permitting them with the ability to discover areas, ideas and activities that they are interested in. You are permitting them with the ability to pursue their own passions, which increases their motivation, excitement and interest in the play sets. The child that is permitted to navigate a world that is all of their own is capable of creating a world through adventure toys that will assist in fulfilling their needs and optimizing their overall development. While many parents focus solely on academic and educational play, many are starting to realize that free, unstructured play with items such as adventure play sets provide the same amount - if not more - developmental benefits. If you are searching for an engaging and exciting way that will optimize your child's development, you should consider the advantages associated with adventure play sets.

This author has an interest in providing parents a source of high quality toys, puzzles, games, and more that enhance their child's emotional, intellectual, and psychological growth. To discover wonderful toys for children visit: http://www.mytoysmart.com

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As a mother I had always missed having a baby girl. Please don't get me wrong, I loved raising my two sons. I just wanted to share some of my times as a little girl with a daughter. Well last year both my sons had babies within six months of each other. I had a new grandson and granddaughter. Oh the joy, I immediately began planning out her Barbie collection along with play stoves and dishes.

Christmas time came and Jeremy (my grandson and also the older child) got a Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway. His father Tony set about assembling it, and in no time Jeremy (and Tony) were laughing as the cars zipped down the two ramps. Sometimes they would fly off, and Jeremy would get a feigned surprise look on his face and shout "Uh Oh!" Then the two of them would burst out laughing.

I admit it brought back wonderful memories.

Later Jeremy played with his rampway by himself. I watched as he explored moving the cars up and down in the moveable elevator, "gassing up" the cars at the gas pump, and finding out what made sound effects. He got a little over-excited and rough with his toy, and I wondered how long it would last. It's been seven months however, and it's still intact.

Getting back to the gift openings, along with my gift (a cute play kitchen) Krista got a Fisher-Price Little People Racin' Ramps Garage. A boy's gift? Okay maybe not a "Boy's gift," but not exactly what I envisioned for her.

Still, she seemed very interested in it, especially as she watched Tony putting together Jeremy's. Krista's father Nick began assembling the garage, and soon they too were loosing cars down the ramp. She was quieter about it, and seemed not to like them flying off the ramp. She examined the "Little People" figures. When she found out they made a noise if she pushed on them, she smiled big and pushed them some more.

She appeared to be taken by the bright primary colors of the garage, and paid more attention to the details than Jeremy did. Krista soon learned if Nick let a car loose from the top, she could stop it on the way down. She would then release it and watch to make sure it stayed on the ramp. Over the last few months, she has learned just the right way to let the cars go down the ramp.

I admit, the Fisher-Price garage wouldn't have been on my Christmas list for her. After playing with her (and the garage) however, I see that would have been a mistake. She holds conversations with the "Little People", and brings other toys into the game. Whereas Jeremy loves making the cars go down the ramps fast, Krista is more careful and deliberate. Both Jeremy and Krista truly enjoy these toys, but how they play with them is quite different.

The one thing both enjoy the same, is watching the "Eddie and the Mystery Driver" DVD that come with the Fisher-Price Rampway.

Sherry Maco is a retired Registered Nurse and Grandmother. She enjoys the times she has with her grandchildren by playing with them.
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