Why Some Parents are Unschooling Their Kids

Unschooling is a form of homeschooling that involves less structure and more child-centered learning. Parents who are unhappy with the way that learning is presented at schools have been turning to the unschooling movement as their solution for what their child’s education should be like. Unschooling has some similarities with homeschooling. In both cases, a child stays home and receives his or her education there (instead of in a classroom at a school). Each educational style allows parents to be very involved in what their child is taught. Parents can set the speed that information is presented in order to … Continue reading

Why Your Pre-Teen Quit Playing Sports

One way to encourage your child to get a healthy amount of exercise is to make it fun. Sports offer kids the ability to exercise while having fun, the chance to learn how to play as a team, and a good way to develop athletic skills. Despite these benefits, 70% of kids quit sports by the age of 13. Here are some reasons why that happens. It stopped being fun. Have you ever watched kindergartners play soccer against another team of kindergarteners? What happens is both adorable and amusing. They sit down when they get tired, and start playing with … Continue reading

Why you Should Read to your Baby

Do you read to your baby? The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines that recommend that parents read to their newborn infants. Some parents may not be doing that because it never occurred to them that babies benefit from being read to. There are some very good reasons for parents to read to their babies and young children! The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that parents who read to their children nurture not only their children’s literary skills, but also much more. They have put together some easy to read information that points out the benefits that come … Continue reading

Why Your Ancestors Looked So Serious

Take a close look at the oldest family photos that you have. Or, walk into an antique store and browse through some really old photos. Why aren’t these people smiling? There are some really good reasons why they looked so serious in photos. Today, you can take your family to JC Penney, or Sears, or a number of other places, and have a family portrait taken. The photographer is going to encourage your family members to smile. You will probably be instructed to “Say cheese!” It is difficult to say the word “cheese” without smiling. It takes a second (or … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week in Review – April 22 – 28, 2012

At the end of every week, the Insurance Blog Week in Review gives you a quick and easy way to “ketchup” on all of the articles that hit the blog in the past week. There can be anywhere between 12 and 14 different blogs that have appeared. What did you miss this week? Renters Insurance Doesn’t Cover Bug Infestation A family in Bakersfield, California, rented a home that was infested with bugs. The entire family is suffering from scabies, and ended up throwing away their contaminated property. Would renters insurance covered any of this? Unfortunately, it would not. The Insurance … Continue reading

Insurance Blog Week In Review – April 8 – 14, 2012

What did you miss this week? The Insurance Blog Week in Review is an excellent way to “ketchup” on everything that hit the blog in the past seven days. There can be anywhere between twelve and fourteen different blogs that appear, and it is easy to accidentally miss something that you wanted to read. Green Tree Offer Homeowners and Flood Insurance All in One Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding. For that, you need to purchase a separate flood insurance policy. Green Tree Insurance offers a combined homeowners and flood insurance policy. The Insurance Podcast Roundup went up … Continue reading

Why Bother Getting Out of Debt?

“Why should I bother getting out of debt?” is a question I got asked recently. The person I was talking to followed it up with, “I can pay my bills each month, so what does it matter if I have debt or my house isn’t paid off? Why should I live like I’m poor if I don’t have to?” “Ah-ha,” I thought at that last statement. “Why should I live like I’m poor..” The thing is, that when we are in debt, we are living as though we are poor, although it might not be obvious. We are telling the … Continue reading

Potential Reasons for Shortage of ADHD Medications

Parents of children who are using certain kinds of ADHD medications have probably run into some difficulties lately when trying to get their child’s prescription filled. There is currently a national shortage of some popular ADHD medications, and no one has been able to predict when this shortage will end. Why has this shortage happened? There has been much speculation about the potential answer to that question. One of the forms of treatment for ADHD involves medication. There are many different types to choose from, and several also have a generic equivalent. It takes time to figure out the medication … Continue reading

Another Reason Why Obesity Runs In Your Family

Obesity is one of the health conditions that runs in families. Some of the reasons why are environmental, and have to do with patterns of behavior that a person learns from his or her family. Other factors that influence obesity have to do with genetics. Researchers have found what they are calling the “master switch” gene for obesity. It has been established that if a person consumes more calories than the person burns, that this will lead to weight gain. We live in a society where it is easy to get large quantities of fast food for a very low … Continue reading

Why Genealogy is a Great Hobby For Geeks

When you think about it, there are a lot of things about genealogy that make it the perfect hobby for geeks. Although genealogy once was considered a pass time for the elders to partake in, this is no longer the case. Perhaps all those television programs that have delved into genealogy are exactly what has increased the popularity of the hobby. In any case, genealogy is something that could very easily attract geeks. Now, before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not picking on people who are geeks, or nerds, or whatever the proper … Continue reading