Monday, May 31, 2010

Self Smart Children

If children are Self Smart, they understand and know themselves. They have a good idea of who they are and what they can do. They are aware of feelings, and may understand themselves better than others understand them. These children can set personal goals, think about and learn from past experiences, and understand their strengths and weaknesses. According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., if you answer yes to any of the questions below, then your child may just be identified as Self Smart.
Does your child:
1. prefer to work alone rather than with others?
2. like to set and meet his/her own goals?
3. stand up for their beliefs, even if they're not popular?
4. worry less about what others people think of him/her than most kids?
5. spend time thinking deeply about things that matter to him/her?
6. have a strong sense of what he/she at and not so good at?
7. enjoys keeping a diary or writing in a journal?
8. writes about their ideas, memories, feelings, or personal history?
9. have a good sense of who he/she is?
10. thinks about the future and what he/she would like to be someday?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Real Pain Relief

According to an article in the June 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, "Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on vacation," Dr. Bernstein suggest. "And get enough sleep - seven to eight hours each night." In one University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study of 43 women with daily or near-daily migraines, those who improved their sleep habits, including adopting a strict eight-hour-a-night sleep schedule, got migraines 29 percent less often and found pain intensity dropped 40 percent.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lose 5 Pounds With Water

According to an article from the June 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, when it comes to weight loss, water works. In a Virginia Tech study of 48 overweight adults on a diet, those who drank 16 ounces of water half an hour before every meal for 12 weeks lost about four and a half pounds more - 15.5 pounds versus 11 - than those who didn't have the water. If you want to test it for yourself, make sure you drink enough (two cups) and give your pre-dinner "cocktail" adequate time to work (at least 10 minutes) but not too much time (30 minutes max).

Friday, May 28, 2010

People Smart Children Looking to the Future

So what can your child do with his/her People Smart skills when they get older? According to You're Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD., below are some of the careers People Smart enjoy and are can excel in:

1. administrator
2. advertising executive/public relations specialist
3. anthropologist
4. arbitrator/ public speaker
5. business leader
6. business owner
7. coach
8. counselor
9. criminologist
10. home-care provider
11. human resources specialist
12. interviewer/ talk show host
13. lawyer
14. manager
15. mediator
16. nurse
17. office manager/sales person/retail worker
18. personnel worker
19. police officer
20. politician/social activist
21. pollster
22. psychiatrist/psychologist/therapist/social worker/sociologist
23. teacher/school principal
24. waitress/waiter
25. social director

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Child Is People Smart! How Can I Expand His/Her People Smart Skills?

Maybe your child loves people and can't get enough of hanging out with them and helping them. Lucky you! But you can still find new ways to help your child become more "People Smart". Below are ideas that will help understand and develop the other intelligences in school and life according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.

1. Word Smart: Have your child practice their vocabulary words and spelling words with friends and family members. Talk to your child about the books he/she is reading.
2. Music Smart: Encourage your child to listen to music with friends and family and talk about what he/she hears.
3. Logic Smart: Invite friends and family to play math games and puzzles with your child. Find problems to solve as a group.
4. Picture Smart: Enroll your child in art classes with friends at school or the community center. Help your child get to know people in art class and get together to practice art outside of class.
5. Body Smart: Have your child learn new activities that he/she can do with others. Take a dance or martial arts class or join an intramural volleyball team.
6. Self Smart: Let your child make a list of what he/she thinks is their strongest "People Smart" skills and the areas they think needs to be worked on. Look for opportunities for your child to practice leading or organizing others.
7. Nature Smart: Get your child involved with an environmental cause that really matter to the child. The child can learn a lot about nature by working with others to protect it.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Child Is Not People Smart! What Can I Do?

According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., if your child needs to polish his/her "People Smart" skills, there are things you can help with. You may not realize it, but every child as "People Smart" abilities that they use every day at school and at home. Whenever a child works, talks, shares, and learns with others, they are being "People Smart". Maybe your child needs to uncover and polish up those skills so he/she feels more confident. Your child can always use the smarts they are strongest or most comfortable in to become "People Smart":

1. Word Smart: Start sharing your words and ideas with others. Debating and writing speeches for class presentations are a start.
2. Music Smart: Join a choir or band and experience the fun of making music with others.
3. Logic Smart: Join or start a math review or study group. Get books of brainteasers, riddles, or puzzles and solve them with friends.
4. Picture Smart: Look for ways you can make art with others. Group projects like painting a mural, putting together a collage, building a sculpture or mobile.
5. Body Smart: Join a team to play sports
6. Self Smart: Think about what your child loves doing most (reading, singing, drawing, playing sports, etc.), and think about how to start doing this activity wit a group or team.
7. Nature Smart: Bring others to outdoor places you've discovered and enjoy. Get involved in a in growing food for a community garden, food bank, or homeless shelter.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How Can My Child Become More "People Smart"

According to You're Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD., you can help expand your child's "People Smart" skills. Have your child try any activity below that appeals to him/her no matter how People Smart you think your child may be:
1. Start an address book: Keep a list of your friends and their phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. Have your child use this information to stay in touch.
2. Make a social map: Have your child write his/her name in the middle of a piece of paper. Closest to their name, write the names of people they are closest to (family and friends). Then write the names of friends and acquaintances who are not as close. Put as many names of people who you're friendly with as possible. If your child would like more names, practice making friends.
3. Meet new people: Decide to have your child meet a new person each day, each week , or each month. Start today and have your child introduce him/herself to someone you'd like to know.
4. Practice people watching: Go to a public place (playground, grocery store, mall) with your child and a friend or family member. See how well the two or three of you can read the people around you. Talk about what you saw and what you think it meant.
5. Find "like minds": Start a club or group that involves something your child is interested in (examples: coins, books, nature, baseball, cooking, shopping, model-building)
6. Volunteer to help others: Look into helping the Red Cross, the Sierra Club, Future Farmers of America, UNICEF, Amnesty International, and some many other organizations.
7. Learn with others: Have homework sessions with your child's friends, work on group art projects, or perform music with others.
8. Get involved: Have your child run for election in student government.
9. Tutor someone. Your child can offer teach or tutor another student.
10. Spend time with your family: Make it a point to spend "quality" time with your family regularly to stay connected.
11. Get a mentor: A mentor is a person who can help your child learn new skills and grow as a person.
12.Practice making friends: If your child is shy or awkward, practice making friends with someone your already know like a family member or an old friend. Pen pals can also be a fun way to get to know new people.

Monday, May 24, 2010

People Smart Children

What does it mean to be People Smart? These children and adults like people and can express it in an amazing number of ways. On the basic level , they enjoy working, learning, helping, and being with other people. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then your child might be identified as being People Smart, according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.

Does your child:
1. like to people watch?
2. make friends easily?
3. offer to help when someone needs it?
4. enjoy group activities and lively conversations?
5. help other people around you get along better?
6. feel confident when meeting new people?
7. like to organize activities for you and your friends?
8. easily guess how people are feeling just by looking at them?
9. know how to get people excited about working together or how to get them involved in things their interested in?
10. enjoy getting people to see things their way?
11. get concerned about issues of fairness and right and wrong?
12. enjoys volunteering for causes that help other people?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Build Money Skill In Your Child

According to an article in the June 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping, if your kid is a video game virtuoso, make his/her playtime pay off by pointing them to The Great Piggy Bank Adventure ( ). a free online game created by Walt Disney imagineering and T. Rowe Price to get families talking about money and to help children gain crucial budgeting skills.

1. Kids pick an in-game financial goal (say, a tree house), then journey through the animated game earning currency.
2. As kids progress, they learn about setting savings goals, spending and investing wisely, and factoring in inflation.
3. The game can be played by up to four people, so it's good for the family game night.
4. It was created with those ages 8 to 14 in mind, our early-elementary kid testers loved it. -Laura Hahn.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

5 New Facebook Rules for Kids and Teens

According to an article in Good Housekeeping, June 2010, "A teen's Facebook pate is like a diary of her/his life and oftentimes it's open to hackers or just plain creeps," says Neal O'Farrell, cybercrime and identity theft expert at . Help you child with these tips:

1. Forget full names. Instead of using his/her name, your child can use a nickname or a first-middle name combo to maintain privacy-a good idea in case he/she slips up and doesn't want a college admissions officer or future employers seeing those online blunders.
2. Choose trick passwords. Suggesting a long password (10-plus characters) and changing it every three to six months. O'Farrell suggest this trick: Combine the first letters of words in a sentence ("I was born in Iowa in 1995" IwbiIi1995)
3. Restrict access. The privacy setting "friends of friends" invites possibly hundreds of thousands of people to see kids' information and photos. Choosing "only friend" will limit viewing to people they've confirmed as pals.
4. Stick to the past. Discourage kids from broadcasting plans, which gives potential stalkers info on their whereabouts - Marnie Soman
5. Number 5 is something I heard recently. Tell your child to only write or download things on Facebook they would want their parents to see. That way private or embarrassing information will never be an issue.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Body Smart Children Looking To The Future

What can children do with their Body Smart skills when they get older. A lot of very different things. According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., some of the careers you might want your child to look at include:
1. acrobat
2. actor
3. cabinet maker
4. carpenter
5. choreographer
6. circus performer
7. construction worker/builder
8. cosmetologist
9. crafts person (potter, glass blower, weaver, basket maker)
10. dancer
11. dentist
12. factory worker
13. gymnast
14. jeweler
15. leather worker
16. lifeguard
17. martial artist
18. magician
19. mechanic
20. musician
21. orchestra conductor
22. physical education teacher
23. surgeon
24. sculptor
25. tailor

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Child Is Body Smart! How Can I Expand His/Her Body Smart Skills?

According to You're Smarter Than You Think, your Body Smart child can always become better. Body Smart skills can help build your child's other intelligences in a big way. Here are some Body Smart ideas you can help your child understand and develop the other intelligences in school and in life:

1. Word Smart: Get physical with your words. Have your child write out their vocabulary words or spelling words and trace over them with their finger.
2. Music Smart: Use dance as a way to listen to and appreciate music with your child.
3. Logic Smart: Have your child build something like a shelf, small bookcase or box.
4. Picture Smart: Let your child experiment with the feel and sensations of different materials. Modeling clay, making paper-mache, painting with their fingers and hands.
5. People Smart: Encourage your child to learn magic tricks. Magic is more than just quick hands. A lot of magic is learning how people respond to it and how to distract them.
6. Self Smart: Let your child do activities that help him/her focus their mind and think about the day. Yoga and tai chi are good activities because they are physical poses.
7. Nature Smart: Go on interactive or themed hikes or walks in your neighborhood. Go on a bird walk and look for as many different kinds of birds as possible. Look for different leaves and flowers and collect them and put them in a scrapbook.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Child Is Not Body Smart! What Can I Do?

According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., it your child rips over his/her own feet or has trouble catching a ball without dropping it, all other intelligences rely on Body Smart skills. You couldn't write a great story without holding a pencil or tapping the keyboard with your fingers. Here are seven ways to become more Body Smart:

1. Word Smart: Act out your favorite story or poem.
2. Music Smart: Exercise to music.
3. Logic Smart: Try using your good sense of number and logic to figure out the best angle to throw a baseball, hit a baseball or tennis ball.
4. Picture Smart: Draw, paint, and sculpt.
5. People Smart: Try different team sports like basketball, volleyball, or football.
6. Self Smart: Try solo sports like swimming or running.
7. Nature Smart: Take a walk or run in the woods in your neighborhood

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How Can My Child Become More "Body Smart"?

According to You're Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD., below are some ways that your child can expand and enjoy using their Body Smart skills. Try any activity that appeals to your child no matter how Body Smart you think he/she is.
Encourage your child to:

1. Practice their hand-eye coordination. Learn how to juggle, play marbles, jacks, Ping Pong, and video games.
2. Increase their hand-eye coordination through sports. Shoot baskets, throw horseshoes, or darts, or try bowling.
3. Get silly and get Body Smart. Practice doing silly body tricks. Try to touch the tip of your tongue to the end of your nose. Figure out how to flare your nostrils or raise one eyebrow.
4. Play charades with family and friends.
5. Look for ideas while you move and exercise. Keep a small notebook or tape recorder with you when you take a long walk or hike.
6. Learn how to give shoulder rubs to friends and family. Shoulder rubs feel good, and you learn how muscles work, what they feel like, and how tense the can get.
7. Think of an idea and then build it. Use paperclips, clay, pipe cleaners, boxes, or whatever materials are around the house.
8. Get fit. Make their heart and lungs strong and improve their endurance by doing aerobic activities.
9. Learn an art or a craft. Explore things like: knitting, crochet, weaving, sewing, needlepoint.
10. Let their stress go and relax. Learn ways to become more aware of their bodies and how to relax it when they are stressed out.
11. Take a drama class or try out for a play. You may have a chance at school or act in class skits.
12. Take martial arts lessons.
13. Focus on learning or becoming better at a sport you can do by yourself. These solo sports include: swimming, running, archery, skateboarding, biking, skiing, or snowboarding.
14. Join a sports team in your neighborhood or at school.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Body Smart Children

Being Body Smart means your child learns and thinks with their body. These children usually express themselves using their bodies. The child may be an athlete, or may use their his/her body artistically to dance or act. If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, then your child could be identified as Body Smart according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.
Does your child:
1. Like to move around and be active?
2. learn physical skills easily and quickly?
3. move while he/she is thinking?
4. enjoys acting in skits or plays?
5. mimic or imitate people's gestures and expression?
6. play sports or do well in one particular sport?
7. do crafts or build models with skill?
8. dance gracefully?
9. use movement to help remember things?
10. have good coordination or good sense of timing?
11. love recess?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why Milk Matters!!!

According to an article in the June 2010 Good Housekeeping magazine, researchers discovered that kids who consumed lots of calcium tended to live longer than those with less calcium-rich diets. Below are 2 important findings from the researchers:

1. Children who consumed 700 mg of calcium per day were up to 60% less likely to die from a stroke later in life.

2. Be sure every member of your family ages 9 and up gets he equivalent of 3 cups (2 cups for kids 2 to 8) of fat-free or low-fat or other low-fat dairy products every day.

It is extremely important to give you and your family the proper nutrition in order to be alert and healthy. Be sure your family is getting the proper amount of calcium every day to build strong bones and strong brains!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Anti-Sunburn Foods

According to an article in the May 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, to avoid look like a streamed lobster this summer, don't forget the sunscreen. But also be sure to eat lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, recommends Dr. Howard Murad, a dermatologist and founder of the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group in El Segundo, California.

"With fruits and vegetables you're protecting your skin from the inside," Murad says. "It's easy to remember. Look at a rainbow and eat raw foods of those colors. These foods encourage the body's own response to help heal from sun damage."

Three to four servings a day of apricots, pomegranates, broccoli, and tomatoes boost the immune system and help prevent damage from free radicals caused by sun exposure. Green tea helps, too. Fruits and vegetables also hydrate your skin, making it more resistant to drying out.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Picture Smart Children Looking to the Future

What can a person who has Picture Smart skills do when he/she gets older. A lot of different things. Expanding your child's interest in different careers that he/she would enjoy and excel in is important. Some of the careers according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., are:

1. advertiser/window dresser
2. animator
3. architect/urban planner
4. art teacher
5. cartographer (a map maker)/surveyor
6. children's book illustrator
7. cinematographer
8. civil or mechanical engineer/pilot
9. construction worker/builder
10. environmental designer (designs exhibits, signs, and store layouts)
11. fine artist (potter, jeweler, glass blower, painter, drawer, photographer, textile artist, sculptor)
12. inventor
13. landscape design
14. medical illustrator
15. movie maker/director
16. Web designer

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Child Is Picture Smart! How Can I Expand His/Her Picture Smart Skills?

Since there are so many different ways to be Picture Smart, your child can have a lot of fun experimenting with them. Your child's Picture Smart skills can help build other intelligences. According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., and author of You're Smarter Than You Think, below are some Picture Smart ideas for your child to understand and develop the other intelligences in school and in life:

1. Word Smart: Encourage your child to notice the visual images in what you read. How do they help the characters or setting come to life for you?

2. Logic Smart: Your child might find that drawing math problems or science experiments helps to make sense. So much about Logic Smart is about observation and seeing patterns.

3. Music Smart: Have your child listen to music while making art, working on designs, or building inventions. Music can help the flow of creativity.

4. Body Smart: Teach your child about his/her body and how it moves can help him/her to be a better artist and designer or more effective inventor as he/she thinks about how the body moves around and use objects.

5.People Smart: Encourage your child to use design sense for cause he/she believe in . The ability to paint and draw posters, design banners, or create a logo for a T-shirt could make our child pretty popular it he/she volunteers their talent.

6. Self Smart: Have your child use a sketch journal for more than design ideas. Suggest for your child to draw a picture about the day, what he/she sees themselves doing in the future, or how he/she is feeling at the moment.

7. Nature Smart: These children have a strong ability to read maps and this might make a natural orienteering. Orienteering is a sport in which you use a detailed map and compass to find your way to specific places on the map.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Child Is Not Picture Smart! What Can I Do?

Maybe your child finds drawing stick figures challenging, have never been able to solve a Rubik's cube, or don't feel particularly inventive. Your child can still be Picture Smart. Most people always use the smarts they are strongest or most comfortable in to become more Picture Smart. Below are seven way to to it according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.:

1. Word Smart: Have your child picture what they are reading and writing. A story can come to lie when you picture what the characters are wearing or where they live.

2. Music Smart: Tell your child to close his/her eyes when listening to a favorite music and notice what images, colors, or shapes you see or imagine. Your child can sketch, paint, or model in clay what he/she sees.

3. Logic Smart: Maps and globes are great tools that mix Logic and Picture Smart. When your child is playing around with them he/she can work out distances and patterns.

4. Body Smart: Have your child use their wonderful hands to solve jigsaw puzzles and other hands-on puzzles like Rubik's cube.

5. People Smart: Art can be a great way to get together with others. Creating a group mural, collage, or movie will have your child exploring different ways to be Picture Smart, while giving him/her the opportunity to meet new people or work with friends.

6. Self Smart: Art and images can be great ways to express complicated feelings. He/She can use the art to create and explore how you feel, or your child can look for images from magazines and newspapers that capture and shows their emotions.

7. Nature Smart: Have your child collect fallen leaves, feathers, seeds, pods, or other things from nature to create their own "natural art".

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How Can My Child Become More "Picture Smart"?

According to You're Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD., here are some ways that your child can expand and enjoy his/her "Picture Smart skills. Try any activity below that appeals to your child no matter how "Picture Smart" he/she may be.

1. Explore the world of art. If there are museums where you live, make a point of visiting them and seeing the different kinds of art they have to offer.

2. Keep a visual journal. Visual journals are great for sketching things your child sees during the day that interest him/her, ideas, or problems he/she is trying to solve.

3. Create a "picture library". Collect images, pictures, and designs your child like from magazines, newspapers, postcards, and photographs. Keep them in a box or assemble them into a scrapbook or collage for the wall.

4. Take a picture of your day. It can be fun for your child to take a picture of the interesting things your child sees during the day. After the pictures are developed, pick out the best ones and put together an album or hang them on the wall.

5. Create a video. If you have access to video or digital recorders, many computers have easy programs that a child can use to edit and add sound and credits to a video.

6. Play games and work puzzles that pump up "Picture Smart abilities. Pictionary is a classic, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess rely on visual strategies.

7. Take a class. You can find classes on drawing, painting, architecture, and photography.

8. Create a "design studio" in your home. Keep materials around to draw and build mock-up models or ideas.

9. Spend a few minutes a day looking around you. Help your child enjoy the small details like the angle of sunlight in the afternoon, or different colors on billboards.

10. Look for interesting visual patterns in everyday life. Look at the "eyes" on the skin of pineapple in the grocery store to rows of windows in big office buildings.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Picture Smart Children

What does it mean to be "Picture Smart"? "Picture Smart" is mainly about learning and thinking in pictures. These children have good memories for faces and places, or may notice little details that many people usually overlook. If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, then your child could just be identified as "Picture Smart", according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.:

Does your child:
1. remember faces better than names?
2. like to draw out ideas or make sketches to help figure out problems?
3. think in pictures and easily see objects in his/her mind?
4. enjoy building things?
5. like taking things apart and putting them back together?
6. work with art materials like paper, paint, and markers?
7. enjoy watching movies or videos?
8. notice the styles of clothing, hairstyles, cars, bikes, or other everyday things?
9. read or draw maps for fun?
10. enjoy looking at photos and pictures and talking about them?
11. see patterns in the world around him/her?
12. draw or doodle a lot?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

I want to take this time to wish all mothers, grandmothers, caregivers, aunts, and those women who fill in the gaps of motherhood a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! If your mother has gone on before us, like my own dear mother Elaine Thompson Holmes, may we remember the lessons of love and legacy they left to uphold.

If you have a wonderful mother why don't you do 2 or 3 of the following suggestions today:

1. Give her a call and tell her how much you appreciate her.
2. Cook her breakfast in bed or take her out for breakfast.
3. Attend church with her today.
4. Cook dinner or take her out to dinner.
5. Make her a card or buy her a Mother's Day card.
6. Write her a letter of appreciation and love.
7. Buy her flowers or a plant.
8. Stop and visit your mother.
9. Go by the house and see if there is anything that needs to be done at Mom's house.
10. Pay someone to Spring clean Mom's house.
11. Give your mother a big hug and kiss.
12. Get mom a manicure, pedicure, or full body massage.

The thing a mother wants more than anything else is to see her children and grandchildren living a happy, healthy, and productive lives receiving "The Best Education Possible". We must continue to teacher our children to love and respect others and that they must always give their best. All the other gifts listed above are just icing on the cake. So, get your life together morally and financially and watch your mother SMILE!!!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. May your day be filled with memories to sustain you a lifetime.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Breathing Easy At Home

You know that air pollution is bad for the planet. But what happens to the air inside your home? According to Virginia Sole-Smith, your home should be a haven, but for many people, including allergy sufferers and young children, the average house can b a lot less welcoming. New studies show that the air you breathe inside your home can be more polluted than outdoors. While your hoe may look spick-and-span, its air quality is not something you can see. The sources of pollution just might surprise you:

1. Off-Gassers: Carpets, cabinets, furniture can release chemicals, including toxic formaldehyde. Standard-formula paints include volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Skip the chemicals like toilet bowl deodorizers and moth crystals when possible. Opt for low-or-no formaldehyde by asking if there is safer alternatives whenever buying new furnishings, carpets, or cabinetry for your home. Whenever you paint a room or purchased a new sofa, open up the windows and run a fan for a day or two.

2. Scents and Smoke: Scented products from candles to cleaners, can set of allergies. Fireplace and cooking smoke contain pollutants. Send smoke outside and only grill outside. Go fragrance-free unscented products. Only use greener cleaning products like baking soda and white vinegar.

3. Molds: Molds can grow in damp area, including air ducts and under sinks. Check the humidity levels in your home. Find and fix leaks in plumbing, windows, and roofs. Use exhaust fans to eliminate mold-causing moisture build up.

4. Dust: Vacuuming and dusting can release clouds of particles. Dust carefully and have your least-allergic family member do the dusting. Fight mites and protect your bedding from dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows in a protective cover. Remove your shoes when entering the house to keep dirt, pollen, and pollutants out. Consider air filters because 70% of American households with central air, try forced-air filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting value of 8 or higher.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Logic Smart Children Looking to the Future

What can your child do with his/her Logic Smart skills when he/she get older? A lot of very different things. According to Thomas Armstrong, some of the careers you might look into include:

1. accountant/economist
2. air traffic controller
3. appraiser/mortgage broker/stockbroker
4. astronaut
5. auditor/statistician
6. banker/investment analyst/researcher/treasurer
7. bookkeeper/budget analyst
8. engineer/technician
9. climatologist
10. codebreaker/cryptanalyst
11. computer programmer/data analyst/video game designer/programmer/Web master
12. meteorologist
13. scientist (biologist, chemist, physicist, astronomer, geologist, botanist, oceanographer)
14. science teacher
15. technical writer
Introducing your Logic Smart child to these careers early can give him/her a chance to investigate and think about what they want to be in the future. Then your child will know what it takes to pursue and prepare for these careers.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Child Is Logic Smart! How Can I Expand His/Her Logic Smart Skills?

If your child love Logic Smart, you can always find new and interesting ways to explore and expand his/her natural skills. Your Logic Smart child's skills can also help build other intelligences. Here are some Logic Smart ideas you can use to help understand and develop the other intelligences in school and in life according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.:

1. Word Smart: Read mysteries and science magazines or write about your favorite science topic.
2. Music Smart: Listen for patterns in music like complicated percussion music (with lots of different beats and rhythms).
3. Picture Smart: Try creating visuals for math and science, like graphing science experiment results.
4. People Smart: Play games with other people that emphasizes strategy and logic like checkers, card games, and most board games are all good options.
5. Self Smart: Look for patterns in your own life. Does understanding more about the world through science make you think about your place in it?
6. Body Smart: Try playing sports that rely heavily on strategy. It will make it more interesting for your child might become a greater player even if his/her skills are less developed.
7. Nature Smart: Explore the life of earth science like biology or geology to learn more about nature an how it works.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Child Is Not Logic Smart! What Can I Do?

What if you think your child lacks "Logic Smarts"? Maybe you feel Logic Smart doesn't make much sense to your child. Remember you don't have to be a math or science genius to be Logic Smart. You can always encourage your child to use the smarts they are strongest or most comfortable in to become more Logic Smart.

Here are seven ways to do it according to Thomas Armstrong, PhD.:
1. Word Smart: Write and solve your worn word problems. Talk through math problems
2. Music Smart: Create your own rap or song to learn math facts. The time tables have strong natural rhythm and can be sung to music of your choice.
3. Picture Smart: Visualize or draw out quick pictures or sketches of the logic problems to help your child see different ways to solve problems.
4. People Smart: Play card games with friends and family. Start a math review group.
5. Self Smart: Get fun books of puzzles and brainteasers that will help your child work math or logical thinking , and work to solve them on his/her own.
6. Body Smart: Use objects you touch and move around like dice, cards, beans, or counters and puzzles shapes to help your child solve problems.
7. Nature Smart: Think about real-world applications of math. (Examples: If you are working on fractions divide a pizza with friends to look for patterns and math in the environment).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How Can My Child Become More "Logic Smart"?

According to You're Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, PhD., below are some ways that you can expand and enjoy your Logic Smart skills. Try any activity that appeals to your child no matter how Logic Smart you think your child is:
1. Play games that use strategy and logic. Games like chess, checkers or dominoes all rely on creating strategies and understanding your opponent's moves.
2. Watch television programs that teach science and math. Shows like Nova, National Geographic, Zoboomafoo, ZOOM, and Cyberchase on PBS and Bill Nye the Science Guy on Nickelodeon.
3. Have your child practice calculating simple math problems in his/her head.
4. Explore science. Visit a science museum, planetarium, child's museum, or exploratorium.
5. Encourage your child to read magazines or newspapers that cover math and science. (Examples: National Geographic Kids, Odyssey:Adventure in Science, Contact Kids, OWL: The Discovery Magazine for Kids).
6. Practice estimating things. (Examples: number of raisins in a bowl, pebbles in a pile, marbles in a jar).
7. Do brainteasers
8. Have a special "math day" or science day" with the family. This is when the family can play math games or do science experiments.
9. Have your child write down 10 questions about how the world works that he/she wants answered.
10. Have your child join a math or science club at school.
11. Find a book or Web site on science experiments you can do with things at home.
12. Get a tutor or find a classmate to help your child with science or math.
13. Have your child teach someone else math or science.
14. Play a game of paying attention to the use of numbers in the news.
15. Find the origins of math in different cultures.
16. Let you child build his/her own Web page or site.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Logic Smart Children

What does it mean to be logic smart? When you're Logic Smart, you may understand numbers and math concepts easily, enjoy finding patterns, and easily see how cause and effect works in science. According to Thomas Armstrong, PhD., if you or your child can answer yes to any of the questions below, then you just may be Logic Smart.

Do you:
1. find numbers fascinating?
2. like science?
3. easily do math in your head?
4. enjoy counting things?
5. like estimating, or guessing the amount of things (like the number of pennies in a jar)?
6. remember numbers and statistics easily (baseball statistics, sports scores, the heights of the tallest buildings in the world)?
7. enjoy games that use strategy like chess and checkers?
8. notice the links between actions and their results (otherwise know as cause and effect)?
9. spend time doing brainteasers or logic puzzles?
10. enjoy discovering how computers work?
11. love to organize information on charts and graphs?
12. use computers for more than playing games?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tips On Dropping 5 Pounds

I told you before if an article is talking about losing weight it will have my attention. As long as it is safe and not complicated I will consider the suggestions. In the May 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping, they suggested that to work off the muffins you may eat on Mother's Day, try these kid-friendly activities.

Activity Calories Burned/30 Minutes

1. Playing Scrabble /54 Calories

2. Flying a kite /72 Calories

3. Washing the dog /125 Calories

4. Going on a bike ride /143 Calories

5. Hiking in the woods /179 Calories

6. Jogging in a race /215 Calories

7. Climbing a rock wall /286 Calories
Go to and type "Mother's Day" to see if there are family-friendly races in your area. Click here to find 30 more ways to drop 5 pounds at .

Saturday, May 1, 2010

60 Seconds to Less Stress

According to the May 2010 Good Housekeeping issue, for those crazed, heart-racing moments, breathing deeply for a minute or so can lower your stress level. But to decrease overall anxiety and boost confidence, practice daily for 15 to 20 minutes (start with 10 and work your way up). Health experts at Harvard suggest three different methods; use whichever feels most comfortable to you.

1. Simple Break - Take a normal breath followed by a slow, deep breath, letting the air come in through your nose to fill your lower belly. Now breathe out through your mouth or nose. Alternate normal and deep breaths.

2. Hand on Belly - Put one hand just below your belly button and breathe deeply. Feel your hand rise about an inch each time you inhale and fall about an inch when you exhale.

3. Multisystem- Close your eyes. Imagine that each inhale washes relaxation into your body and each exhale carries tension away. To reinforce the effect, as you inhale say (to yourself), "Breathing in peace and calm" and as you exhale say, "Breathing out tension and anxiety."

Teach your children less stress techniques. It might help them in stressful situations to have breathing techniques to incorporate so they can learn to bring down their stress levels.

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