Critical Thinking

Ok, I have to ask… did you just read that quote, look at the picture, and think “WHAT!”? Or, did you possibly just accept it for what it said? Now, if you apply critical thinking here, the first thought that pops into your head is that there was no internet during Abraham Lincoln’s lifetime. Correct? Secondly, is that a picture of Abraham Lincoln? No, it’s out first president, George Washington. Learning about critical thinking could save you a little embarrassment down the line.

Teaching Soft and Hard Skills

I recently read an interesting article on soft skills verses hard skills. I have to say, I’m a little disturbed by the thought that both can’t be taught simultaneously. Are we so closed minded to learning new things and new ways that we are impacting the workforce? I would like to believe that we are constantly growing and learning as a society. So, why not broaden our horizons and start teaching both soft and hard skills starting with the alphabet?

When a prayer becomes a miracle, the praying doesn’t stop there. There is nothing more heartbreaking to a mother than watching her child suffer in pain. Suffering, however, without answers is just gut wrenching. A mother gives birth to a beautiful baby boy and within two short years her world is turned completely upside down. She begins a journey to find the answers she so desperately seeks for the miracle she holds lovingly in her arms. This is the true story that I bring you today

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An Opportunity for Learning

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou

When my children were young, I used to sit and listen to them talk to each other. I wasn’t only interested in what they were saying, but the knowledge behind the words. What had they learned in school and life that brought them to say the words being said? I was always fascinated by the conversations. Today, I do the same with my grandchildren… I’m

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How to Clean Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Pacifiers

GERMS, GERMS, GERMS… they are everywhere! So, how do we try to keep them away from our little precious jewels without going overboard and sealing them in a plastic bubble? Below is a list we will cover the next few weeks:

  1. Proper handwashing… yes, even the infants need their hands washed before and after each bottle feeding and after each diapering.
  2. Proper cleaning of baby bottles and sippy cups. Have you ever witnessed a

Daycare from a Child’s Perspective

Today, I introduce you to Mr. Zay. He is currently a 2nd grader, but he spent his early years in daycare from the age of a few months to five years old. So, what does it mean to a child to attend daycare? How does it help them? It’s hard to get those answers from our children at those young ages, but how about with just a couple more years on them. Let’s see if Mr. Zay can give us the experience of daycare from a child’s perspective.

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When & How to Wash Your Hands

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. At , we work very hard on keeping the germs at bay. We do a lot of

Internet Security

The age of cyber predators has arrived and there sits your child fully enthralled in playing that educational game. The child has not a worry in the world but lurking behind the scenes a predator could be monitoring your child. Not only is the child at risk but so is your computer and everything you have stored on it. In one click you could open the door wide open to hackers and viruses. How do you keep your both your child and your computer safe… internet security.

Tip #1:

Never leave your child unattended while they are on the internet. If they are old enough to peruse their games and favorite sites without your assistance then you should at least be in the same room or check on them often. Kids love to explore and exploring the internet could lead to danger.

Tip #2:

Utilize anti-virus software on your computer. Sites such as AVG, McAfee, Norton, and AVAST all offer free or free to try software for protection. It is also good to keep a malware program on your computer such as Malware Bytes or Ad-Aware. Set up the software to run on a schedule that will protect your needs.

Tip #3:

Most sites deposit “cookies” which are defined by Webopedia as, “A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.”  Per Webopedia, “Cookies cannot read your hard drive to find out information about you; however, any personal information that you give to a Web site, including credit card information, will most likely be stored in a cookie unless you have turned off the cookie feature in your browser. In only this way are cookies a threat to privacy. The cookie will only contain information that you freely provide to a Web site.” You can set the level of security on your computer. Always be mindful what information you provide on the internet because chances are that information is being stored on your computer. It’s a good practice to occasionally delete your cookies and cache of previously viewed web pages. The more careful you are, the more secure your system will be.

Tip #4:

Video chatting can give a predator a lot of information. Clues to location are all around your child. A school logo on a t-shirt can lead the predator right to your child. Monitor who your child chats with and where they are chatting. Children don’t realize they are surrounded by clues to their location.

Tip #5:

Set ground rules! Monitoring your child on the Internet is not a violation of the child’s privacy. You wouldn’t let them go off in a park with someone you didn’t know would you? Communicate with your child and tell them of security issues such as clinking links received in an email. Don’t respond to emails from unknown persons. Make certain they understand to never give out their personal information to anyone online. Let them know, if they don’t know if something is safe, ask a parent.

Tip #6:

Activate those parental controls! Software such as Qustodio, K9 Web Protection, and DNS Angel offer free parental control software. The more thorough you are, the more you and your child are protected.

It’s always work keeping your child safe whether it’s out on the street or in your home but parents are the children’s first line of defense. If you don’t push back the offenders then they will surely find a way to breach the defense.  I wish safe and secure surfing for you and your precious child.

Author: Belinda Davis