Sunday, December 8, 2013
My name is Amanda Zieba. I am a wife, mother of two and middle school reading teacher. I have earned my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education. I enjoy writing in my free time and have just recently started publishing online. More of my published work (articles about: education, books, crafting and families) can be viewed by visiting this site. http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/1533842/amanda_zieba.html.
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Young families today are faced with many challenges and tough decisions. How do I make my household budget work? Where do I send my kids to daycare? Whose family do we spend each holiday with? It seems the questions never end. Another important topic to consider is where to go to church. Often times when people are first beginning their careers or married lives, they find themselves in a new city. Old rituals are forced to take a hiatus and begin anew. Whether you find yourself in a new city or just looking for a change, Sunday mornings also join this list of choices to make.
My husband and I found ourselves in this very position. We visited several churches in town, sat through a variety of services and silently suffered through the staring scrutiny of those who wondered who the new people were. We jokingly called our endeavor “church shopping” but knew it was more serious than that. So, having been through this process myself, I have some advice to offer.
There are a lot of things to think about when finding a new church. The first issue to tackle will probably be denomination. If you grew up in different faiths, I suggest trying out an assortment of types of churches, both those you are familiar with and those completely new to you. For over a year we lovingly called ourselves “Lutherlics” because we alternated each week between a Lutheran and a Catholic church. Things to consider when choosing a denomination are the conversion process (classes to take, ceremonies involved, etc.), rituals/sacraments practiced, and personal beliefs.
Another aspect of church that you may want to contemplate is the education. Children and adults alike need to grow in their faith knowledge in order to have a quality relationship with God. I am thankful that our church has an adult education hour and a high quality Sunday school curriculum for kids. My son (who is only two) is thrilled each week to join the other kids during the children’s sermon. His apparent enthusiasm for church, especially at a young age, is heartwarming and inspiring to me.
Some other aspects on our “church shopping list” included:
· A kid friendly environment
· A welcoming congregation
· Space to spend time with in the church with others
Our amazing pastor was the final piece that completed the puzzle for us. Finding a faith leader that genuinely cares for you and your family can connect your life and your faith in a meaningful way is a treasure that I hope you can also find.
Take the important step of carefully choosing your church and begin your life as a family together as one firmly founded not only in God, but in a way and place that continually supports you. We are so blessed that we have found our place each Sunday and I wish you the best as you hopefully attempt to do the same.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Commons, wikimedia.org, Hip Hop, by Angel’s, 7.30.2011,Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why dancing is good exercise?” Or possibly you have asked, “Why hip hop dancing is good exercise?”
Children love to dance. Movement is in their spirits. Exercising and having fun is what Hip hop dance is. Hop hop dance provides stamina endurance, strengthens the heart muscles, and tones the abdominal muscles. It is an easy way to get your children to exercise.
Exercise in School
Any exercise that provides you a good workout should be considered. Exercising is good for the body. Because everyone is different, each person will need to find which exercise is best for you. Many schools have some type of dancing and exercise movement into their regular school routine. Either before or after school.
In addition, starting the “Let's Move” movement in schools is a good move by Michelle Obama. The students benefit from this. That is a positive and healthy move for the future of our young people and generations to follow.
Some schools have even gone as far as to have an actual Hip hop Dance Team that dances during half times of their games. Can you imagine the exercise that they get for dong this? The rewards are just phenomenal.
Besides the fact that hip hop is a great way to get children to exercise, it also engages students. Educators realize teaching hip hop can also be a bridge to talk about other subjects.
Did you know that there are sites available where you can input your weight and the number of minutes that you exercise to estimate the number of calories that you burn?
Hip Hop DVD
If you have reservations about hip hop dance, there are numerous videos on YouTube that show you in dept the movements.
Finally, you will determine which hip-hop DVD or video is best for you. It depends on what areas of your body you want to workout. Shaun T Hip Hop Abs &rdquo concentrate on upper, lower, and middle abs. Twenty minute and Ten minute workouts, are available for those that have less time to workout. Encouraging children to exercise with Hip hop is good.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sometimes you may take for granted your eyes and/or other important parts of the body. Preservation of your eyes should never be overlooked. Your eyes are precious. Be sure to treat them like that.
It is important to maintain your eye health in order to preserve your eyes. Vision is so important. How annoying is it to be unable to read print?
1. Protective Eye Wear
Wearing protective eye wear can help preserve your vision, when doing certain activities.
Polycarbonate which is in most protective eye wear is 10 times stronger than normal eye wear.
Be sure to wear your sunglasses when out it in the sun. The sun can do more damage to your eyes than you think. Also, protective coating can be provided in your sunglasses. It may be somewhat more costly, but worth it. Prices can range from $154.00 and higher. Ultraviolet treatment for sunglasses protects your eyes just like a sun screen. When you get your prescription filled for your regular eye wear usually you will be given an option of getting a special coating for your glasses that can protect your eyes. They will darken when you are out in the sun and then lighten back up when you are in doors.
Other options may include computer protection to protect from the glare of the computer. The fact that Apple came out with the Retinal display iPad which protects your eyes much better is great. Apparently, computers and laptops do not have the retinal display currently, but you can order online separately an anti-glare screen that hangs over your computer screen and this is an additional protection from the glare of the computer.
Also, note that you can adjust the brightness on your computer, so that it is not so bright. Finally, you can adjust your fonts when working on the computer by holding the (ctrl button) down while moving your mouse scroll forward to enlarge the font or moving the scroll backwards to decrease the font.
Have you ever experienced moving floaters that appear to dart away in your eye when looking at something? People can live with them, but then there are others times it may be a sign of a more serious condition. If you see floaters with flashes of light or have eye pain, this may be a more serious condition, you may want to consult a doctor. You do not want to risk the possibility of permanent eye loss. Some of the conditions that the floaters may cause are retinal detachment, retinal tear, or bleeding from the eye.
3. Retinal Detachment
Retinal detachment deprives the retinal cells of oxygen to nourish it. Retinal detachment is an emergency condition. Early detection can possibly save your eyes. Do not overlook the warning signs. Some of the warning signs may include floaters as was mentioned above, flashes of light, or a shadow or curtain over a portion of the eye. This is serious and should not be overlooked. You should seek medical attention from your eye doctor.
If you are diabetic, you definitely should have regular eye exams. Did you know that the leading cause of vision loss among work people in the United States is Diabetes? Diabetic osteopathy has no warning signs and can gradually creep up, that is why regular exams with the eye dilation are important for early detection. Early detection can save your eyes.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bullying is no joke. There has been more emphasis on how to stop bullying. Are you a spectator that stands around and watches someone get bullied? Then you are just as guilty as those doing the bullying?
Types of Bullying
Are you aware that there are several types of bullying that can occur in your child's life. Those types of bullying include verbal, social, physical, and Cyberbullying.
Deliberate, repetitive, and social aggressive behavior is social bullying. Did you know that gossiping can cause mental emotional harm, and social isolation. Those negative words can cause harm. The sad thing about this is that these types of behavior can carry over into adulthood.
There have been numerous cases of bullying that have occurred in Michigan. It is also sad to state that it is a fact that Michigan is the 48th state to adopt the Anti-bullying law. Why did it take Michigan so long to get on board with this program? The anti-bully law was signed in Michigan by Governor Snyder, Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
Facts About Bullying
Did you know that kids that are bullied may feel powerless, unpopular, and alone. Kids who bully others believe that bullying will help them fit in, and make them think they are better than the kid they are bullying. In addition, kids that see bullying may feel depressed or worried.
According to the CDC suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. According to ABC news, neaarly 30% of students are are either bullies or victims of bullying. In addition 160,000 students stay home from school because of the fear of bullying..
Tell Your Kid
Did you know that 77% of Parents feel their child will witness a bullying incident in school. Do you know what to tell your kid about bullying? Tell your child to ask the bully to stop, don't join in, make friends with the person being bullied so they know that you care, tell an adult so that the bullying rule may be enforced, and make sure your child knows that bullying is never okay.
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