Friday, May 2, 2014

A constructive approach to summer break

A Constructive Approach to Summer Break
From article by Michael G. Conner, Psy.D
 Summer is no time to let children do whatever they want. Children need structure, routines, rules, consequence, rewards and the opportunity to discover and express their potential. Without these things, your child may get into trouble and they will most likely have a hard time returning and adjusting to school next year.
The best approach to summer is for parents to take a positive, responsible and active attitude. Summer break means just this to many kids;
 No homework, No teachers, No reason to get up, No responsibility, No restrictions on television, No restrictions on the computer or video games, Doing whatever they want.
Fortunately, small children don’t want to stay out and run the streets all night. But young children still need structure and a routine during the summer. Teenagers on the other hand are the bigger challenge because they can easily spend their summer; Hanging with friends, Running around unsupervised, Racing around in cars with friends, Going to parties, "Hanging" with kids who use alcohol and drugs, Causing trouble for thrills, Experimenting with alcohol and drugs, Going to bed when they feel like it, Sleeping until some time past noon. This kind of behavior is hard to change once it becomes a daily experience.
Many teenagers will argue and bend the rules when their parents finally start to set limits. Most teens will say things like, "My friends don’t have to work or do chores.", "I won’t do anything bad.", "Why don’t you trust me?", and "Just because others do drugs doesn’t mean I will." It will be hard to stop this behavior if a parent gives in to these arguments.
 You probably have an idea for a summer routine. Here are seven suggestions that I think are very useful.
1. Children should be up by 9 am and do something by no later than 10 am on weekdays. If they sleep past 11 am, then they probably need more exercise during the day, an earlier bed time and less stimulation at night before they go to bed.
2. Children need a schedule of daily activities, chores or a job opportunity. Children should earn money and not be given money before they earn it.
3. Teenagers should be home no later than 10 pm every night unless they ask parents for permission in advance. Teenagers may stay out later on weekends but not weekdays. Late night activities on week days should be planned and approved by parents at least 24 hours in advance.
4. Know where your children are, who they are with and where you can find them if you wanted to find them. It is important that you speak with and get to know the parents of children that your child associates with.
5. Look into a summer program for young children through your local parks and recreation department. Keep your child from continuous television. Know what your teenagers are doing and check on them periodically to be sure they are completely open and honest with you.
6. Make sure your children get plenty of exercise. Do not let your child watch TV, play video games or disappear into the internet for more than 2 hours a day.
7. Have your child read, write or do math for at least 5 hours a week. Give them an incentive or pay them for a book report or correct answers to math questions.
Go to if you want to know more about house rules, reality, rewards, incentive and punishment. There are free articles on parenting and discipline.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's wrong with Grandma?

Geez, been awhile since my last post, so much has happened, but I digress.....
 I would like to know why, why does it seem many jobs have it in for their employees. In the decades that I have worked in the medical field, specifically as an LPN, the seemingly lower end businesses (skilled nursing facilities and/or assisted living facilities) are often woefully understaffed, and although the staff they have are hard workers, they are often admonished if/when things go wrong or given little credit when things go right, by an administration that is more concerned with following the corporate marching orders and giving lip service to their employees when questioned.
My personal experience is vast and historically replete with examples of administrators and nursing staff more concerned with receiving a pat on the back, and a little something extra in their wallets at the expense of resident safety and well being to justify the corporate bottom line.
 For example; Over a year ago I worked within a facility on a "Medicare unit." There were approximately 38 residents, and although about one third were of a lower acuity, the remainder required much more attention and care than I/we were able to provide. It was not unusual to see half a dozen call lights going off. Although myself and the two CNA's tried to meet the needs of the demanding residents, we could expect a dissatisfied resident chiding us for answering a call late and subsequently referring the complaint to administration,family members, or even the State (DSHS). Who then gets the blame? Not the people that should, but the staff working in the trenches. The ones who juggle the proverbial plates and dishes to keep everything balanced.
I don't blame the residents as they have little control of their environment, but I do blame the folks that maintain the facilities and the quality of patient care within.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Another future winner shoots -kills 90 year old

Here we go folks. Here is another family with a lovable urchin with an itchy trigger finger that finds it's way to a gun and then blows away an innocent person. This time the victim is a 90 year relative. The perp? Well he is an 8 year old that loves to play GTA IV. Now that's what I call good parenting.

SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) - East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office officials say they believe an 8-year-old intentionally pulled the trigger and killed an elderly woman Thursday evening right after playing 'Grand Theft Auto IV'. Although they believe it was an intentional crime, according to Louisiana law,

the child will not be charged.

In what is now being called a homicide, the Sheriff's Office says it happened at the Country Breeze mobile home park on LA 67 near Slaughter, LA just after 5 p.m. Investigators said they found a woman with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to family members of the victim, her name was Marie Smothers. Smothers was 90 years old.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cop killer eludes dragnet

IRVINE (KTLA) – Southern California remains on edge Saturday morning (Feb. 9) as the manhunt continues for ex-LAPD officer and triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner. UPDATE Saturday afternoon 3pm The search continued Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Big Bear area. There are approximately 50 law enforcement officers searching the forest area and doing additional door to door checks. There are several additional patrol units throughout the Big Bear Lake community. Two helicopters are assisting in the search efforts. The search is expected to continue until nightfall and resume again in the morning, if necessary. More than a hundred officers searched in and around Big Bear Friday in difficult, snowy conditions. The burned-out pickup truck belonging to Dorner that was recovered on a mountain road in Big Bear is now in the hands of Irvine police, being processed and searched for clues and evidence.

Read more: Go here (Ktla)

Read more: Go here (Ktla)

Now if I may opine, I believe the suspect is long gone and likely used the "burned out" truck as a ruse which may have bought him more time. That said; I feel he likely was unjustifiably fired, but that is no excuse to create this terror throughout the law enforcement community.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Watch this 2016: Obama's America

The real Obama

a must see Documentary

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gelatinous blobs fall on town (1994)

The townspeople of Oakville, Washington, were in for a surprise on August 7, 1994. Instead of their usual downpour of rain, the inhabitants of the small town witnessed countless gelatinous blobs falling from the sky. Once the globs fell, almost everyone in Oakville started to develop severe, flu-like symptoms that lasted anywhere from 7 weeks to 3 months. Finally, after exposure to the goo caused his mother to fall ill, one resident sent a sample of the blobs for testing. What the technicians discovered was shocking – the globs contained human white blood cells. The substance was then brought to the State Department of Health of Washington for further analysis. With another startling reveal, they discovered that the gelatinous blobs had two types of bacteria, one of which is found in the human digestive system. However, no one could successfully identify the blob, and how they were connected to the mysterious sickness that plagued the town.

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