One of the most difficult things for a child is to leave the town they grew up in, the friends they’ve made, and their home. Most children become understandably depressed when moving, and they feel powerless at being unable to change things. To prevent the move from becoming a gloomy experience, it’s important for parents to address the needs and worries of their children.

  1. Children PlayingExplain early and gently – Some parents don’t tell their children about the move until the last minute because they think it would minimise the pain. But doing this will only make things worse. Introduce the idea slowly and gently, tell them why it has to happen, and help them become comfortable with it before the move occurs.
  2. Let them see the new town – Bring your kids to visit the new house and neighbourhood, and try to get them excited by showing them fun places nearby. If possible, let them meet new friends already, so they won’t feel that they’re going to be completely alone once they arrive. You might even get them excited to move, rather than afraid.
  3. Let them pack their own things – Encourage your children to fill a backpack or small box with their most important possessions, and let them carry this. It gives them a sense of security, and they can unpack it immediately upon arriving at their new home. Assure them that the Perth removals service will bring the furniture and things in their new room safely.
  4. Tour the hometown one last time – Before the move happens, take your kids to their favourite places in your hometown. Let them have fun in the playground and say goodbye to the park’s ducks. If they were very close to some relatives or babysitters, let them accompany your children instead.
  5. Hold a farewell party – Organise a party for all your children’s friends and your neighbours. It will bring closure to the friendships they’re leaving behind, and let things end on a high note. One good surprise is to create a memory book, filled with photos of times with their friends and handwritten notes wishing them good luck.

It’s important to be very patient and understanding with your children while all this is going on. Moving is a scary and upsetting experience for kids, and they need you to make them feel at ease.

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airconditioning unitWe have always known lasers as something that blasts and blows up things into tiny, burnt pieces. Thanks to fiction and mainstream media, most people think that amplified light is the next weapon of mass destruction. It’s almost like that, but not quite.

While experimental physicists like Leonard Hofstadter use lasers to heat up and burn things, there is more to lasers than that. Beyond acting as a pointer when we have a presentation or being Darth Vader’s preferred weapon to destroy enemies, it’s also capable of cooling atoms to near-absolute zero (-273°C). Developments about this science are becoming more popular; as a matter of fact, the most recent Isaac Newton medal was given to a researcher doing some work on laser cooling.

The science behind it

Basic physics tells us that atoms are always in motion. The faster they move, the hotter the temperature gets. With that said, the aim of lasers is to slow down the movement of these atoms to cool anything at its atomic level.

In principle, light carries both energy and momentum. Now, what the laser does is it uses this combination to stir the atoms of a certain item and cause it to move, generating a force in effect. Consider the laser as a light ray full of photons. These photons clash with atoms that move in the opposite direction of where the photons are going. As a result, the movement of the atoms slows down and the temperature drops.

What Doppler has to do with it

Doing this, however, is not as simple as it sounds. Processes like this call for high-powered equipment paired with state-of-the-art laser chillers that keep the equipment from burning.

Now, the most common method of laser cooling is through Doppler cooling. This method tunes the light of the laser at a lower frequency to make the atom at rest absorb it more easily. Paired with a vacuum, this method can cool down atoms to extremely low temperatures by dampening the motion of atoms using a viscous force.

The “Doppler” comes from its relation to the Doppler Effect, wherein atoms absorb more photons when they are closer to the source of the laser compared to the absorbed photons in atoms that is farther from the source.

Nonetheless, freezing things at will like Mr. Freeze’s power calls for different kinds of lasers. The light has to be tuned correctly to the element to trigger a freezing reaction visible to the eye. Regardless of the developments in science, we are still at a distance from what we see in CGI-filled movies and sci-fi comic books.

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fire extinguisherPicturing kids home alone isn’t very much like what you see in the movies, where a smart kid outwits burglars by devising plans that mainly make use of toys. In reality, it is one of the most frightening scenarios, as there is much that can happen other than strangers invading your home.

As much as you don’t want to leave your kids at home without a sitter, there are some sudden events that may require you to do so—an emergency, for example, or if something happens to you even while you’re at home with them. If you think they are already progressing quickly on the maturity curve, it’s time to educate them on what they need to do to stay safe. Here’s your head start on this.

A List of Dos and Don’ts

Roll out a list of things that your kids should and should not do when you’re away and be very clear about them. Remind kids to call 911 if they sense danger, and to always keep the doors locked. Other than telling them not to open the door to anyone, you should also tell them intently not to tell anyone that they’re home alone. Order them not to use the stove, oven, or anything that can cause a fire.

When there’s Fire

Go over what your kids need to do when there’s fire. Go around the house and point out the nearest exit points. If they’re big enough to carry some weight, teach them how to use a refilled fire extinguisher in case of very small fires. Stress that they should keep calm as much as possible when making the escape.

Getting In Touch

On your part, it’s necessary that you make constant checks on your kids while you’re away. Other than contacting them, call you neighbors to check on them every now and then. You should teach your kids what to do in case you don’t answer their calls.

Time for Simulation

Drills are important to cement all the things you’ve taught in the minds of your kids. Let your kids rehearse what they need to do if there’s a knock at the door, they lose the keys, or in case of any scenarios that look unsolvable from the viewpoint of a child.

While leaving kids at home may make them feel like they’re already grownups, it may get downright scary for them at times. If it’s possible, hire a babysitter.

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divorceReaching decades-old wedding anniversary used to be a promising sign your marriage is in a safe zone. That’s until a new study came up that made many wonder if the lifelong institution of marriage is still possible to achieve.

Although the overall divorce rate has been declining, a new group is getting divorced at an alarming rate. It’s a trend known as “the gray divorce,” which has been in the spotlight due to the breakup of longtime celebrity couple Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman after 30 years of marriage.

The popular perception is that older couples don’t think of getting a divorce. But many couples today are not willing to go as far as till death do us part.

Loss of connection

Couples who have spent years parenting and working hard on their careers discover that they’re not the same people they were when they started their happy journey together. During dinner, for instance, husband and wife may find awkwardness and realize that the person sitting across from them looks unfamiliar. Most couples drift apart because they no longer feel they have anything in common. Through all the obstacles, couples sometimes evolve into different people.

Long discussions about finances

With all the stress of daily living, it becomes easy for many to put off romance. Arguments about paying bills, resolving children’s problems, and handling home repairs can be frustrating. Most couples’ sweet talk seems to be part of a past life. Experts on divorce, such as divorceattorneyinlongisland.com and divorcesource.com, share that it’s best to have legal advice from someone who has experience in divorce finance if ending the marriage is imminent. This is also a logical step when you are both emotional.

Low coping skills

It’s a lack of repair that causes long lasting damage for a marriage. Health problems and death of a loved one become common occurrences in midlife. If a couple does not have the necessary coping strategies to make it through a traumatic event, it could lead to a breakdown between the two of them.

Divorce may be the right choice for a failing relationship, but it brings with it potential challenges.

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DrainSome homeowners think that if the drain is flowing, then there’s no need to worry—not always correct. When food debris goes down the drain, clogging usually occurs—even when it is unnoticeable for a time. Leaking and clogging are the two major drainage issues that you can address immediately to avoid future and costlier damage to your plumbing.

To help you out, here are three things that you should avoid doing:

1. Don’t neglect minor clogs

In the plumbing business, a small leak signals a serious issue, but many homeowners choose to ignore it. Others even think that minor clogs can take care of themselves. For all you know, the leaking and clogging may be interrelated. When a drainage leaks, there is a high possibility that there are clogged areas in the pipes. As perinaplumbing.com.au puts it, you should unblock drains immediately to reduce plumbing costs. Don’t neglect leaks and minor clogs as they tend to get worse, not better.

2. Don’t get misled by clogged drainage myths

Over the years, a good number of homeowners have lived believing and following some myths when dealing with clogged drains. Don’t let myths mislead your household and cause potential and extensive damage. You can check the Internet for a handful of tips from the experts to avoid confusion. Check if you can call a local plumbing professional for more specific questions.

3. Don’t rely solely on do-it-yourself projects

After fixing a few pipes and leaks, you think that you have developed the right plumbing skills already. You might be wrong, as drainage problems can turn into major challenges. A plunger may unblock a pipe for the first few instances, but sometimes, this tack might stop working. List down your drainage problems and consult a plumbing expert.

Avoid skipping maintenance and inspection drills. By keeping track of your drainage checks, you can prolong the service life of your plumbing. Just make sure to consult the experts for sound advice that debunk the myths.

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green lawnWant to make your home just a little bit greener by starting your own lawn? Keeping a lawn is one of the most rewarding and satisfying hobbies a homeowner could have. Like with any activity, lawn care does have its difficulties, but with time you’ll have a gorgeous green lawn that your neighbours will envy.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the basics. But although it’s relatively simple, it is also time sensitive; you need to give your lawn what it needs, when it needs it.

Starting out

Before you worry about weeds and pests, you first need to get in touch with turf suppliers to get the lawn itself. Using turf is undoubtedly the easiest and fastest way to start out; seeds require a gruelling time and effort investment. Many homeowners have also found that cutting and fitting turf to the lawn edge is fun.

Make sure to choose a good supplier, however, otherwise you could end up regretting your purchase when your ‘prized’ lawn ends up looking like a wild meadow.

Keeping your lawn healthy

Unless you’re planning to rely on a landscaping specialist constantly, you need to learn basic lawn care and maintenance. Much of this depends on the grass breed you selected. Learn how often to water and how much, proper mowing height, and fertilising procedure.

  • Watering – Contrary to popular belief, lawns thrive when watered infrequently. Instead of watering every day, aim for 2 to 3 deep watering sessions a week. This will simulate conditions in the wild, and promote strong root growth.
  • Mowing – Different lawn breeds have different recommended mowing heights, so it’s best to consult with your supplier. Proper mowing procedure, on the other hand, is quite universal. Remove any obstacles beforehand, overlap the passes, and empty the catcher regularly.
  • Fertilising – The most common mistake is over fertilising. Not only is this wasteful, it also contributes to water pollution. Follow the instructions on the package carefully.

Don’t underestimate diligent lawn care. Most problems start a month before showing any symptoms, and by then they will be very difficult to fix.

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school tripsTours have been a historical part of the education system. In the past decades, pupils have ridden buses and explored zoos, museums, theatres, institutions and historical sites. Of course, this is all part of the concept of holistic learning – teaching children more than just basic numeracy and literacy.

But what exactly do school trips develop in children? Different studies point to the following traits:

Critical thinking

One of the key benefits of a school trip is how the pupils pay more attention to details and remember certain occurrences and factoids about what happened during the trip. Beyond this, tours also develop critical thinking, and two studies show how school trips do so.

The first study, a US-based research, has noted of the increase in observations that students make about a certain topic after their school trip. The essays written for the research sported more descriptions and observations coming from the students.

Furthermore, a UK-based analysis has noticed how a tour of the zoo has improved the writing skill of pupils by up to nine months. Memorable experiences contributed to the development of their skill levels, helping even those who struggle in essay writing.

Historical empathy

A tour outside the school exposes pupils and students to diversity – in people, in places, in time periods, in events and in ideas. In effect, the school tour broadens the experience of a child and teaches the importance of appreciating and understanding what happened in the past. A school trip fulfils one of the main objectives of teaching history: imparting a clearer perspective on different times and places.

Tolerance

Speaking of diversity, school trips also help develop tolerance. With the diversity of opinions and ideas, children learn how to agree and disagree with different points of view. In the span of a few hours, pupils hone their skills in expressing their opinions and being more tolerant of those who disagree with their thoughts.

Other than fostering attention to detail and interest in museums, school trips help pupils become more critical, empathic and tolerant at a young age. Children welcome a more holistic approach to learning and recognise what really matters in the world.

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work in makatiEveryone wishes to land their dream job – the one that will allow them to make full use of their knowledge and skills for career progression. Makati City is the place for young Filipino professionals looking for opportunities to better their lives because it is the business capital of the Philippines. Almost all major local and multinational companies have a home base in the city.

Dealing with Stress

The National Capital Region of the Philippines is rather expansive, and for those who live quite far from Makati, muscling their way through public transportation can be excessively tiring. It can affect your performance at work, and cause you to feel anxious as you prepare to head out for the day.

According to RentInMakati.com, ‘The most convenient way to work in Makati is to reside within the city itself. There are many land developers that have built Makati condos and apartments with the young professional in mind. You can now own a Makati house without going broke. A Makati condo doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg anymore, as you can find a condo, apartment, or house that’s just within your price range.’

Why Live in Makati

Living in a condominium, apartment, or house in Makati allows you to use you time efficiently instead of wasting it on the road. Aside from living near your workplace and cutting commuting costs, there are a lot of other benefits to living in Makati. Considering how it is one of the richest cities in Metro Manila, this city continues to develop its facilities and services.

Since Makati is a well-developed and cosmopolitan city, there is a notion that living in the area is expensive. While it’s true that the city is home to upscale restaurants and establishments, there is also an abundance of alternative options for those living on a budget.

It is not necessary to buy a house in Makati to experience the convenience of living near your workplace. By renting a condo or apartment, you can get pretty much the same thing, too.

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agingPeople over 65 years old are at risk of having neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The cases for each condition vary from different parts of the world. In the US, Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. Parkinson’s, on the other hand, affects a million people, with therapeutic surgery costing about $100,000 dollars per person.

If your loved one suffers from any neurological disease, it’s best to understand their condition to make sure that you provide them with the right treatment and proper care.

Alzheimer’s Disease

In the documentary Extreme Love: Dementia, Louis Theroux discussed how dementia and Alzheimer’s affects a person’s way of thinking. It showed that people with advanced stages of the condition have trouble remembering their own name or some basics of the English language.

It was also noted that caring for those afflicted isn’t always easy, as most were confused about certain situations. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, but there are available medications that may slow down the development of the condition.

Parkinson’s Disease

According to the US National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), about 50,000 cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed each year. The total number is hard to assess because it is not diagnosed until the disease has progressed. Parkinson’s is a movement disorder that leads to difficulty with balance and coordination.

Just like Alzheimer’s disease, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Treatments are available to improve the symptoms and maintain the quality of life. Aspenseniorcenter.org and Parkinson’s care centers in Provo, suggest supportive treatments like occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Caring for a love done suffering from a neurological disorder is a full-time job. You can consult memory care centers, but it is still helpful to be there for them. It is also important to note that not all patients respond well to treatment. Some may only experience mild symptoms and disability while others may have extreme symptoms. Your understanding and patience are important to help your loved one.

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moneyFinancial instability sometimes drives people to juggle two or more jobs at same time. With the rising prices of commodities, saving is a practicality everyone needs to do. The pressure to save money is a reality for people of all ages. Although this is the case, nothing in the rulebooks is stopping you from taking out a loan.

Some people get loans to buy a house, start a business, or secure other necessities. According to loan company Utah Money Center, the best way to use loan money is for getting a new or used car. Here are some tips on how you can manage your finances as early as now:

Control Your Credit Card Debt

One of the most common financial responsibilities in the US is credit card debt. It’s important not to be too dependent on your credit card every time you buy things. Interest rates increase each time you fail to pay on time. If you are unsure whether you can pay on schedule, it’s better to avoid credit cards.

Make an Emergency Account

The uncertainties in life highlight the great importance of having an emergency account. Set aside at least 10 percent of your earnings every month and deposit it into this account. Stored money should be good for about six months in case of sudden job termination, and it should only be used for emergency cases such as accidents and health problems.

Set Up a Retirement Plan Now

Even if it is just your first day of employment, making a retirement plan is important because there are no guarantees on your financial future. Retirement may be decades away, but saving as early as possible makes it easier retire early since you’ve already saved enough money. You won’t have to double your effort in your late 50’s just to achieve a retirement goal. If your employer offers a 401(k) Plan, you better grab that deal.

Managing your finances is part of handling your life. With these tips, you can be assured of a stable financial future.

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