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Hous ehold rules keep your family safe, your home running smoothly, and promote a healthy environment. So it’s important that those rules are enforced. But that’s easier said than done when kids are involved. What should your house rules be? When should those rules be introduced? How can you make sure those rules are followed? And what can you do when they’re not? Here’s a blueprint for establishing and enforcing house rules for kids.
There are a handful of wonderful outdoor museums in the Netherlands focusing on typical Dutch lifestyle during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Netherlands also boasts a large number of old, scenic windmills. At Zaanse Schans you can find the best of both of these.
It's happened to all of us. You're out for a day of shopping and, when you return home weary and laden with goodies, you realize you're missing a glove. Or you go to unlock your bike only to discover you no longer have your lock key. Doesn't matter the item, the how, the why, the where, or the when. It's lost. And you can only hope that it will once again be found. Amsterdammer and artist Annemarieke Weber makes it all the more likely that you and your possessions will be reunited with Findfence (Vindhek).
At the Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam, adjacent to the War Memorial and right next door to the Nieuwe Kerk, the Royal Palace Amsterdam, with its imposing domed cupola, is a striking sight. The former town hall's official opening was in July of 1655 and had the distinction of being the largest secular building in Europe during the 17th century. In its day, it was long considered for the title of Eighth Wonder of the World.
Let the French have their bûche de Noël. The Brits can keep their mince pies. And who needs those silly American candy canes? They all pale in comparison with the sweet treats of Sinterklaas. From the ubiquitous chocolate letters to the constant flow of pepernoten, the mouth-watering goodies start flying off the shelves the minute they're put on display (as early as October). Once the Sinterklaas holiday is over, though, they'll disappear as suddenly as they materialized. Here are some of the holiday's heavy hitters.
Haarlem, a beautiful city smack dab in the middle of the Bulb Region, had its heyday during the 17th century - a period in Dutch history most often referred to as the Dutch Golden Age. The cobble-stoned streets and elaborate 17th century Dutch architecture are sure to transport you back in time. The city was once home to legendary Dutch painter Frans Hals, whose most widely recognized painting is probably The Laughing Cavalier (also known as The Merry Cavalier). For those of us still in the 21st century, here are some hot spots to hit up on your visit to Haarlem.
When you think of the Netherlands, you think of windmills. Or is it "when you think of windmills, you think of the Netherlands"? Either way, one thing is certain: if you spend any amount of time in the Netherlands, you're bound to see at least one windmill. And that includes visits to Amsterdam. In fact, there are eight seventeenth century windmills in and around the city.
Though the Netherlands and typical summer weather seem to be having an on-again/off-again relationship this year, we have had a number of gorgeous summer days. And some of those days have been hot, Hot, HOT! Luckily, Amsterdam offers plenty of wonderfully wet ways to cool off this or any summer. Did your mind head straight for Amsterdam's famous labyrinth of canals just now? Well, while you're not forbidden to jump in and doggy paddle around, you're advised to wear goggles and earplugs, not to swallow the water, and not to dive in if you have any open wounds. So you might just want to rethink the urge. Besides, why would you want to take a dip in nasty canal water when you've got options like these:
Before you settle in and start enjoying the sights and sounds of South Africa, there are a number of logistical things you need to take care of. At the top of the list is setting up a bank account. Setting up an account in South Africa can be a challenge for expats without a South African credit record. But stick with us and we'll let you in on all you need to know to make banking in your new country a smooth sail.
Let’s face it, you’re not going to make it very far during your stay in Deutschland without a bank account. While setting up a bank account in Germany is pretty clear-cut, there are some things you’re going to need to know to make the process virtually hassle-free. Lucky for you, we’ve got the lowdown right here.
Your next stop is Switzerland and you’re checking the items off your to-do list for the big move. One of the tasks on that list is setting up a bank account in your new home. While banking in Switzerland is straight-forward in principle, it has become more difficult for expats thanks to recent crack-downs on money laundering and other financial crimes. But it’s certainly not impossible. And this guide will help you navigate the process with ease.
Congrats, you have made the move to Australia. Now it is time to set up your bank account. Opening a bank account in Australia is straight-forward, banks are very helpful to expats and there are many banks to choose from.
Karen Ashby, MD, doesn’t have children, but several of her colleagues do — and none of their kids wants to be a doctor. It is a realization that the OB/GYN finds unsettling. Particularly in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, which is providing more and more Americans with access to healthcare.
Amsterdam is best known for bicycles and canals. So it’s probably not a good place to be during the cold winter months, right?Wrong! Amsterdam is a magical place in the winter, with lots to do both indoors and out.
In fact, studies show infants are most receptive to speech sounds from any language up to about 8 months of age. After that, their brains home in on sounds found in their native languages. So, the sooner you can introduce a second language, the better.
Many women report less pelvic and lower back pain as a result of using a belly belt. According to a study in the Journal of Biomechanics, pregnancy belts do appear to reduce muscle stress in the pelvic region. Here are a few reasons why you should consider wearing a pregnancy belt.
When you adopted your furry friend from the shelter, you weren't quite sure what mix of breeds he was. Now, thanks to new technology and testing, you can find out! You may even find out you're the proud parent of a rare dog breed! Here's everything you need to know about dog breed tests and how you can use the information they provide to your advantage.
You love your cat. You love your plants. That doesn't mean they're going to love each other. Plants poisonous to cats can cause anything from mild irritation to death. All the following plants can cause vomiting, drooling, throat and mouth irritation, diarrhea, loss of appetite and, sometimes, foaming at the mouth. Other symptoms specific to each plant are listed below.
Mentink is one of six students living at Residential and Care Center Humanitas, a long-term care facility in the riverside town of Deventer in the eastern part of the Netherlands. In exchange for 30 hours of volunteer work per month, students are able to stay in vacant rooms there free of charge.
It's one thing if the sender was bashing barre fitness or their business model Sisco (left) explains. But this was an attack on the women's bodies from "someone who didn't know us, had never met us, and never set foot in the studio" Sisco tells SELF.
You know how there's always that last bit at the bottom of the mayonnaise jar that's just out of reach? Thanks to a handy tool called the flessenlikker, the Dutch don't have that problem.
Doctors want you to consume seafood. It’s a great source of protein, vitamins A and D, and essential omega-3 fatty acids. It’s great for baby’s brain and eye development. It might even help combat depression during pregnancy and postpartum. So go ahead and enjoy that clam chowder or seared flounder filet. Just keep the following tips in mind.
Social media has its benefits, but it can also be dangerous (See 5 Dangers of Social Media to Discuss With Your Kids for more information). That's why it's important to talk to kids about social media safety, says Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker and the author of "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do." How can you let your kids know what's safe? Here are some tips to get a dialogue rolling:
Not every male dancer gets to take on roles like Swan Lake's Odette, and Giannina in a restaging of Jules Perrot's The Naïad and the Fisherman. But Philip Martin-Nielson isn't your typical performer. Martin-Nielson is a leading dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male troupe famous for its parodies of traditional ballets. Quite an accomplishment for someone who was once told he would never be capable of taking care of himself or living on his own.
You will never forget the moment you found out you were having a baby, so it's only natural to want your announcement to the rest of the world to be just as memorable. If you're in the market for unique baby announcement ideas but keep coming up empty-handed. Here are 10 one-of-a-kind pregnancy announcements to inspire you:
Hiccups, or singultuses, are the repetitive diaphragmatic spasms we all love to hate. They can strike anyone, anytime, at any age — even infants in utero. They come without warning and can last anywhere from a couple minutes to a few hours.
Pediatricians used to advise leaving eggs out of your baby’s diet for the first year of life. It was thought that introducing them later would reduce the likelihood of an egg allergy. Turns out, that advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There is no evidence that early exposure to eggs will affect your baby’s odds of developing an egg allergy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In fact, eggs may be recommended as an early food, after your baby has tried a few others.
Children are notoriously picky eaters. Most parents are just glad there's something going into their children's bodies. But are their favorite foods doing more harm than good? Some of the foods marketed to kids contain one or more ingredients that can have a negative effect on them. It could be migraines, hyperactivity, mood swings, stomach problems and more. Here are some food triggers and their noticeable effects on kids:
Giggles and the pitter patter of little feet echo through the halls of Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle—not exactly the sounds you’d expect to hear in a living-care community for older adults. Then again, “the Mount,” as it’s known, isn’t your typical nursing home. Five days a week, residents and staff share the 300,000 square-foot facility with up to 125 children, ages zero to five. These children and their teachers make up the Mount’s Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC), a licensed nonprofit child-care center and preschool established on the Mount’s premises in 1991.
There's no doubt you love your kid -- but sometimes she does something that makes you want to tear your hair out. Though you have things covered most of the time, there are times when your perfect child can become a difficult child. What do you do when things get out of hand? Here are seven tough situations parents and caregivers face and tips for handling them:
Bear with me. As wacko as it may sound, there’s a lot bloggers can learn from Miss America. After all, we both want to be crowned. One with a tiara and the other with her reader’s attention. And our ‘judges’ typically make their decision in the first 7 seconds. If you want to be the last one standing when the curtains close, take a hint from the pageant world and brush up on these 5 elements of competition.
Each fall, Fairmount’s population soars from 3,000 to 40,000 as people from all across the country and all over the world come to pay homage to hometown hero and Hollywood icon James Dean.
So on June 30, 2014, Esposito started the 60+ Cycling Group of Westchester NY on the online social networking portal Meetup.com. The group now has 66 members and meets two to three times a week, along with Esposito’s other cycling groups (he now runs a total of four, including the 60+ group). “On average, we spend about two to three hours [biking], but sometimes we spend a good part of the day – it all depends,” Esposito said of the group outings.
So what happens if current global resources of phosphorus run low or become inaccessible? Where might we find the necessary phosphorus so that food production can keep pace with humanity? According to some researchers, some of it could come from a surprising source: human urine.
Co-Sleeping with Your Baby: Is It Safe? Share on Pinterest Whether or not to co-sleep with your baby is one of the many choices you’ll make as parents. It’s a very personal decision. As with anything else in parenting (and in life), it has its pros and cons. Here, we shed some light on what co-sleeping means, best practices, and why it’s something you may want to consider, or not.
Your child is still nursing and not likely to give it up any time soon. Which is just fine by you. But what happens when there’s a new baby on the way? Here’s what you need to know about breast-feeding while pregnant.
Teaching your child appropriate behavior is part of being a parent, and discipline is a large chunk of that. Positive discipline is a kind-but-firm approach that has its roots in the teachings of Alfred Adler, a psychologist who believed that cooperation is the result of mutual respect and encouragement. But what does that look like and how does it work? Here’s a list of tips for practicing positive discipline at home.
A centuries-old river town, Madison, Indiana, has a plethora of antique, collectible and vintage stores that are as much a draw for tourists as its historic attractions. From spacious antique malls to small vintage boutiques, you’re likely to find whatever it is you’re looking for – and more.
Balance training and fall prevention programs are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Injury Prevention Program to reduce the prevalence of falls in older adults. Each year, one out of three Americans aged 65 and older experiences a fall. And the CDC notes that one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. While not all falls result in an injury, a fall does increase the likelihood of subsequent falls. And falls are the number one reason for the loss of independence as we age.
The way a culture cares for new families looks different depending on where you are in the world—and there’s a lot we can learn from each country’s unique traditions.
Cyber attacks seem to have become a staple in news headlines. Victims range from the hosting service Dropbox to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Whether it’s a large corporation, small business or family home, a data breach is not a matter of if, but when.
If she couldn’t find the combination of intellectual and social stimulation she was craving, Edith Litt was determined to create it herself. That germ of an idea blossomed into the Collegium for Lifelong Learning. The program would offer older adults the opportunity to gather, learn about and discuss topics that interest them, and get to know one another.
A vending machine for breast pumping supplies, an anonymous group therapy app and a mobile booking platform for pickup sports enthusiasts. These are just a few of the ventures working their way through the Social Innovations Lab (SIL), an accelerator program for social innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University.
There’s so much advice out there for expectant women that it’s difficult to know what to adopt and what to ignore. Are you doomed to forgo your routine hair color touch-ups for the next nine months? Do you really need to put off visits to the nail salon until after you’ve stopped breastfeeding? Is your favorite moisturizer temporarily off-limits? And just how dangerous is your acne treatment to your baby?
Even if those first solids are far off in the future, your tot’s palate has already begun to take shape. Research suggests that rousing her taste buds early on could be the key to avoiding a picky eater.
Simply being around an animal can facilitate a connection. “We can touch them, we can love them, we have relationships with them,” says Pia Salk, a clinical psychologist and animal advocate in Irvington. “Sometimes, the most healing, unconditional, loving relationships we’ve had in our lives have been with anything from a chicken to a dog to a pig to a cat.”
As a scout for the New York Yankees, Dave Cook noticed that an overwhelming number of the players he signed struggled to make the switch from aluminum bats to the wooden bats of the pro leagues. Tackling the problem head-on, he set out to create a bat that would make that transition smoother. The result was the Woodforce 2000, a bat composed of three different pieces of wood: ash for the handle and maple for the barrel, with a 6-inch hickory “sweet spot” for hitting. In 1990, Dave and his wife, Debbie, started the Hoosier Bat Company in their hometown of Valparaiso to deliver Dave’s invention into the hands of players.
In Frederick, Md., lies 16 acres of land dotted with ponds. The ponds are rife with algae, the scummy aquatic organisms that turn water an unpleasant and uninviting green. But that’s just fine with Onur Unal and Ryan Powell, founders of Manta Biofuel. In fact, it’s part of their business model. The Baltimore-based biotechnology company is actively growing the algae to be harvested and converted into crude oil.
For most of us, a pharmacist is the person who receives our prescription, counts out the pills and rattles off instructions before handing over the medicine. Once the transaction is complete, we part ways until it’s time to call in the next prescription. Advocating for a different approach is Dr. Ellen H. Yankellow, president and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc., an institutional pharmacy based out of Hanover, Md.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers aged 75 and older are just as likely to be involved in an accident as those under the age of 25. As all of us age, physical changes can make driving more of a challenge: weakened muscles, stiffness, hearing and vision loss, as well as slower reaction times. Not surprisingly, multiple medications and cognitive decline can also affect performance behind the wheel.