A Man and His Baby

Written by Ieuan Dolby

When a couple steps forth with a baby in tow everything in life is stable and normal. People hold open doors, hard shopkeepers “chuck” and go all gooey before catching themselves and generally life is an easy ride. But gentlemen, when he who dares to step-out with a baby in tow (minusrepparttar wife) life becomes a series of obstacles that never ceases to surprise.

I don’t mean a trip torepparttar 148259 corner shop, “no siree”! I mean a fully-fledged trip into town, pram, milk bottles and spare nappies to boot! Small things are immediately noticeable, like that hard and mean-looking grocer downrepparttar 148260 road! When my wife goes in to his establishment he goes all gooey, in fact he doesn’t notice me at all; just talks to my wife and son and ignores me as if I wasrepparttar 148261 invisible man. But walking in to his shop with only my son, an apple to buy beforerepparttar 148262 days outing ahead and he became meaner and harder. In fact he noticed me forrepparttar 148263 first time, glared at me as if I had just stolenrepparttar 148264 kid and was onrepparttar 148265 run and said “hope that’s not forrepparttar 148266 little one”! I felt like saying what’s it got to do with you mate but ……………onrepparttar 148267 busrepparttar 148268 driver who suggested that I sit nearrepparttar 148269 front instead of upstairs was nearly out of his seat and takingrepparttar 148270 part of usher before realizing that this was not really in his job description!

Somehow some basic human instinct suggests that ‘man’ is neither capable nor fit to look after a baby! This instinct immediately raisesrepparttar 148271 hairs onrepparttar 148272 backs of people’s necks, images of disaster loom in their minds and unseen forces push them forwards to offer help. They do not see a happy and carefree father pushing his laughing baby along inrepparttar 148273 pram, they see a harried father who is at his wits end and who is desperate for help. They see a tormented and unwilling baby, screaming and kicking in desperation, a father who is pulling his hair out and desperately looking around for somebody to just show him what to do.

Once in town and inrepparttar 148274 department store I headed straight forrepparttar 148275 baby changing room! Same routine as always except minus one cog –repparttar 148276 wife! I did what I had done so many times before whilst my wife had sat down to read a magazine. Well,repparttar 148277 plan wasrepparttar 148278 same as all those times before, makerepparttar 148279 milk give my sonrepparttar 148280 bottle, lay him down onrepparttar 148281 nappy changing “thingy”, change his nappy, etc! I did not even get as far asrepparttar 148282 hot water dispenser! One mum, before I had even enteredrepparttar 148283 room stopped me in my tracks and in a very serious way informed me thatrepparttar 148284 seat belt onrepparttar 148285 pram was not fastened. One has to be polite in situations like these; I myself planning ahead as always had removedrepparttar 148286 seat belt just then in preparation for lifting my son out of it once insiderepparttar 148287 baby room. I did not know ofrepparttar 148288 golden rule that one cannot unfastenrepparttar 148289 seat belt until well inside closed doors!

Are You Eligible For Any Of These Tax Credits?

Written by Richard A. Chapo

Taxpayers should consider claiming tax credits for which they might be eligible when completing their federal income tax returns. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of taxes owed. Some credits are refundable – taxes could be reduced torepparttar point that a taxpayer would receive a refund rather than owing any taxes. Below are some ofrepparttar 148227 credits taxpayers could be eligible to claim:

Earned Income Tax Credit

This is a refundable credit for low-income working individuals and families. Income and family size determinerepparttar 148228 amount ofrepparttar 148229 EITC. Whenrepparttar 148230 EITC exceedsrepparttar 148231 amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify forrepparttar 148232 credit.

Child and Dependent Care Credit

This is for expenses paid forrepparttar 148233 care of children under age 13, or for a disabled spouse or dependent, to enablerepparttar 148234 taxpayer to work. There is a limit torepparttar 148235 amount of qualifying expenses. The credit is a percentage of those qualifying expenses.

Adoption Credit

Adoptive parents can take a tax credit of up to $10,390 for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. A credit of up to $10,390 may be allowed forrepparttar 148236 adoption of a child with special needs even if you do not have any qualifying expenses. For more information, see Pub. 968, Tax Benefits for Adoption.

Credit forrepparttar 148237 Elderly and Disabled

This credit is available to individuals who are either age 65 or older or are under age 65 and retired on permanent and total disability, and who are citizens or residents. There are income limitations. For more information, see Pub.524, Credit forrepparttar 148238 Elderly orrepparttar 148239 Disabled.

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