From Penny Pincher to " Coupon Queen " !!

Written by Melissa Garcia

You've heardrepparttar the old saying"Nothing in life is free" right? Well not anymore. My name is Melissa Garcia and I am a mother of two children ,Taylor my daughter and Ryan my son. I got married in 1995 and we decided to have our first child 6 months after.Thats when my husband and I decided that I was going to be a stay at home mom. My husband bought us a computer and soon we gotrepparttar 143352 internet. Boy did that open a whole new world to me! I soon started chatting with moms who clipped coupons,sent in refunds and frequented freebie boards.

My husband thought I was silly. The first month I would save over half on my grocery bill,repparttar 143353 second month I was bringing home receipts showing him how I got stuff free atrepparttar 143354 grocery store. I think he must have feel out of his chair whenrepparttar 143355 third month came along and I came home andrepparttar 143356 store actually had to pay me to shop there (sitting here laughing and reminicing all these memories while writing this).

Well friends and relatives start asking how are you doing this? So of course I got them started and then eventually started my own website online! My site started out small but quickly grew to over 2,000 people now both men and women and we are growing larger everyday.

Everything is growing so quickly that even my children have stepped into help. My children set down with me and help me sort, staple & cut my coupons. They are learningrepparttar 143357 value of saving money. Of course daughter is picking up on it faster than my my son. Ryan will say mom can we get that and Taylor will say "Not unless mom has a coupon for it" LOL!! I do alot for people and Im very envolved in my childrens activities. Im one of those people who can't say no LOL and sometimes I feel stressed and under appreciated. I know there are other people out there like me and that is another reason why I started this website. Everyone I know calls merepparttar 143358 "Coupon Queen".. My husband is so proud of me that he carries a picture around of me standing next to my free stuff!!.Why even our local news station has called me to do SEVERAL interviews which you can see at (do a search for coupon queen) My dream now is to go onrepparttar 143359 "Oprah Show"!!!

We will be starting some coupon classes and also hope to get involved withrepparttar 143360 battered womens shelters soon!! We hope this gets you as much enjoyment and money savings tips as we do!!

Ready… Set… Go! Transition Strategies for Caregivers

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

A Thoughtful Plan Can Diffuserepparttar Power Struggle

Doesrepparttar 143351 thought of asking your child to move on to their next activity unnerve you? Picture this: Your child comes home from school and heads straight forrepparttar 143352 playroom, excited to spend some time with their new Star Wars action figures or Barbie Doll. They play for an hour; you can hear their squeals of delight fromrepparttar 143353 kitchen as you’re preparing dinner. And then,repparttar 143354 moment you dread… it’s time to call your child to dinner. The battle begins.

You call once, no reply. You call again only to be greeted with “In a minute, Mom!” and then “Just a sec” or worse, an exasperated “Okay – I’m coming!” and no hungry child appearing atrepparttar 143355 table. Asrepparttar 143356 food grows cold, your internal temperature rises until you swear you could reheatrepparttar 143357 soup just by sticking your finger in it – and still no hungry child atrepparttar 143358 table.

In childcare, transition times are when you are trying to help children finish an activity or daily routine and move on to another one. During free play, children will often be very engaged in their chosen activity and they will find it difficult to abruptly stop what they are doing. The same holds true for any favorite activity – playingrepparttar 143359 piano, talking onrepparttar 143360 phone with friends or even listening torepparttar 143361 new Green Day CD.

Transitioning from one activity to another is often a difficult time in child care settings. But there’s no reason to throw inrepparttar 143362 towel and admit defeat. Transitions can be transformed into positive experiences by a solid upfront plan. Preparation is your best friend in engaging your child in transition activities.

Transitional activities can be positive and exciting ways of moving children from one activity to another. They can make finishing one activity and moving on to another activity a learning experience and an adventure.

Let’s look at our free play example and incorporate a simple technique to smooth your child’s transition from playtime to dinner time. You may find it helpful to give them a warning that playtime will soon be over. Instead of calling out "five more minutes,” ensure your child has heard you by going directly to them and saying “You have time for one more checkers game. Dinner is in five minutes.”

The warning serves two purposes: 1. It clearly sets a plan for your child to follow (only one more game) and 2. It shifts your child’s focus fromrepparttar 143363 current activity torepparttar 143364 new one.

Some children may take longer to stop one activity and move on torepparttar 143365 next. Even with fair warning, many children will be reluctant to stop playing in favor of doing homework, having dinner, or taking a bath. If your child is unable to switch gears quickly, it is helpful to give this type of child ten-minute, five-minute and one-minute warnings before a change. This allows them to gradually prepare forrepparttar 143366 shift.

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