Too Much TV For Your Toddler

Written by Cassandra Germsheid

At least one third of households have their TV turned on allrepparttar time. This I can understand. But would you believe one in four children underrepparttar 143216 age of 2 have a TV in their bedroom?

Parents and pediatricians are now questioning how much TV is too much. Is it affecting toddlers' attention spans? Is it causing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? New studies are saying that it is a factor. The more TV your toddler watches,repparttar 143217 greater their risk of developing attention difficulties. Too much ofrepparttar 143218 tube is also a factor in childhood obesity.

Here's some more food for thought. If your toddler watches TV all day, when do they have a chance to use their own imagination? Where haverepparttar 143219 days gone when going outside to play wasrepparttar 143220 solution for boredom?

When I was a kid, my grandmother would make me go outside and play. If it was cold outside, I would dress up really warm. You wouldn't dare tell her you were bored, or she would give you chores to do. So, I would stay outside for hours. I had to use my imagination and find ways to cure my boredom. I would make snow forts, slide downrepparttar 143221 hills on a sled and play withrepparttar 143222 animals.

Today, most parents are turning to TV to keep their kids entertained. And why wouldn't they? With shows like Barney, Arthur, and Boohbah, you could easily keep your child glued torepparttar 143223 TV all day long.

Here'srepparttar 143224 kicker. An average 3-year old should be physically active for about an hour a day. But studies have shown that they are only active for 20 minutes. And we wonder why so many kids are becoming obese!

Your Home and Your Golden Years

Written by Lois A. Vitt

You've worked hard to affordrepparttar home you live in today. You have undoubtedly invested sweat equity as well as money to maintain your home and gradually shape it torepparttar 143215 comfortable living space that now says, “This is who I am.” Your ultimate dream is to remain in this home - independent, financially secure, and in control of your personal and social needs and wants. Can you achieve that goal? It is likely that you can, with realistic planning and careful decision-making.

Our housing decisions at all stages of life are complex psychological processes that involve personal, social, tangible and financial factors. And these factors are not cut and dried. They entail reasonable needs and values, but they also entail wants (sometimes dating back to childhood) and even “shoulds” instilled in us by others.

If your goal is to remain in this home forrepparttar 143216 rest of your natural life, you need to think objectively aboutrepparttar 143217 home itself, and you also need to think about your own housing psychology.

How would you answer these questions?.

* What modifications will your home require in order to accommodate diminished mobility or disability?

* How will you handlerepparttar 143218 physical challenges of maintainingrepparttar 143219 structure as well asrepparttar 143220 lawn and garden?

* What shape arerepparttar 143221 major systems and appliances currently in, and what is likely to break down and need replacement?

* An active social life will keep you young and happy throughout your lifetime. Will you still have friends or relatives nearby to fulfill your social needs?

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