Why Public Schools Hate Home-schooling ParentsWritten by Joel Turtel
Home-schooling is a great success. Thatís why many public-school authorities hate home-schooling parents.
Home-schoolers are a direct challenge to public-school monopoly. This monopoly makes it almost impossible to fire tenured public-school teachers or principals. As a result, tenure gives most teachers life-time guaranteed jobs. They get this incredible benefit only because public schools have a lock on our childrenís education.
If public-school employees had to work for private schools and compete for their jobs in real world, they would lose their security-blanket tenure. Thatís why school authorities view home-schooling parents who challenge their monopoly as a serious threat.
Many school officials also canít stand fact that average parents who never went to college give their kids a better education than so-called public-school experts. Successful home-schooling parents therefore humiliate failed public schools by comparison.
Home-schooling parents also humiliate school authorities who claim that only certified or licensed teachers are qualified to teach children. Most home-schooling parents thankfully never stepped foot inside a so-called teacher college or university department of education. Yet these parents give their children a superior education compared to public-school educated kids.
Also, many public-school officials resent home-schoolers because typical public school loses about $7500 a year in tax money for each child that leaves system. Tax money is life blood of public-school system. Tax money pays for public-school employeesí generous salaries, benefits, and pensions. Is it any wonder why school authorities donít want to lose their gravy train?
Coping With ColicWritten by Margaret Tye
A new baby with colic is one of most difficult problems a new parent has to cope with. Most new parents are under pressure trying to deal with a new routine and lack of sleep, added burden of a crying infant you seem powerless to help can be overwhelming. The only comfort that can be offered is, with 1 in 5 babies developing colic, many other parents are suffering too and that by time baby is four months old problem normally disappears.
The normal symptoms of colic are continuous loud crying, flexing and extending legs, clenching fists and often a distended tummy. Very often this occurs in late afternoon or early evening, although it can happen at any time.
So what is colic and is there a remedy for it? There are many possible causes, but initially most important thing that a parent must do is establish that child is actually suffering from colic and there is not another reason for crying. Colic, however distressed baby seems, is not life threatening, but it is essential not to assume a crying baby has colic, check with your doctor immediately.
Once colic has been diagnosed you should try to identify cause. If you are breastfeeding avoid foods that are likely to cause gas. Make a note of what you are eating, baby may be intolerant to something in your diet, including dairy products. If baby is bottle fed your doctor may suggest a change of formula. Don't overfeed baby, we all know that bloated feeling when we have overeaten, so why shouldn't baby feel same. Try hard not to get stressed, I know this isn't easy but many experts believe that babies are sensitive to stress around them and react. It's a catch 22 situation, more crying greater stress. Try to take turns in dealing with crying baby, even rope in grandparents or a close friend so that you can walk away for 30minutes.