Inspiring Ezine » Home & Family Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:45:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 5 Basic Truths about Your Toddler http://inspiringezine.com/5-basic-truths-about-your-toddler/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:33:17 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Facts Home & Family Anxiety Children Bedtime Children Problems Fussy Eater self-esteem Toddlers http://inspiringezine.com/?p=871 Many parents struggle with problems in raising their children, problems that can be approached and solved in such a manner that it will benefit both parties involved long-term. Thousands of books have been written on how to be a successful parent and theories have been developed by educational psychologists and pediatricians around the world, so [...]

Many parents struggle with problems in raising their children, problems that can be approached and solved in such a manner that it will benefit both parties involved long-term. Thousands of books have been written on how to be a successful parent and theories have been developed by educational psychologists and pediatricians around the world, so that it is fair to say that no matter the problem you are facing, someone somewhere has already found a viable and efficient solution to it. The issues that we talk about in the following paragraphs are commonly a source of great distress and frustration for parents, but usually have a relatively simple answer.

1. Bedtime struggle

bedtime struggle -Basic Truths about ToddlersAll children go through what it is known as the “no” phase, whether it involves following rules, eating vegetables or going to bed at a certain hour. The key to getting over this phase successfully is treating it with maximum attention and patience. For example, bedtime struggle usually occurs when the child is overexcited because of the activity that he/she was engaged in just before bedtime. Thus, as a rule parents should interdict over stimulating TV shows or animated cartoons, and also playing video games just before bedtime. One trick to get your child into the mood for bedtime is taking them out for a breath of fresh air and a walk. If they have a favorite stuffed animal make sure they have it and always leave the lights on if the toddler is afraid of the dark.

2. The fussy eater

fussy eater -5 Basic Truths about ToddlerPicky eating is a normal phase in every child’s developing years and it is usually found in toddlers of 2 up to 4 years old. However, an abrupt change in a toddler’s eating habits can be due to a number of reasons and probably the most notable is that children do not easily embrace change; they actually greatly enjoy routine because of the safety feeling it offers. The easiest way to approach the fussy eating problem is by taking it step by step. Parents can start by introducing mashed veggies into their child’s favorite dish and by making home-made fruit juices to quench the thirst.  It is also important to involve the child in the food making process which is a great opportunity for them to explore the texture, smell and taste of certain ingredients.

3. How to help develop a child’s self-esteem

child self esteemPsychological research shows that the input a child receives during the first five years of life are paramount to his/her later emotional and cognitive development. Thus, the fragile self-esteem structure that a child has is greatly influenced by the type of parenting style applied during the formative years. To this end, parents can help their child to build a positive self-esteem that will later on benefit him/her in adult life by considering just a few aspects. First of all, it is important that parents find the time to play with their children, to pay them attention and listen to what they want to communicate. They also should avoid harsh and indiscriminate punishing, and just accept that mistakes happen; they can also be positive role models. And last, but not least, they should be supportive and encourage new experiences.

4. The importance of early reading

5 Basic Truths about Toddlers-bedtime readingDevelopmental studies show that the sooner a child is exposed to the written language the richer his/her vocabulary will be later on. This fact goes against all traditional schooling programs and the truth is that not many parents expose their children to the written language before age 6 or 7. Besides getting one-on-one time with their parents, the child benefits greatly from early reading aloud because the activity helps with developing cognitive skills, the memory and with building motivation, and it encourages curiosity.

5. Managing your child’s fears and anxieties

5 Basic Truths about Toddlers-managing anxietiesMany children develop irrational fears and feel anxious about things that in reality are not as scary as they believe them to be. A parent’s primary job is to help the child address and suppress these fears, because if they are not treated with the corresponding importance the chances are that they will be carried out through adulthood and cause psychological distress. For example, the commonly found fear of darkness or of the “boogie man” can be addressed by encouraging the child to talk about it freely. Parents can also help their children gradually confront the fear, but always on their own terms and when they feel ready to do that.

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Best 5 Amusement Parks & Theme Parks in the World http://inspiringezine.com/best-5-amusement-parks-theme-parks-in-the-world/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:03:01 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Entertainment Home & Family People & Places Amusement Parks Best Busch Gardens Disneyland guided tour Holidays Legoland Santa Clause Shopping Malls Statue of Liberty Theme Parks http://inspiringezine.com/?p=858 Best 5 Amusement Parks, Theme Parks in the World. Amusement parks have gone a long way from the European fairs and the so called pleasure gardens that they initially evolved from. The oldest amusement park dates back to the 16th century, and it is located in Denmark, north of Copenhagen. Today, the terms “amusement park” [...]

Best 5 Amusement Parks, Theme Parks in the World. Amusement parks have gone a long way from the European fairs and the so called pleasure gardens that they initially evolved from. The oldest amusement park dates back to the 16th century, and it is located in Denmark, north of Copenhagen. Today, the terms “amusement park” and “theme park” are often used interchangeably; however, there is a clear distinction between the two types of parks: a theme park will have specific landscaping, rides and other attractions based on certain stories or themes. Some examples of theme parks are Disneyland, Dinosaur World, and Santa Claus Land. The amusement parks’ industry accounts for 54% of the worldwide revenue so that it is of no surprise that it has adapted to everyone’s needs and financial resources. The offerings range from large amusement parks to medium-sized and smaller ones found in shopping malls, for example. Here are the 5 most wanted amusement parks in the world according to Forbes magazine.

1. Busch Gardens

best amusement parks 1 -Busch GardensBusch Gardens is located in the USA, Florida and it is the perfect amusement park for the whole family. This park is ranked amongst the best amusement parks in the world because it offers something for everyone: from various rides and live shows to quick-service or full-service restaurants and a zoo for the children to enjoy. As for the thrill seeking visitors, Busch Gardens will definitely meet all expectations with one of the 5 coasters it has, each featuring a different adventure. Nearly 3,000 animals are to be found the zoo and your up-close encounter with them is bound to make you feel like you’re on an African Safari.

2. Cedar Point

Cedar Point is the second oldest amusement park in the U.S.A., having opened in 1870, and being located in Ohio on a Lake Erie peninsula. This amusement park, also called “America’s Roller Coast”, is worldwide known for its world-record 72 rides out of which 15 are roller coaster rides, 15 are thrill rides, and another 11 are family rides, and for receiving the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Amusement Park in the World”. Cedar Point also features 13 rides for children since 1970, and a Challenge Park which has a mini golf, go kart tracks, a Skycoaster ride, and a Booster type ride.

3. Disney

best amusement parks 3 -disneyDisneyland Park opened in 1955 for the first time in California, Unites States, being designed and built under the supervision of famous Walt Disney. He initially started the concept small wanting to create an 8-acre play park with a boat ride and other themed attractions, but he soon started visiting other world famous amusement parks such as the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and Greenfield Village in the Netherlands for inspiration and then decided that this project had considerable potential. Today, Disneyland can be found in four different locations around the globe (California, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris), offering to its visitors amazing rides, games, shows, animals, restaurants, learning centers, spa’s and virtually everything for a perfect family vacation.

4. Everland

best amusement parks 4 -everlandEverland Resort is a theme park located in the Yongin city of South Korea, having opened in 1976 for the first time. Today, this park ranks as the fifth most popular themed park in world. The resort consists of three theme parks each with its own rides and attractions: Festival World, the Caribbean Bay and Everland Speedway. Festival World has a zoo and numerous seasonal festivals. And while the Caribbean Bay stands out with its indoor and outdoor water facilities, Everland Speedway offers the opportunity to drive a car on one of the racing tracks for people without previous racing experience.

5. Legoland California

best amusement parks 5 -legolandCurrently there are 3 Legoland theme parks built around the world, and they are best theme parks for your holidays. The one that interests us is located in California, United States. This park is also a miniature park because of the many landmark reproductions it displays, including the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, Central Park in New York, Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and many more. The park has life-sized animals build out of Legos and a Lego factory tour, but also numerous hands-on activities perfect to keep children busy for a really long time while parents enjoy one of the 50 rides available.

So get ready for your upcoming holidays destinations to be in one of those best amusement parks in the world!

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5 Incredible Family-Friendly Home Security Tips http://inspiringezine.com/5-incredible-family-friendly-home-security-tips/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:33:14 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family Economy Family Home Security Safety Security System Tips http://inspiringezine.com/?p=821 Home security isn’t just about keeping the family safe – it’s also about giving your loved ones the peace of mind to feel safe and secure in their own home. Time and time again we are bombarded by the, mostly, bad news on the television and the radio. “The economy is falling.” “Crime is on [...]

home securityHome security isn’t just about keeping the family safe – it’s also about giving your loved ones the peace of mind to feel safe and secure in their own home. Time and time again we are bombarded by the, mostly, bad news on the television and the radio.

“The economy is falling.”

“Crime is on the rise.”

“The big bad sequester will destroy the nation.”

It can all get pretty overwhelming which is why, as a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to increase the comfort and lower the anxiety. In short, you and your family deserve to feel safe and there are lots of ways you can do this in the home.

1. Bring a Dog into the Equation

There’s a good reason why they are called man’s best friend – that’s exactly what they are. Unlike a lot of domesticated pets out there, dogs have a very unique relationship with humanity. They have stood by us for thousands of years – helping us hunt, keeping us warm, standing watch over our loved ones and just being there for us when times are tough. Dogs possess incredible hearing allowing them to detect the approach of a vehicle or a pedestrian long before you do. Statistically-speaking, homes where a dog is present are much less likely to be broken into. Add to that the fact that dogs have been known to lower anxiety and stress, and you’re left with more reasons FOR a dog that far outnumber those AGAINST.

2. Limit Cover of Darkness and Bushes

No one is suggesting that you can’t have any bushes out front or that you should light up your front lawn like it’s the Fourth of July – you just need to limit the criminal’s ability to hide. This can be done with regular maintenance of your bushes and shrubs – especially those that are flanking your windows and doors. The reason is because criminals typically spend time scoping out a target before they let themselves in. They rely on bushes to conceal them from prying eyes while they pry into your daily lives, determining what is worth stealing and when you are less likely to be home. Darkness also conceals criminals well which is why a decent set of motion-sensing lights is perfect. The more you limit their cover, the less chance criminals have to successfully target your home.

3. Strengthen All the Major Entry Points

Your doors are the most likely points of entry criminals will use to let themselves in. Front doors, back doors, even those sliding glass doors people have leading to decks – it’s extremely important that you fortify these. For the front door, you want to make sure that the locks are all sturdy and up to code. Sometimes locks and deadbolts require replacing if they are a couple years old. Mechanisms and tumblers can weaken with use. If the door is made of wood, it might be better to replace the entire thing with a sturdier slab door which is harder to crack. Sliding glass doors present a different challenge since the doors are made of glass and the locking mechanisms usually aren’t very strong. This can, however, be remedied by obstructing the sliding track with a piece of two-by-four and placing a seal over the glass.

4. Establish a Safe Zone or House

In school, your children have fire drills so that they know how best to react in the event of a fire. You can have drills for your family regarding a break-in without traumatizing anyone, as well. Establishing a safe zone or a house that your family can escape to in the event of an emergency can not only prepare them but it introduces the concept of an intrusion in a calm and reasonable manner. You can designate a piece of property or even the neighbor’s house (if you’re on good terms, of course) as a safe zone. That way your family has somewhere safe to gather in the event of an emergency and your children will know how to react during an emergency at the home.

5. There Are Always Home Security Systems

Last but not least, if you’re still pressed for ideas on how to make the home safe for your family, there are home security systems. The market is literally flooded with different providers and sites like www.tophomealarms.com/, for example, so tracking one down won’t be difficult. And, because the market is so saturated with these providers, prices are pretty competitive meaning most families with middle or low income can afford decent and reliable security systems. All you really need is the time to shop around and find the price and system that works for you.

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Top 4 Christmas Culinary Delights http://inspiringezine.com/top-4-christmas-culinary-delights/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:48:06 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family Christmas Christmas Culinary Delights Christmas Day Christmas Traditions Decoration Desserts Dinner Drinks Eggnog Gingerbread Lamb Pork recipes Roasted Turkey http://inspiringezine.com/?p=751 Christmas is celebrated around the world by thousands of people annually, and although each nation has its own traditions and rites associated with this holiday, so it happens that with regard to the Christmas dinner, everybody seems to agree on relatively the same culinary delights. On the one hand, this phenomenon can be explained by [...]

Christmas is celebrated around the world by thousands of people annually, and although each nation has its own traditions and rites associated with this holiday, so it happens that with regard to the Christmas dinner, everybody seems to agree on relatively the same culinary delights. On the one hand, this phenomenon can be explained by globalization which has helped immensely with popularizing such idiosyncratic Christmas drinks as the eggnog, but also the ginger bread treats. On the other hand, there are other unexpected similarities between nations which remain a mystery we yet have to solve. Let us have a look at the top 4 most prepared and enjoyed recipes on Christmas.

1. Eggnog

christmas culinary delights -1The origins of eggnog are not known today with absolute certainty; however, there are a few scholars who are quite confident that it can be traced back to the English lands or East Anglia. With regard to its etymology there are several stories behind it, the most popular one suggests that the term is derived from “egg and grog” – a common name given in the medieval ages to drinks containing rum. Since those memorable times, eggnog has been welcomed into our homes as the number one favorite beverage on our lists. The traditional version of eggnog includes the following ingredients: milk or soymilk, sugar, raw eggs, and spices (i.e. nutmeg). Fairly easy to make even for a novice in the kitchen, eggnog is usually strengthened with a bit of whiskey, rum, brandy, bourbon or cognac – this ingredient is at your pick.

2. Oven roasted turkey, chicken, duck or goose

christmas culinary delights -2The traditional Christmas dinner would definitely not be complete without it and for this reason alone this dish receives the second place on our top 4 Christmas Culinary Delights. Traditions differ between nations and this aspect is also reflected by the kind of roast people prefer having on their dinner table on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Actually, the traditional bird to have on Christmas, before the discovery of the Americas, was the goose. But the big breasted turkey could feed up to 10 people at a time, so it was soon shipped to Europe. Today, the oven roasted turkey is being cooked and served in over 16 countries around the world, while the alternatives – chicken, duck, goose, pork or lamb – are not the choice of a majority.

3. Fruit cake

christmas culinary delights -3This traditional dessert deserves a third place on our list merely because it offers so many flavors with a relatively easy to make and simple recipe that anyone can afford. The first recorded recipe for fruit cake dates as back as the times of the Roman Empire when raisins and pomegranate seeds were used instead of the chopped candied fruits we use today. Honey and different types of spices were added later on during the middle ages. Also, during the 16thcentury the fruit cake was baked as a symbol of wealth and good luck at the end of the harvest, and then served only when the next harvest began. Even now, the fruit cake is highly popular amongst the European countries, being usually served to celebrate weddings and Christmas. The traditional recipe includes yeast, eggs, water, flour, zest, and raisins, fresh or candied fruits.

4. Gingerbread

christmas culinary delights -4Who could refuse a gingerbread house as a gift for Christmas? It is fair to say that not many of us could say no to it simply because it is unbearably cute and delicious at the same time. Yet what most of us do not know about gingerbread is the story behind the recipe of this special Christmas dessert.It is said that an Armenian monk, known as Gregory of Nicolopolis, brought it first to France from where it later on spread to Sweden. Records show that around 1444 the Swedish nuns baked gingerbread for indigestion, and that during the 16th century common people could buy it from the monasteries, pharmacies or markets. Today, gingerbread can be found on almost any store shelf and in every house on Christmas, either as a decoration or as dessert; the recipe varieties found around the world account for the mass popularity gingerbread has reached.

Now, if you were to pick your absolute favorite Christmas culinary delight which would it be and why?

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas http://inspiringezine.com/4-things-you-didnt-know-about-christmas/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:15:49 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Facts Home & Family 25th December Celebrations Christmas Christmas Day Christmas Facts Christmas Traditions Christmas Tree Holidays Jesus kissing ball mistletoe North Pole Paradise Tree Santa Clause shepherds Sinterklaas http://inspiringezine.com/?p=640 No one can deny that Christmas is one of the most popular holidays in the year, being celebrated annually by billions of people all over the world. As with every major holiday, people get into some sort of shopping frenzy or hysteria, but with Christmas the drama is twice the size. Within a society driven [...]

No one can deny that Christmas is one of the most popular holidays in the year, being celebrated annually by billions of people all over the world. As with every major holiday, people get into some sort of shopping frenzy or hysteria, but with Christmas the drama is twice the size. Within a society driven by consumerism and where advertising dictates spending habits, Christmas has turned from a time to commemorate Jesus’ birth and help others to a peak selling point in every store’s calendar. Christmas, as we celebrate it today, is only a ghost of what our ancestors experienced a few centuries ago. Let us find out the true origins of our Christmas traditions.

1. Why is it on the 25th of December?

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Jesus’ birth on the 25th of December? The truth behind this tradition is that if you read the Bible from cover to cover, you will find nothing to support this hypothesis. On the contrary, the sacred texts offer few clues, if any; they do not mention the date or the time of year when Jesus was born. However, there is a reference in Luke 2:8, according to which at that time the shepherds were watching over their flocks in the fields which indicates that the event probably happened sometime during the spring months. Clement of Alexandria, one of the first Christian teachers to write about Jesus’ birth suggests that the most probable dates when it occurred were either on the 20th of May or on the 21st of March. Later on, by the fourth century C.E. there were two dates, widely recognized and associated with Jesus’ birthday: December 25th (the Romans) and January the 6th (Egypt, Asia Minor).

2. What’s with Santa flying in a sleigh?

The tales of Santa Clause can be traced back to the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas or to the historical Saint Nicholas who brought gifts to the poor. Every other detail about Santa’s whereabouts at the North Pole, his febrile preparations together with his magical elves just before the 24th of December, his magical powers of reading into children’s hearts and seeing whether they were good or naughty, his down-the-chimney method of delivering presents, and even the reindeer pulling his sleigh – all of these can be gradually attributed to the fervent imagination displayed in books such as: “A New Year’s Present, to the Little Ones From Five to Ten” (1921), and “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (1823) in which Clement Clarke Moore named part of Santa’s reindeer for the first time.

3. Kisses under the mistletoe?

Not many of us may know this, but the mistletoe is actually a parasitic plant with poisonous white berries. So how is it that it has become associated with kissing and affection? The mistletoe Christmas tradition can be partly attributed to the Celtic Druids. Because the mistletoe grew on their sacred tree, the oak, they not only considered it a sign of good fortune, but also thought that it could heal illness, disperse bad spirits, and even increase fertility. Druid priests used to perform a ceremony for its cutting, and then gifted one spray to each Druid family to hang over a doorway. Although it underwent several drastic changes, the “kissing ball” was revived beginning with the Victorian era in England, spreading worldwide as a symbol of holiday affection and warmth.

4. The First Christmas tree?

There are a number of theories as to the real origin of the Christmas tree. Apparently pagan Europeans used to decorate their houses and barns with evergreen trees at New Year’s in order to scare the devil away. Also, during the middle ages the evergreen tree was decorated on every 24th of December with apples to commemorate the Paradise Tree, and Adam and Eve. In present-day Latvia and Estonia, around 1440, the evergreen tree was decorated on Christmas Day with sweets for the first time. The records show that the next years the beautifully decorated tree was taken in the Town Hall Square where everyone danced around it to celebrate Christmas Day. Later on, during the 18th and 19th centuries, the custom was gradually adopted by the European nobility, afterwards spreading to Canada, and then to the rest of the United States.

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5 Addictive Things You Do Every Day http://inspiringezine.com/5-addictive-things-you-do-every-day/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:23:29 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Facts Home & Family People & Places Science & Health addiction Addictive alcholism Biting Nails Caffeine central nervous system Coffee Games headaches Heart Palpitation Insomnia lip balm menthol onychophagia Sleep Stress Symptoms tv show Video Games http://inspiringezine.com/?p=593 What we do on an everyday basis, starting with our morning rituals and ending with our sleeping patterns, makes us who we are more than some might be inclined to believe. For it is our actions that define us who we are, and not the elusive image we have created in our minds about who [...]

What we do on an everyday basis, starting with our morning rituals and ending with our sleeping patterns, makes us who we are more than some might be inclined to believe. For it is our actions that define us who we are, and not the elusive image we have created in our minds about who we are. Unknowingly sometimes, we engage in behaviors that seem harmless, but are nonetheless, highly addictive.

1. Drinking Coffee

When the clock starts ringing there is only one thing on our minds: “I need my coffee before I can do anything!”. We use it on an everyday basis indiscriminately, although some people have turned to black or green tea for a milder similar buzz. Its effects are stunning: it will stimulate your central nervous system and metabolism in a matter of minutes after consumption, lasting up to 5 hours. Tasty and efficient, thousands of people drink it every day and with every cup they become more tolerant to it needing higher doses for the same buzz. In many ways, caffeine is a highly commercialized and accepted drug, just like alcohol. Caffeinism is the official name for caffeine dependency; symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, headaches and heart palpitations. For those who have been brave enough to give coffee up, the process is painful and discomforting, the withdrawal effects lasting up to 9 days and they are very similar to those experienced with caffeinism.

2. Watching TV Shows

Just like with alcoholism or caffeinism, watching TV shows can be subtly, yet very addictive in the long-run. If when you wake up the morning, your first thought is: “I need to check which TV shows are aired today!” and then you jump to your computer to check, chances are that you are already addicted to at least one show. There is also TV addiction that manifests as the viewer’s compulsive need to turn on the TV without intending to actually watch anything. But TV shows addiction is quite different in that it offers some sort of “high”, excitement and thrill due to the intensity the viewer experiences while receiving his/her drama/fantasy/romance/adventure/comedy daily dose. When confronted with this addiction some people will say that they are watching TV shows to: get their mind off things, to relax, to escape from this world’s limits. Essentially, TV shows are addictive because they offer people the chance to project themselves in another reality where things are more interesting, in a dream world they wish they could inhabit.

3. Using Lip Balm

No one would have thought that such a daily routine as applying lip balm can be addictive. Actually, as with many other commercialized products, lip balms contain ingredients which if administered in any other form can kill you. Many lip balm users claim that they get a buzz from using it and this is easily explained by the menthol, camphor and phenol that most contain. Phenol, however, is the real culprit in this mix: it is normally used as an embalming agent, known to be highly corrosive to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Also, if injected with just one gram it can cause instant death. The catch is that these ingredients will actually irritate your lips thus requiring you to apply more and more. So, while you are trying to moisturize and heal, lip balm does not only harm your lips by keeping them dry, but it also creates an addiction that you are seldom aware of.

4. Biting Nails

Stress, frustration, not enough time to sleep or rest, pressure and responsibilities – if you throw all these in the same bowl you get an explosive cocktail Molotov bound to drive you to your wits ends. The challenges and problems we are confronted with every day are the sources of our fears and anxieties, leading to sleepless nights or even insomnia, nervousness, irritability, lack of focus and they keep building up spirally. One of the things that we sometimes unconsciously resort to relieve some of that anxiety is biting our nails. This action, also known as a behavioral tic or onychophagia, is meant to induce a soothing feeling because it temporarily confirms that we are still able to do something even when we are mentally stuck. Not many people know this, but nail biting is classified as an impulse control disorder in DSM-IV-R, and it falls in the same category as other body-focused repetitive behaviors such as: dermatillomania (skin picking), dermatophagia (skin biting), and trichotillomania (the urge to pull out hair).

5. Playing Video Games

There is much public and scientific debate on whether video games addiction should be classified as a real addiction in the DSM and treated as one. On the one hand, studies show that approximately 3.0% of the game players experience the symptoms of pathological gaming, some of them being reported to have died after playing days on end without eating or drinking. On the other hand, recent research points out that gaming is meant to give the players the means to save the world, while they learn the habits of heroes. It is suggested that playing video games trains our problem-solving skills, thus being more beneficial than harmful.

After going through all these daily addictive behaviors, which one of them does it seem to you less likely to take over your personality and develop into a real disorder?

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5 Well-Hidden Dangers Found in Your Own Home http://inspiringezine.com/5-well-hidden-dangers-found-in-your-own-home/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:33:23 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family Science & Health bright colors cause inflammation chemical composition detergent faeces human host lung problems parasite parasitic disease pre existing conditions pregnant women seizures sore throat suicidal thoughts toxoplasma gondii http://inspiringezine.com/?p=434 Mainly there are two categories of dangers that people are daily confronted with: dangers that can be easily observed and eradicated or avoided, and dangers that are so well hidden from plain sight that we normally do not even know about their existence. In the latter category fall a number of poisonous substances and parasites [...]

Mainly there are two categories of dangers that people are daily confronted with: dangers that can be easily observed and eradicated or avoided, and dangers that are so well hidden from plain sight that we normally do not even know about their existence. In the latter category fall a number of poisonous substances and parasites which truly affect our health long-term and that, surprisingly, can be found in our own homes.

1. Laundry packs that look just like candy

Laundry packs that look just like candyDoctors have recently decided to signal the dangers that laundry gel packs pose to small children. Although these products have a strict inedible warning message written on their packaging, it seems that many children find them visually attractive because of their bright colors. Children mistake the packs with candy and end up in the emergency room after vomiting, and suffering mouth, throat, eyes and even lungs burns.Due to their chemical composition the detergent packs can easily destroy tissue, cause inflammation and swelling, but can also lead to long-term impairing.

2. Deadly Feline Parasite – Toxoplasmosis

Deadly feline parasite – ToxoplasmosisAlthough soft, cuddly and simply adorable, cats hide a deadly secret that not many people have heard or read about. Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease easily transmittable from infected cats to humans. The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, can be found in the cat’s faeces and just a simple touch equals contamination. After the parasite has found a human host, the extent at which it will affect health depends on a few pre-existing conditions, but will generally lead to the following symptoms: fatigue, fever, sore throat and lung problems, seizures, confusion and loss of coordination in more severe cases. While this parasite poses real danger to pregnant women, it has been found to affect behavior and contribute to the development of suicidal thoughts and other psychological disorders: depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.

3. Tetrachloroethylene Vapors

Tetrachloroethylene vaporsTetrachloroethylene is widely known as the “dry-cleaning fluid”, being used in the dry-cleaning industry, but due to its solvent capabilities for organic materials it can also be found in paint strippers and spot removers. This volatile, non-flammable chemical can enter the body through respiratory (vapors) or dermal exposure and will cause severe health problems depending on how long an individual is exposed to it. Mild effects include: irritation of the upper respiratory tract, kidney dysfunction, sleepiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, headache, and unconsciousness. The more severe effects can lead to cognitive impairment, liver damage, cancer and others.

4. Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoningLiving in urban areas has advantages and disadvantages. However, the most notable problem is that many people are the victims of lead poisoning due to prolonged exposure to contaminated water supplies, household dust from paint and leaded gasoline.Either inhaled or ingested, lead can also be found in the soil, in the air, but also in the common ceramic cookware or in lipstick. Once you have exceeded a 10 μg/dl limit, specific symptoms such as anemia, headaches, learning disabilities and fatigue will develop. In more severe cases of exposure, lead poisoning can cause seizures, bizarre behavior and even death.

5. Mold Spores

Mold sporesAlthough ubiquitous in the biosphere, mold spores can usually be found in the air (in buildings or houses with mold growths) and in food. More specifically, if there are unusual levels of humidity in your home, the chances are that you are daily exposed to mold spores growing from inside the walls or somewhere underneath the house. With concern to food, it is somewhat easier to spot the mold growth and to discard of anything touched by it. Unfortunately, there are many health problems associated with exposure to mold spores and the list is very long: allergic reactions, asthma episodes, nose, throat and eyes irritation, sinus congestion, a number of respiratory problems (bronchitis, fungal infection) and mycotoxin toxicity ( that can lead to death in some cases).

This is a short list of hidden health dangers that partially covers what people are daily exposed to, without taking into consideration that even things we think are good for us might prove to be otherwise (i.e. prescribed medication). All in all – to which extent do you think we are really in control of our lives and our health?

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Top 10 Most Practical Wedding Anniversary Gifts http://inspiringezine.com/top-10-most-practical-wedding-anniversary-gifts/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:27:06 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family Popular anniversaries different kinds extra mile gym memberships healthy lifestyle little game marathons massage pillow massage pillows matching pairs practical gifts running shoes special occasions tight budget wedding anniversary gifts http://inspiringezine.com/?p=396 Gone are the days when an anniversary gift has to be a very expensive item that one can only use on special occasions. Diamonds, crystals, and leather still make us happy of course. But these days, more and more people want practical gifts on even the biggest anniversaries. If you have a celebration coming up [...]

Gone are the days when an anniversary gift has to be a very expensive item that one can only use on special occasions. Diamonds, crystals, and leather still make us happy of course. But these days, more and more people want practical gifts on even the biggest anniversaries. If you have a celebration coming up and you have no idea what to get your significant other, here’s a practical gift guide to help you out.

10. Couple t-shirts

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -couple t-shirtsFor the couple on a really tight budget, a cute yet sweet way to celebrate an anniversary is by buying couple t-shirts that will show everyone how proud you are of your spouse. You can buy them ready-to-wear at a specialty store, or you can go the extra mile and get them custom made. What’s great about couple t-shirts is that you can wear them on any casual day.

9. Running shoes

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -running shoesA nice new pair of running shoes will encourage your special someone to live a healthy lifestyle. Choose a style that you know they’ll love so they’ll be inspired to work out. You can even get matching pairs so you can go jogging together in the morning. This is a great way to save money on gym memberships!

8. Massage pillow

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -massage pillowThere are different kinds of massage pillows in the market and they really work. A massage pillow on your anniversary shows your significant other that you care and that you want them to be happy and comfortable even when you’re not there. This is an especially nice gift if your husband or wife works long hours.

7. Lingerie

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -lingeriePlay a little game and get intimate pieces of clothing for each other the day before your anniversary. The only rule is: you can’t shop together. That way you won’t know what your spouse will be picking out for you. On the night before your anniversary, wear the lingerie you got for each other to welcome your anniversary.

 6. Blu-ray/DVD player

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -Blu-ray DVD playerA sturdy media player will get you through hundreds of movie marathons. For your anniversary, get your sweetheart a Blu-ray or DVD player. Burn all your favorite songs, videos, and photos onto a disc and insert it into the player for that added surprise.

5. Couples’ cooking classes

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -couples cooking classesEven if you already know how to cook, you can always take a few cooking lessons to learn a few new kitchen skills. There are places that offer cooking classes for different budgets, so find one that you and your husband or wife can enjoy together. He or she will love spending time with you. You can even choose a start date that’s earlier than your anniversary so you can just cook at home on your big night.

 4. Camera

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -cameraA camera will record all your most precious moments together. Sure there are mobile phones that allow you to take professional looking photos and applications that allow you to upload them on your favorite social networking sites. A dedicated camera will still be a great anniversary gift, though. Take photos of each other and bring it with you whenever you travel. You can even use it to take photos to start a scrap book for your next anniversary.

 3. Wrist watch

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If you want to splurge a little, get your life partner a nice wrist watch. Get a bejeweled piece for her to remind her of you whenever she checks the time. For him, you can’t go wrong with a nice leather strapped watch to add to his growing collection. You can even buy a piece with additional features.

 2. Gym equipment

Wedding Anniversary Gifts -gym equipment If you don’t have time to go to the gym and you jogging around the neighborhood is not enough for you, you can invest in gym equipment. For a big anniversary, surprise your husband or wife by converting an extra room in your house into a gym. A gym at home will also give you guys more time to bond with each other.

 1. New Bed

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After building a life together, it’s time to reward yourselves with a nice, new bed. The best part about getting a bed for your anniversary is that it’s something you’ll both love. You can each pay half of the cost and consider it an investment. It is, after all, where you’ll be spending countless nights together. Decorate the room with candles and rose petals to make your anniversary memorable.

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Five Chores Every Man Would Rather Go Without Doing http://inspiringezine.com/five-chores-every-man-would-rather-go-without-doing/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:20:53 +0000 Inspiring Ezine Home & Family chores dangerous job glance grass gutter gutters headache heart human nature many men money pots and pans smart move trash http://inspiringezine.com/?p=342 It’s not that men forget to do some certain chores or couldn’t remember to do them, mostly it’s because they don’t fancy doing these chores. If his heart is not into doing what needs to be done then chances are he will forget whatever it is that needs doing. The list could have been longer [...]

It’s not that men forget to do some certain chores or couldn’t remember to do them, mostly it’s because they don’t fancy doing these chores. If his heart is not into doing what needs to be done then chances are he will forget whatever it is that needs doing. The list could have been longer but that would take a book to complete, so narrowing down the list to just five of the major chores give many hopes. Take a look! 5KT5ZE6S8GQ7

1. Taking out Trash

taking out trashEver wonder why getting a man to take out the trash out takes a lot of reminding and perhaps some nagging? Well the list puts this as one of the many chores men would rather skip or avoid all together. Its not that it is hard the fact that depending on the house hold, it either takes a short while to get filled up which makes it look like emptying the bin is not helping; or it takes ages before the bin gets filled. Whichever way constant reminding is necessary. Human Nature

2. Scrubbing Pots and Pans

scrubbing pots and pansThe cleaning part of cooking is one of the parts of cooking which leaves many men out of the kitchen. Rather the place stay the way it is. Scrubbing pots and pans comes as a headache for many and is something men would gladly skip in the whole cooking process. Rarely, when the pots and pans get done finding spotless pans is not necessarily guaranteed.

3. Mowing the Lawn

mowing the lawnHow quickly the grass grows right! Ever pass by the house where lawn is never done and wonder why? I will vouch for the guys here grass just seems to sprout every time you glance at the lawn. This chore must be the toughest of them all and would sometimes have money put aside for someone else to do other than breaking your back for it. A smart move if you ask me.

4. Cleaning the Gutters

cleaning the guttersLets start by noting how clearing the gutter is a dangerous job and a lot of care should be observed. None the less, a job men would procrastinate and leave till it was really necessary to do. Here I got to give it to the guys, heights are pretty big deal and putting yourself in harms way because of water spilling over. I guess not.

5. Shopping

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90% of the time men will mess up on the grocery list this is because to men brand of toilet paper doesn’t matter as long as the job gets done. The reason why this is a task worth avoiding all together is majorly cause you are bound to mess up even when you have done everything to the letter.  Sure, may be you got a different brand of sauce then the one usually used that doesn’t constitute a messed up chore.

All in all, anything men are not good at they don’t like doing. Human nature!

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