You can already hear the screams and see the waterworks that will flow the second your child is sitting in that chair and the hairdresser gets the cape fastened around their neck. You have to take your child for their first haircut, but you have absolutely no idea how to prepare them for the event and, frankly, you know the scene that will unfold will embarrass you. Can you really blame you child for getting upset or scared? Some stranger will be hovering over their head with a sharp object—that is enough to terrify anyone who didn’t know better! The key to getting through this ordeal is to be prepared, that means you as much as your child.
Why is this Lady Putting Sharp Things by My Head?!
Chances are, you child is old enough to understand some semblance of what is about to happen, so you need to do your best to make this less terrifying to them, explains Parenting.com. You need to remember that you have been teaching your child that sharp objects and strangers are both bad things your child needs to stay away from, and now you are about to expose them to both those things in one sitting and expect them to be calm about it.
First thing’s first, it is not a hair cut, say their hair needs to be trimmed or styled—something that doesn’t sound like it is going to hurt. Another good way to prepare is to let your child see that it is not something that hurts, rather than just telling them. Let your child see you get your hair cut before you have theirs cut, that way, they will know you are telling the truth and that they have nothing to be afraid of.
Turn Hair Trim Time into Play Time
Don’t make the actual haircutting event the first time your child is experiencing the whole process—do it at home says Mother Nature Network. At bath time, pretend your fingers are scissors and give your chills a hair trim, or let them ‘play’ hair trim on you with their finger scissors. This way, it is not something they are intimidated by, it is something they have played with you before and they are familiar with. This will help to reduce their fear and anxiety—not to mention the likelihood of a full-blown breakdown—come the actual day of the hair trim.
Make it an Experience for Them
When you go to the hair salon, don’t you like to feel pampered? Did it ever occur to you to make this trip feel special to your child as well? If you have a little girl, bring a fun hair accessory and ask the hair dresser to style her hair afterwards to make her feel special. If you have a boy, try some hair product or even putting in some wash-out hair streaks in his favorite color.
Embrace the First
It is important to remember that your kid’s first haircut will only come once, so don’t spend so much time worrying about the details that you forget that this is their first time. Bring along a camera to capture the moment. After all, there are only so many firsts your child gets to experience and this is one of them.
Margaret is a hair stylist who has been cutting the hair of people of all ages throughout her professional career.
Driving isn’t easy to a teenager who has just learned it. It’s different to drive with an instructor in the passenger’s seat who can give you directions when needed. Once you’re on the road by yourself, driving becomes more daunting, especially during those first few times. A newly licensed teenager on the road can encounter a number of road problems that a seasoned driver will find quite easy to solve. But a youngster could be overcome by nervousness or panic, and his inexperience in dealing with urgent situations might push him to commit mistakes that could undermine his safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians too.
So, what are the most common mistakes that young drivers commit? Here are some examples.
Some kids will try to test the performance of their vehicles, which can be very dangerous because they are still too inexperienced to correctly assess when they should stop or slow down, depending on how fast they were going. A lot of youngsters do have risky driving behavior, and this can be due to peer pressure or their desire to impress someone. Therefore, parents should educate their children about the dangers of speeding and remind them that about 30% of fatal car crashes each year is due to speeding.
Carrying too many passengers is very dangerous. Teens, however, have a habit of cramming too many individuals in a compartment that’s meant for just three to four people. An overloaded vehicle is harder to control, and it becomes more prone to tire blow-ups and braking problems.
3. Drunk Driving
Many teenagers today believe that they are invincible, and so they tempt fate by driving drunk or driving while under the influence of illegal substances. It’s important that kids are educated about the dangers of DUIs/DWIs. Not only will they harm themselves, but they could also injure or even kill others. In addition to the guilt of hurting other people, a teen caught drunk driving will face very real punishments, including incarceration. Click here to learn more about the legal ramifications of drunk driving.
4. Driving While Distracted
Today, drivers have too many distractions, from electronic gadgets to common things that they do in their cars instead of at home. For instance, some young females are in the habit of putting on their make up while driving, while males try to shave as they are also manning a vehicle. Texting, calling, emailing, and other activities aside from driving can take a person’s attention away from the road, which is a dangerous thing.
5. Judging Situations Incorrectly
Their inexperience, sometimes coupled with overconfidence, could get teens into serious trouble. They could make judgment calls that are inappropriate for the situation that they’re in. Poor judgment also includes — following another vehicle too closely, engaging in risky behavior, being unable to properly assess road and weather conditions, or using a new or unfamiliar path.
6. Reacting Unsuitably to Emergencies
Nothing is scarier than facing an imminent car collision. Experienced drivers might have a better chance of averting disastrous situations. On the other hand, a young driver will probably panic and forget what he’s supposed to do. Training a teenage driver about what to do in case of an emergency can help him in visualizing what he’s supposed to do during terrifying situations. Parents can also regularly talk to their kids about what they should do in case they find themselves in a dangerous position.
This blog post was contributed by Claire Taylor, a freelance writer who often writes about automobile safety and auto claims. Through her articles, she hopes to provide readers with helpful information.
For every event, planning is important. But even that planning requires a good measure of prior preparation. And, this is why, we have given five important things you should have in place, in order to have a smooth and successful ahead.
1) Set a timeframe
This is THE most important part of every event planning process. Setting a timeframe means having a clear roadmap and setting achievable goals throughout the course of the duration. Moreover, giving yourself a deadline leaves you with enough of time to not only achieve every task on the list, but also identify problem areas and troubleshoot effectively. Thus, giving you enough time to create a backup plan as well as bring everything together without a single glitch.
2) Don’t lose sight of the goal
Yes, we agree that the whole process of planning and putting everything together and doing a good job at it can be very chaotic. But don’t let it get to you and don’t lose yourself in the storm of things to do. No matter what happens don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal. Don’t falter in the quality. Right from the first step to the final day, your goal should be to pull off an amazing event, as opposed to “let’s just get done with this thing”.
3) Make a list
No matter what the scale of the event is, a list of things to do and things you’ll need is the ultimate life-saver. Event planners across every niche and level find a list to be their trustiest companion and most failsafe weapon. Start by identifying the tasks that are on top of your mind and require immediate attention. Things like the venue, catering, vendors, sound system, invites etc. should form the first half of the list. This should obviously be followed by the smaller yet crucial details. Once you start putting the list together, everything else falls into place on its own. Do this, and you’ll never regret it.
4) Finish the bigger and tougher tasks first
Leaving the bigger part of the task list for the end will also end up leaving you in a very sticky spot. Moreover, these are often the easily noticed details and if left unattended, can spell disaster for the whole event. The most efficient event planners get to work on the large and tricky details as quickly as possible. The sooner you get done with it, the easier it will be to run through every aspect of the event and be less stressed when the big day nears.
A lot of things go into making an event a grand success, and even the smallest details go a long way in creating significant changes. This is why, it’s always good to delegate. Plus, you may be good at planning the event, but there’ll always be someone who can take care of the finer details better, and make the whole thing easier and bearable for you. Delegation becomes important especially when it comes to big groups and events that require great attention to detail and a high degree of precision.
6) Take it easy
At the end of the day, remember that Murphy’s Law is always at work. So, whatever has to go wrong, definitely will, and despite pulling all stops there’s nothing you can do about it. All that matters is that you have an open mind, to take every glitch in your stride and have fun. It’s the mistakes that make you a successful planner and the enjoyments make you a cooler one.
Planning an event is no rocket science; all you need to do is be patient and go about the whole thing step by step.
This post has been contributed by Arnold Rebello, who is an employee at Visual Concepts in Calgary. His hobbies include experimenting with food and travelling to different places.
When you first move into a new home you will likely be met with a combination of excitement, stress, exhaustion and disappointment. Moving home is an incredibly stressful process so already emotions are going to be high, and often when you first see your new place after initially looking around it can seem like a disappointment. When you viewed the property chances are that it was lived in and looked homely and nicely decorated whereas now you’ll be greeted by empty, plain walls that may look lifeless and soulless. Particularly if the place hasn’t had any heating on it will probably feel cold and daunting on your first encounter.
Of course though, it’s important not to get disheartened to instead see this as opportunity. This is an opportunity to make the property into a place that you will be your own and that you’ve made your mark on, and it’s an opportunity to ‘start from scratch’ and avoid the mistakes of old. Here we will look at how to spend your first minutes, hours and days in a new home in order to get the very most of it.
Step One – Look Around
After moving everything into your new property you will probably be tempted to begin unpacking, but this is probably a little hasty. Better is to take some time first to look around the property without it being filled with your things, and to make note of problems and area for improvement. Even the very best property is going to have some aspects that aren’t perfect be they slight cracks in the walls and ceilings or be they areas of mold or damp. Spotting these early on will give you the opportunity to clean/repair if possible, and mean that you are at least aware of the issues before they’re hidden behind a bed. If you’re very disciplined, now is also a good idea to repaint rooms if you wish or to put in new carpets etc.
Step Two – Throw Things Out
Next you should throw a few of your things out. If you want to enjoy having your new real estate being tidier and easier to maintain than your last (we all think like that when we first move), then you should consider reducing the amount of clutter you bring with you. Have a cull now before you unpack and you’ll find your property looks better for it and life is easier too.
Step Three – Design… Then Unpack
Before you start unpacking like mad, you need to plan how you are going to unpack and come up with a basic plan for where your things are going to go. Once you’ve done this you can begin unpacking in a way that is the most logical and you will end up with a better layout for it.
Step Four – Enjoy
Once you’ve finally unpacked and started laying things out around your home you can start to really enjoy your new property. Two ways to do this early on are to spend some time exploring the local area and getting to know your new neighbourhood, and inviting people round for house warming and dinner parties.
Derek Underwood is a property developer. He has a considerable body of work behind him, when it comes to developing new property and often advises people regarding the same on his blog. His Gallo real estate is rated amongst the best townships in Stouffville.
As you prepare for your first triathlon, there are probably a hundred things running through your mind. Triathlons are physically tough, emotionally strenuous, and mentally challenging. On the flip side, they can also make you feel your best physically, emotionally, and mentally. The challenge and the pain that you might feel is worth the feeling of elation as you cross that finish line. So, what do you need to do to prepare? You will need mental preparation, physical preparation, as well as the proper triathlete equipment.
Before you even begin the physical preparation, you should prepare yourself mentally for the triathlon. You need a great sense of determination and will power to participate in and complete a triathlon. The following are some thoughts that can help you to mentally prepare.
- Consider the finish line your success, whether you rank high or not. As a first time triathlete, you really don’t know what to expect, so you should just tell yourself that you are going to finish. When you cross the line, be proud of yourself for doing what you set out to do.
- Recall a prior accomplishment. What made it a success? How did you feel after you accomplished it? That is still who you are, no matter what.
- Listen to some of your favorite music as you train. It will put you in a better mood, as well as lift your self worth.
One of the most important aspects of triathlon training is physical preparation. A triathlon is not like running the mile in high school. You cannot just walk into it without a great deal of physical preparation. Make a goal to train for a certain amount of days and a certain amount of time each day. The following physical training tips will get you prepared for your first triathlon.
- Wear a heart rate monitor to be sure you are right on target, and also for safety reasons.
- Practice drinking water so that you know when and where it will be the most beneficial for you.
- Practice different methods of the transition between events.
- Warm up and cool down before and after each training session.
- Begin with short distances and work your way up to the full triathlon distance. Be sure to train at the full triathlon distance multiple times so that your body is use to it.
- Wear the same clothes and use the same equipment that you will use in the actual race.
As was previously mentioned, you should wear the clothes and use the equipment during training that you are going to use during the race. This will ensure that you know how it works, what you need to adjust, and if it will be comfortable during the triathlon. The equipment you should buy for your triathlon includes:
- A swimsuit and/or a wetsuit.
- Goggles that fit well.
- A swim cap (check to see if the race officials provide you with one before you spend money on it).
- A good road bike or triathlon specific bike that is lightweight.
- A helmet.
- Plenty of water.
- Good running shoes.
- Bike shoes.
With the right equipment and by preparing mentally and physically to the best of your ability, you will not have to worry on race day. You can feel confident that you have done everything you can to be successful at your race.
Dorian Travers enjoys the outdoors and loves to help people learn new ways to improve their health and quality of life.
Your own boat. Your very first vessel. Can you imagine? The lazy days of drifting on the water, the engine puttering gently as you set out for the open sea, your navigational equipment glistening in the sunlight beside a steaming mug of coffee. You’re the captain of this vessel. Why, perhaps you’ll even do a spot of fishing, or maybe you’ll just drop anchor and get to work on that mystery novel you always meant to write…
If this fantasy is roughly all you know for sure about manning a vessel then you need some help, cap’n. Buying a boat is a serious business – in terms of nuance and procedure it falls roughly between buying a new car and a new house and plenty of mistakes can be made, especially if you’re inexperienced.
STEP ONE: Acknowledge your gut instinct. Then acknowledge that your gut instinct is stupid
It’s so easy to fall in love with the romance of owning a boat and this can translate into buying the first beautiful vessel that catches your heart. Your instincts are important but they’re uninformed. Make sure that before you sign anything or put any money down, you retain the services of an experienced and impartial authority – this could be a boat builder or brokerage. Make sure they’ve got reputable trade affiliations with organisations like the British Marine Federation in the UK or SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) in the US.
STEP TWO: Consider whether you want to buy new or used.
This is a big issue. A new boat has definite plus points: it’s sparkling and pristine, it’s fitted with the latest technology and it’s covered by all all-important warranty. However, it’s worth thinking seriously about investing in a good quality used boat if only because a previously used vessel has one important factor that a new boat cannot replicate: it has been tested on the water. A warranty is a beautiful thing but if your new boat isn’t seaworthy then it’ll be spending all its time in the boathouse being repaired rather than whizzing you around the coast. Older boats have their own problems too but this is why your ol’ pal the Marine Surveyor is so crucial to your process.
STEP THREE: Take a list of common boating issues and check them all out
Here are some common problems that should immediately set off alarms if you encounter them in a prospective purchase:
Mismatched paint – this is a sure tell for a boat that has been extensively repaired. Has the boat been in an accident? Did the seller volunteer this information readily? If not, consider what else they might be holding back.
Water lines – these are the lines that separate a rust-ridden area from one that is rust-free. Look for these inside the boat and on the engine. If you spot any, it could be a sign that the boat takes on water.
Handrails – are they bolted down? If they’re just screwed to the surface, then you have to consider what other shortcuts have been made with regards to safety.
Check the oil – is it gritty? Does it smell burnt? It’s definitely worth checking to see if you can send an oil and transmission fluid sample to a lab for testing.
Check the floors – are there any soft spots? If there are, walk, walk away.
Maintenance records – the seller shouldn’t have a problem with you checking these. Look for recurrent problems and see how carefully the boat has been maintained in the past. A careful seller is usually a trustworthy seller.
These checks may not be romantic but they’ll certainly save you a lot of heartache further down the line. Temper your heart’s desire with a lust for handrail maintenance and you’ll be fine. God speed, cap’n.
Mel Donohoe’s wife has to stop him investigating every YBWBoatsforSale sign. It’s a sickness. He’s also a freelance writer.
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