3 Do’s And Don’ts To Stay Safe When You’re Ready To Try Scuba Diving

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Scuba diving may be the most fun you ever have off dry land. This mode of underwater adventuring relies on a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba), hence its name. It is extremely important to take scuba lessons before you try scuba diving underwater. Taking lessons is the number one way to stay safe because education is key. Beyond your scuba lessons, you should also consider these ways to stay safe when you’re ready to try your hand at scuba diving. Do Conduct a Pre-Dive Buddy Check Have a pre-dive buddy check every single time you go scuba diving. This should be carried out without exceptions to help ensure your safety. A pre-dive buddy check simply involves having a partner check to make sure you have all the right gear, equipment, and accessories before you get in the water. Check on each other. You want to make sure your gear is on properly and that nothing is left behind. Don’t Hold Your Breath Under Water at Any Point Although it can seem like holding your breath my sometimes be necessary with scuba diving, that is not true at all. When taking scuba lessons, that will likely be the first thing that your instructor says, but it is worth repeating until it sinks in to every scuba diving student. If you hold your breath underwater, you can wind up seriously injured or, in a worst-case scenario, even dead. Don’t worry! Safety precautions are exactly that. Instead of attempting to hold your breath, breathe steadily while you are scuba diving. Do Make Fitness a Priority Scuba diving is physically demanding like a sport, and you need to be in top shape in order to get the most from the experience. Although a lot of time that you spend scuba diving will feel very relaxing, you will likely need to dive in strong currents and go for long swims. Also, you will need to carry equipment that can be heavy, and the exposure to different weather conditions can further make it a physically demanding activity. Try to stay physically fit, eat healthily, and avoid alcohol in the weeks prior to going on a scuba diving adventure. Finally, keep in mind that scuba diving can be one of the most fun things that you do for yourself. Taking scuba lessons is one way to set yourself up for success and ensure you learn the safest practices for scuba...

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Heading Back To College? 4 Tips For A Successful Transition

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are numerous reasons why you might have taken a break from college. If life got in the way of your college dreams, it’s time to go back and finish what you started. Unfortunately, that can be easier said than done. If you’re ready to head back to college as a returning student, make sure your transition is successful. Here are four steps you can take to help you get back into college and realize your dreams of a degree. Reach Out to Other Returning Students It can be difficult returning to college after an extended time away. Whether you feel like you’re too old to join the ranks of kids fresh out of high school or you just don’t feel prepared, there are others who are feeling the same way. While you’re enrolling in college, reach out to support groups that might be on campus. This will provide you the opportunity to mingle with others who are going through the same thing you are. Take Practice Placement Tests If the programs you’re planning on pursuing require placement tests, take the time to practice before you take the actual tests. Most college placement tests have practice versions available online. By taking practice tests, you’ll know what will be covered on the tests. The practice tests will also help you identify weak spots that will require additional practice. When you’re ready to take the actual placement tests, you’ll be prepared to place well, which will help you get into the programs you want. Enroll in Non-Credit Classes First If you’re not quite ready to jump into full-credit courses, start out slowly. Instead of starting out with courses that will go towards your major, take a few non-credit classes instead. The non-credit classes will help you adjust to a college schedule without the stress of credit classes. Once you’re adjusted to college life, add classes that will satisfy requirements for your major. Make Time for Yourself Now that you’re returning to college, you’ll be juggling a lot of things. To make sure you’re successful in your college endeavors, make sure you schedule time for yourself. This will ensure that you have a designated time to get your homework done without other activities interfering with your studies. If you’re going to be returning to college after an extended break, take the time to make sure your return is successful. The tips provided here will help you create a smooth transition back into college. For more information, contact local professionals like those found at UC Clermont...

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Helping Your Middle-School Child Write a Great Essay on Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Although Herman Melville is best remembered for his whaling epic Moby Dick, many middle-school children are faced with the task of reading and writing essays about another one of his popular stories, “Bartleby The Scrivener.” If your child is one of these kids, here are a few tips you can share with them on how to write a great essay about this intriguing story. Read the Story Carefully (and with Help) Herman Melville is known for having difficult and dense prose, but “Bartleby the Scrivener” is relatively easy to understand, which is why it’s so often used in middle school. Most middle-school children should be able to read it without much difficulty, though it isn’t a bad idea for them to use a reading guide during the process. As your child reads, they should look for important details and recurring themes. For example, it is important to note that Bartleby prefers spending time alone and seems to have no existence outside of the office. This type of information is important to note in a great essay. Pinpoint the Important Themes Great stories almost always have themes, and Herman Melville usually makes his themes pretty obvious. The theme of the story is the idea that the author is trying to communicate. For example, in “Bartleby the Scrivener,” Melville is communicating themes of loneliness, isolation, and the negative effects of the business life of a person’s mental health. If your child is struggling to understand these themes, talk with them about why Bartleby “would prefer not to” do extra work and the frustrations this causes for his boss. Pinpoint instances where Bartleby spends time alone or how he gets more isolated as the story continues. These kinds of details are important for a successful essay, as they add supporting evidence. Arrange the Ideas in a Logical Way Once your child has identified three major themes that drive the story, it is important to arrange them in a logical fashion. The five-paragraph essay outline is often a useful way for children to arrange their ideas. This outline includes an introduction that discusses the themes, a paragraph for each theme, and a conclusion paragraph that ties it all together. For example, the essay could start with a paragraph discussing Bartleby’s sense of isolation, the way he asserts his independence, and the negative side effects of his work. Each paragraph should start with a sentence identifying the theme and include details which support it, such as information about Bartleby’s refusal to do extra work or his life inside of the office. With these simple steps, your child can fully understand the quixotic nature of Bartleby and write a great essay. Whether they are writing...

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How To Help Get Your Child Ready For Preschool In The Fall

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your child will begin attending preschool this fall, around the middle of July and/or the beginning of August, you should start preparing your child for this important transition in there life. Here are a few things you can do to get your child prepared and ready to start preschool this fall.  Start Talking About Preschool You need to start introducing the idea of preschool for your child. This is especially important if your child does not have older siblings who attend school and will be your first child attending school.  If your child has cousins or friends that they play with or see on a regular basis, start talking to your child about how their cousins or friends attend school. Talk with your child’s friends about their school when your child is present. Ask them what they do in school and what they like about school. This will help your child start to see that other people they know also attend school. Read Books About Preschool A great way to facilitate further discussion about preschool is by reading books that talk about attending preschool and the feelings that are associated with little ones going to school for the first time.  There are lots of books that center around this idea. For example, Milk Goes to School by Terry Border or Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. PSB Parent’s website provides an entire list of books that center around the idea of children starting school that you can read to your own child.  When you read these books, be sure to ask your children what they think about the characters in the story. Talk about what the characters are feeling and thinking. Allow your child to talk about what they think is happening with the characters. This is a great way for you to facilitate ongoing discussion with your child about school. Visit The Preschool Most preschools will allow you to visit before school starts in the fall. Call up your child’s preschool and see if there is a day when you can bring your child. Getting to walk around, explore, and see their school, classroom and playground before it is teeming with students will give your child a chance to explore and take in the environment at their own pace. This will allow your child to connect what you have been talking and reading about to a real place. Adjust Your Routine If you currently don’t wake up and get ready early enough in the morning for the start time for your child’s preschool, work on changing your routine gradually over the next month or two. Slowly acclimate your child to getting up earlier, and help them get used...

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3 Tips For Parents Of Children Suffering From ADHD

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If one of your children suffers from ADD or ADHD, life can often feel overwhelming or frustrating. Children with some form of attention deficit disorder tend to act on impulse and it can take all of your energy just to keep them behaving in an acceptable manner. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a real medical condition and should be treated as such. Your child likely does want to obey and listen to you but they might not have the proper tools needed to do so. Here are three tips to keep in mind if your child was recently diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Don’t Freak Out Over Smaller Transgressions If you need to discipline your child, it’s important to pick your battles. For example, if the child acted out and did something that is definitely not acceptable like coloring on the walls, then of course, you need to respond. But if you tell your child that they need to complete all three of their chores before they can go play outside, and only get two of them done properly, this is not a situation you should make a big deal out of. Chances are, they might have honestly forgotten about that third one. Bring it up when they come back inside. When you have a child with ADD/ADHD, there are going to be learning experiences every day. It’s important that you don’t spend all of your energy trying to make sure that every little thing is done correctly. Save it for the things that really matter. Take Care of Yourself Too If you want to make sure you have the energy needed to take care of your son or daughter with ADD/ADHD, then you need to find some time to make sure you are taking care of yourself as well. This means eating correctly, finding time to go to a gym or maybe even just taking a long shower or bath. Lean on family and friends to assist you if needed so that you can give yourself a break from time to time. Seek Professional Help You may feel like you’re pulling off a pretty good Superman or Superwoman impression on most days, but for best results, don’t try and do everything yourself. Children with ADD/ADHD can benefit from interacting with professionals who understand their condition. When your child is old enough, consider enrolling them in a local school that specializes in children who have these kinds of difficulties. ADHD schools won’t just be more patient with your son or daughter, they will also likely be able to provide some tips and advice to make your job as a parent easier as well.  ADD/ADHD...

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