Complete Love

Not all romantic relationships can be considered to possess complete love. It was Yale University psychology professor Robert Sternberg whose famous Triangular Theory expounded upon the three integral components of love.

First of all, a couple must exhibit Intimacy, which is described as the closeness and openness between them. This is exemplified in best friends who have no reluctance to share their concerns, weaknesses, and dreams. They accept each other without judgment. Communication is the necessary key to intimacy.

The second component is Passion. This is the physical attraction between the couple. It is the desire for physical closeness exhibited through hand-holding, embracing, kissing that should eventually lead to sexual congress. This attraction is necessary because it magnifies the bond between the couple.

The third essential component is Commitment. This is the decision of the couple to stay faithful to each other. It is the continuing choice to remain loyal exclusively with the view of maintaining the relationship.

It is necessary that couples examine their relationships whether or not they possess Intimacy, Passion, and Commitment. Absent any of theseArticle Submission, the couple cannot claim to have Complete Love. And an incomplete love is almost surely expected to fail. Couples are therefore encouraged to nurture all three components in order that the relationship remains healthy and lasting.


About the author

Frederick Fabella, Ph.D. is a graduate and undergraduate professor in the Philippines. He is an editorial board member of the IRP international research journal and a Fellow of the Royal Institution Singapore. He is the author of Transcendence: Essays For Personal Reflection. His blog can be found at Meanings and Perceptions.

Is Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Important?

Teaching critical thinking skills is imperative to a child’s development. Education today needs to focus more on critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity in order to prepare children for the jobs of the future.

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Children need to be thinking for themselves and asking the what now follow up question; these skills are what employers today and tomorrow are looking for.  The ability to analyze a situation or problem is important skills that demand from employers will only grow as we continue to adopt technology throughout our lives.

Kids need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyze, compare, contrast, make inferences, and demonstrate higher order thinking skills. As a parent, our role is to ask our children open-ended questions that guide the thinking process.  This allows our kids to explore and expand their curiosity.

In other instances, it may be more appropriate to experiment with your child; this is easily done with science experiments, cooking lessons, arts and crafts and more.  This allows our children to refine their theories on what why things happen; defining cause and effect. Engaging with your child and facilitating the critical thinking process can have a positive an impact on them.

In other instances, it may be more applicable to encourage your child to experiment and refine their theories on cause and effect.  To experiment and through experimenting develop the cause and effect of what happened. Guiding your child’s critical thinking process can have a positive an impact on their problem-solving skills and leads to greater creativity and curiosity.

Critical thinking is a developed ability to analyze information to distinguish its veracity or truth. In our rapidly evolving technologically driven world, more detail and information is available at our fingertips than we could ever need. The issue is that not all of that information is correct and it can be effortless to get influenced into believing something that is not factual or real. This is one example of where critical thinking skills guide us.

How do you develop critical thinking skills in your children? Here are some tips and ideas to help children build a foundation for critical thinking:

  • Provide ample opportunities for play
  • Pause and wait, let your child evaluate the situation, a parents role is to guide them
  • Do not intervene immediately
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Help children develop hypotheses or the cause and effect
  • Encourage critical thinking in new and different ways


A few practical ways to introduce critical thinking activities to your kids:

  • Encourage pursuits of curiosity. As parents, we tend to dread “why” phase. However, we need to allow our children to form and test theories, experiment and understand how the world works. We need to inspire our kids to expand their curiosity, their creativity and explore, to ask questions, to test their ideas, think critically about results and reflect on alterations or adjustments that they can incorporate.  Encourage them on things they could make or things they could do differently to instill critical thinking skills.
  • Learn from others.  By instilling a love of learning, we help our children to think more deeply about things, to grow a desire to comprehend how things work. We need to teach children to look for the answers to their “why” questions using the internet, books, experiments, arts and crafts, building models, from friends, family and play activities.
  • Help children evaluate information. Thinks about this, how often we are given a lot of information at a time, and it is important we assess that information to determine if it is valid, necessary and whether or not we should believe it. We need to assist our children with learning these skills by showing them how to evaluate new information. We need to give them the opportunity to analyze where ideas and information originate, how it relates to what they already know and if it is or is not important.
  • Promote children’s interests. When children are deeply vested in a subject or pursuit, they are engaged and want to experiment. The process of expanding their knowledge base is an opportunities to develop critical thinking skills.  As parents, we need to encourage this activity and facilitate our child’s interests. Be it learning how a 3d model can stand up to how a car engine works or a keen interest in bugs or in programming a simple game as parents we need to encourage our kids to follow their interest and passion.
  • Teach problem-solving skills. Everyone has problems or conflicts in their lives, and kids are no different. Critical thinking skills are essential to develop to understand the problem and develop possible solutions; we need to teach kids the steps of problem-solving to use with critical thinking to utilize as an effective problem-solving process.
  • Provide opportunities for play. Curiosity and experimenting with how things work are crucial to developing critical thinking. It is during play that children learn cause and effect. What happens if I mix water and baking soda?  How do I build a water wheel and how does this create electricity?  How does a mini dancer work?  Can I add a block to balance on the top of a tower? By providing indoor and outdoor space for playing, along with time for the pretend play and development of critical thinking skills.  These activities allow opportunities for open-ended questioning and for your child to experiment to see the reaction – cause, and effect.  Then move on to try something else and see if they can create a different result. Hands-on experiments and experiences are an integral foundation for abstract critical thinking that is required in life.
  • Pause and wait. Giving your child generous time to think, experiment with a task, or develop a response is critical, and not necessarily easy to do. As parents, we need to have patience and Tallow our kids the time to ponder and think, before we intervene or speak. This gives kids an opportunity to reflect on their response and refine, rather than answering with the first gut reaction.
  • Don’t intervene immediately. Observe what your child is doing before jumping in. As hard as it may be, avoid finishing or doing the task for them. For younger children, patiently adjusting and manipulate their hands to grasp a toy on their own encourages problem-solving, develops fine motor skills and develops executive functioning skills. For older children, ask open-ended questions taught encourage critical thinking while providing enough information to prevent frustration, but not enough to solve the problem for them.
  • Ask open-ended questions. How many times has your child asked you a question that you could easily answer?  Rather than answers the question, ask them a question in return to help them think critically: “Why do you believe that this happened? What is going on here?” “Who else would know the answer, why would their answer be that?” Even if the answer isn’t correct, respond with “that’s interesting,” and ask “why do you think that is?” “I am interested to hear why you believe that this happens…” “What would you do to solve this problem?”  “How can we find more information to address or answer this?”
  • Help children develop hypotheses. Taking a moment to form hypotheses during play is a critical thinking exercise that helps develop skills. Try asking your child, “What will happen if we do this?” or “Let’s try it and see what will happen next.”
  • Encourage thinking in new and different ways. Allowing kids to think differently, enables their creative problem-solving skills. Ask questions like, “What other ways can we try?”  Encourage your child to develop options by saying, “Let’s think of all the possible ways we could do this.” If as a parent you need to step inArticle Submission, talk through the why of your decision and demonstrate your critical thinking and problem-solving.  This allows kids the opportunity to model your behavior.  Allowing your children to navigate problems allows them to analysis and develop critical thinking skills that will aid them in the long run.




Jessica Miller is the Content Writer for Play2Health – – where she develops content that assists families in raising well-balanced kids who excel.

Does Technology Benefit Young Children’s Education?

Parents are constantly struggling with limits on their children’s tablets, mobile phones, computers, and TVs. There has to be a balance between technology and entertainment and education.


As parents, all of us have fought the battle with our kids as they are absorbed into a video game or movie on an iPad, tablet or smartphone.  We’ve had a better chance of getting the attention of Tom Cruise walking the red carpet than our kids.

Today, it’s common for two-year-olds to be using iPads, elementary schoolers hooked up to video games, and we all suffer (or live with) the challenge of prying your middle-schooler away from the computer long enough to eat a decent meal. Technology is everywhere and its draw on kids is obvious, but is technology helping our kids learn? Technology is becoming more social, adaptive, and customized, and as a result, it can be a fantastic teaching tool. That stated, as parents, we need to establish boundaries. Today, software is connecting kids to online learning communities, tracking kids’ progress through lessons and games, and customizing each students’ experience. By the time your child is in elementary school, they will probably well-versed in technology.


Learning with Technology at School

Schools are investing more and more in technology. Whether your child’s class uses an interactive Smartboard, laptops, or another device, here are three ways to make sure that technology is used effectively.

Young children love playing with technology, from iPads to digital cameras. What do early childhood practitioners — and parents, too — need to think about before handing kids these gadgets? Let’s start at the beginning: what is technology in early childhood Technology can be as simple as a camera, audio recorder, music player, TV, DVD player, or more recent technology like iPads, tablets, and smartphones used in child care centers, classrooms, or at home.

More than once, I’ve had teachers tell me, “I don’t do technology.” I ask them if they’ve ever taken a digital photo of their students, played a record, tape, or DVD, or give kids headphones to listen to a story. Teachers have always used technology. The difference is that now teachers are using really powerful tools like iPads and iPhones in their personal and professional lives. Technology is just a tool. It shouldn’t be used in classrooms or child care centers because it’s cool, but because teachers can do activities that support the healthy development of children.

Teachers are using digital cameras — a less flashy technology than iPads — in really creative ways to engage children in learning. That may be all they need. At the same time, teachers need to be able to integrate technology into the classroom or child care center as a social justice matter. We can’t assume that all children have technology at home. A lack of exposure could widen the digital divide — that is, the gap between those with and without access to digital technology — and limit some children’s school readiness and early success.

Just as all children need to learn how to handle a book in early literacy, they need to be taught how to use technology, including how to open it, how it works, and how to take care of it. Experts worry that technology is bad for children. There are serious concerns about children spending too much time in front of screens, especially given the many screens in children’s lives.

Today, very young children are sitting in front of TVs, playing on iPads and iPhones, and watching their parents take photos on a digital camera, which has its own screen. There used to be only the TV screen. That was the screen we worried about and researched for 30 years. We as a field know a whole lot about the impact of TV on children’s behavior and learning, but we know very little about all the new digital devices.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages screen time for children under two years old, but the NAEYC/Fred Rogers position statement takes a slightly different stance. It says that technology and media should be limited, but what matters most is how it is used.

What is the content?

Is it being used in an intentional manner?

Is it developmentally appropriate?

As parents, we need to be aware of the drawbacks of technology and its impact on eyesightvocabulary and physical development.  We also need to be cognizant of our kids overall development, My advice to teachers and parents is to trust your instincts. You know your child and if you think they have been watching the screen too long, turn it off. It’s up to us, as parents, to notice that your child’s computer time is reducing or limiting interactions and playtime with other kids and nudge them in new directions. To encourage them to be physically active, to get outside and play. It’s also up to the adult to understand the child’s personality and disposition and to figure out if a technology is one of the ways the child chooses to interact with the world.

At the same time, cut yourself some slack. We all know that there are better things to do with children’s time than to plop them in front of a TV, but we also know that child care providers have to make lunch, and parents need time to take a shower. In situations like that, it is the adult’s job to make the technology time more valuable and interactive by asking questions and connecting a child’s virtual experience on the screen with real-life experiences in her world.


Learning with Technology at Home

Whether you’re giving your child your smart screen phone to entertain them, or it’s your toddlers’ preferred playtime is on an iPad or tablet, here are eight ways to make sure your child’s experiences with technology are educational and fun.

  • Focus on active engagement. Any time your child is engaged with a screen, stop a program, or mute the commercials, and ask engaging questions. What was that character thinking? Why did the main character do that? What would you have done in that situation?
  • Allow for repetition. DVDs and YouTube videos add an essential ingredient for young minds which is repetition. Let your young child watch the same video over and over, and ask him what he noticed after each viewing.
  • Make it tactile. Unlike computers that require a mouse to manipulate objects on the screen, iPads, tablets, and smartphones allow kids manipulate “physical” objects with their fingers.
  • Practice problem-solving. An emerging category of games will force your child to solve problems as they play, potentially building concentration and analytical skills in the process; although the jury is still out on this. There is no clinical data that supports the marketing message of app makers.
  • Encourage technology for creation, not just entertainment. Have your child record a story on your iPod, or sing a song into your video game system. Then, create an entirely new sound using the playback options, slow down and speed up their voice and add different backgrounds and beats until they’ve created something uniquely theirs.
  • Show him how to use it. Many computer games have different levels and young children may not know how to move up or change levels. If your child is stuck on one level that’s become too easy, ask if he knows how to move up and help him if he wants more of a challenge.
  • Ask why. If your child is using an app or game the “wrong” way, always pressing the incorrect button, for example, ask them why. It may be that they like hearing the noise the game makes when they get the question wrong, or they might be stuck and can’t figure out which group of objects match number four.
  • Focus on play. Young kids should be exploring and playing with technology. This should be considered play, and not a focus on drilling skills.
  • Ask for your own log-in. Often, school programs come with a parent log-in that will allow you to see your child’s progress. If it doesn’t, ask to see the reports that a teacher has access to. Then, check his progress every few weeks. It’s a great way for you and your child to be on the same page about their progress.
  • Ask about teacher training. Technology is often implemented in classrooms without appropriate professional development. If your child’s classroom is using a whole-class system, such as Clickers or an Interactive Smartboard, ask how it’s used in class and what training the teacher has had. “As a parent, you want to know if teachers feel well trained and they’re putting [new technologies] to good use.
  • Find Parent Resources. One of the best ways that technology can help your child is by helping you learn more about learning.

Computers, smartphones, and tablets aren’t going away, but with a few tweaks and consideration, you can make your child’s technology-time productive, educational, and fun! Let’s be honest. Most children can use a mouse, open and close apps, and even search the internet by the time they are three years old. Once they have the cognitive abilityComputer Technology Articles, it’s time to talk with your child about internet safety.



Raising Eager Readers

Inspire your little ones to love reading

It can be difficult for parents to know exactly when to start teaching their children how to identify colors and numbers or when the right time is to start reading to them. However, the earlier parents begin reading to their kids, the better prepared they can be once they reach school age.

In fact, reading to children at home can set them up for success in school and in life, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. With the right resources, parents can influence their kids’ enjoyment of reading. These tips from the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, which aims to motivate kindergarten through sixth-grade students to read by rewarding them with praise and pizza, can help inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Read to your children early and often. Parental involvement is one of the best predictors of future academic achievement, according to research published in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. Getting into a routine of reading to your children at a young age is a habit that can be pivotal to developing a love of reading. As you read, point out words, colors and images and ask questions about the story to help children develop a deeper understanding and relate what they have learned back to other books and activities.

Regularly visit the library. Libraries typically have lists available of favorite books for various age groups and can help parents and kids create reading lists of stories that match reading levels and interests. Additionally, attending “story times” and other library activities tailored to age-specific target audiences can expose your child to new books.

Make books easily accessible. Having multiple locations in the home where you keep books can inspire children to pick one up any time. Start with a main bookshelf in your child’s room that lets him or her easily see the titles, and place additional book storage locations in different rooms where your family typically spends the most time.

Get comfy. Creating the perfect spot (or spots) to read has a lot to do with individual children. While some prefer to read with mom and dad in a chair or on a couch, others prefer their own space where they can cuddle up with a good book. If space allows, consider dedicating a corner of your child’s bedroom or playroom as a “book nook.”

Take advantage of technology. The use of technology can aid in creating excitement about reading. To help develop strong reading habits and enhance your child’s vocabulary and ability to comprehend, consider supplementing traditional books with devices such as e-readers and tablets or smartphones equipped with age-appropriate reading and learning applications.

Keep reading. Children often see their parents as role models. If you read often, your children will be more likely to pick up the habit, as well, according to a BOOK IT! survey. It revealed that adults who have gone through the program are more likely to establish regular reading routines with their families, as 54 percent of the survey respondents said they read with their children every day, compared to 32 percent who did not participate in the program.

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Source: Pizza Hut



Guidelines On How To Grow Your Business

Statistically, new businesses tend to fail within the first couple of years. Even though this might be due to several reasons, the primary issue is the lack of knowledge and expertise required to plan for various operations and maintain a steady growth curve. While some startups fail just because the owner couldn’t keep up with its growth rate, others crumb due to lack of proper channels to offload excess inventory. The market demand directly doesn’t meet the supply, and thus the owner will have to sell at a loss to lure more customers.

You have to have a specific skill set for you to succeed in today’s business because so much as changed compared to the old days. A budding entrepreneur has to be flexible, be able to plan efficiently, and have exceptional organizational skills. It’s not just about turning on a computer and opening the doors for the clients. For the business to grow at a steady rate and maintain that growth, you have to comprehend all the economic parameters that affect the firm.


Have A Company Mission And Stick With It

What would you be if you never knew what you want to do, or who you want to become in life? Life immediately made sense when you knew what you were supposed to do, right? You had to have a direction so that you could set goals and strive to achieve them. It’s the same thing with business. It’s the baby, and you’re the parent so guide it by creating a strategic direction.

You might face obstacles along the way while trying to stick to it but your company is not the first one to bump into all those hurdles. Nearly all of the multinational corporations have been there, and now they are dominating the marketplace. Therefore, if you need to survive, do so by rolling with the changes and adjust mid-stream. It’s crucial to keep the changes to a minimum because you might lose customers if they get wind of the fact that your company might be going through a rough patch.


Develop A Strong Bond With Your Product Consumers And Suppliers

What’s significant is the long-term viability of a business. One cornerstone of any successful company is the trust or loyalty the entity has to its customers. And the same applies to the suppliers. Like a food chain in an ecosystem, when one organism gets affected the entire system goes into an imbalance. You have to bond well with your clients and suppliers.


Hold Your Staff Accountable

Once you hire an individual, you have to give them proper training before letting them work without supervision. By investing in the training process, you’ll be ensuring the business has a strong team ready to tackle issues that might arise in future.

It’s also significant to recognize their efforts from time to time by rewarding or promoting them. Treat them the same way you do your kids.


Strive To Create A Loyal Employee Base

You want to keep the employee turnover at moderate levels otherwise you’ll spend most of the company’s recourses retraining new staff. A loyal workforce is essential to the long-term goal since it helps you to stay relevant on the market, and assists the business to maintain the momentum.


Never Compromise On Quality

Honestly, this shouldn’t even be something worth debating. The only reason why we thought it wise to mention it is because we feel like business owners might be tempted to look for shortcuts during production since our current economy is still stumbling. Cutting on expenses seems like the logical way for the firm to stay afloat but if you go down that road, you might lose some of your most loyal customers. To reduce the cash outflow, consider cutting the wages, or freezing the hiring process. It’s not easy to gain a customer, so if you lose them, that will be on you.


Be Creative

Now that you’ve identified a need that’s unsatisfied on the market and managed to fill that gap, you have to keep looking for new and innovative ways that will make you stand out from your competitions and stay relevant. Always have an open mind and be on the lookout for new ideas or approaches that can help your company in one way or another.


Consistency Is Critical

The only way to continue making money is by being consistent. A customer will want to buy your product instead of that offered by the competition because what you’re providing has the best quality and is in the right quantity. That’s what they will expect the next time they want to buy the same product. So if they go to the store and find out that you compromised the quality or reduced the quantity, they will channel their frustrations by purchasing from the competition.


Know The Risks And Rewards

An entrepreneur who’s not ready to take calculated risks is not business oriented. You have to be prepared to roll the dice once a while if you’re ever going to succeed. Figure out what the worst-case scenario is and if it’s something you can live with dive in without second-guessing yourself. You can generate tremendous rewards that can propel your company to greater heights.


While Focusing On The Value, Compete With The Price

Being flexible with the pricing is okay. Just don’t lower it below the market value with the intentions of luring more customers and in the process running other firms out of business.



Photography by Thomas C Beerten

As the publisher of this awesome site, I scout for great content, great advice and most importantly a positive environment towards vice and beauty. Beauty does not mean looking at the surface. It’s more of a deep understanding of what’s in front of us. Something Fourteen Robots is very addicted to is smiles. And let’s be specific on this, we mean women smiling. A woman smiling interprets mostly one thing, and that is simple happiness. Many people smile and don’t even know they’re doing it or are smiling because they’re nervous. The women in this article you’re reading show a strong enjoyment at what they’re doing at that specific moment.

Photographer Thomas C. Beerten captures a great array of smiles and we’re pleased to announce that our hats go off to this guy as we salute him for a beautiful variety of portraits focusing on the smile of a woman. When we contacted Thomas via Instagram, like we do constantly with many photographers, we didn’t expect a response. The reason why we didn’t expect a response is because strangely enough, most photographers don’t respond, even though these social media platforms are meant for interaction between people around the world. Well, Thomas C. Beerten, a photographer from Belgium responded and agreed with our point of view for capturing great smiles when shooting portraits.

Let’s get this straight, we don’t usually post a full article about photographers, heck we barely write about it and mostly just showcase it in our gallery (if you can find it). But this…this deserves to be an example to models, photographers and anyone with a camera photographing other people. Bring emotions into it, damn it. This reminds me of an article published in 2016 by Mark Molloy where a fun experiment involved photographer Marcos Alberti taking portraits of people before and after 1, 2, & 3 glasses of wine. The results were pleasing and will make you smile.

If you’ve never been to our gallery, keep looking. But please don’t forget to follow our new favorite photographer and check out the rest of his work.

Photography by Thomas C Berteen
Birgit Mertens. Photography by Thomas C Beerten
Maria Pervykh. Photography by Thomas C Beerten

How to get your spouse to love you again

Like the seasons, love in a relationship grows and wanes. One of the most common myths in marriages is the belief that when the love wanes the relationship is over.

It’s not.

If your spouse says ‘I have fallen out of love with you,’ don’t panic. It doesn’t mean your marriage is over. It doesn’t even mean they don’t love you. What it does mean is that your spouse has lost their way, or doesn’t understand the many stages love and a relationship goes through.

You are being called to take charge of the situation, guide your spouse towards understanding this process, and even begin to rekindle your relationship.

The key to success is in understanding what is happening in your marriage and the role that love plays. It’s very easy for us to connect losing the feeling of being in love with actual loving when it is not really the case.

After the initial thrill of romance is gone, couples often find themselves lost and confused. What they don’t realize is that love is not just this heady lustful feeling that carries us away. That feeling has a shelf life. When the prospect of spending years together sets in, the correct question to ask one’s self would be ‘How now do I love without the initial thrill?’

We have to discover that every relationship has stages:

  • Falling in love
  • The honeymoon stage
  • Chaos or disillusionment
  • Mature love or resolution

We are very quick to judge that we no longer love someone just because the feelings fade. With proper understanding, we can expect that even if the feeling may not be there, it doesn’t mean we don’t love.

In truth, love is a commitment. It is not just a feeling, it is a doing thing. A mature person loves by choice and not simply by circumstance.

The next step would be to manage your partner’s feelings or lack thereof by starting with dialogue. Talk about the feelings and find out what happened, where is it coming from? There are numerous tools and methods available for a couple ‘ together or with a counselor/mediator ‘ that would help them examine their present situation. Talk to your spouse and tell him or her that the relationship deserves at the very least, dialogue.

In dialogue, let your spouse talk and you listen. There may be important things you need to learn about your spouse and your marriage. On the other hand, you can also share your own feelings about what is happening. Try not to place blame on your spouse, however, but share your thoughts and feelings by using ‘I feel’ statements.

In the meantime, do some self-improvement. It is never too late to evolve into a happier, more mature and more lovable person – even if it’s just something you do for yourself. For all you know, this new you will be more attractive to your spouse and come as a surprise to him or her.

Finally, don’t stop reinforcing your presence in the marriage. Do some positive loving acts for your spouse without expecting anything in return. These mirror your mature, positive view of what love really is. Make these acts little things. They don’t have to be grand gestures.

It’s the everyday things that actually build trust, intimacy, and love between couples.






That’s Odd! – 8 Stories About the Funniest Things Kids Would Do

If  you’re a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you’ll know the game they used to play called Drunk or Kid, where they would tell their friends one of the weirdest things they’ve ever done in their life while their friends figure out if they did it while they were drunk or while they were kids. Well, they have the right idea of it because kids are basically just small drunk adults doing and saying some crazy stuff! All kids, especially during their school age, would just say things that’ll make you go “What the heck?!” And yet, with all their crazy nonsense and ridiculous shenanigans, these things just seem normal for kids somehow. No matter how many parenting tips we give on toddlers, they’re still gonna get themselves in trouble and do crazy stuff because they’re kids and that’s what they do! Here, in this article, are stories on some of the darndest things kids have said and done.


The Only Winner

When my granddaughter was 5, I took her to a Christmas party held by the company I was working for at the time with all the other employees. During that time, we held a dancing contest for all the kids of the employees. My grand daughter, being the little performer she is, joined and wowed everyone with her performance and eventually won the contest. In the end, however, everyone got a prize for participating. My granddaughter threw a hissy fit and went to the judges table and said, “I thought this was a contest?!”  I dunno if I should be amused or embarrassed!



While hanging out with my 4 year old daughter, I accidentally sneezed without covering my mouth. My daughter heard it, looked at me with disgust and scolded me saying, “You should always cover your mouth when you sneeze mommy! Now your germs are all over my hair and I need to take a shower!” What surprised me isn’t the fact that my 4 year old shouted at me, it’s the fact she actually knows about the basic principles of germs!


1 Going On 60

It was just me and my 1 year old nephew in my bedroom, he was playing with his toys while I was doing homework and listening to music. While my playlist was on shuffle, the song “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire played. My nephew immediately stopped what he was doing and looked at me then smiled. He suddenly got up and started dancing! Now, every time I’d play that song, he’d stop dead on his tracks and then dance! Who knew my little nephew was such an old soul with groovy moves.


The Little Pervert

When my younger cousin was 4 years old, he and my brother were on the computer, exploring the internet. I suddenly overheard him say, “Hey let’s go to google and search for boobs!”  I don’t know where he got that but it still cracks me up to this day! A parenting tip for those with toddlers, try filtering out what you say around them because they do remember and will repeat it… in public… with people laughing at them!


Miss Shoplifter

When my daughter was 4 years old, we brought her to Muir Woods National Monument at San Francisco with the rest of the family. Before leaving, the family decided to browse through the souvenir shop but opted not to buy anything. While having dinner at home, we noticed that she was playing with a small magnifying glass that I don’t recall buying for her. When I asked her where she got that she just said, “In the place with lots of trees!” However, no matter how amusing this story is, a great tip for preschool aged kids is to tell them that it’s wrong to take what is not theirs.


Dinner Show!

My, then, 3 year old sister would always dance for us during dinner. The catch was, there was never any music playing during dinner. She’d always do this every dinner time. I dunno where she imagined the music coming from or why she’d do this but we still tease her about it to this day!


The “Ugly” Girls

My twin sister and I grew up in the Philippines and we had a skewed view of pretty before. We would associate it with being pretentious and high maintenance so when we were around 5 years old and our parents, grandparents, and uncles would call as pretty, we’d get mad at them so much! We’d end up shouting, “Hindi kami maganda! Panget kami! Panget! Di kami maarte!” [translation: We’re not pretty! We’re ugly! Ugly! We are not high maintenance!”]. I can’t imagine shouting that now though, neither can my sister!


The Lice Princess

When my youngest daughter was 6, she contracted head lice but we had to go out of town because I needed to go to my yearly medical convention, so I didn’t get the chance to buy her shampoo yet. While we were going around all the pharmaceutical booths, we got to a booth that sold head lice shampoo. She suddenly grabbed my sleeves and said in a loud voice (in front of all my doctor colleagues), “Dad! Let’s get some for my head lice!”. A parenting strategy I could give based on this situation is to just roll with it. Kids get lice, no biggie. But the best parenting tip would be to tell your kids not to shout in public, especially if it’s about certain (embarrassing) medical conditions.


That’s it for some of the funny stories we’ve collected from our friends and family through the years. If you have a toddler, a parenting tip would be to note down or film some of their funniest moments so that when they grow older you can watch it together and laugh your butts offBusiness Management Articles, or you can post it online and have it go viral… your choice.


About the author

Katya Bowd is a digital marketing enthusiast and a mother of 2. Currently a working mom. She’s working to develop her online business selling mum planners and online baby books in australia and also managing the site

Loving an Illusion

We often tend to expect positive traits in a person whom we find attractive. This is why sometimes we only see what we wish to see in an individual. We imagine admirable characteristics simply because of the physical attraction we feel.

However, it is entirely possible that our biases may be clouding our perceptions. Emotion will time and again obscure our judgment, especially when we have already fallen for this attractive person. We tend to ignore the negative and see only what is beautiful. We forget that no matter how attractive the person is, he or she is still prone to making mistakes.  Beautiful or not, handsome or not, that person is just like you or me. That person will have flaws due to the same human frailties we all possess.

Sometimes we fall in love with a mirage. We create an ideal picture of the perfect partner. And when we do find someone to love, we then we force her to fit into the perfect mold we have imagined in our minds. We start to make expectations of the person that are unrealistic or impossible.

When this happens, this ultimately leads to our inevitable frustration. We soon discover that the “perfect” lover we envisioned is not perfect at all. The fairy tale we dreamed of is false. The telenovela love story we thought was ours was just an illusion created by our mind.

The only cure for this fantasy of expectations is experience alone. It is when we have been in relationships that this illusion is finally dispelled. We come to realize that there is no perfect lover out there.

Maturity and experience will eventually teach us to be realistic when looking for the right person to love. We learn to accept that no one is perfect no matter how attractive that person may be. And once we can accept thisScience Articles, our picture of an ideal partner will evolve. We will be able to look beyond the physical and see the characteristics that truly matter.



Frederick Fabella, PhD is a graduate and undergraduate professor in the Philippines. He is an editorial board member of the IRP international research journal and a Fellow of the Royal Institution Singapore. He is the author of Transcendence: Essays For Personal Reflection. His blog can be found at Meanings and Perceptions.



Why Work From Home Won’t Work For Your Business’s Back Office

In the past years, a lot of enterprises tried the work from home strategy to get the best out of their workforce. However, most of the businesses were incapable of tapping the potential of this strategy.

There are numerous reasons behind this failure but the only conclusion that many experts agree upon is that work from home doesn’t work all the time. In the past decade, a myriad of organizations shifted their back-office functions to homes of employees and working remotely became a trend. While this trend helped new parents and families that struggled to care for an ailing member; a lot of businesses weren’t able to streamline the workflow for employees who worked from their homes.

Many people can stay productive even while working from their living rooms while caring for a toddler. However, the same cannot be perceived by every employee because let’s be honest; everyone in this world isn’t motivated enough to do so. The fact that each individual doesn’t have the same motivation and zeal to excel makes work from home a bad idea a lot of times. The reason behind this is that a talented employee should be retained even if he is not motivated enough to operate from any location outside the office. Every professional who is qualified for a position in your organization can be an asset; it is just about deploying strategies to make the most out of your workforce. Sadly, work from home takes this away from businesses and leaves them as a dependent on the efficiency of their employees.


Impact Of Work From Home On Backend Operations

Monitoring operations like back office support is a task of paramount importance for commercial organizations; the ones that fail to do so suffer from loss. Your business may have the most flawless backend and you may have hired the most competent professionals, still work from home can be a bad idea. The reason behind this is the communication gap that occurs within and outside departments, breaking the streamlined workflow. Technology may have helped synchronize help desk services and various other backend operations but it cannot be trusted completely. A system failure or error in the server can damage data and documents that consumed a good amount of fortune and time. This can certainly be a bummer for businesses, irrespective of their operational vertical. Apart from this, one amongst the biggest disadvantages of work from home is a security breach. By not rendering order taking services and various other operations from secure commercial space; organizations tend to risk valuable data. There are many other factors that make work from home a bad idea when we talk about back office support operations. So, it is suggested to restrain from opting for this strategyArticle Submission, even while it offers a plethora of benefits.



Choosing and Buying Crystal Glass Tumblers

The China and Glass Industry has many different terms used for describing a Tumbler which essentially is a glass without a Stem. I will run through a number that I have encountered and give my interpretation of what they mean.

  • Old Fashioned Tumbler – Usually a straight side tumbler where the sides are straight or slightly taper into the base. The capacity is normally 5oz for whiskey also known as a Rocks glass, 10oz for mixers or water, 12oz known as Double Old Fashioned also for larger mixers and water.
  • Rummer Tumbler – Same in size terms as the Old Fashioned but traditionally the straight sides have a slight curve to the base.
  • Barrel Tumbler – Once again the sizes are the same as the Old Fashioned but the sides curve forming a barrel shape.
  • Highball Tumblers, Slim Jim Tumbler, Tom Collins Tumblers – Are all taller tumblers and used for long drinks and water. The Highball or Hiball holds about 12 to 14oz and measures around Height 15cm Diameter 7.5cm. The Slim Jim and Tom Collins tend to be taller and narrower hold 10 to 12oz and measure around Height 16cm Diameter 6.5cm.

Most wine suites have a range of tumblers but it is not essential that they match the Wine Glasses. Ultimately the choice is governed by personal taste and budget and is more to do with your own tipple.


Characteristics to consider when deciding what kind of glass to drink whiskey from. 1. The style of the whiskey glass set. Glasses range from a vintage single malt scotch glass to the more modern Glencairn whiskey glass 2. Consider the size of the glass in relation to your hand size. 3. Finally, decide which special features you want.


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Tiddly Trailer Bar Co. – Interview

Fourteen Robots scouts through Kickstarter campaigns and we came across Tiddly Trailer Bar which caught our attention and decided to conduct a small interview to get a glimpse of behind the scenes of what is behind each startup.


What was the inspiration for your product?

-I have been in the restaurant and bar industry for over a decade. I knew early on I never wanted to own a brick and mortar establishment, but I loved the industry. After going back to school to earn a masters degree, I spent a lot of time brainstorming. I wanted something that would foster my love for the service industry, use my creativity, all while sparking my lust for business. The Tiddly Trailer was my answer. 

What’s the biggest challenge you came across in the process of this venture?

Financing this endeavor has been a challenge. Kickstarter is an amazing platform to find financial backers, but it does take a lot of time and energy. Also, financially planning for all the unknowns has been a difficult part of starting out.


What have you learned at the start of your venture that you’d like to share with others interested in starting a business?

-Be willing to be vulnerable and share your idea to whoever will listen. You never know who you will meet in the process. Also, reach out to your friend network and ask them for help with your project. Not only will it save you money, but it will feel so good that you had a community approach to starting your business.


Is there a feature of your product that you’re specifically proud of?

-I’m so proud of it all actually. Proud of myself for starting a business while caring for a baby under one. However, I think the main thing the Tiddly offers is the hands-on approach we provide to our clients. Custom bar menus, fresh cocktails with homegrown garnishes and local beer and wines. I LOVE what I do, and I think that really transfers to the bar experience each and every one of our clients will receive.


Do you have a llong-termvision of where this product could take you or are you focused on the current outcome without thinking much of the future?

I’m a dreamer, so it’s in my nature to be 10 steps ahead. I have thought of owning a few trailers eventually. Maybe a Tiddly South in my home state of California. I would also love to get into the craft mixer and bitters world someday.


Do you think there’s a recipe for success on any business launched or is it all customized to each product?

-I think there is no one size fits all recipe for launching a business. However, I think the basics like marketing, budgeting, sales and distribution apply to all startups. To me, a customized approach is what makes the Tiddly Trailer feel unique from the other mobile bars out there. We are very proud to be driven by family, poured by friends, and enjoyed by all. 

Please visit their website at You can also find them on Kickstarter, Facebook, and Instagram.





10 tips that will help you survive this Christmas

December might be the busiest and the craziest time of the year, especially considering the amount of holiday preparation that has to be done and the money that is normally spent on Christmas. These tips will help you not to let the holidays turn into a stressful job and enjoy the festivities with the people you love. 


When the most wonderful time of the year hits you with a load of additional responsibilities, shopping chores, family duties, and holiday preparations, it’s not too difficult to fall out of the festive spirit and get quite stressed and overwhelmed with everything you need to do and survive this Christmas season.

If you feel like you’re drowning in the doubtful Christmas joys and it seems that you’re being torn apart by Christmas shopping, making sure to include everyone on your gift shopping list, sending a pile of cards no one ever reads, but gets quite upset with you when doesn’t receive one from you, being broke after all the purchases, decorating your space, attending numerous parties, cooking and cleaning for the one you’re about to host, use these tips to survive this holiday and actually manage to enjoy it.


Tips for a stress-free Christmas

  1. Don’t set your expectations too high. Things rarely go to plan, and they never do when it comes to organizing a huge Christmas party for all. Try to be less of a perfectionist and make your holiday preparation more manageable by splitting the tasks among people who’re more than glad to help and concentrating on what’s most important.
  2. There’s nothing that may ruin your holiday as bad as being stuck in the middle of nowhere on the Christmas Eve/Day. Thus, if you’re going to spend this Christmas at your family member’s house, make sure to bring your vehicle to a quick check at the auto repair’s before you embark on a long road trip to prevent unexpected breakdowns caused by hidden flaws or maintenance issues you slacked on. Avoid traveling hassle by packing beforehand and leaving your house a day-two early not to get into the terrible traffic.
  3. Don’t be all over the place. Once you promise too much, you get too stressed about making sure that you’re actually able to stick to your words. Thus, plan the moths thoroughly and promise to attend only the parties and activities you really have time on (but not need to find the time for).
  4. Do a good share of your gift shopping online and never go beyond your budget. That will save you a lot of time and energy, as well as money, as you’ll be able to compare prices and find the best deals without running around numerous stores and trying to find a parking place in front of those busy malls scoring their year-worth revenue. Pour a glass of wine or brew a delicious cup of coffee, grab a few snacks and shop for the people you love without leaving the house and giving in to the Christmas shopping anxiety.
  5. Have fun. While making sure that everyone enjoys Christmas and receives everything they wished for, it’s quite easy to let the holiday go by unnoticed and forget to enjoy the moment and feel the spirit of the grand festivities. Make even routine chores projects like decorating the house, going grocery shopping for Christmas Eve dinner or watching a Christmas movie with your kids just a little bit extra special.
  6. Make Christmas shopping a lot easier by purchasing not material things, but experiences for the whole family or a group of friends. Tickets to a show you’ll always remember or a day at the spa you may spend together will be much greater gifts than another ugly sweater, gift card or kitchen appliance everyone receives every single year.
  7. Gift cards aren’t that bad. Actually, they make great travel-proof gifts and gorgeous presents for people you don’t really know too well. So, stop stressing about spending too much money on sending Christmas presents to your parents or choosing gifts for your co-workers and stock on gift cards. Just don’t forget to make them a little bit more personal with the help of a unique Christmas card or a tiny addition to the main present (for instance, you may tie a cute ornament to it).
  8. Save time on wrapping and assembling. That’s just too much to handle. Wrap the presents at the store right after you buy them and ask the service people to assemble those ridiculous kids toys or furnishing pieces not to add another point to your to-do list.
  9. Don’t be ashamed to ask for assistance. Christmas is for sharing, that’s why everyone should take part in pre-holiday preparations. Ask your family members to take an active part in signing and sending cards, cleaning the house, preparing guest bedrooms or cooking Christmas dinner and let your guests help you set the table and clean up after dinner and gift opening.
  10. Eliminate the major source of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day stress – food prepping – by ordering most of the dishes from the local caterers from and cooking only the main courses that are meant to be served extremely fresh and straight from the oven at home. In addition to thatPsychology Articles, stick to the recipes you know you may rely on not to end up with a failed experiment of a Christmas turkey or a burnt pie you’ve never cooked before.


Elena Sheplyakova, an independent writer, blogger for, concentrates her attention on small business issues, online marketing, home improvement and organization, healthy foods, family living, useful life hacks and beauty tips.

What Turns Men Off in Relationship and Marriage: 5 Instant turn Offs to Men

Marriage should be a happy time for a couple. You’ve survived the rigors of dating and courtship. As women, there are certain things we can avoid in relationships – things that are instant turn-offs to men in marriage. Here are 5 useful tips you can learn to keep a long-lasting marriage!


How do you keep the passion burning even after you’ve said: “I do”?

Marriage should be a happy time for a couple. You’ve survived the rigors of dating and courtship. Now it’s time to reap the rewards and spend a pleasant life together.

But many couples find marriage to be a difficult adjustment to make. There’s a “honeymoon” phase, and then life settles into a routine. Husbands and wives start to irk one another. The passion of the early marriage starts to fade away.

Can this be stopped? Of course, it can. With some work and communication, two people who love each other can continue to love being married to each other forever.

As women, there are certain things we can avoid, things that are instant turn-offs to men in marriage. Here are five.


1. Complaining, nagging, and criticizing.

This is always at the top of the list in surveys of married men when asked what their wives do that bothers them. As much as he loves you, he wants to be his own man, too. And let’s face it, no one, male or female, likes being picked at.

Of course, we don’t usually see our gentle reminders not to leave his socks on the floor as “picking.” If he would just DO it, we wouldn’t have to keep mentioning it. But to him, it sounds like you’re harping, nagging about the same thing over and over again. And it drives him crazy.

So what to do? Men’s minds are analytical. They like to solve problems. So make your suggestions in the form of solutions rather than complaints. Instead of saying, “I hate it when you leave your socks on the floor,” say, “It will be much easier for me to do laundry if your socks are in the hamper instead of on the floor, sweetie.” See?

The first was a complaint; the second was a solution. Surely he can’t fail to see the logic in it, and if he forgets after that, you’ll know it’s an honest forgetting, not laziness or spite. And since you love him, you can forgive that.


2. Trying to control him.

This goes along with #1. Men like to be independent. They like their buddies, they like their football games, they like their poker nights with the guys. But you like him to be home with you. Who’s right?

This is one where you may have to make some compromises. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be allowed to hang out with his friends and do whatever it is those guys do when they get together — provided he’s still being a good husband and father too, of course.

If he’s out EVERY night with the guys, then maybe there’s a problem. But if it’s once a week or so, and he has a fun time, then what’s the harm? It’s selfish to insist he stay home with you all the time.

To compensate for it, you can arrange activities for just the two of you that go beyond just staying home and having a normal dull evening. Make sure the weekends are full of couples-only activities or plan specific “date nights” once a week. That way, you can make sure you’re getting a special evening with him at least as often as his friends get one.


3. Withholding sex out of anger or spite.

Your husband shouldn’t expect you to have sex whenever and wherever he wants to. If he’s a typical man, he wants to have sex more or less constantly, so it’s not really feasible. But he shouldn’t have to contend with you using sex as a weapon against him, either.

Sex is the most intimate part of a relationship, and some consider it the most sacred. Either partner using it as a way of controlling or hurting the other one cheapens it.

If you’re angry with your husband, talk to him about it, calmly and rationally. Don’t withhold sex and then make him guess why. Those kinds of games are beneath you.


4. Letting your emotions control your thinking.

It’s a scientific fact that men solve problems analytically while women solve problems emotionally. It’s also a fact that that difference is what drives both genders the craziest.

Still, that doesn’t mean you should let your emotions dictate everything you say or do. It doesn’t make any sense to refuse to go to a party with him tonight because he failed to notice you got your haircut earlier today. That’s emotion talking.

When you feel yourself getting emotional, that’s fine — you’re a woman; emotions are part of who you are. The trick is to avoid making decisions when you’re in that state. Wait till you’ve calmed down again and become your normal self.


5. Letting yourself go physically.

This is a touchy subject because it usually happens to both spouses. You’re both so busy with work, home and the kids that you stop exercising and get out of shape. But it’s men who are more likely to complain about it.

One solution is to make it a joint effort. As you notice yourself slipping into poor eating habits and zero exercise, talk to your husband. Suggest the two of you take up jogging together, or go for walks after dinner, or join a gym together.

He’ll see you’re making an effort to maintain the lovely figure he fell in love with, and you can keep him from becoming a couch potato, too. Plus, any time you spend together is going to strengthen your relationship.

It’s tragic to for small things to split marriages apartFree Articles, but it happens all the time. There’s no reason to let it happen to you. Remember that you love each other and do what you can to keep the fires burning.


Living the Lush Life in La Plagne

Planning a skiing get-away? If you’re looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is the epitome of romance, offering plenty of great two-person activities.


While you may be thinking that winter is still several months away, it is always best to book a place in La Plagne as early as possible. As it’s a very popular resort, catered chalets get nabbed pretty quickly – and it’s easy to see why! After a long day of gliding down the snow-covered slopes, nothing beats a ready-prepared hot meal and a cuddle with your partner by the fireplace.

La Plagne boasts some great pistes, but on the days that you don’t feel like skiing or fancy an afternoon’s rest, there are also loads of romantic activities for you to try with your partner, including sledging at night, cooking romantic meals and getting pampered at a spa. Don’t miss out – La Plagne has so much to offer.


Cheese-Making in Montalbert

Ever wondered how the French make such tasty cheese? This winter, you can learn the secrets of the trade with Roland Loyet, an expert cheese maker. Enjoy a private class with the owner of Le Forperet restaurant in Plagne Montalbert. It’s a really fun experience to share. Besides, there’s no better way of spending time with your other half than while eating cheese and drinking French wine!


Get Pampered at Les Hauts Bois Spa

As well as boasting comfortable catered chalets, La Plagne offers a great spa facility. Nothing beats a good relaxing afternoon spent in a hot sauna or steamy cabin. There is even a lovely heated indoor pool with huge windows, providing an unparalleled view of the mountains on the opposite side. Once the water has cleansed your skin, you can get a massage to wash away any remaining tension. What’s more, the spa offers a wide range of other therapies that will leave you and your partner feeling refreshed.


Sledge Down Mountains at Night

If you’re opting for one of the many catered chalets, La Plagne has a lovely night-time surprise in store for you and your significant other. To make this trip unforgettable, why not go sledging under the stars? With torches strapped to your helmets, snuggle up to your partner and take in the beautiful night sky as you whizz down 450m of slopes, gliding from Aime La Plagne all the way down to La Roche. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, and you’re greeted at the bottom of the slope with mulled wine and creamy hot chocolate. What could be better?


Cook a Romantic Steak Dinner at Le Refuge

If you’re staying in one of our catered chalets, La Plagne’s will provide you with hot meals. After all, everyone wants to be spoilt after a long day on the slopes! But if you do fancy a change, you can always treat your partner to a candlelit dinner, which you can cook yourself. At Le Refuge, a restaurant that specialises in grilled meats, your table will be equipped with a copper hood so that you can grill your own steaks. You’re sure to impress your love… not to mention that it’s a real treat for your taste buds! Plus, as one of La Plagne’s oldest restaurants, Le Refuge has a homey atmosphereScience Articles, ideal for a cosy night in with your partner.


Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you’re looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal destination. Ski Amis can provide chalets in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, and we are the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.




Blade Runner Whiskey Glass

Used by Rick Deckard in the seminal 1982 sci-fi movie Blade Runner. Blade Runner’s glass wasn’t just a prop, it was a hand-made crystal glass, mouth-blown by artisans at a boutique Italian company, Arnolfo di Cambio. Fortunately, although first introduced in 1973, the glass chosen by Ridley Scott and his set dressers, the Cini Boeri designed “Cibi” double old-fashion tumbler, is still produced to this day. A testament to its timelessness. The same glass as used by Deckard in Blade Runner is a unique square design with diagonal cuts at the angles.  A single glass weighs approximately 700g.

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How Big Does My Business Impact Have To Be?

As an entrepreneur, you don’t need an empire to have an impact. The impact that you have in your business and beyond may already be bigger than you imagine.


Here’s some great news: businesses that consciously focus on impact, on making a positive difference, have 12-14 times more income than businesses that just focus on profit.

Impact is not a nice-to-have. It’s not an add-on. It’s an integral part of your business vision and strategy.

You may be thinking, I’ll focus on my impact once I make more money. I can’t have an impact without more income.

The truth is, you don’t have to wait for some future “ideal” condition to have an impact.

Your plans for impact can be built right into your business from the start. When you do that, not only your impact increases. Your income increases as well.

Focusing on impact has other benefits too:

  • Your decisions are easier. When you make your impact the center of attention for your business, then it’s easier to say yes or no to new ideas and prospects.
  • You have focus.
  • You have a greater sense of purpose. Having clarity about the impact that you want to have will give you a greater sense of purpose than you’ve ever had. Impact is greater than purpose, greater than mission. This clarity will carry you through challenging times.
  • You have motivation and energy. You’ll jump into your business and life with more energy and motivation than you’ve ever felt.

One of the questions I’m most often asked about this focus on impact is, does my impact have to be big?

The short answer is, no. If you only impact one person, positively affect one person’s life, that too is impact.

The longer answer is, maybe your impact is already bigger than you imagine.

You don’t have to have an empire to have an impact, to make a positive difference. You affect everyone you meet, whether you notice it or not.

We are the sum of our relationships, with ourselves and with others. The African word, “Ubuntu,” means, “I am because you are.” Ubuntu captures the essence of our interconnectedness.

I once held a meeting in an African hut with that word, Ubuntu, boldly painted on the outside of it. As we met, a troop of baboons ran by, looking at us as they rushed past. Just as the novelty and delight of that settled into me, a sounder (herd) of warthogs followed in their wake. I’m not sure if they were headed to the same meeting.

The village that this African hut stood in was often visited by Nelson Mandela after his release from 27 years in prison. I’m told that Mandela would wander through the village in the mornings and greet everyone he met. He showed real presence and caring in his interactions, never rushing, reaching out to each person individually.

It was Mandela’s caring that is remembered most by the people in the village during his visits. This man, who as South Africa’s President and through his activism, brought about the end of the heinous practice of apartheid in South Africa, also affected people in his personal interactions.

His presence was honored by the creation of black pillars installed throughout the village that still stand. On each one is written a word. Freedom. Courage. Trust. Resilience. Unity. Vision. Each word speaks to presence and to impact.

Mandela understood that each person is important, that our connections with each other are what matter.

That is what I mean when I say that your impact doesn’t have to include a vision about influencing the larger world, but I would bet that your impact is already big.

It’s estimated that we are able to maintain stable social relationships with about 150 people at a time and that each of us knows between 472 and 750 people. That assumes that you’re not making a major effort, that you’ve stayed pretty much in the same place for most of your life, and you don’t include social media.

If you do actively and consistently make new connections, you travel or have moved, and your social media contacts actually become friends, your network of connection is significantly bigger. One fun fact estimate is that you know 355 more people than you have Facebook friends. All of that adds up to the likelihood that you will meet upwards of 10,000 people in your lifetime.

Given all the people you connect with over a lifetime in some fashion, even with the lowest estimate, you personally affect a lot of people. You have the potential to make that impact positive.

So consider how you show up every day, within your business and outside of it. Making an adjustment in how you show up every day has repercussions down the road. It affects the impact that you have.

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5 Tips to Help You Move to a Smaller Home

Moving is always a stressful period for everybody. If you add to the moving process the fact that you have to downsize and move to a smaller place, moving becomes even harder to manage. Now you will have to decide which things get to stay with you and which things you need to get rid of. It’s tough and the choices will certainly be hard to make. However, you don’t have to panic. You will manage to get on top of this situation, especially if you decide to take into consideration our five tips.


1. Make a checklist with everything you own in the house

It’s very important to write everything down before you start packing. It’s like doing an inventory of the things you own. It will help you make an idea about what things you have in your own house and what items you need to keep. Reading this list will also help you decide what to keep and what to sell, donate or throw away. Make three columns: one for things you use often, one for things you use from time to time and one for things you rarely use. Then start sorting things out.


2. Decide what you need to keep, sell, donate or throw away

The rule is that if you have things that you keep “just in case”, most of the times you never get to use them. So these are definitely the things that you need to either sell or donate. If you keep things that are broken or have no use anymore for anyone, you should definitely throw them away. Keeping things for the sake of them just takes up a lot of space in your home for no good reason at all. This list will not only help you save space, but it will also declutter your home.


3. Find an affordable storage space

It often happens to have things of emotional value that you just don’t have the space to keep in the house anymore or large items that you want to keep, but moving to a smaller house makes it impossible for you to take them with you. The solution, in this case, is quite simple: find an affordable storage space and keep them in storage. Make sure you pack them properly and label them accordingly, so you can keep them in good condition and find them whenever you need them. Of course, eventually, you will have to find a better solution for them because storage costs money. You could try and store them at your friends or family members who have bigger houses, a garage or a storage unit, especially if you’re planning to sell them soon.


4. Discuss the move with your movers

If you decide to hire a professional moving company, you can count on your movers to help you with great advice. They will tell you not only the basic things they tell to anyone who is planning to move home or office to help them during the process, such as details related to packing, notifying the persons that need to know about the move, changing your address, unpacking and so on, but also about where to find cheap or even free moving boxes, how to care for fragile items during the move, and where you should sell or store the things you don’t need.


5. Put together a moving sale

This step will not only help you downsize, but it will also help you make some money to cover some of the costs, if not at all, of your moving process. You could have the sale in your courtyard or garage, or even online on Craigslist, eBay and other similar sites. Make sure you check things with the local authorities and have everything in order for the sale if you decide to have a yard sale. You need to see if you have to get a permit before organizing the sale and if you should pay a tax or not for this endeavor. Set a date and make your sale known via local newspapers, social media and online. Set the prices before the sale begins and display them for everyone to see them. It will make things go easier and smoother. Organize everything you want to sell in categories and be ready to negotiate the price. After allFree Web Content, everyone that comes to a garage sale comes looking for bargains.




Know Your Audience to Excel in Digital Marketing and Advertising

In a time when technology moves faster than people, things are different. In this ever-changing landscape, newspapers are traded for Facebook, cable is swapped for Netflix, and texts are exchanged instead of phone calls.  Rules change, procedures change, and even communication styles change. Read more about what an advertising agency has to say about this below.


Some things, however, still remain raw and untouched. For instance, the first rule in entertainment is to know your audience. This applies when producing a film, book, or even an ad. Let’s face it, if your audience is not entertained when they receive your ad, then you cannot technically call it an impression. In order to impress your audience, you must entertain them, and to entertain them, you as the advertiser need to know exactly which demographic you need to reach.

The best way to understand knowing your audience is to watch stand-up comedians.  A comedian immediately needs to relate to his consumers, the crowd in front of him. He will start his routine with funny observations about the situation the two (the audience and comedian) have been put in. It could be a variety of things, “Hello Dallas! Where are all of the taxis in this town? You are a taxi-less city” or “San Fran, (the crowd boos), Oh no, you don’t like that? Tell me, does anyone wear normal clothes in this city?” If the comedian gets a laugh, then he knows they have all connected. If the crowd doesn’t laugh, the comedian has misjudged his audience and now has a hole to dig out of. Imagine you have a comedian that has an entire bit about parenting children and spends twenty minutes performing in front of childless college students. The jokes might be funny, but not to that particular group.

Find your audience. Research, research, research. Become a practicing advertiser. The first place to find your audience is to look at current clients. Who is already buying your product or service? Male or female? What race? What age range? Survey people. Look at every pattern indicator. For example, you will not sell Ford parts to Mercedes drivers, for the simple fact that they have no use for them.

Speak to your audience. There is a consumer for every product. Someone somewhere is looking for exactly what you are selling. Speak their language, figuratively and literally. Connect with them, and then sell them your product or service because they want it, not because they need it. They don’t need low payments on that Honda, they want to look good in that Honda. My spouse didn’t buy the new shoes because they were cheap, she bought them because they made her feel good. Connect with your audience. Show them why they want what you have to offer them.

Place the ads in the right place. A medical client of ours wanted to buy TV media (airtime) during a sporting event. That’s great! Lots of people watch sporting events. Well, we did some research. We surveyed thousands of people across the large footprint area and found out some stunning information. Eighty percent of all medical decisions in the household are made by women 35-54. Knowing this information, we recommended that our client not buy TV media during the sporting event. We are not saying that women don’t watch sports, we just know that sports skew higher for men. We recommended that the client purchase media on a channel that skews high for women instead. The placement was a hit, and business grew.

As I’ve learned in a lifetime of selling entertainment, the best way to grow your business or your client’s business is to spend the time to understand with whom you are speaking. Once you have that information, you can then tailor your approach to reach that specific group.  Advertising has certainly changed throughout the years because society has changedFeature Articles, but what has and always will remain the main rule in advertising is to know your audience.



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