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Monday, January 01, 2007

BabyNames.com Announces Top Names of 2006

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the popular website BabyNames.com, Ava and Aidan were the top names for 2006. For the first time in five years, Madison slipped from the number one girl's name to number four. On the boys' side, rhyming names Aiden, Caden, Braden and Jaden continue to dominate the charts.

The BabyNames.com Top Names List is calculated from the favorite name lists of over a million site members for the year 2006. "Celebrity culture always has an influence on naming trends," says Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of BabyNames.com, "but it seems like it has increased in recent years."

Moss says the name Ava started becoming popular after celebrity couple Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe chose the name for their daughter in 1999. Other celeb parents who chose the name Ava include X-Man Hugh Jackman and TV star Heather Locklear.

But if you think the Federlines were the first celeb couple to go with the name Jayden, you are mistaken. Jaden (and its various spellings) first started appearing on BabyNames.com lists after Will Smith and Jada Pinkett chose the name for their son back in 1998.

"It usually takes 3-4 years for a new name to make it from the celebrities to the masses," says Moss, "and that's only if the names are not too wild!"

So although Pilot Inspektor and Fifi Trixibelle will probably not be topping the charts anytime soon, keep an eye out for Suri [Cruise] and Shiloh [Jolie-Pitt] to appear in the forthcoming years.


5. ETHAN - 5. EMMA -
8. RILEY + 8. CHLOE -
9. CALEB - 9. OLIVIA +
10. LOGAN - 10. HANNAH +
12. DYLAN - 12. GRACE +
13. NOAH - 13. ELLA +
14. AVERY + 14. ABBY/ABBIE +
15. JACOB - 15. CADENCE -
16. RYAN - 16. ALEXIS -
17. CAMERON - 17. TAYLOR -
19. AARON + 19. HAILEY -
20. TRISTAN + 20. EMILY -

+ Increased position from 2005
- Decreased position from 2005
= Same rank as 2005

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Name is extremely important. Name is your life! It is how you identify yourself. It is how others identify you. The more insight you have into the powerful influence of your name, the greater opportunity to enjoy the success you are capable of achieving.
Naming your baby is something that you'll have to live with the rest of your life, and so will the baby. So, keep in mind these hints when picking a name for your new bundle of joy. Beware, fetal names stick! Jellybean and Ladybug are cute names, no doubt. Remember what you name your fetus will come out of your mouth postpartum! How does the name sound? Does it roll off of your tongue, or get stuck there?
Don't choose the name of your least favorite person or a name that brings up bad memories for you. Me and my husband both love Priya, but then we know this woman... Trust me, our future daughter's are better off not being named Priya. The same applies for the names of ex-girlfriends, boyfriends and relatives.
Avoid the same name. While I strongly believe in naming children for family lines and traditions. It can be difficult to have a Junior in the house, especially when they start to get a bit older. Keep this in mind and consider giving the baby another name to go by, while still holding up the family tradition.

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New Poll Shows Parents Afraid of Talking to Their Teens; Avoid Tough Topics, Especially Drug Use

Top Five Reasons Parents Don't Talk About Drugs with Their Teens. (PRNewsFoto/Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP))


White House Urges Parents to Sharpen Conversation Skills, Monitor Teens'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is urging parents to sharpen their conversation
skills and monitor their teen's activities, after a new poll shows that
most parents have difficulty getting through to their teens about important
subjects, especially drug use. According to a new survey by VitalSmarts,
most parents of teens indicate that they are even afraid to talk to their
teens about everyday issues.

The survey shows that a majority of parents (57%) admit to having some
degree of difficulty in getting their teens involved in meaningful
conversations about their concerns, such as who their friends are, how they
dress, and how school is going. An even greater number of parents (74%)
have difficulty getting their teens to respond to these concerns and are
not sure their teens are even listening when they do talk.

And when it comes to tough topics, like drug use, most parents (52%)
admit to some degree of difficulty with those conversations. Even more
troubling is that parents know drugs are part of a teen's world today. More
than half of parents surveyed (56%) believe their teen goes to parties
where drugs are available and nearly half of parents (48%) believe their
teen has friends who use drugs. Despite that, few parents are doing
anything about it.

"This poll reinforces a disconcerting trend we're seeing with parents
today. Too many parents are avoiding tough conversations -- or tough
stances -- because they're afraid of jeopardizing their relationship with
their teen," said John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control
Policy. "Parents must follow through on their responsibilities and set
clear rules against drug use."

According to the VitalSmarts survey, the strategy most often used by
parents to monitor their teen's activities is to keep the fridge stocked
with food so teens and their friends will be more likely to hang out at
home under parental supervision (52%). Few parents are checking up on their
teen (7%), asking questions to try to find out what's going on when it
comes to drugs (21%), or going through their teens' belongings (29%), even
though research shows that teens who are not regularly monitored by the
parents are four times more likely to use drugs.

And when parents have wondered if their teen might be exposed to drugs,
26 percent of them did not speak up because they did not believe their teen
would be influenced by drugs. Others did not speak up because they had
already discussed drugs with their teen in the past (20%), they worried
that their teen would deny there was a problem (17%), or that initiating
the conversation would communicate a lack of trust to their teen (13%).

"There isn't a more crucial parenting conversation than talking to a
teenager about drugs. And most parents feel entirely inadequate, so they
procrastinate it or speak up badly," said Joseph Grenny, co-founder,
VitalSmarts and author of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When
Stakes are High. "Our research offers good news to millions of parents --
we've found the difference between success and failure in these crucial
conversations is a few powerful and learnable skills. Many parents feel
like they have to choose between peace and parenting, but that's not true."

Grenny has some tips to help parents improve their conversation skills
about drug use:
1. Keep your best motives in mind by asking yourself what you really want;
2. Make it safe for your teen to talk; state what you don't intend and
what you do intend;
3. Confront with facts about what's happening, not judgments;
4. Discuss, agree on, and stick with boundaries; and
5. Evaluate the dialogue to make sure it's a two-way conversation.

Parents can visit http://www.TheAntiDrug.com for additional advice and
information from VitalSmarts and the National Youth Anti-Drug Media
Campaign, including sample conversation starters and a tip card that
parents can download or order for free.

To raise awareness among parents and provide them with tips on honing
their conversation skills, ONDCP is publishing an Open Letter to Parents
this week in 41 local newspapers nationwide as well as select national
newspapers and magazines. Ten family and medical organizations signed the
letter, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American
Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Children Now, Dads &
Daughters, National Center for Fathering, Partnership for a Drug-Free
America, PTA, VitalSmarts, and YMCA of the USA.

VitalSmarts specializes in corporate training and organizational
performance, with award-winning training products based on more than 25
years of ongoing research. VitalSmarts is home to the award-winning Crucial
Conversations(R) Training and New York Times bestselling book of the same
title, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, a
powerful set of influence tools that build teams, enrich relationships, and
improve end results.

Since its inception in 1998, the ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media
Campaign has conducted outreach to millions of parents and teens and
hundreds of communities to prevent and reduce teen drug use. Counting on an
unprecedented blend of public and private partnerships, non-profit
community service organizations, volunteerism and youth-to-youth
communications, the Campaign is designed to reach Americans of diverse
backgrounds with effective anti-drug messages.
For more information on the ONDCP National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign,
visit http://www.MediaCampaign.org

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Blogger The Content Writer said...

Thanks for posting this info. I have two teenage daughters and I have to admit that we don't talk too much about things like drug use; mainly because I feel that they know and understand the dangers and would never do it. It's a good reminder that these topics should be periodically revisited.

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Blogger James Wilson said...

Nice blog. I totally agree with you that all the parents afraid of talk to there teens about drugs,suicide etc. Thanx for giving these important advice. I'll surely use your Parenting Advice, when i will be a parent.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Lonely This Christmas

Gosh, I've neglected this blog way too long now, been so busy getting my new game site TrafficGamers.com up and running and it's new blog installed that I've forgotten almost everything else.

Mind you, I've had plenty of time to work on my internet stuff the past week due to not having ANY parental responsibilities at all over the Christmas period. I didn't even do Christmas this year, what a bummer that was!

The plan was to try to forget about it because I feel it has become way too commercialised these days, so I didn't do any shopping this year and I let my 4 kids go to France to spend the holiday with their Gran.

Didn't really miss all the hustle and bustle at all, and saved a lot of money too. But OMG! I missed the kids like crazy! Cried most of Christmas Eve, stayed up all night, cried All Christmas morning and then went to bed and slept away the rest of the day.

My fiance (Hugh) did exactly the same. :p

I thought I was doing right by the kids and my mum, but ya know what? Next year she can come see us instead, cos I don't ever want to spend another Christmas without em!

So yeah, even though it's all 'buy this, buy that', I'll definitely be doing a 'normal' Christmas next year! There's still just something special about the whole thing, and I'm not ever going to miss it again!


(looking forward to using all that saved money in the 'after Christmas' sales, to have Christmas in January instead LOL)

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Blogger Johnny Matos said...

It really has turned into a commercial holiday, but through it all, there still remains the magic, the joy, the feeling of Christmas. I'll bet it was tough. Sometimes we just don't understand something until it's gone, for you in this case, it was Christmas. Screw the commercialism. Make it your own.
Cool story.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Arts and Crafts Idea: Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Arts and Crafts Idea: Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Are you a camp director, teacher, or homeschool mom looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids? Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior center or nursing home and could use a new project. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all. This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse.

To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials: a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn. Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.).

With a hole punch, make holes on three sides of each rectangle, leaving one short side unpunched. Make the holes 1/2 inch apart and allow at least 1/4 inch between the hole and the edge of the craft foam. The holes need to line up so that the two pieces can be laced together. If you are preparing the craft for small children, you should make the holes yourself. Otherwise, the crafters can do this step if you have enough pairs of hole punches.

At this point the crafters can cut decorative shapes from other colors of craft foam, or you can buy sets of ready-cut foam shapes. If you are doing the craft at a special event, like vacation Bible school, choose shapes that echo the theme of the event. For instance, if the Bible school or camp has a cowboy theme, find shapes that fit well, such as boots, cowboy hats, and stars. Let the kids choose the shapes they like and glue on as desired. You might also like to provide beads or sequins to glue on as well, especially if the crafters are a little older.

The next step in this arts and crafts idea is to thread the plastic needle with the yarn or lanyard lace. Yarn might be a little easier to handle, but lanyard lace is shiny and attractive. In a pinch, some teachers of small children use a bobby pin as a needle. It is certainly a safe alternative. Simply loop the yarn through the opening and use the open end of the bobby pin as if it were the point of the needle. The children can now begin to lace the front and back of the glasses case together.

To turn this arts and crafts idea into a necklace purse, simply attach a piece of lanyard lace to each corner making a long handle. Kids will enjoy using this case as a place to store secret notes and small objects. If they'd rather, they can give the glasses case to a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears glasses. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting for all.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Family Holidays: Tips for Peace and Harmony

What do you like to do on family holidays? Go to the beach or spend a week in the country? Maybe you like camping or visiting relatives. Whatever you enjoy, family holidays are a chance for everyone in the family to get reacquainted and spend quality time together. It's a chance for parents to really talk with their teens and find out what's going on in their lives. It's important to keep the communication lines open, and a family holiday is a good time to do that. Having a good relationship with their parents is one of the most important factors in keeping teens out of trouble.

Studies have shown that when families take holidays together, they are more likely to eat together and are less likely to argue. They do not watch as much television because they are involved in doing things together. Kids even report that their parents seem to act differently while on holiday.

While family holidays are a good time to connect with your kids, communication problems that are already there will not automatically disappear. Especially with teenagers it is important to listen and be flexible. Find out what the kids would like to do and eat and plan accordingly. While even teenagers need boundaries, it is important for parents to try to avoid needless confrontation. Explain why you make the decisions you do and show them positive attention.

Kids will appreciate being included in travel plans. There's a good chance they will choose a theme park or the beach if those are among the options. Sometimes it works well for a teenager to take a special friend along on family holidays. While this might increase the parents' load, the teen is likely to really appreciate it. Also, sometimes it works well for kids to go on holidays with their grandparents instead of their parents. Sometimes there is a special relationship here that can help kids open up and communicate about their concerns.

While on family holidays, if teens are uncooperative or behave improperly, try to deal with the problem in private. Teens are very aware of embarrassmant and it is needlessly mean to exploit this sensitivity. In fact, you might explain to the kids how their behavior embarrasses you, and they in turn might work harder at getting along and acting appropriately.

Kids will be happier on family vacations if they have snacks, drinks, and entertainment. Few kids enjoy a long ride in the car! Try to provide individual CD players or hand-held video games, and don't forget to take plenty of bathroom stops. Sometimes kids enjoy the ride more if they can help you follow the map. This is an educational activity for them as well. By following these suggestions, your family holidays can make a happy memory.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

After school activities and burnout

For millions of parents around the world, the day does not end with the school bell. There are still pictures to be painted, songs to be sung and games to be played. This all adds up to keeping children happy, safe and out of trouble. But, parents have to steer away from going overboard.

After school is not baby-sitting:
After school activities thrive only if it is backed by sufficient parental involvement. What would a soccer match be without parents cheering their little heroes from the sidelines?.

Research and choose:
Instead of convenience being the decisive factor, find out things that will interest your child. Once you select a program, get the fine print and find out what you have to contribute.

Free time:
Many children attend piano classes, followed by ballet and squeeze in some time for play dates in between just before they rush home in time for bed. This rigor is too much for a child. So, go slow.

When to quit:
Often, parents enroll their child in an activity to discover that he may not be the prodigy they thought he would be. This is the time to let go. Your child may not become the next wonder-kid. But, let him cultivate an interest that he enjoys. Remember, happiness and fulfillment are all that matter.

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Blogger angel said...

damien did gymnastics for many years (had to stop this year due to logistical problems) and there were times when i was disappointed in his performance because i SO knew he could do better... but i had to bite ny tongue because he was disappointed in himself already. i never forced him to go, and i vowed that if he ever started telling me he didn't want to go anymore i'd take him out of the club and leave it at that- i never wanted him to feel he HAD to do something for mommy dearest.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Activities For Sunny Days #4

Neighbourhood Walk:

Believe it or not, most kids like to actually learn about the area where they live. Take them out for a walk in your neighbourhood and let them explore the houses, parks and shops in the area. Talk about the older buildings and imagine what life might have been like in the “olden days”

A trip to the local library can be good fun and useful for researching “the way it was” in your area, and it can use up a lot of otherwise fruitless hours of kids having nothing to do.


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To make sure you make the most of a well-baby visit: Time it right. When scheduling appointments, try to steer clear of nap time, lunchtime and any time your baby's typically fussy. And go for an empty waiting room, avoiding peak hours at the doctor's surgery, if possible. Mornings are usually quieter because older children are in school so, in general, a pre-lunch appointment will beat the four o'clock rush. And if you feel you'll need extra time (you have even more questions and concerns than usual), ask for it so it can be scheduled into the visit. That way, you won't feel quite as hurried.
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