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07.19.03

How to deal with a baby that has colic

Posted in Parents at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

Colic is still a mystery to Doctors. They still do not know what cause colic in babies. They will tell you that
there is no known cure for colic. I have always heard of colic, and heard from mothers that have dealt with this problem. I have never had to deal with a colicky baby, until my fourth child Nicholas was born. Colic is hard not just for the mother, it is hard on the whole family.

There is no tried and true method to dealing with a baby who has colic. A crying baby is the hardest thing a parent has to deal with. The crying will stop eventually. There are some things that you can do to help with these crying spells your baby is going through. Here are some things you can try that I have found that works with my son Nicholas.

1) Try walking with your baby. This can be tiresome ,but it may be the only thing that works for your baby. Hold your baby with his/her tummy against your tummy. My son tends to have gas while he is screaming, and I have found that this helps with his gas, as well as his crying. Sometimes he even stops crying for a little while.

2) Push your baby in a stroller. Sometimes this helps with my son. Take a short walk and see if it helps your baby to stop crying. It may not work, but it’s worth a try anyway.

3) Rock your baby. I have a rocking chair my baby’s bedroom, and when I rock him he stops crying and most of the time falls asleep. I think it is the closeness he feels when I rock him.

4) Put your baby in his/her car seat and take a drive somewhere. I have done this many times. This option may not be an option if you do not have a car, or it could become a habit. Look at it this way; which would you rather do; hear a screaming baby, or drive for awhile?

5)I have not tried this and do not recommend this unless the baby is supervised by an adult. Many mothers I have talked to say this worked for them. Place your child in his/her car seat on top of the dishwasher or washing machine and turn it on for a cycle or two.

6) Try singing to your child, or turning a radio or a tv on to music. It may or may not stop your baby from crying, but it could calm him/her down a little bit. My son calms down when I put country music on.

7) Have your spouse take the baby for awhile. If you are the only person your baby will let hold him/her, try to away for a little while. Have a friend or relative help by watching your child for you.

Make sure you get some sleep whenever possible. I often have my sister come to my house and watch my kids while I take a nap. This way you won’t be so tired when dealing with a screaming baby all night. My husband also takes the baby when he does not have to go to work. It helps when you are not so tired.

Remember the crying will not last forever. Even if nothing works for you, there is an end insight . Before you know it all the crying that your baby has done will be replaced with smiling, gurgling, and he/she will be a happy baby. My son is now 3 months old and he is not crying as much as he did two weeks ago.

If you feel you could use some support in dealing with your colicky baby. here is an online support group for parents, family & friends of colicky babies.

COLICNET.COM

http://colicnet.com/

Tina Barraclough is a stay at home mom. Visit her website at : http://best-home-based-business-idea.com

02.22.03

Keeping Your Kids Safe While They Are Online

Posted in Parents at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

The INTERNET can be a dangerous place for your kids, if you don’t know the risks that can occur while being online. It is our jobs as parents, to know what our kids are doing when they are online. It is up to us to keep them safe in everything that they do.

Thousands of children use the INTERNET everyday without any problems at all, but we’ve all heard about the danger they could find themselves in. I am a mother ,and I always worry when my kids are online, that is why I pay close attention to what they do when online. Here are some tips so you can be sure that your kids are safe when they are online.

1. The most Important thing you can do to keep your children safe when they are on the INTERNET is to be right there with them while they are online. You should not let them surf the INTERNET in their bedrooms or in another room away from you. If this is not a possibilty, then make sure you are often in and out of the room to keep an eye on what is going on. Be sure you know what your kids are doing online at all times.

2. Before allowing your children on the INTERNET ,let them know what is and what is not allowed and stick with these rules. For example, you could tell them no e-mailing, no chat rooms, or whatever guidelines you decide to set for them. Also, let them know that should they decide to break any of your rules, then they will not be allowed online anymore, until they agree to follow the rules you set for them.

3. Get involved in what your kids are doing online. Ask them to show you some of their favorite sites. Have them show you what they like to do when they are online. This will help you determine if there are any problems or concerns that need to be addressed with them. Another way to keep a check on which websites they have visited, click on HISTORY in your browser window.

4. Down load some filtering software. You can find software available that can stop your child giving out personal information such as their name, address, and telephone number. Here are a couple of filtering software you can check out:

We - Blocker………..Furnishes users with free software that allows parents to monitor their children’s Internet access and filter out inappropriate sites.

Internet Filtering Software…………..This Internet filtering software is free. There is no obligation, and it will work with any ISP

Stress to your kids why it is important to keep such information private.

5. All kids, it does not matter how old they are, can be vulnerable when they are online. For example, teenage girls, are at risk from men who lure them into meeting them face to face after chatting online with them for awhile. Let your children know never, ever to arrange a meeting with someone they met online, no matter how safe it may seem to them.

6. Tell them firmly, never to pay money or agree to pay money for anything without your permission, and never to use your credit card details without your knowledge or permission. You just never know who could somehow get a hold of your credit card details.

7. Also, be sure to warn your kids about online chat rooms for kids. Sometimes, Adults will pretend to be kids in these chat rooms trying to lure kids into meeting them. Rather than chat rooms, I have set up AOL’s INSTANT MESSENGER Program for my kids. This gives them more control over who they allow to be one of their “buddies’ and they’re not nearly as visible, as they would be in actual chat rooms. AOL INSTANT MESSENGER

The INTERNET can provide hours of fun for children of all ages. We, as parents should certainly monitor what our kids are doing on the NET, put safety features in place, depending on how they will be accessing the NET. AOL allows you to set restrictions on certain sites [MSN as well], so your children can surf and be safe at the same time.

To find out about AOL, CLICK HERE

http://aol.com

To find out about MSN, click here

http://www.msn.com

For more information and a listing of guide lines for keeping your kids safe ONLINE, please visit these two sites.

Safe kids. com

http://www.safekids.com/

Child Safety on the Information Highway

http://www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm

Here are some recommended sites for you to check out for your kids:

Computer Games for Kids

http://kids.msn.com/kidz/dept.aspx?id=/kidz/content/games/

Play new games every week with characters from DISNEY

Nickelodeon - Official Site

http://www.nick.com/

Commercial, all-kids cable station “NICKELODEON” offers a schedule and outtakes for its popular lineup of cartoons, including” Rugrats” and “Garfield”

PBS Kids

http://www.pbskids.org/

Official home of “SESAME STREET” ,TELE TUBBIES, and PBS’s other kids shows. Play games, read jokes, and paint some of their characters

Fun Brain

http://www.funbrain.com/

Interactive, Educational games (math and grammar) for children of all ages. Games include Math, Baseball, Change Maker, and Wacky tales.

Kids Games. org

http://www.kidsgames.org./

Check out this collection of online games for kids of all ages.

KidsCom

http://www.kidscom.com/

Offers Adult monitored kids chat, games like tangram, and hangman, message boards, video game cheats, contests, and prizes in a kid safe environment.

Tina Barraclough is a stay at home mom. Visit her website at : http://best-home-based-business-idea.com

11.29.02

A lesson in patience and endurance

Posted in Parents at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

Learning to live with a child who has multiple emotional handicaps is certainly a lesson in patience and endurance. My twelve-year old son was diagnosed with severe ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) at the age of four. Three years later, after much research, I realized that he was Bipolar. I brought this to the attention of his psychiatrist who prescribes his medications. His reply was, “You do not want to label your seven-year old with Bipolar.” Patience. No explanation was given. This prompted even more research. Endurance.

One of the scariest incidents was after Jack had been told he couldn’t have or do something. He raged out of control. When a violent child rages, the best advice is to allow him to vent, defuse himself without causing damage to himself, to others or property. Safety is a huge concern and an obstacle at times. After some time passed, he quieted down. He had gone to the kitchen to get something to drink. We had thought he was calmed down. It was eerie how quiet he was. I went to check on him only to find him sitting behind and beneath the breakfast bar with the largest butcher knife in our kitchen at his throat! This is one picture that is emblazoned on my brain and won’t go away.

Jack, was admitted to a residential treatment facility due to self-injurious behavior. Jack had attempted suicide twice by the age of eight. This admission was a lifesaver and a heart breaker all in one. It saved his life by admitting him to a care facility that is trained and staffed with twenty-four hour care in handling violent and at risk children. The heartbreak occurred when I had to leave my baby there. Patience and endurance.

During his stay, Jack exhibited every adult symptom of Bipolar and then some. The doctor, therapist, other staff members and his parents concluded that Jack should be weaned off all the drugs that he was taking. The cleansing took three weeks. During this time the violent behavior worsened. He had night terrors, hallucinations, walking and talking in his sleep, had to be restrained on several occasions and isolated from other patients for everyone’s safety. The diagnosis was added to. Jack’s official diagnosis now is severe ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), Conduct Disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and Bipolar. Some doctors will argue that ADHD and Bipolar are not co-morbid. We have proved that these two diseases are co-morbid.

They began with small doses of Adderall to assist in settling him down to a manageable state of hyperactivity. Then, week by week the doctor added other more potent medications to deal with the severe chemical imbalance occurring in his brain. Some of the medications were FDA approved for adults, not children. Some were typically prescribed for convulsions, depression, psychosis, stimulation, etc. The medications that Jack consumes daily is truly a cocktail.

After Jack was released from the residential facility, his homecoming was great. It seemed that he was medicated properly. Bipolar Disorder is a life long disease. There is no cure. Life had been a lot better after the residential stay, it lasted about two years. Then, things began to change again. The violence towards other people, the threat to himself, the rages and destruction of property began again and worsened.

By the age of ten, Jack had committed pre-meditated attempted homicide by planning and executing the poisoning of his mother. Two days of planning. The first day he attempted, but failed. The second day, in between two doctors’ appointments, he succeeded. Jack offered to serve me a glass of root beer. I thought that it was a nice change from the hatred we had been experiencing. I accepted the offer and the soda. Jack served the soda in a glass, set it on the table next to me. He walked off to his room and closed the door. We still had an hour before the next appointment. Let’s just relax. A few minutes later, Jack walked out of his room, we exchanged glances, he threw his hands into the air, humphed, turned around and went back in his room, slamming the door. I thought that it was a display of weirdness, something we have come to accept from him, and went back to crocheting his new blanket.

It was a very unusually warm day for March, especially with a large, heavy blanket sitting on my lap. I picked up the glass and began guzzling. This didn’t taste like root beer. Maybe it was a dirty glass, a bad bottle of soda. I smelled the contents of the glass, it didn’t smell right. I picked up the glass to compare it to the contents of the bottle. The soda in the bottle smelled normal. OH MY LORD! The glass of soda was tainted! It hit me like a ton of bricks that my darling son had just poisoned me. I was scared to death. I called him out of his room and asked him what he put in my soda. It took nearly twenty minutes to get the truth out of him and some very quick thinking on my part to extract that truth.

Once I had learned exactly what he administered to me, I got on the phone to the poison control center. I am obviously still alive and more distrusting and alert than ever. I made two more phone calls, one to my husband, a truck driver, and one to my oldest son to have him follow me to take Jack to see his second doctor that day. Jack was supposed to be admitted to the hospital, but there were no mental health beds available. I was now being guarded against another attack from my own son. The adults were sleeping in shifts to prevent Jack from attempting to harm me or anyone else. Endurance.

What caused the rages? Anything, everything and nothing. Patience sprouted from dealing not only with Jack and his rages, learning not to “feed the fire”, but dealing with the world outside. Well meaning friends, family, schools, acquaintances, insurance companies, employers, etc. There is always unsolicited advice on how to deal with “that brat.” Life became isolated due to no one wanting to be around such volatility. Endurance came from the need to find out what to do to help this little boy who is in so much pain, so unhappy that he wanted to die. Patience, endurance and now, educate the world.

Jack is twelve years old. If we are lucky, we will all live to see him turn thirteen, still three months away. The fight continues to obtain the best possible care for Jack. There are forces out there that are preventing this from happening. But, I am like a mother lion protecting her young. Patience and endurance. I will find a way!

I no longer work outside my home. I am a true stay at home mom. The financial aspect of Jack’s illness/disability is staggering. It’s a very long road. A road that we are still on and some day, we will find the end to this living nightmare. Endurance.

Jack’s father and I are still married and long ago when all of this turmoil began, we made a pact. We will not become just another statistic and allow this to become the reason we get a divorce. The statistics on marriages falling apart due to illnesses of this type are huge. We need to stay focused on helping our son. He is the most important part of our lives and together we will find a way to help him. We must remain united and show Jack that whatever he says or does is not going to make us love him any less. It will only allow us to prove to him how much we do love and care for him. I pray that someday Jack will know what we have done, and are doing for him, and that he will thank us. Someday. Patience.

I have been told more times than I can count that God only gives us what He knows we can handle.

OK, time to give me a break.

Kathy Daley is the owner of Computer Work at Home Moms

11.15.02

Tips on coping with a child with ADHD

Posted in Parents at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

I am a mother of a 6 year old son who was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I am by no means a expert on this subject - I am only a
mom who struggles to help my ADHD child.

Listed below are some tips I have learned
from experience along the way.

1. Life with a child who has ADHD has its challenges,
but remember that your child is not acting up because they want to be difficult - they can’t
help it . So it ’s up to you to stay calm and avoid arguing with your child. It helps to keep
the daily routine and home life as calm, predictable and stress-free as possible.

2. Accept that there is a problem, whether or not you accept the diagnosis. Denial will not
help you or your child.

3. Be prepared to feel guilty about the time you spend with your ADHD child compared to
the time you spend with your other children. Other family members may start to feel like
your are neglecting them.

4. Take care of yourself - it is often challenging to raise a child with ADHD. Caring for your
own physical and mental health is an important part of helping your child, and will provide
you with the necessary energy when you need it the most.

5. The most important thing is NEVER punish your child while you are angry. Take a
breather away from the child before you hand out any punishment to your child. Disicipline
that belittles or shames a child can truly be harmful.

6. Start rewarding instead of punishing. You’ve probably already discovered how useless it
is to try to punish your child when he ’s running around or tuning you out. What I have
found with my child is how well he responds to simple rewards. Praise good behavior
immediately (”You brushed your teeth, just like I asked you to! Thanks so much!”) and
give your child a reward that pleases him such as a special snack or extra time to watch
TV, for example. The reward should be something he can enjoy right away; kids with
ADHD don ‘t like to wait.

7. Realize you are not alone. There are many parents out there who have a child with
ADHD. If you need to talk to someone, you can find support groups out there. Talk to your
Doctor or Therapist. They can point you in the right direction to find support.

Tina Barraclough is a stay at home mom. Visit her website at : http://best-home-based-business-idea.com

09.27.02

Tips For Working At Home With Children

Posted in Parents at 12:00 pm by Work at Home Team

1. Have a game plan:
It’s a lot easier to get things done when you have a plan for your day. This way there are no surprises and kids thrive on a routine. Also, remember to keep your routine flexible and don’t stress if you are behind. Just take things a step at a time. :)

2. Goodie Boxes:
These can really come in handy when you need quiet time for a phone call or a project, Make up a special box with toys, simple crafts, and anything that your kids enjoy that they can do quietly with minimal supervision. Only bring these boxes out for your “quiet times” that way your children will look forward to them instead of dreading your attention not being on them.

3.Stay organized:
Organization is KEY to running a business from home. Make files for your papers and keep a calender updated with deadlines and appointments. Make “To Do” list every evening for things you need to get done the next day. This will eliminate much of the stress of trying to remember what needs to be done while juggling family and work at the same time.

4. Give your kids individual attention each day:
Set a time to do something fun with each child (or all together if needed). Give them your undivided attention during this time. Don’t accept any phone calls or work. This special mommy time makes it easier for your kids to deal with not having mommy’s full attention at times you need to be working.

Quintarsa Malone is the owner of http://legitimate-work-from-home-jobs.com. She is a single mother of two little boys and lives in Northern Indiana.

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