Guest Post - Parenting in the Digital Age

~ Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM ~

At any given time in recent history, it's been hard to imagine what it was like to grow up in the previous generation. With the world changing so fast, the childhoods of one generation and the next can seem completely disparate. But each successive generation has new tools and resources to draw upon, so how can parents today make use of the contemporary world to take better care of their kids?

Parenting blogs
There's no better way to increase your parenting savvy than by drawing on the experience of other parents. Parents have always been able to learn from friends and family, but the Internet has made it possible to learn from people all over the world. There's an incredible wealth of experience out there, and if you can tap into some of it you might find yourself better versed in areas like parenting strategy, schooling, and children's books, clothes, food and activities. Anything you may go through as a parent has been dealt with before, and being prepared can help you handle any eventuality with relative ease.

Product deals sites and review blogs
One of the biggest challenges of parenting is providing for your kids in a cost-effective way. When you're under stress and time is short, it can be enticing to select the first reputable product or service you see. But perusing parenting blogs can help you determine reputability and quality as well as find the best prices, so it really pays to make visiting them a habit. And even if you're only thinking about having kids, parenting blogs can be great for helping you make informed decisions.

Exposing kids to a wide variety of experiences

Computers and the Internet are tremendous resources, and there's a place for them in our kids' schedules too. There's a great deal kids can learn from accessing this vast repository of information. Now more than ever, it's easy for our kids to gain exposure to different languages and forms of interaction, and a world full of possibilities. As parents, we owe it to our kids to think about how technology can help make their lives richer.

** Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips on the short term loan website, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.

Guest Post - The Five Most Annoying Thing Kids Do With Doors

~ Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM ~

Children are a lovely thing, all adorable in their tiny clothes, with minds still unsullied by the wide world that surrounds them. Sure, they can be a handful at times (a lot of times) but we still love them, even if sometimes it’s just because we have to (!). One of their more notable traits is the desire to explore everything around them in every possible way and to push the limits of their surroundings, just to see how far they can go, often leading to things getting more than a little messy. Bizarrely, I’ve noticed my kids –and those of my friends-  have a strange attraction to the doors in my home, taking every opportunity to see what they can do with them, so without further ado, the five most annoying things that kids do with doors:

#5 “We don’t live in a barn”
It’s a simple one, but gosh does it get annoying over time – Yes, it’s the classic leaving-the-door-open-when-you-come-in-a-room trick. As soon as kids learn how to walk, they’re want to explore places of the house previously thought unreachable, this is a pretty understandable trait in amongst itself but do they have to leave the doors open everywhere they go!? 

#4 “Don’t swing from there!”
Here’s another one for you – count the number of times you’ve walked into a room to see your child swinging from the door handle, weighing the entire thing down and generally being a nuisance. It’s likely been a good number of times, but here’s a horror story for you; one day, as I entered the living room to finally sit down, my son hung from the back of the door handle giggling cheekily to himself before a large cracking noise erupted and the door handle ripped straight from the wood, sending my son tumbling down and me to B&Q to replace the darned thing – all whilst reassuring my child that it was fine, but he mustn’t do it again.

#3 “It’s very nice, but what’s wrong with good old fashioned paper?”
Kids are an artistic bunch, with mile wide smiles when given the opportunity to draw what’s going on in their heads and see it come to fruition in front of their eyes. It’s usually for that reason that homes with children are usually littered with pens, crayons and all manners of paints, something that kids will always find use for. Cue spending the next couple of hours scrubbing as hard as you can, trying to get the pig drawing of mummy and daddy from the door before dinner.

#2 “I warned you about standing behind the door”
You can tell them and tell them, but children seem incapable of standing anywhere in the room but directly behind a door, meaning you either tentatively open every single door in your home, or your kid is getting a gentle nudge out of the way. Incredibly annoying and yet so simple! Genius, really.

#1 “Don’t slam the do-“.. “Oh, you did”.
Tantrums, tantrums, tantrums, an everyday occurrence in most households and apparently built in to every child is the desire to prove their levels of upset by slamming as many doors as possible. It’s by far the most annoying thing a kid can do with your doors, and gosh do they know it. Interestingly, this phenomenon has been noted back a long way in history, so it’s comforting to know the parents of yesteryear had to deal with the same nonsense.


Jakk Ogden writes for, a home security specialist helping consumers secure their homes with products such as home security locks and UPVC window restrictors.

Guest Post - Tips For Getting A Job After College Graduation

~ Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 8:47 PM ~

When you spend your years studying in college, the ultimate satisfaction lies in finding employment. Jobs are essential to help you earn an income to move on with your life. However, new graduates face a myriad of challenges. First of all, their resumes are lacking in a big way. This is natural. You were studying in college, not working. The other challenge new graduates face is scarcity off gainful employment. The cause of this is the weak global economy. This article gives you a number of tips to help you find easy to get a job after college.

1. Keep your resume up to date
The biggest winner for getting work is a resume. You need to keep your personal resume up to date with all new skills at all times. Remember to include all your GPA scores and other new skills you have acquired since you graduated.  An updated resume works best because it can give you undue advantage against other candidates. A good resume sample can help you learn to articulate a good one.

2. Connect with your professors
The role of your college professor doesn’t end just because you have graduated. They have to come along for the ride of your life. You can ask your professors to recommend you to potential employers. In their natural work, professors meet many employers. As such, they can be a great source of connection with potential employers. Professors can also give your valuable job interview tips that work for your potential employers.

3. Recruit those who already have jobs
Pride can seem like a great thing to have. Indeed, you need to be proud with your life’s mission. However, to get work, you need to swallow your pride. Keep your pride off limits and ask those people already with jobs to help you search for one. Naturally, people who are already working have a higher preview for new opportunities that may suit you.

4. Social media and internet
The social media and the internet are amassed with numerous opportunities. You need to leverage their prominence to grow your career. Make social professional profiles on sites like LinkedIn and Twitter. They can make your job hunting faster, targeted and more effective.

5. Never give up
Truth is if you are graduating now, there are little opportunities for you. When the going gets tougher, you shouldn’t despair. Many new graduates feel disillusioned according to experts. This should not be the case. Be hopeful that your search efforts will be repaid in full eventually. Keep searching. Being positive and hopeful is the least you can do if you want to succeed.

** Written by Scholar Advisor writer Sheryl L.