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.

Guest Post - Should Gifted Children Be Separated?

~ Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:05 AM ~

Children learn differently. There are those who have stronger learning abilities and there are others who struggle. This is natural. The debate for the separation of the gifted children-the ones who are extremely bright, talented or special from those who aren’t is a hot one. There are those who advocate for the separation. Other debaters and opinion makers believe it’s a waste of time. It should not happen. Gifted and non-gifted children should be treated the same is often their slogan.  This article looks at the issue of gifted children and whether or not they should be separated from their slow peers.

In the ideal classroom scenario, learning happens the same way. Children are exposed to a different set of tasks, academic challenges, english essay, practices and tests. In the ideal world, all the children understand what is taught the way it’s supposed to happen. In reality however, the opposite is true because of the children learning differences mentioned. Some will grasp things faster. Other will grasp nothing. The success of the class or what is being taught can therefore not be measured.

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In the face of these realities, separation of the gifted from the non-gifted enters here. The super bright children need to be put aside from the slow learners. This is because they have to be exposed to different learning conditions to get to the ideal learning experience.

There are different techniques children can be exposed to when they are gifted. In most cases, what determine whether or not a child is gifted are their IQ test scores, and other characteristics that are not normal among peers. They can be put in accelerated classes, individualized education and in clusters with other gifted children. Other separationist programs include paced education, class compacting and many others. All of these are geared at getting the most out of the learning experience.

Even though the separation could work, there are challenges against it. The humanitarians see this as discrimination. This is because why would children expected to be same be exposed to different conditions? This is often their line of argument. Children have to be treated equal. Separating them for exclusivity is not a welcome idea for most people. Besides, children need to be integrated with others. This betters their learning experiences, develops their mentality and understanding of the bigger picture. In a separate environment, this cannot happen.

The other disadvantage of separating is that the underachiever is neglected. Inasmuch as the gifted are of more benefit if they succeed in what they do, the underachievers can make a bigger difference. If they are ignored, invisible talent can be ignored.

The other argument against the separation lies in the fact that current education systems eventually catch up with what the separationist model wants. Eventually, the education system as it advances builds on the difficult and complex. Only the bright or gifted students pass these exams and the non-gifted fail or perform dismally as expected. By the time they get to college, segregation happened naturally. As such, many people see initial separation as a waste of time. In adulthood, it doesn’t matter. However, the morality and benefits of separating gifted from ungifted is a question of fact. It varies from different angles, individuals and real life situations.

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