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review 2019-02-27 22:03
The Climate Report: The National Climate Assessment Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States - 'U.S. Global Change Research Program'

This is the report that the current president of the US (aka Orange) doesn't want you to read. Read it. Not only does it detail the effects of a changing climate, but the FAQ is basically a rebuttal to anyone who says the science doesn't prove it. Apparently, the Orange is trying to recruit business people to say it is nothing but lies.

Thankfully, it is written by people who know how to use words, do studies, research, and cite.

Look, read it. You need to.

And thank you Melville Publishing for publishing it.

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text 2019-01-24 06:19
Become a childcare franchise partner: Academics PreKindergarten in BC

 

Early Learning Centres play an essential role in early childhood education, preparing children for the challenges of growing up, attending school and being a member of their communities.

 

Investing in early childhood education is not only a business decision, but a contribution to the community; impacting children and families. Becoming a preschool franchisee provides you with the opportunity to be part of an industry with social impact and consistent demand.  

 

If you’re looking to be your own boss, consider becoming a childcare franchisee. There are, of course, a few things you need to keep in mind:

 

  • Childcare is a challenging industry, but it’s growing rapidly.
  • If you enjoy being around children, want to find a way to be involved in your community and give back, then this is the right field for you.
  • Are you interested in education? Do you want to have a comfortable schedule working only on weekdays and be part of an industry that feels good? You’ve come to the right place.
  • While your franchisor will handle most of the heavy lifting, don’t box yourself in when picking a location site—it’s not easy to find one with the right consumer demographic, space, or infrastructure. Be open to a larger geographical area because it’ll be much easier to find the right location for your school.
  • Do you have the capital to cover the costs? If not, seek help from your franchisor or other sources to help finance your investment.
  • Make the right decisions. Your franchisor will help you develop a feasible plan to start your new business, but make sure you utilize the input, knowledge, and resources they make available to you.

 

Academics Prekindergarten is a leading group of childcare centres in North America specializing in early childhood education. Academics PreKindergarten focuses on children's learning experiences; with an emphasis on parent communication and partnership. The school has a distinct education model; Academics Edge, which builds foundation in math, science, reading, writing, and physical and social-emotional literacy.

 

Academics Prekindergarten provides personal, in-depth support to its franchisees, as franchisors having gone through the process of being a new business owner themselves – the brand is only as good as its partnerships and relationships. Academics Prekindergarten is looking for entrepreneurs and professionals in Canada and the United States who want to be business owners who provide an invaluable service to families, gainful employment in their community, and have a desire to shape the future.

 

For those interested in becoming a franchise partner, Academics Prekindergarten will guide franchisees through its Academics Roadmap, provide sites for selection, manage design and development, and train franchisees for business ownership. Through this training, they ensure that all schools offer the highest quality in child care and early education in North America.

 

Franchise locations currently available for Academics Prekindergarten include Burnaby, Richmond, Victoria, Vancouver, and Squamish in British Columbia. Become a franchise partner, contact franchise@academicsprek.com.

 

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text 2018-10-31 06:28
The Link between Dishonesty and ADHD in Teens

 

Dishonesty and ADHD can be a common pair. Sometimes, teens with ADHD may be truly unsure of what the truth is and what’s not.  Lying can be connected to executive functioning issues. Lying can serve as a coping mechanism for kids with ADHD. For example, you ask your child if they cleaned their room and they lie and say “yes”. Simple tasks can be complex or overwhelming for children with ADHD. So, rather than asking for guidance, they will lie and say they completed the task. This can often feel like the easiest solution to their challenges.  The role of executive functioning issues is quite significant in these situations. Kids may struggle with the following:

 

  • Connecting the now to the future
  • Thinking of, or remembering, consequences
  • Organization and time management
  • Understanding how they got to the place of lying, to begin with
  • Understanding that it’s the lying that got them in trouble (not what they lied about)
  • Knowing how to fix the original problem behind the lie

 

It is important that you don’t dismiss your child as defiant and inherently dishonest, when that simply may not be the case. This type of lying isn’t about defiance. It’s about having trouble coping with challenges.

 

How to Help Decrease the Dishonesty

 

Your job as a parent is not to burden your child with blame. This can create a constant power struggle and let on many more problems. There are some measures you can enforce at home to help get your child on a track being open and honest.

 

Here are some constructive ways to help your child stop lying.

 

  • Anticipate where he might struggle and give help. If your child struggles with orderly tasks like setting the table, break it down. Give them a list of clear steps. Look for patterns in when they lie to figure out where there may be trouble spots.
  • Don’t take lying personally. Try to remember that the dishonesty isn’t out of defiance or disrespect. Focus on what led to the lie rather than the lie itself.
  • Avoid situations where lying is an option. If you asked your child to clean their room before watching tv, don’t ask if they did it. Go check. And if they didn’t, turn off the tv until the task is complete.
  • Tie everything together. Help your child make connections. Talk about what happened and help them recognize what went wrong. Help them brainstorm ways to handle things differently next time.

 

Discover Seven Stars can help

 

Discover Seven Stars is a multidisciplinary residential treatment center and assessment program for adolescents ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders.  By combining acute care stabilization with residential treatment, classroom academics, outdoor adventure therapy, skill building and positive psychology, our therapeutic program assesses, understands and builds the confidence and skills of students struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

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Source: discoversevenstars.com/blog/the-link-between-dishonesty-and-adhd-in-teens
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review 2018-09-29 02:16
Not the same, I promise
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath - Leslie Jamison

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison at first glance is remarkably similar to my last post and in retrospect I probably shouldn't have read them back-to-back. (If for no other reason, than my own mental health.) In my defense, my library holds always seem to come all at once so this was just coincidental. This book. however, is more memoir than anything else…although I'd also lump it into the literary commentary category. The author takes an almost journalistic look at addiction and recovery. While Jamison does discuss the 12 Steps, she emphasizes that most need more than the 12 Steps which promotes complete abstinence in order to recover. Medication and counseling in combination with a recovery program that advises group meetings is essential to long-term sobriety. She talks in-depth about her own recovery journey and how it doesn't always end neatly with full sobriety or even one linear line to sobriety as relapses will and do occur. The first part, in truth, focuses quite heavily on "drunk writers" using alcohol as a creative crutch and how Jamison herself felt that without booze she would not be interesting enough or creative enough to write. Along with that was her preoccupation with love helped along by an addict's natural self-centeredness. It is this inflated self-centered attitude which Jamison believes is the fuel for an addict. The addiction narrative is unchanging and that's the point. It doesn't need to be new and interesting (not necessary or even possible really) because it's the sharing with others that makes all the difference when all anyone wants is to not feel alone. Maybe because I read this on the heels of Russell's book or maybe because it didn't necessarily reveal anything new to me but this was only an okay book in my opinion. If this was the very first book someone had read on this subject then I believe it would be deemed excellent but for anyone who has read extensively in this vein it didn't really cover any new ground. 5/10


That isn't to say there weren't some interesting quotes. Here are two that jumped out at me:

 

Most addicts don't live in barren white cages - though some do once they've been incarcerated - but many live in worlds defined by stress of all kinds, financial and social and structural: the burdens of institutional racism and economic inequality, the absence of a living wage. - pg 154

Most addicts describe drinking or using as filling a lack…you drunk to fill the lack, but the drinking only deepens it. - pg 155

What's Up Next: Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Star Trek: Destiny #3: Lost Souls by David Mack

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-09-22 16:56
Essential Reading
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions - Russell Brand

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand is the 4th book of his that I've read and possibly the one that's hit the closest to home. This book outlines the 12 Step Program from Russell's perspective with personal accounts from each step of his journey towards recovery. It is an excellent book for those struggling with addiction (of any kind) or those who have witnessed that struggle in others.

 

The emphasis made throughout the book is that you must

  • seek a Higher Power
  • attend meetings to have a community of help
  • work the program every single day
  • seek help at times when stressed or apt to relapse from a mentor who has worked the program

 

These excellent quotes from the book do a far better job of recommending it than anything I could say:

But in your life you've faced obstacles, inner and outer, that have prevented you from becoming the person you were 'meant to be' or 'are capable of being' and that is what we are going to recover. That's why we call this process Recovery, we recover the 'you' that you were meant to be. - pg 42

This program helps me to change my perspective when what I would do unabated is justify my perspective staying the same - 'if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got', if you want change, you have to change. You have to make amends. - pg 133

...'you can't think your way into acting better but you can act your way into thinking better.' - pg 160

The literature upon which these movements are founded describe it not as a 'cure' but as a 'daily reprieve'; the disease, the condition, is still there, you will feel it move through you, in fear and rage and irritation, beckoning you back into previous behavior - pg 212 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Recovery. If you or anyone you love has ever struggled through addiction and the subsequent difficulties on the long road towards recovery then this is essential reading. 10/10 highly recommend 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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