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The Challenges of Moving With Children

Finding the perfect apartment for rent can be a challenge in itself. A child often finds it difficult to understand why they have to move away from their old home and away from their friends. Locating a great apartment for rent and moving can be chaotic and stress filled. There are several steps that can be taken to make moving to your new apartment rental an easier experience.

Prepare Your Children For The Move

Depending on the age of the children, they are usually much more perceptive than we give them credit for. They are aware of what's going on around them and you if you're considering looking for an apartment to rent, it's important that you talk to them about it ahead of time. You of course will make the final decision as to which apartment for rent you accept, but bet them be part of the discussion and thinking so they don't feel left out of the process. Smaller children can make use of a time schedule so they know what to expect and when.

When searching for an apartment to rent, ask your children for their opinion. If they accompany you on the apartment rental search, consider their thoughts. As the time to move approaches, give them some responsibilities so they become involved rather than just being a bystander. This can be something as simple as boxing up their toys or helping to clean up as you move items.

Moving Day Is Here

If you've planned properly, you didn't pack absolutely everything you've owned. Keep the items that you use on a daily basis out until the last minute. Think about letting your child pack a backpack with their most precious items so they will have them close at hand at all times.

The day you actually move to your new apartment for rent, you have to decide what role the children will play. If children are very young, you might want to consider daycare for the moving day. This will let you focus on the task at hand and not have to worry about feeding and changing small children or worrying about their safety with moving heavy objects. Older children may be of assistance by helping to move the lighter boxes, especially if they are not marked "fragile".

Settling In Your New Apartment Rental

As you did before the move, include your children in the unpacking process. Talk to them about where to place their belongings and how they want their room to be decorated. The discussion will make them feel as if they are a valuable part of the process. It may be comforting to make their room appear as closely as possible to the old room

Moving to a new apartment rental can be stressful and overwhelming for anyone, but especially for children. In the midst of all the confusion, a child may feel lonely or left out. Take a few minutes to sit and comfort them, play a game, or walk around your new neighborhood. Remember, it will be waiting for you when you return. You are under no specific deadline to unpack.

Once the unpacking has taken place and you start to settle back into a regular routine, be sure to ask your children how things are going for them. Finding an apartment for rent and moving to a new apartment rental doesn't have to be stressful if you plan ahead and include your children in the entire moving process from start to finish.


Some Tips To Help Your Children Get A Good Night's Sleep

Everyone knows that for adults it is very important to get a good night's sleep in order to be a fully functioning, healthy individual, and it is no different for children. It's a well documented fact that kids who get a full, restful sleep at night are able to better complete the tasks they need to when they are awake during the day. And it has been shown, not surprisingly, that the children who have problems sleeping are the children who are more likely to get into trouble and develop a bad set of behavioral issues such as antisocial behavior and depression.

While it is true that like most things that apply to individuals, there is not golden mean for everyone's actual needed amount of sleep, it is widely agreed upon that the vast majority of children need to receive between 9 and 12 hours of sleep each night. To decide whether or not your child is getting enough sleep, there are some simple things you can test. If while going to sleep you child takes anywhere from a quarter of an hour to a half an hour to go to sleep, it is a good indication that he or she is getting enough sleep.

If your child wakes up in the morning full or energy, and maintains that level of energy throughout the day, that is another good indication that the amount of sleep he or she is getting is sufficient. If these things are not the case, you can try to help you child get more sleep. Make an effort to inform him or her about the necessity of sleep, not only to not be tired, but in order that he or she be able to function as a complete, normal individual at school and in achieving goals.

Remember that sleep is like food. Good sleep can be beneficial, but bad sleep can harm you. Good sleep is characterized by routine, so it is important to instill the value of routine in your children. Routine makes life predictable, and can really improve on a child's ability to finish tasks and engage the world in a meaningful way. You can help to encourage your child to value routine by having a specific way that you go about putting them to bed. This can be anything from the fabled bedtime story to a light snack before heading off to bed.

As long as it is repeated every day, then it will help establish an order to things that will aid your child in going to sleep. As with the placebo effect, there is a psychosomatic response to routine, and your child may become drowsy just by performing the routines that you have outlined for them. Another important thing is to make the process of sleep fun. Children enjoy things that are fun, as we all do, so you will be more likely to succeed in convincing them to sleep well if you make it enjoyable for them.


Easy Tips On How To Play Bean Bag Toss Game

Are you thinking about a fun activity that you could enjoy with the whole family? Well, you do not have to think about expensive options like playing golf, going out of town or something because the truth is that you could absolutely have fun in your own backyard. You might ask how. The answer to that is by playing some bean bag toss game. This game is one of the most fun backyard activities and the great thing about it is that, it is perfect for all ages. Both young kids and adults will surely have a great time doing this activity. Now, the question is, are you familiar with the game? If not, then this article is perfect for you because we are going to discuss some basic rules of bean bag toss game or otherwise known as cornhole game. Do not worry because the game is very simple.

The main idea of the game is that there will be elevated platform that has a hole in the far end and each player will try to shoot a bean bag to that hole. The platform is usually made with plywood or plastic and often with decorations.
The players will each take his/her turns throwing bean bags at that raised platform. Now, a bean bag in the hole scores three points while the one in the platform scores only one point. The very first person to reach 21 points wins the game. It is very easy, isn't it?

Well, let us break down the rules further so you understand the game perfectly. Each cornhole matches are broken down into innings. During these innings, each player will throw four bags. The player could deliver the bag from left or right pitcher's box but in any one of the inning, all bags must be delivered from the same pitcher's box. The player has 20 seconds to deliver the bag and the time starts the moment he/she steps onto the pitcher's box with the intention of throwing.

In order to score, the bean bag or corn bag must be tossed inside the hole or at least land in the board. Like mentioned earlier, a corn bag inside the hole will give the player three points while a bag on the platform is one-point.
Bean bag toss game can be played as either singles or doubles. In doubles, four players are split into two teams with one member serves as a pitcher from the platform while others pitch from the other.

This game is definitely easy to understand. You do not have to spend a lot of time discussing the rules to the kids because once you showed an example to them they will surely grasp the concept right there and then.

You will surely enjoy your time this summer playing bean bag toss game with the family. You do not have to go far and you do not have to spend lots of money since all you have to do is to buy bean bags and the platform then you could start playing in your backyard.


A Look Into The Cosmos: How Telescopes Work

Once Galileo discovered the telescope, there was a sudden leap from fantasy and legends to reality. And reality was so much more fantastic than the world had ever dreamed of. So quickly, planets and stars which were specks in the sky, some of them not even visible to the naked eye, came close and shared their secrets with us. It was a whole new voyage of discovery into the heavens and the wonders that were in it. It was the bridge that connected the world with the rest of the universe. It was the connection between man and space.

Since Galileo gifted the world with this wonderful instrument, technology has driven it along to becoming very hi-tech and very modern. There are two types of telescopes that are available today. They are the Galileo or refractor telescope and the Newton or the reflector telescope. The basic difference is that the refractor telescope uses an objective lens. This makes the light bend towards the eyepiece. The reflector telescope on the other hand uses a mirror which reflects the light towards the eyepiece. Both are available so how do you know which one to buy?

First of all, whichever telescope you decide on, do not go by how much it magnifies as this is no criterion. Viewing large hazy pictures does not mean much. There are three factors you have to take into consideration when you are shopping for a telescope. The most important of these is the aperture. This is the opening through which the light comes in so a larger one will mean better clarity and better details. Next comes the resolution. This is what enables the telescope to give you an image with details. Go for one with a higher resolution. This together with a bigger aperture will ensure good images. The third factor is the focal length. This is the distance between the optical center of the eyepiece and the optical center of the mirror or the lens. This is what is responsible for the magnification. A longer focal length means better magnification.

Besides these, a telescope also has accessories. Let's take a look at what are the important ones and what are the ones it would be good for you to buy. Very essential are filters which reduce glare and make it easier to view objects which are distant. Also important is the Barlow lens which comes in different sizes and must be carefully chosen to fit the eyepiece. The eyepiece of course is crucial to the telescope. They come in various sizes and you can add more than one to see even very distant objects. You should also choose your mounts carefully for this is what the telescope stands on. It should be stable to give you the best possible view without any vibration or shaking.

Owning a telescope is like going on a voyage of discovery to worlds unknown, while you are standing in one place. It is a window to the whole universe and as you gaze through it, you feel you're a part of that too.


Modern Breakthroughs in Transportation: A Brief History

In your mind's eye, transport yourself back in time historically. You are now in mid nineteenth century America. You are a hunter, living far from the city and you know little of the outside world. You can't afford a horse, so you travel by foot or canoe. Occasionally travellers move through your town transporting goods by mule from city to city. One of them passes through regularly. Over a drink, he relates stories of his travels across America.

He tells you of the steam boats with huge rotating wheels that grace the Mississippi, and of the horse drawn carriage called a stage coach that transports the fancy folks in the towns. He explains that the roads turn from dirt to gravel and stone as you get closer to the cities and that when they do, he sometimes has to pay to get through barriers that have been built, called turnpikes. He tells you, too, of manmade, poker-straight rivers, called canals that rich men, now, use to transfer goods on long, flat boats called barges.

As he does so, he looks mournfully at his mule, "A horse can drag a heck of a lot more goods over water than it can carry on its back," he sighs. Lastly, he tells you of a giant, manmade, steel dragon that travels on tracks, devouring coal and hissing out billowing smoke across the land. People use it to travel from city to city, he says. "It is called a locomotive." You smile as he tips his hat and heads on out, to return to the trial, no doubt. He'll return some day to tell more of his tall stories, of course. Quite a yarn spinner, he is, too, but of course you're no fool. You don't believe a word of it.

In the mid-nineteenth century period, described above, most Americans travelled primarily by horseback. The steam train had only just been invented and routes were available only between major cities. Due to travel limitations, the population in the West was sparse and East coast cities had few road links.This was all to change with a revolutionary step in the history of transportation, notably the invention and popularization of the motor car.

Distances travelled by horseback had been limited but the motor car enabled the general public to travel extended distances, fast. The twentieth century heralded a rose tinted period when travel by stagecoach, steamboat, railroad and automobile all became affordable to the man in the street. To say that this changed the face of society is an understatement. Notably, the West of the US fast became populated. The new heightened mobility was to give people unprecedented control over where they lived, worked and played. The world was never to be the same again.

Six thousand years ago, man first walked. Since this first form of transportation, a steady stream of innovative technical developments, have impacted on human mobility. Progress, at first, though, was slow. Horses and camels, eventually used for transport, were not domesticated until several thousand years BC. Further, it was not then till 3500 BC that the wheel was invented in the area we now call Iraq, leading on to the development of the chariot, the first carriage type transport, in Mesopotamia in around about 3000 BC.

In more modern history, the horse drawn carriage era began in Europe in the seventeenth century, becoming more pronounced in the nineteenth century, as roads improved. The mid nineteenth to the present has seen unprecedented advancement in transportation, from a world with no motor car to one where supersonic flight and landings on the moon were possible.


The Innovative & Intellectual Jazz Piano Of Bill Evans

Bill Evans was born on the 6th of August, 1929 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He started learning to play the piano when he was six years old. In 7 years, he added two more instruments to his repertoire. His first gig was when his brother Harry had to be substituted for Buddy Valentino's band. He was familiar with the music it was the same kind of music that he was practicing at home. He continued playing boogie-woogie there on in clubs in and around New York City.

He was awarded a scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University where he played to an audience Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in a recital in 1950. He left the institute with a degree in piano performance and teaching. While in college, he founded the Delta Omega Chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - a fraternity for people with an interest in music.

After graduation, he served in US Army after which he returned to New York and continued to gig. He set himself up as a sideman for bands playing Third Stream jazz - an innovative mixture of classical music and jazz. While building up his reputation, he was a part of many studio recordings. He worked with George Russell to come up with work like Concerto for Billy the Kid and All About Rosie. He also was on albums by Tony Scott, Oliver Nelson, Art Farmer and Charles Mingus with whom he recorded during this period of time.

His first recording of his own material was with his 1956 album New Jazz Conceptions. He got make his debut with album after being referred by Mundell Lowe to producer Orrin Keepnews. In 58', he was invited to play with Miles Davis and the Miles Davis Sextet. The short stint that he had with the sextet was iconic as the sound of the sextet thereafter took a new direction.

Miles Davis describes Bill Evans' style of playing in his autobiography. "Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall."

He left the band after running into trouble with drugs and also in search of new ground to conquer. He recorded Everybody Digs Bill Evans which had a new style that he had been working on at the time. After a short recording stint recording the iconic 1959 album Kind of Blue, he went back solo and formed his own trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian on the drums. The trio stuck to jazz standards and original composition involving a lot of improvisation.

They had four albums between 1959 and 1961 - Portrait In Jazz, Explorations, Sunday At The Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debby. All these four album except Portrait In jazz were released in 1961. Waltz I jazz was released in 59'. Sunday At The Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debby are regarded as one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.

Evans experimented with interplay with a little more freedom with his trio. He used slow ballad like tempos for the songs and used quiet volume levels which was the first that it was ever done in jazz. His chords had a classical touch to it becoming more and more impressionistic. His left hand playing and right hand playing were so complimentary that you could see a Bud Powell influence.

Pushing the lid further, Evans was the pioneer of avoiding bebop and other jazz forms in favor a new style - modal jazz. His bassist collaborator Scott LaFaro passed away young at 25 which made Evans take some time off to come to terms with his death. Breaking more ground in 1962, he recorded an album that is considered a classic jazz piano and guitar duet album.

He got bassist Chuck Israel to take the place of LaFaro in the trio. The new group continued recording winning a Grammy for their 1963 release Conversations With Myself. It was not all rosy a period for the trio with their music not selling well. Their manager Helen Keane brought the band back on track.

The entry of bassist Eddie Gomes into the band make things look up a bit creatively for the band. The 1968 live recording Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival is considered the pianist's best because of the interplay and the energy that the band displayed throughout the show.

Bill Evans passed away on the 15th of September, 1980 due to a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis and bronchial pneumonia.


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