High School Reunion

Last February was our High School Grand Reunion, every fifth year, different batches from different school years were scheduled, so this year was our reunion. Our class decided to have our own get-together, we organized our own and held it in one of our classmate's home to make it more private. We haven't seen each other for a long time and so many things have change, physically that is. Most of my female classmates gained weights and I'm just thankful I'm still on the "normal scale" hehe, they know I'm weight conscious and they were asking if I'm using any diet pill like
Lipofuze to keep me in shape. Opps no, I only watched what I eat.

Join us in the BC Bloggers' Party!

I'm joining the BC BLOGGER'S PARTY!

Hello, my name is Josie, mother of three grown-ups.
Work at home mom, managing a home-based business,workaholic, busy as a bee but still trying my hand on blogging. A typical Capricorn, always on the safe side of the road, give comment and views but not judgemental on any issue that caught my interest. Trying hard to learn the technical ins and outs of blogging.

josie's window my main site - dealing with everything about family, parenting most of all, health advice, personality development, home making and my little contributions on saving the mother earth.

josie's kitchen my cooking site - a collection of Filipino recipes hands down or concocted through experimenting :).

Lose that belly fats!

Did you know that our waist size can measure the risk of having a heart disease or heart attack. The bigger the number of waistline the higher the risk. We must understand that the level of cholesterol in our body contributed a lot to the disease, the bigger the belly means bigger fat content also known as cholesterol. Exercise and proper diet of course is the best prevention, but there are also other cholesterol treatments that can be tried
or can be use as alternative if all of these failed.

What if your child is the Bully?

One mother cannot believed that her son is a bully when she was informed by the school administration. To convinced her, the Guidance counselor showed her, her son's drawing of a cemetery with epitaphs containing the names of his classmates and the year they would die. The mother cried in disbelief.

A child who bullies his peers maybe miserable himself, and he wants his peers to be miserable as well

Bullies are very troubled people who may need help as much as the victims. If not corrected, they will continue their tormenting ways and might graduate to a criminal behavior later on.

Here's some advice on what you can do to stop the misbehaving.
  • Correct bad behavior right away. Confront the problem immediately, ignoring will not solved it. Point out to him that his behavior is totally unacceptable and intolerable.
  • Avoid severe corporal punishment or verbal abuse. A loving discipline is better than authoritative one. If a child feels victimized in his own home, he will feel hostile and try to take out his anger elsewhere.
  • Be positive role models. Kids look up and assimilate adults' ways. If the parents or guardian talk about others in derogatory ways, shouting, screaming or yell at others, this is not a good role model. Children will observe and learn to be aggressive as well.
  • Minimize exposure to violence. Violent media exposure is detrimental to his personality development. Look for other activities that are beneficial to his personal growth
  • Shower him with love and affection. Children who show aggressions are only crying out for help, they want their parents to pay attention to them and give them the proper care and nurturing they need. Show your kids appreciation to boost their morale and self-esteem.
If bullying persist, see a Child Psychologist. He can administer methods, such as Play therapy or Art therapy to help your child discover and express his inner thoughts and feelings.
Is your child being bullied?
Stop Bullying

House cleaning

Yup I'm doing some cleaning or clearing, not with my real house but my online home. I'm checking my Blogroll and visiting all the links there. I found some whose been in my list for months, but did not reciprocate to add mine which is the agreement in exchange link, while other sites had ceased to exist or was deleted by the owners. So I'm cleaning my blogroll list and at the same time revisited old blogger friends I wasn't able to visit for sometime now.
Hoping to add more in my blogroll. If you are interested to exchange link with me leave a message here NOT in chatbox. All my links are 'do follow' and 'permanent'. I'm waiting :P .

My Blog is Carbon Neutral

I'm going green with this blog, BECAUSE I'm joining the "MAKE IT GREEN" program, see the post below. Now I can have a tree planted in my site's name. I have two sites then I will have two trees. I hope this little contribution will make a difference. So FELLOW BLOGGERS JOIN US, NOTHING TO LOSE AND SO MUCH TO GAIN, for the next generations' future.

“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it Green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!

Just write a short blog post about our programme “My blog is carbon neutral” and include one of the buttons. Send the link to your blog to CO2-neutral@kaufda.de and we plant a tree for you, neutralising the carbon dioxide emissions of your blog. The trees will be planted in the spring of 2010 by the Arbor Day Foundation. For more information about how and where the trees are planted, see the NEWS section.

Just a few easy steps to make it green:

  1. Write a blog post about the initiative + insert your favourite button
  2. E-mail the link to your post to CO2-neutral@kaufda.de
  3. We plant a tree for your blog in Plumas’!

Sisterhood Award/B-day Greetings

Thanks to my blog buddy Mybutteryfly for this beautiful award.

And this is to Paula the brain behind the BC Bloggers Club. Happy Birthday!

Stop Bullying

Bullying is defined as the tendency for some children to frequently oppressed, harass or intimidate other children, verbally, physically or both. It can be in the form of hitting, name-calling, exclusion, or other hurtful behavior.
Incidents of bullying is very alarming to parents, who naturally want their kids to learn in safe environment. But bullying does exist in school, in different forms and in different degrees.
Knowing what it is and how to deal with it is the best way to arm your child against it.
Not all children will openly tell the parents if they are being victimized by a bully in school, because they are afraid of retaliation.

Signs of Oppression:
  • unexplained reluctance to go to school
  • fearfulness or unusual anxiety
  • looking withdrawn or depressed
  • sleep disturbances and nightmares
  • headaches and stomachaches especially in school days
  • deteriorating academic performance
  • coming home with ripped or missing belongings
  • sullenness or aggression toward siblings
Bullying happens because a bully has problems which he wants to take out on someone. Being bullied is a very traumatic experience. If not resolve, it may scar the victims for life. Some kids can handle mild bullying. It is good to let the child fight his own battle, however, the parent should know when to intervene, especially if the child has difficulty warding off persistent bullies.

Things you can do if you think your child is a victim:
  • Be a good listener. With lots of patience and understanding tell him it's alright to tell you everything, sometimes kids are embarrassed or afraid to tell that he is being victimized. You may feel enraged but be calm and let him finish the whole story so you can analyze the situation.
  • Don't blame the child. Children who allow themselves to be bullied have low self-esteem, because they feel they don't have the strength to stand up for themselves. Make it clear that it is not his fault and he doesn't deserve to be oppressed because he deserved to be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Encourage your child to stand up for himself, but not to engage in a physical fight.
  • Enroll your child in self-defense classes.
  • Coordinate with school authorities.
  • Encourage your child to socialize more. Bullies usually target the introverts and loners. Your kid become less vulnerable if he is hanging out with friends.
  • Reassure of your total support. Nothing is more comforting to a child than to know that his parents support him all the way.
Tell your child that it's a good decision to open up to adults about being bullying incidents because that bring about positive change.

Is your child being bullied?

My friend whose son is in nursery school was pricked in the eye using a pencil by one of his classmates. The teacher and concerned parents told her and her son was brought to a doctor to check the eye, good thing it was not serious, just a scratch. But do you know who the perpetrator was? It was his own cousin, looks like the boy is a bully, who quarrel everyone in his class. The other parents requested the teacher to never let the boy sit besides their children, for he will in one way or another do something to hurt his seatmate.When she told me about it, I explain to her that she should report it to the guidance councilor, so the boy's parents will be inform, could do something about their problem child, since the boy is her nephew, she just let it pass, knowing that the child will be reprimand and will have a bad record for his behavior. The boy's father (her brother) is working abroad and the mother (sister-in-law) is pregnant. She doesn't want to burden the parents. It's not the proper step, but it's her decision. Now she didn't let any of her children to play with that cousin anymore.

We've experienced the same too with one of my sons, he was bullied when he was in third grade and the bully was in sixth grade. One time, my son complained of a chest pain and his white uniform was dirty. I ask him why was that so, then he told me that a boy in their school, put an empty candy wrapper in his polo shirt's pocket and when he resisted, he kicked him on the chest, of course I was fuming mad. Good that the boy also lived on the same subdivision as we are, together with my husband we search the boy's house and when we found it we told the incident to the father, the boy's father was so angry at his son and was very apologetic to us. The boy was really hard-headed.
Then the mother came home from work and was also told of the incident, and you know what she was just smile as if nothing happened. She was trying to impose that it's just natural for children to fight once in a while. (Hello he was bullying my son) the nerve of this woman. I can't helped but wish that same thing happened to her.
The father made the boy say sorry but he was very stubborn. This made my blood boiled, hmmp, and the bully boy was
even smiling sarcastically too, ahh like mother like son. So first thing in the morning, I went to the school principal and reported the incident, the principal assured me they will summon the parents, reprimand the boy for his behavior, make a record of first offense and if do it again, he will be suspended from his class and will be kick-out of the school for the third offense. I don't know if they called the parents, but I instructed my older son who also studied there, to look after his young brother while at school, to make sure it won't happen again and if that boy harass him again we will take the necessary action. From then on, he never came near my son again.That was how the bullying stopped.

Alain Silberstein Replica Watches

Alain Silberstein brand of watches are well known for its uniqueness and style. Based out of France, on the banks of the Doubs River this workshop has only a small team of specialized assistants who produce limited set of watches of each collection. The striking combination of Parisian design and Swiss watch making has made this brand a running success.
Though this brand features a huge collection of watches almost all of them embody vibrant colors like red, blue and yellow for the hour, minute and second hands. The design of these watches represent the fun, style and uniqueness of its creator. The moon and love are two themes which appear consistently in these watches either in the overall design or hidden in the intricate details of these timepieces. The movements of these watches are visible through transparent glass backs so that their exceptional mechanics can be admired.
This French watch making company has six unique collections, namely; the Alligator Collection; made with watch cases which are covered with Alligator skin, the Bolido Collection; made with a streamlined profile to invoke speed, the Karavan Collection; these watches are designed specifically for travelers, the Klassik Collection; this was the first collection created in 1987, the Pave Collection; designs in this collection resemble a Parisian paving-stone, Petites Montres Collection; this collection is designed exclusively for women who wear small watches around the wrist or neck, Rondo Collection; is a collection of geometric models of watches and finally the Tourbillon D'Art Collection; which comprises of watches designed for everyday wear.
The beauty of these unusual watches make it seem almost like an unfair advantage for only the rich to own but thankfully there are several replica watches available in the market. These watches make the dream of owning an Alain Silberstein watch a reality for everyone.

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