Izaac's 3rd Birthday At Home

14th June is Izaac’s birthday and also happened to be Father’s Day that day. Though Izaac had celebrated his birthday in school on Friday, I still wanted to help him have a small celebration at home on his actual birthday.

In the afternoon, I went to buy a small cake from Crystal Jade (No ice-cream cake this year) for Izaac. Izaac is happy of course. And Amilie was asking me why didi have 2 birthdays. And I told her that she will be having 2 birthday celebrations next year too.
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A lot of people are very careless when it comes to protecting their personal and sensitive information. There are many cases of identity thefts, credit cards frauds, internet banking frauds all the time but it seemed that no one really put serious thoughts into protecting and making sure that their personal information are not compromised till it is too late.

Recently, I have a very frustrating incident in which I realized the important of protecting my personal and sensitive information. I have to send my laptop to a local service center for repair. Before I sent my laptop for repair, I ensure that I have all my information lock all and encrypt in a folder, clear away all my saved passwords, caches, browsing history and so on to prevent people from accessing my personal information. Thinking that this was enough, I sent in my laptop.

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Children are inquisitive by nature. When they are younger, it's usually because they want to better understand something. When they are older, it's because they want to better understand why you think something is important and why they should also feel the same way. Regardless of their age, it's imperative that when setting forth the rules and expectations in your home, your child understands there is no room for questioning the rules you set forth and the consequences of breaking the rules.

Younger children usually do not understand a lengthy explanation of why it's important that they be home from their friend's home at a certain time or why they aren't allowed to play ball in the house. But the one thing they do strive to do most of the time is to make their parents proud and happy. So when a young child asks "Why?" or "Why not?" when they are told they can't play with something or someone or why they have to obey a rule you've set forth, simply explain to them that "because it makes me happy when you follow the house rules and do what I have asked of you." You should avoid using the term, "Because I said so," as that only adds to the child's frustration and confusion.

Older children, adolescents and teenagers alike will probably require more from your explanation. When they question "Why?" or "Why not?" it's best to directly, honestly and clearly state your reasoning. "I asked you to be home by 10 p.m. because we have to be at the dentist's office first thing in the morning for your check-up and we can't be late." It is also a great opportunity for you to reiterate the consequences of breaking the rule. "If you are not home by 10 p.m., you'll be grounded from going to your friend's house for a week." Be consistent, be firm, and be clear.

Though your child may challenge you by asking your reasoning why a rule has been put in place, it also shows their growth as an individual thinker. So try not to get angry or frustrated when they do so; realize it's their way of understanding their world around them.

Life isn't the sweetest candy. Sometimes, when I feel like the world is just too heavy, I look around and find people who continued to live fascinating and wonderful lives. How come they still can manage to laugh and play around despite a busy stressful life? Then maybe they start to work on a place called "self".

So, how does one become genuinely happy? Very simple, just love yourself first. Love oneself means to accept that you are not a perfect being, but behind the imperfections must lie a great ounce of courage to be able to discover ways on how to improve your repertoire to recover from our mistakes.

Genuine happiness also pertains to contentment. When you are contented with the job you have, the way you look, with your family, your friends, the place you live in, your car, and all the things you now have truly, you know the answer to the question "how to be genuinely happy."
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How many times have you caught yourself saying that there could be no other solution to a problem and that that problem leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem lying before you is one you cannot solve. No leads. No options. No solutions.

Did it feel like you had exhausted all possible options and yet are still before the mountain large, unconquerable, and impregnable? When encountering such enormous problems, you may feel like you're hammering against a steel mountain. The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming.

But rejoice! There might be some hope yet!
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Honesty and dishonesty are learned in the home. Parents are often concerned when their child or adolescent lies.

Young children often make up stories and tell tall tales. This is normal activity because they enjoy hearing stories and making up stories for fun. These young children may blur the distinction between reality and fantasy. This is probably more a result of an active imagination than an attempt to deliberately lie about something.

An older child or adolescent may tell a lie to be self-serving, such as denying responsibility or to try and get out of a chore or task. Parents should respond to isolated instances of lying by talking with the youngster about the importance of truthfulness, honesty and trust.
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When you are stressed at work it can wreak havoc on the rest of your life. You can become very stressed out and it can go home with you too. You should not let work situations interfere with your everyday life. It is going to become stressful and give you more problems when let stress bother you more than what you should. This may sound easy but it is not. You have to deal with stressful situations at work so that they do not come home with you.

There are many things at work that can bother you. You may have to deal with other mean employees or people that are not very nice to you. When you have to deal with this, you may find that you become stressed out easily. You need to remember that you have to keep your calm and move on. You need to think about what this can do to your personal life and not let it bother you.
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Following yesterday's defeat to Russia in the Euro 2008 qualifying rounds, it seems that England is heading towards a summer of staying home for its England stars. While I'm not at all surprise by the results, I certainly feel that a Euro 2008 without one of the traditional European powerhouse will lose a bit sparkle.

I have always felt that the appointment of McClaren as England's manager is a mistake. While he may have some top flight experience managing teams in the English Premiere League, he does not have the necessary European experience to manage England. Maybe not now but some years down the road if he had shown he's capable of leading teams to European competitions such as the Champions League or UEFA Cup.

I can only crossed my fingers now and see whether England can produce some miracles to reach Euro 2008. After all, it's not the first time they have missed out on a major event.

Life is like a road. There are long and short roads; smooth and rocky roads; crooked and straight paths. In our life many roads would come our way as we journey through life. There are roads that lead to a life of single blessedness, marriage, and religious vocation. There are also roads that lead to fame and fortune on one hand, or isolation and poverty on the other. There are roads to happiness as there are roads to sadness, roads towards victory and jubilation, and roads leading to defeat and disappointment.

Just like any road, there are corners, detours, and crossroads in life. Perhaps the most perplexing road that you would encounter is a crossroad. With four roads to choose from and with limited knowledge on where they would go, which road will you take? What is the guarantee that we would choose the right one along the way? Would you take any road, or just stay where you are: in front of a crossroad?
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