Thursday, January 31, 2013

Some Jokes On Husband & Wife

..... Now you need to decided your own......

The Silent Treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home
and were giving each other the silent treatment.
Suddenly, the man realized that the next day,
he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.
Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper,
"Please wake me at 5:00 AM "
He left it where he knew she would find it.
The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM
and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by
the bed. The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.


A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs,
the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"
"Yep," the wife replied , "in-laws"

"Cash, check or charge?" I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.
"So, do you always carry your TV remote?" I asked.
"No," she replied, " but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally."

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day...30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat
everything to men...
The husband then turned to his wife and asked, "What?"

A man said to his wife one day, "I don't know how you can be
so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.
" The wife responded, "Allow me to explain.
God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me;
God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!

A man and his wife were having an argument about who
should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first,
and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."
The husband said, " You are in charge of cooking around here and
you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my
Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible
that the man should do the coffee."
Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me."
So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament
and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says

God may have created woman after man,
but there is always a single masterpiece without a copy of it.

A Man is Not a father Until He Has A Daughter!


A couple made a deal the night of their Marriage to NOT open the door of their room to anybody who comes knocking in the morning for any reason! 
In the morning the parents of the husband came & knocked on the door, the husband & the wife were looking at each other & as they agreed before, they didn't open the door. 

After a while the parents of the bride came knocking at the door to check on them, the couple were looking at  each other, then the bride dropped a tear & started crying she said: "I cannot keep them knocking &  not open the door, I miss them already" The husband didn't say anything & he let her open the door for her parents. 

Years & years passed & the couple had 5 children, the first ones were boys & the 5th was a little girl,  when she was born the father was extremely happy that Almighty blessed him with her, & he threw a Huge Party for her in Grand style, people were so amazed with his joy & his happiness that they asked him, why are you so happy with her more than you were before with her older brothers? 

He answered simply: "She is the one who will open the door for me" 
Baby girls are the comfort of the eyes of their father! They hold the key to their father's hearts! 
Daughters are really unique. 
They care for their parents even after they are married. 
It's rightly said, "A son is a son till he gets a Wife, 
a daughter is a daughter all her Life!" 

Toys Only Marketed to Girls

In most cultures and societies, there tends to be a separation of the sexes, from the roles they play to the careers they hold. From the very moment they are born there seems to be a divide between the two genders, with boys receiving blue caps and girls wearing pink bonnets.  Even many of the toys children play with seem to have gender-specific objectives and marketing campaigns. Some of today’s parents are concerned with the societal pressure on their daughters to adhere to traditional gender roles, while others encourage their little girls to embrace intense femininity. Regardless of which side of the white-picket fence you sit on, there’s no denying that some toys that are marketed specifically to girls that will spark their imagination for fairytale balls, pretend dress-up and happily ever after play time. 
  1. Play Kitchens and Cooking Sets – Generally, play kitchenettes are offered in pastel pinks and purples or the occasional baby-chick yellow. They can appeal to little girls with colorful cupcakes and pastel cookies as the main dishes, but rarely are they ever offered in gender-neutral colors.
  2. Baby Dolls – Baby dolls are designed to instill maternal qualities in little girls, but aren’t marketed to little boys. There are dolls that simply open and shut their eyes with a tilt of the head, dolls that can be nursed with a bottle and dolls that need to be fully soothed in order to help them stop crying, but they’re almost always wearing pink.
  3. Fashion Dolls – There are all sorts of fashion dolls on the market that are geared to strike the fancy of little girls, including the ubiquitous, iconic fashion doll that started the entire craze. With waist length hair and every accessory you can think of, these kinds of dolls may encourage a feminine approach to play time and life-like scenarios, but their marketing campaigns tend to exclusively target little girls.
  4. Doll Houses – Doll houses usually come equipped with a handful of dolls that reflect the picture perfect family unit, pet pooch included, along with all of the linens and dishes to make a proper house and home. You can find them in an array of colors, but most seem to be in the classically girly pink and purple shades.
  5. Tea Party – Matching cups and saucers, a teapot and little plastic pastries make for proper tea time with all of a little girl’s dollies and stuffed animals. These dainty sets are definitively feminine, featuring flowers or princesses rather than gender-neutral primary colors or symbols.
  6. Costumes – Little girls love to play dress-up, a bit of knowledge fully exploited by toy designers and their marketing departments. There are tons of costumes on the shelves, but they almost always tend to be feminine. Some are generic princesses with fancy dresses, tiaras and sparkly shoes and some are recreations of iconic outfits from the animated movie screen. On the other hand, the clothing worn by princes and knights never seems to be available.
  7. Jewelry – You can purchase sets of bracelets, clip-on earrings, a “diamond” ring and a string of “pearls” in just about any color a little girl desires; perfect for accessorizing for any pretend date with prince charming.
  8. Fairytale Character Dolls – Most female characters in fairytales play some sort of princess or damsel in distress role. Generally, they are quite beautiful and have long flowing locks that can signify traditional femininity. These dolls are not, however, designed to be appealing to the young male set.
  9. Cosmetic Sets – There are an endless array of kid-centric cosmetic sets you can buy for your little girl that come with pink blushes, shiny lip glosses and a palette of pastel eye shadows. These kinds of toys will teach her how to perfectly powder her little button nose, a skill society doesn’t expect young boys to master.
  10. Vanity Sets – The iconic image of a young girl sitting at an ornate vanity, giving her flowing hair the requisite hundred strokes with a hairbrush, is one that’s ingrained in the collective consciousness. There are even busts with long hair aimed at budding hair stylists; these toys are almost always cast in traditionally feminine colors to attract the eye of little girls.
The strategic marketing behind toys is culture based and consumer driven. There is a growing trend of toys marketed with more educational appeal to girls. Building blocks and construction sets now come in girl-suitable colors. These types of toys can help improve spatial thinking, which can also improve math and science skills. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your little girl to be made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but if you’re struck with a sense of frustration as to where to turn for gender-neutral toys to foster your little girl’s imagination, let the Internet be your guide. Large corporate toy stores have aisles drenched in pink, clearly targeting girls, with few toys that appeal to both genders. If you still find yourself battling the marketing giant’s appeal and gender-biased approach to lure your daughter into role-specific play-time, you may find the toys your child wants without the added gender bias from online merchants.

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How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Move from a Crib to a Bed

Transitioning your child from a crib to her big-girl toddler bed can be a bittersweet time. Between the excitement of reaching new milestones and the hint of sadness that comes with watching her grow up and get one step closer to independence, actually figuring out when she’s ready to make the big switch can be a bit confusing.
Work on Your Child’s Timeline
If your child has physically outgrown her crib, then it’s probably time to start transitioning to a toddler bed. Before then, there’s no hard and fast rule dictating when you have to move her out of the crib, although most children are ready to be moved by the time they reach 37 inches. If your eighteen-month-old is ready to move and eager about the prospect of a big-girl bed, or if she’s pushing three and still seems reluctant, you can and probably should work on her schedule. If you’re worried that an active little one is showing signs of attempting to climb or even jump out of her crib, then you should take that into account for safety reasons. You should also take into consideration, however, that toddler beds are designed to allow her to get in and out independently. She will be able to crawl out of her new bed when you’re fast asleep, meaning she could potentially get into a dangerous situation. If sleeping through the night is still an iffy proposition, lowering the crib mattress as much as possible will make it harder for her to climb over the sides. It is worth noting that some children can become even more attached to their cribs the longer they sleep there. Weighing the benefits and drawbacks of the switch and paying close attention to your child’s reactions can help you determine when you’re both ready to move her out of the crib.
New Additions
One common reason for parents to begin a transition from the crib to a toddler bed is to prepare for the impending arrival of a new baby. If this is the case in your situation, you’ll want to shoot for having your child totally accustomed to sleeping in her new bed at least six to eight weeks before your due date. If she’s still attached to the crib and considers it “hers,” her perception after the baby’s arrival may be that the new sibling is taking over a place that still belongs to her. One solution to easing the transition when there’s a new baby involved is to keep your newborn in a bassinet in your room for the first few months, that way your older child has more time to get used to the idea and you’re better able to tend to a new baby’s needs in the middle of the night.
Generating Excitement
As with so many milestones in childhood, the key to success often lies in your ability to create a sense of excitement and anticipation surrounding the big event. Letting your child pick out her own bedding and accompany you to purchase her new bed are both great ways of helping her feel more excited and like she has a role in the transition, rather than like she’s simply having a change forced upon her.
Establishing a Routine
Making sure that you begin your child’s transition when she’s not facing any other major lifestyle changes is another way you can help ease the process a bit. Establishing a bedtime routine is a key part of helping things run smoothly. Picking out pajamas, brushing her teeth and reading a bedtime story every night before bed, for instance, can help your child understand that the bedtime ritual is part of going to sleep each night.
Patience is a Virtue
For some children, the transition to a toddler bed is quick and painless. For others, it can be a bit more difficult to manage. If your child falls into the latter camp, the best thing you can do is simply be patient with her and continue providing her reassurance until she becomes accustomed to her new bed and no longer feels anxious about making the change. More often than not, younger siblings have an easier time moving to a big-kid bed because they’re anxious to emulate the older siblings that they look up to. As a result, the most difficult transition will probably be with your first child. Just keep in mind that, like adults, some kids respond better to change than others, and do your best to make her feel as secure as possible along the way.


Things Doctors Won’t Tell You Before Surgery

The lead-up to a surgical procedure is usually dominated by an exchange of information between you and your surgeon. There can be so many details and so much to keep up with that you may not even realize how many potentially important ones are either being lost in the shuffle or actively swept under the rug. Before you go under the knife, these are 10 of the things that you might want to make a point of asking your surgeon about.
  1. Their Board Certification Status – It usually doesn’t occur to a patient to ask if the person who will be performing their surgery is Board Certified, but the truth is that many are not. A surgeon probably won’t disclose that information without first being asked, either.
  2. Their Complication Rate – A surgeon who won’t disclose a complication rate or claims not to have one is probably so inexperienced that he hasn’t had time to encounter complications or is actively hiding something from you. According the Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, “no one is immune to complications.”
  3. That There’s A More Conservative, Non-Surgical Method Of Managing Your Condition – In some cases, surgery may actually be the only viable method of treating what’s ailing you. Most of the time, though, there is a more conservative course of treatment that doesn’t include a surgical procedure. Your surgeon, however, is paid roughly 10 times more to perform the surgical procedure than to help you manage it in another, less intrusive way.
  4. That A Resident Might Perform The Procedure – Before surgeons become surgeons, they’re residents. Because they have to learn the intricacies of operating through hands-on experience, part or all of your procedure may be handled by a resident with the supervision of an attending physician. If you’re having surgery at a teaching hospital, it’s a good idea to ask your surgeon if he will be overseeing the procedure in its entirety. Before you panic, however, you should also keep in mind that some medical professionals recommend teaching hospitals as the best places to receive cutting-edge, up-to-the-minute care.
  5. That You Can Access Your Operative Report – You may be out cold during the procedure, but there is a way to find out what happened in the operating room if you suspect that something went wrong. The operative notes dictated by the surgeon are a record of the procedure, and you can ask to see the report.
  6. That Your Weight Can Make Their Job More Difficult – Weight is a sensitive subject for many people, especially those who are packing on more than a few extra pounds. Your surgeon knows this, but he may not let on just how much more difficult caring for an obese patient is. Obese patients are more likely to contract post-operative infections, present a challenge in the placement of central venous catheters and can even be difficult to start an IV in because the veins aren’t always visible.
  7. How Much Your Non-Compliance Stresses Them Out – Performing surgical procedures is a career fraught with sources of stress and anxiety, but one of the most difficult ones for many surgeons to manage is the knowledge that her patients may or may not bother to comply with post-operative instructions.
  8. They May Be Making More From Your Procedure Than You Realize – You know that your surgeon will be walking away from the table with a pretty penny in his pocket from your insurance company, but you may not realize that he’s making even more from medical device manufacturers through quasi-legal kickbacks.
  9. That They’re Exhausted – Rare is the surgeon who will volunteer the information that he’s exhausted and that he may not be quite alert enough to be in top form in the operating room. A surgeon who was on call the night before almost certainly won’t tell you that he didn’t get enough sleep, even if that is the case.
  10. Your Procedure May Not Be As Urgent As You Think – Because of the off chance that you could have an unexpectedly sudden reaction as a result of a condition or injury could lead to intense questioning or even allegations of malpractice, most surgeons want to get your procedure completed as soon as possible. While it’s not a good idea to drag your feet after arming yourself with this knowledge, you can use it to ease any anxiety you may feel about the urgency of your condition.
While knowing these things can make surgery seem like an even scarier business, it’s important to understand that taking serious medical decisions into your own hands and refusing the advice of professionals is highly unadvised. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a second or even third opinion, looking for the best surgeon in your area and being actively involved with the process. It is, however, a very bad idea to forgo treatment altogether out of concerns about what your surgeon may not be telling you.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Ways To Help Your Child Overcome His Fears!

Fear is a primal emotion that is essential for survival.  Children fear things because they are small people in a very big world that they understand very little of.  It is natural and normal for them to be cautious of new and unknown things.  However, for some children, fear is a serious problem that gets in the way of their normal growth, emotionally, academically and socially.  Parents who want to teach their children to trust their instincts so they will stay safe, but also want them to learn to take chances in life can follow these four simple steps.
Don’t minimize or brush off their fears as not real.  The fears that children have may seem insignificant and silly to adults, but they are very real and of great concern to children.  If you were afraid of something and everyone went around saying that it was not a big deal and there was nothing to be afraid of, it would not help you get over your fears.  In fact, it might make you more afraid and also frustrated.  Telling a child that the thing that is keeping her up at night is silly will not only shame her and make her feel something is wrong with her, but will actually work to make her more afraid.
Validate the concern that is behind the fear.  Parents should support the worry that is causing the child fear.  Validating fear does not mean that a parent tells a child they SHOULD be afraid.  It simply means that the parent lets the child know that it is OK to be worried about the situation.  Validation comes in many forms and can be most effective with stories of a parent’s own childhood fears and worries.  The story can also be told of how the parent overcame that fear.  Validating can also be done with story books of children who were worried about something and conquered that anxiety.
Encourage the reasoning skills that have brought the child to the conclusion she has reached.  When parents encourage the child’s reasoning skills the child is reassured that fear is not only normal, but can be defeated.  Parents can say something like “I see that you have thought this out and are really very concerned about it because of …..  Have you thought of this too…?”  By affirming the child’s perception parents can gain the child’s confidence.  The child will then be more willing to accept alternate ideas about the situation that might help her overcome the fears she has.
Find one new thing to do a week together that is a little scary for you or your child.  Mark Twain said that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but acting in spite of it.”  Parents have just as many fears as children do, we just have better ways of concealing or incapacitating them.  Help your child overcome her fears by finding one activity that one or both of you are afraid of each week and doing it together.  This will make the action less scary because doing anything with someone else makes it at least a little less daunting.  When the child has done the activity once, it will be a little less troublesome to do again and she will see that fears can be beaten.  She will begin to work to conquer some of the other fears she has without adult help.
All children are afraid of something.  One child might be afraid of climbing to the top of the jungle gym and another might be afraid of being alone in her bedroom.  All these childhood fears can be conquered with a little understanding and encouragement from the adults in their lives.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Proper Etiquette Rules for Any Child, Perhaps Yours

Teaching children to confidently navigate the sometimes complex world of etiquette can be a difficult task, but instilling courtesy and good manners will help them better manage society as they get older. Social skills that you pass on to your children will help them make friends, build relationships and prepare them to respond graciously in a variety of situations. As they approach adulthood, those skills will form the foundation of courteous behavior in polite society. Everyone from playmates to educators will appreciate your child’s good manners, paving the way for him to succeed throughout his life.
Kids’ Dining Etiquette
While it’s not realistic to expect children to confidently and correctly manage a formal dinner with full place settings, you can establish some simple dining etiquette that can be built upon as they age. Learning to properly use their eating utensils, to pass food at the table and to place napkins in their laps are great skills for kids to acquire, though you may find it easier to focus on the absolute basics when children are very young. Emphasizing the importance of chewing with his mouth closed, not speaking with food in his mouth and avoiding unappetizing behavior at the table is essential; his dining etiquette skills can be expanded upon as he matures.
Phone Manners
Because more families are making the switch to a cell phone-only household and are eliminating landline telephone accounts altogether, kids may not have the chance to learn the same etiquette that their parents were taught during childhood. Still, working with your child to establish the proper protocol for answering the phone, taking messages and conducting polite conversation is important. Role-playing polite phone behavior is a particularly effective method of instilling strong phone etiquette, along with explaining the changing rules of phone manners in the age of mobile devices.
Be a Considerate Conversationalist
In order to be a good friend and a sought-after acquaintance, your child will need to learn the art of polite conversation. Stressing the importance of greeting friends and relatives correctly, asking considerate questions and inquiring about the other party’s wellbeing will help your child understand some of the basic aspects of mannerly conversation. It’s also wise to discuss the impoliteness of interrupting someone when they speak, which is often an area of difficulty for more excitable and enthusiastic children.
Mind Your “Pleases” and “Thank Yous”
If your child learns no other etiquette skills, understanding that he should always say “please” and “thank you” can go a long way towards compensating. Children who make demands rather than polite requests and show no gratitude when those demands are met aren’t likely to be favorites with playmates, teachers, relatives or family friends.
If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…
The old adage about not saying anything at all if you can’t say something nice is one that kids need to learn early, as their statements regarding someone’s appearance or habits can be blunt to the point of being inadvertently hurtful. Work with your child until he understands that some things shouldn’t be commented on, especially in a negative light. Explaining that Aunt Sally knows she has a rather sizable mole on her nose, but that talking about it might make her sad or self-conscious can prevent hurt feelings and embarrassment.
Show Gratitude
In addition to learning to say “thank you” when someone does something for them or presents them with a gift, kids need to learn the slightly more complex concept of showing real gratitude and expressing it in their daily lives. It’s entirely possible for a child to toss a “thank you” aside carelessly while still exhibiting the air of utter ingratitude, which simply isn’t attractive behavior. Discussing sincere gratitude can help your child understand that there’s more to being thankful than simply saying “thank you.”
Teaching your child basic manners creates a foundation for more complex etiquette rules down the road, but it’s important to keep in mind that your kindergartener isn’t likely to understand the complexities of formal etiquette and almost certainly will not be quoting Emily Post any time soon. Keeping your expectations realistic and focusing on primary politeness and common courtesy can keep you from feeling disappointment and your child from growing frustrated when he can’t tell his salad fork from a dessert fork. Remember that instilling good manners and teaching formal etiquette is an ongoing process, and that your lessons will ultimately be taught as you model good etiquette. Kids may not always listen to what you say, but they do watch you and often mimic the behavior they observe. In the end, one of the best ways to teach your child the rules of etiquette is to model them yourself.

Ways To Teach Your Child To Call 911

Preparing your child to act calmly under unthinkable circumstances is a scary and disheartening responsibility, but it is an essential one. Ensuring that your little ones are equipped to properly handle an emergency situation at a young age gives them the ability to reach out for assistance when they need it most, even when you’re not available to point them in the right direction. Teaching small children how to reach emergency services is less of a practical challenge and more of an emotional one, though there are some ways to simplify the process even further to make sure that they gain this much-needed skill.
Work on Critical Information
Emergency dispatchers can trace a call to determine a child’s location if they’re too shaken up to provide their address or aren’t quite sure what it is. Knowing their full names, your name, their address and telephone number makes the dispatcher’s job much easier. If your household is among the increasing number of American families that don’t maintain landline telephones, you’ll also want to make sure that your child knows how to turn on a cell phone and that he’s confident entering the three digits before connecting.
Talk About What 911 is For
Explaining to your child what 911 services are for helps him understand that dialing the number will summon help from police, firefighters and paramedics if he’s in trouble. Talking about what sorts of situations would warrant a call to 911 and how the emergency responders can help him when there’s an emergency lets him know that there is help just around the corner if he needs it, and that all he has to do is dial three numbers to get help if there’s no conscious or capable adult in the house.
Talk About Emergency Workers
Kids need to know who to expect when they call 911 and that it’s okay for them to come into the house if an adult is incapacitated and can’t let them in. This is especially important if you’re also working on the concept of “stranger danger.” When your child is in the process of learning that some strangers can be dangerous and he shouldn’t talk to them, the idea of a large group of strangers coming into your home can be terrifying. This conversation is also a good excuse to discuss the role that emergency workers play in society, and what each uniform or title means.
Discuss Accidental Dials
While it is possible for kids to accidentally dial 911 on a landline phone, it’s more likely to happen when they’re playing with a cell phone that has an emergency dial feature. Kids who understand how important it is to only call 911 during an emergency may panic and hang up, which forces the dispatcher to call back or send help to ensure that there is no emergency in your area. Make sure that your little one knows that he should stay on the line and explain to the person who answers that he made a mistake and that there is no emergency.
What is an Emergency?
In a small child’s mind, the concept of “emergency” can be rather vague. Little ones need to understand the difference between a real emergency and merely an unpleasant situation to avoid tying up the time and efforts of a dispatcher who may be delaying an actual emergency to handle the call. Kids should be taught that a lost dog, missing toy or sibling altercation are not emergencies. Working on understanding what types of situations warrant attention from emergency service responders and which ones need to be handled by an adult at home can help to prevent unnecessary calls that waste resources because children are confused about the role of 911 in their lives.
Some Jokes Aren’t Funny
For the most part, prank calls have gone the way of the dinosaur with the advent of private-call blocking and caller ID. To ensure that your child never decides to explore the concept of a prank call by dialing emergency services, you should make sure that he understands the danger of taking time and energy away from dispatchers who could be missing an important, legitimate call. Letting your little one know that dialing 911 as a practical joke is never funny and will have severe consequences is an effective way of discouraging the idea before the idea manifests itself and he is tempted to try it out.
When you’re teaching a toddler how to actively dial the numbers that will connect him with emergency services, it’s wise to remove the battery from a cell phone or unplug the line from a landline phone altogether to prevent accidental dials. Remember also that working on mastery of his address and when to call 911 is an ongoing process, not the result of a single conversation.
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8 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Medications for Kids

Health care costs are soaring higher every year, and as they do many American workers are watching their health insurance coverage simultaneously diminish. In this economic environment, many families are forced to find ways to cut medical costs wherever and however they can. Consider these eight ways to reduce the cost of their kids’ medications.
  1. Generic Alternatives – Any medication that your child might need will almost always have a generic equivalent that can be substituted for the name brand version at a cheaper cost. Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if going generic is an option.
  2. Start with Samples – You don’t necessarily have to buy an entire month’s worth of medication that’s been prescribed for your child all at once, especially if there isn’t a specific medical need for that much. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if they have any free sample packs.
  3. Buy in Bulk – On the flip side, if you’ve been prescribed a medication for your child that you expect she will need for an extended period of time, try buying a 3-month vs. a 1-month supply. Medications are often cheaper per dose in larger quantities.
  4. Larger Dosage Sizes – Another way of reducing your per-dose expenses is to buy a larger dosage size than the prescription and then split the pills to match the prescribed dosage. Here again, the larger pills are often cheaper per milligram than the smaller versions. You’ll need your doctor’s permission before going that route and the medication needs to be conducive to easy splitting.
  5. Shop Around – Like everything else, prices vary for medications. For instance, Wal-Mart pharmacies have a $4 prescription plan for 30-day supplies, and $10 for 90 days’ worth. Sometimes referred to as a 4/10 plan, this doesn’t require insurance. You can find a list of medications and available doses here. Ask your pharmacist if they’ve got a 4/10 plan.
  6. Mail Order – This is rapidly increasing in popularity as a means for purchasing prescription drugs at a discount. You can find deals for a 3-month supply of a prescription that for the cost of only one co-pay.
  7. Coupons – Yes, drugs have them too. You may be able to get them from your doctor or find them online. Check the website of the drug’s manufacturer too. You can save a bundle with coupons.
  8. Discount Cards – Certain groups and organizations offer memberships which afford their members discounts on certain products. You may already have a means to save on your child’s medications right there in your wallet, next to your hard-earned cash.
You don’t have to resign yourself to high medication costs. Instead, try to find different ways where you can reduce the price. Health care coverage may be diminishing, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to stay healthy.

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Weekly Meal Plans for Families

20 Blogs with Easy Weekly Meal Plans for Families

Quick and Easy

“What’s for dinner?”  is easily one of the most asked questions in a home.  If you wish you had a quick and easy answer to that question, then these 20 blogs are for you.  Find weekly menu plans for your family to help take the stress out of meal planning.  These bloggers post menus every week so you can continue to read them and truly have a resource of ever-changing menu plans for your family.  You can even post the menu for the week on the fridge so that everyone can just look at the menu instead of asking you what’s for dinner.  Every family has different needs when it comes to eating, and luckily there are blogs that specialize in everything under the sun, from vegetarian to gluten-free to diabetic menus, all helping make life easier for you.
If you have a busy life, and who doesn’t these days, and would like to have quick and easy menus on hand, then you have come to the right place.  These five blog entries will give you menu plans that could work for your family.  If there’s the odd meal that won’t work you can substitute your family’s favorite meal for that night.
  1. Beef Week Menu Plan: 5 Family Fast and Friendly Meals
  2. Clean Eating, Family Friendly, Weight Watcher Friendly Menu Plan
  3. Mini Lasagnas
  4. Kid Approved Healthy Meal Plan
  5. Menu Plan Monday: Kid Friendly Recipes
For those families that are vegetarian, it can get hard to change things up for your family every night.  These five blog posts will give you new and interesting meals to try with your family.  Some of these menu choices can easily be changed from vegetarian to non-vegetarian for those in the family that may prefer meat.
  1. Vegetarian Meal Plan Week 1
  2. Craving Meat and the Menu Planning Link Up
  3. What’s for Dinner? Menu Planning
  4. Weekly Menu Plan
  5. What’s for Dinner? This Week’s Vegetarian Menu Plan
Families that have someone with a dietary restriction know that it’s often hard to come up with menus that will satisfy everyone in the family while still being sensitive to any type of intolerance.  If you have someone with Celiac disease then you know what it’s like to struggle to find food that is gluten-free.  These bloggers know how you feel and have put together surprising menus that are gluten-free and still easy to prepare and appetizing for the whole family.  Check out these five blogs and see what you think.
  1. Sloppy Joes Recipe & Gluten Free Menu Plan
  2. Gluten Free Menu Plan
  3. Gluten Free Menu Swap
  4. Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan
  5. Gluten-Free Diet Menu Plan for the Week
With the growing number of overweight and obese adults, more people are being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.  Many times this disease can be reversed by losing weight and eating right.  Those who were diagnosed as children often have Type I diabetes and may have to use insulin to control the disease.  Either Type I or Type II diabetics need to eat a diabetic diet.  Certain foods such as pasta will spike a person’s insulin, something that isn’t ideal when you have diabetes.  By choosing your meals wisely, however, you can control the disease.  These bloggers know what they are talking about because they also eat a diabetic diet.  If you are newly diagnosed and looking for some menu ideas or even if you’ve had this disease for a while, but are just looking for some new ideas, these blogs should fit the bill.  Take a look at these five blogs that include diabetic meal plans.
  1. Diabetes Meal Planning, Menu Plans & Meal Preparation
  2. What are Some Diabetic Menu Ideas?
  3. Easy Weeknight Diabetic Meal Plans
  4. Type 2 Diabetes Meal Planner
  5. Eat Healthier With These Easy Diabetic Menus
Whether you work full-time or stay home with the kids, the struggle to figure out what to fix for dinner is the same.  Make your life easier by creating weekly menus for your family.

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