Since I had my children, I have had increased difficulty growing my hair. The center of my scalp had been weak for years due to my beautician consistently starting at the crown of my head when applying perms. Then prior to my first pregnancy, my thyroid was under functioning. I was put on medication for my thyroid which led to it over functioning. This caused Graves Disease, which they tested for using a radioactive iodine tablet. During both pregnancies, I had to take anticoagulants because I had a blood clot during my first pregnancy. During the last two years, I was finally diagnosed correctly with ADD. I take Adderall and a side effect is hair loss. My thyroid has been functioning normally for over seven years. However, my body and its natural processes have gone through quite a lot in the last decade.
The hair on my head is where these changes are most evident. I have alopecia, male pattern baldness, in the top of my head. I also have severely thin patches along the side of my head. A friend of mine, who is a doctor, recommended that I take biotin. I initially did not take it I a high enough dose, or perhaps not regularly enough. I saw no results, and stopped taking it. It seemed as during the last six months the baldness in the top was getting worse. My hair did not appear to be growing at all, especially where the sides were bare.
I started taking 1000 mcg (1mg) of biotin. In a couple of days, I could feel stubble from the hair follicles. My hair is thickening and the top even has hair. Though it is still very thin on top, it has only been a couple of weeks. If it does not grow in completely, the front is growing well enough that it will be able to cover up the baldness on top. The bald patches on the sides have also filled in. I looked up biotin toxicity. The information that I found on the Internet was that toxicity is relatively low for biotin. You might want to do your own research on the safe dosages. But, biotin definitely helps grow hair.
I routinely advocate nourishing the entire child. Our children often follow our leads, not our words. So, as part of our whole child mix, I sometimes serve up recipes for healthy parents. Nutrition, exercise, sleep and physical fitness are good ingredients to support everyone’s mental capacity. This being the start of a new year, I know many parents have committed to fitness and healthy weight loss.
This year I have begun Weight Watchers online. In the last two weeks, I have logged in twice. This is not a commentary on the program or my commitment. I joined during the free registration period for the three month online deal. Given Weight Watchers offers this deal, they not only have a great weight loss program, but good market segmentation. I am in the group that wants to get tasty weight loss recipes with ingredients that can be found at a local Central Market. I want an occasional reminder to drink half my body weight in water and to exercise regularly until it becomes a habit. Plus, I must find out the secrets behind the points system.
Simply put, their recipe secrets include being true to yourself – and eating in moderation. They make recipes and food combinations for regular people. Brown rice carries the same point value as white rice. So, you can use whatever you have in your kitchen, pantry, cupboards, or routinely shop for at a grocery store like Central Market. When I followed In the Kitchen With Rosie: Oprah’s Favorite Recipes, I had to buy items that were not commonplace in my regular recipes. These do not ask for fresh chervil, white pepper, shallots or dry sherry. One could easily find these foods at Central Market. But, most people do not cook with them, not even us foodies who crave fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and love a mouthwatering recipe.
The program offers tasty weight loss recipes. However, let’s be real. They are still weight loss recipes. When one is used to making chocolate chip cookies using half of a stick to a whole stick of butter, putting in two tablespoons of butter can leave a digestive feeling that something is missing. So, at Central Market, whole wheat flour or spelt flour added to the recipe makes the cookies a littler heartier and healthier. Weight Watcher’s South-of-the-Border Chicken Soup (aka chicken tortilla soup) can also be spiced up at Central Market. Substitute a half cup of chipolte salsa for a cup of regular salsa. Plus, use a fresh tomato from the Central Market produce section instead of the canned diced tomatoes called for in the soup recipe. Whola! With the help of Central Market, tasty weight loss recipes are transformed into lip smacking, tasty weight loss recipes.
Now, you might ask – what is my fascination with Central Market? Well, I look for motivation everywhere. I understand that the more pleasurable a thing is; the more likely you will continue. When you go to Central Market, you are greeted with fresh produce and a store full of products that are common, yet spiced up. It is more than just a shopping trip. It is an experience. Cooking is extremely sensory. Good smells and tastes create memories and comfort for you and your children. Tasty weight loss recipes can help your children develop healthy eating habits that will last them a lifetime. I want to help you enjoy cooking and healthy eating so that you can set a sustainable example. Experiment with ingredients that spice up your weight loss recipes and make them tasty to your family. When you go to the grocery store, pick foods your taste buds enjoy and you will maintain healthy eating habits.
Legos will always be in style. Legos are as well-known as Oprah Winfrey. Who hasn’t heard of a Lego? They are classic toys, present day toys, and will remain one of the educational toys of the future. More Lego pieces have been played than Bill Gates has dollars. Legos do not discriminate; they come in all shapes and colors. They are made of durable long-lasting plastic. These mighty motor skills building toys also build confidence. When children build, they feel a sense of accomplishment. Legos help children develop visual and spatial perception. These colorful building blocks unleash the imaginations of children. They build tall towers, strong forts, beautiful castles, and the best communities in Lego City. Legos develop the best of friends. Social skills and chatter abound while Lego structures are built up from the ground. Legos have done an excellent job of creating pretend play themes. There is the Dinosaur Lego Set, Police Station Lego set, and we cannot forget the Lego Rescue to name a few. Legos change with the times. There are Lego game editions for the Wii and PlayStation and Nintendo DS! The Lego gaming titles are hot and trendy like Star Wars and Harry Potter. As quiet as it is kept, Legos are great stress reducer for adults as they are snapped and unsnapped.
I have believed for years that technology is one of most important aspects of our future. I do not discount music, medicine, gardening, the arts, or math. But, I do not understand how people can be resistant to technology.
I love technology. I certainly have not understood many aspects of it over the years. But, technology has allowed us to accomplish so much that we have taken it for granted. For example, our computers can provide so much functionality like talking on the phone, video conferencing, and watching TV.
Yes, there are some things to be cautious about such as cyber bullying and Internet predators. But, I have focused on the human creative power and endless possibilities.
As I watched the capsule arrive inside the Chilean mine, I could not help but be moved by how much the technology we take for granted has improved our lives. I was fascinated to watch images from a camera positioned more than 2,000 feet below the surface of the earth capture a signal and broadcast it around the world. It was a testament to the human imagination. The fact that I cannot make it happen does not stop me from being able to appreciate how awesome the rescue capsule and images are. Perhaps, had I had a better science and technology education when my mind was fresh, I could produce technical wonders. But, that is not my mission. My purpose is to help advocate for the imaginations and creativity of today’s children.
Inspire a child!
With Christmas around the corner, try finding gifts that will inspire your child’s or grandchild’s imagination. Themed furniture and manipulative toys make excellent gifts. Developing imagination is very important to developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. Pretend play and make-believe brings more smiles on the faces of children than all the other stuff they easily get bored playing once the novelty wears away. Imagination is forever! Building your precious little one’s imagination allows you to buy fun toys that help them with their education.
Watching excited children playing with a princess rocking chair, a pirate ship rocker, or an art center puts a smile on their parents’ and grandparents’ faces. Products like themed children’s furniture help create places that foster imagination.
During imaginative or pretend play, children can form new ideas and put together old ones. They imagine themselves in a range of adventures. While they play, they can sail the ocean sea and discover buried treasure while learning about motion and balance as their tiny pirate ship battles the imaginary waves. They can solve the nation’s problems as the queen on the throne. Their young imaginations think creatively during pretend play and make-believe.
Parents and grandparents can support young children’s academic development by providing rich learning environments filled with children’s themed furniture as well as and sensory auditory, kinesthetic and visual toys. Matching their unique interests builds enthusiastic lifelong learners. Children and students who think creatively develop thought processes that lead to great problem solving skills.
For every skill and concept that a child is asked to master, it should be assessed whether the child can do the basics needed to be successful. Many times people confuse the repeating of memorized facts for actual understanding. For example, a child may be able to repeat that the answer to 2 + 2 is 4 or 5 + 5 equals 10. Yet, this same child has difficulty when asked to add 3 +8 or 13 +9. The problem is the student has been drilled on addition facts but has not been provided ample number sense preparation. The child does not understand one-to-one correspondence and/or grouping. Thus, the student would not understand that the numbers 9 and 13 represent two groups containing 9 individual units in one and 13 individual units in the other. This lack of basic understanding would make it difficult for the child to understand the concept of regrouping necessary to carry the ones into the tens column.
I Learn My Way knows that parents are their child’s first teacher. We believe every child is unique and gifted. We provide parents tools to help their children succeed at each stage of development.
As children move from elementary to middle school, trend lines show this is when cracks in reading and math foundations become pronounced. Consequently, children do not fulfill their potential. Research tells us that children learn best when they are interested and engaged.
I Learn My Way provides learning toys sorted by whether the child is primarily auditory, kinesthetically, or visually stimulated. Our products are further chosen to strengthen underlying developmental components of reading and math such as phonics and number sense.
For children to function at the rigorous levels required in our educational system these days, they must practice. But, that practice need not be repetitive tasks. Our learning products make learning fun and reinforcement engaging and interesting.
I am an action oriented person who has been passionate about education for two decades. I taught at daycare centers in high school. I was a substitute teacher for years during undergraduate and graduate school. I taught eighth grade English for a semester as a long-term substitute. I also taught a dropout prevention alternative high-school diploma program at Austin Community College. While in the graduate school of business, I founded a nonprofit youth organization because I was so alarmed by the lack of intrinsic value for education that I observed in the early 1990s, and that continues today.
I have always believed in the intrinsic value of education – not to pass a test, and not to fulfill a vocation. Every child and person is gifted. Education should help students identify and develop their gifts and use their talents to strengthen subject areas that are more challenging for them. I want young people to learn skills to sustain themselves intellectually, emotionally, and financially in the future. A high-quality education helps students feel secure about their ability to contribute to the world. Under the current education system, we cannot make students confident about their abilities to affect change in their lives. Their progress is not measured based on their achievement, but someone else’s standard. Therefore, I now call myself an education transformer because we need systematic and administration changes.