Grandma, Don’t Make Me Go Back to Day Care

Ryan, my five year old grandson was a very smart little boy. He stayed inside the lines when coloring a picture. He was one of the top students in his kindergarten class. He just couldn’t get the hang of tying his shoes. He walked at 10 months old. When he was one years old, people were amazed by his vocabulary. Why is it so hard for him to learn how to tie his shoes, I wondered, as I tried to show him how it’s done? I looked up and immediately realized his mind was someplace else.
“Ryan, are you paying attention?”
“What did you just learn about tying your shoes?”
“You said to loop something and take it under something else.”
“Okay, Ryan, we’ll try this again tomorrow. I have to get you off to day care.”
“Grandma, I told my mom that I never want to go back to day care.”
“But, why, you’ve always liked going to day care.”
“Not any more. I hate day care and I don’t won’t to go back. You can’t make me; I won’t get out of the car.”
“Okay, Ryan, let’s talk about this.”

So, Ryan and I sat down to discuss why he didn’t want to return to day care and why the sudden change. He always loved day care like Teddy Kids Kinderdagverblijf.

I explained to Ryan that if he could give me a really good reason; that I would not take him to day care. I would call his mom and tell her that he is with me for the day.

Ryan proceeded to tell me a story about this second grader; a new comer to his day care. He only referred to this kid as a second grader. I asked did this second grader have a name. Ryan said I don’t know; it’s just a second grader that always bothers me and bosses me around. I asked what the second grader does.

Ryan quickly answered, ” Everything, that second grader stands over me while I’m doing my home work or playing a game.”

“And grandma”, he added that second grader leans on my shoulder and pulls my hair and plays with my curls. That’s why I told mom to cut my hair short, short, short.”
“Did you ask the second grader not to lean on your shoulder or bother you?”
“Grandma that kid don’t listen to me”

Ryan went on to tell me that when they go out to play he tries to hide from the second grader, but, that second grader always finds him. He said one day he walked really fast in front of all the kids. Ryan said he found a safe spot and dropped down. Ryan said he was so tired because he was walking so fast, he was almost running.
He added, “Grandma, a voice said hello, Ryan.”
Ryan said he looked around and there was that second grader.
He added “everywhere I go that second grader is there bothering me.
Now can I stay with you?”
“Did you talk to the grown ups at day care about the second grader?”
“No, because, they always see that kid bothering me, they don’t do nothing.”
“Have you talked to your mom about the second grader?”
“Yeah, but she didn’t do nothing;”
” Ryan, why don’t I talk to the grown ups at your day care and tell them how you feel about this second grader”
“Okay, but after you talk to them, don’t make me go back to day care.”

It was now too late to take Ryan to day care. He only spent one hour in day care before school. In the mornings, they walked the kids across the field to school and picked them up after school and took them back to day care. I explained to Ryan that I would be taking him directly to school; but after school the day care people would pick him up. And as soon as I got back from my doctor’s appointment; I would be there to talk to the staff and pick him up early. Ryan, did tell me that the kid didn’t go to his school.

Ryan would only refer to this child as the second grader or kid. So I asked, again, if he could tell me the name of the second grader. Again, he said it’s just a second grader. I realized I was not going to get a name out of Ryan. So, I walked him to school. I thought it was strange that his mother or the adults who worked at the day care didn’t look into this, or at least kept the two apart.

After my annual doctor’s appointment; I went directly to the day care, I promised Ryan that I would be there as soon as I could, after three o’clock. Ryan knew how to tell time, so you didn’t keep him waiting when you promised to be there early.

As soon as I walked through the day care door, I saw Ryan sitting at the table with an open book. He didn’t seem to be reading. He had this boring look on his face. There was the second grader he complained about, leaning on his shoulders and playing with the curls on top of his head. He had never been so happy to see me. He looked up and happily exclaimed, “Grandma!” He got up and started walking toward the cupboards to get his belongings. The second grader rushed ahead of him and got Ryan’s backpack and handed it to him.

The second grader was a pretty little girl with beautiful light brown, curly, hair. Ryan asked me to tie his shoes, the cute little girl rushed over to Ryan and tied his shoes while he looked bored and rolled his big eyes around.
The cute, little, girl looked at me with a beautiful smile and said hello, Ryan’s grandma, I’m Ryan’s best friend.

On the way home Ryan said grandma, you didn’t talk to the people about that second grader. I said, that’s because I wanted to talk to you first. I explained to Ryan that the second grader just wanted to be his friend. I told him that I bet if he stopped ignoring her and tried being her friend that she probably won’t bother him as much. I explained to Ryan that this little girl was trying to get his attention because she wanted to be friends.
I said,” I’ll bet if you stopped ignoring her and be a little friendly, she wouldn’t be such a pest.” I told him it would be a good start to learn her name.

Ryan, reluctantly, agreed to give it a try for three days. But he said , “grandma, she has to play with my toys”, Ryan said “I’m not playing with any dolls; that second grader asked me to play dolls with her.” I said, okay, “Tell her you don’t like dolls. Maybe, you can find a game boys and girls like to play.”

I didn’t have to baby sit Ryan for a couple of weeks. My daughter told me that he was doing better at day care. One day she was late getting home from work. I had to pick Ryan up from day care. I heard his laughter as I walked through the door. Ryan and the little girl he always referred to as a second was sitting side by side at the table laughing and playing. He did tell me her name, but, I forgot it. That was three years ago Ryan is now eight years old.

Creating Beauty & Skincare Holiday Gift Baskets for Women


The very best gifts you can give someone, especially the busy modern woman, are gifts that they will use every day no matter what. When thinking about today’s average woman, it becomes obvious what the most treasured, necessary, and useful gift is during the holidays – beauty products! Whether it’s cosmetics, skincare products, or bath and shower goodies, all women can benefit from the world of budget beauty care. Here are some top notch ideas for saving some cash this holiday season, while also pampering the ladies in your life with all the luxuries natural beauty care has to offer.
The Bath amp; Shower Basket

This might be the most cost effective way to make a wonderful collection of holiday gifts for the modern girl of any age. With just a few jars, decorative ribbons, and some good bath salt recipes (As found here, here, here, and here), you can make cute little packages of bath salts to add to a basket of your choice. And that’s just step one! You can also make your own bubble bath, too! Also, you could toss in a loofah and sea sponge with some decoratively placed peppermint candies to create an adorable and irresistible setup that will bring that festive holiday cheer to the face of any female giftee.

The Jolly Java Gift Basket

Around the holidays, coffee can be an even more vital part of your every day routine. It’s a great addition to the beauty and skincare gift basket line up too. Many coffee, mocha, vanilla and chocolate flavored and scented goodies are available in the cosmetics department of many drugstores and department stores. You can pick up some yummy coffee flavored lip gloss, even cosmetics just in the soft brown and beige colors of the world’s favorite caffeinated beverage! You can make your own coffee body scrub at home with a recipe found here, or you could of course buy coffee related and scented bath and shower products at your favorite store. Of course, don’t forget to add a bag of fresh whole or ground coffee beans and some truffles to make this basket of java related goodies a complete success!

The Bath Time Aromatherapy Basket

Nothing is quite as appealing to a hard working modern woman than a relaxing, sweet smelling bubble bath that leaves your skin soft and smooth and your mind calm and collected. You can accompany a few sweetly scented votive candles with similarly scented or themed bath and shower products. You can try mixing bubble bath with shower gel, powders, or bath salts, and you could even add a bar or two of organic vegetable soap to get that naturally smooth and clean feeling for your skin.

The Manicure amp; Pedicure Holiday Basket

Every woman loves to have her hands and feet looking their best. What’s better then a handshake that makes you confident, and a sexy strut in your open toed shoes? It’s very easy to save money on this one by throwing some products in that can help keep your hands and feet smooth, soft, and healthy. You can also add the other essentials, like nail polish remover, a few small colorful bottles of nail polish, base coat and top coat nail paint, and maybe even some of those cute foam toe separators! Of course, throw in some new nail files, cotton balls, and clippers. For the woman that’s particularly self-manicure savvy, try adding some nail rhinestones and other nail art tools to the mix! I suggest you also get some  dermaroller amazon.

The Tea Time Gift Basket

Overlooked but never underestimated, the power of tea for your skin has been known widely for centuries. Adding the many useful benefits of tea to your holiday gifts is ALWAYS a good idea. You can start off with the obvious – perhaps an interesting variety of flavored or rare teabags, maybe even some tins of loose leaf tea. You can put together some products of your own in pretty ribboned jars like bath salts and bubble bath made with all natural green tea, or perhaps head down to your local store to buy some neat tea-related bath and shower products. (There are a ton to choose from, and many of them are very affordable!) There are also inexpensive tea themed shampoos and conditioners that come in holiday travel sizes. Add a few of those to the basket too!

The Christmas Cookie amp; Cosmetics Gift Basket

A favorite part of any family’s holiday tradition is usually eating lots and lots of delicious holiday cookies. The smell of cookies is a common scent in houses around the holidays, and can even be a great idea any time of year. I mean, who doesn’t love cookies all the time, right? Obviously, using cookies as a theme for a tasty and helpful gift basket will make your gift rather well received by whoever is lucky enough to be receiving it. Stick a couple big, soft, wrapped sugar cookies in front of the basket, and fill it with cookie related goodies! You can toss in a few Christmas Cookie scented candles, and of course you can find affordable lip gloss and body lotion with the same favorite holiday scent.

Most of the things I described in this article can be found at any drug store, department store, and even the dollar stores in your area! When the gifts for your special ladies need to be frugal as well as fantastic, beauty items are always the best way to go!

Product Review: M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System


\The M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System is a 2.0 powered speaker set with  immersive sound that includes a built in amplifier and bass woofer in each speaker with the twist of having all the connections and controls on the left speaker.

Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25
Look amp; Feel: 23/25
Features 22/25
How much I enjoy 23/25

Total: 91/100

With computer speakers easily costing over a hundred dollars you can easily see how people can get excited over some great sounding computer speakers for under that triple digit mark. Topping out at just under $100, $89.99 from currently, the M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 is a great sounding speaker set that does put personal sound at your desktop.

M-Audio specializes in all kinds of audio products including monitors(speakers to us non-audiophiles), microphones, keyboards and music related software. The company is well known for its professional quality audio products both in the studio and on stage as well as in the home.

The M-Audio Studiophile line of personal home speakers in the Reference Speaker Systems includes several systems of varying price to satisfy many music fans. The AV 30 is a pair of speakers with built in subwoofers on each speaker that are magnetically shielded and in a tough fiberboard case.

The one difference you notice right out of the box is the left speaker has the main connections and controls with the right speaker only having the connections to the main speaker. The M-Audio AV 30 system comes with the two speakers, a tinned 6 1/2 foot speaker wire, a 1/8 inch stereo to RCA cable, a 1/8 to 1/8 inch stereo cable, power cord, 2 acoustic adhesive pads and a manual.

Setting up your AV 30 speakers is quite easy even without the manual, connect the right speaker with the included speaker wire and plug the unit in using the power cord. Your input goes to the rear RCA connections using either the included cables or your own RCA cables and turn the system on using the rear power button.

The two adhesive pads are for vibration reduction of each speaker and simply stick to the bottom of each speaker creating a nice padded surface for your speakers. The six feet of tinned speaker wire should be plenty for placing the speakers but if you need more you can simply hit a local entertainment department or Radio Shack and purchase a roll.

You can use the speaker system right out of the box with the supplied parts for most applications and the rear of the unit also has the Bass Boost on/off button. Bass Boost is a feature that is nice but you can decide for yourself if you want it according to your personal choice and particular setup.

I am currently trying the system without Bass Boost on my television and enjoy that a little more than having it on for most of the movies I watch. I recently purchased a new 32 inch Vizio television and am using the M-Audio AV 30 as the main speakers without the internal speakers of the television.

The M-Audio works exceptionally well as a medium sized room speaker system for my home entertainment as well as a desktop speaker system for my computer. I have tried various setups and found that the M-Audio speakers are the best setup for my television viewing and will keep them there for now.

The Vizio HDTV and the M-Audio speaker system plays well together with the television being able to control the volume of the speaker set using the remote for the TV. I have tried a few different setups with the new TV and the various speaker systems I have and find that the M-Audio speakers have the best full sound and bass that movies and television require.

The wide variety of audio from standard DVD movies, Blu-ray movies and regular television viewing with the variety of music, voice and effects are all handled well by the Studiophile AV 30 system. Blu-ray movies are especially good on the smaller speaker system and even not having surround sound works pretty well with the full range of the AV 30 speakers.

Using the speakers with the bass boost adds a bit more depth and beat to the bass but for some movies I found that it gets to be a bit too much so I am trying the system with it off for awhile. I have also used the AV 30 in my home office during regular gaming sessions and watching Blu-ray and regular movies which was great for all of them.

I did not have any problems using the AV 30 system and both music and gaming was fantastic even though the system is not surround sound. Gaming was equally as good as music with my current favorite Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with great sounding effects and nice deep bass.

The system does bass as well as higher notes well without any problems and for a system under $100 you could not get much better. This is the best system I have heard from several companies in the price range and I would easily recommend this as a desktop PC speaker system or for a home entertainment system for general television and movie viewing.

As I said earlier I will be using the M-Audio AV 30 system for my television and general movie enjoyment until something comes along in my reviewing that is better but it will probably be something that costs more. The M Audio AV 30 sounds much better than a system that costs what it does and I do highly recommend this if you’re in the market for either a home entertainment or PC speaker system using just two speakers.

What is a CMS? Exploring Content Management Systems


Content Management Systems (to know more about this, check this link:  asp .net cms) are getting a lot of attention lately – and for good reason. Content management systems are used to power many Web sites today. Google CMS or Content Management System and you will find thousands of results.
What is a Content Management System

What is a content management system? A content management system (CMS) is simply a script (or more often a set of scripts) that runs on your web server to manage the content of your site. A CMS can range from a small, very basic script to a large, very complex program that performs more functions than most users will ever need or want.

A CMS may produce a blog-style site or a traditional-style site. Strictly speaking, blog software is not a CMS; however, the lines are blurring on this distinction. Blog software often doubles as a CMS and CMS software often integrates blog functions.

Regardless of the style of site the CMS produces there are several key characteristics of CMS programs. (Note that these characteristics are general distinctions. Some CMS programs may have all of these characteristics while others may not.)
Separation of design and content Dynamic generation of pages Usually uses a database to store content Allow multiple users or authors to contribute to a site Use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor so writers do not need to know HTML Allow users to easily update the site Provide automatic syndication (RSS or Atom) Advantages of Using a CMS
There are many advantages with using a CMS to manage your website. Some of the advantages of using a CMS include:
Updating Content – A CMS makes it easy to update content through a WYSIWYG interface. Changing Layout – A CMS makes it easy to change the layout of the entire site through the use of templates or themes. HTML Not Required – Writers who do not know HTML / XHTML can still easily contribute to the site. Multiple Contributors – Multiple user accounts allow several people to share the work load for managing the site. Menus – Automatic generation of menu links saves time with frequently updated sites. Comments – Integrated commenting or social media functions are included with most CMS programs. Syndication – Automatic RSS feed generation is a standard component of most CMS systems. Planning Ahead – Many CMS programs allow for future publication. The post-date option allows content to be added now but marked for future publication. Disadvantages of Using a CMS
Despite the advantages of using a content management system for your site there are also some disadvantages or drawbacks. Some of these disadvantages include:
Size – Most content management systems are from 2 – 20 MB is size. This can be an issue if you have limited disc space. This is a significant issue if you do not have SSH access to your server (most shared hosting plans do not offer this). FTPing 10 – 20 MB is not a fun project. You can almost guarantee one or more files will be corrupted during the upload process – and good luck figuring out which file is corrupted. Server Load – Content management systems typically generate pages dynamically as they are needed. This means that much more processor time is required for each page to be created than if the web server were to deliver static HTML pages. Security – Obviously some CMS systems have a better track record than others. However, the forums for every CMS system are full of questions about security problems. Some users find their site has been hacked or compromised because of security problems with the CMS system itself; other users find that their site was compromised because of mistakes on their part. Even large, corporate sites have been hacked. Unfortunately, providing users online access to the back-end of the website carries certain security risks and increases the risk of being hacked. Updates – All CMS systems are updated periodically. Some updates are scheduled improvements for new features while others are security updates. This means that you will need to regularly update the back-end to your website. This will involve backing up the data and installing new files. This can quickly become onerous if the updates are frequent and/or if you need to FTP the new files to your server.
Is a CMS the Right Solution
The question of whether a CMS is the right solution for your site can only be answered by you. If your site is small and does not need to be changed too often you are probably best using a static site. The static site is easier to understand and troubleshoot. A static site will also consume considerably less disc space, server time and bandwidth. However, if your site needs to be updated frequently, will contain many articles, or needs to be updated by several people then a CMS will probably be your best option.

Six Sigma Training – Methods and Practice


Six sigma training is a methodology wherein employees at an organization are trained to improve their productivity and work quality (like using personalised diaries from Toad), and also to measure their levels of performance. At the same time, it checks for any faults in the work done and provides ways to correct them. The six sigma training method is aimed at improving any business process that is in existence, through a continuous review and re-structuring program.
The methodology used in six sigma training is referred to as the DMAIC, which stands for: Define the opportunities, Measurement of performance, Analyze the opportunity, Improving the performance, and finally Controlling the performance. In simple terms, six sigma means a typical measure of work quality in any organization, and to move it towards the perfection symbols through continues training. It is a completely data driven structure with a specific methodology used to remove the defects of the reviews. It drives the training course towards six different standard deviations that exist between mean limit and the closest limit to specification.

In a nutshell six sigma training is a systematic and driven understanding of the needs of customers, and using facts, data, and statistics in a strictly disciplined manner to enhance and re-structure the organization. This gives them a chance to get to the customers needs efficiently and effectively. A six sigma training kit will consist of several high quality aspects and issues to be considered. These may be in the form of presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, questionnaires, slide shows, case studies, and the like.

Six sigma training is conducted by experts who have undergone the training themselves. The expertise levels are different based upon the person’s job responsibilities. Some of the levels in six sigma training are yellow belt, green belt and the black belt. The six sigma experts, both Green Belt and Black Belt, have to focus on evaluation of the business processes, and at the same time, work on enhancing the current existing processes. A specialized guideline known as the DFSS or Design for Six Sigma is used by these six sigma experts to create completely new designs and even a totally new business process or a business plan. Using the DFSS system is easier than going ahead and restructuring an existing plan.

The six sigma training process typically integrates the basic techniques and criteria that are used in the regular business days, plus the engineering processes and the company’s statistics. These 3 – business, engineering and statistics – form the basic core elements of the entire six sigma training module. The six sigma training program uses the elements to enhance the process performances, reduce variations in work, and to ensure a consistent process output quality. This in turn will ensure that defects are reduced and the profits, product quality and ultimately even customer satisfaction are maximized.

Many of the modern days Business Process Management initiatives undertaken incorporate the six sigma training structure. They need not compulsorily be related to the manufacturing process. The Six Sigma training modules are used extensively in customer support areas, the call centers, project management teams as well as the supply chain management departments.