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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 4 of 4

Lastly, but certainly not least, is to make sure that the neighborhood that you select is among residents that keep their homes and properties kept up. This is important for your own day to day positive outlook as well as the short term and long term value of your investment. Even if your home is well maintained, if you choose a location where your neighbors let their yards go and do not attend to home upkeep and improvement the same way you do, your home value will suffer for their lack of pride in their home and property. It is also likely to cause turbulence among neighborly relations when there is a disparity between your expectations and the reality of the situation.

In this regard, the Internet can aid you once again. Check out the county auditor’s website to find property values for homes in the area. You’ll be looking for trends within the information where appreciation and depreciation is concerned and to more fully understand the current and projected outlook for property values around your prospective home. This isn’t a step you will want to skip, a home is a large and potentially profitable investment– no one likes to watch their hard earned money go down the tube alongside a failing neighborhood.

Also, properly maintaining your yard and property is important for safety reasons as well as aesthetic value. Intruders look for home that have overgrown shrubs. Make sure you invest in a monitored home security system like the ones offered by ADT.

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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 3 of 4

After you have determined that the neighborhood you are considering purchasing a home in has a healthy number of families and school options that you are able to feel good about, the next element of a good neighborhood that you will want to consider is safety. Thankfully with the online resources that are currently available, this important task is quicker and easier than ever before. You’ll probably want to start by researching the crime rates in the neighborhood as well as gathering information on the number and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders that are in the area. Internet sites like http://www.RegisteredOffendersList.Org, http://www.mapsexoffenders.com, and http://www.NationalAlertRegister.com can help you to accomplish this critical task. You could also subscribe to http://www.neighborhoodscout.com in order to recieve local crime statistics and other data from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department that will help you make an educated and realistic decision as to whether or not the area is the right place for you and your family to make a new home purchase.

Regardless of what you find out, it’s always a good idea to have a professionally monitored home security system installed in your new home. Make sure to use a trusted company that has been around for years such as ADT. The good news is that if you can afford to purchase a home, you are sure to be able to have a great security system installed. ADT offers free installation for new subscribers and advancements in technology have made these types of home alarm systems highly effective as well as highly attainable for just about any budget. You’ll love the added security and peace of mind that a system of this type will be able to offer you and family for years to come.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 2 of 4

Judging whether or not a neighborhood offers enough other families for your family members to interact with is only part of choosing a great neighborhood to purchase a home in. Another very important element when it comes to neighborhood selection is the school district your children will be placed into. This is especially important for families that are planning to send their children into the public school system. If you opt to go with a private school, you will want to go ahead and find one in the area, close enough so that you can provide your child with timely and reliable transportation, that you will be happy with. This should be done even if the prospect of school is still years away for your children. It’s also wise to have more than one good option for your child’s education available in the area just in case your financial situation, your child’s learning needs, or the available of the school or program that you are interested in enrolling your child in happens to change.

One website to check out if you are looking for information on the school systems in particular areas is http://www.Homes.com. They have information regarding the number and type of schools located within a specified zip code, the student population of those schools, and other pertinent information. If you have young children, or may have one in the future, you will also want to look into child care options as well as early learning centers and preschools. More and more parents are discovering the benefits that come from enrolling their young children into educational and social programs prior to kindergarten and you will want to be well versed on your options and alternatives as far as that is concerned. These types of programs should be looked into well before you will require their services as, depending on the area and program, some tend to have extensive waiting lists that can be months or even years long.

Don’t forget about the importance of a good security system in your new home, such as ADT.  To learn about some great packages for protecting you and your family, check out ADT for the best in home security.

Save Green By Going Green At Home This Spring

Pretty much everyone these days understands the importance of protecting our environment and saving energy. With populations continuing to rise around the globe, natural resources dwindling, and entire eco-systems being torn apart, stabilizing our planet needs to be right at the top of every individuals priority list– after all, our future and the future of generations to come depends on it! The biggest obstacles that stand in the way of average person trying to make a difference (or at least trying not to make a negative impact on the planet) are budget constraints and general laziness. Luckily, there are a bunch of ways that you can reduce your home and families eco-print while saving money and energy (which will save you even more money).

You don’t need to install gigantic solar panels on your roof to make your home more energy efficient. There are very minor, low-cost, environmentally sound changes you can gradually make around your house that will really make a difference to your pocketbook and the planet.

Swapping out conventional light bulbs for the compact florescent variety will instantly decrease your lighting’s electricity consumption by 75%. They are significantly more expensive at the time of purchase than regular bulbs but they last much, much longer– years as opposed to months. This makes them a worthwhile change for every household because they don’t need to all be switched over at once. As your normal bulbs burn out, you can replace them with compact florescent ones. Gradually, your lights will get switched over and you will save more and more on your electric bill as well as cutting down on the energy used by your local electric company to generate power.

You can take this one simple step further by purchasing inexpensive timers for your outdoor lights to make sure they aren’t burning power when the lights are not needed. If you do happen to have some room in your budget, and are interested in the benefits of solar panels, they can be bought for significantly less if purchased second-hand.

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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 5 of 5)

15. Don’t force any type of unwanted affection, no matter how harmless it may seem to you. If the child is doing a disruptive behavior try redirecting their intention instead of focusing on the negative action to reduce stress on the chair and further outbursts. Never try to suppress or stop hand flapping, rocking, humming, or other similar behaviors. The children often use these actions in order to calm themselves and make them feel safe and should not be interfered with by anyone other than a parent or trained person. Pay attention to the child’s mannerisms. They will help you to gauge how the child is responding to the current situation and give you signs of when you should try to redirect their attention before an upset occurs.

16. Remember to keep doors closed and a very close eye on special needs children when they are outside. Some autistic children are prone to wandering off and could easily get lost, abducted, or injured.

17. Never be judgmental. Parents of special needs children are often exhausted and still doing the best they can to provide their children with the added care and understanding they need. Telling them about parenting techniques that you use with your children is not as helpful as you might want to believe. What type and combination of rewards and discipline works differs from child to child, especially when they are autistic or have other neurological problems.

You might be surprised to find how little effort goes into being there to lend a helping hand to a family that could use it from time to time. You’ll also more than likely find that the effort and time it does take, is paid for many times over by the rewarding feelings and relationships you will gain in the process.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 4 of 5)

9. Never try to give advice on what they “should” or “should not” do as far as their child is concerned. Parents will almost always know what is best for their child and will almost always be getting decision making assistance from trained therapists and other specialists, regardless of how well intended your attempts may be.

10. When you would like to get together with the family, do it at their home. The child will likely be safer, more comfortable, and if a problem does arise, they will be in a better place to deal with it or end the visit without further complications.

11. If you have extra prepared food, consider dropping off a few portions to save the family some extra effort for an evening. Or simply bring by a batch of cookies when the fancy strikes you, just to brighten up their day.

12. Never try to force an autistic child to do something, go somewhere, or eat something that they are unwilling to do. Many autistic children have a difficult time with some particular places, noises, and/or textures.

13. Try to remember to stay calm around the child at all times. If you would like to give or purchase a gifts for the child, choose more soothing, quieter items rather than noisy toys. Many autistic children are sensitive to sound volume, echoes, and unexpected noises.

14. If you have children, talk with them about what makes the child similar to them, as well as different. Make sure you are giving them factual information and help them to understand ways to interact positively with the child. The child may not like to be touched but may enjoy watching movies with your children very much.

don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 3 of 5)

2. When you are out buying groceries and other household necessities or getting ready to take clothes to the dry cleaners, make a quite call to the family you are trying to assist and ask if they need anything while you’re out. This is especially valuable when the child is preschool aged and home all day because many autistic children have a difficult time dealing with the routine changes, noise, and the general overstimulation associated with shopping and running other errands.

3. Give the parents peace of mind by telling them that they are welcome to use you as their emergency contact in case of accidents or illness. This is especially important to single parents.

4. When possible, offer to help out with lawn work. Some autistic need constant supervision, especially when outdoors, making it very difficult for a parent to find the time to work on the outside of their home while their child is relying on their care.

5. If the family is a neighbor of yours, offer to help out when it’s time to bring groceries in from the car or play with the child until the parent is finished.

6. Help them find ways to become connected with local resources that will assist them in finding the help and support they need.

7. Be a good listener. Sometimes parents just need someone they can trust to talk about the emotions and thoughts that they are coping with or a light break from the sometimes hard to deal with realities of daily life. It’s important that they are allowed the opportunity to still retain a life and identity outside of their role as caretaker.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 2 of 5)

Having a child is hard work. Having a child with a mental or physical disability, especially one as poorly understood as autism, is extremely tiring and very emotionally taxing. Many parents of disabled children find that friends and family members have a difficult time relating to their situation and to their children and often stop visiting or even contacting the family. This can lead to a terrible feeling of isolation at a time when family and friendships are most needed.

Children with autism are often not recognized as being disabled by those around them because there are no visible signs of the disorder. This causes their atypical and often unruly behavior to be seen as a behavioral or parenting problem as opposed to the neurological abnormality that it is. This article is an attempt to help non-affected individuals and families understand ways to make a difference to men and women trying to successfully raise a child or children with autism or other special needs. Many of these suggestions are almost effortless and require a very small amount of your time, yet they can mean the world to a family with a special needs child. My brother is autistic so it is geared more to children with autism although it can serve as a starting point for helping families facing many types of challenges.

1. Children with autism tend to function on quite a bit less sleep than “normal” children. This leads to parents of these children getting less sleep themselves. Stop over when you have an hour to spare so that one or both of the caretakers can have a chance to nap, take a relaxing bath, watch television uninterrupted, read a book, or simple unwind for an little while. This will allow them to recharge their heavily taxed internal batteries.

To be continued!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Being Successful Working At Home (Part 2 of 2)

There are ways to combat this common problem, though. Make sure to bring up what your working hours will be in your family meeting. Stress to them that between those hours you are not to be disturbed except in the case of an emergency. If you have a separate office with a door that can be closed– use it as a visual cue that you are at work and should not be interrupted.

It’s also a good idea to locate your home office as far from family life and activities as possible. A back bedroom is a good option, so is a workable portion of your garage. Try to make your office comfortable while maintaining a professional working atmosphere. If possible steer clear of the kitchen, den, and living room and try not to spend social time in your office. This takes away from the healthy separation between your home life and your working hours that will allow you to function effectively in both roles.

Some parents that work in the home say that they often find themselves distracted by housework and other family needs. Having set work hours are helpful in this situation as well. Another way to reinforce the feeling of an “away” job and the increase in work responsibility it tends to illicit is by treating your home office just like any other office you’ve worked in. Each work day, shower, shave, put on work appropriate clothing, and be in your office ready to work at your set time.

Working at home is many people’s dream environment. This year alone thousands of people will open up a home office in hopes of success. Unfortunately, at lease 25% will fail within the course of the year and have to return to the conventional work force outside of the home.

Your personal level of commitment to your job and your ability to properly manage your time will be the determining factor of whether of not you will be able to succeed. Your family will also be depending on you and learning from your experiences. Don’t forget to balance that with the equally important amount of time that you set aside to spend with them. Work and family can thrive together with the proper planning, communication, and dedication. Good luck!

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.