Home Business Help – The Importance of Time Off

Make sure you balance work and play – take at least one day off a week
Part OneWe have advised people who have a home-based business about organizing their time and space efficiently for maximum use of work time. But there is another factor to be considered, and one that also needs some organizing.To begin with, let’s consider this question: Is it better for a slave to have another master, or to be his/her own master? Answer: It’s a trick question. No one wants to be a slave at all! Please don’t let the fact that you have a home-based business turn you into one.You are already well aware of the down-side of working for someone else at a remote work site. That is why you originally got a home business idea. But now that you are working at home do you sometimes have a feeling of nostalgia for the days when you knew you were at work because you were THERE and knew when you were off-work because you were HOME? Do you get the feeling that whenever you read to your child, or take time to make a pie for your family, or read a book or watch a TV program that you should be working instead? Do you get a nagging feeling of guilt whenever you take time for yourself, or even sleep, that you are losing time from the business?Do you feel pulled into several different directions with each part of your life – family, leisure, creativity, business, spirituality – all pulling at you and demanding that you stop one and do the other? When people get into this kind of dynamic they get to feeling that no matter what they are doing, they should be doing something else. This is a terrible state of affairs, and not what you wanted from your home-based business. If working at home is decreasing, instead of increasing, your peace of mind it is not working for you as it should. Stop creating a new rat race for yourself in which all the rats are you – you can’t win!Once again, a little organizing out of your own experience will solve this problem. After you have worked at your home-based business for a while – say two to three weeks – sit down and take a few minutes to review how long it takes you to do the tasks involved carrying out your business plan. Decide what is the best time of day for you to spend that amount of time. Be absolutely religious about planning in AT LEAST one day TOTALLY OFF per week. Then resolve to spend that amount of time each working day on your business and NO MORE!Yes, we can hear your objections – one of the major points of working from home is the ability to be flexible about time. Yes – and this may sound contradictory at first – it is sometimes necessary to PLAN for flexibility and spontaneity! If something comes up with the family that you want to take advantage of – scrap Plan A for that working day and go to Plan B. Or C. But chances are that if you have no plan at all you will fall into the trap of having no balance at all – it will be all work or all play all the time. Not good.The amount of planning you need to do – and the care with which you need to stick to it – will depend in part on your personality. Being your own boss requires that you get to know yourself very well. Are you the type that will goof off whenever possible and look for any excuse to get away from the computer? (Come one, be honest!) Or are you the type that is driven to work every single minute and resents any “interruptions?” You can see where these questions are going. Learn about yourself and your loved ones and what balance of work and play will maximize your enjoyment of life and make that the essence of your plan.Remember too, that as your business grows you will probably need to revise your plan. If you have been honest with yourself, and have tuned in to signals from the people who matter most to you all along, you will know when it is time to do that.In part two we will explore some ideas that can help you relax and enjoy life as an owner in your home business. You can do it.

Special Education Acronyms – What Do All Those Letters Mean?

Do you sometimes wonder what some of the Acronyms in special education mean? Do the acronyms make your head spin? This article will discuss common special education acronyms and what they mean. This will make it easier for you to actively participate in your child with disabilities education.1. FAPE: stands for Free Appropriate Public Education. Each child has the right under IDEA to receive a free appropriate public education.2. IDEA: stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; which is the federal law that applies to special education.3. IDEA 2004: This is the federal law that was reauthorized in 2004. If you see this in an article, it usually means that something was changed in IDEA, by the reauthorization in 2004.4. LEA: stands for the local educational agency, which is your local school district.5. SEA: stands for the state educational agency, which is your states board of education.6. IEP: stands for the Individual Educational Plan, which must be developed for every child that receives special education services.7. LRE: stands for Least Restrictive Environment. LRE means that children with disabilities need to be educated in the least restrictive environment, in which they can learn. LRE starts at the regular classroom, and becomes more restrictive.8. NCLB: stands for the No Child Left Behind Act.9. IEE’s: stands for an Independent Educational Evaluation. These are initiated and paid for by parents, to help determine their child’s disability or educational needs.10. IEE’s at Public Expense: stands for an IEE where the school district pays for it. There are rules that apply to this, that you must learn before requesting an IEE at public expense. Many special education personnel try and do things that are not allowed under IDEA, so you need to educate yourself.11. ASD: stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder, which some school districts use in their paperwork.12. ADD: stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.13. ADHD: stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.14. PWN: stands for Prior Written Notice. Parents must be given PWN when the school district wants to change things in the child’s IEP. (such as eligibility, change services, refuse to change services etc.).15. ABA: stands for Applied Behavioral Analysis that is an educational treatment for Autism.16. SID: stands for Sensory Integration Disorder. A lot of children with Autism have difficulty with sensory integration.17. SPD: stands for Sensory Processing Disorder which is the same as above, but some people in the special education field, call it different names.By understanding the acronyms used by special education personnel, you can be a better advocate for an appropriate education for your child.

Education Divides Rather Than Unites Society

The quality of education being delivered varies across private and public schools. Private schools being more costly can only be afforded by the relatively affluent class, whereas, public schools aren’t a burden on the wallet and therefore preferred by the common man. Although some public schools do manage to impart education of a high standard, most pale in comparison to private schools. With more funds to invest in the education of its pupils, private schools enjoy a better reputation than public schools. The reputation of the school matters a lot when it comes to college admissions where once again public school students are at a disadvantage.In some developing countries, such as Pakistan and India, women in general and the rural woman in particular, are discouraged from attaining education. Male children are given preference when it comes to sending children to school, particularly if the household has a limited budget. Even educated individuals make such absurd choices and such practices have secluded women not only from schools but also from the workplace.The living conditions of an individual dictate whether he/she would be able to complete his/her education or not. Therefore, for a person, who can not even fulfill his basic necessities attaining education is a much more difficult objective than it is for a person living a relatively luxurious life. Children belonging to such impoverished families find it increasingly difficult to pursue education while trying to earn bread and butter for their families. Most of them are unable to complete their primary education, not because they chose to do so but because circumstances dictated so. In such circumstances education is not assisting such individuals from breaking through the poverty cycle and thus leading to a wider gap between the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated.Education standards also differ across geographical boundaries, across continents and across poles. The West is generally envied by the East for its quality of education, the reason why a number of students from the East choose colleges in the West (only the rich are able to do so). Similarly those living in rural areas do not have access to the same quality of education as those who reside in urban areas. Improvements in technology have to a very limited extent countered this issue. However, the pace at which technology is improving is remarkable and soon enough location would not be an issue.Attaining an education might be a difficult journey for some and indeed for others an impossible one, but education does play a pivotal role in guaranteeing higher chances of employment and better paying jobs. If education is made more accessible and the quality that is imparted more uniform such that the rich are not advantaged and the poor not disadvantaged and that gender does not determine one’s chances of becoming educated and that an individual’s location doesn’t dictate the quality of education he/she is to receive, then only can education unite society.