Friday, November 28, 2014

Nagging Kids about Homework: Is This Advisable?

It is very tempting to nag your child when he’s not accomplishing all his homework. Before giving in to this temptation, pause for a second and understand that is common among kids to dislike doing homework. Primarily, this is due to the fact that they’ve already stayed long hours in school. They would really want to relax after school and spend their remaining energy on something enjoyable.

Nagging is not the solution to your child’s lack of motivation to accomplish his homework. Why? Nagging puts premium on the value of the homework and not on the value of your child. It may seem that nagging disciplines your child. But the truth is he simply completes his homework so that you can quit nagging him.

Nagging can also conditions your child you not to follow your orders the first time you said them. In effect, he will not do his homework until you remind him about it ten times. Such a situation can also lead to more serious issues like power struggle and irresponsibility.

Instead of nagging, allow natural consequences to happen when he has not done his homework. This will give him a taste of his irresponsibility. If ever he does his homework on time and receives positive consequences from doing so, encourage him to keep up the good work that he has started.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Plaiting Your Horse's Mane - All You Need to Know

Growing up, I have always wanted to own a horse. I got interested in it because I used to help my grandfather groom horses for public ceremonies during holidays. My grandfather and I didn’t get paid much for it. But it gave us the creative satisfaction – from dressing up horses down to quarter marking their rumps.

Plaiting is one of the grooming skills that my grandfather and I have perfected in those early years. Keen to know how this is done properly? Read the following tips.

Prepare your plaiting tools – You will need a mane comb, body brush, elastic bands, hair gel, sponge and water.

Wash your horse’s mane – This is best done a few days before your scheduled plaiting. Apply shampoo and conditioner to avoid flyaways.

Position your horse – Choose a spot where you and your horse will be from distraction. Hang a hay net in front of your horse. This will keep him still. Tie him with a quick-release knot. Stand by the side of the neck where the mane is falls.

Brush the mane – Brushing will get rid of the tangles. Once the mane is untangled, comb it gently into sections. Moisten each section with water.

Plait with elastic bands – Plait each section tightly from the top to the bottom. Use an elastic band to secure each plaited section. Fold the plait twice. Use another elastic band to secure it. Repeat the same process all the way down the neck of your horse.

French braid your horse’s forelock – Do this up to your horse’s nose. Fold it under once done and secure using an elastic band.

Plaits are key in making your horse’s mane more presentable. They train the mane to fall on the preferred side. Moreover, they reveal your horse’s beautiful neck and crest.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Plaiting a Mane