CULINOGRAPHIE

Rants & Raves By Calvin Stevie

The Best Mobile Phone For Kids

As parents, you want to give your child the right mobile phone which makes you easily reach them. Giving them the right mobile phone is like saying that you will always be there for them and that you are just a text or a call away.

Characteristics of a child-friendly mobile phone

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“Get a simple yet creative cell phone for your kids”

To help you quickly decide on what kind of mobile phone to give to your child, here is a list of what to look for:
1. User-friendly – Have you ever remembered how easy it was to use Nokia 3210? The simple scroll up and scroll down buttons and the large icons that occupies the whole screen? Mobiles for kids should be simple and the icons should be large and easily identified, especially for the preschoolers when they are not yet expert readers. They rely mostly on pictures.

2. Size wise – See to it that your child has no difficulty grabbing the phone and that he comfortably hold it while texting or calling.
3. Right price – Most kids are careless with their things. They often forgot what they have on hand when distractions come. So, you do not have to buy them expensive mobile phones.
4. Screening capability – You have to make sure that the cellular phone has software that can screen unfavorable websites.
5. Capture the moment – Kids like to take pictures. This is a kind of learning where they develop how to look at things from different angles.
6. Prepaid – Kids can be forgetful of the bills their parents have to pay for their cell phone usage. Having a prepaid mode of loading or something that gives an alert to them that their usage has gotten too much for a day is advisable.

Recommended mobile phones for kids

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“Easy to hold, small and sturdy phone”

Kids develop at different speeds. These mobile phones are just suggestions which can be appropriate for their age in general. Here is the list of mobile for kids:
1. Nokia 100. This is for younger kids who are not yet exposed to sophisticated mobile phones. This gives them the basic services in colorful picture. The mobile phone itself is also very colorful.
2. Nokia Asha 201. This has a Facebook icon, a couple of games, Music player and a camera to make him capture important events of his life.

3. LG Optimus 3. This is a handy mobile phone which has the sophisticated features of the tablet. Wi-Fi connectivity is available where your kid can download a lot of apps. You just have to install screening software so that he cannot access the wrong sites.
Whenever your kid goes, you can easily access him if he got a mobile phone of his own. Texting and calling are part of their generation. Just monitor closely and install the necessary software to keep them from danger.

Tips on How to Avoid Drama When Breaking up with Someone

Break ups are normal; they are part of life. They are part of growing up. You actually learn the best lessons from experiences that hurt you. Although you can become wiser and more mature after a break up, it also comes with a price that you need to pay. Couples typically go through a lot of drama during a break up. Don’t want to experience this? Read on and find out how to break up with your partner without any drama.

Be clear when stating your feelings

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“Have a good conversation”

For you to have a good closure, make sure to let the person understand that you are clear with your decision. Explain the reasons in a respectful manner; do not talk about flaws in order to avoid conflicts. Also, don’t make use of clichés. It will only worsen the situation.

Avoid false hopes

You do not have to be rude, but you should not also give false hopes. Doing so only makes the person hope that things will be okay later on. Also, false hopes can lead to both of you talking about the subject over and over again. Moving on is just easier when there are no false hopes.

Make the entire process fast

It is essential for you to talk to the person in order to answer questions as well as objections. However, you should be careful not to explain too much. Moreover, discussions should be held in a place where you do not have to stay longer than what is really needed.

Allow each other some space

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“Give some space to get perspective”

Being apart from each other is essential so that both of you can accept the new situation. Try to avoid places where you may bump into each other. Keep distance from the person’s friends and avoid communication through social networks. You do not have to do this for too long. Doing this even for a while will surely help both of you.

Do not talk about being “friends”

Allow time to take its course. It is typical for some people to end up being friends most especially when the relationship ended not because of bad actions. Then again, agreeing to remain friends can just worsen the issue especially when feelings are still present. You may just end up getting back together. It is best that you wait and see what happens. Rushing, in this scenario, can be pretty unfair.
Breaking up is not easy for both parties, but it is typically harder for the person who gets dumped. Controlling the person’s reaction is close to impossible, but you can always make it easier by avoiding drama. Do it in a classy manner so that moving on will be easier for both of you. That way, you can continue living your life and remain happy.

Arguments: Avoiding it Especially at Work


Not all arguments are bad. Some arguments are, in fact, wise and healthy bringing up issues that need to be cleared out in a manner that is not belittling or hurting. Looking at the good side of an argument, no matter how badly it sometimes turns out one still learns a great deal from it.

The better argument is a healthy sharing and exchange of thoughts and opinions; both persons involved in this kind of argument are open to learn something new about the other – winning the argument is seldom the objective. Even friends argue, ending up to become even better friends later on. In a bad argument, pride matters; expect to be insulted and mocked. Some people get into it for the sake of power play; they thrive on seeing others get hurt by their words or actions. People who like to get into bad arguments are undeniably insecure of themselves. You see a lot of these kinds of people at work.
There may be people at work making your life a bit miserable because they seem to always want to pick up a fight or start an argument. These people are difficult to deal with; even affecting your work. The best thing to do is simply avoid getting into an argument with them. Here are a few tips:

1 – Learn to ignore.

“Ignoring the argument”
Your best defense is not always a good defense, but simply ignoring this person who loves to argue all the time. Paying attention to his or her power play will only ignite their feelings. When you show that you’re not interested in whatever they have to say, they won’t have any other reason to continue being arrogant.

2 – See what they are coming from.

Could it be that this person is bearing a personal problem that sometimes even a lame remark is enough to cause him or her rage? We all know how sensitive we could get at times when there is an unresolved personal problem haunting us. If you see this as so, try to be extra understanding and offer your time and self as a brief sounding board. You never know just how much you’ll friend at work will appreciate this.

3 – Set a good example.

Some people you work with will approach you and provoke you to start an argument especially when a bad thing was said against you. Stay grounded and just keep your calm. If you know it to yourself that what is said against you is not true, then you have no reason to be affected in the very least. Letting other people know that no amount of backbiting will falter you is actually setting a good example to them.

3 Tips For A Fast And Effective Habit Disposal

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“Bad habits define your personality”

Habits good or not are always connected to our personality. There are habits that are harmless which wouldn’t hurt your health and lifestyle. But those habits that are hard to stop are those destructive and risky ones which will put you into so much trouble later on in life. Bad habits can be changed no matter how hard it may seem. Whether it is to quit smoking, stop overspending, or being buried in credit card debts, it can be stopped. As Aristotle had once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.”

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“Withdrawal symptoms and effects”

1. Abstinence. Some habit does not need courtship for you to stop it totally. Abstinence is the only approach for habits that threatens your physical well-being such as smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse. The slow process of breaking these kinds of habits is most of the time unsuccessfully. To break it is to completely stop it. It may be harsh for you and tough but remember how bad it might get if you still continue it since that habit had been with years and years already. You might experience withdrawal symptoms so consultation with your doctor is very important.

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“Replace the bad habits with good ones”

2. Replace it with good habits. When you suddenly stop with a habit, there’s a nagging feeling within you that your body is lacking something otherwise empty. For instance, if you have a habit of going shopping every weekend, replace it with something healthier like going to the gym on weekends. Otherwise if you don’t do something on weekends you will go back to your old habit unknowingly. Just don’t leave the space empty. You need to get busy every time so that you will not keep on thinking about what you have given up.
3. Make it simple. A simple rule is easier to follow than the complex ones. It is already hard to break a habit what more to follow the rules on how to break it. Make it simple but just be consistent. For example, if you have a habit of sleeping after eating, your rule must not be to go for a walk after your meal. Consider what will happen if it rains. Instead, try having a rule that is generalized like, do household chores after breakfast, or do grocery after lunch, or so. This way your rule wouldn’t become a headache afterwards.

Quitting is a continuous effort. You simply don’t quit onto something. You need motivation and self-control to make it successful. Bring out all the positive outcomes in your life if you stop those bad habits. Don’t take it negatively. Make your ‘quitting’ on a lighter side and have fun with it. Quitting a habit means you’re free to do of something and most likely you freed up some cash that went along with it. It’s better that you trade your habit with a good one. It is one way to release stress. Most importantly, ditch a habit that you really want to lose.

3 Tips On Repairing Your Bad Credit

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“Is Bad Credit Holding you back?”

Having a bad credit can be one of the most difficult situations to be in. There are so many things that you can’t do when you have a bad credit. You can’t apply for a credit card when you have a bad credit. You can’t even apply for any loan. When you can’t apply for a loan, you’ll not be able to purchase the dream house for you and your family or the car that you have been longing to drive. It is important therefore to repair your bad credit so that you can buy many things again. So that you won’t have a hard time, here are 3 tips that you can follow so that you can repair your bad credit.

Evaluate your financial situation

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“Evaluate your credit balance and debts”

There are many ways to evaluate your financial situation. You can do this on your own or you can consult a debt counselor. You just need to list down all your income as well as all your expenses. From there you can determine if your income is still enough to pay for your needs and your debt. You can also try to get in touch with a debt counselor. They will usually assess your finances and require you to get a credit history. This will help them determine the real cause why you are in debt and once they know it, they can give you advice on what to do next.

Pay your monthly dues on time

– Once you know your financial status, you’ll know what to do next. You can prioritize your expenses according to their needs and their importance. List your expensesaccording to their priority. Expenses that are not that important should no longer be continued. Once you do this, you need to use the money that you have saved to pay your debts. This is the same if you have consulted a debt counselor. They will usually give you advice on what to do and most of the time they will ask you to be disciplined in paying your debts.

Avoid making new debts

– You already have made your budget and have regularly paid your monthly dues. However, you might be tempted to make new debts again. Remember that you are still in the process of paying for your past debts. Making new ones would definitely not help! If you really want to become debt free, pay your past and current bills instead of making new ones. You can make new debts once you have paid the past ones and also when you already have improved your bad credit.

Improving one’s bad credit is not that hard after all. It just needs commitment from the person who has debt and the discipline to pay the monthly dues consistently an on time. If you are one of the many who don’t want to get rid of their debts and don’t know where to start, you can start by reading the tips listed above. You can now get the house that you want and the dream car that you have been looking at after you improve your bad credit.

Arguments: Avoiding it Especially at Work

Not all arguments are bad. Some arguments are, in fact, wise and healthy bringing up issues that need to be cleared out in a manner that is not belittling or hurting. Looking at the good side of an argument, no matter how badly it sometimes turns out one still learns a great deal from it.

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“Avoid this type of situation”

The better argument is a healthy sharing and exchange of thoughts and opinions; both persons involved in this kind of argument are open to learn something new about the other – winning the argument is seldom the objective. Even friends argue, ending up to become even better friends later on. In a bad argument, pride matters; expect to be insulted and mocked. Some people get into it for the sake of power play; they thrive on seeing others get hurt by their words or actions. People who like to get into bad arguments are undeniably insecure of themselves. You see a lot of these kinds of people at work.
There may be people at work making your life a bit miserable because they seem to always want to pick up a fight or start an argument. These people are difficult to deal with; even affecting your work. The best thing to do is simply avoid getting into an argument with them. Here are a few tips:

1 – Learn to ignore.

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“Ignoring the argument”

Your best defense is not always a good defense, but simply ignoring this person who loves to argue all the time. Paying attention to his or her power play will only ignite their feelings. When you show that you’re not interested in whatever they have to say, they won’t have any other reason to continue being arrogant.

2 – See what they are coming from.

Could it be that this person is bearing a personal problem that sometimes even a lame remark is enough to cause him or her rage? We all know how sensitive we could get at times when there is an unresolved personal problem haunting us. If you see this as so, try to be extra understanding and offer your time and self as a brief sounding board. You never know just how much you’ll friend at work will appreciate this.

3 – Set a good example.

Some people you work with will approach you and provoke you to start an argument especially when a bad thing was said against you. Stay grounded and just keep your calm. If you know it to yourself that what is said against you is not true, then you have no reason to be affected in the very least. Letting other people know that no amount of backbiting will falter you is actually setting a good example to them.