Whenever something big happens, your children are going to have equally big feelings. They can’t help it, the bigger the occasion, the bigger the emotions. Children anticipate, get excited and feel stress in orders of magnitude more than parents.
Holiday times are stressful times for parents and a lot is going on. Family might be visiting, there might be parties, functions, and other holiday festivities to get excited and over emotional about.
In these kinds of situations, some kind of meltdown or trouble is inevitable. The children get overexcited, stressed, worried, tired or disappointed and tantrums or tears inevitably follow. Collier County family events are often outdoors, which adds extra pressure to the situations. People still disapprove of noisy children, disturbances and any kind of unruly behavior.
Despite this, children need to express their feelings freely and be able to unload the stress and emotion so they can return to functioning normally. Letting them have a good cry, while still maintaining boundaries and limitations is the best way of letting everyone get back to their day.
This kind of experience happens every holiday, or every time something big happens because it has to. Every time emotions or tensions run high they have to be expressed otherwise the child can’t function. They know that perfectly well, yet some people seem to have forgotten that, which is why they disapprove.
Handling a holiday tantrum is much like handling one in a public place. Remove yourself and your child from the situation if you can. Go into the house, another room, a corner, behind a tree or somewhere the proceedings won’t be spoiled or affected by what’s going on. Handle your child with patience and calm, and let them get it out of their system. Maintain discipline if the child really plays up, but again, do it calmly.
They aren’t crying or shouting to show you up or to make a scene, but to offload bad feelings, stress or emotions that have overrun. It’s a release valve for them, something that is going to happen whether you like it or not so learning how to handle it is the best thing you can do for your child.
Family events are okay because the people will know you, and mostly understand. There should also be someone there to offload your own emotions on. Have a good talk, listen or forget about things altogether and let your own pressure drop as the day goes on. Listen to music or watch a movie if there is nobody around to talk to. Anything to reduce pressure and take your mind off whatever is going on.
Handling the situation like a loving, caring parent is the best way to deal with the child, and the family. By being calm, enforcing boundaries and limitations, while making time for the child and helping them through the tears, the bad time should pass much quicker, and with less disruption. Making for a much happier parent, family and child.
Continuing our previous article on how to ensure you get the right tenants. In the previous article we discussed using a rental application form, being aware of the Fair Housing Act, asking for proof of identity and keeping a copy, and doing a background and credit check.
Now we move on to five other tips to protect yourself, and your property from harm. Remember, even Naples luxury rentals or Port Royal rentals are subject to the same problems other properties are.
Check out the previous landlord. If the tenant rented before, talk to the landlord. Not everyone reports problems to the authorities. A quick call to the previous landlord could alert you to problems before they happen. It’s also a good habit to get into as you will be asked to do the same things for other landlords. Build up a rapport with others and you can keep each other appraised of difficult tenants.
Get character references. While it may seem even more troublesome than calling the previous landlord, it’s essential if you want to get as full a picture as possible of your prospective tenants. Make sure you get some character references, then take the time to actually check them. Following up will make sure the ones they gave you are legitimate. Many problem tenants will depend on finding a lazy or busy landlord who will take them at their word. By following up on everything, not only do you show a professional image, you should prevent problems further down the line.
Meet the tenants in person. We all do business over the internet, it’s quick, easy and convenient but there is nothing like a face-to-face meeting. It gives you the opportunity to look them in the eye, and they you. You can quickly get a feeling for them at a meeting and it can often be the beginning of a fruitful relationship. If you have Port Royal homes for rent, then you’re talking significant money. Taking the time to do everything properly will certainly pay off here.
Adhere to the Fair Housing Act. This is a fairly complex act, but one that is easy to follow. All you have to do is ensure you don’t discriminate against anyone due to their color, race, religion or any similar reasons. It is wise to become familiar with the Act so you don’t fall foul when rejecting potential tenants. As long as you’re rejecting them for a legitimate reason you should be okay.
Include a written code of conduct with the lease information. This should show, in plain English what is expected of the tenant, and you regarding the tenancy. It should be as clear and as transparent as possible, and you should get the tenant to sign a copy to say they have read and agreed it.
By following these simple guidelines, any luxury property rental venture you may undertake stands a much better chance of success. By covering yourself and being thorough in your approach you can hopefully avoid all but the most sophisticated troublesome tenants.
A town famous for honouring dead British soldiers returning from Afghanistan reacted defiantly to news that a controversial Islamic group is to march through its streets.
Islam4UK – which calls itself a “platform” for extremist movement al-Muhajiroun – plans to parade through Wootton Bassett, in Wiltshire, in the coming weeks.
The group’s website says the event is being held “not in memory of the occupying and merciless British military” but of the Muslims its says have been “murdered in the name of democracy and freedom”.
Leader Anjem Choudary said the protest, involving 500 people, would be peaceful one, with “symbolic coffins” being carried to honour Muslim victims of the conflict.
But the walk will not coincide with the return of a dead soldier’s body, added Mr Choudary, 42, a former lawyer from east London.
Hundreds of people line the market town’s High Street every week to watch servicemen’s bodies being driven through from RAF Lyneham.
Family and friends of the fallen, shopkeepers, and British Legion members wait in all weathers to pay silent tribute to a cortege of Union flag-draped coffins.
Ex-mayor and councillor Chris Wannell said today: “We don’t do what we do at Wootton Bassett for any political reason at all, but to pay our respects to those who have given their lives for our freedom.
“We are a Christian country and a traditional old English market town who honour very much our Queen and country. We obey the law and pay respects to our servicemen who protect our freedom. If this man has any decency about him he will not hold a march through Wootton Bassett.”
Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (COD4) was the biggest selling game of 2007 and was lavished with numerous year-end awards from many gaming magazines and websites. It broke away from the World War II settings of previous titles in the series, situating itself in modern times. The game brings the same gripping quality and attention to detail that made the earlier titles set at Nazi-occupied Europe a huge critical and commercial success.
COD4 is a military-based first person shooter (FPS), much like the rest of the games in the series. Updated to a modern setting, the game features the same meticulous care that developer Infinity Ward employed in bringing World War II weaponry and environments to its predecessors.
If you’ve played any of the original Call Of Duty titles, getting into the game will be a breeze, as all controls are essentially retained.
In COD4, players fight alongside a team of soldiers. In single-player campaigns, your squad will comprise of AI-controlled characters. Unlike most team shooters, though, you won’t be ordering your soldiers around. They will move from cover to cover, shoot down enemies and clear a room all on their own. The AI is tight and your squadmates will fight like their real, well-trained military counterparts.
A really smart AI for you squad members, though, also means the same for your computer-controlled enemies. The gameplay in COD4 is especially intense because of the resourceful and merciless behavior of your opponents – not to mention their unbelievable numbers. They will flank you, flush you out and keep their cover until they get a clean shot!
Dogs play their parts as dangerous weapons on COD4 and are only after one thing – ripping out your throat. At times, you can end up succumbing to dog attacks while otherwise performing flawlessly against enemy soldiers. You have barely a few seconds to successfully attack any dog that lunges at you before they go for your neck – at which point you’ll be dead in no time.
Bullet physics are especially notable on COD4. When you shoot through a wall, your bullet can go through or stop dead on its tracks. What happens next will depend on various factors, including your distance from the wall, the caliber of your bullet and the substance composition of the objects that you hit. It’s a significant element that can prove indispensable during the single player campaign.
You will need to exercise caution in some levels, where enemies are dressed in similar color schemes as your squad. Friendly fire is part of real-world combat and you will likely end up killing some of your men during these situations.
Plenty of Call of Duty 4 hacks currently exist, each with various uses. With the relative shortness of the single-player campaign though, it might be wise to keep these for gaining an advantage during multiplayer mode. Among the dozens of hacks you can find include a vector aimbot with customizable aim points and keys, a hitbox aimbot which allows you to auto-target specific body parts and limbs, a cheat to make all perks and weapons available to your character and even an Anti-Cheat Proof to ensure your hack-laden character doesn’t get banned.
Single Player Campaign
Moving away from the approach of the older titles in the series, COD4 is fitted with a tight narrative. The story is standard action-fare featuring stolen Russian nuclear warheads and Middle Eastern fundamentalists, woven in a Tom Clancy-like tale. In the story mode, you will shift between several characters taking the perspectives of both British S.A.S and U.S. Marines soldiers. You can move from one character to another between missions, with each shift continuing the storyline’s progression.
Each mission will have a series of objectives that you will need to complete such as arriving at checkpoints, defending an installation or planting explosives in enemy camps. You will be accompanied by a squad of friendly troops that, surprisingly, you will likely end up getting emotionally attached to. Game bonuses can be unlocked by finding laptop computers hidden throughout the campaign.
The multiplayer mode supports up to 18 players on consoles and 32 on the PC. It comes with 16 maps and 13 game variants.
COD 4 adds a twist to class-based multiplayer gameplay. In the game, classes become dynamic and are not used to limit neither your role nor the activities you are able to perform. You’re not gonna be slotted into being a medic or an engineer for the duration of play. What classes do is determine your available starting weapons, along with your best skills (perks), all of which you can use to play whatever part you wish to during combat.
Once you reach level 4, you can even create your own class, along with gaining access to better weapons, accessories and perks. You’ll also be able to play in new challenges – both specific to a weapon and more generic mini-games. Over time, it helps keep the game interesting. Perks can either give you a boost in unique skill sets (like dropping a grenade when you die to take your enemies with you) or allow you access to new explosives (like a bottom-mounted grenade launcher). The unique customization possibilities offered by perks can endow different characters with unique abilities that should prove valuable in many team campaigns. Some perks, when combined correctly, can definitely bring a game to one side’s favor very easily.
Loud, Fast And Tight
COD 4: Modern Warfare is a truly immersive game that can leave you jarred in parts. Combat play is especially loud and in your face, the story is tight and the personalities you encounter throughout the game can feel strangely human. The sounds and visuals of the game do a lot to deliver the truly engaging experience. Though the single player mode may prove too fast-paced for its own good (average game should finish in five hours), the multiplayer delivers enough goods to hook you in for the long haul.
Santa’s reindeer only have to work one night a year, yet they can still let Santa down when he most needs them.
Department store Santa Adrian Reed, 53, a father of three from Estero, was due to visit a children’s home to offer gifts and cheer to children without families of their own when his transport broke down. As usual there wasn’t a cab to be found when you need one, but local limo driver Alan Marshall, 47, came to the rescue.
Having just dropped his client off at the store he saw the disappointed Santa by the road and asked him what was up. Upon hearing the woeful tale of a broken sleigh and the potential of children without their gifts, Alan immediately came to the rescue. He offered the use of his limo to transport Santa to his destination in style.
In an interview after the visit, store Santa Adrian said, “Alan just came over to chat and asked what was wrong. He helped me, and the children out and for that we are all extremely grateful. The Christmas spirit is still strong in some people, and I’m glad I found one when I needed them most. We arrived at the home in style, all the children were gathered outside and cheered when they saw my head out the limo window. It was a great gesture, one that made a real difference to some kids who really need a lift.”
By all accounts the children really did enjoy Santa’s visit, even if he didn’t bring his reindeer with him. A limo is a fitting mode of transport for this season’s most important person. He works all year ensuring all the world’s children are happy with their presents so should be able to sit back and let someone else drive him around.
Alan certainly thinks so. “I was just in the right place at the right time to help out Santa Claus. I couldn’t very well leave him standing there. There are people who count on him to get where he needs to go. I have a little boy of my own and I know he would be distraught if he was expecting to see Santa but he didn’t arrive. You can’t do that kind of thing to kids.”