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 How to Stop Your Child From Driving You Crazy

If you have kids, especially teenagers, you will come across situations when you will find your kids driving you crazy. You may feel frustrated and helpless in such situations like many other parents. If you are looking for tips to help change your childrens’ attitude and behavior then look no more because this article gives you tips on how you can stop your children from driving you crazy so you can gain control over them and in your household.

The first thing to note is that if your kid does something that drives you really crazy and makes you angry or upset, do not show your feelings or get angry all of a sudden. If you scold them or get angry, your kids will repeat the same thing again just to drive you crazy. The thing to do is to be patient and learn a simple and effective method of discipline and follow it. These methods do not involve a lot of emotion and talking as talking usually has little effect on kids.

Most parents give up very quickly or get angry if they feel disrespected by their kids. They may also feel that they have wasted a lot of time and energy to change their child. However, that is not the case and as a parent, you should concentrate on improving self-control and remove any anger or stress you feel as a result of your child’s behavior. This is the best parenting advice you will find anywhere because if you expose your emotional reaction to your child, it shows that your child is in charge. By exercising self control, you will make sure that you are in control of the situation, and only then will you be able to do something about your child’s behavior.

Some parents resort to spanking and yelling when their kids drive them crazy. This is again a wrong approach as it will only lead your child to be more moody and hyper sensitive, leading to even more irrational thinking and behavior. Children usually show mood swings and a change in their attitudes and behavior when they feel that they have been disrespected in any way. Usually kids between the ages of 7 years to 14 years are more likely to show mood swings and a change in behavior, so the earlier you and your child learn to deal with mood swings and changes in behavior; the better it would be for you and your child.

So if you are dealing with out of control teenagers or pre-teens, go for cut-to-the-chase parenting strategies which work immediately instead of spending months and years dealing with your kids. These strategies work with all kinds of annoying kids, whether they argue with you or other adults, show their temper and mood swings, refuse to obey orders and follow rules or regulations or simply annoy other people deliberately. By dealing with the situations appropriately, you will reduce parent-child conflicts and lead to a healthy and friendly relationship with your children.

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Bottle Snugglers™ Take the Stress out of Baby’s Feeding Time

- Florida mom loved the product so much she bought the company to give it new life-

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

June 25, 2009

Contact:  Jennifer Marko , Bottle Snugglers, 904-813-8000 ,                                                         

JACKSONVILLE , FL –Just when your baby starts to peacefully take her bottle, the doorbell rings, another child needs your help, or you just want to have a bite of your well-deserved lunch.  Until now, trying to accomplish any of these tasks would take away bonding time with baby or cause frustration for the caregiver.  A new product promises to give caregivers back that one coveted free hand, all without disturbing valuable time with baby.  

Bottle Snugglers Feeding Time Helpers are plush stuffed animals designed to hold baby’s bottle at the same angle as Mom’s hand.  The wide animal base, which is available in puppy, teddy bear, cow or pig styles, sits on baby’s tummy as Mom holds her.  Then, the bottle is inserted into a soft, velour-covered elastic band, and the band is attached to the base with hook and loop fasteners at a customized angle for any baby.  Now, baby is happily having lunch, and Mom has one hand free to deal with whatever comes her way.   

The product was on the market briefly under another name, when it got the attention of a Jacksonville , Florida couple looking for a helping hand during their baby’s feeding time.  It worked so well and was admired by so many other parents that Jennifer and Adam Marko decided to buy the company.  “Like many other parents, we had tried propping the bottle under our chins or on a blanket, but that wasn’t practical,” said Jennifer Marko, President of Marko Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Bottle Snugglers.  “We thought that someone surely had invented something to help with this need, but when I ordered several different products, Bottle Snugglers were the only ones that actually worked,” she said.  

Both Jennifer and Adam have backgrounds in advertising, marketing and public relations, and

they saw a need in the infant market that wasn’t being filled. So they bought the company, gave the image a makeover, and re-launched bottle Snugglers in November of 2008.

“The reactions of people who saw us using the Bottle Snuggler were hard to ignore,” Marko Holdings, Inc., C.E.O. Adam Marko added.  “We heard so many grandparents saying they wished it was available when they had babies and from new parents who were surprised there was actually a product to help with feeding.  That showed us that there was a true need, especially with parents of multiples,” he said.  

Bottle Snugglers are now available online and are being picked up by retailers across the U.S.   A television campaign is planned for summer of 2009, and sales have increased each month since the launch of the company’s new website earlier this year.  Currently, Bottle Snugglers are the only product for Marko Holdings, Inc., but the owners have plans to expand the line in the coming years.  

Marko Holdings, Inc., is a Jacksonville, Florida-based company, which produces and sells

Bottle Snugglers Feeding Time Helpers.  Visit us online at,

or call 1-800-385-SNUG.  


It's not always easy to sit down with your family for dinner—soccer practice, jobs, and homework sometimes get in the way. But studies show that it's worth the effort. Children who eat dinner with their families have healthier diets, greater emotional stability, and better grades. Plus, sitting down to dinner together is a great way to keep the lines of communication open.

    Here are a few tips for making the most of family dinners:

Establish a routine.

And stick to it. Let your family decide how many meals to share each week, and then agree to avoid other commitments and appointments on those nights.

Involve your children.

Even the smallest kids can fold napkins or put a fork by each plate. And be sure to encourage them to help clean up, as well.

Please their palates.

Try to make delicious and nutritious meals the whole family will enjoy. If you know someone might not enjoy the "main course," try to serve a popular side dish.

Eliminate distractions.

Make it a rule to leave the TV off and let the answering machine or voice mail pick up the phone.

Get the conversation started.

Think of questions to get your kids talking about their days:

  • What was the funniest thing you heard today?

  • What was the most amazing thing you learned today?

Keep it positive.

This isn't the best time to discuss issues that could turn into an argument. And remember, spills happen! So don't let a little accident spoil the mood.

Remember, family meals may be some trouble at first, but soon you'll find you won't want to give them up. Years from now, you'll be glad you didn't!

Soldier’s Wife Becomes First Military Spouse Naturalized Overseas

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June  2008 – Zita Chouchan, the wife of a U.S. Army soldier, became a citizen of the United States on May 29 at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, in the first overseas naturalization ceremony for a military spouse.

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Jonathan Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, poses with Army Sgt. 1st Class Lom Chouchan, Zita Chouchan, and the couple’s children, Atilla and Eva, at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29, 2008. Zita Chouchan took her citizenship oath as the first military spouse living overseas to become a naturalized U.S. citizen under a newly enacted law. Photo courtesy of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  
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Jonathan Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the ceremony, which also included 20 soldiers stationed throughout Germany and Kosovo.

"This week, as we observe Memorial Day, we take time to reflect upon the sacrifices our military and their families make to defend the freedoms America offers," Scharfen said. "Words cannot express our profound appreciation for the honorable service you provide. You make us proud to be Americans."

In her letter to USCIS seeking the opportunity to conduct her naturalization process and ceremony overseas, Chouchan said, "I'm very proud. … Not everyone has earned the right to be called a military spouse."

When President Bush signed the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act into law in January, portions of the Immigration and Nationality Act changed to allow certain military spouses to naturalize overseas where they are stationed. Before then, spouses could naturalize only while physically within the United States.

Chouchan’s husband, Army Sgt. 1st Class Lom Chouchan, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995. His family fled their native Cambodia in the 1970s, spending the next five years in a refugee camp before a Toledo, Ohio, family sponsored them as immigrants in the United States. His family later moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he graduated from high school before joining the Army.

(From a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services news release.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution image Zita Chouchan, the first military spouse to become a naturalized U.S. citizen overseas, accepts congratulations from Jonathan Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Kristina Carty-Pratt, director of the USCIS field office in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29, 2008. Photo courtesy of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  
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Army Children Launch Communication Web Site

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April  2008 Children of U.S. soldiers spearheaded a project to launch a Web site that enables Army youth around the world to communicate with each other.

The "Real Teens Connected" Web site, which went live this winter, is a product of the Army's Child and Youth Services Army Teen Panel, and is geared toward teenagers 13-18 years old. The site offers a variety of services to all Army-affiliated youth, including news updates, relocation information and stories written by Army kids.

"Kids want to connect with other kids who are in like situations," Pamela "PK" Tomlinson, deputy director of the Army's Child and Youth Services, said. "The idea was a Web site that would focus on linking all teens, regardless of military component, in a venue they are all familiar with and like to use, which is the Internet."

A secure online chat room and bulletin board will soon be added. "The reason we wanted to incorporate a secure chat room and a bulletin board is to create a safe site where the teens can talk to each other," said Donna McGrath, a sports and fitness program manager for the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center and senior adult adviser for the Army Teen Panel.

The Web site will allow the teens to express "what it's like to be the child of a military person, and just talk about what's going on with them," McGrath said. "It is absolutely youth led."

The idea for the Web site was spawned when Army Teen Panel members came together and realized they needed a way to better communicate with each other. After determining the Internet was the best method to do this, they brought the idea to the adults, Tomlinson said.

After the adults agreed about the merits of the project, the teens created a mission statement and marketing plan and designed the registration process, she said.

"It's a youth-generated, adult-mentored process that the Army Teen Panel undertook over a period of little less than a year - to develop and come up with a marketing plan and talk about goals and objectives," Tomlinson said.

The panel is a group of teens who meet twice a year to discuss concerns that affect Army youth and work on projects to help resolve these concerns. Members of the panel come from active, Reserve and Guard families, and each command and national region comprises the membership, Tomlinson said.

The Real Teens Connected project had a "soft launch" at this year's Army Family Action Plan Conference in January, she said, and will be rolled out with more fanfare this month, which is designated as the Month of the Military Child.

The Real Teens Connected Web page is hosted through the Boys and Girls Club of America YouthNet Web site, -- first-time users must register there before accessing the Real Teen Connected page. Returning users then just click on the "Army Teens" menu tab and type their user name and password to enter. Eligible youths must also have an Army Knowledge Online account that is sponsored through a parent or guardian.

The goal is to have 18,000 kids register on the Web site over the next six months and to eventually move the site up to the Defense Department level, where children of all services and DoD civilians can communicate, Tomlinson said.

"Needless to say, we're very excited about this program," Tomlinson said. "These teenagers are really phenomenal kids."

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Military Wives Flock to Internet for Help with Mass Deployments


     VIRTUAL REALITY – As tens of thousands and active duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers deploy to the Middle East , their wives are turning to for help in coping with marital separation, single-parenting and financial hardship.

American Communities Battle to Help Military Families


Operation Homefront brings peace of mind to servicemembers deployed to Middle East


     SAN DIEGO, CA – As tens of thousands of troops deploy from this and other military towns across the United States, their friends and neighbors down the street are joining together to help the families left behind by deployed servicemembers.


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Teen Site

Careers for Teens

Kids Health

My Future
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Young Investor

Youth Discovery Channel -- Kid's 

 Halloween at babystyle

Children's Financial/Allowance Site

Teen Site

Walt Disney Channel

Childcare Locator

Youth, Children, Family, Education Research

Child Support Central


Kids Educational World

Children's Financial/Allowance Site


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