Overmedicating Our Kids

 

ADHD is quickly becoming an epidemic in our society. In every school in every city of the united states you will find numerous children taking daily medication to “control their behavior”. This act is completely insane! What happened to the days when kids were kids and were allowed to be just that? Our society is heading to a day when our children will be turned into mindless robots in the name of order.
When I was child we were able to play until mom and dad called us in for dinner. We got into mischief and, I am sure, did alot of things that would now be construed as ADHD behaviors. We were not medicated to make us mind our parents or sit still. I do not know of any kids that have the ability to still and pay attention! That is just the way kids are. These days though , you can look around the schools and see pairs of zombied eyes staring back at you. Are these children capable of learning in this condition?

When it comes to schools and our children it is out of hand. The teachers in our schools are exercising rights that they do not have regarding our children. Now , I understand that a teacher has alot of responsibility and more than enough students to fill her day and to add an unruly child to the mix makes their job tougher. However , when did it become accepted for our teachers to inform us that they can not teach our children unless they are medicated? If you are going to be a teacher then you should expect to have hyper moments and periods of restlessness. I grant you we do have ADHD children in our schools but nearly as many as are being medicated currently. I feel that our teachers should do the teaching and let the parents make decisions regarding their children.

Doctors are not at all innocent in this ADHD epidemic we are finding ourselves in. I have yet to figure out why but doctors are jumping on the medication bandwagon faster than we can blink an eye. As physicians I would expect more from them . It would be a different story if the doctors took the time to actually get to know the children before they make a hurried diagnosis. This is not the case though. In most cases the doctor sees the child for 5-10 minuets gives an ADHD medication or two and sends them on their way. This is criminal in my opinion. The sad fact of the matter is one medication leads to two and two to three and so the vicious cycle begins, and never ends.

It is our jobs as parents to defend our children from this vicious cycle.  We need to wake up and realize that the teachers , school officials and doctors can not make us turn our children into zombies. It is our job discipline our children so that our teachers can teach their classes without excess behaviors that can be cured through parental discipline. It is our job to protect our children from the doctors and heath care professionals that jump into diagnoses without really knowing our children. we are our children’s only advocates.

For my next post, I will be discussing a lighter topic. I am excited to share with you some tips on looking for the best vitamin c serum for face.  Stay tuned in!

Self-Branding

 

In today’s fast paced world, it is often easy to forget about how vital keeping skills outside of our current job marketcare. Barnum once said “Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession…”
In today’s multimedia world, the playing field is different and no trade will help get you by as trades are temporary in nature. Most people are aware of big name brands such as Apple and Coca-Cola. However, a brand does not limit itself to just companies. When done correctly, you can build yourself up to be a brand. What you sell is your reputation and expertise.

Branding Yourself- It is essential for you to stand out from the rest of your competition. Popular options for this include Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. (Benefits of how these websites can be used can be found here.) Popularity has grown so much that songs have been created about them which can be foundhere, here and here.

It is important to be consistent in how you brand yourself as repitition is key to recognition. (Note: How all 3 links use the same profile picture and how they share similiar website links .) If you choose not to brand yourself, remember thatsomeone else will and it might not be in the best light. Alternatively, you may elect to brand yourself through your own website by buying your first and last name from a webhost. By buying through a webhost, you’re eligible to receive a free domain with your purchase.

Branding is not something that will be leaving anytime soon. While generics may have had popularity at one point, people are willing to pay more for brand namesbecause it is associated with quality. How does this apply to you? If you are able to successfully create a brand for yourself, people are more likely to seek your help on a particular subject matter or theme.

However, branding yourself cannot be done overnight. It involves commitment, adaptability and a willingness to keep on learning. In order to properly brand oneself, one must focus in on a niche market is and who their target audience is.

There are many ways which can be used to help brand yourself. These ways include, but are not limited to:
1. Give people a reason to talk about you in a positive light.
2. Participate in anything that will get you noticed.
3. Post presentations that you’ve given by publishing them on a blog, LinkedIn, or Facebook.
4. Create a Facebook Fan Page or group about your niche.
5. Be helpful by exchanging links that others will enjoy and be of benefit.
6. Leave thought-provoking or insightful posts on other blogs.
7. Consider the use of a consistent headshot photo that will allow your audience to connect with you.
8. Join brand-related groups on social media sites such as groups in LinkedIn and partake in discussion forums.
9. Put your signature in your e-mail and forum as well as on Skype.
10.Makie yourself easy to get a hold of via Twitter, Skype, Facebook and other forms of internet communications.
11. Get your water bottles custom label

(For more tips on how you can brand yourself, click here.)

Ken Rockwell has been able to figure out what he knows and who he desires his Niche Market is. Rockwell owns a site named after himself and has dedicated his time to reviewing digital single len reflex (DSLR) cameras in order to allow those with an interest to get a better understanding on the features of the DSLRs as well as accessories available for the camera. In order to be more affective, Rockwell even shoots the same pictures with different cameras and keys in on the differences between each picture which might not seem all that different at first. Rockwell has been so successful at this that he can support his family through his website. His name has become so synonomous with DSLR camera reviews that even though his webasite his free to access, there are many individuals who have chosen to support him monthly because they believe his reviews have been more helpful than even published books.

Blogging by itself is not enough to get your name out there to the general public. One great solution to establish your brand name is to comment on another blogger’s post. You don’t have to agree with the blogger as long as you do so respecfully. By conversing with the audience in this way, more people will have an idea of who you are and you will have a better grasp of how to brand yourself online. Furthermore, your comments help to define you as a brand. The more people trust in you, the more willing they are to believe that what you say matters.

With the art of self-branding, it does not matter who you are or who cares about you. When done correctly, you’ll not only discover who you are but will also make the right people care about who you are opening up a surplus of opportunities just for you.

Web Design Tutorial: Creating Simple CSS Rollovers

One of the greatest things about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) within HTML, is that you can create some interesting effects using simple style sheets and a static HTML web page. When CSS first came out, it’s purpose was only to separate the style of a web page from it’s actual content, making the content more accessible, cleaner and simplified. But, because of the advancement in HTML standards, and the creative individuals who found new ways of utilizing CSS, it is now possible to create drop-down menus, link rollovers, image rollovers and text generating rollovers.

In this tutorial I will describe the process of implementing text and image rollovers within list items using only HTML and CSS. No Javascript will be harmed in this tutorial! If you have no background in CSS, it would be beneficial for you to read my Beginners Guide to CSS

You can also learn more about the CSS list items used within this tutorial in my Guide to CSS and HTML Unordered Lists

First of all I would like to cover some basic background information regarding the accessibility of CSS rollovers. You don’t need to fully understand the following information to use this tutorial, this is just a heads up to help you understand the other ways you may be able to utilize CSS, and assist you in grasping the concepts more fully.

To date, cross-browser rollovers can only be assigned to the link element within your CSS. This is the text/image held within or by the tag.

The examples I am going to use as CSS selectors are called Pseudo-Classes. These selectors are used to add some different and more advanced effects to your HTML web page. You can learn more about all of the Pseudo-Classes and their compatibility at the W3Schools CSS Link

This tutorial is only going to use the Anchor Pseudo class element. Anchor Pseudo class elements can only be used on the ‘a’ element of your CSS, but in CSS2 (which is not currently cross-browser capable), you can use many more selectors as Anchor Pseudo Class elements. Now, on to the tutorial.

1. Create a new HTML document, with all of the necessary DOD, head and body tags.

In this tutorial, we are going to place the CSS code inside the head portion of the document, as opposed to attaching it separately.

2. Start by creating the basic HTML of the list elements that we are going to create rollovers for.
Home
About Us
Products
Contact Us
This is a simple navigation list example, because the majority of rollovers are used for navigation or links. The entire navigation is held within a div container titled “mynavigation.” The ul element is defined by the ID element “navmenu.” The next example has the CSS and it should clarify any confusion that you might have. You can use your imagination through this tutorial if you want to apply rollovers to other ‘a’ elements.

3. Creating the CSS

The styles will go in between the portion of your document.

#mynavigation {

width: 200px;
}

#mynavigation ul {

margin-left: 0;
padding-left: 0;
list-style-type: none;
font-family: verdana;
}

#navmenu a {

display: block;
padding: 3px;
width: 160px;
background-color: #000000;
border-bottom: 1px solid #ffffff;
}

#navmenu a:link, #navmenu a:visited {

color: #ffffff;
text-decoration: none;
}

#navmenu a:hover {

background-color: #D5D0CD;
color: #6D7A73;
}

This is going to create a box, 200px in width around the entire navigation. Each link (between the elements) is displayed as a block, with a background color of black, and text color of white. The rollover state will produce different colors for the background of the block and the text color, shades of grey are used in this example. The Anchor Pseudo-Class elements are

a:link – Applies the style to a link that has not been visited

a:visited – Applies the style to a link that has already been visited

a:hover – This is where your rollover comes in. This style is only applied when the user rolls their mouse over the link.
– This is where your rollover comes in. This style is only applied when the user rolls their mouse over the link.
In this case, when the user rolls over the link with their mouse, the background color of each link and the link text will change color. You can see an example of the two states of the links in the picture supplied. Experiment with different colors, try it for yourself in a simple .txt document or in your favorite web page design software.

This is a basic example of using rollovers to enhance your web page. You can apply these rollovers to any element, and you should experiment with different colors, styles and sizes on your own. On my next blog post, I will be discussing about top digital marketing strategies. Please stay tuned!