Category: Life

Top Ways Sickness Gets Spread in Elementary School

Unlike adults, children have a weaker immune system and are more susceptible to germs. This reality is compounded by the fact that they have to attend elementary schools where they come into close contact with their classmates. Add that to the fact that they have germy habits like sticking strange objects into their mouths or chewing their learning materials (books, toys, and stationaries). Illnesses can spread faster for this age group because of a number of factors:

Failure to wash hands

Washing hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of illnesses. Unfortunately, most children fail to perform this simple task after coming into contact with germs. At a younger age, most school kids fail to understand the importance of washing their hands after sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching learning tools like toys.

Most children get colds by rubbing their eyes or nose with the same hands that have the cold germs – because they fail to wash their hands. In fact, WebMD has estimated that the average American child contracts six to ten colds a year. Based on the same findings, children’s colds cause missed school days and more doctor visits than any other condition.

Direct Contact

For younger kids, it is almost impossible to avoid touching their friend’s body (face, eyes, nose, or ears). This kind of contact makes it easier for germs to be passed from one child to another through the access points. An infected child may acquire a bacteria or virus after wiping the nose or sneezing. If that child comes into contact with another, it is possible for the virus to be transmitted. The next child will then be affected if he or she touches other body parts like the mouth, nose, or eyes. In addition, some viruses can remain on objects like toys or surfaces like doorknobs, and may similarly be passed on to the next child.

Lice infestation

The US CDC has estimated that 6 to 12 million infestations occur every year among children ages 3 to 11 in the United States. Worse, another study has revealed that certain lice are resistant to over-the-counter drugs: a confirmation that infestations need to be taken seriously. Lice find a better breeding ground when children are crowded together because they can easily travel from one child to another. A good example is head lice, which can easily be transmitted when two children play with their heads close together. Lice may cause intense itching of the neck, scalp, or the area behind the ears. Intense scratching may cause other infections like enlarged neck nodes, hives, or scalp scabs. Sometimes your only option is to hire a local lice removal service. A lot of them use all natural products and can you give you their guarantee, like the one we near us in Las Vegas.

Lack of proper cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of surfaces

Failure to properly clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces exposes children to various infectious diseases. Some elementary schools fail to perform regular cleaning on their surfaces and continue to expose kids to several infections. Even though cleaning may take place, failure to apply a disinfectant or sanitizer will not do much when trying to eliminate germs. Even though cleaning may not kill bacteria, it removes them and lowers their numbers. Therefore, any surface that soils on a regular basis needs cleaning to free it from pathogens. After the cleaning, sanitizing should follow to eliminate most of the germs.

Inhaling ‘contaminated’ air

Some diseases can be spread by bacteria that live in the airways. These kinds of germs are easily transferred from the mouth or nose and can be inhaled by other children. In some cases, an infection can also be spread through a droplet that is expelled by an infected child. Examples of sicknesses that can be spread this way include common cold, mumps, and influenza among others. This method of transmission is common when children inhale air that is ‘contaminated’ and eventually contract an illness.


When you factor in how much time your child can waste due to illnesses, you will understand that it is better to watch out for these problems.

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My Favorite Things to Do Around Town

New York City is pregnant with pristine places to go to. Bars, restaurants, parks, and concerts, there will always be a spot for you to have fun, play around, or just relax. Everything that you see in the streets of NYC is something worth seeing. We’ll start with food!

Pizza heaven!
When it comes to eating pizza, Di Fara Pizza is my top favorite. It’s so good, you want to bow down to its maker! Plum tomato, rich mozzarella, sausage, fresh olives and basil leaves, and let’s not forget the all perfect and classic pizza dough. And though having a slice of pizza may be a hike away, a small piece is worth every second to get that gooey, cheesy, and meaty pizza in your mouth!

Talking about the favorite meal of the day? For New Yorkers, it’s always brunch. Bottom brunch in NYC is probably the best meal of everyone in the city. You have got to eat, drink, chit chat with friends, soak in the sun, and pause for a while. It almost feel like the best time of the day.

The Empire State Building
Don’t ever forget this in your list of to go tos and to dos. Every insider knows this and you should trust what they say. It is open all year round and the last tickets are up until 11:25 PM. The history itself of The Empire State Building is already heart capturing, add to that is its grand and glorious built that is worth your every penny. Ticket rates range from $22 to $45. Expect that there will always be a line starting at 8:30 am but I can guarantee you that your visit to NYC is never complete without you going to the top of this building. And for an additional $15, you can have a more intimate place on the observation deck.

Central Park
This one is on top of my priority and favorite places to recommend for everyone to go to. If you think that NYC is always about premium price tags, the Central Park is a place that tells you that happiness is free indeed. Visitors and locals often travel this park to relax their minds, to exercise, to meet friends, and enjoy family day. This is the perfect place to make up for your missed outing you have promised your child.

Bike the Big Apple
If you want to get to know more about NYC, you can dig deeper into its history and scenic hideaways through guided bike tours. In this way, you’ll get to exercise, make more “fit and healthy” friends, and get intimate with the wonders of the city.


There is just one fluff about being a New Yorker and having been living in the city for almost of your life—and that is to forget that NYC is an amazing little planet. Sometimes, your eyes might not appreciate these attractions anymore; thus for us New Yorkers, it is best to keep in mind not to get lost in a day. Remind yourself that you are in NYC and that it is still one of the best places to explore.

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Good Characteristics This City Will Teach You

New York City is one of the most advanced places in the planet. With it comes the most advanced technologies, way of living, jobs and business, as well as crimes, and health diseases. Living here is extreme. You need to be one of the toughest and smartest persons in order to survive. Thus, in this city where just about anything happens, can come a person with good character that makes a perfect leader.

New Yorkers, even at a young age, have already understood and accepted the diversity in people. That everyone has their own story and decision in life. That everyone has their own label, but you should not make the label be your guide to accepting or rejecting someone. Black or white, male or female, transgender or bisexual, New Yorkers don’t make labels a big deal. In fact, they are the ones you see in the forefront of a campaign to support equality and anti-racism.
A true New Yorker knows that NYC is a rude place to live in, same goes to the people. People are rude. But a true New Yorker is unaffected by this fact; he sees the insolence, but instead takes action to make the world a better place to live in.

You learn that it’s okay to be alone
NYC is crowded with people. Everywhere you go, there will always be some hundreds of New Yorkers and travelers packed in an area. And though you are surrounded by this crowd, you feel alone because everyone is busy. They are busy with their hectic schedules. Everyone is going to and from the streets and buses. And even the streets are busy. But it’s okay. At a very young age, your parents have probably taught you how to be independent. How to go to school and commute all alone. How to walk the streets and read signs by yourself. You learn that being alone is no big deal. Thus, you can survive even without anyone to share life with.

You’ll be tough
New York City is not for the faint hearted. Either it will brave you up or throw you down. It is a world of competition. Where everyone is competing with each other. Where 24-hours feels like four hours. And even balancing work and life has become work itself that needs to be surpassed. At a very young age, you’ll learn how to build yourself—from your personal life to professional life. And in this way, wherever you may be, you know for yourself that you’ll survive. Because you have been through hell and you’ve made your way to a heavenly condition.

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The Effects of Growing Up in New York

Growing up in New York City has both negative and positive effects on the behavior and perspective of an individual. But I must say that you would be thanking NYC for honing you to become a better, more prepared person especially with today’s high speed modern changes in the world’s economy and society.

You learn to become independent at a very young age.
There are long commutes to go to school at the age of 10. Yes, a New Yorker has already learned the art of going to and from the school without parental supervision. For most cities and countries, letting your kids roam around all alone is illegal and dangerous. But in NYC, kids are taught to become independent and aware of the people and surrounding they are passing by. In this way, kids in the city are more able to follow directions and even improve cognitive skills by not having to depend on their parents for everything.
New Yorkers hate people who complain about how hard commuting is because they have been doing it since they were kids. They know exactly the ins and outs of long commutes. In their mind, they evaluate the distance to where they are heading. They know how to read directions and know safety precautions whenever there is danger.

You have better social skills than others who didn’t live in NYC
Thanks to parents and guardians who lived most of their lives in NYC, they know that the key to prepare a child in his or her professional life is to improve social skills. Most New Yorkers are adept with interacting to different types of people and taking leadership roles. They are the ones you see in stages and in the forefront of a campaign or business endeavor. They are never afraid to speak their minds and they take action immediately. They don’t hesitate to do what’s necessary. And the best part is, they are not good at making you feel uncomfortable with your own skin.

You don’t care about labels
New Yorkers are one of the people who support gender equality. They don’t care whether you are black, white, brown, or yellow. They don’t have a hard time accepting you as a person. They would even help you be accepted by the society by organizing campaigns that support anti-racial activities and gender equality.  So whatever it is that you want to be in life, you can get by most of the time with a New Yorker. It is already in their system that everyone’s decision in life should be respected; thus, it is just plain normal that you don’t feel uncomfortable with them.

You take action to make the world a better place to live in
New Yorkers have seen everything the world has to offer; be it good or bad. They live in a city pregnant with advanced technologies, modern facilities, high-paying jobs, homeless people, heinous crimes, and social and political issues. With all these in their daily activities, the youth in NYC easily develops this need for a change, to interact, and to take action.

Today, there are thousands of young New Yorkers leading the world and contributing high-tech and environment-friendly innovations. Seeing the need for a much safer place to live in, these people are oftentimes the ones who would start campaigns and advocacies toward a better future, not just for New Yorkers but for everyone in general.
Though NYC is oftentimes seen as a dangerous, over-populated, and costly place to live in, the effect of all these is that New Yorkers become the best people in the world to get by and to lead the world.

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What to Expect from College Life in New York

New York City may be one of the most intimidating cities in the country, not only for professionals but for students as well. This however does not mean that you have to cower in your dorm room for the rest of your entire college life. One way of beating the pressure is to prepare yourself for the things that you will be meeting during your college life. Although there is no such thing that could ever prepare for what’s to come, having a “heads-up” will certainly help.

The commute
Cabs in New York are really expensive, if you can take the subway, then it would save you more money than taking a cab. The subway is a reliable way of getting around the city. However, you can expect that trains will be late and people do pile up along the way. New York streets are always filled with all sorts of people. There are tourists, the working class, homeless, and street vendors. Make sure that you give time allowance for your commute.

Live with or near friends
Sharing an apartment, if not living with friends in a dorm, is better. It will certainly save you time and money. If you cannot help going out with friends then living with them or near them would be very practical. It would also be advisable if you were located close to your school campus, anywhere near the subway or near food chains. Being close to these locations will be very convenient.

Learn to budget and stick with it
Everything in New York is expensive. If you want to get through the month without burying yourself in debt, then learn to budget. Budget everything and stick with it. With a lot of places to go to, sites to see, things to experience and explore, going over budget is very easy. If you do not learn how to curve your spending habits early on, you might find yourself living on loan and credit.

Know the place well
Navigating the subway can be tricky the first time and Google maps may not be very reliable at times. Making sure you know the easiest route to and from will make it a lot easier for you. If all else fails, taking a cab will be easier as cab drivers know their way around but make sure you have smaller bills with you if you don’t want to get ripped off by the cab driver.

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I’ll Buy My Own Food On Date’s

Financial independence in relationships is a puzzle that remains hard to solve for many people. Women in particular tend to be held in controlling relationships without knowing how to establish their financial independence. Some women would even want to get money so that they leave their husbands. While this may not be the solution to solving the problem you may be facing, you need to find out how you can become independent in finances, and at the same time learn to influence a controlling relationship to become a hospitable relationship. Here are ways to establish your financial independence when in a relationship.

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4 Tips for Starting a City Green & Frugal Lifestyle

In this day and age, people are going green and adopting sustainable trends in lifestyle. Living green can be matched with the idea of simple frugal living. Being frugal isn’t being poor or lacking happiness in life. It implies making wise decisions in spending and living in a style that eliminates wastes. Combining living prudently with living green can bring in a lot of savings and good habits to the family. Here are four ways you can start a green and frugal lifestyle.

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How My Love for Blogging All Started

I have loved writing since I can remember. I have enjoyed writing stories, articles, blogs, whatever came to mind. As a writer in my 20’s, I thought I would take some time and share with you how my love for writing started and increased over the years. Take a look here at how I developed my love for writing and where it has gotten me today.

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