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Are you a mom? Have you not yet heard of CafeMom? is an online community created especially for moms. Thousands of moms have come together online to swap stories and advice on a huge

cafemom Are you a mom? Have you not yet heard of CafeMom? is an online community created especially for moms. Thousands of moms have come together online to swap stories and advice on a huge range of topics, share photos, and connect with friends. Meet other moms with similar challenges and interests! If you’ve ever felt quite alone in mothering, you can now connect with other moms who feel just like you do, giving each other support and friendship!

CafeMom users each get their own homepage which they can customize to show off their personality. Plus, they can start public or private groups with other moms about common interests. Moms of all ages and beliefs are now meeting, conversing, and having fun at

Mom Groups-
Join and participate in groups pertaining to your interests, get to know other moms experiencing similar situations as yours. The majority of CafeMom moms range in age between 20-40 with kids living at home.

CafeMom Journals-
Now you may be thinking you simply don’t have time to write more blog articles. But wait! What if you were to write small enticing snippets from your blog posts, with links to your main blog, thereby bringing in more traffic to your blog?! Now that’s what I’m talking about!


Since CafeMom’s beta launch in November 2006, has been outpacing a half dozen other competitors in the race to dominate the social networking space for moms and parents. CafeMom is the largest and fastest growing—get in on the action. Get advice and support from moms. Share advice, photos and more.


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Categories: Children, Friendship, Parenting, Relationships, Women

improvegrades-2 A primary responsibility for all parents and guardians is to ensure their children get the best education possible, thereby increasing their children’s chances of leading successful, independent, adult lives. Regardless of what grade level your children are in now, Elementary through High School, there are important steps all parents must take in order to help their children do well in school.

Unfortunately, many parents expect school teachers and school systems to carry the entire responsibility of educating their children, allowing other activities and family matters to supersede this vital area of children’s lives. So, what steps can you take, as the parent or guardian, to better improve your children’s education?

Priorities And Setting Goals-

Communicate to your children the value and importance of working hard each and every day, setting achievable and attainable goals, being sure to lovingly encourage and praise your children for each goal achieved. Some parents have a tendency to criticize and berate their children for grades received, labeling their children as “Stupid”, “Lazy”, and other demeaning names which only create poor self-image. Having high expectations for your children to “do their best in school” can only be accomplished by taking steps to build up your children’s self-confidence. While your son or daughter may be very good in math or spelling, but struggle with reading or biology, be consistent in your praise for their good education skills.

Identify Problem Areas-

If your children exhibit poor performance in studies, observe your children closely and ask them questions to identify problem areas and offer helpful solutions. A few examples of common problems some children have are:

  • Spending too much time on extra-curricular activities
  • Waiting until the last minute to work on homework assignments
  • Difficulty in understanding study material and teacher objectives
  • Slow reading skills or undiagnosed health issues
  • Poor diet and sleep patterns – tired and irritable
  • Difficulty interacting with other children – being bullied at school


Family Routines-

Studies show that parents who create and maintain family routines raise successful students, versus parents that don’t. The study environment is an extremely important aspect of providing your children optimal opportunities for success in school. Where do your children study and complete homework assignments? Consider having your children study and do their homework at a table or desk, rather than curled up on the couch where they are likely to fall asleep. Provide a calm and quiet atmosphere to read or study, without the distractions of a radio or television playing in the background. Make it your family routine that homework assignments must be completed before play time with friends, chores, or other activities.

Provide A Tutor-

There are many benefits to providing your children a Tutor. Providing your child/children a Tutor is an excellent way of showing your children that their education is of vital importance to you, especially if you did not receive optimal education yourself, or you have forgotten portions of subjects your children are currently studying. Opportunities for your children to receive direct, 1-on-1 tutoring, helps alleviates stress and worry for many children, and has been proven to greatly increase grade scores.

Maintain Parent/Teacher Relationship-

When was the last time you attended your children’s P.T.A meeting, or the Parent/Teacher Conference held at your children’s school? Waiting for your children’s school to inform you of how your children are performing or behaving in school, rather than your actively seeking consistent involvement, quickly teaches your children the wrong message. Spend ample time with your child’s teacher, through face-to-face meetings, telephone conversations and email exchanges, keeping yourself informed of your children’s progress at school. Set the right example, get involved.


What Else Does Family Involvement Include?

Family involvement takes into account many things. Read to your child. Have your child read to you. Have your child see you reading. Limit time spent viewing television or playing video games. Take time to do activities together, such as playing cards or board games, gardening, going to the park or zoo. Find opportunities to use fun times as an educational tool for your children’s benefit, as well as your own. It’s never too late to improve your grades.

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One of the key aspects of writing a successful blog is choosing the right niche for your personality and passion. Spending some time reflecting on where you have the most knowledge, experience and expertise, really focusing in and writing about those topics, are key elements to a successful blog.

What are your interests? What are you passionate about? What really “gets your motor running”? Are you interested in the topic? If you are serious about building a successful blog, with an ever-increasing number of subscribers, you must understand that it takes a considerable amount of time and will not likely happen in the short term. Potential subscribers will not be fooled, and will quickly turn and run the other direction if they find you are not serious and passionate about your topics.

This was an area I had initial difficulty with, deciding where to hone in and make a decision about what I would write about in my blog. After carefully following along with a program started by Darren Rowse and Andy Wibbels, I now have the tools I need to further my opportunities at building a successful blog with increasing readership.This program consists of a 6-week course that teaches novice, and experienced bloggers alike, the tools necessary to build a successful, money-making blog, where readers will keep coming back for more.

Week 1 – Quick review of blog basics, functions and definitions. How and why blogs make money. What to consider when choosing a blog tool. Examples of Six Figure Bloggers and the importance of making a “blueprint” towards success.

Week 2 – Choosing a niche. What makes a good niche versus what makes a bad one. How to evaluate possible niches for maximum profitability. Choosing the right niche for your personality and passions.

Week 3 – Mastering Google Adsense. How Adsense works, where best to place ads for maximum clickability, and properly setting up your Adsense account to ensure you get the right ads for your blog.

Week 4 – Explanation of the best Affiliate programs for your niche, proper positioning of affiliate products so they are correctly related to your niche content. How to cultivate partnerships and joint-ventures with other entrepreneurs, and tracking click-throughs and traffic to your affiliates.

Week 5 – How to write content with Keywords, and maximum search engine optimization. Using RSS feeds to create a constant stream of content to your readers. Strategies to create buzz and promotion for your blog. How to track statistics and using them to adjust your site for better performance.

Week 6 – Other revenue building resources to build into your blog. Resources for designers and other geeks to help get you started. And finally, how to replicate your success into an entire empire of successful blogs.

One of my favorite things about this is that Darren Rowse and Andy Wibbels allow for a preview into the course, with full audio coverage, explaining all the details of what the course covers and how new bloggers and those more experienced can be benefited by this course. And an extra plus is being able to listen to Darren Rowse’ accent while speaking. Talk to me, Darren! 😉

Discovering my personal niche, where I have the most knowledge, passion, experience and expertise, opens tremendous opportunities for me to reach a lot of people. My niche is that of Relationships: marriage, friendships, blended families, divorce, single mothers, elderly parents, raising teenagers, joys and heartaches of parenting, and abuse of all types. With a bit of authoritarian religious upbringing thrown in, it offers me a large range of possibilities to keep me writing for many years to come.

Categories: Abuse, Blogging, Children, Dating, Death, Education, Elderly, Family, Friendship, Health, Holidays, Marriage, Parenting, Relationships, Religion, Teenagers, Women – Tags: andy wibbels, build a succesful blog, choosing a blog niche, darren rowse, learning keyword essentials