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Taking Violin Lesson At Your Home

It is one of parent duty to provide proper education for their children. The best way to do it is by entering them to regular school education or home schooling education. With good education, the children will develop, trained and enhance their knowledge, interest and skill. Therefore they will have better chance to facing and overcome their own future. 

Taking violin lesson 

Beside taking the main course education such as school the children can also taking to many difference course that suits to their interest, talent and skill. For example you can develop your children skill in music by entering them to music course such as violin lesson. There are many good violin tutors that give violin lesson to people who are interested in this instrument. Whether they do an one on one private lesson or with many participants in course.  

Some of them are even use the technology to teach their pupil by using online or violin video lesson. Therefore the hindrance of strict time schedule and distance location are eliminated and people can learn violin at home in their own free time. It takes determination to become eloquent with this music instrument, therefore violin lesson is also a good way to train and build patient, confident and discipline.

7 Lessons Every Nanny Can Borrow from Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins & ChildcareFirst things first: Mary Poppins sets a pretty high bar. Whether you’re talking about the Disney musical from 1964 or the series of books that ran from the 1930s to the 1980s, she’s pretty much the gold standard for a magical childcare character. The movie alone has helped raise several generations; is there anybody who doesn’t know the tune to “A Spoonful of Sugar”?

Beyond all the magic, though, there are some important lessons that non-magical nannies can take away from the story. (For the purposes of the list, we’ll be relying on the Julie Andrews version.) Take a look:

Set clear boundaries.

Mary Poppins was a friend to the children in her care when they didn’t have any, but she was also very clearly in charge. She directed their days and nights, taught them to clean their room and made sure they understood that she had a job to do. When you’re dealing with your own charges, it’s important to make sure they know that, while you can be very friendly, you’re still in a position of authority. You’re there to care for them, and that doesn’t just mean giving comfort and support. It often means looking like the bad guy when it’s time to get work done.

Work with the parents.

On a related note: you’re there to help the family, and that means working with the parents. Mary Poppins provided a bit of a disruption in the Banks household, but her goal wasn’t to undermine their authority; it was to help them grow closer to their children. To that end, it’s important to remember to work with the parents and regularly talk about your goals for discipline, health, education and so on. If you wind up contradicting parental directives — say, if the parents ask you to limit the kids’ TV viewing but you leave the set on all day — you could cause a rift in the family’s relationship and make the children feel confused about whose rules they need to follow.

Stress the importance of education.

Mary Poppins taught her charges how to keep a clean house, cope with life lessons and spell what’s got to be the longest word ever used in a musical. You should do the same (except for the cartoon derby). Talk with the parents about their children’s education and any goals the parents have, and incorporate things like reading and healthy play into your schedule. Take trips to local museums, art fairs and historical sites.

Remember that health is vital.

Treats are well and good — and you should always communicate with the parents about what you are and aren’t allowed to let the kids eat — but, like Mary Poppins, you should remember that an important part of childcare is instilling healthy habits in the children. Healthy snacks, regular exercise, plenty of good playtime, proper amounts of TV, etc.: it all helps underscore how children can learn to take care of themselves. If you’re looking for recipe advice, this gallery from Parenting.com is a great place to start.

Encourage imagination.

This one’s obvious, right? Mary Poppins took her children to magical places, and she encouraged them to get out of the glum day-to-day routines they’d created and see the fun in life. She even had a song about turning chores into games. As you work with children, no matter their age, you should do all you can to encourage them to use their imagination as they work and play. Playing make-believe isn’t just for fun, either. Imagination has been shown to boost social skills, enhance language skills and even help children work through their fears.

Know your role.

At the end of Mary Poppins, Mary leaves. Her time with the family has drawn to a close, and the job she was hired to do has ended. Your job likely won’t be quite like that, but this lesson is really about knowing your role within the household. You’re a professional caregiver, but you’re also there to support the family; you’re devoted to your charges, but you should also be aware enough of your goals and their development to realize when it’s time to move on. Work with the parents to make sure everyone’s needs are being met — yours and theirs — and know that, sooner or later, you’ll be moving on.

Have fun.

As often as possible. Mary’s biggest lesson to her household was about the importance of fun, from energetic and healthy play to building lasting relationships. She was about joy, more than anything else, and that’s a role you’re uniquely qualified to play as a childcare provider. Being a nanny is hard; harder than most people know or could ever guess. But the key to succeeding at it is to have fun doing it, and to take pleasure in the job itself. It’ll rub off on the kids.


4 Ways to Spin a Bad Nanny Job Ending

Nanny JobsEvery nanny job is destined to end at some point. Children age, families need change and sometimes nannies decide it’s time to move on and seek out new opportunities. That’s just the way the industry works. However, just because every job is guaranteed to end doesn’t mean that the end has to be a bad one. It’s almost always possible to end employment on amicable terms, even friendly ones, that can benefit your long-term career goals. Some jobs, though, end badly, whether that means termination, resignation or tension between the nanny and family. If you find yourself struggling with finding a way to put a bad nanny job in context, especially when talking to potential employers about it, consider these methods for putting a positive spin on events.

“We ultimately realized our visions weren’t compatible.”

This is the politest way to say that you and your former employer didn’t get along. There are, of course, a hundred ways this might have played out. Maybe what seemed like a great job at the beginning turned sour when your employer grew more strict and less forgiving of your hours or performance. Maybe there were communication problems that became impossible to solve. Maybe your vision of childcare and discipline didn’t square with the family’s, and you found yourselves on opposite sides of a wall. These and other things can lead to a bad or uncomfortable end for a nanny position, but that doesn’t mean you have to sell it that way. Talk to future employers about why you and your previous employer didn’t see eye to eye, and engage them in a dialogue about goals and best practices. That way you know you’ll be on the same page when you start work.

“The position was a fantastic learning experience.”

This is always true — every job teaches you something, no matter how small the lesson or how briefly you were there — but it’s especially helpful if you’re looking to provide an upbeat context to a job that ended badly. During your interview process, talk to nanny agencies and/or families about what you took away from a job that went south. For instance, if your previous employer grew distant and vague with directions, talk about how much importance you place on open and honest communication between the parent and nanny. If you were fired, this is also a good way to be frank about the method of your departure while simultaneously positioning your exit as a chance to get better at your job. It doesn’t make sense to try and hide the fact that you were fired, if that’s the case. It’s much better to be honest about what happened and use that to demonstrate your willingness to improve.

“Here’s what I’ve learned about myself and my professional goals since then.”

Sometimes there’s no getting around a job you held for just a short while, especially if you’re using a chronological resume that tends to highlight quick jobs or gaps in employment. As such, a great way to give these jobs some heft, especially if they ended on a low note, is to talk about the way they’ve impacted your professional goals and your awareness of how you like to work and what you look for in a hiring family. Remember, a nanny job interview is all about you: who you are and what you can provide. If one of your old jobs ended badly, use that as an opportunity to direct the focus back to your accomplishments and growth.

“Here’s how I want to avoid potentially rocky situations in the future”

Job interviews aren’t just about skills; they’re about fit. You’re interviewing the family as much as they’re interviewing you, so there should be plenty of give and take on both sides. Ask questions about what they’re looking for in a caregiver, and talk frankly about what you learned from bad jobs and what you’d like to see implemented in future ones to avoid those situations. Think of it as a way to set professional boundaries at an early stage.

You will, at some point in your career, deal with a job that goes badly. It’s practically a guaranteed part of every industry. However, that doesn’t mean your career has to be defined by one or two bad experiences. And while you never want to lie about why a job ended badly, with the right perspective and polish every blemish can become a beauty mark.