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Ways to Encourage Your Childs’ Social Development

One of the most prominent issues every parent faces when enrolling their children into a preschool and school is that they will be unable to socially cope with their surroundings. Worst case scenario is that you might overprotect them to a degree where they will be inexperienced to behave within socially expected norms. Nevertheless, try not to force your child to be a perfect description of what socially developed is, as it could prove to be too difficult at times.


Focus On Positive Reinforcement

Children learn by example and if you do not become a good figure to look up to, then they will be insecure on how to behave. Be sure to try and be positive whenever possible and to always give positive feedback to reinforce when proving a point. Avoid yelling and raising your voice as it might be scary and you could cause deeper problems within your child. Instead, always try to talk it over with reason because your kid is capable of understanding what is going on.

Fight Social Anxiety

Being shy and an introvert could be problematic to most children as they will be labelled as a social outcast and it might be difficult for them to grasp how to become sociable. Moreover, in most cases it could be the root for causing social phobia and feeling anxious in stressful situations. If left untreated, your kid could have problems later on as they will be having a hard time fitting into society. Anxiety should be approached with care because in most cases helping could result in the child introverting even more.

Seek the Help of Professionals

More often than not, parents will have a problem detecting that there is something wrong with their child, and without noticing it on time, your kid could suffer greatly. However, if you enrol your child into an early learning centre the staff and professionals will be able to help your kid out by teaching them how to approach social skills. Furthermore, the environment and the constant care will be such that it will help every child overcome their fears and insecurities without any major issues. You have to teach your kid that it will take some time and that with time their social skills will be developed.

Working on Various Levels

Do not only focus on social development to expect your kid to know how to react and behave in society, but, to also know how to cope with empathy, and how to communicate with the world around them. While it is good idea to let your kid spend time with peers, it will not often be the best of methods. Try to spend time together as a family as it will strengthen bonds and ensure that you can give them enough courage to become socially adept handling any kind of situation. Moreover, try to teach them that it is acceptable to make a mistake here and there and that it will not be the end of the world.

Have Fun With Them

In order to create a specific bond with your kid, and to be able to understand them, you will have to focus on having fun together. Not only is it better as you will be able to teach them new skills and help overcome certain difficulties, but, it will be a great chance to meet new friends as well. Nevertheless, throwing a sports party can be a good idea if you want your child to communicate more, and to find new friends. Remember to choose a sport your kid likes, otherwise they might not have fun at all.

Do not try to assume if your kid is developing social skills accordingly as you might end up with a wrong diagnosis that could worsen the situation. Instead, go for the opinion of the professionals who will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do and how to help from then on. Overprotecting your child will only result in shutting them off even more and helping them nurture their anxiety. Try to overcome the difficulties together and always ask your child if there is anything you could do to help.


5 Security Habits Every Freelancer Should Make a Part of Their Lives

I’d like to thank Goalzilla for giving me a platform to talk about an issue that’s very important to me. Goalzilla is an amazing resource for personal and professional development, which is a subject very dear to my heart. For an example of their great work check out Freelancing Your Ticket to the Express Train of Self-Improvement


If your livelihood depends on your online life and accounts, you can’t afford to take any chances with your cybersecurity. Your account passwords and the financial information of your clients are vital to your freelance business, and losing control of your accounts is worse than a store manager leaving the door unlocked. It only takes one cybersecurity mistake to make a negative impact on your career, and I hope to save others from having to learn the hard way.


If you’re using the internet in a productive way, you probably already know the basics such as using the firewall that came with your operating system and acquiring quality anti-virus software, so we’re going to skip those topics and delve a little deeper into ways you can stay one step ahead of hackers when it comes to your online freelancing business.


  1. Use a VPN


A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a cybersecurity must-have. Using one creates a secure tunnel between your device and an offsite secure server which masks your IP address. This means you can use any network safely while remaining anonymous online.


This is especially relevant if you often work in coffee shops or other places with public WiFi. Any network that doesn’t require login credentials poses a huge security risk. Anyone tapped into that network could see what you’re doing as easily as they could eavesdrop on you from the next table in a restaurant.


Luckily, VPNs are incredibly easy to use. Your operating system almost certainly has the ability to use one built into it. All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN service to get access to the app or information necessary to connect. For even more security, you can mandate VPN use by every computer on your home network by installing one directly onto your router.


For more information on using VPNs and reviews of the best services, check out the Secure Thoughts blog.


  1. Use Secure and Varied Passwords


A secure password will include numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters. It will also include symbols if they’re allowed by the service you’re making an account with. Each password should be changed every two months.


Meeting these requirements can make your frequently changing passwords tricky to remember, but you should never write them down. Sometimes we forget it when we talk about cybersecurity, but physical security is just as important. If someone could go through your desk and find a sticky note with all your passwords, you’re not actually secure at all! Instead, a secure password manager such as LastPass can help you save (and automatically fill in!) your passwords without incurring any extra security risks.


  1. Keep Your Software Updated


Successful security is often a matter of staying one step ahead of hackers, so when a company discovers a security breach, they will usually put out a software update. These updates are critical if you’re going to keep your computer safe.


However, before you agree to an update you have to make sure it’s legitimate. Bogus update notifications are a common type of scam, so don’t trust any emails or pop-ups that don’t come from the app itself. Instead, open up the program and look for an update option.


  1. Don’t Trust Questionable Program or Links


This is related to the previous point. Most legitimate companies and services, such as your bank, will contact you through their apps rather than sending you an email. If you get an email that’s purporting to be from your bank or another similar service, sign into the app yourself rather than clicking on any provided link. An email could be a phishing scam that will take you to a fake site and harvest your information. Likewise, never type your credit card information directly into an email. Real companies and organizations will never ask you to do this!


Secondly, only open emails and attachments that you can verify are safe. If the email comes from someone you know but sounds strange, ask the person whether they sent it. Sometimes cybercriminals will hack someone’s email to send out bogus emails and trap others. If you don’t recognize the source, then definitely don’t open it! Report it to your email provider as spam instead and delete it.


Lastly, don’t trust free software. Whether it’s cracked and pirated or offered for free, make sure it’s from a trusted source before you download it. Often these .exe files will come loaded with viruses and malware, and they can sneak around your anti-virus because technically you agreed to download them.


  1. Set a Lock Screen on Your Phone


There is a greater danger of loss or theft with mobile phones than with laptops or desktops, so it’s extra important to keep physical security in mind. Setting a lock screen password that you have to type in to access your phone will ensure that even if the worst happens, a thief couldn’t breach your accounts by simply starting up your phone.



What are you doing to keep your freelance business secure? What will you be doing now that you’ve read this information? Let us know in the comments below!




Freelancing – Your Ticket to the Express Train of Self-Improvement

The world of freelancing isn’t just a dimension where you get to earn some extra cash next to your primary income. It can actually become quite fruitful for your career in several different aspects. Not only do you get a chance to branch out and network with people, as well as to discover more about yourself, you also get to build your skill set and knowledge, and eventually find yourself on the road to self-improvement that you never even imagined was possible by simply venturing out in freelancing.

Here’s how freelancing affects different areas of self-improvement and why it’s good for you and your business.

  1. You Get Better at Your Profession

As you start working as a freelancer, one of the first things you’ll notice about yourself is that you’re constantly working on super-sizing your skills and abilities. As a freelancer, you get the luxury of choosing the projects you work on and this means you’re going to focus a lot on creating high-quality work, instead of automatically putting out content that doesn’t challenge your skills. Working on multiple projects pushes you to work on your talents and abilities, because in essence, you’re getting paid to do just that.

Obviously, you’re catering to your client’s needs, but at the same time, you’re consistently doing your best to excel at what you do, because you know that you depend on the good word of mouth. That’s why as a freelancer, you always work on keeping your skills sharp and on point.

What does this lead to? This ultimately leads to you being highly skilled but also being able to take on projects that are highly paid and more demanding, thus contributing to the benefit of your own brand.

  1. You Create a Brand for Yourself

Ah yes, the brand! As you venture out to work on your own, you stop being just another face in a company. You are the company and you are your own brand. Although in the beginning, you might be just an individual seeking out projects, you still have to portray your abilities in the best way possible and sell those abilities to clients. You can’t rely on your boss to send you clients. You have to be the boss and learn how to do it on your own.

When you’re just starting out this means creating an online portfolio that demonstrates your work, expertise, experience and character. Once you dive deeper into freelancing, you realize that you hold the key to your own success, which includes connecting with the right people, and working on the right projects, thus slowly building a name for yourself.

  1. You Learn to Manage Time Better

Most of the freelancers have a choice when they are going to work. Whether you’re more willing to work during the morning, or late at night, as long as you respect your client’s deadline, you can be as flexible with your time as you want to be. But, the more you get involved with freelancing, you learn how to manage your time better, because you’re trying to earn more by doing multiple projects at the same time.

This requires you to learn discipline, and manage your time and focus appropriately. You’re not restricted to the usual 8-hour shift, yet you still have to think about your needs and your client’s needs and deadlines as well.

  1. You Start Networking Like a Pro

Networking becomes one of the essential parts of your freelancing career because you know you have to, in order to put your work and portfolio out there. When you’re a freelancer, projects don’t come by easily as they would with a regular 9 to 5 job, unless you’re already an established freelancer who has a great reputation and is frequently recommended by former clients.

In all other cases, you have to learn how to network and seek opportunities for yourself. You improve your networking skills, which usually involves improving the way you communicate with others, how you approach them and negotiate with them, which are all important skills to have if you’re working on getting the best out of your career.

  1. You Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Working with different clients on various projects, and potentially for different industries forces you connect with many different business people. This means you’re going to connect with people who have different business tactics and strategies, and you get to learn from them. As you do your part of the job, you get to simultaneously learn through their demands and learn about how they build their brand and company.

Whether you’re planning to stay in freelancing for the rest of your life, or build a brand for yourself, you’re going to need strong business skills and knowledge, and there’s no easier way of gaining that knowledge but through learning from others.

  1. You Discover Your Passion

When working outside of your niche, or trying out different projects and skills, you get to learn a lot about yourself. You get to test out the waters and see what you are really good at. Whether it’s determining which industry you see yourself in, or what particular role you would like to play in that industry, you quickly see what you’re drawn to the most.

Knowing what you’re good at and what really get’s you motivated, is key to building a business in the future. It can mean the difference between doing what you are truly passionate about, or working for a paycheck. As a freelancer, you get to turn your passion into your paycheck.

  1. Your Attitude Improves

Sitting in a cubicle inside of an ordinary office space, usually means you don’t spend a lot of time trying to pitch your ideas to other people and communicate with potential clients. And the truth is, it get’s quite boring, so you end up feeling frustrated and demotivated. This can influence your attitude, mostly in a negative way. You forget how to stay positive, how to communicate and sell your ideas through being confident, polite and professional.

While as a freelancer, you get to change your attitude. As we mentioned above, you’re your own boss. Technically, you work for clients, but you play the main role in landing the projects. That’s why along the way you learn how to change your negative attitude to a positive one, otherwise you wouldn’t even get a chance to communicate with potential clients and pitch your ideas.

This is one of the essential skills for surviving and thriving in the freelancing world. Once you change your attitude towards people, you’ll see the doors to new opportunities opening to you, with minimal effort. This is definitely not something you’d accomplish sitting in a cubicle surrounded by stacks of paperwork.


The great Ernest Hemingway once said:“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” As you go further down the self-improvement road, thanks to your freelancing career, you’ll find yourself inspired to pursue dreams and goals you never thought you could and would, and that’s the greatest feeling of them all.