Justin Urbas – Optimize Your Blog and Improve Your Brand Identity

Every business consists of different elements. Those elements are created and launched by managers and marketers to leave a certain impression on the targeted audience. That special set of qualities is usually represented by unique visual solutions (logos) and combinations of words (taglines and mottos). That way, they establish a level of expectancy in the eye of the public. Since a business identity is closely related to the degree of online presence, it’s crucial for every modern business to include every single component of that presence in the brand-building process. In line with this, a blog can become a powerful means in improving brand identity. Let’s see how to make it work perfectly for your brand.

The priceless value of author(ity)

When a blogger or blog editor is thinking about the future character of their blog, the main idea behind it should be the importance of authors and authorities they’re going to publish. First of all, this means that relevant guest posts are extremely valuable to every professional blog. They’ll attract new readers and retain the old ones, but more importantly, they’ll improve the SEO status of your blog (more about it later in the text).

More at: http://www.brandignity.com/2016/12/improve-brand-identity/

ARE ACTIVE KIDS LESS DEPRESSED?

STUDIES SHOW THAT PHYSICALLY ACTIVE KIDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DEPRESSED.

Active kids may be happier kids. Physical exercise provides well-known benefits against obesity, heart disease and diabetes, but a new study by University College London confirms that kids who are regularly physically active suffer less from depression.

Exercising three times a week lowers depression risks

It’s estimated that 8% to 9% of kids and teens in United States suffer from depression. Girls are twice as likely to be depressed than boys during adolescence. If depression is not properly treated, it can lead to a series of bad decision making, social isolation, and risky behaviors like alcohol and drug abuse, joining gangs or suicide.

The new findings published in JAMA Psychiatry journal suggest increased physical activity reduces symptoms of depression. Also, the study showed that active kids and teens tend to be less depressed later in life.

More at: http://kidsfirstcommunity.com/healthy-living/active-kids-less-depressed/

Justin Urbas-5 THINGS PARENTS SHOULD NEVER SAY TO KIDS

Good parent-child communication is a cornerstone of successful parenting. Although it’s true we best learn life’s greatest lessons through experience – good parenting advice is very helpful. Just like with anything else, knowledge is power when it comes to improving parent-child relationships.

We all want the best for our children, but kids don’t come with manuals and we often say something wrong to them unintentionally, sending them negative messages we’re not even aware of.

These are the 5 most common negative things parents say to their kids and tips on how to improve communication with your child.

5 things you should never say to your kids

More at: http://kidsfirstcommunity.com/family-concerns/things-parents-should-never-say/

Justin Urbas – All Ears? Nine Games to Tune Up Listening Skills

Ever notice how your kids tune you out just when you need them to listen to you the most? While listening is critical in communication, this skill is one of the most difficult to master and the least taught. From toddlers to teens, make learning to listen fun by playing games that will help your kids tune in.

1. Sing together. Toddlers and preschoolers love to sing and imitate movements that go along with songs.

“Any opportunity for songs and fingerplays promotes working on listening skills,” says Debra Burnett, Ph.D., an assistant professor and speech-language pathologist. “After they know the song, play with language by changing the lyrics or adding new original verses.”

Try it with songs like The Itsy-Bitsy Spider; If All the Raindrops (and Snowflakes); Wheels on the Bus; and Ten Little Ducks.

More at: http://www.calgaryschild.com/education/toddler-preschool/2290-all-ears-nine-games-to-tune-up-listening-skills

Justin Urbas – Inside San Francisco’s Most Expensive Home

The priciest residence for sale in the City by the Bay is a 16,000-square-foot Italianate villa with colorful roots, now on the market for $28.5 million.

The site of the 2008 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, 2820 Scott Street—originally built in 1905 for prominent locals Eugene and Olive Grace—touts seven bedrooms, 1o baths, five marble terraces, six cast-bronze balconies, seven fireplaces, and innumerable French paned windows.

More at : http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristintablang/2016/07/17/san-francisco-most-expensive-mansion-for-sale-2820-scott-street/#2c7c11f8347f

Justin Urbas – Should You Save For Your Child’s College Education?

I’ve mentioned before that my parents did not have any money set aside for my college education. I don’t blame them. I was the third of seven kids in a firmly middle-class family. Keeping all of us fed and in good health must have been a major financial undertaking. I spent many years working my way through college and eventually took out a few student loans to finish up my last few semesters.

My husband’s parents didn’t help him pay for college, either. His parents prioritized their retirement savings – as they should. He worked all summer and during the semester to pay for tuition, books and other expenses. He made it through college debt-free but lived on condiment sandwiches for most of his college years because he couldn’t afford groceries. Lest you think I’m exaggerating, he literally ate condiment sandwiches. He must’ve developed a taste for it because to this day, ketchup and mustard make up a large segment of our grocery budget.

More at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetberryjohnson/2016/05/19/should-you-save-for-your-childs-college-education/#679834257137