Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Joys of Raising Teenagers

I was remembering how difficult it was at times to 'read' my teenage daughters body language when trying to talk to them about issues or poor decisions, and how often I failed at knowing when was or wasn't the right time to 'talk' to them.  With this modern age of technology anything you want information on is right at your to save you some time and hopefully some heartache and struggles, here's an article I found on line to help you with The Joys of Raising Teenagers.

How to Read Teen Body Language
By Jennifer Patterson, eHow Contributor
Parents who have teenage children sometimes find it difficult to communicate with them. Learning to read teen body language is one way to get an idea of what they are trying to tell you. Communication skills, just like any other skills, must be learned. Teens are known to use body language more frequently than words. If you study your teens and observe their various body language, you will be able to communicate with them in a more effective way.
o     Read teen body language by looking at the arms. When a person crosses their arms, this is usually an indication that he wants to be left alone. Your teenager may not be in the mood to talk at that moment. If his hands are relaxed at his side, he is more open to talk to you.
o     Look for nervous gestures when reading teen body language. Fidgeting with hair or scratching the head repeatedly may mean that the teen is nervous about something or trying to hide something from you.
o     Notice the eye movements when reading teen body language. You can tell if the teen is interested in what you are saying or if her mind is wandering. If the teen keeps looking away often while you are talking, that normally means that there is no interest in what you are saying.
o     Look at the head movements. Sometimes a person may hold his head down. That may mean that the person is ashamed about something. It could also mean that the person is in deep thought.
Tips & Warnings 
Some teens may have different body language than others.

And remember, it never hurts to say a quick quiet prayer before you begin your talk or discussion with your teenagers. 

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Job Hunting is Never Fun

Job Hunting Tips

Job hunting is never fun, but the good news is that it is a bit easier.  Going door to door filling out applications and handing out resumes is not how most companies tend to screen their potential candidates.  You can do your applying from the comfort of your home as long as you have an internet connection and some patience to wade through all the information that is out there. Here are a few suggestions to help you in your job search.

Do your research and preparation
  1. Check out staffing agencies in your area by going to their websites and see what jobs they have posted.
  2. If you are interested in working retail, check out each individual stores website, they almost always have a link to apply on line.
  3. Check out and other job search engines that are available.
  4. Sign up for alerts from some of the job search engines that are out there.

    6. And many others

  1. Ask your friends and family if they know of any available positions.
  2. Signed up for a Linked in account if you don’t already have one, it is a great way to connect with people who have connections that could assist you in finding your dream job.
  3. Make sure your Facebook account is one that should a potential employer search for it, what they see and read there is upbeat, positive and ‘clean’.

Prepare your resume and references
  1. Prepare your resume. (examples can be found online).
  2. Make a couple different resumes focusing on the different jobs you may be interested in.
  3. Keep the resume simple, avoid using too many different fonts or difficult formatting. (Many staffing agencies ‘scrub’ resumes, removing formatting and personal information (except your name) before they submit their resumes to their clients.)
  4. Try to keep your resume to one page as much as possible.
  5. Always include a cover letter stating your reasons why you would be a good fit for the job that is being offered and any other information that the website asks for. (you can find examples of cover letters on line).
  6. Pull together some references both personal and professional. You will need names, contact information and how you know them.
  7. Contact your potential references to let them know you are using them as a reference to be sure they are okay with that.
  8. Make copies of your resume and reference list to take with you on interviews.
  9. Keep in mind that staffing companies get many resumes each day and that you should not expect a call from them for at least a week. 
  10. Be sure and check back to the websites regularly to check on jobs available, and resubmit your resume if you haven’t heard back from a company in a week.


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Hello from Paula! + Bonus Recipe!

Hello Mom Squad blog readers….it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on the Blog. I have been busy with moving to the South and getting all settled in and learning after I moved here that I am going to be a grandma in December. So many changes, but change is good, and I am having a great time with this new adventure. The South is different, different good and well just plain different. The pace here is slower, more laid back. The common saying is “they do things different in the South”. The sun shines more than it doesn’t, it seems to rain mostly at night, and the people are always smiling. I love living in North Carolina.

I had to share this great recipe with you, it’s easy and really tasty.

Lemon Chicken

Makes 8 servings

Hands on Time: 30 min.

Total Time: 30 min.

4 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 ½ lb.)

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

4 Tbsp butter, divided

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

¼ cup chicken broth

¼ cup lemon juice

8 lemon slices

¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leave parsley

Garnish: lemon slices

1. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap (I used a heavy duty freezer zip lock bag); flatten to ¼ inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

2. Melt 1 Tbsp butter with 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half of the chicken in skillet 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with 1 Tbsp butter and remaining olive oil and chicken.

3. Add broth and lemon juice to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Add 8 lemon slices. (I added extra chicken broth, lemon juice and flour to create more sauce)

4. Remove skillet from heat; add parsley and remaining 2 Tbsp butter, and stir until butter melts. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve immediately. Garnish if desired.

Enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you tried it and what you thought.

God is good all the time!