• Harmonicas For Beginners – Learn How To Play The Easy Way

    For generations, the harmonica has been a favorite and widely used instrument for many musicians. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy (just to name a few) and countless others have incorporated the harmonica into their music.

    Whether it’s been jazz, blues, rock, country or folk, the harmonica has and will continue to be an important part of music from many different musical artists for years to come.

    Are you one of the thousands of people who have wanted to learn how to play this popular instrument but haven’t been able to find the time to get started or perhaps you’ve heard or been told that trying to play one is next to impossible? Well we know for sure that playing the harmonica is far from impossible since there are so many people playing them from professional musicians to amateurs. The truth is that like anything in life, in order to become good at something, we need to put the time in. We can hardly expect to learn anything if we don’t take action. So some may say that learning to play the harmonica is hard to do but in fact it’s not that difficult at all.

    With so many Harmonicas for Beginners lessons available today that are extremely inexpensive, there’s really no reason not to take action right away. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll see for yourself that you or anybody can actually be playing the harmonica in a very short period of time.

    Another great thing about the harmonica is the fact that it’s probably one of the least expensive instruments to purchase and it’s small enough to carry around in your pocket so you can always be ready to play. No more sitting around watching your buddies jam. You’ll be right in there jamming with them and they will love what you bring to the music they’re playing.

    There are many different techniques when playing the harmonica and depending on what type of music you’re in to, and what type of sound you’re looking for, will determine which Harmonicas for Beginners lessons you should be deciding to take. The good news is that whatever direction you decide to take, there’s a lesson for what you are looking for.

    When choosing a harmonica to purchase, you have a wide variety of options. When starting out, there’s no need to purchase an expensive harmonica. You can almost get the same results from a one that’s a little cheaper in price and these cheaper ones are ideal to learn with. Once you start to get the hang of it, if you want to, you can purchase one of the more expensive brands but it’s not totally necessary. You can also purchase harmonicas in many different keys such as A, C, D, G etc. It all depends on you and what you’re playing.

    Perhaps you’re a guitar player who would like to add the harmonica to your playing or you don’t currently play any instrument but would like to learn how to play the harmonica, the first step is to take action and get yourself one of the many fantastic Harmonicas for Beginners lessons and get started right away. You’ll be very glad you did.


  • Parenting in the News: Should you confront your child’s bully?

    The goal, rather, should be to empower our kids to come up with ways they can deal with the bullying behavior. “Listen in a non-judgmental way about your child and about the teaser,” says bullying prevention expert Peggy Moss in the article My Child is Being Bullied—What Should I Do? “Let your child do the talking. Don’t try to solve the problem. And try to find out more about the kid who’s doing the teasing. Don’t say, ‘Oh my God, what a rotten kid,’ because you’re just getting a part of the story,” advises Moss. “Your child doesn’t need you to go ballistic or take on the problem as your own. Your child needs to know that he’s being heard and that his feelings matter.” Then, depending upon what’s happened, you can take your next step. “For a parent to be explosive about the situation will cause a child to recoil,” says Moss. “If I march to school and confront the bully on the playground, my child is not going to feel safe telling me anything about this again. I’m taking on his battle for him.”

    Work with your child to help him or her come up with good responses to the teasing.  You might ask, “What do you think you can say next time? What do you think might work?” Help your child see what the outcome of their words and actions might be and that this may be a problem they can solve on their own terms. In her blog post “Would You Confront Your Child’s Bully?” Rebecca Wolfenden advises parents to let their kids know that they should tell an adult when they have been bullied. “Of course, if your child is telling a teacher or other adult and nothing is happening, if the bullying continues or worsens, or if it escalates to the point of physical threats or violence, you do need to get involved by talking to the appropriate authorities, and we encourage you to let your child know that you will be doing so. If you try to address it with the teacher or another adult in charge and nothing happens, we recommend “going up the ladder” so to speak; talk with the principal, the director of transportation (if happening on the school bus), the superintendent, the school board, and so on.”


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  • Why You Should Let Your Child Fail The Benefits of Natural Consequences

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    The Benefits of Letting Your Child Feel Discomfort

    I think when we talk about failure and what your child can learn from it, we’re really talking about the benefits of allowing your child to feel discomfort. And when I say discomfort, I mean worry, fear, disappointment, and the experience of having consequences for your actions. I think instinctively parents really don’t want their kids to feel uncomfortable about anything, even when they know that sometimes it’s beneficial for their child to pay a price for their choices. And so some parents will fight at the school, they will fight with other parents, they will fight with their kids. They will fight with anybody to claim their child’s right to never feel uncomfortable.

    Somehow in our culture, protecting your child from discomfort—and the pain of disappointment—has become associated with effective parenting. The idea seems to be that if your child suffers any discomfort or the normal pain associated with growing up, there’s something you’re not doing as a parent. Personally, I think that’s a dangerous trap parents fall into. While I don’t think situations should be sought out where a child is uncomfortable, I do think if that child is uncomfortable because of some natural situation or consequence, you should not interfere.

    Look at it this way: when a child is feeling upset, frustrated, angry or sad, they’re in a position to develop some important coping skills. The first thing they learn is to avoid similar situations. So if your child is called on in class to answer a homework question and he didn’t do it, he can learn to avoid that by doing his homework—not by having his mother tell the teacher not to call on him anymore because it makes him feel bad.

    The other thing that happens is that your child builds up a tolerance for discomfort, an emotional callous, if you will, and I think that’s very valuable. Discomfort is such a part of our life, whether you’re squeezed into a subway car, waiting in line at the supermarket, or passed over for a promotion. Everyone experiences difficult things from time to time, which will make you uncomfortable and frustrated. It’s so important for your child to be able to learn how to manage those situations and to develop a tolerance for them. And make no mistake, if he doesn’t learn to tolerate discomfort, he’s going to be a very frustrated adolescent and adult.

    So I advise parents to let your kid wait in line—don’t try to figure out how to cut ahead. When your child is starting to get frustrated, point it out. You can say, “Yeah, I know it’s frustrating to wait, but this is the way we have to do it.” Suggest a coping skill.

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