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Reward Charts For Positive Behavior Management in Kids



Convincing your children to do things they don’t want to do can be challenging. As parents, weve all been there before. Maybe, its potty training, getting dressed early for school or trying to get your child to eat their vegetables. Most of the time, we use little treats like a candy, cookie or a toy to make them do the things we want them to do.

Nevertheless, if you are considering using a reward system to motivate your child, youve most likely worried about what’s an appropriate reward. Or perhaps, youve heard arguments on how rewarding your child can either weaken their self-discipline or self-esteem. Then theres also the inevitable concern of whether the little treats can do the trick or not.

So, if you are a parent who has struggled to find the perfect reward system for your household and you want to avoid the toy or food prize. Heres something you might find worthy of your attention: the Behavior World App!

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Behavior World is a free to install app that can be used as positive reinforcement tool for modifying negative behaviors in children. The app came into inception when Kevin Spiteri, an Occupational Therapist, got frustrated with the behavioral struggles his son faced following divorce.

As concern, grew for his son, Spiteri created a token reward chart which prompts the user — both parents and kids — the option to control how many buddy tokens it takes to earn a reward. Consequently, after noticing significant improvements in his son’s behavior, Spiteri partnered up with another occupational therapist, Bryan Saavedra, to convert his idea into an app.

Applying the Rewards Systems to Learning

While using the app, children can take an active role in choosing their favorite buddy or avatar. The kids can choose between a wide selection of characters, including superheroes, sharks, mermaids, space aliens, forest creatures, and etc. Furthermore, the child can also choose between the different sets of background theme to personalize his/her reward chart.

After choosing themed backgrounds and customizing each buddy avatar, the child can then proceed to take on several behavior development challenges. Through the Bank of Behaviors, the parent or teacher can easily choose amongst the list of behavior which they want the child or student to achieve. Then, the child can choose the behavioral reinforcers that will make him/her advance to the next stage in the app to get some tokens as rewards.

Achieving Tokens and Getting Recognized

According to Alfie Kohn, author of “Punished by Rewards,” motivating children with incentives of food, money or toys can be very effective but may deter kids from developing their own sense of responsibility. Hence, instead of teaching long-term behavioral changes, these type of rewards only get nothing more than temporary obedience from children.

On the contrary, the Behavior World App gains the child a new positive behavior. This is because the app helps both the child and parent set realistic, specific goals which make rewards fairly continual instead of immediate. As long as the child performs the different sets of behavioral challenges, he/she gets a varied token which allows them to earn bigger rewards!

Plus, the Behavior World App provides other customizable features such as the ability to personalize the childs reward chart with their photo and the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement. Furthermore, the Certificate of Achievement is something both the parent or teacher will also receive via email.

For additional information regarding the Behavior World App, please visit or download it on iTunes for a one-time in-app purchase of $2.99 which unlocks all of the app’s features (all buddy avatars, all backgrounds, unlimited profiles).

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Ousted Honduran president Zelaya says coup talks suspended

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has said that talks on ending the stand-off stemming from his ouster have broken down.

Speaking from the Brazilian Embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa, where he has taken refuge, Zelaya told reporters the talks are suspended until the other side presents what he called a “reasonable” stance. A member of Zelaya’s negotiating team, Victor Meza, said the proposal offered by interim President Roberto Micheletti is “completely unacceptable.”

That proposal calls for the Honduran Supreme Court to decide whether Zelaya should be allowed to return to power.

Despite Zelaya’s statements, however, envoys from the two sides have said that negotiations will continue.

Micheletti has recently come under international pressure to restore Zelaya to his post. Zelaya was ousted late in June of this year, after he refused to comply with orders by the country’s Supreme Court to cancel a referendum regarding a constitutional rewrite that had been deemed illegal.

California man convicted of murdering five firefighters by starting wildfire

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Raymond Lee Oyler of California, United States has been convicted of the murders of five US Forest Service firefighters killed while attempting to control a wildfire he had lit.

Oyler, 38, set the Esperanza Fire out of anger his dog had been impounded, according to prosecutors. The October 2006 blaze destroyed 34 houses and 20 outbuildings, scorching over 17,400 hectares. Prosecutors said he was “bent on destruction”.

Prosecutors also alleged Oyler started the fire at night specifically to leave firefighters “on their own” without aerial support. He was identified as the arsonist behind the fire after a security camera saw his car several times and samples taken from the scene matched those found in his girlfriend’s house. Oyler, an unemployed car mechanic, was also identified by the owner of a local petrol station as having stood in a car park and watched the fire’s spread.

The five firefighters that were killed died when their truck was overrun by the flames. Oyler was convicted of murdering them on Friday March 6 after a six-week trial in Riverside California. The twelve-member jury took nearly a week of deliberation before returning the guilty verdict, and will meet to hear arguments regarding Oyler’s sentence on Tuesday. He may face the death penalty.

His defense had admitted Oyler likely started several fires in the Riverside County area, but denied he had started the one that killed the firefighters.

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Beginner Quilting – Instructions For Making Lap Quilt


Jennifer Walter

Predominantly quilts that fit the size of your lap are termed as lap quilts, lap quilts are comfy, soft and tender felt. Laps quilts are similar to those like a bed quilts just the size is smaller.

If you like yours to be that extra bit cozier you can simply do that by adding more batting but as a precaution prewash the fabric, find the right fabric and do iron it if it is cotton so as to compress the batting.

If the material is a wash & wear type then iron is not a must as the fabric will not get furrowed and craggy on washing. Here below is the list of instructions to be followed while making a lap quilt.


* Customary sewing machine

* Spray starch

* Rotary cuter

* Embroidery needles – general size 12

* Iron

* Needles

* Cutting mat

* Quilt batting

* Fabric in 4 colors or 4 shades.

* Pins- beaded head

* Design for block quilt

* Rotary ruler

Instructions For Making Lap Quilt

1. Buy 3 yards of blended cotton fabric (Wash and Wear). Harmonize colors and patterns. Play with color combinations as you please, pick your favourite pink color or have blue outlines also make sure your you have all other supplies stored before hand.

2. We recommend Prewash of fabrics as a necessity. As some fast color may go dull or even rub on to your quilt later on so prewash it and let get dried completely, there are chances of the fabric shrinking too.

Dry up the fabric and then proceed to iron the material once you have sprayed starch to it. Take extra care of keeping the fabric absolutely dry and hard sans wrinkles.

3. Thereafter, on a place mat lay the fabrics one over the other like a heap. With the use of a scale slice nearly 150, 3 and half inch by 3 and half inch squares applying a rotary cutter. All the squares you cut should be of similar dimensions and importantly without edging or irregular.

4. Now decide the pattern of the quilt and lay the squares that way. Permit for 10 strings of 15 squares. Arrange the cut material (squares) for each particular string in different plies.

5. First stitch each string of those squares thus making individual rows. 1/4-inch seams are then to be stitched. Iron the joints smoothly. Thereafter stitch the entire individual rows as one and you should have in hand a ten by fifteen square quilt.

6. Take your selected batting material and put it over the piecing. Place the piecing in such a manner that the upper side is facing the mat while the side that has stitches visible should face the batting. Next, put your lining fabric on it.

7. Once that is done, we have three things, the batting, the piecing and the lining fabric. Your task shall be to stitch them all or co join them using a sewing machine. Experimentation with different design patterns should be avoided at a beginner’s stage.

8. Spruce surplus batting by cutting the side threads or nets of the quilt. Pin casing to the border of that quilt on all the corners stretching on the outer side. A sewing machine can be used to sew the binding. Extra threading can be cut away.

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Popular soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ celebrates 35 years on the air

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The popular American soap opera The Young and the Restless, currently the reigning Emmy Award-winner for best daytime drama, celebrated 35 years on the air Wednesday.

The 35th anniversary also comes after the series, known colloquially as Y&R, marked its 1,000th straight week as the highest-rated soap opera in a daytime slot. In addition to keeping the #1 spot every week since December 1988, Y&R has also been the top-rated soap in the African-American demographic since 1991.

A trend-setter since the beginning, Y&R relied on character-driven storytelling, accentuated with understated sexuality from its cast, which at that time was mostly young, in order to bring in teenage and twentysomething viewers who were ignored by soap producers and networks up to that time. These traits immediately set Y&R apart from other soap operas, and other soaps have since mimicked Y&R’s formulaic approach to offering something for everyone, especially younger viewers.

Since premiering on March 26, 1973, Y&R has become a worldwide cultural institution in its own right, racking up an impressive 100 Emmy Awards between the writers, producers, cast and crew since 1974. The show has aired in over 100 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, and Turkey, and reaches a worldwide audience of ten million daily. So far-reaching was Y&R’s appeal that Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci chose the serial’s theme song as accompanying music to her floor exercises at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In Australia, where Y&R has aired since 1974, the show was canceled by the original network that aired it in 2007, prompting a widespread fan backlash in that country. It was quickly moved to a pay channel.

Over the past 35 years, countless characters, marriages, divorces, births, deaths, and every joy and trauma in between have visited the residents of Genoa City, where Y&R is set. To commemorate the milestone, Mike Halterman from Wikinews interviewed three actresses who have played long-running characters on Y&R, and asked them to share their memories. All three responded to questions about what being on Y&R means to them, what their favorite storylines were, what they perhaps would have wanted to do all over again, and what they’d love to tell their fans directly.

Below are portions of all three interviews.


  • 1 Wikinews interviews Y&R cast members
    • 1.1 Questions asked to all three
    • 1.2 Questions asked to Melody Thomas Scott
    • 1.3 Questions asked to Michelle Stafford
    • 1.4 Questions asked to Tricia Cast
  • 2 Sources

Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.


  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
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According to recent economic research, the American cotton industry generates over $25 billion in products annually. About 80 countries around the world produce cotton, but the U.S., China, and India together provide two-thirds of the worlds volume. Cotton accounts for about 35 percent of world fiber use. Presently, due to economic recessions and/or climate change, local cotton growers and producers are beginning to hoard their stock. Why, you may ask? The answer includes a volatile stock market, global insecurity, fragile consumer confidence and persistent high unemployment. The USDA estimates that the world cotton output will reach 113.9 million bales of cotton, compared to 102.9 million bales last year. Global consumption is projected to increase to 119.1 million bales by next year. As a result, retailers and wholesalers in the U.S. are focusing on the need for effective risk management planning to deflect rising costs of cotton. This past year alone, global cotton prices have increased by 55 percent for cotton per pound. It is expected that by spring 2011 there will be another increase of 10 percent.

For the first time in 50 years, world consumption of cotton in the 2010-11 year is forecast to exceed production for the fifth straight year. Foreign factories, as well as the entire supply chain from spinners and dyers to sewers and finishers, are said to be pressing for shorter lead times and hefty price commitments since the price of cotton futures jumped 93% last year. Because of this, India has installed an indefinite ban on raw cotton imports from other countries; they are presently the number 2 producer of cotton. Because of this Pakistan, the worlds fourth biggest cotton producer might shut down their mills because they rely on imports from India.

What does this mean for cotton producers, and manufacturers in the U.S.? The U.S., which ranks third in production of cotton, is the leading exporter of the product, accounting for more than one-third of global trade in raw cotton pricing. Manufacturers such as Hanes brands, Inc., Fruit of the Loom Inc. and Jockey International who specialize in underwear, T-shirts and casual wear say they expect they will have to absorb the price increases, and in some cases, a few will raise price points. Also, a majority of other stores who source their own private label programs of cotton goods are facing the same problems as wholesalers.

Its possible that the shrinking cotton inventories will drive the stock-to-use ratio to the lowest level in sixteen years.

It seems that the American cotton producers and manufacturers have a big task at hand. They will have to ride the thin line between producing and retaining healthy stock levels, and working on the world market with the current atmosphere of economic instability and deception. Maybe the prices will rise, maybe there will be less availability, there are many maybes in this current situation. Or just maybe, for the next few years, the cotton industry will have to make some serious changes in the way they develop and market their product in order to retain the All American seal of approval weve all come to love and snuggle up to.

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Iraqis demonstrate on fourth anniversary of Baghdad’s fall

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Monday, April 9, 2007

On the fourth anniversary of Baghdad’s fall to United States forces, tens if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully in protest of the continued occupation. Wearing Iraqi flags, demonstrators marched from Kufa to Najaf chanting “Get out, get out occupier!” Many were dancing through the streets as police kept an eye on the proceedings and lined the route.

The rally was largely Shi’ite, as it had been ordered by controversial cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Leaflets were scattered about, reading “Yes, Yes to Muqtada!” and “Yes, Yes to Iraq!” Some demonstrators shouted “we obey your call,” seemingingly in response to al-Sadr’s statements on Sunday.

The enemy that is occupying our country is now targeting the dignity of the Iraqi people. After four years of occupation, we have hundreds of thousands of people dead and wounded.

Al-Sadr called the demonstration in a statement that was distributed in Najaf yesterday. In the statement he ordered for his supporters to stop attacking their fellow Iraqis and instead work to fight the American occupiers. He also encouraged the Iraqi army and police to stop cooperating with America. “You, the Iraqi army and police forces, don’t walk alongside the occupiers, because they are your archenemy,” the statement said. “God has ordered you to be patient in front of your enemy, and unify your efforts against them – not against the sons of Iraq.”

Wikinews interviews Christoph Bals of the NGO Germanwatch after conclusion of climate conference

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

A year ago I would have found the current outcome almost revolutionary. … A lot has been achieved, but the biggest hurdles are still in front of us.

With the Climate Conference in Bali having come to a successful conclusion, Wikinews journalist Sean Heron interviewed Christoph Bals from the German NGO Germanwatch on his opinion of the outcome, and an outlook on the future negotiations. Christoph is the Senior Political Executive of Germanwatch, Co-Author of the Climate protection-Index and did lobby work on Bali.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 Introduction to Germanwatch
    • 1.2 The Negotiations in Bali
    • 1.3 Outlook on the next two years
    • 1.4 Possibilities for individuals to act
    • 1.5 Sources
    • 1.6 External links

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