How to know your true self

How to know your true self

One way to improve your quality of life is to get to know yourself better. What do you want out of life? What makes you happy? What are your goals and how do you achieve them? These are some of the questions that will be answered when you get to know yourself better.

You can’t be truly happy or make good decisions concerning your future if you don’t know what you want out of life. Taking the time to really get to know yourself and becoming more mindful are important steps to being more confident and advocating for your own needs in your relationships.

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How to know your true self

Do you ever feel like you are being swept away by others’ decision making? Or do you go along with the decisions of friends or family, when you really desire a different outcome? When you know and understand yourself better, you won’t feel as conflicted when faced with important decisions – and you’ll be able to discuss your needs and concerns without the anxiety that comes with being unable to advocate for yourself.

When you know and understand yourself better, you won’t feel as conflicted when faced with important decisions – and you’ll be able to discuss your needs and concerns without the anxiety that comes with being unable to advocate for yourself.

You also have better self-control, tolerance for others and the self-assurance you need to resist social pressure when tempted or coaxed to do something you don’t agree with.

How to Get to Know Yourself Better

  1. Determine your values and the set the moral code that you want to live by. Do you consider yourself an honest person with integrity? Do you find comfort in helping others less fortunate than yourself? Are you a loyal friend? Your morals or values say a lot about who you really are.
  2. Discover your own unique personality. What are you really like? How do you feel when you meet strangers? Are you shy and withdrawn or do you enjoy drawing attention to yourself? Do you enjoy spending time alone or do you prefer the company of others? How do you respond in emergencies? Is financial security important or do you consider yourself a free spirit? Are you ambitious and go after what you want or do you wait for opportunities to come your way? Knowing your own personality will help you understand why you react the way you do during different situations.
  3. Decide what you want your future to be like. Where do you want to be 5, 10 or even 20 years from now? What accomplishments do you hope to achieve and what type of relationship are you searching for? When you know what you want out of life it will help you achieve your goals faster and easier.
  4. Focus on your own interests and what you enjoy doing. How do you like to spend your free time? Do you enjoy watching or playing sports? What type of movies, TV shows and music do you like? What gets you excited and brightens up your day? The things you’re interested in helps to define you as an individual.
  5. Discover your strengths and weaknesses. What special skills or talents do you have? Are you the one that responds quickly and takes control in emergency situations or do you look to others for guidance? When you know your strengths and weaknesses, it helps to improve your self-esteem, build confidence and it helps you put things in perspective.

Getting to know yourself has many benefits starting with your own happiness. How can you expect to be happy if you don’t even know what makes you that way? When you know yourself, you can make plans and set goals to accomplish the things that are important to you, personally. It will also help you make better decisions about your future because you’ll know what you want out of life, which makes it easier to reach your goals.

You define yourself as an individual when you don’t compromise your beliefs or blindly follow the crowd because you don’t know what you really want out of life. It will help you be true to yourself and that is the path to true happiness.


About Cynthia Rusincovitch

Cynthia is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer. She was in corporate marketing for 15 years before leaving it to focus on family. She started blogging as a way to nourish the desire to work while balancing the joys and duties that come with having more kids than hands. She is married to an aerospace engineer who likes to man the grill and has 3 daughters – a teenager and two toddlers. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Pinterest.

How to clean your driving record

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Remember when you were in school and your teacher kept a record of all of the times you got in trouble or missed a homework assignment?

That’s pretty much what a driving record looks like, except that it’s a report made up of all the times you’ve gotten into an accident, were convicted of a traffic violation, or had your license suspended.

With this ongoing record, car insurance companies and employers can easily peer into your past driving history. Insurance companies are interested in your record because it helps them determine your rates; for example, if you have a poor driving record, they may increase your car insurance premiums. Additionally, your record gives employers an idea of how responsible you are, since offenses like traffic violations or a speeding ticket may indicate recklessness.

It goes without saying that it’s pretty important to try to maintain a clean driving record. If you haven’t been historically great at this, there are a few measures you can take to help attain a clear record once again.

Find Out What’s on Your Record

If you are wondering how to get your driving record cleared, the first step is to determine exactly what is on your record from your driving history. Knowing what’s on your current record will help guide you to the proper next steps. There are a few ways you can obtain a copy of your driving record, including:

  • Going directly to your state agency.
  • Ordering it online through a 3rd-party vendor.
  • Asking your insurance provider.

In most cases, your state agency will be the best source for the most up-to-date and accurate record. However, if you’re looking for convenience and speed, ordering it online is the way to go.

Once you know what’s on your driving record, you can start piecing together whether or not anything can be done to have it cleared. Unfortunately, certain things won’t be erasable. If you have any questions about a specific offense, refer to your state agency for information and help. Other infractions can often be cleared in a variety of ways respective to the offense.

Enroll in a Defensive Driving Course

If you receive a ticket for a traffic violation, many states offer some type of defensive driving course as a way to reduce the points on your driving record.

For example, in Wisconsin, you can enroll in a traffic safety course and reduce your demerits by 3 points. Check with the agency in your state to see if you are eligible to get points removed by enrolling in a defensive driving course..

Be Patient

Most violations usually have a set period of time after which they are removed from your driving record. For instance, there isn’t usually anything you can do to clear a DUI from your driving record (although you can have it expunged from your criminal record).

In California, though, a DUI will stay on your driving record for 10 years and then will be removed. Other, more minor offenses will only be on your driving record for about 3 years and 3 months.

Keep Your Driving Record Clean

Once you are aware of what certain violations can do to your driving record, it is important to make a point to keep your record clean. In some states, you can have points deducted by keeping a clean record for a specified time frame, so check with your state agency to learn the specific regulations.

Keeping your driving record clean requires you to avoid getting:

  • Into a car accident.
  • Any moving violations.
  • Your license suspended or revoked.

If you want to learn how to be a better driver to avoid getting any more points on your record, you can enroll in a defensive driving course to polish up on your skills.

How to look good bald

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Shaving your head can either be an enjoyable experience or the bane of your life. For some people, myself included, shaving your head becomes almost therapeutic. If I’m using a razor to shave my head in the shower every other morning, I actually feel relaxed and pretty chilled – though I will add, you need to schedule for shaving your head. Shaving your head in a rush is in no way enjoyable!

But sometimes I do wonder what it would be like if you could stay permanently bald. I have friends who complain constantly about having to shave their head frequently – this is usually because they don’t have a great routine to stick with. Razor shaving your head needs time and practice to do it properly, and you need to find the right razor. But anyway, it’s interesting to know whether staying permanently bald is an option for those who hate shaving their head every day.

The answer is that yes, you can stay permanently bald. There are a few different options that you can take to achieve this, with the most common one being laser hair removal.

Hair Laser Removal for a Bald Head

To get permanent hair removal, you really need to get yourself a series of hair removal sessions on your scalp. Hair removal generally works by a highly concentrated laser permanently damaging your hair follicles. Over time, these follicles become so damaged that hair will not grow back. For this reason, you need to be 100% sure on this decision – it’s probably best suited for wet shave baldies as opposed to slightly thinning on top baldies.

The amount of sessions that you need will vary, but usually a specialist will recommend anywhere between 8-12 sessions to remove the hair completely. Over this period of time, you should be able to obtain full baldness if you stick to the correct schedule.

You’ll will start to see the difference after only one session, but it won’t be particularly effective and it will likely leave your scalp patchy. Have a look at this video for an update on how many sessions that this gentleman needed;

As you can see from the video, it can be successful and it can also look extremely good. If you do it properly, you’ll save yourself the hassle of shaving for the rest of your life. If you do it incorrectly, you could be in for a lot of trouble. For this reason, it’s important to see a licensed professional for this sort of treatment.

How much does hair removal on your head cost?

The cost of hair removal varies a lot depending on how much you’re getting removed, and more importantly, where you go.

After scouring the internet, the majority of hair treatments from reputable companies will run you back thousands of dollars. Sure, you could probably find somewhere to get hair removal on your scalp of a thousand bucks, but for 12 sessions at a reputable company you’re going to likely double or treble than one thousand dollar price tag.

Should you consider hair removal on your scalp?

The only way that I would suggest hair removal on your scalp is if you truly hate shaving your head. This could be for a variety of reasons;

  • Sensitive Skin -?If you get red and itchy skin post shave every time, then this might be a reason to consider getting laser hair removal treatment. There are an abundance of different shavers and razors out there to try, but you might not be able to avoid a rash. Usually I use a aftercare balm which has helped me immensely with my routine, but this could be a reason to seek this sort of treatment.
  • Horseshoe Haters -?Some people, including myself, hate the horseshoe. By horseshoe, I mean the George Costanza look in which the top is completely bare, and you have hair around the back and sides of your head in the shape of a horseshoe. Not a good look for most guys. If you had this look or the five o clock shadow that remains when you shave, then this may be a good option for you.
  • Those who just hate shaving -?Some people really hate shaving. And I don’t blame you, it can be super time consuming. Getting hair laser removal treatment can reduce the time you’ll have to spend doing this.

These are just a few of the reasons why you may consider this type of treatment.


As you’ll know if you read the blog, this option isn’t really for me. But, I’d never blame someone for taking this option if they wanted to save time or go permanently bald! I’d definitely recommend this option and embracing baldness as opposed to getting a hair tattoo where you’re denying your bald genetics.

At the end of the day, it’s entirely your decision whether this procedure is right for you. Take your time before you go ahead with this; it’s costly and time intensive!

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Hey! I’m Steve, and this is my site. I started going bald at 15 and was completely bald by 19, so I know what it’s like to start balding for any man. Anyway, enjoy the site and get in touch through the contact from if you need anything! Cheers!

7 thoughts on “Can you stay bald permanently?”

I have been Norwood 6 bald for 20 years and I love it. I love the ‘horseshoe’, but I wish I had a little less ‘horseshoe’. I would like to be closer to Norwood 7 bald. Also, I wish I had absolutely no hair growing where I am bald. I still have some very fine short hairs that I shave off a couple times a month. I hate shaving the top of my head and wish I were totally slick smooth shiny bald across the top of my head. How well does laser work? I’m in my 70s and my remaining hair is almost all gray.

Laser treatment is likely going to be best for your scenario – it works well for the top of your head, but struggles with the horseshoe bit. It’s worth considering as a convenience thing for sure.

Where did the guy in the video go to get his head lasered? I’m in Chicago and I want this procedure done.

He’s based in New York but you can likely find someone local to you.

Interesting article. I’m Norwood 2 at most, but i shave my head bald for 5 years. Sometimes using just clippers with no guard, i’m too lazy to shave everyday. Maybe it would be solution for me in the future. 🙂 Thanks! 🙂

more and more often I think of laser my head. It’s very patchy, due my alopecia. My neck is already lasered and I love the feeling. But I am in two minds about lasering my entire head. Maybe my hair will grow back. Ofcourse it is very permanent. How to decide?

I can’t decide for you! But if you’re alopecia is permanent, then maybe it’s worth considering – however think long and hard about it beforehand!

How to get into reading a book

One thing you may want to know before you start using Goodreads is: "is the website free to use?" The answer is "yes, for the most part." It costs you no money to do the following things on Goodreads:

Create an account

Rate and review books

Add books to your virtual bookshelves

Search for books

Read certain e-books

Join groups of people who enjoy certain types of books

Post a message in a discussion forum about a book or book-related issue

Do other fun things such as take quizzes, participate in giveaways, and sign up for newsletters

In fact, there are really only two things that you can do on Goodreads that will cost you money: purchase books and advertise.

Purchasing books on Goodreads

Goodreads doesn't sell books itself; instead, it directs people to retailer websites, where they can purchase books. Some books will have previews on Goodreads; if you like the preview, you can proceed to a retailer website and purchase the full book. Goodreads gets a cut of any sale made this way.

Advertising on Goodreads

If you're an author on Goodreads, you can place advertisements on the website to promote your book. It's a cost-per-mention system, so the more people who click your link, the more you have to pay.

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Anyway, that's a little bit of information on what's free or not free on Goodreads!

How to get into reading a book

In the first few years of primary school, listening to your child read is a nightly task as they plough through the levels of their school reading scheme.

But at some point, they reach the major milestone of moving on from Biff, Chip and Kipper to books of their own choosing. This is known as becoming a free reader, and is an exciting new step for your child – and for you, too.

How to get into reading a book

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What is a free reader?

The term ‘free reader’ usually refers to a child who has finished the reading scheme used in their school, and is now allowed to choose from a wider selection of non-scheme books.

They won’t necessarily have read every single book in the reading scheme – it’s common to skip titles or even whole stages as they progress – but will have worked through the levels to a point where their teacher feels their reading skills and comprehension are solid.

At this stage, they’re able to tackle longer and more complex books, both fiction and non-fiction.

When should your child become a free reader?

  • Some schools allow children to become free readers once they have finished the foundation levels of a reading scheme (such as Oxford Reading Tree stage 9).
  • Some require them to have finished the entire reading scheme, including the upper levels (for example, up to and including Oxford Reading Tree stage 16).
  • Some allow children to combine reading schemes and free reading, choosing one reading scheme book and one title of their own choice at a time.

Children need to have demonstrated a good level of competence in both decoding and comprehension before they can move onto free reading. This usually equates to Oxford Reading Tree level 9 or thereabouts (although, as explained above, some schools continue to follow the schemes into their upper levels). Most children reach this stage around the end of Key Stage 1 or beginning of Key Stage 2, although some will hit it sooner or later.

Some schools will move children onto free reading whenever they feel they’re ready, regardless of their age. Others have different policies, such as not letting children become free readers before Key Stage 2, no matter how competent they are.

Because there are no hard and fast rules, it’s important to find out how children become free readers at your child’s school, and not compare them with children in other schools.

What can your child read now they’re a free reader?

Just as the definition of a free reader varies, there are no set rules about what children can and should read once they reach this stage. They’re likely to be reading longer, more complex chapter books, but these could vary from Rainbow Magic to Harry Potter.

The National Curriculum does state that Key Stage 2 children need to read from a variety of texts and genres, including fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books. Some of these will be tackled in class, but the selection of free reading books that they can choose from should reflect the breadth of material they’re expected to be tackling.

Can they choose their own books?

Again, this varies. Some schools are happy for children to read whatever they like, and to choose titles from their own bookshelves or the public library. Others ask them to choose their books from a selection within the classroom (perhaps linked to the topic they’re working on), or from the school library.

  • Looking at the front cover
  • Reading the blurb
  • Reading a small section of text.

Will someone still listen to your child read at school?

There’s no statutory requirement for teachers, Teaching Assistants or helpers to hear your child read at school, and it does tend to happen less in Key Stage 2 as more children move onto free reading. In some schools, children will still be heard regularly, but in others, it may be infrequent – maybe only once or twice a term.

Teachers will still keep an eye on your child’s reading progress, however, through activities such as guided reading (reading in small groups of a similar ability), using reference books in class and reading comprehension. If you’re worried that your child isn’t being listened to enough, have a word with their teacher.

Should you still hear them read at home?

You might breathe a sigh of relief at no longer having to listen to reading scheme books, but it’s important that you do still hear your child read at home, even if it's only a page or two at a time.

How to curve a bowling ball

Bowling is a fun sport that’s appropriate for all ages. When you first start out, you may need some tips and tricks to get that sought-after strike! Consider the following three tips to become a better bowler.

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Select the Perfect Bowling Ball

If your bowling ball is too light, there won’t be any force behind it to make it down the lane and knock over pins. If it’s too heavy, your arm will get tired quickly. A general rule of thumb is to choose a ball that weighs 10 percent of your body weight.

Test Out the Finger Holes

Just like your bowling ball, the finger holes must be the perfect size. If they’re too big, the bowling ball can easily slip from your grasp and either roll down the lane without speed or accidentally hit someone. If they’re too small, you won’t be able to insert your fingers into the holes, or you may hurt your fingers on release. Pick a bowling ball with finger holes that are snug but not too tight.

Be Aware of Proper Etiquette

Whether you’re playing by yourself or with a team, it’s important to follow rules of etiquette so that everyone can enjoy this activity. To become a better bowler, follow these rules:

  • The platform before the lane is called the approach. Only one person, the active bowler, should be on the approach. . It’s very rude to talk or yell anything when a bowler is about to release the bowling ball.
  • If you need to use someone else’s bowling ball, make sure to ask permission. Some balls are very expensive and it’s rude not to ask before borrowing a bowling ball.

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How to become an effective sniper in battlefield 2

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Бойцы класса «разведчик» имеют в своём арсенале, возможно, самое убойное оружие в игре — по крайней мере, при стрельбе с больших дистанций. В связи с этим снайперам нужно тщательно выбирать позиции для стрельбы, оценивая их защищённость и заметность для врага. Кроме того, обязательно добавьте к своей экипировке скорострельный пистолет, чтобы иметь возможность дать врагу отпор при пересечении зон ближних боёв. Умение быстро переключаться между двумя видами имеющегося у вас оружия также жизненно важно — в буквальном смысле.

Лучший способ поразить цель издалека — выстрелить ей в голову, предварительно нажав кнопку задержки дыхания, чтобы стабилизировать прицел. При этом очень важно сделать поправки с учётом её движения и снижения траектории пули. Пули в Battlefield V поражают цель не мгновенно, и не попадают именно туда, куда вы целитесь, поэтому при стрельбе стоит принимать во внимание скорость перемещения цели и действие силы тяжести.

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Минус игры за разведчика в том, что при использовании оптического прицела он начинает ярко блестеть, выдавая ваше местоположение врагам. Чтобы из охотника не стать добычей, старайтесь не смотреть в прицел подолгу или используйте оптику небольшой кратности (2x и ниже). Ещё один недостаток — долгое время перезарядки винтовок. Старайтесь не заниматься этим, пока не окажетесь в безопасном месте, или выберите для своего оружия специализацию «съёмный магазин», чтобы ускорить процесс.

How to make lip balm

How to make lip balm

Lip balm is great for relieving dry, tingling, or chapped lips. It can also serve as a preventative measure to maintain full, healthy lips, says Heather D. Rogers, MD, a dermatologist with Modern Dermatology in Seattle.

However, with so many options available it’s hard to know which lip balm is best for your needs. Find out which ingredients work best to soothe your lips, and which you should be cautious of.

Lip balm ingredients

There are a variety of ingredients used in lip balms. When choosing a brand, review the ingredients to make sure you’re getting the best care for your lips.

“Less is more when it comes to ingredients to heal chapped lips,” Rogers says. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a difference, you just need ones that work.

Castor oil: Castor oil is made from castor beans and has long been used in various medicines. It penetrates the skin better than other vegetable oils, says Rogers. Castor oil and hemp seed oil are among the oils recommended by dermatologists to help soothe chapped lips, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

Honey: Honey is considered a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture. As a lip balm ingredient, honey can help exfoliate lips and keep them hydrated and healthy, says Jennifer M. Wong, a dermatology physician assistant with Advanced Dermatology PC in the New York metro area.

Lanolin: Lanolin is a type of wax secreted by woolly animals such as sheep. It can relieve irritated lips because it helps to seal in moisture. One study found that it was able to reduce water loss in the skin by 20% to 30%.

Although lanolin has moisturizing qualities, an estimated 1.2% to 6.9% of the general population is allergic to lanolin, according to a 2019 study. Some may not even know they are allergic until they use a lip balm that contains it. A rash, redness, or burning on the skin or lips are signs of an allergic reaction, and you should stop using that product, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Petroleum jelly, petrolatum, and mineral oil: Even before its commercial discovery in the 1800s, humans have used petroleum jelly or petrolatum as an ointment. Mineral oil is one of the ingredients in petroleum jelly. Both petroleum jelly and mineral oil are commonly used in lip balm because they trap moisture, Wong says. They also can help heal chapped lips, according to the AAD.

Shea butter and cocoa butter: Shea and cocoa butter are both natural types of fats that come from the shea tree and cocoa bean, respectively. Butters, like shea and cocoa, help your lips hold on to moisture and help heal chapped lips, according to the AAD.

Tocopherol (vitamin E): Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has been used in cosmetic products for at least 50 years. Antioxidants are substances that help prevent or delay cell damage and are beneficial for skin care.

Vitamin E is commonly used in lip balm, although a small percentage of people — a little under 1%, according to a 2010 study — are allergic to it. To help avoid a potential allergic reaction, choose lip balms without vitamin E, or make sure it’s far down on the ingredient list, says Rogers.

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide: Just like your skin, your lips are sensitive to the sun, and too much sun can cause them to chap. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are common in sunscreens for both skin and lips because they help block UV rays.

This also helps prevent certain pre-cancers of the lip, like actinic cheilitis, and skin cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma. Since UV rays can also trigger cold sores in people who are prone to them, a lip balm with sunscreen will also help prevent outbreaks. The ADD advises using a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher before you go outside.

Insider’s takeaway

In addition to looking for the right ingredients, you should always opt for lip balms that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, Rogers says.

That’s because many fragrances can cause an allergic reaction, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. By choosing lip balms that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, you’ll be less likely to irritate the lips.

Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to help hydrate your chapped lips. This will help them heal more quickly.

If your chapped lips don’t get better after two to three weeks, see a doctor to rule out other possible problems like an allergic reaction, yeast infection, or a precancerous condition called actinic cheilitis that causes lips to feel dry and scaly, according to the AAD.

How to remove ink stains from wood furniture

How to remove ink stains from wood furniture

Permanent markers can be both a blessing and a curse. People can use them to label clothing, address boxes and make signs, but sometimes, marker ends up where it isn’t wanted, like on the walls or on the leather couch. Fortunately, it isn’t impossible to remove permanent marker stains. The different removal methods vary with the material that has been stained, but a melamine sponge, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or even just toothpaste can be used.

In order to remove permanent marker stains from wood furniture or a leather couch, a melamine foam sponge can be used. Cleaning products aren’t necessary when using this sponge. Dampen it with warm water and rub the mark in a circular motion. The sponge will break apart as it removes the stain. Allow the couch or furniture to air dry, then vacuum.

When left uncapped, on the floor, permanent marker ink may soak into the carpet. Rubbing alcohol or oil-free hairspray may help remove the ink from the fibers. Saturate a clean cloth with the rubbing alcohol or hairspray and push it in to the stain. Repeat the process, using clean corners of the cloth, until it is removed. Rinse with clean water and soak up the excess with a dry towel.

To remove permanent marker stains on plastic, use nail polish remover. Soak a towel with the nail polish remover and scrub the permanent marker stain. It will take a lot of elbow grease to lift the stain from plastic. Wipe the plastic down with a water-soaked towel, then dry.

A a toothbrush and toothpaste may remove marker ink from a wooden table. For the best results, use a whitening toothpaste. Put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and scrub the stain in a circular motion. Start on the inside of the stain and work outwards, using a firm circular motion. Allow the toothpaste to sit for at least five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

It can be difficult to remove marker from hard, white surfaces, such as countertops, but bleach and a lot of arm muscle may work. Saturate the surface with a bleach and water solution in a ratio of 1 part bleach to 2 parts water. Allow the stain to soak for ten minutes or more. Vigorously scrub the stain until it is removed, then allow to air dry.

To remove permanent marker stains on clothing, try spraying with hairspray and allow it to sit overnight. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush and wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric. Check for stains before drying and repeat if necessary. Once the fabric is dried, the stain will be set in and much harder to remove.

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Discussion Comments

@turkay1– That’s super easy. You just need to write over the permanent marker stain with an erasable marker and then use your dry eraser to erase it. This also works with some plastics.

If you have a dry erase board cleaner (the liquid solution), it helps to go over the stain with that as well. SteamLouis February 20, 2013

@anon278861– Have you tried nail polish remover?

I think that’s what my sister had done to remove marker stains from her tennis shoes. Vinegar might work too. Just give these a try. candyquilt February 19, 2013

How do I remove permanent marker from a dry-erase board? My daughter used the wrong marker. I don’t want to have to throw it away. anon278861 July 9, 2012

How do I get permanent marker off Converse tennis shoes? anon265140 April 30, 2012

If you get permanent marker in your hair, is it dangerous? Judyb August 21, 2011

Please do not ever use a Magic Eraser to clean leather furniture. The way magic erasers work is to remove a fine layer of the finish on the leather. This will make the leather look very clean but will permanently damage the leather which in e long term will be expensive to fix. anon150558 February 8, 2011

On a cub scout outing we wrote names with black permanent marker on a clip-on clear plastic tags (the kind where they emboss white card stock with clear plastic). If Deep-Woods OFF came into contact with the tag, the permanent marker wiped off like it was dry erase. (kind of scary to think what we spray on our skin!) anon134527 December 15, 2010

Does anyone have any idea what would get permanent marker off of a shoe? [more specifically, the white part of a converse chuck taylor shoe.]

I fly for a living, single pilot and often, the best source to write on is the windscreen (it’s glass). Once I used a permanent marker (which was in the aircraft and I thought was a dry erase). The mechanic said, "No problem, brake fluid takes it right out." It does!

I’d suggest this for hard, nonpenatrable surfaces without hesitation — it works. For other things such as fabrics and carpets, it may work, but be careful. Test an area.

I believe the brake fluid has petroleum bases to it, so you may need an alternative, follow-up cleaning to remove this after removing the permanent marker. Huey Pilot anon62590 January 27, 2010

How can I get permanent marker from my daughter’s hair? Please help. I need it out ASAP. thanks! anon58674 January 3, 2010

Well i’m doing a science project on this and i can’t find anything that helps with my research paper! It’s totally hard. cazzam June 4, 2009

A yellow post-it note turned the pocket (inside and outside) of my light pink pants yellow, when I washed and dried them. How can I get the yellow out? facmohideen June 3, 2009

Can I remove fabric paint from cotton cloth? housemom28 January 30, 2009

Try using the Amodex ink and stain remover. Its rated #1 for removing Permanent ink and has worked for me *many* times. It sure saved me when my daughter wrote on the couch and it got all of the stain out. and it had been on the upholstery for over a week!

How to teach a child bilingual reading

How to teach a child bilingual reading

When it comes to reading, parents of multilingual children often worry about how/when to start teaching their children how to read. Should they start by teaching their children how to read in one language and then transfer this knowledge over to the other language or is it better start with both languages at once? Either approach is fine! The key is really to give children the time they need to understand the differences (and similarities) between each written form.

Parents should not be worried that learning more than one written language form at the same time is too difficult for a child. Some children might find it daunting at first but children around the world do this every day. Studies actually suggest that dual-language reading could in fact be a facilitator for learning how to read in some cases. (

When bilingual children learn how to read, whether it’s simultaneously or in sequence, they realise that we can name the same thing but it will be written in two different ways. They see that these two different languages have two different codes, they might even notice different shapes, different symbols etc… As well as those differences, children will notice similarities (sounds, characters, punctuation etc.). This constant comparing of the two codes, which will be done naturally by the learner is actually going to help them understand both languages more in depth.

“With two written forms, children are constantly doing grammar in their heads.” (Jean Duverger, translated by me)The knowledge your child has in one language will help him understand their other language and vice versa.

Two alphabets might result in some mixing up between the two. For example, in French the name of the letter ‘I’ is the same as the name of the letter ‘E’ in English. This can get confusing at first, but as long as these mistakes are identified and corrected, your child will soon learn not to mix them up.

Just remember, whether you decide to teach the two languages simultaneously or in a sequence doesn’t really matter. What counts is to give your child the necessary time to learn.

How to teach a child bilingual reading

If you are a parent raising a bilingual child, you will most likely come across a few challenges along the way. Learning a language is a skill. And, as with any other skill such as learning to play an instrument or a sport, practice is vital.

As a mother who speaks one of my children’s minority languages, it is important that I make sure that they receive enough exposure to my native language, English, and they have enough time to practice it. We live in Italy after all, and their Italian exposure is extensive. They also have exposure to Spanish a few afternoons per week. While they are bilingual in English and Italian, and speak Spanish quite well for their ages, there is always room for improvement.

Raising bilingual children is a lifelong journey. Providing our children ways to boost their language skills on a daily basis will give them the support they need to become proficient speakers in all of their languages.

1. Create the Need

If there is a need to use a language, then children will use it. Creating that need is key. For bilingual parents this can sometimes be a struggle, especially for the parent speaking the minority language. If your child knows you speak a second language, they may realise they don’t “need” to speak the other one for you to understand them.

If you are following a particular language strategy such as OPOL or Minority Language at Home, try to be consistent as much as possible. This will create expectations for your little ones and they will know which language to speak when. Consistency is key with creating a need.

How to teach a child bilingual reading

2. Read to and with Your Bilingual Children Every Day

As parents, we should read to our children every day. With bilingual kids, it is even more important, especially to improve the minority language. Reading books to our children gives them exposure to vocabulary that they may not otherwise hear on a daily basis in normal conversation. The more words they hear, the larger their vocabulary becomes.

Having a variety of books in your home library, especially in the minority language, will keep them motivated to read, and help to encourage their language development. Take note of their interests, and provide your child with books and materials that you know they will enjoy.

There is no need to stop reading to our children once they start reading to themselves. No matter how old a child is, they can always benefit from parents reading aloud to them.

3. Play Music and Sing Songs

Many children are able to sing songs before they can even speak. Using music to learn a language or improve your bilingual children’s language skills is a powerful too. By singing songs together, your child will hear a range of vocabulary, which can be easily memorised to a melody. There is something about music that motivates children to learn without realising it. Children naturally love to dance around and sing. Playing songs in the target language will allow your child to learn while having fun.

How to teach a child bilingual reading

4. Cook Together

Cooking is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. There are so many skills that children can learn through cooking, and it is a great way to learn new vocabulary. Try reading a recipe in the target language, and following the instructions. Cook a foreign dish and taste different types of ingredients. Working together on a task is a great opportunity to encourage conversation and practice a language. It is amazing how much conversation can happen while preparing a dish together.

How to teach a child bilingual reading

5. Use Language Apps

Whether you are introducing a new language, or would just like to add exposure to the minority language, apps can be a great help to bilingual children. There are a whole range of language learning apps, both educational and fun, that can help children with their language skills and give them a little more exposure.

While apps won’t teach your child a language, they can certainly introduce new vocabulary and improve a language if your child already has a good grasp of it. In a generation growing up in a world filled with technology, we need to learn to use screen time to our advantage.

6. Travel (if you can!)

Immersing your child in a language is one of the best ways to improve their fluency. By traveling to places where your target language is spoken, your children will get to practice the language in the most natural way possible. They will also be able to experience the culture that goes with it.

How to teach a child bilingual reading

7. Make it Fun

We all know children learn the most when having fun. When children are motivated, they absorb and remember more information. Simply spending time together doing activities that you know your child will enjoy will improve your bilingual children’s language skills with very little effort. Let your child take the lead and show you what they like to do, and make it into a learning experience.

Chontelle Bonfiglio is a certified ESL teacher, writer, and creator of Bilingual Kidspot, a website offering practical advice for parents raising bilingual or multilingual children. She is also a mother of two bilingual children. You can follow her on Facebook for more information on Bilingual Parenting.

How to file a complaint against a real estate agent in florida

Q: How do you make people aware of an unprofessional real estate agent? I want people to be aware of this one agent who cost us a potential sale because of her unprofessional behavior.

A: If you’ve had an unpleasant experience with either a listing agent or a buyer’s agent, you should first contact the managing broker or owner of the firm and schedule an appointment to discuss the situation. You should calmly discuss the problem and ask the broker to resolve it for you, either by bringing in the agent so everyone can air their grievance or by speaking directly to the agent on your behalf.

If that doesn’t solve the problem and you have a legitimate grievance, you can file complaints with the National Association of Realtors (if the agent is a member) and local and state association of realtors. The governmental department in your state that regulates real estate agents and real estate brokers may allow you to file a complaint against the agent with that office. You can go online to the Better Business Bureau and file a complaint there as well.

While it may help you feel better to file a complaint, it’s unlikely that your agent will lose his or her license because of it. I suppose if the behavior was egregious, your state may take some disciplinary action.

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But before you go down the war path with the agent, it’s worthwhile first trying to talk to the person that supervises that agent in the local office or regional office for that agency and then move up the chain of command to the owner if you do not feel your concern has been addressed property.

Lastly, while you say the agent was unprofessional in selling your home, there are times when a seller’s perception of a problem may not rise to a level that can actually be considered a real problem by most real estate professionals. You might want to discuss your situation with an unbiased person in the real estate industry to determine whether a problem is grave enough to merit more of your time on this issue.

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This guide covers complaints to estate agents, letting agents and managing agents.

Managing agents act as the manager of communal facilities of a residential block, usually leasehold or share of freehold, on behalf of the freeholder.

Estate agents sell property, usually chosen by and paid for by the seller of the property, by marketing it to potential buyers.

Letting agents arrange the renting of a property on behalf of the property's owner, usually chosen by and paid for by the property owner, and market it to potential tenants.

Sometimes, letting agents also manage the individual property for the owner, acting between tenant and landlord for the duration of the contract.

Read on to find out what to do if you have a problem with a property agent.

2 Complain directly to the agent

As always, you should speak first to the agent directly raising any concerns you may have with them in the first instance.

You should always give the agent a chance to put things right before escalating your complaint.

Be mindful that the agent might not be able to resolve your complaint immediately so it's worth establishing how long they think it could take.

If you're unhappy with the way your agent is dealing with your complaint, you should make a formal complaint and go through the agent's internal complaints procedure.

3 Escalate your complaint

Letting agents and management agents

From 1 October 2014, all letting and property management agents are required to be a member of one of three compulsory redress schemes.

The schemes are designed to ensure tenants and leaseholders have a straightforward option to hold their agents to account.

The three compulsory schemes for letting and managing agents are:

Ombudsman Services Property

The Ombudsman Services Property was discontinued in August 2018.

If your agent was a member of this scheme, it must join an alternative scheme.

The schemes will offer independent investigation of complaints about hidden fees or poor service.

The majority of letting agents are already signed up with one of the three organisations but the remaining 3,000 agents – 40% of the entire industry – must have signed up by 1 October 2014.

You can check with the different schemes to see if your letting agent is a member. If they are not, you have grounds to complain to your local trading standards department.

However, each local authority has the power to decide whether they apply a 'grace' period or not.

And remember, ombudsmen will not usually deal with a complaint until you've exhausted your agents' own internal complaints procedure, and have been unable to reach a satisfactory resolution.

Estate agents

Estate agents must also belong to an ombudsman scheme so that complaints about them can be dealt with quickly and easily.

This became mandatory in 2007 by virtue of the Consumers Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007.

You can use our template letter to ask the Property Ombudsman to intervene in your dispute.

4 Complain to a trade association

Estate agents

If you're unhappy with the service or the treatment you've received from your estate agent, members of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) are bound by strict rules.

to see if your estate agent is a member.

The NAEA can take disciplinary action on your behalf if your agent hasn't protected and promoted your interests.

Letting agents

is the UK's professional body for letting agents.

If you have a complaint against an ARLA member, they can investigate this matter for you.

Managing agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) is a trade association for residential property management agents.

This usually applies to leasehold property where the agent manages the whole building on behalf of the freeholder – whereas letting agents may manage individual flats within the building on behalf of individual owners.

All ARMA members must offer access to an independent ombudsman scheme where unresolved disputes can be addressed.

to see if your managing agent is a member.

If they are, ARMA can ensure that complaints are handled well by their members, but if your complaint remains unresolved, then you can take the matter to the ombudsman.

about one of its members for more information.

5 Renting Roulette campaign

Which? conducted research and produced a

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The report found that a significant number of tenants and landlords were experiencing issues with their property agent and many did not have a route to redress.

At the time, 40% of the market was not signed up to a redress scheme.

Which? lobbied hard in 2013 and sought an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 which the government accepted.

This has resulted in the new legislation coming into force requiring all agents to sign up to a redress scheme.

Fraud, breach of duty and breach of contract – these are the top three complaints against real estate agents.

Before you file a formal complaint against a real estate, decide whether any misconduct has really occurred. Difficulties in relationship with a real estate agent often stem from a simple breakdown in communication; re-establishing communication may clear up any misunderstandings. However, if you feel that your agent has deliberately lied or misled you about anything you consider material (i.e. the condition of a piece of property, the willingness of a seller or buyer or the costs of services), you should move forward with filing a complaint.

Fraud, breach of duty and breach of contract – these are the top three complaints made against real estate agents. Fraud complaints usually stem from a real estate agent’s intentional non-disclosure of problems with the property. Breach of duty is when the agent’s action proved that he or she did not have the client’s best interest at heart. Finally, a breach of contract is when the agent willfully or consciously fails to perform any part of the contract.

Prior to filing a complaint against a real estate agent, you should compile the relevant information and documentation needed to support your claim in order to save yourself from any further hassle, additional expenses or headache. Be prepared to provide a factual description of the incident to include with your report.

Step 1

The first step is calling the real estate agent’s office. Ask to speak directly to the managing broker – the person who is responsible for all the transactions and actions of your real estate agent. By law, the broker is the one who owes you a fiduciary duty to handle any complaints you serve against the agent.

Most of the time, a calm and sincere discussion with the broker can resolve any grievances you may have, which can save you a lot of time and energy when debating taking further legal action.

Step 2

During your scheduled meeting with the agent’s managing broker, be mindful not to sound bitter and hard to reason with. Present all the facts without letting emotions get in the way. Include the names of witnesses, if you have any, as well as their contact details. Presenting yourself as a patient and competent individual will help you to support your claim against the real estate agent.

Before setting up the meeting, it is best to practice explaining your complaint. You’ll want to be precise, clear and firm. Making your complaints known in a professional manner will help you get the resolution you feel you deserve right away.

Step 3

Request a resolution. Apart from merely making a complaint against a real estate agent, you can ask the managing broker to resolve your problem. For example, if the agent did not disclose a defect in the house, you could ask for an offsetting reduction in agent fees.

Be open to settlement. Accepting less than you want does not mean that you cannot still file a complaint with your state’s licensing board.

Step 4

If you have strong evidence that the real estate agent has violated their association’s ethical standards, contact the local real estate board. The local real estate board has the authority to impose disciplinary actions to the erring agent.

Situations that merit due punishment include the following: the agent’s deliberate misleading of the home’s real value, non-disclosure of dual agency (the agent representing both the buyer and the seller) and failure to provide all suitable offers to the homeowner as per instructed in the contract of agreement.

You must understand that no monetary compensation can be given to you by the local real estate board. However, filing a complaint about a real estate can prevent the agent from doing the same thing to another innocent homebuyer/seller in the future.

Step 5

You can file a complaint against your real estate agent with the Better Business Bureau ( All you have to do is provide them with your zip code and you’ll be redirected to the website for your local chapter. Go to the ‘For Consumers’ page and then click on the ‘File a Complaint’ button. You will be taken to a new page that says ‘Start your complaint’ where you can report in detail all the information pertaining to your complaint.

The bureau will then proceed to make an investigation regarding the agent in question as soon as you file the complaint and will take the necessary actions for the offense.

Step 6

If considerable monetary loses were obtained during your transaction with the unscrupulous real estate agent, it is wise to seek legal counsel.

Step 7

If considerable monetary losses occurred during your transaction with the unscrupulous real estate agent, it would be wise to seek legal counsel to learn more about your options.