28 May

Family Time: Learning From Each Other

Children gain their moral values and life perspectives initially from their parents. The values of their parents they adopt and live with as they grow. Parents might think that what they say is right, but they can learn from their children as well. In a family, it is important that the members learn from each other, not just from one or two people.

A family learns from each other when they know how to discuss topics with each other in a proper manner. The family can discuss any topic. This helps promote the openness the family has with each other and relieves any secrecy that one or two members of the family might adopt.

When a family member thinks that one idea or one perspective about a topic is wrong, that family member should argue using facts, not just their own viewpoint. While they can honestly express their viewpoint, they must see sense only with facts. In most traditional families, the viewpoint of parents is the only leverage of morality present, which narrows down the minds of the children because they adopt such values.

Because this viewpoint is expressed very harshly, children tend to hide things that seem wrong to the morality of their parents. As the children grow old, they realize that everything they did also had a moral value that they developed for themselves, and this is when they turn against their parents and their parents’ way of thinking.

It is important to avoid the situation in the third paragraph and allow your children to be open to any kind of topic. Even if taboo or controversial, do not say that they are “too young to understand”. Instead, explain the topic in the best manner possible and why you think it is wrong or complicated to achieve a good learning exchange from each other.

04 April

Keeping an Open Mind Within the Family

A family is a social construct that provides belongingness especially to those who were just born. However a family could also become an obstacle to the critical thinking and individuality of a family member if they impose their values as higher than anything else for the child. For their formative years, children will benefit from their parents’ beliefs, but as they grow older, parents must encourage them to thin on their own.

It is important to keep an open mind in the family and open communication. There should be a proper forum to settle disputes and irrational arguments cannot be considered valid. Irrational arguments include parents stressing that as long as the child lives in their house they live by their laws or that the future they impose on their children is the best they could provide.

Truthfully, parents do all these because they intend all things good for their child, but a child cannot stand on his or her own if parents continue to intervene with their independent thought. Children who are always left by their parents also have a tendency to stray from their parent’s wishes given their own learnings in real life.

It is important that parents encourage their children to open their minds and not be limited to their own values. Parents have their own set of values and each person, even a child, has their own and all these must be given proper respect.

19 March

The Value of Spending Dinner With Your Family

Lunch is obviously a human activity designed to re-nourish the body of the nutrients it needs to go by daily activities when the day becomes hectic during the afternoon. However, breakfast and dinner are also the most important, not because they perform the same re-nourishment activity, but because it allows family members to socialize with each other.

A great deal of childhood trauma and misguidance stems from the lack of family interaction. While family members do interact at certain points of the day, conversation and opening up certain issues are made easy when everyone is performing the same activity. In itself “dinner talks” and “breakfast talks” are very important.

Parents can usually ask their children about their day, what they intend to do for the day, what’s in store for them for the day and allow their children to ask them questions that they may otherwise be afraid to ask at certain times of the day. Dinner is more than just eating together, but dinner conversations evoke so much more knowing that all members have time to listen while eating.

Many psychologists advise families to always eat together and at least have a daily activity where they spend time together. A dinner is a perfect example of how a family could talk and depend on each other for advice.

13 March

The Implications of No Win No Fee Claims’ Return

The Ministry of Justice plans to re-instate the no win no fee claims in place of the win/lose no fee claims in the United Kingdom to reduce the number of fraudulent accident claims in the country. The insurance industry reports that it is losing at least £2 billion yearly for fraud claims, raising car insurance holders’ repayments by £118 yearly. The no win no fee re-instatement will begin on April 2013.

Personal injury lawyers disagreed with the new guidelines and the return of no win no fee not only because it lessens their chances of having clients, but because the victims of accidents cannot get enough compensation without legal aid. No win no fee affords them a lawyer, but it does not guarantee them complete compensation.

The insurance industry promised that victims who directly make a claim directly them will earn the rightful compensation they deserve. While pointed out by legal professionals as an arrangement with a conflict of interest, other analysts see it as a ploy to allow the insurance industry to reduce their payouts to victims.

The win/lose no fee agreement came into effect when victims complained about being undercompensated due to the no win no fee claims. However, because many personal injury lawyers and claims management companies “abused the legal system”, according to the Association of British Insurers, honest drivers are paying the price. MOJ Secretary Chris Grayling said that it was time that honest drivers recovered from their losses against fraudulent and exaggerated insurance claimants.