Love for learning:

Battles over reading, writing, and arithmetic too often drive a wedge between parents and their kids. Many times these ongoing conflicts give children distaste for learning and send parents to bed at night wondering, "What are we doing wrong with this child?"

The following tips are dedicated to creating happier homes, where children are free to fall in love with learning and parents no longer dread homework hassles:

Tip #1: Set aside a time for family learning. 

This is a time for your children to do their homework and for you to model the value of learning by enjoying a book. The best way to create a love of learning in your kids is to show them how much you enjoy it. 

Tip #2: Avoid battles by offering choices.

Research shows children are more likely to do their homework if they are given many small choices. For example:

·         Would you rather do your homework right after school or wait until four o'clock?

·         Are you going to do your homework in your room or at the kitchen table?

·         Are you going to do all your homework right now, or are you going to do half now and the rest after dinner?

Tip #3: Help only when your child really wants it. 

There is nothing that creates more homework battles than parents who "help" when help is not wanted. Try asking: 
Would you like some ideas on that, or would you like me to leave you alone? 
Your child's desire to do it alone is a very healthy sign of independence and responsibility. 

Tip #4: Spend most of your time noticing what they do well. 

DO NOT focus on what your child does wrong! Allow your child to get help in those areas from their teachers. Successful parents spend 99 percent of their energy noticing what their kids do well. They say things like: 

·         Show me the very best letter you made today. You really worked hard on that!

·         Look at that math problem. You got it right!

Tip #5: Help only as long as it's enjoyable for both of you. 

Too frequently, homework help turns into a homework battle. Smart parents back out of the helper role as soon as they sense conflict brewing. Try hugging your child and saying:

I love you too much to help if it means we are going to argue. I know this is really hard. Good luck.

Tip #6: Help only as long as your child is doing most of the work. 

Say the following to yourself over and over again: 

This is my child's homework. Not mine!

There is nothing more destructive than stealing the struggle of learning by doing too much for your child. Each time they achieve something difficult on their own, their self-esteem soars and they are better prepared for the real world.


Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 3.0 using Microsoft SQL Server

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in, write posts and customize blog, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data and Custom folders. If your blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support.

If you wish to use a database to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine docs to get started.


When you`ve got write permissions set, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change password, create new users and set roles and permissions. Passwords are hashed by default so you better configure email in settings for password recovery to work or learn how to do it manually.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET is set up to take full advantage of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes, Widgets & Extensions

One last thing to consider is customizing the look and behavior of your blog. We have themes, widgets and extensions available right out of the box. You can install more right from admin panel under Custom/Gallery.

On the web

You can find news about BlogEngine.NET on the official website. For tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks visit our docs site. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team