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 Writing a Nonfiction Book  -- How to Organize 


There are many different ways to gather and organize data when you prepare to write your nonfiction book. You will actually want to find one that suits your style and needs most, but here is what I found to be useful to me and the easiest to do.

Select a topic

The first thing that you will want to do before sitting down to write a book is find out what you like to write about. What I do is list out all the topics that I am familiar with. Things like gardening, painting, music, sewing, building, renovating, teaching, parenting, photography, etc, cross my mind. 

You don’t need to be an expert or have a degree in any subject in order to write about it. You can get all sorts of professional data from books or from the internet that you can use in your book. And, in doing so, you might even learn something new that tickles your fancy. 

But you do want to write about something that you are interested in, and it helps you learn more if you approach the subject with the attitude that you might not know everything there is to know about the area.

Discipline and Your Child - How do you win?

Having trouble with your child following your direction? Is your child disobedient and unruly? How much discipline is too much?

One thing to keep in mind with children is they are not dogs; they are not pets. So they won't respond to the same discipline as your pet german shepherd. Use the guideline of how you would like to be treated and treat them likewise.

The goal in raising children is to have them think for themselves, be self-determined and have a good sense of values. In most cases, children know what is right or wrong. Usually by experience or by watching your example or even by thinking things through, they will decide the best action for themselves. When they don't, they are usually trying to assert that they are right and you are wrong, or they have incorrect data or not enough data. So if you punish your child severely for something they did wrong, they may continue the wrong action just to prove you are wrong in what you did.

The best way to raise a child to think for themselves is by setting a good example, providing your child with ample correct data, and by increasing your communication with that child. Your communication with him should show that you respect him as an individual, you trust him and you value him as a being. By keeping this in mind, you will find he will shine and do the right thing. And if he falls short of that once in a while, remember that you have probably fallen short of your ideals occasionally too. Treat him as you would have liked to be treated when you made a mistake in judgment.

A useful thing to do as a parent is to write down a guideline of what you want from your child and how you want to be treated if you were to stray from that ideal yourself. Then let your child know what you expect of him and how he will be treated when he blunders. Give him enough data. Let him know what the consequences are of certain actions.

Go ahead and write down a list of various actions the child might do that would need correction. Then write down what you propose to do to correct that action or behavior. For example, child steals another kids toy. If this child is a toddler, he doesn't have enough data perhaps. You might want to substitute another item that does belong to the child, letting him know that the toy he took belongs to another child and here is his own. Or he could ask to play with the other kids toy and offer his own for the other to play with in the meantime. If he is older, you might want him to have a look at what he is trying to solve by taking that toy. Have him suggest better ways of solving it.

As you can see, the handlings are gentle and lead more toward the goal of raising a child who is self determined, can think for himself and has a sense of good values.

Be kind, Be consistent, And most of all be loving and helpful.