The Key To A Perfect Tattoo Design

Like all art forms, tattoos are a way of expressing to the world who you really are; and choosing the best tattoo design for you is critical because it’s a permanent symbol that holds meaning.

Getting a perfect tattoo design is not difficult, but you have to be patient and persistent. The real key to getting a great design is to start with great tattoo idea. So many people rush into getting inked without taking the time to think it through carefully.

Begin by asking yourself, �Will this tattoo design still look good in 10 years?� If you’re not sure, keep looking. The following tips will help you narrow down your choices and discover the perfect tattoo design for your personality.

One method is to find someone with a tattoo you absolutely love, and consider if there is some way to personalize it. You might even talk to a tattoo artist about the design and see if they have an idea to improve on it, or customize it to your personality.

Of course, you don’t want to just rip off someone else’s �tat.� But being influenced by someone else’s tattoo design is a whole different story. We all have influences on our individual style, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Another method is to look for a tattoo design has a special meaning to you personally. A tattoo is a reflection of who you are, and it should represent the qualities you see in yourself – loyalty, honesty, individuality or your sense of humor are few examples of this.

Taking time to research different symbols, phrases and patterns will help you select a tattoo design that describes your personality. If you are thinking about getting words inked onto your body, try different tattoo lettering styles.

Once you have a clue about the type of tattoo design you want, it’s time to start thinking about its location. The location of your tattoo is also symbolic of you and your personality, so it needs to �fit.� Remember, location is just as important as design. Arm or lower back tattoos are still popular amongst the influential youth however they are also viewed upon as common.

One of the best ways to get a great tattoo idea is to visit a well-respected tattoo artist. An artist who sees tattoos (both good and bad) all day long is your best guide when you rare trying to narrow down your choices for both your design and location.

A word of warning: if you run your idea by an accomplished tattoo artist and he/she doesn’t think its right for you–you should think long and hard before continuing with that specific tattoo. Tattoo artists are professionals, and the good ones seen it all have seen it all when it comes to tattoos–been there done that. If they don’t think your tattoo idea will work well for you, listen to them! They know what they are talking about.

Is Pet Health Insurance An Option?

Most pet owners aren’t aware that health insurance for their loved animals has been available for about 15 years now. However, both the availability and restrictions on most plans have made this type of health insurance out of reach for most pet owners.

Interestingly enough, pet health insurance has changed in the past couple of years. Now, animal owners are able to afford medical procedures previously prohibitive because of the cost. But many skeptics are concerned that health insurance for pets will see an increase in the red tape us humans already encounter every day.

Animal medicine is one of the few health care services that isn’t financially dependent on health insurance. Medical, dental, surgical and pharmaceuticals are all pretty much covered by health insurance in humans, but veterinary patients are responsible for all of that, themselves. Or, at least their owners are.

Health insurance for pets is very similar to insurance for humans. The same fees, deductibles, coverage rates and plans are all in place, with different plans based on the age, species, and general health of your pet.

Most health insurance policies for animals start around the 6-8 week range, but when the policies end depend on a variety of factors, mostly decided by the health insurance company. Some have age limits, and some don’t.

And just like with humans, some health insurance companies will only accept your pet on their plan if they are healthy; others will accept them only if they have had a stable condition for more than six months in a row.

Currently, deductibles stand around $100 for pet health insurance. Policy costs vary as much as human health insurance does, unfortunately. Some depend on what types and kind of coverage is desired, and yet others are just blanket coverage catch-alls. Some may only cover accidents and illnesses. And more pets usually means a reduced health insurance rate for subsequent animals.

But what if you decide that an health insurance policy is not right for you, and your pet? There are other options, of course!

First, discuss your situation with your Veterinarian. Some animal hospitals offer packages that aren’t quite health insurance, but can offer a rate deal of some sorts on more mundane medical procedures (spaying/neutering, vaccinations, etc.), or packages for your aging animal.

Secondly, research plans that offer discounts on animal health services. PetAssure is one of these companies, but there are a myriad of not-for-profits that may offer this as a side benefit when you join. Or, these same animal not-for-profits may offer financial assistance for pet owners whose health costs are beyond their means a sort of emergency fund, if you will.

New Data On Corporal Punishment – Viable Option For Solving Child Misbehavior?

There is significant merit to the claim that children only listen for fear of punishment, and may deviate once out of their parents’ control. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Your child will carry his/her negative experiences in his/her mind, body and soul until she/he has an awakening and the trauma from physical punishment is healed in mind, body and spirit.

Contrary to popular belief the majority of western parents approve and promote hitting children as a well-accepted method to correct unacceptable child behavior. The majority of Americans promote and condone physical punishment in the home in all 50-states, and 19 states condone and promote physical punishment in school. 42 countries ban corporal punishment in the home and school. What do these 42 countries know that Americans are turning a blind eye?

A full list of countries that enacted laws prohibiting violence against children in the home and school is courtesy of the Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment. Most recent first:

San Marino (2014)

Argentina (2014)

Bolivia (2014)

Brazil (2014)

Malta (2014)

Cabo Verde (2013)

Honduras (2013)

TFYR Macedonia (2013)

South Sudan (2011)

Albania (2010)

Congo, Republic of (2010)

Kenya (2010)

Tunisia (2010)

Poland (2010)

Liechtenstein (2008)

Luxembourg (2008)

Republic of Moldova (2008)

Costa Rica (2008)

Togo (2007)

Spain (2007)

Venezuela (2007)

Uruguay (2007)

Portugal (2007)

New Zealand (2007)

Netherlands (2007)

Greece (2006)

Hungary (2005)

Romania (2004)

Ukraine (2004)

Iceland (2003)

Turkmenistan (2002)

Germany (2000)

Israel (2000)

Bulgaria (2000)

Croatia (1999)

Latvia (1998)

Denmark (1997)

Cyprus (1994)

Austria (1989)

Norway (1987)

Finland (1983)

Sweden (1979)

The danger of corporal punishment appears in many physical and mental illnesses, mental, emotional and spiritual dysfunctions. One of the commonalities among all people in American prisons-Male and Female-they are the product of physical (corporal) punishment.

Furthermore, the U.S. has more prisoners than any other country. Yes, MORE prisons per headcount than any other country in the world. This fact is testimony that if corporal punishment produced law abiding citizens why then do all prisoners have corporal punishment as a commonality. If corporal punishment created law-abiding citizens, it would stand to reason that prisoners would have the commonality of never experiencing corporal punishment. There is no evidence that all people who suffered corporal punishment have committed crimes. However, it is a testimony to the fact corporal punishment is more apt to create criminal adults.

U.S. Prisoner Count – 2013 – Most recent year statistics available:

Federal Prisons: 2,217,000; State Prisons: 1,270,800; Local Jails 731,200

The odds that corporal punishment will lead to psychological aberrations or that physical punishment leaves a child vulnerable to rage, hate, fear, low self-esteem, self-loathing, lack of self-confidence, and lack of successful lives is reason enough to avoid such an unnecessary practice. Source: Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture, and Wisdom.

The U.S. laws and culture values are unambiguous concerning adults who physically attack or verbally threaten other adults. Such behavior is criminal, and we hold the perpetrators accountable. Why then do we promote the same actions against children who are dependent on their perpetrator? Corporal punishment of a child is a betrayal of trust and hypocrisy. Elizabeth Gershoff

Researchers looked at effects on three undesirable behaviors in children who experienced spanking: non-compliance in the short term, non-compliance in the long term, and aggression. This area is hard to study in the home because spanking rarely occurs in front of strangers. It is hard to study in the laboratory because of the prohibition against hurting subjects.

In one set of analyses with young children in a controlled environment, time out worked better than spanking for (immediate) subsequent compliance on 30 tasks assigned by the mother. Long-term compliance decreases after spanking (Gershoff, 2002; Gershoff & Grogan-Kaylor, 2013).

Why do adults become interested in the needs of children only after they have become horribly traumatized, damaged, or have become delinquents victimizing others? The answer is not complicated.

People will not have empathy toward children who are subjected to corporal punishment until they can honestly acknowledge the mistreatment from his/her childhood physical punishment and examine the shortcomings of his/her parents. To the extent people feel compelled to defend their parents and guard their secrets, they will do the same for others who use corporal punishment against children.

I heard someone make the statement, “I would like to clarify that I do not approve [corporal punishment] either and I would never wish anything similar on my kids. But if the day comes when I feel like I need to, I will.” is the testimony to the above statement-people will not have empathy toward children until they can honestly acknowledge their mistreatment (corporal punishment) from childhood.

Many people invoke the Bible as proof that GOD intended parents to use physical punishment to correct an unruly child.

By insisting that you turned out OK, you are reassuring yourself and diverting your attention to a false outcome and deeply hidden memories of hurt, sadness, anger, rage, grief, shame, humiliation, betrayal, abandonment and the loss of a peaceful childhood.

If people believe they turned out OK, in spite of corporal punishment, when someone says, ‘Spanking’ (corporal punishment) is abusive those who experienced abuse, react as though a barricaded door was broken open, exposing their painful childhood memories. A barricaded unconscious door has prevented corporal punishment (spanking) survivors from committing the most egregious and most unpardonable act of disloyalty imaginable, disloyalty to one’s parents. Everyone is afraid if they open the door to the truth, she/he will fall into an abyss-abandoned and cut off from any possibility of reconciliation with the parents she/he loves. The fear is irrational. Denial-about the abusive (corporal punishment you experienced and the next generation is experiencing in the home and schools in 19 U.S. States-is the real danger and the real sin. Change begins with one person standing up to expose the truth.

Many people believe spanking is justified or even commanded in the Bible, specifically the book of Proverbs. There is a distinction, which is important for fundamentalists, between the practice in King Soloman’s day of beating adults on the back for misdeeds and crimes, and the modern American practice of hitting children on the buttocks, back, face, head with a hand or an implement. The latter is no anywhere in the Bible. Furthermore, the Old Testament contains passages that could be (and in some incidents have been) construed as divine endorsements of wife-beating, racial warfare, slavery, the stoning to death of rebellious children and other behaviors that are outrageous by today’s standards. As Shakespeare said, “The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.”

Many non-violent parenting skills and actions create appropriate behavior with no damaging side effects. In fact, there are more books on parenting without corporal punishment, than books on the virtues of corporal punishment. Not surprising, you won’t find books on corporal punishment in Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com. You will find them distributed by fundamentalist organizations or in an underground marketplace. These two facts are a strong indication that corporal punishment is shameful, disgusting and something many people intend to hide, albeit they might disparage it in public.

It is a telling fact, however, that the U.S. and the UK are the only major countries that have not banned corporal punishment in the home and in school in 19 states, which still cling to the well-established aberrant practice of physical abuse disguised as a parental/social prerogative.

The following books on child discipline without hitting, spanking, paddling, smacking, beating, whipping or other forms of violence clearly sets the foundation for healthy and peaceful parenting.

-The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance-From Toddlers to Teens by Kim John Payne

-Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Shauna Shapiro and Chris White

-1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas Phelan

-10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child’s Difficult Behavior by Jeffrey Bernstein

It is never too late to stop using physical (corporal) punishment to create corrective action in your child. This moment is the first moment of the rest of your child’s life. YOU can make a significant difference in his/her adult life NOW.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on bridging Science, Spirit and Human Potential with 30+ years experience as a transformation facilitator, speaker, and educator in natural health and wellness; personal/professional development.

Dr. Dorothy specializes in: Physical and Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mind, Body, Spirit transformation for Individuals, Special Issues and Professionals. As an inspirational leader, Dr. Dorothy empowers people to view life’s challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening.