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Be careful while driving around to look at holiday lights

After residents and businesses in Providence put up holiday lights and displays, people will be driving around to look at them. While this usually happens at slower speeds, all drivers must be careful when they are in these areas. An accident on the road while looking at lights can be just as devastating as any other crash.

First, don't take off your seatbelt just because you are looking at the displays. Children must also remain in their car seats. This helps to protect you if another motorist slams into your vehicle. You'd be surprised by how much your head, neck and back can suffer in a slow speed crash.

Evaluate school performance over Thanksgiving break

The upcoming breaks from school might be difficult for parents of students who have special educational needs. It is imperative that you plan now for what is going to happen during these days off. One thing that you need to pencil into your schedule is taking the time to evaluate how the school year has gone so far.

Plan a nice chunk of time to do this so that you can go through each aspect of your child's life at school. Go over the feedback and forms that the school has sent home. This can all help you to get an overall picture of how your child is faring. Don't be afraid to contact the teachers and others who interact with your child on a regular basis to find out if they feel the child is succeeding in school.

Prepare your child for the transition to a new school

Many things impact the children in a child custody case. For instance, your children might have to attend new schools. For many children, this is a fairly smooth transition. For students who have special needs, the change might not be so easy. There are many things you can do to help ease the transition.

One of the first things you need to do is to ensure that your child has an appropriate individualized educational program (IEP) set at the new school. You can't assume that the one from the previous school is going to automatically transfer over to the new school, especially if it is in a different school system. It is possible that the new school won't have the same offerings as the previous one. This means you might have additional or fewer services available. Find out how you can tailor these to your child's needs.

2 options are present for determining divorce terms

When you decide that your marriage is over, you need to determine your next steps. One of these is going to be filing for divorce. Typically, you have two options to make the divorce happen. In both cases, you will file a divorce petition with the court. The next step is where you have some leeway.

The first option that you have is to go through the mediation process to come to the terms for the end of your marriage. If you choose this option, you and your ex will work together to come up with the terms of your divorce. An impartial third-party mediator will work with you to help keep the discussions on track.

Taking the right steps after a car accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be upsetting even if you do not suffer injuries. The moment another car collides with yours, you know you will be spending time getting repairs, arguing with insurance adjusters and generally dealing with the hassle.

Add to that the trauma of a serious injury and you may already be confused about what your next step should be. Unfortunately, taking the wrong first steps may jeopardize your chances of successfully resolving any issues with the insurance company or any legal action that follows.

Plan for the days after the decision to divorce

The days immediately following the decision to divorce are filled with decisions and planning. It is imperative that you take your own best interests into account so that you can ensure that you are going to be set in a position that isn't negative. Being able to remain positive and self-sufficient during the divorce process can help you make it through it all in a much better position.

One of the most pressing matters that you have to decide is where you are going to live now. If you have a marital home, you and your ex will have to determine who is going to keep that home. For some situations, the factor that decides this is who is going to have the children. Many parents don't want to remove the kids from the home they are familiar with while they are having to deal with the huge upheaval of their parents' marriage ending.

Workers can fight back against sexual harassment

Employers have a duty to ensure that their workers are safe while they are on the job. One particularly troublesome event that can threaten workplace safety is sexual harassment. It must be stopped immediately if it occurs, but a better option is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

When a worker is sexually harassed, their work can suffer. They might have to deal with emotional impacts that come from being touched in an unwelcome manner. Even if there isn't any physical contact, there can still be negative impacts for the person that are very difficult for them to handle.

Structure your parenting plan to help your children move forward

You have probably heard from other people you know here in Rhode Island that the first couple of years after a divorce are difficult. The first year is probably a bit more challenging since you must go through holidays, birthdays and even the seasons without your spouse, and sometimes without your children when they are with the other parent.

As difficult as the transition is for you to make, it will probably be more difficult for your children since they didn't ask for any of it. Even though there may be something to the old adage that children are resilient and bounce back quickly, they are going through the divorce as well, and you and their other parent probably know that it's your job to make it as easy on them as possible.

Prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings for your child

Trying to get your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) set in place at school can be a challenge. Everyone who is involved has input into what's going on. You can't go into IEP meetings without a clear idea of what you hope to gain from it and what your child needs from it.

Your preparation for the meeting starts well in advance of the actual appointment. Here are some points that might help you as you do this:

  • Make a list of what you feel needs to be addressed in the IEP. These meetings can be emotional and full of information. By having a written copy of what you want to accomplish, you might be better able to make things happen.
  • Have someone come to the meeting with you. This person can take notes for you and advocate on your behalf if you are overcome with emotion or are simply unable to handle the process on your own. It is a good idea to have a person who is familiar with IEPs to stand by your side.
  • Ask questions when you need clarification or don't understand something. Some people who are involved with the process of creating an IEP use standardized options instead of ensuring that the plan is customized to meet a child's needs.
  • Check on your child's progress through the year. IEPs aren't meant to be permanent plans. If you think that the current needs aren't addressed by the IEP that is in place, you can work to have it modified.

Safety tips for driving on unfamiliar highways

You encounter different types of roads depending on where you travel in Rhode Island. You may know your commute to work like the back of your hand, but if you travel outside your general area, you may not know the roads as well. While you may not immediately consider this lack of knowledge an issue, it could put you at greater risk of an accident.

Getting lost, not knowing speed limits, missing traffic directions and other factors could all come into play when you drive in an unfamiliar area. You may think that you will help yourself by sticking to the highway or interstate in order to get to your destination, but still, you may benefit from considering certain safety tips.


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