Parents think I’m gay b/c I’m dating a male to female transgender any advice?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Be confident in yourself and your decision. As long as you're happy and comfortable you're off to a great start.

Explain to your parents how you feel and what she means to you. Be honest and open a little at a time. It can be hard for parents to process to much information all at once.

I have a close friend experiencing the same situation as a Father. He is accepting and supporting his son and his girlfriend 100%. I am so proud of him and his son for seeing this young women for who she is inside and out. It all comes down to how does this person make you feel and is there a connection that can blossom.

Good luck in your relationship,

Thomas Zerbarini

Parents think I'm gay b/c I'm dating a male to female transgender any advice?

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Book stores and Amazon are full of children’s picture books, what creative ways have you used to get noticed in this growing market?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Title and Cover!!!

What gets my attention is a title that talks to me and a cover that speaks to the contents of the book.

We always want to think that the title and cover do not matter; but, they sure do…

Second, the subject should absolutely capture the attention and interest of the target audience. The cover should reflect the contents and emulate the interesting contents within the book.

Hope that helps,

Thomas Zerbarini

Book stores and Amazon are full of children's picture books, what creative ways have you used to get noticed in this growing market?

Can learning Japanese language be useful for the teenagers?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Emphatically Yes!

Learning a second language is huge especially at an early age. It develops their cognitive skills as well as opens their minds to different cultures and global awareness – a valuable skill in this day and age.

I would also press children to learn a musical instrument. The benefits of learning a musical instrument are both long and short term. Heres a quote from a Time magazine article…

Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.

Page on time.com

Thomas Zerbarini

Can learning  Japanese language be useful for the teenagers?

Why would consumerism be a concern for parents?

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Answer by Margaret Weiss:

It is an issue of morality, so just like other topics you had listed, it goes to the heart of what barriers would movie makers cross to get to the audience; will the age stop them?

A more elaborate response is within this link: Marketing & Consumerism – Special Issues for Young Children

Let me quote one reference:

“Advertising at its best is making people feel that without their product, you’re a loser. Kids are very sensitive to that.”
– Nancy Shalek (former president Grey Advertising)

Why would consumerism be a concern for parents?

How is the life of a private pilot like?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

It's fantastic! It's also very expensive.

The first passion for a private pilot is of course flying. the second that I have experienced is the camaraderie and "Hanger Flying." Hanger Flying is a term used by pilots that means socializing and exchanging flying stories at the airport.

The life of a private pilot really depends on your purpose and financial means. The more need you have for your own airplane and the amount of money you have to spend on that flying greatly determines how much flying you actually do.

I started out as a private pilot. I became a ground and flight instructor so that I could fly more and build my experience. I did not have much money so I hung around the airport and got to know all the other pilots on the field. the more pilots I met and the better they got to know me and my instructor reputation, they offered me there airplanes for my use. That networking was another way for me to gain experience and flight time.

Thomas Zerbarini

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What do you think of a parent who in anger snaps entails their child that they hate them?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

First of all, you should never tell a child you hate them–ever! That kind of comment has a crushing blow to a child who unconditionally loves their parents. Children will typically direct that comment inward and think that there is something wrong with them. It's just not good parenting.

We all get angry and frustrated in our lives as parents and we may "snap" sometimes and overreact. The important thing to remember is that our children are watching us and learning from us all the time. How we deal with our feelings is an important lesson to teach our children.

It's okay to show anger, and if you have to, remove yourself from the room and calm down away from your kids. If you do overreact and/or snap, it is important not to lash out at your kids or tear them down emotionally. You can still teach them an important lesson on how to handle "losing control" of your feelings by talking with them after you calm down.

When you do calm down, talk with your children and tell them that you were wrong and that you overreacted. (children need to hear that parents can be wrong too.) Apologize for saying any mean things and that you did not mean it and that it was wrong for you to do that. Explain how you felt and that you could have handled it a better way by not overreacting. Be sure to give them a hug and tell them that you love them.

I have overreacted with my son once and I felt terrible just moments after. About 10 minutes later I went to my son and my other children that witnessed my anger and gave them a big hug. I apologized to my son  for overreacting and hollering at him. I explained that his behavior made me very upset and that other things during my day made me very upset too and I just got overwhelmed with anger at that moment. I told him that I loved him very much and that I would do my best to be aware of my frustrations building inside me and remove myself to calm down if I had to.

We did talk about his bad behavior as well. He may not have completely understood everything; but, he did understand that adults get angry too, that I will always love him and that his feelings are safe to express.

I hope that helps for you. It works well for me and my children and I really notice that they can express themselves and that they know they will be held accountable for their tantrums, or "snaps."

Thomas Zerbarini

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Why do pilots tell us the plane’s altitude, outside temperature, and speed? Does it matter?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

Well, I can tell you from my experience, if I fail to update passengers during the flight on weather, progress and all those nice things pilots say over the intercom. I'll get a few passengers comment on why didn't we talk with them or give them any updates. Many passengers expect it and it comforts them to know there is a human in the front of the plane and that they care.

It also gives the sensation of progress in a seemingly non-moving environment in the cabin. Also, some landmarks are interesting and worth pointing out.

Thomas Zerbarini

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