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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Best Brain Food for Kids

Not only do you want your kids to eat healthy, you want them to eat the best food that will nourish their brain for better thinking and sustaining power.




Whole Grains

Do you like oatmeal? Did you know that oatmeal and brown rice reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. I remember feeding my children oatmeal before bedtime and they would sleep very well. According to WebMd. Oatmeal keeps the heart and brain arteries clear. They further added the one study showed kids who ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related academic tasks than those who ate a sugary cereal. You can add cinnamon to it too and compounds in the spice protect brain cells according to preliminary research. I recall as a teenager, my aunt would always make oatmeal for breakfast. As a teenager, I did not realize the importance of breakfast and I would just skip breakfast. I did not realize at the time, but I would physically not feel as well as I could, until I started eating breakfast. It was then that I noticed how much better I felt physically and emotionally.



Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Do your kids like greens or salads? According to health.com kale, collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are great sources of vitamin e.  I personally like mustard and turnip greens with spinach. That is an awesome combination. My children were raised on greens and cornbread. I just love it. Health.com also, mentioned that berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries help the brain's mechanism related to memory which declines with age.



Power Pack Lunches

I am so glad that Michelle Obama started the “Let's Move” Movement, getting the children to dance and exercise in school. More importantly making it mandatory that they have fresh fruit for the lunch meal programs. I have seen some of the kids plates in school with the fresh fruit and vegetables and they look very tasty and appealing. According to Prevention.com kid's lunches should provide one third of your child's calories, vitamins, and minerals. This can be provided when children bring their lunches to school also. According to ABC news the new USDA rules would phase out advertising sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during school days. I also personally know of an elementary school principal that has taken the vendor machines out of her school.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Why Breastfeed?

So you are having a baby. Possibly the question has came up as to whether to breastfeed or not? Are there advantages to breastfeeding? There are several benefits to breastfeeding.

I want to share with you some of my breastfeeding tips. I thoroughly enjoyed that journey. It is a journey like no other. The benefits for my children and myself are wonderful and quite memorable.



Hospital

My first day in the hospital after my delivery, it felt as though my milk came in with a vengeance. I could not sleep through the night I was so full. When they brought my baby to me, I explained how uncomfortable that I was. The nurse then tells me, “Oh you could have let us know, we would have brought your baby to you through the night to nurse her.” I thought now she tells me. She then informed me that I could keep the baby right in the room with me. That was a relief, because I was not aware of that at the time. That just makes it so much more convenient when time to breastfeed my baby. That was a learning process.


Relief

There is such joy and relief each time that I breast fed. The feeling of the milk coming in is indescribable. Each time after breastfeeding, it feels like a relief and a release. There is even greater joy when I observed by baby acting as though she was just given a “knock out substance,” because she was now sleeping and looking so relaxed.




Support

Besides the fact that I did take La Leche breastfeeding classes, I had previously discussed it with my family. Sadly enough most of the women were against breastfeeding adding that it was old fashion. So my basic support for breastfeeding was my husband and my father. They were both very supportive. So that helped with my decision to breastfeed. Also, I had already learned from the classes the important antibodies are passed on to the baby for immediate protection. I thought that was just awesome, since it is usually several weeks before my baby would get her shots. I had also learned that the baby gets the food that you eat in that direct order that you eat. That was so fascinating, because I used to eat all of my food in no particular order. I had never considered eating for example, all my potatoes, then all my green beans, then all my meat, in separate orders.

Bottles

I liked the fact that breastfeeding really eliminated a lot of bottles. I did learn form La Leche that it was suggested to give your baby at least one bottle a day, so that if I was away, my baby would be used to it. We did do that, however, one day when my baby was 5 months ago, we were presented with a problem. I was grocery shopping. When I got home my husband explained the baby is refusing the bottle. I told him,  “Oh she is just being fussy, she will take it for me.” So I attempted to give her the bottle, she actually sealed her lips and turned her head away. So I then breastfed her and no problems. So then the bottle once a day was becoming a battle. My husband stated, “She knows the difference, she knows what she wants. I knew of the breast pumps, but did not consider it at the time, even though we tried different nipples on bottles. One day it was about 9 hours and she still would not take the bottle. So we decided the battle was not worth it, I stopped the breastfeeding and she eventually took the bottle, but also by 6 months, she was becoming familiar with the sippy cup, which worked out well.

Crying

One of the downfalls I experienced was when I heard another baby crying, my milk would automatically come in. I then learned I needed to wear breast pads to absorb any leaks and prevent my clothing from getting spotting. I also tried to avoid being around other crying babies, but sometimes it was inevitable.

Soreness

Although I experienced soreness of the nipples in the beginning and thought to myself what have I gotten myself into, that soon disappeared, it was only temporarily. I almost compare it to the pain that may be felt during delivery, but after the baby comes, you forget about the pain, because of the joy of your baby.




Comfortable

Although I was comfortable in my home breastfeeding, I was somewhat uncomfortable during it in public. I had been taught in La Leche how it can be done indiscreetly in public. I recall being in the doctor's office waiting to get my baby's first shots. The office was full. There was quite a wait. I discretely went to the bathroom and put a cloth over my baby's head and my breast so as not to be exposed and came back out to sit and nurse my baby.

Pacifier

Although my husband and I disagreed about this, our children's teeth came out beautifully straight. He was worried the pacifier would cause “buck teeth.” I assured him, they would be fine, because the baby needed something to suck on other than my breast.


Problems

Although I experienced sore nipples, womenshealth.gov talks about breast challenges such as low supply of milk, fungal infections, inverted nipples, flat nipples, breastfeeding a baby with health problems, and much more, I was blessed to not experience any of these problems.



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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Parent Child Dates



Play dating can be effective and a good thing whether you have one child or if you have several children.



One benefit is that it gives you individual time with your child one on one. Let us face it, many parents are working daily, attempting to run a household, may be a mother and a wife, or possibly a single mom, and or dealing with extra-curricular activities for their children. More and more parents are opting to make play dates with their children and spend that one on one individual time. The little ones love it too.

The play dates may depend on what you and your little one likes to do. Below are a few suggestions for play dates:

Mother and daughter spa day

Little girls love to get their nails done just like mommy. Possibly get their nails manicured and do a cute French tip. You both get your nails done at the same time.

 



Arcades

Both girls and boys may love the arcades. Suppose you do not care for the arcades. You can still go for the sake of your child. There are various games in the arcards that they can play, such as the ones where they make a basket with the basketball, drive a car, play shuttle board, and much more.
 
Horse riding

Possibly, you can check into Horse stables that accommodate small children riding on a horse with proper supervision. Most children love animals. That can be a memorable experience for that child.





Movie


Go to the movie with your child. Your child will surely love this, because they are with you one on one. Possibly see a 3D movie, which will be even more fun. The 3 D movies just seem to jump out at you. I really do like them. They cost a little more, but they are worth it.




Your child will look forward to the play dates and will definitely come up with suggestions of places that they would like to go see.

Skating:

I remember when I first started skating in the third grade after school. After I went the first time, I continued skating every week. I just love skating. Take your child skating. Whether it is, ice-skating or rollerblade skating. Therefore, if you do not skate, some days and hours will allow parents to come on the skating floor to help their child skating. Best of all your child will enjoy being with you.



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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Is Your Child Disrespectful?

Is your child or teen disrespectful to you or others? Possibly you have observed other children being disrespectful? What do you do about your disrespectful child? 


No one wants a disrespectful child. When you became a parent there was no manual for you to tell you what to do. Many of the problems that you encounter will be solved by trial and error. You want to be educated to have the tools that will work for you and your family. When disrespect has started at an early age such as 3 or 4, it is important to start correcting then, because it may become much harder to correct later. It is important that your child know that if they are not respectful to you and just happen to end up in juvenile detention, they will show respect there or suffer the dire consequences.

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Warning

According to About.com you should give a warning about the consequences of what will happen if the disrespectful behavior doesn't change. They give an example of children interrupting you while you are on the telephone. They further suggest letting children know they will be sent to their room if they persist. You may want to give a different consequence, because now some children's rooms are so nicely equipped with television and the internet, they really do not mind. When I recall an incident at a Pizza Restaurant, there clearly were no consequences for this particular child. As my 4 children and I sat down waiting for our pizza another couple came in with their son of about 4 or 5-years-old. They sat down and ordered. The next thing I knew the young boy jumped up on the table. I could not hear what he was saying but he was shaking his finger at his mother and father. I could tell the parents were embarrassed. They eventually got up and ordered the pizza to take out. My children looked at me and said, “Mom aren't you glad we do not act like that?” I responded, “You will not act like that.” This was so sad to see that child acting so disrespectful.

Right Consequences

Right consequences are important because when your child is disrespectful and you follow through on the consequences, it is of no avail if their consequence is no television that day, because your child may not even care to watch television. Although, I do not know what child does not want to watch television. But the point is that it needs to be a consequence of something that is meaningful to your child.

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Accountability

Children need to be held accountable for their actions which include no name calling, cursing, or blaming others. Everyone gets frustrated so they need to learn how to handle those frustrations. They need to know that if they are going to try you, then you are going to follow through on the consequences. They need to be told when their behavior is not acceptable. Now I know that old saying is true when a parent might say, “It hurts me more than it hurts you.” Because as parents you want the best for your children and hate to chastise them, but sometimes it is just necessary. It is important to deal with this when they are children, because when they become adults it gets worse.

Disrespectful Adults

I have seen other adults disrespectful to their parents. I have seen adults that expect their parents to babysit because they live together. That is a no-no and parents should not tolerate it. I have seen adult children that go into their parents rooms without asking. I have even seen adults that were belligerent to their parents in public by cursing them or talking down to them. Again, parents this should not be tolerated. Parents should remove themselves form these types of situations as soon as possible or either have the adult move. These are unacceptable behaviors and need to me made known to that adult child. Parents you would not tolerate this from another adult then by all means do not tolerate it from your adult child.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Thank You

This is to let you know that I really do appreciate those of you that have supported me.  Without God and your support, I could not do this.  Be blessed going in and coming out.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What You Should Know About Linky Parties

Some of the benefits of a Linky Party may include increased traffic to your blog, building new blog relationships, finding what works and what doesn't work, and exposure to a larger audience and also different audiences.

What is a Linky Party?

A Linky Party is a new creative way to link up your blog with other websites. Usually there is a host that will let you know the days of the Linky Party. I have seen Linky Parties that are available 7 days a week. This makes it more convenient for you to pick days that fit into your schedule. Each day and week there will be different topics available to choose from. You just need to find the right one for you and your niche. I have seen video Linky Parties and Linky Parties that you will just add your blog to the link.


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Requirements

Requirements may vary from each blog host. There are some hosts that require you to follow them on Pinterest and may suggest you post their button to your blogsite. I have seen some blogs that suggest you only pin 5 links per week in order to allow others to have chances of pinning. Then there are other parties that encourage you to pin and add links as much as you want.

How Many Linky Parties?

Now according to Jenny Melrose at “Tips 4 Mom Bloggers,” she suggests linking up with about 4 circles within your nitch. Although I am relatively new to the Linky Party concept, so far I have found 3 that I link up with. http://www.beautythroughimperfection.com/2014/03/15/pin-it-party-40/
is one that I have linked with and I love their new Pin-it Pinterest Linky Parties. I just love pinning. The pin it Linky Parties are usually once a week. I also found a second Linky party at the following: http://www.mysnippetsofinspiration.com/pin-it-saturday-link-party-11/. Part of their rules is to follow all 8 hostesses, place the Pin it party button on your blog, and link to as many pin-it links as you like. There is no limit. I have found that they do have a vast majority of pins that I find interesting and that I have pinned to on Pinterest. In fact, I found so many good pins it was difficult for me to stop pinning.

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http://the-life-of-faith.blogspot.com/2014/03/mommy-moments-86.html is the third Linky Party that I like. Here you will see various categories to link to such as faith, food, social media, and much more. The Faith Linky parties are very encouraging and uplifting links.

Downfalls of the Linky Party

Unfortunately, there will be those that do not follow the rules of the host. Some will only add their links and not repin any other links, which is a very selfish act. When there are requirements to add the button to your blog, there will be those that fail to do so. Then there is also the possibility that your blog pin may not get repinned, but instead one of your other boards may get repinned. Finally, when there are 7 and 8 hosts hosting a Linky Party the majority of their personal posts may get more attention than your one or 5 blog links. So all of this is important to consider when joining a Linky Party.

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Pinterest Pin-It Linky Party

This Linky party is different in that you pin a pin from the Linky Party to your Pinterest site to link as oppose to adding your actual blog link. I really like this one so far much better, because I am a visual person and I also love Pinterest. This Pin it Linky Party is also at Beautythroughimperfections, as I mentioned earlier.



Variety Linky Parties

There are Linky Parties for nearly everything. You can find recipe, diy, cooking, toddlers, clothing Linky Parties and much more. Did you know there are Twitter/Blog Linky Parties? I found http://apeekintomyparadise.com/2014/03/blogtwitlov-blog-hop-2.html. This is great for those of you that prefer to tweet. There rule is to follow as many people on the hop as possible.

I am having fun with the Linky Parties. So remember to have fun and learn a few things along your journey. What Linky Parties are you going to?


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Should You Tell your Children they are Beautiful?

Have you ever worried that if you tell your girls they are beautiful and your boys they are handsome that they will begin to think they are better than others? Quite the contrary, telling your children they are beautiful builds their self-esteem.

Telling your children that they are beautiful is just one of the most positive things that you can do to build confidence in your children. Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are is in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Your words can give life to your children. 

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Self-Esteem
 
You need to build your children up and help them have good self-esteem. Sometimes other children can be cruel by teasing or by just forming their own little clicks and excluding some children on purpose. Your home should be a safe-haven. Helping your child establish good self-esteem should start in the home. Be honest with your child. Besides telling your children they are beautiful tell them something about themselves that is good and that you have observed in them. For example if Sandra has beautiful eyes tell her that her eyes are beautiful and that you like the color of them. Every child is unique and different and every child has beauty within. Boys can be told that they are handsome and good-looking.

Feelings

Children may not always feel good about themselves. So as a parent you can help them by telling them things you like about them that they are good at. For example, John might be good at problem solving. Let him know that. I have seen children solving problems and offering suggestions at a very young age. I believe I mentioned before while on a school field trip with First graders, most parents had came prepared with mosquito repellant, but none were prepared for several bees. When we ate lunch outside at the picnic table this one particular bee kept flying around us and attempting to land on the food. As a bee landed on the table, this amazing first grader took a cup and put it over the bee. This contained the bee while we ate without any problems. I commended him for such a great idea. The good thing about it was that his idea did work beautifully.



I recall watching a program on television where it was mentioned that while growing up, Michael Jackson felt as a young boy performing that everyone was watching his pimples and his nose. That was Michael Jackson's perception at the time, even though he had all of these great fans that loved him dearly. I am sure they did not perceive him that way. My daughter is an example. She was crazy about Michael Jackson and wore this large Michael Jackson Pin. When she joined church one day, she just happen to have worn that pin. The Minister commented, “I hope you love Jesus just as much as you love Michael Jackson.” Everyone laughed.

Words

Beautiful is a powerful word. Children tend to listen to their peer groups. As a parent you want to build your children up to be and feel the best that they can be. Just think of how many children that have never been told they are beautiful by their parents.



So should you tell your children they are beautiful? Most definitely. It will be music to their ears. You should not just do it once and think that is a cure all. Children need to hear it often. It does carry a lot of weight when they hear it from you.  Your words can uplift their spirits and sustain them emotionally for the good.

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