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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Do You Know what Laughter Can Do?

Have you had a good laugh today? Laughter can be healing and soothing to you. If you have not been laughing, you have no idea what you have been missing. 



Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. If you have ever observed how you feel after having a hearty laugh, you will notice that there is a very good feeling inside. Have you ever been feeling bad, then after a good laugh, you actually forgot about how bad that you were feeling? That is the power of laughter; it helps you to feel good.


Actors

I really like when Steve Harvey reiterated that one of his teachers told him he would never get paid for making people laugh. Now that is a negative comment, but look at him now. Steve Harvey get's paid and has a beautiful family as well. You never know the potential in your children, that is why it is so important to encourage them especially in the things they are so naturally talented with.

In the article http://anointedtoday.blogspot.com/2015/01/has-circus-changed.html, there is mention of the Universal Soul Circus that comes to Atlanta. This circus is so special, because the comedy that you see in it, will just keep you laughing.



I have observed that some actors are just naturally funny. Also, I have observed in some action pictures, some of the scenes even though serious may be funny, thus causing you to laugh. For example the movie “Daddy Day Care,” there are many instances that cause you to laugh. While Arnold Schwarzenegger usually appears serious there are many instances and remarks that he makes that cause you to laugh. I recall reading about Robin Williams. It was stated that he was naturally funny and many times he would ad lib many of the lines. I remember how I loved watching movies with him in it because he was extremely funny and always made me laugh. In the movie “Patch Adam,” you can see how much laughter that this doctor would bring to children that were patient's by just putting on a red nose and acting funny. The children just loved this. You could see the joy on their faces.




Speakers

Not only have actors in the movie industry made me laugh, I have discovered that many speakers will make a joke at the beginning of their talk to put the audience at ease. Joel Osteen mentioned this before one of his sermon and I observed he does have a joke at the beginning of his sermon that will make you laugh. I like that about him.





Children

I have observed sometimes that children are so innocent they will sometimes laugh about anything. They can find humor in so many things. According to Seattle times.com, The Lutheran General Hospital uses a humor cart including bottles of bubbles and jokey doodads to light the spirts of young patients. It is further added by Melodie Merrick, clinical manager of Lutheran Hospital, that “Laughter releases endorphins, and that helps us feel better and heal.” I know that is right.


Family

Never underestimate the power of family. Although my older sister is the First Lady of her church, she knows when to be serious and when to encourage laughter.   Although she has her serious moments, when we are together she just keeps me laughing. She is just hilarious.  Do you have a family member like that? Some people just have that knack to make people laugh. Laughter is good for you. Do You Agree?

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Why Kids Sleep With Their Eyes Open. . .

Have you wondered why your children sleep with their eyes open? Have you ever watched and observed children that sleep with their eyes open? What is the reasoning behind this?


Did you know that sleeping with your eyes open is called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. It may be temporary or permanent and involves the eyelid muscle. It can be caused by Bell’s palsy, infection, stroke, surgery, and trauma. Therefore, there are a variety of possible causes.





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Sleeping with the eyes open can also be hereditary. This is quite common in babies and usually stops between ages 12-15 months. When babies sleep with their eyes open some Pediatricians believe it may be that baby is spending more time in REM sleep.

Although sleeping with open eyes can cause dry eyes, surgery will correct the malfunction of the eyelids not closing. Then again, if the eyes not closing have not caused any problems, there may be no need for concern. Sometimes it bothers the parents more than the child, because when you see your child sleeping with the eyes open, it is just something you are not used to seeing. You always hear, “Close your eyes and go to sleep. In addition, the sleeping with the eyes open may not occur all of the time or during the nighttime.



Do not confuse your child sleeping with their eyes open and children that sit up in the bed that may open their eyes while sleeping, but are unseeing. This can be a restlessness in and bed and range to even walking in their sleep. This condition which is different from a children sleeping with their eyes open and is called Somnambulism and Somniloquy a sleep disorder.  Does your child sleep with his or her eyes open?

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Father's Day. . . My First Employer . . My Pastor

Thank God for fathers.    Just imagine how many single parents have had to be father and mother to their children.

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Last Father's Day I talked about my father. This Father's day I want to talk about a unique father and that is my deceased first employer. This employer just happened to be my pastor at the time.

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I was only 14 years old when I first started working as secretary at my church. I have talked about this often. Besides the fact that my pastor taught me about bookkeeping and paying bills in a timely-fashion, I realized this carried over into my adult life.  These were life lessons. He would  emphasize, “Always pay your bills on time.”    This was a good thing. It was also mandatory for all those that held paying positions of the church to tithe from their earnings received from the church. So I learned to always tithe from my earnings.

I recall my first bulletin was a disaster. Every word was misspelled just about including my employer's name. I felt so bad.  I wanted to hide, but there was no hiding place.  He did not realize when he hired me I could not type and I did not tell him, because I really wanted the job. He was very mad at me and did yell at me stating, “If you were working for someone else, you would be fired for this." “I thought to myself, “He is right.” I assured him, “I am taking typing this semester.” I do not think that was to reassuring to him at that time. Also, I spoke about how soft spoken my biological daddy was in the article http://anointedtoday.blogspot.com/2014/06/fathers-day-my-daddy.html. Well my pastor was the total opposite. He was a yeller at times, but I knew under it all he always wanted the best for me and all of his children. He always wanted things done the right way.


 
Baptist Convention

I went to my first baptist Convention with my employer/pastor, his son, and another young girl. It was in Milwaukee. I thought this was so exciting. I met other teens my age and went to classes daily. Now his son had other ideas. His son skipped class with a girl he met. My pastor found out about it and he was furious. I guess as teenagers we forget that our parents have been there and done that. Also, he never knew that his son had kept me and the other young girl up all night playing cards. We were so tired, but he kept saying, “Just one more hand.”  The young girl and I continued playing until we said, "Enough."  The exposure to this convention was just and awesome experience for me.








Oratorical Contest

My pastor entered me in my first oratorical contest. This was huge for me. He always wanted to be first seemingly in everything. I came in second place. I felt bad and hung my head down knowing that I had let him down. Surprisingly, he said, “You did a great job.” I was not expecting that from him. Now since that time, there have been many first place winners at that church while he was pastor and since he was deceased.

The events I just talked about really influenced me for the good and I am so thankful that he exposed me to that.


Root Problems

Now it does not stop there. I have to give credit to my present pastor. One day in Sunday School he asked us to write a letter to 8 people that had influenced us for the good. He was one of the person's that I wrote a letter to. My letter to him explained how he helped me through Bible Study.
Before I joined my present church I came to Bible Study for about a year. One thing that really helped me was when pastor taught about getting to the root of problems. I had many problems
when I came to my present church. We all know we may have some type of habit, but he even elaborated about habits. I always thought you get rid of a habit, but I learned you replace bad habits with healthy habits. He also taught me about cleaning up the inside of yourself with the word of God, because even though our bodies may change physically we may renew our spirit daily.


So there are father figures in the workplace, in the ministry, and many other places. Again thank you to the Fathers. Can you think of someone that is not your biological father, but has served as a father figure for you.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Are You Giving Healthy Food Choices to Your Kids?

 
Do you think about the foods that you give to your kids? Healthy food choices should start early so then it may become a lifestyle.

What are Healthy Food Choices?

When you grocery shop, have you taken the time to observe what people are putting in their grocery carts? Try doing that one day. You will be amazed at some of the choices that parents are making.

The Farmer's Market

Pbs.org talks about teaching kids the source of where food comes from. They take it a step further by suggesting taking them to the Farmer's Market. I believe this is a great idea. I recall taking my grandchildren to the Farmer's Market. I was surprised when they picked out blackberries to purchase. Although I do not like blackberries, they love them.


Variety

Did you know that if you serve a variety of healthy foods, then your kids will have a larger selection to choose from? That is according to kidshealth.org. Granted they might not want all of the choices, but they may find one or two that they like. Everyone likes to have choices. They further suggest involving kids in meal planning and preparation. I observed that one of my grandchildren would watch me every time I prepared meals and even asked what were the ingredients to many of the meals that I prepared. It was then that I discovered that one of my grandchildren wants to be a chef.


Food Restrictions

Are a parent or do you know of a parent that places restrictions on their children s foods? According to Web MD that could cause eating disorders with children. They further suggests that instead of banning foods suggest healthy choices such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. In fact when I was a child, I always remember having fruits and vegetables available to me. I also remember going to the Farmer's Market and I loved going there. I recall my grandchildren telling me they can go over to one relatives house and candy is always around. I explained to my grandchildren I love you, but rather than candy, I will keep healthy choices such as fruits and vegetables. I was even amazed at some of the schools, some of the teachers give their students lots of candy as oppose to healthier choices. I was ecstatic when one principal shared with me that on student's birthday's instead of bringing cupcakes, and sweets, the students would come to the auditorium and do athletic activities to celebrate the birthday. I thought that was awesome.







Importance of Healthy Choices

I recall even though I offered healthy choices to my children, I had one child that was a picky eater and would always buy Taco Bell when she became a teenager.   The school did a health screening and requested a meeting with me informing me my child's cholesterol was off the charts and it was amazing she was still living. My child and I came in and they did nutritional counseling explaining even though Taco Bell, Burger King, and McDonald's are foods that we may like, they are loaded with the fats that encourage bad cholesterol. I say this because teenagers and adults may like fast food, but that type of eating needs to be done in moderation for the sake of you and your children's health.

What healthy food choices or meals do you offer to your kids?


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Should There Be a Law Regulating Bounce Houses?

Bounce houses can be endless fun for children, but lately there have been deaths occurring while children were in the Bounce house.  Since the number of deaths have grown should there be stiffer regulations regarding Bouncy houses?

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I have watched children playing in Bouncy houses. They really seem to enjoy it, but when I hear about high winds lifting a Bouncy House off the ground and a toddler dying as a result, I become quite alarmed. Children need to be in a safe environment. What can be done to keep them safe when playing?


Bounce House Created

According to en.wikipedia.org the first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is further added that in 1986 his son expanded the rental concept throughout the United States to include the “Space Walk” and “Inflatable Zoo. “


Statistics
 
Did you know that Bounce houses injure a United States child every 46 minutes? That is according to CBSnews.com. They further add that Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital stated, “The medical and public health community has yet to provide recommendations on the safe use of inflatable bouncers,”






Deaths

According to the Beasley Firm in 2006 two children were killed and 13 injured when the inflatable structure they were playing in was thrown into the air at Riverside Park. I have read of other recent injuries just this year. This is quite alarming. My grandchildren have played in Bounce Houses that were rented for their birthday parties, but I never knew of this danger. Apparently large gusts of winds have swept some of these inflatable houses into the air. The Beasley firm further adds that sometimes the renters are not adequately informed about the weather guidelines or there are defects in the inflatable bounce house itself.

Recent Injuries

One of the most recent injuries from a Bounce house occurred May 25, 2015, Monday, when 3 children were injured as a waterspout (a whirlwind occurring over the sea or body of water) lifted the bouncy house that they were in. This is according to CNN.com. I could not imagine the fear that was going through these children and their parent's mind.

Below is a list of regulations by State.  According to Michigan besides permits and licenses, there must be Annual and periodic inspections. There has still been the question should there be stiffer regulations and penalties regarding Bounce Houses? Is there more that can be done to keep our children safe? Should Bounce Houses only be allowed indoors in larger space environments? What are your thoughts on this?




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Friday, June 5, 2015

How Young Is Too Young. . . . . . To spend the night over Grandparents?


I personally have kept my grandchildren overnight ever since they came home from the hospital at least twice a week. It was rough at first, because I forgot about the nightly feedings and I was used to sleeping through the night. I did not start out keeping all of them overnight, for those of you that have several grandchildren. I started with one on one night, and then there were twin babies that I kept on another night. I recall feeding the twins at the same time, a bottle in each of their mouths. After they were sleeping through the night and a little older, I could get all three at a time. Therefore, a lot depends on what the grandparents can handle. The grandchildren love it and look forward to staying over.





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In addition, this gives their parents a break from their children, especially if their mom is a stay at home mom. Since the twins were born slightly early, I would take turns with their parents going to the hospital daily to feed, hold, and just talk to them. Therefore, we had a special bond before they even came home from the hospital.

Now there will be exceptions to a baby staying overnight at the grandparents. These are when grandparents have certain illnesses. I recall my girlfriend had a stroke. She had the one grandbaby. She shared she did not see her too often, nor kept her overnight. I asked her why. She feared she might have a recurring stroke. She also shared her memory was not as great. She did not want to take a chance of being alone with her grandbaby, especially when she had no one else helping her. In addition, another exception might be that the grandparents are still working and working long hours. I must acknowledge not all grandparents are old and retired. Many people opt to work as long as they are able. If they are working very long hours, they are just too tired to deal with a baby. This does not mean that they do not love that grandchild.

This book below offers great ideas for grandparents that are a long distance from their grandchildren



I recall my daughter going over to her grandparents soon after coming home from the hospital. They would keep her the entire weekend from Friday to Sunday. My child grew to look forward to that time together with her grandparents.

Grandchildren remember the good experiences with their grandparents. In fact, my grandson who will be turning 7-years-old has said to me, “Granny, when I become President of the United States, I am going to move you in with me, so you can take care of my children.” I thought, “How sweet.”





According to Hubpages, Mary Pipher, clinical physiologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Reviving Ophelia, believes kids need to spend more time with the grandparents. In addition, there is no right age to send the child to the grandparents for a sleepover. What are your thoughts? Is there an age that is too young for grandchildren to sleep over their grandparents?


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The New Grandmother Rules: Sleepover at Grandma’sJuly 18, 2012,

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Monday, June 1, 2015

When Children Share Different Households

When children share different households because of separation or divorce, it can be quite an adjustment for children and the parents as well.

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Have you considered that you and your spouse's parenting styles may differ? What do you do when you are divorced with children and your children come home and tell you they can stay up as late as they want over mom's or dad's house? What do you do when even after discussions you and your divorced spouse are not on the same page with raising your children?

According to Brett Sember at womansdivorce.com, there is no perfect approach to parenting and that children do benefit from different parenting styles. It is further added that one parent may be rigid about bedtimes and curfew, while the other parent may allow the children to stay up late and even return the children to the other parent late just to tick the other off. Does this sound familiar to you? Has this happened to you?


Control

Because I have been there and done that, I learned that I could voice my wishes to my spouse regarding our children, but once they were with him to some extent the parenting was out of my control. In other words if the children are not in harms way, some battles are not worth it.


2 Households Plus

After divorce or separation, children learn that they have 2 houses that they live in at different times, sometimes more than that when grandparents or other relatives are involved. Children learn to adjust and can be quite flexible. The important thing is for you to be clear about your expectations in your household. Explain to your children your spouse may have different exceptions in that household. Yes it would be very nice if both you and your spouse could be on the same page regarding raising your children, but that does not always happen.

 
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I mentioned about children spending the night over grandparents. Now this is an instance where children learn very early in life about different households. As one woman once told me, “Yeah you grandparents just spoil our children.”



Differences

I recall before my husband and I even divorced our parenting styles were different, but our children still turned out okay. He did not want our baby to use a pacifier because he thought it would cause her to have buck teeth. I gave her one anyway. The results were she had beautiful white straight teeth. When I went grocery shopping, I would come home to find the baby laying on his chest and they both were on the floor sound asleep. That is something I would never do, but now scientists have discovered the heart beat of the parent is soothing to the baby and conducive to sleep. I say that to say that there are differences in marriage and in divorce, but your children will learn what is expected at each household and they can benefit from the differences as well.



Free-Will

Just like God gives us free will as to whether we will accept him in our lives, the same with your children. You give them your guidelines and your expectations and pray that they will remember them and follow them when they are not with you. You let them know there is a consequence for every action. In reality there is no guarantee that they will follow your instructions all the time. They will make mistakes or even decide they like the way that your spouse does some things. Just remember they are watching both of you and learning from both of you. That is not all bad either, because they need both of you as well as needing relatives that are available to help.

Please You

For the most part, children want to please their parents. So it is important for you as a parent to let your child know the expectations you have for them. So even when they are over to your spouse's house and they are allowed to stay up late, they know that that is not acceptable in your household and is a choice that they are making. Yes not many children would pass up staying up as late as they want and that is understandable.

Finally, we need to remember you and your spouse were raised by different people. Many times opposites attracts. If everyone in this world were just alike, this would be a boring world. Your children will be able to find some commonality between the both of you.

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