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Family Massage

Did you know if you massage your family members and they return the favor, your family can become a very happy family? Studies have shown families that massage one another are far more likely to have close relationships with each other.
Sharing is caring too. But the problem is, you might not know how to go about it. For example, your family member might not want to remain still when you are trying to massage them. Likewise, it is also difficult to get your brother or sister to massage you. Everyone has their own privacy, their own space and their own things to do. But you are the only one that is into this whole massage thing. What can you do about it? How can you convince everyone to jump into the massage boat with you?
Here’s the magic steps you can take to convert them into masseurs and masseuses.
Give a foot massage to the member who always seems to be watching the television on the couch.
If you are a parent, give your children a nice massage after they finish their homework.
If your wife cooks a good dinner, give her a good back rub after everyone has eaten.
Go slow at first and massage them while they are fully clothed. You don’t have to force them to be naked and lie on the bed if you want to massage them!
If they don’t want the massage, respect their decision even though they clearly need one. But do point out to them the cause of the pain and where to apply pressure on their bodies to solve the problem.
What if someone finally agrees to your massage? Then you should always start with a gentle and soft stroke. You can always go harder the next time around.
You must be the one who are willing to offer the massage first. Don’t expect them to convince themselves by instructing them to massage you at first!
Remember, you must be the giver. There can be no other ways.…

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What Are The Causes Of Child Obesity?

What Are The Causes Of Child Obesity?

As recently as a generation ago there were only a few random children that were overweight, usually because of faulty genes and other issues. But, the number of children who are classified as overweight and obese has more than tripled in the recent years and the problem is not subsiding despite the rising evidence of chronic health conditions once reserved for older adults.

Children as young as ten have the heart and lungs of a fifty year old and they are facing early deaths because of it. For the firs time, the life expectancy might have to be adjusted lower after years of going higher and higher. But, what are the causes of childhood obesity and why the sudden explosion?

Of course, like any thing else in the world, there are a number of theories to be had, some more plausible than others. There are some people who think that it is our overhead power lines that are part of the major causes of childhood obesity, a theory that has never been satisfactorily proven by scientific research at all. There are the realists who do say that the power lines do play a role, but only because they are hooked to the television and the computer which keeps these kids from getting up and moving around.

Ironically, it is the parents of these children who turn a blind eye to the most obvious and blatant of the causes of childhood obesity. They pretend they don’t see them eating thirds or fourths at the table and they pretend it was not them that took them to the burger joint five of seven days last week.

A few years ago, several school districts across the country caught flak for sending letters home to these parents, informing them that their children were at risk for health conditions and social problems if they did nothing to help them get their weight in check.

Instead of reaching out for support and guidance, these parents got upset and cried foul- claiming that the school boards were discriminating against these children. It is stories like this that makes it obvious what one of the major causes of childhood obesity actually is: it might well lay at the feet of the parents.

As an adult, you know how hard it is to diet and to try to lose weight, now imagine that as a child. It is going to be the rare teen or younger child who will choose the salad over pizza and burgers, plain water over an icy cold soda. It is up to the parents to uncover the causes of childhood obesity and then to work on the remedy.…

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When to Say ‘No’ And Why It’s Good For Both Parties

When you are bound by family responsibility
Family is very important. And when something arises that takes you away from your family you have to say ‘no’. Breaking a family relationship because of career moves or explicit affairs that you have decided to say ‘yes’ because you think you will be happy is an irresponsible decision. You take your back against your responsibility to your family because you decided to have your own happiness. But when you realize that you made a wrong decision, it would be too late to return. What you need to do is to pick up the pieces where you left if and start putting it all together again. If you only said ‘no’ and take your responsibility, you could have found a way to be happy
When your principle in life is questioned
Great people have principles in life that made them what they are. If you are a politician and decisions must be made that may clash against your principle in life, say ‘no’. You may have the power and influence at the moment because you said ‘yes’ but at the end of the day when you are all alone, sleeping would be difficult. You can’t sleep peacefully at night because you have compromised your principle in life in order to retain your power. Remember that people voted for you and trusted you because you have presented to them the principle in life that they wanted as well.
When your self worthiness is at stake
Do not bet your character in a stake that will make you worthless. Just say ‘no’ and you can retain your own worthiness. If your peers are influencing you to go beyond the legal means in order to get rich and famous at the expense of your personality, say ‘no’. Do not wage your pride for something that will lower your character.
When you are no longer happy
Say ‘no’ and admit to yourself that you are no longer happy. Do not continue the pretensions and say ‘yes’ all the time. It’s okay to give up and have the happiness in your heart. They can say all they want against you but they will never know what will make you happy. It will free you from the guiltiness in your heart.
When you are exhausted
It’s okay to say ‘no’ when you are already exhausted. After all you are the owner of yourself, and you alone know what you feel. If you are physically exhausted from work take time to rest and recover your energy. Don’t abuse your body by saying ‘yes’ to activities that requires your energy. Its okay to say ‘no’ and they will understand.
When you are hurt
When you are hurting and the pain is too much to handle, say ‘no’ to someone who caused you pain and recover your feelings because it’s the only way to face the world again. The pain will not go away if you continue to say ‘yes’ to the emotional battering you encounter. Make a decision and stop the pain. You must help yourself in order for other people to help you.…

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Juvenile Diabetes – What is Juvenile Diabetes and What a Parent Can Do to Help

Juvenile Diabetes – What is Juvenile Diabetes and What a Parent Can Do to Help

Today around the world there are is an increasing number of children who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Most of them will be diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. It is also known as Type 1 diabetes and is the name given to a disease in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar levels. It is also known as insulin dependent because the individual will need insulin to survive.

Juvenile diabetes is considered an autoimmune disease. The individuals immune system will attack and kill its own cells in the pancreas. The pancreas is solely responsible for the producing the insulin hormone.

The diabetes in children normally manifests in the form of the Type 1 diabetes. This kind of diabetes afflicts mostly children under the age of sixteen but anyone can be affected. This autoimmune disorder must be closely monitored and daily insulin shots or an insulin pump may be required.

A wide number of children suffer from Juvenile Diabetes. Its rate however will differ from one nation to the other, and even at other times it may differ within ethnic groupings. In Scotland, there is about a 2.5% rate of children who have contracted this disease. In the countries of Wales and England it is 1.7%. Japan has a rate of about 0.3% and Finland also has a rate of 4.3% of its children with diabetes. In Europe, the rate of increase has been growing in recent years. Scandinavia has the highest rate with approximately 20% of the diabetes cases are Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.

It is not yet known what really triggers this Juvenile Diabetes in the children. However, some research has shown that it may well be due to the genetic makeup of the children and probably the general environment they live in. Some theories believe a predisposition to the disease which is then triggered by a reaction to a toxic or infectious agent. Of the approximately 17 million people who have diabetes, about 1.4 million have the Type 1 diabetes. The disease is generally not believed to be caused by obesity and excessive sugar intake.

As parents it is very necessary that you learn the symptoms of diabetes. The most common signs are listed below.

• Increased thirst

• Hunger

• Progressive weight loss

• Frequent Urination

• Increased thirst

• Weakness and Fatigue

Once diagnosed, a parent must know how to administer the injections of insulin and also how to monitor the levels of blood glucose on a regular basis. You should also give your child a healthy balanced diet and watch their weight. There is increasing evidence to suggest that moderate exercise and activity helps keep diabetes in check by regulating the blood sugar levels. This can help avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.…

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Eight Tips For Choosing Child Care

Selecting the best child care arrangement is one of the most important choices you’ll make. How do you know which is best and what should you look for when evaluating child care centers that appear to have similar offerings?

“Every child is unique, so it’s important to choose a place where your child feels at home and the philosophy and approach to learning agree with your own,” said Sharon Bergen, senior vice president of education and training for Knowledge Learning Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of early childhood care and education.

Bergen says once parents narrow the search to locations that are convenient and affordable, there are a number of questions they should ask.

1. Is the center licensed?

2. Is it safe? Is the facility clean? Does it have plenty of light and fresh air? Are there formal procedures for the arrival and departure of children?

3. Is there enough indoor and outdoor space for both quiet and active learning and play?

4. Is there a clean, properly equipped area specifically for infants and toddlers? Is there appropriate interaction and nurturing of infants and toddlers?

5. Is parent participation encouraged? Are parents welcome and encouraged to visit and observe at any time? Does the center schedule parent conferences and provide progress reports?

6. Does the center have strict procedures for hiring caregivers? Is the director a professional who inspires confidence? Do teachers have experience and skills in child care methods? Are applicants fingerprinted when required by state law and required to take a medical exam in compliance with state licensing regulations? Are background checks and written references mandatory?

7. Does the center have a written plan you can see in action? Are learning programs designed for each age group?

8. Are education programs focused on the whole child and designed to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children?

Bergen suggests carrying a checklist and taking notes while touring facilities. Answering these questions will help parents make an informed decision.…

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Family Relationships

Feng Shui Made Easy – More Prosperity Areas of the Bagua

Another prosperity area is the Happy Family area. This area is in the middle left of the bagua in front of the Prosperity Corner. The element is wood, the color is green the shape is rectangular or columnar. They have an important inter-relationship. This area has to do with “every day” money, money for bills, food, rent etc. Pay attention to Happy Family.
Have lots of light and movement in this area. Don’t worry if the wrong properties exist like an object that has the element of metal and is white and round. You can cure it with the element of fire, the color red and pointed or triangular shapes. Candles also work well as a cure. This is a good place for a money bowl (my last article explains this).
In front of the Happy Family area on left is the Self Cultivation and Knowledge area. If your money is spent before it is earned this is a good area to concentrate on. This area is helpful in developing wisdom on how to create and use your money.
Place a picture of someone wise with money in this area. Put a bill or coin in this space. Money has pictures of wise men and it is money! It can be as simple as that. Have books that pertain to prosperity in this area. All of these things work to affirm your intention of prosperity. They remind you of your intention when you see them which enhances the feeling of prosperity.
Of course, the Career area is a big area of prosperity. It is next to Self Cultivation and Knowledge. Typically, the Entry falls in the Career section which is in the middle of the front of the house. The element is water, the color is black and the shape is freeform or undulating.
The entry to your home is a very important prosperity area in Feng Shui. Doors are the “mouth of Chi”. When you open your door you are inviting in energy. Therefore, it is important to make a point of opening your front door. That may sound funny but many people enter and exit their homes only through the garage and rarely use the front door. Try to remember to open it now and then and have something in that area that invites in Chi. Art, wind chimes, crystals and fountains are good Chi movers in an entry. Remember, water is a symbol of prosperity so add more water!
Doors are the “mouth of Chi” and windows are the “eyes of Chi”. Doors should be kept unobstructed and able to open fully so that Chi flows in. Windows should be kept clean. Add more lighting if windows are not sufficient. Add some red ribbon or tape across the window sill and at the base of the door to invite even more Chi in.
The last area of prosperity in today’s article is the kitchen, more specifically the stove. In china the more people you cooked for the more prosperous you were. So, the more burners on the stove the better. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to upgrade your stove. You can simply place mirrors at the back of the stove to multiply the burners. The mirrors also allow you to see behind you if your back happens to be to the door when you are cooking. Always keep the stove clean and clear. Also, keep the countertops uncluttered so they are a functional clear space where you can cook, create and prosper.
Watch for my next article: The Power of a Vision Board…

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Lesson Learned: No Matter How Old, the Process Doesn’t Stop

Lesson Learned: No Matter How Old, the Process Doesn’t Stop

OK class, today’s assignment is to create the most annoying place ever; ready?

Let’s begin by populating it with lots of tired, irritable inhabitants confined to a cramped area with hardly any places to rest and absolutely no spot to get comfortable. Many of these folks will wear too much perfume or, better yet, haven’t seen the working end of a shower in days. Of course, the whole environment has to be far from home, and – oh yes – let’s make it extremely loud.

Now, let’s spruce up the annoyance factor by tossing in some arcane commands.

Rule one: You are only allowed to have in your ownership one container of essential items; but the consequences for possessing those is that is you must drag them behind you wherever you go; a ball and chain.

Rule Two: Not for a minute can you let them leave your custody. If you want to add more items, you can purchase from a very limited supply of things that will be far more costly than they should be, and you must stand in long lines to obtain them (don’t forget, you must have your container always in tow).

Rule Three: Nosy, ill-mannered, discourteous natives will handle and interrogate you at will, sporadically rummage through your package of personal belongings, and time after time subject you to yet additional seemingly useless rules which may change at any time.

I think we’re done. What shall we call it? Dante’s Inferno? Hell? How about, “An Airport?”

Traveling has a knack to make anybody cranky; so, I had empathy for the nine-year-old with the pink suitcase waiting in the petrified line to board the jet. Her dad, bent close to her, staring unflinchingly into her eyes, was wagging his finger for emphasis and scolding her sotto voce. “We don’t push people out of the way. We wait our turn, do you understand?”

Her eyes drilling into the floor of the gateway, an angry expression contorting her face, she rocked defiantly from side-to-side, holding steadfast, “He’s not ‘people;’ he’s my little brother! And he’s slow! I want to get on the airplane all ready! I’m tired!”

“I understand,” replied her father, “We’re all frustrated. But that doesn’t excuse pushing. Are we clear?”

“I want to get on the airplane!” She stomped her foot for emphasis and crossed her arms across her chest.

“We will go on the airplane when you apologize to Robbie. Tell him you’re sorry.”

Begrudgingly realizing she had no choice and finally accepting the parameters, she faced her sibling, mumbled something, then looked back at Dad.

“Very good,” he said; hugged her, rose to his full height and took her by the hand as the family proceeded forward. She had learned her lesson, her reward being that she now able to proceed to her objective.

As I watched the drama, it dawned on me that this process does not end when we move away from our parents. It is a sequence that presents itself continually: Frustration. Lesson. Acceptance. Progress. Repeat cycle as necessary until learned.

The only difference between those of us with single-digit ages and smooth skin, and those of us with a few years under our belts and a road map of wrinkles, is that we aren’t always fortunate enough to have someone explain the guidelines so clearly.…