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Family Relationships

Stress – Different Ways On How To Deal With It

Feeling like the world is putting too much pressure on you? Do you experience sleepless nights because of your worries? Do you always eat on the go to beat your busy schedule? It is not just you who experiences these things. Most people experience stress at some point of their lives. But, there are ways to cope up with the unavoidable stress in life.
Stress is the body’s way in adjusting to a high demand. It is often caused by pressure from the outside world. It is the body’s way of preparing in facing tough and demanding situations with stamina and focus. If unmanaged, stress can bring about negative results to a person’s body. Too much stress can cause anxiety or panic attacks, overeating and depression. Moreover, experiencing too much stress may lead to drinking alcohol, smoking and drug addiction. However, there are creative ways to handle and cope up with stress.
The proper way to deal with stress is to identify the source of stress in your life. Although it may sound that easy, identifying the root cause of stress is a bit difficult to do. More often than not, the source of stress is not that obvious. You may be constantly stressed with beating deadlines, however, deadlines are not the main problem but it is your habit of delaying your tasks.
After you found out what causes you to feel stress, identify how your body responds to it. Stop telling yourself that you are alright. Instead, take time to observe the how your body reacts to different situations. Notice your muscles and observe your breathing.
Once you already identify the cause of stress in your life and how your body responds to it, find ways to cope up with stress. Slowing down is one of the best ways to cope up with stress. Surround yourself with sights that comfort you. Listen to music that makes your muscles relax. Look for scents that are comforting and calming.
Knowing how to deal with the pressures from the environment helps you cope up with stress. The ability to manage stress keeps you focused and healthy.…

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Family and Children

8 Guilty Pleasures For Mothers

Now, listen up dads, this article is for you as much as for mums. You see, Mums will need you to step in for her to indulge in these guilty pleasures. I’m here for the mums, so if you’re a harassed dad, I apologise but know that we mums do sympathise with you.

Now, enough for my disclaimer.

As mums, I feel that there’s many pressure put upon me that sometimes I feel I don’t know myself anymore. I’m a driver to ferry my children around from one activity to another. I’m a cook, I’m a nurse, a live-in cleaner, a teacher and of course a wife to support my husband and keep him company. And looking at celebrity mum, I must also look stunning every day. With that, I fail miserably.

If you’re like me and other mums in the world, you probably feel guilty if for just one minute, you indulge yourself. But a number of research found that it’s important for a mother to find time for herself because happy mothers have happy children and happy family.

Before my words get twisted, I don’t suggest that mothers should over indulge themselves, go to the bar every night or shop until they drop and there’s no more money left for the family. That’s over indulgence and just pure irresponsible.

So, here are the 8 guilty pleasures that you can indulge to help you find yourself and without breaking your bank balance.

Lie in bed on Saturday morning until 10:00 AM. Yes, once a week, indulge in this great pleasure of not getting up in the morning to rush and get the kids’ breakfast ready. Allow your husband to do the work, it will give him time to bond with the kids while you get a much needed rest.

Curl up in the sofa with a good book. If you’re feeling totally harassed and fed up, get your husband to look after the kids, find a quite room and curl up with a very good book you’ve been wanting to read.

Have a warm relaxing bath before going to bed. This is very easy to do. Let the husband do a bit of tidying up in the kitchen while you have a good soak in the bath to relieve all your tension.

Get a cleaner. Yes, once a week or every fortnight get someone to do the cleaning for you. Even if this means you have to sacrifice other luxuries, this is one luxury that is worth having.

If your child is not yet at school, send your child to day care at least one day a week even if you are not working. This is one of the best guilt trippers especially for stay at home mums. However, studies also reveal that children who go to day care are often more confident than children who stay at home.

Have your hair done every month even if you think you don’t need it. This is to remind you that you are still a beautiful woman. If you can’t really afford it, why not have a spa day at home. (More on this topic later.)

Get a baby sitter and go out with your husband once a month. This will keep the romance alive between you and your husband. Remember, you are not just parents but you are a couple too.

Get your husband to give you a massage once a week. Not only will this relax you but it will also help bring you closer together.

Now, enjoy!…

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Family Relationships

Find Your Happiness by Working on Your Family

Today’s fast pace environment just doesn’t give couples the ability to sit down and enjoy each others company. We have to worry about the kids schooling, the soccer practices, dance classes, karate classes and the million other things that we all feel we need to do for our families in order to make us as parents feel that we are doing all that we can to help our children live normal and productive lives. But in reality, we are only burning ourselves out.
How do I go about changing my life?
Parent needs to come to the understanding that children will develop at their own pace. There is really no need to have your child signed up for 2 different sports and a class in order for them to fell accepted by society. They get all their time socializing and connecting with friends at school and playing in their local neighborhood. Sure a sport could be beneficial to your child, but only in the case that they want to play the sport. Not because you feel it would be good for them.
Sit down and have dinner together
Having a meal together is a great way for you to reconnect with your spouse and your children. It is common in many cultures that all dinners would be around a simple table without any distractions. No TV, radio, or gaming systems. Talk with other about your days. Sharing your activities will help your children see that you have an interest in what they do during the day.
Set up some family time
Running around like a chicken with your head cut off is not healthy for you or your family. Organize yourself with a planner and make sure to set up some family time a side in your schedule. Use this time to take the family to a move or out to a park. Have some fun. Think back to how you felt when you got to go to the park and spend time with your dad fishing or with your mom at the playground.
We all want what is best for our children in the future and feel obligated to do everything that we can to make sure they have those opportunities that we never had. But how would you feel now if you would not have had those special moments with your parents when you where growing up. Those are memories that will always stick with us throughout the rest of our lives.…

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Close Family

Love a “Loser” and Build a Healthy Happy Family

Sometimes we are very fortunate to be backed by a strong support team. Ironically, though it is sometimes those closest to us who succeed in derailing our attempts to unlearn destructive lifestyle habits.
Parents often exhort children to “eat up, it is good for you”. Thereby you establish a vicious cycle where food intake is equated with love and approval. The implication to this is that if your child does not eat all the food that has been prepared, he is made to feel ungrateful and unloving. If you see food as a reward and a substitute for love, you will probably be one to use it as a source of comfort every time you experience a crisis, with disastrous consequences for your weight and health. Let them be when they do not want to eat anymore, and build a healthy family.
Then there are also the loving parents, who discourage their beloved ones slimming attempts. “I love you just the way you are, you do not need to lose weight” they would say. These people might be trying to manipulate you psychologically, out of some sort of feat that if you lose weight you will be more difficult to control. A slim, healthy attractive part might be viewed as a threat. The particularly happens when your partner has also steadily gained weight over the years. Get your partner to join you in your weight loss efforts and build a healthy happy family.
Once you have made up your mind to achieve optimum healthy, and to gain control over your weight, it is vital that you let “diet detailers'” know you are wise to their tricks. Those who love you dearly may not even be aware that they are attempting to sabotage you, and they could be very hurt if you confront the issue with them too forcefully. Take it gently yet firmly and explain to them how much it means to you to lose weight and also to get the whole family to join in order to build a healthy family. Try to turn this into an opportunity to spend more quality time together. Ask them to be your weight loss buddy and build a healthy happy family. This will provide you with the vital back-up support system that you need. And it will also eliminate any feelings of insecurity they might experience as you begin to reveal your new slimmer sexier healthier body.
When you reach a milestone in your weight loss journey, do not be afraid to shout if from the rooftops. Chances are good that when your friends and your family see your enthusiasm and your happiness, they will begin to provide the much needed support you crave.
Your remarkable achievements will be as much a tribute to your loved ones as it is to your own determination.…

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Family Happiness

Happy Family? It’s Easy!

Home evening family activities are the all kind of activities that can bond our family, and make us happier!
There are a lot of tasks we have to do at home. Such as cooking, cleaning, making a laundry, watching TV etc. Usually, we do those tasks at evenings, when we return from job. Those activities are very important, but we have to remember what task is the most important and try not to skip on it. The most important task, in my opinion, is investing in our family.
Why does it important to invest in our family is pretty obvious. We have to remember that our family is like a business. If we want it to work well, we have to invest! It means to help our kids with their home work, to play with them (even if we are tired), to be with our partner and to do family activities together.
Activities that are advisable for the whole family are those activities where each member of the family participates. For example, if we decide to make a dinner together, we have to make sure that everyone knows his task. Kids can arrange a table or make a salad, the adults can make a pancakes etc. It’s a great way to make a good atmosphere.
We can divide activities into categories like sport, thinking games, cooking, performances etc. When we decide what activity to do today, we have to see the whole picture. It means, if we did a singing performance yesterday we will not do it today! And if we already cooked this week we will prefer to do something else.…

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Close Family

Pregancy 101: Tips To Help Make It Easier

If you just found out that you are pregnant and are wondering what to expect, then this article has lots of great information on how to make it through. If you are further along in your pregnancy, then there is also a lot of great advice to help you make it to the end.

Sleep as much as you want while you are pregnant. Sleep is in short supply for the parents of newborns. Also, while pregnant, your baby is eating up much of your available energy. Don’t be afraid to sleep in, go to bed early, or nap when you want to. You won’t be able to later!

You need to plan how much you drink to have a good sleep. Always drink plenty of water throughout the day, however slow down as the day progresses, stopping completely before bed. This will allow you to better control the urge to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Before you get pregnant, you should see your doctor. This way your doctor can recommend safe practices for you to have while trying to conceive. They can recommend foods you should eat and things you should avoid. They can also let you know things that can make it harder to conceive.

Avoid Vitamin A during pregnancy. Some studies have shown that Vitamin A may cause damage to a developing embryo. Avoid foods that have this vitamin, including liver, mozzarella cheese, egg yolks and mangos. You can eat a little, but do not consume vitamin A in bulk.

Try exercise classes that are designed for pregnant women. Staying active is very important during pregnancy but it is also important that you exercise safely. Going to a class that is specifically created for pregnancy means that you will gain all the benefits of the exercise without doing any damage to your growing baby.

Pregnant women want to do everything they can to keep their newborn baby safe. Taking folic acid is very important for a baby’s development and should be taken especially during the first trimester. Folic acid ensures proper brain and spinal cord formation. The recommended dose for pregnant women is a thousand micrograms each day.

Baby-Sitting

It is important to learn how to take care of a newborn. Baby-sitting other people’s toddlers and newborns is a great way to learn this experience. Caring for other people’s newborns not only helps make some money on the side, but also gives you the life skills you need to take care of your own child.

Mom And Baby

Exercising in pregnancy is good for mom and baby. The benefits include decreased risk for gestational diabetes, less complaints of constipation and back pain and a quicker recovery from birth for mom. Stop exercising and see your doctor if you have signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fluid leaking, uterine contractions or vaginal bleeding.

Although being pregnant is a wonderful thing, sometimes it is a little harder to deal with than we would like it to be. Using the tips that were provided here, you should be able to make life a little easier for yourself and for your new baby to be.…

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Basic Parenting Advice For A Happier Household

Being a good parent requires more than just fathering or giving birth to a child. Being a good parent means giving your child what they need when they need it. This is true whether their needs are physical or emotional. The tips delineated below will help you to do just that.

If you have multiple children, make sure you’re spending time with each of them separately, as well as in a group. Spending time with each child individually helps you bond with them and gives them a sense of uniqueness. You want your children to know that you love them all equally and that they all deserve time with you.

Remember to reward good behavior with praise and recognition. Children usually hear more reprimands for bad behavior than praise for good behavior and that might become discouraging to them. However, if you praise them for specific good behavior that they have exhibited, their confidence will be lifted, and they will exhibit the good behavior more often.

If your child is afraid of going to bed alone, do not encourage them to come and lie in the bed with you. Make sure that they sleep in their own beds and reassure them that they are safe. You can even assign one of their stuffed animals to be a “bodyguard.”

I know life is hectic, but take the time to play with your children. You don’t have to play their favorite games every time you play, but make sure to balance what you like to do with what they like to do. It will show them compromise, which is an important thing for them to learn.

Don’t keep junk food at home, where it might tempt your young child to eat it or beg you for it. If sweets are not an option, your child will eat something healthier instead. You don’t have to ban them for good, but try to save them for special occasions or holidays.

Close Family

As a parent one should make sure to set time aside specifically for the family. This is important for maintaining a happy and close family because with our busy lives it is easy to let other outside activities such as sports and work get in the way.

Good Relationship

As unfortunate an event it may be, divorces happen all of the time. In order for you, a divorced parent, to hold a good relationship with your college aged and older children you must never get them in the middle of your divorce. This will push them away for you and your ex-spouse.…