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Parents’ Involvement In Schools Is Critical

One way to help your child to succeed in school may be to drop by for a visit.

A little involvement can go a long way, say experts at National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). You don’t have to spend hours at school each week. Even a monthly visit can make a difference.

When parents get involved:

� Students have better attendance records.

� Students achieve higher test scores and grades.

� Students have higher graduation rates and are more likely to pursue higher education.

� Students build stronger relationships with parents.

According to National PTA, only one in four parents are actively involved in their children’s education. For working parents, that number drops to only one in nine.

“When parents take an active role in their children’s education, it has a very positive effect,” reports Warlene Gary, CEO of National PTA. “Parents need to stay involved from kindergarten through high school to assure that their children get the kind of education that will help them succeed.”

National PTA and The Advertising Council have launched a campaign encouraging parent involvement in schools. Through various forms of media, the campaign encourages parents to join PTA and offers a Web site to connect parents with simple tips and ideas to get involved in their children’s school and education.

Here are a few ways to get started:

� Talk to your child’s teacher. Let her know all about your child’s interests and ask how you can support learning at home.

� Plan a lunch date with your children in the school cafeteria.

� Attend parent-teacher conferences.

� Join the PTA.

� Go to school events such as back-to-school night.

� Keep current on school policies, schedules and rules.

� Attend school board meetings.

� Check your school’s Web site.

� Talk to your child’s school counselor if you have any concerns or questions.…

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5 Tips for A Happy Marriage

I have been blessed to grow up in a happy family. My parents are now married for over 40 years. When I got married, I determined to ensure that I give my children the same gift that my parents gave me. I believe that one of the best gift you can give your child, is a happy and healthy couples today quickly rush to the divorce court, without ever seriously working for the success of their marriage. Marriage like everything else, requires great care and patience. It’s like a garden, you have to work on it every day, patiently removing the weeds, planting good seeds, watering and nourishing it. How is it, that we can tend our garden with so much care, but allow weeds to over run our most cherished possessions – our home.
Here are 5 tips that will help to nourish and bring fulfillment to your marriage:
1. TRUST: You must learn to trust your spouse. I found this especially difficult when I newly got married. You see, my wife is really very beautiful, and am quite jealous, so I kept bugging her every time I saw her with another man. Finally I had to learn to trust her or ruin our happiness. As a direct consequence, her own trust in me, also increased.
2. TOLERANCE: You must learn to tolerate. There are bound to be differences in your opinions, behavior, and general conduct. You must not insist that everything must be seen through your eyes. Always have a formula for conflict resolution, and believe me, you will have many conflicts.
3. FORGIVENESS: There is a concept I practice, for lack of a proper name, I will call it ” Advance forgiveness”, When I meet a person that I like, I give him/her an “advance forgiveness”. What this means, is that I believe that one day, this person must offend me in one way or another. So I make up my mind to forgive, even before I have been offended. The best person to give advance forgiveness, is your spouse. Make up your mind to forgive, even before offence comes, because, you will be offended, and you will be hurt. FORGIVE.
4. CARING: Every body knows that one should care for his/her spouse, but how many people actually care? We are too busy with our work, our kids, our Facebook friends, that we actually forget our spouse. We even care more for our boss, than we do for our spouse. Think of your spouse for a change.
5. TIME-OUT: We always talk about quality time, but what we really need to do, is just spend time with our loved ones. Go for Vacations, picnics, travel to Africa, visit that cave or valley nearby. There is something magical about such time-outs, it has a way of revitalizing your relationship.
So, go back and build your home. Wish you luck.…

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Tips To Help Achieve A Happy Family

It is a New Year and as 2012 starts we are left wondering how we can improve our lives. In this article I will take a look at how we can improve family life and provide you with tips on how to be a happy family.
If you look around you, you will see that yes some families are happier than others. One way in which you can improve your family life is to take a leaf out of their books and observe the way in which they interact with one another.
Some of the most common behaviors that prevent us from living as a happy family are listed below.
First off you should remember to be a couple as well as parents. Many parents fail to remember that they are still a husband and wife, and fail to be a couple once they have children. It is important for couples to remember that quality time as adults is still needed. It is recommended that mums and dads take time out and spend it together without the distraction from children. It is common knowledge that many unhappy families are a result of the parents neglecting one another, and focusing too much on being a mother or father as opposed to a husband and wife. There needs to be an equal balance between the two. Once the children are in bed mum and dad should dedicate time to one another.
Communication is the key to a happy family. It is crucial that family members talk to each other and make the time to do so. Unhappy families often fail to listen to one another and do not express their feelings. Instead they bottle things up and keep themselves to themselves. A family should always communicate. If a member of the family is withdrawn or upset then it is important to encourage him or her to open up and express their feelings, otherwise it can have an impact on the happiness of the entire family.
Parents should develop and follow family traditions. Having something to look forward to as a family is a great way to bond and therefore create a happy family. These family traditions could be annual holidays, day trips or regular family meals.
Having suggested the above tips, it is also important to point out that successful families need to establish rules, consequences and boundaries. In many unhappy families there are no rules and consequences, so therefore children do not know what is expected of them. They are quick to be punished but rarely praised. It is therefore important to develop a clear picture of what is allowed and not allowed. Parents should clearly state things such as night time curfews in order to avoid conflict.
Through following the tips listed above we can help to establish a happy family, and therefore improve the time that we spend together.…

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Parents, How to Move From Burnout to Bliss

After coaching several moms this week I felt the need to write this article. There are still too many people – both moms and dads, working too hard and having very little fun in their lives. Stress is huge for parents and they are finding that things in their personal lives are just piling up; they feel like, “How am I supposed to deal with all this AND be a good parent? I have no patience or energy left!”
Around 10 years ago I felt like I was falling apart. I was having amazing success with my students and their families, was receiving huge accolades from all of my administrators as well as school boards, and was hearing that parents were going to take their kids out of the school if their children wouldn’t be in Mrs. Kurt’s class. However, in the evenings and on weekends, I wasn’t experiencing this kind of success.
Most Friday nights, I would flop down on the sofa out of complete exhaustion and call out to my hubby to ask what type of take out we should order in. After eating I would either fall asleep leaving my husband to “enjoy” his Friday night alone or would end up arguing with him about something silly. On Saturdays, I would either break out in hives or my lips would swell up to triple their size. On a couple of occasions, the whole right side of my body went numb.
One night, my husband said, “This is enough! You have to figure out a way to change things and fix this.” Luckily, my personality is such that I always look for a solution to a problem.
I was fortunate that my husband put his foot down but in many families, both mom AND dad are stressed to the limit and are of little support to one another; they “just try and make do” and “get by”.
Today, I coach moms and dads on how to use my Life Circle™ Technique. This is the tool I developed for myself after my hubby put his foot down. It literally changed my life and in turn, my husband’s life. He saw such a difference in me that HE wanted to use the Life Circle™ too!
Although this tool can’t be taught in an article as short as this, some of the philosophies behind its success can be. Here’s how to start shifting yourself from burnout to bliss.
1. Slow down, stop taking things on because you think you “should”, just STOP! No more volunteering for things that you KNOW will stress you out or going to events that you KNOW you really don’t want to, or taking your kids to 3 or 4 after-school activities, just stop.
2. Be gentle on yourself – if you make your husband and child smile once a day, you’ve done your job
3. Ask for help – babysitting, cleaning, dinners
4. Get to bed! 10pm seems to be the ticket to having an evening and still getting enough rest.
5. Try no TV during the weekdays! You’ll be amazed at how you will fill up the time. Reading, talking to hubby over a glass of wine or cup of tea, organizing drawers, changing light bulbs… You won’t feel resentful because there is nothing else to do!
6. Play soothing or classical music in the house and burn calming aromatherapy oils such as lavender and peppermint.
When many stressful events occur at the same time, I’ve found that it’s a wake up call. If you constantly get sick or have things going wrong all the time, or often have unexpected situations arise, let that be your wake up call that, as my husband said, “Things need to change”. Start by applying the rules above and begin to see that life CAN be calm and blissful.…

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Vacation Rentals For Family Tips

A vacation trip that involves a family has its own unique definition of fun filled with kids and parents drama. When considering for a vacation get-away for a family, choosing vacation rentals needs a little more research and there are certain factors to be taken into consideration. Here are a few tips that you can use to guide you to make choose a vacation home that caters to the unique needs of a family.
When you have kids that are of toddler’s age, searching for vacation rentals that are children-friendly should be in the top priority. You don’t want vacation homes that are not catered to the needs of children. A vacation home that is safe for kids can have gated-pools, pools that are designed for kids and babysitter service if possible. Check with the vacation home owners to see whether these details are covered.
Traveling with a family can be very high maintenance. You can always invite the grandparents or another family to come with you to help you with the babysitting process, especially if you and your partner want to have a little break or some intimate time. This is the best option as you can get to swap child care duties and share expenses with a group of people that you trust.
Vacation rentals offer special rates for family travelers. Benefit from this, by enquiring with them to get a good deal or bargain. You can save a lot of money and have a fun family time too. If your family always travels with a pet, make sure that pets are allowed in your place of stay. Book your rentals early, especially when you take a family vacation as you will usually have it planned during the school holidays which are in the peak season. Being the early bird to make a reservation will ensure that you and your family will start the vacation on a good note.…

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Easy Feng Shui – Relationship Areas – Happy Family Area

The Happy Family area is about people in your life that feel like family as well as your biological family. Standing in the middle front of your home it is located on the left in the middle between Self Cultivation and Knowledge and the Prosperity corner. The element is wood and the color is green. This area represents safety and security in life, a strong foundation. This is an area that can hold the energetic intention to forgive and be at peace with family and friends.
Family energy and agreements can be some of the most difficult to navigates. When we incarnate we choose our parents and the family we are born into for our soul’s evolution. We pick the place where we can learn the most to fulfill our soul’s purpose. Sometimes we have wonderful families and sometimes we don’t.
The Happy Family area is where we can make an energetic intention to bless, forgive and release past family energy so that we can be empowered. When we forgive someone we do it for ourselves, for our freedom and happiness it has nothing to do with the other person. It is also a prosperity area for day to day money, money to pay the bills which contributes to feeling secure.
Healthy plants are great enhancements in this area. Place photos of family in wooden frames in this area. Use representations of water and the color black. Water feeds wood in the creative cycle.
My dining room is in the Happy Family area. I have an old dining room set with a large buffet. I have a green velvet scarf on the buffet with glass and crystal pieces on it and a mirror behind it. Glass and crystal that reflects light is wonderful for moving chi and is a symbol for water. The shape of water is undulating so light dancing through glass and crystal is perfect for the element of water. I also have a window seat that is full of pictures of family and plants. The whole feeling of this area is light.
Things to avoid in the Happy Family area are metal objects, round objects and the color white. Metal chops wood in the destructive cycle. So if you can’t move out some of the above from your family area add the color red or candles or even better, red candles. This represents fire which melts metal.
All of life is the relationship that begins with us as individuals remembering that we are the embodiment of the Divine. When we know that we lack nothing and are worthy of everything we desire we start to value ourselves. Creating a supportive environment through the practice of Feng Shui further affirms that value. If we nurture the relationship we have with ourselves through self love, forgiveness and validation we bring peace to our lives. That peace then extends to those closest to us and radiates out from there to encompass our fellow man and our planet. We are all one and healing begins at home.
Namaste’…

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Avoid Worry, Stop Stress

A quote from Abraham Lincoln says , “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Living your life in a happy mood can have a really positive effect. Whenever I listen to the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, it more often than not have a somewhat therapeutic effect which also translates to a wonderful mood for me through the whole day. The song has a unique way of passing it’s message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin’s stylish rendition and lyrics surely made a lot of people happy by telling them not to fret but to forget their worry.
Living a happy, bubbling and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.
There are several ways by which you can do this.
Be Grateful: Learning the art of being grateful is a wonderful attitude. There is much to be thankful for. Thank the cab driver for driving with care, thank the cook for keeping the kitchen neat, and thank the guy who does your dry cleaning. Also thank the mailman for delivering your mails, thank the policeman for coming to your aid,thank your wife for a delicious meal,thank your child for helping to run an errand and thank God for being alive.
News is stressful: In order to be happy get less of it. Some people find it difficult starting their day without their daily dose of news. Think about it, About 80% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting your day with bad news does no good to your health nor that of your family and appears not to be a wise thing to do.
News is stressful : In order to be happy get less of it. Some people find it difficult starting their day without their daily dose of news. Think about it, About 80% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting your day with bad news does no good to your health nor that of your family and appears not to be a wise thing to do.
Time Management: Time is too important and precious to waste. Time management can be likened to a list of rules that involves setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do, scheduling and prioritizing.
These are the core fundamentals of time management that should be understood to create an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer details of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire thereby giving you satisfaction and happiness.
Crack Jokes: ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ as they say.A physician ones told me that 50% of your problems could be solved if you laugh.Heard a any good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. It is always refreshing.
Express yourself : When you express your feelings, affections, and passion to people around you, you are more likely to have a healthy,stress-free life. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to bottle up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to you or anyone.
A religious angle could also be applied to improve your level of happiness and this is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace and happiness.
These are some of the few simple things you can do everyday with your family to be happy and avoid stress.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”…