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Creating Healthy Food Habits to Build a Healthy, Happy Family

Small children go through the age where they explore their world through their senses. Build a healthy family through proper nutrition which improves the functioning of these senses, but these senses also need constant stimulation to develop to their full potential.
Food are also used as an education tool, as all children have an inherent need to tough and play with things, which is a great way to improve their hand-eye coordination. Of course this does mean a certain amount of mess but your home has probably already been turned upside down any number of times with small children. You may not be able to upgrade you home into a self cleaning home, but you sure can upgrade your child’s eating habits to build a healthy happy family. By offering nutritious healthy meals to your children is not the problem at all, getting them to eat it is the real challenge.
Parents can oftentimes be too forceful when wanting to exert some control over their child’s diet. It is therefore important that you do not pressure your child too much in order to prevent the rebel in your child from taking over. And you’d better believe it is easier said than done for sure. There are a couple of important rules to keep in mind when you try to convince your little darlings to try and eat new healthier food in order to build a healthy family. These rules are based on the principle of changing the food and meal culture within your entire household, so everyone will have to make some changes to build a healthy family.
Find the time for family meals, the importance of this special time the family spend together cannot be overemphasized. The number of meals that a family enjoys together is slowly declining, as more and more people are making use of convenience foods due to a lack of time, and families are eating their meals in front of the TV. This takes the all important emphasis off the food and the family. Instead of using our sense optimally, we defeat them by focusing on whatever program is intruding our family meal time. More frequent family meals have been associated with a higher intake of complex carbohydrates, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and vitamin E.
The benefits of breakfast may seem overrated. It is for a fact, the most important meal of the day. Breakfast can cure many things, from an empty stomach to grumpiness, irritability and tiredness. Another very interesting thing, children are more inclined to eat breakfast if they had a family meal the previous night. Breakfast is one of the most difficult meals to get a child to eat. Give your child a choice by giving them a list of healthy breakfast options to choose from and allow them to determine the serving size as well. Any start is a good start to build a healthy happy family.
Make small gradual changes. Once parents have made the decision to change the current family lifestyle, they tend to jump in head first. Then only afterwards they realize they have mistaken the shallow end for the deep end. Then chaos breaks loose and everything just backfires. Rather decide with foods will be allowed, and which will be eliminated. The foods that you have on your eliminated list, then needs to be excluded slowly, without them even really realizing. But children are very perceptive, they probably will notice the changes and they may even rebel against your plans to build a healthy family.
May of us have fallen prey to the supermarket snare, as most supermarkets are full of tempting and attractive packaged foods. Most of these are also designed to target specifically children. These foods seem to be far more attractive and enticing when a child is hungry, and this goes for adults too. Have you ever noticed that public places, especially supermarkets are the most common arena for food warfare? Therefore be a little cleverer, before attempting the very courageous act of grocery shopping, make sure the kiddies are not starving and are fairly full and well fed. Give them something healthy to eat before visiting the supermarket.
With your children avoid using food as a reward; even though it is one of the most successful ways to reward a child, it is certainly not ideal when you want to build a healthy family. We all know that there is nothing better can a special treat to keep a child quite and happy and behaved, but this act of love from our side only creates unhealthy eating habits. Some studies have also shown that using food as a reward to change unwanted behavior increases the risk of developing obesity and other lifestyle diseases later in life. This …

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Keeping A Happy Home With Family

Every living thing in this world has a family. No one is intended to live alone in this planet. Though some circumstances of losing a family cannot be avoided, other human beings that you might encounter in the future can be your new family. Life is very busy nowadays since crisis is present all over the world. Everybody needs to work hard and focus in earning money in order to survive. As a mother, there are lots of things that you are responsible of inside the house aside from the job you have outside such as doing the household chores, disciplining your kids, serving your husband, and a lot more. It can be so frustrating to you part if you will see that the entire family is not happy with all the efforts you’ve made. But do not be worried about that because there are actually useful guidelines to keep a happy family.
First thing of all is to have a good parenting strategy. If you are a new parent, you can ask opinion from your mother or friends about giving the right treatment for the child. Building the personality and character of your child greatly depends on how you taught him. Give your child enough time where both of you will enjoy quality time together. Do not let your job and other household chores become a hindrance to your mother and child relationship. You can do all the household chores in a specific time when your child is asleep or your partner has arrived. Just make sure that when your child needs you, you are always available to attend his needs. Show love and care to your child. This will help you develop a trusting and loving relationship between you and your child.
Give time for your husband. Do not ignore him are he arrives from work. A happy marriage can brighten up the atmosphere of the home. It can also help the children understand what a true happy family really is. Kids are not restrictions for a date with your husband. You can still spend time together walking outside during your free time. Cooking the dinner together is also a good chance for both of you to share everything that happened for that day. Kids always go to bed first after you read stories or the like so you can still spend more time after they’ve gone to bed.
If you and your husband were given the chance for a day or week vacation, take this opportunity to have a fun trip with your whole family. Going to a trip is a good form of bonding with your kids and building memorable experience. There are so many places that are best for a family trip. You can do some online research so that you can see all the options available and choose the most suitable for your family and budget. If you don’t want to leave the house, outdoor activities are also good alternatives while grilling some food outside. You can go shopping together beforehand so that your kid will really enjoy the activity. Always encourage the thoughts and suggestions of your kids. It will make them more confident if they can see that their opinions count.…

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Get Saving and Build a Healthy Happy Family

Start saving.
There are three steps to saving.
Firstly you need to save your money. Decide on how much you want to save to be able to pull yourself through difficult times for example disasters, accidents, deaths etc. Then instead of falling into the trap of buying something you think you need now on credit, rather wait, save and buy it later on cash. Anything that you buy on credit ends up costing you much more than the original price was.
Secondly draw up a budget, it helps you see your expenses against your income and helps you not to spend your income erratically.
Thirdly educate yourself about financial services and choose the most efficient and cheapest option. Learn about the best products and services through financial service providers. And learn about the different banking methods available that you can use.
Some more very useful saving tips for the whole family to build a healthy happy family this year.
Change your mindset. You need to go from being comfortable with debt to being in control of your finances. Commit yourself to being debt free in three, six or twelve months.
Put aside money for any medical or other emergencies, as well as for car and house maintenance.
Pay off your debts with the highest interest rates first, and do not borrow any money from anywhere to pay debts. If you are one of us that finds yourself in uncontrollable debt because of more than one credit card, destroy one card at a time and settle the debt. Do not get new cards once you have paid off the debt. Keep a list and write down all your purchases in order to keep track of unnecessary spending. Ensure each purchase is necessary and not a “show-off” item or goods.
Start a savings club with friends or colleagues, or a rotating savings club. This way, members contribute a specified monthly sum to the club, and each member receives all the contributions when their turn in the rotation arrives. Build a healthy happy family and teach your children the value of money and of saving. Most banks have tailor made accounts when with above average interest rates for teenagers.
Reduce the insurance on your car every year because your car decreases in value each year. If you have not been doing that, your premiums have increased while your car’s value has decreased. It is your job to keep your premium down by regularly informing your insurer to decrease your sum insured. There are also other ways that you could save besides in your bank account. Join your employer’s pension or provident fund or invest in unit trusts. Make informed decisions and good choices on large purchases by shopping around and comparing prices.
Keep your financial goals for your family in mind throughout the year, even as the excitement wears off. Your reward will be a happier, healthier richer family. Start today to build your healthy happy family.…

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How To Keep Your Man Happy

Sounds like a 1950’s how to booklet on relationships, right? Well it’s not, but back then they had things right. Our grandparents learned long ago how to keep a marriage long and happy. They had the right priorities; families come first.
In today’s society, we have a me mentality or a what can I do for me, or more specifically, what can you do for me? And sometimes we don’t care who we screw over to get what we want. Even our spouses.
Not only are we more concerned about ourselves, we are also impatient to find out what comes next. I like to call this the hurry-up disorder and the I’ll-be-happy-when disorder. We are never happy with what we have or else it isn’t good enough. Our houses aren’t big enough, our cars aren’t new enough, and we’re not moving up the corporate ladder fast enough. I don’t know who we’re competing with.
I will be the first to say that we work hard for what we have and we deserve to pamper ourselves from time to time. It’s only money, we only live once, we can’t take it with us, and any other cliche we can come up with to make us feel better. But when it really comes down to it, it is just stuff. And what’s more important, the stuff or our families? Our families of course.
But more specifically, our husbands. Once the stuff is gone, once the children are grown, what will we have left? Hopefully our husbands. Your marriage should be the most important thing in your life. It should trump all the other things, but sadly most of us do not value our husbands.
What I’m about to suggest may seem like I lost my mind and set women’s rights back 50 plus years, I’m not. This really works. What I want you to do is to put your husband before all else, including the children. I know it’s a radical thought, but trust me when I say, you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Your husband should be king of his castle. He should be greeted with a smile and a kiss when he walks in the door in the evenings. Admit it, how many times have you passed a screaming baby off to your husband as he walked in the door. Or met him complaining that the washing machine broke and has flooded the basement? Ok, that one might be a little important, but it should not be the first thing he has to hear. How do you think that makes your husband feel to be greeted with chaos and bad news? My guess is he probably doesn’t want to come home.
Our homes should be a welcoming place of relaxation. It should be a place where our husbands want to be in instead of the local corner bar. Maybe even staying late at work instead of coming home to more complaints, screaming kids, and a messy house. If you don’t want to be in that environment, what makes you think he does?
Your goal is to tidy the house, cook a nice dinner, make the kids play quietly in their room until dinner is ready (bribe them if you have to), freshen up yourself a bit, and put on a smile for your hubby as he walks through the door. Home from a long hard day.
A happy home makes for a happy family and a good marriage is the foundation for it all.…

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A Happy Mom Is A Happy Family

Moms are so much more powerful than they realize. How they are feeling on a particular day can have significant effects on the entire family. A Mom can and does influence so many things in her environment. And that can affect how she feels, and in turn how the other family members feel.
When she is feeling good, happy, relaxed so are her kids. They have more energy, laugh more and get along better. On the other hand, if she is feeling frustrated or bogged down by all the things going on, the kids seemed to know that, and they argued more, were hard to keep busy and were less focused.
What Mother hasn’t felt at her wits end with her kids? The colicky baby who won’t stop crying, the kids who won’t stop arguing, the lack of time she has to herself and the limited adult interaction. She’ll call a girlfriend or her own mother to talk for a few peaceful minutes to vent or to get advice. She will put the kids’ favorite movie on so they’re occupied and we can have a few minutes to ourselves. It would never fail, after a few minutes into a conversation the kids will start to call for Mom. They need to ask a question or they need a referee because, “he hit me,” or they want some juice. On it goes when a few minutes ago, they were fine. We try to appease them, even leave the room or multitask in some manner. When nothing seems to work we hang up feeling irritated and frustrated. Low and behold, all’s well and the arguing stops. It’s as if that big white device in our hand was a signal to start vying for mom’s attention, and in a way, to our children it was. Yet the feeling of frustration lingers for the mom, long after she has hung up and peace is restored. It can affect the rest of the day, and by the time our spouse comes home, she’s more than ready for them to help, even takeover.
It only makes sense then that our thoughts affect our relationships as well. Take this example, with a stay at home mom in mind. Their husbands are off at work, and their kids are off at school, so these moms spend their time doing as much as they can around the house. They will straighten, pick up, put away, clean or whatever needs to be done. If they walk around with negative thoughts, such as; “I am always picking up after everyone else,” and “no one puts anything away,” and “I always have to do everything myself” and “this house is such a mess” and “I never get to do anything I want” and on and on. By the time these people get home, they will be so worked up and upset, that they might yell about it, or want nothing to do with them. Either way it affects the entire rest of the day, for the whole family and in a very negative way. The frustration produces more frustration in others, spreading it around and bringing more of it into the home.
Being a mother and raising a family is one of the, if not the hardest thing a woman will ever do. It would be helpful if kids came with instructions, but they don’t. Therefore, a solid support system is essential for every mother because taking care of your home and your family is hard enough without leaving much room for self care. There are often feelings of frustration, isolation and an inability to do what they want. There are simple and effective things you can do to make all this easier and to feel more like ‘a happy mom.’ I have listed three of those ways below:
1. Schedule me time in to every day. Time for yourself is so critical because moms are called upon to give so much and to sacrifice so much that we need to replenish our energy ‘supply.’ We can be very quick to drop what we are doing for someone else that having ME time scheduled in to our day makes it more likely to happen. It is important for these activities to be quality, things that bring us joy and nurture our spirit.
Treat this time like a doctor’s appointment, one that you wouldn’t cancel on a whim. It is okay to say that you are busy or that you have other plans when others make requests during this time. I would also like to promote that moms don’t feel guilty for taking time for themselves either. You need to be cared for and nurtured in order to fully care for others, and feel good about it.
2. Connect with friends every day …

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5 Common Habits of Happy Families

What makes some families more happy than others? The short answer is they are aware of doing things that make them happy. They have probably taken the time to explore what they like to do, what makes the members of the family happy and importantly make the time to do those things more regularly than the things that they don’t particularly enjoy.
It sounds simple and it is. It is about not being lazy! People who are happy are more aware!
Aware of what you may ask, and that’s a great question. Individuals in the family are aware of what they like and actually go out regularly and simply do those things. Most importantly, they do those things together. Hence the saying has arisen that the family that plays together, stays together!
Here are 5 common habits of happy families.
1 Being Grateful for everything in their lives. Having gratitude for the things that they have. Gratitude comes from an awareness of acceptance of what life is offering to each of us at any given moment. If you do not have acceptance in the present moment, than it is more difficult to be grateful. Acceptance and gratitude are the foundations for enthusiasm which brings for the feelings we all desire which is happiness.
2 Acceptance of the consequences of our choices and finding an appropriate level of satisfaction leads to happiness. When you have the habit of acceptance or satisfaction of what happens, you enjoy life more. People who try and “maximse” everything that they engage in are usually to wrung out at the end of the day to enjoy anything. They are never satisfied and are continually chasing their tail, so to speak. Simply limit the number of choices on offer to you is helpful.
3 Focusing on one thing at a time is a habit for happy families. The power to pay attention to what you as a family are wanting is a great habit to engage in because it limits the choices, focusses each family member and everyone can take some ownership of the family experience.
4 Simply being together and hanging out together. Being comfortable with not doing things all the time.
5 Love yourself first and then love your family by spreading the magic of love in each moment. Human beings thrive on close personal relationships. Human beings do not like to be on their own most of the time.
So it is in the understanding and being aware of the things we do regularly as a family unit that offer the level of satisfaction or happiness of being part of a happy family. From here you can live a rich life.…

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Seven Tips To Get You Ready For A Happy Family Vacation

If you are getting ready for a family vacation here are seven tips to make certain that it will be a happy family experience, with as much joy and little stress as possible.
Travel Tip #1: Do your research ahead of time. Have you researched any towns or cities, parks, or points of interest that you may want to explore, either along the way or at your destination. A point of interest depends on your family’s interests. Areas of interest could be related to a sports venue, a natural feature such as waterfall, historical monuments, a facility related to the arts or music such as a museum or performing arts center, or could involve local cuisine or arts and crafts. This research should not fall to one family member, everyone can get involved.
Travel Tip #2: Know the directions for getting to your destination. If you are reaching your destination by plane and need to rent a car, have you packed a GPS or do you have a printout of the directions that will get you from your rental car pickup point to your first destination? If you are driving, have you selected your route and again have a GPS, maps, or a printout of directions.
Travel Tip #3: Prepare your kids ahead of time for the vacation. Let them know what to expect. Find a book from the library which is related to where you are going and read it together. Have your kids draw pictures about what they expect to see on the vacation. Let your kids pack a boredom bag that they can carry with them. It should include items that will keep them occupied and that they find comforting.
Travel Tip #4: Give your kids instructions for what to do if they get separated from you. It’s very important to discuss what you expect your children to do if they get lost. Each child should have a small card that they carry in his or her pocket which includes your destination’s address and phone number and your cell phone number.
Travel Tip #5: Make certain to pack essentials for the trip. These essentials include a first aid kit and water for the trip. Also, if you will be on a plane, pack items such as medications that you can’t be without in your carry-on bag in case your checked luggage takes longer to reach its destination than you do.
Travel Tip #6: Use your packing checklist to make certain that everything is packed. Now is a good time to create a packing checklist for this vacation and all future ones if you haven’t done so already. Such a list ensures that nothing critical gets left behind. Make certain to include sun protection items such as hats, sunglasses, and sun tan lotion.
Travel Tip #7: Pack items to chronicle your vacation. It’s fun to look back on your family vacation and reminisce about all the adventures planned and unexpected. Taking photos, sketching scenes, or writing journal entries will ensure that those memories are preserved.…