As a parent, it can be awfully tempting to spoil your kids, especially around the holidays. And while it's okay to regale the with gifts every so often, it's essential that they learn to appreciate what they have. With that in mind, here are some tips from our experts about how to teach your kids the importance of gratitude.
It’s that time again—the beginning of the holiday season. I actually had another topic I was going to address this week in my blog but I succumbed to the pressure I felt (from whom or what, I’m not sure) to write about Thanksgiving. I guess it makes sense to do so as family gatherings provoke a lot of things for many people. For some, the annual get-togethers are something to look forward to—a means to connect and spend time with family. But for many, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a holiday season riddled with anxiety, trepidation, obligation, and conflict.
What is the most stressed part of your body during holiday gatherings? At first response you may say stomach. As we delve deeper the most active or stressed organs during these gatherings is our heart and mind. That’s why it’s so important to plan with the diligence what we are going to: say, do and feel during these intimate interactions.
Why are in-law relationships so difficult? While some would suggest it's pure jealousy, I think it's more complex. Here are four steps useful for handling tense "in-law" situations this holiday season.
If I read one more email about gratitude I just might…be more grateful. LOL. I know, know…Thanksgiving doesn’t always make us feel instantly grateful. For some of us this Epic Holiday is like a gigantic beacon reminding us of what’s not quite right. Could be that someone’s missing, or maybe you feel displaced, out of touch, lonely, or not as connected to your family in the way you have been or would like to be right now.
Lately there have been a lot of questions in regard to how best to manage ADHD within the family. ADHD is not isolated to the individual (or individuals) in the family that have it. It affects the entire family on a daily basis in significant ways. When a family member presents with what we would consider many common ADD symptoms, and has been properly diagnosed, the next step is;
by Life Love Shopping, Amy Hoglund, for GalTime.com You’ve been dreaming of this day ever since you were a little girl playing with Barbies. I’m talking about your wedding day! You’ve got it all figured out, except there’s one problem. Your extremely difficult family who forgets that it’s YOUR special day rather than their own.
Oh, the holidays. So much of scrumptious food, armloads of gifts — and people who've been waiting all year to descend on you with uncomfortable questions about your (and by that I mean your love life). It’s bad enough that your parents ask you intrusive questions year-round, but during the holidays, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents join in on the fun, too; even certain neighbors seem to have free reign. The polite thing would be to prepare a few "beauty pageant" answers — answers that aren't genuine but rather what they want to hear. Like when your grandmother asks, “When are you going to get married?” you'd say, "Well, I want to make sure when I get married that I pick the right person so I can have an idyllic relationship like you and grandpa." (Sigh.)
What’s with the quality time that everyone tries to accomplish with their families? Do you run yourselves ragged trying to cram a week’s worth of quality time into your evenings and weekends. As a result, you feel even more pressure and guilt because all this quality time has left no time for housework and the more mundane aspects of family life.
There are no secrets to being a ‘good’ parent. There are no truly “new” ideas out there. It’s all about a few basic principles: respect, responsibility, truth, flexibility, resilience, courage. Show it in words and actions so your kids know exactly how it looks and sounds. Those are the building blocks. Do them with greater and greater frequency and watch things change.
Our world has become connected in ways that a couple of decades ago could only have barely been imagined. Often this is taken primarily as a matter of technology, a matter of ease of getting information, a matter of the speed of effects being felt in distant places. Hurricane Sandy and its impact in the Northeast along with all the calls that were made beyond the storm show that our connected world has also created new patterns
In recent weeks, Hurricane Sandy has affected many dimensions of life in the greater New York area. Among this has been a shortage of fuel which has not been seen since the 1970s. Those who drive in the area are suddenly becoming acutely aware of how much they take for granted that they can fill up their vehicle with gas as rationing is now being implemented in
It's not rocket science that incoporating healthy foods intp family meals will result in a child with better eating habits. As far as I see it, pretty soon my husband will either have to shape up his diet, or start eating drive-thru fare in his car.
Character Traits To Teach and Have © Judy H. Wright http://www.ArtichokePress.com Character is the set of qualities that make somebody distinctive. It is the outward manifestation of what you believe inside your mind and spirit. It is your nature, personality and moral fiber. Your character is the attitude and set of mind which indicates to others who you are and what you stand for.