A Tribute To Mom

Mother is the woman who raises you, who is there for you to hold and comfort you when you are sick or hurt. The woman who laughs with you, who cries with you, who loves you, even when you aren’t exactly lovable, for whatever reason. That is what I call a real Mother and God bless them. 

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Challenges of Motherhood

 

 

 

 

Being a mom can often be very challenging. This describes the many challenges of motherhood so well. A mother must be a multi-talented person, it is the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding. In my opinion the most difficult part of motherhood is not the actual parenting part, but managing the household, making sure everyone’s schedules match, picking up the kids and dropping off kids, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, shopping groceries and finding time to do something fun together as a family and once in a while trying to squeeze in a little mommy time-off. That is the challenge of motherhood.

Busy Days

Last days have been very challenging, so much to do and so little time. It’s seems as everyone’s schedules are overflowing with events and things needed to be done. Sometimes it feels like I’m juggling with so many things that it’s just a matter of time before somethings drops. It can be quite overwhelming as I race from one place to another, chasing the clock and strict time frame. It’s important to remember to pause occasionally and enjoy the moment. Chasing the clock can be very stressful and it can lead to one  feeling exhausted and moody. Then it’s important to calm down quickly take a deep breath and try to relax for few minutes. It helps getting more oxygen into the body and releases physical tension. Take a short walk, exercise can be a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps to blow off steam and it releases endorphins. Take a break it can be very helpful to take a time-out. Sometimes we just can’t do everything by our self. Perhaps it’s possible to share the tasks with someone else, remember that the other parents are likely to be in the same situation and tasks like dropping of kids to practice can easily be shared. It is also important to prioritize those things you need to get done by taking five minutes to make a to-do list. Then you prioritize the things on your list.

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About Kids

A child is like a butterfly,

Some can fly higher than others.

But each one flies the best it can,

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different. Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

Tips to Reduce Stress on Busy days.

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It’s a fact that being busy can burn you out. Therefor you need to look after yourself specially when your schedule is full, so that you can stay relaxed and healthy. Here are some tips to help you to reduce the stress, that don’t take much time out of your busy day.

 

  1.  Take 5 minutes in the morning to relax, stretch and breathe.  If you start your day in a stressful way, then you’ll probably feel stressed for the rest of the day as well. Therefore it is important to make sure your morning starts with 5 minutes of silence and ease.
  2. Breathe in and breathe out.  Remember deep breath, fill your lungs with air. While you’re sitting at the traffic lights or waiting for the bus, at work or in the store – just focus on breathing calmly and rhythmically. Studies have shown that deep-breathing is very effective in handling depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.
  3. 5 minutes time out.  Before you go home from work and start the engine of your car, just pause for few minutes. Clear out your mind, refresh your mind and then continue. If you travel on the train or bus then you can use the time for this.
  4. Try to walk few minutes every day.  Not only will the exercise be good for you, you also get some important fresh air and daylight. The lunch hour is ideal for this. Afterwards when you start working you will feel more focused and energetic. This is also an opportunity is to build exercise into your daily activities so you don’t have to stop for extra exercise at the gym later in the day, so it can save you some time.
  5. Ask for help or employ help.  Remember that those who share your household can also help with the cleaning and other tasks needed to be done. You don’t have to do everything yourself. You can even pay someone else to clean your home so you can have some extra time with your partner or family.
  6. Keep a planner. It makes your life less chaotic if you keep a planner. Make sure to write down every appointment you have and  make sure to schedule time for yourself.
  7. Laughter and fun is important.   It is important in busy life not to forget to have some fun. Laughter is also very important and can dissolve stress. Go out of your way to have laughter in your life. You can watch DVD’s of comedy or read some jokes. Play silly games with your children or share funny stories with friends or family.

 

Kids and Creativity – why is it so important?

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I was reading an article stating that kids today are more narrow-minded and not as creative as their grandparents were. Young children can be very creative and love to use their imagination –  there is no limit to their creation. Child can easily turn piece of paper into an airplane or a rocket  just by using the imagination. As the kids grow older they tend to lose this talent, little by little, if it isn’t allowed to develop.

What is creativity? Creativity has been defined as the ability to use the imagination to see things differently, or to view the world in a distinct and personal way. Creativity is a skill that can be taught. Parents can help their kids to develop their skill by providing them with the resources they need for creative expression.

Why is creativity so important? Creativity is the talent to write stories and play music, or to make arts and crafts. But this talent is also used to solve everyday problems and even perform complex math operations. Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as take advantage of new opportunities.

What can parents do to encourage creativity?

Prepare kids bedroom or play area in a way that encourages creativity, keep coloring devices and paper handy and easily accessible, according to their age.  Keep a variety of artistic materials such as clay, play dough, music, books, blocks, legos, and other creative toys within the reach of the child, appropriate  for their age.

Encourage coloring and drawing, to read for pleasure and participate in the arts. Allow your kid to think for himself, do not interrupt or try to guide the child in “right direction”. Kids needs an opportunities for free self-expression, without negative  judgment. The child might take that as critique and  be discouraged to continue. Children can be very critical. If your child becomes frustrated because he can’t do something perfectly, be sympathetic and explain to him that everyone needs practice to master new things.

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Do you wake up with puffy eyes – then you should read this!

English: Example of eye bags

If you wake up with puffy eyes or bags under your eyes –  then you might have excess water in your body also known as Edema. It occurs from excess fluid buildup under the eyes, commonly referred to as eye bag. The skin around the eyes is very thin and is full of blood vessels which make it very sensitive. The cause is usually linked to modern lifestyles and hormonal fluctuations. Things that can cause puffy eyes are Lack of sleep, Stress,Diet that is high in salt and Hormonal issues (f. ex. during pregnancy or menstruation). Other causes that can lead to puffiness are Crying, Changes in the weather can cause puffy eyes or too much Alcohol consumption. Usually puffy eyes will go away after a little bit of time.                                                                                

Sometimes puffy eyes might be symptoms of other conditions that may require examination by an eye care professional such as allergies, diabetes or side effect of several types of medication                                                                                                                                                               

Excess fluid can also build up in other body tissues. The condition occurs mostly in the feet, ankles and legs, but can develop anywhere in the body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

How to prevent the bags from developing:                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Sleep with the head elevated, it prevents fluids from accumulating around your eyes. Make sure you get enough sleep.                            
  • Cut back on salt intake.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Drink water to clean out your system, but don’t drink to many fluids right before going to sleep.                                                                
  • Cranberry juice is a natural diuretic to help reduce fluid retention and aid in weight loss.                                                                                      
  • Use a cold compress on puffy eyes. You can use cooling gel mask for eyes, or moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill them in the refrigerator and place them over closed eyelids for several minutes. Wash your face with ice-cold water. This should reduce the puffiness.    
  • Take good care of your skin. Don’t use oil-based makeup. The oil can cause the skin under the eyes to swell and become inflamed. Water-based and/or gel-based makeup is less harsh for sensitive skins. Avoid placing wrinkle remover cream near the eyes. It can cause too much hydration and puffiness is the result. Always wash your makeup off each night, as the residue can fill the pores causing swelling.            
  • Wash face with ice-cold water                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Cream for puffy eyes. Try a soothing eye cream with aloe and Vitamin E.                                                                                                            
  • Diuretics can help with water retention, so taking one can sometimes help the body expel excess fluids, but only use under the advice of a doctor.