Posts Tagged ‘role model’

Educating Your Child About School Violence

When considering the discussion you should have with your child(ren) regarding school violence, it seems like a daunting and unpleasant task. How do you broach this subject? What are the signs that it is time to have this talk? How can you recognize if your child is being bullied and what can you do to prevent bullying in your child’s school? We may not want to think about this or believe it, but what if your child is the one doing the bullying? All of these questions lead to the same important answers that, as parents, we can’t always rely on children to make the right choices naturally. There have been 31 school shootings ranging from elementary school to college in 2017 and the year isn’t even over. We must step in and do our part to prevent tragic violent events in schools.

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Why Moms Need Exercise

The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be. 

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Fostering Grateful Children in a Me, Me, Me World

It’s nearly impossible not to spoil your children. There’s always a toy they’ve “got” to have, and when you agree that toys these days are pretty cool it’s hard not to give in. Every day there’s a new app for the iPad that you excuse because it’s a “learning” tool. And the list of experiences that you can enjoy all for the sake of creating memories and having fun is endless.

In the midst of trying to be doting parents, your children can easily lose the ability of being grateful: Grateful for material things as well as for adventures that you think of as commonplace, such as trips to museums and parks. And it’s not only all the stuff; it’s easy to take even the necessities in life for granted. It’s hard for children to understand that others may not be as blessed as they are, and that there are people in your own towns and throughout the world who don’t have your advantages.

In that vane, and seeing that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we’ve come up with some simple ways to help your children gain appreciation for their plentiful world.

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Choosing the Godparents

 Choosing the Godparents

Everyone knows having a child requires lots of decisions to be made from prenatal care to parenting styles. You and your partner are probably thinking of things like what kind of diapers to buy, where the baby is going to sleep, how you’re going to afford another person in the family, etc. The list can go on and on and be rather daunting. Perhaps one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your child’s life is appointing the godparents – or “guide-parents,” mentors, or guardians.

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