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How to Eliminte Negative Words

Let’s start eliminating the negative words from your children’s vocabulary. Let’s teach them early on not to use words that will not empower them. As parents we need to pay attention to the words and contents our children are using.

I was at a family event and overhead one of my little cousin use the word “revenge”. I was not sure in what context she was using the word but now I was curious to find out so I sat close to her to see how she was using that word. Soon enough she make a comment. These were her exact words; “I am going to take revenge on her for doing that”. I was very shocked to hear that. I know that she didn’t know the real meaning of that word but somehow she knew to use it in the right context. I was not going to leave her with that thought in her mind. So, I sat with her and explained to her that we don’t use the word revenge because it’s not a nice word to use. She thought about it for a second and said ok. She went about her way playing with the others kids. All I can do now is hope that she understands the conversation we had.

If you hear your children using words that are not appropriate, address it right away! After all we are their first teachers so lets do our part to eliminate the negative words from their vocabulary.


How to bounce back after over-eating

Most of us tend to gain a few extra pounds during the holidays: after all, it’s time to gather, eat and be merry!  During the months of various celebrations, most people drop their fitness routines in place of party planning, nursing hangovers from previous gatherings and catching up on sleep.  I’ll speak for myself when I say, “fitness what?” during the weeks of attending gatherings one after another and feeling stuffed with fatty, greasy, sugary goods, but yet continuing to consume them at the next party.  So, what’s the best way to bounce back after binging through the holidays?  Know what to do post-holidays to step into the new year with the right foot…some relatable Dos and Donts from Everyday Health.

Don’t: Let the weight of your food baby take you down for the count (or straight to the couch). Lying down can give you heartburn and other gastro issues. It can even aggravate respiratory issues for people with asthma. 

Do: Get moving. Light exercise is the best thing you can do to help your body bounce back. Operative word: light. Jogging around the block might not be smart, thanks to the high barf factor, but taking a walk can do a world of good. Not only does it speed up digestion, it’ll also even out your blood sugar and clear glucose out of your bloodstream. Another idea is light yoga. Certain twisting poses have been known to assist and alleviate digestive woes. 

Don’t: Drink alcohol or coffee. Knocking back a boozy “digestif” drink after a calorie rager is a common practice for many, but they don’t actually assist with digestion. In fact, alcohol can pump the breaks on your body’s digestive process. Coffee may swing you back up from a food slump with a jolt of caffeine, but it also doesn’t do any good for digestion.

Do: Drink water, seltzer, or teas. It might seem counterintuitive to drink water when your belly is full to bursting, but H2O helps move along digestion. It can also battle sodium and carb bloat, and it’s a preemptive strike against any post-gluttony constipation. You can also try seltzer, which is proven to relieve indigestion. Herbal teas with ginger, peppermint, and fennel have been shown to ease that I’m-so-stuffed feeling. In short, keep these liquids coming.






And for those of you who are happy to keep up with your eating plans during the holidays, but are annoyed with people pushing the not-so-great foods on you, here are a few ways to deal with the food pushers from Dr. Susan Albers to Huffington Post:

1) The Comedian: Say, “No, thank you! I couldn’t eat another piece! I’m starting to feel like the turkey — just a little too stuffed!” Keep it light-hearted.

2) The Professor: Use this as a teaching moment. Hold up your hand and make a fist. Say, “Did you know this is the actual size of your stomach? It’s amazing to think about how much we try to put in there!”

3) The Parent: It’s okay to say no. It’s as simple as that. Too often, we are afraid to put down limits. Say “no” politely, but with conviction. Practice when you are by yourself to make the words come out effortlessly. Other people easily push past a wishy-washy no.

4) The Therapist: Remember that the comments people make are often a reflection of their own fears and insecurities. Offering reassurance may help to take the pressure and focus off of you. Say, “It sounds like you would like another piece. Go for it!”

5) The Magician: Try to divert and deflect. Be sure to hand out a compliment, “The pie is fantastic! Do you have the recipe?” This can redirect the focus from eating to learning how to make it.



My Little Girl

We had dinner at a friend’s house a few weeks back. There were many adults and children who came for the dinner. While the adults were busy talking the children were busy playing. At a corner three kids were playing together with toys. My daughter who is 3 years old went to play with them. But they did not want to include her in their play. My husband and I were watching from far to see what she will do. She tried and tried but the other kids did not want to include her. At this point she came over telling me how they are not playing with her. As a mother what would you do at this point?

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Alternatives to Screen-time

I’ll admit: limiting screen time sometimes is very tough as that’s when us mommas can get some work done around the house without interruptions, let alone some resting time.  However, keeping the kids in front of the tele until their eyes glaze over and they remind you of zombies probably isn’t the best.  So, time to look at alternatives!  Here are some beloved, classic board games that not only bring on hours of fun but also improve their motor skills, cognitive skills and even conflict-resolution skills in some cases.

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5 Budget Friendly Christmas Decor

Hello all, its that time of the year, Christmas spirit is everywhere. People are decorating their houses and starting to buy gifts for their loved ones. At this time of the year your wallet has to really stretch get everything for the family. Well your wallet doesn’t have to stretch too far to decorate your house. Here are 5 budget friendly Christmas decor for your house. Make it a fun activity with the whole family and make some memories this holiday season.


Spray painted pine cones

A great way to decorate any table top. This will look great at an entrance table. View full post »