Life in this present time can feel busier than ever. More and more bills seem to appear out of thin air and time seems non-existent. In this fast changing pace of the world, we never feel like the ticker is on our side. The little habits for your kids that are good for them are often overlooked because of the run of the mill excuses, “too busy” or “no time.” Well, for everyone that feels that way sometimes, it can be a lot easier than that. Make exercising with your kids fun and not so much of a chore.
1. Music to your ears. Put on your favorite song (age appropriate of course) on the speakers. Dance the day away with your kids! Show them those moves you used to bust out in high school.
2. Play soccer. Grab a soccer ball and head to a nearby park. Take turns chasing each other with the ball. Children love soccer practice.
3. Video games. There are so many virtual games out there now from tennis, ping pong to bowling. Figure out what interests your child the most and challenge them! Winner gets an extra cookie. Continue reading
What if the idea of home was different than what everyone else was doing, would that be so bad? For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to build a “home away from home” to visit on the weekends, and Christmas with my daughter. Here is an interesting article on just such a place.
Sidewalk Prophets cover Michael Jacksons Man in The Mirror.
As I look at some of our readers, myself included, and I see many people who have gone through life-shifting moments and are in process of change. We all want to change something about our lives, something about ourselves, something about the direction we are going in. There is no better catalyst for personal change than being a parent. We change because we want something better for our children, and it might be that you are fighting against the tide, but be determined to create that change for them.
So how do we change, how does that work? Well truth be told, change is not all too easy. But if you are going through something, and Lord knows we are all “Going through something,” than here are a few things to keep in mind while you strive to be the change you wish to see:
1. Identify what you are trying to accomplish, and ask yourself, what is holding you back? What step will you need to take to get to where you want to be?
2. Realize that change is usually a long process. Think of water erosion, on drip at a time. It would be nice if we could change our situations overnight, but that is not often realistic. So once you identify what you wish to change, take a step.
3. Mountains. There will be setbacks, speed bumps, and in some situations people who will stand in your way. Once you identify what exactly the problem is, find the answer. Want to get out of debt? Make a plan, even if it’s paying it down $5 dollars at a time, take a step.. “Drip”
4. Follow through and be consistent. I struggle with all these issues, I am sure just like you. But figuring out what you want is important. Every good story is about someone who wants something and goes through hell to get it.
5. Mark your progress. Even if it is a small success, remind yourself it’s a small success. And as you go about making these changes remember “baby steps, baby steps.
6. Lastly. Keep your eye’s open. Often along the way there are little things that fall into place, they might not be what we wanted in the moment, however, if we keep an open attitude we might find that it’s what we need.
“BE the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
Being a parent can be trying, being a parent in difficult times, even more-so, being a single parent in trying times… Well that is something all together different. If you are struggling, as we all do some times, in parenting, in difficulty, in life, remember that this too shall pass and don’t forget:
It is true that adversity is the best teacher. Without experiencing adversity we fail to grow, we fail to learn. And while I am hesitant to say I welcome adversity, I am however able to appreciate it, in a place where I used to dread its instructions. It has, truth be told, become an old friend who’s weathered time with me, and has been my instructor.
Where I uses to rebuke it’s comings, I now welcome it, if I cannot shake it away. I embrace it like a brother and hold it dear, knowing it’s rewards will soon, far outweigh its sorrows. For without adversity we are but beggars for wisdom, in an otherwise un-lovable world of poppers and vagabonds: well-travelled, but none the wiser.
hold to its keeping, forsake not it’s instructions. Sit at its feet and let it teach you, for with adversity, soon comes wisdom. Soon too, comes joy.
Do you prefer Star Wars or Spaceballs?
It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life and everything just has to be perfect. I get it. The nerves from new parents realizing how important this really is, are at maximum capacity. Raising the child they always dreamed of.. Is not easy. If it was easy, this entire universe would be nothing but happiness with the sun shining and pots of gold at the end of each rainbow you see. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
Here’s a helpful list of Do’s and Don’ts for new parents:
1. DO take care of your personal hygiene. We get so ahead of ourselves raising our new born, that we forget how to manage our own health and well-being. Brush your teeth every once in a while. Shower in the sink if you have to.
2. DON’T raise your voice out of frustration. Emotions can be running high and you were having the crappiest day known to mankind. It doesn’t give you an excuse to shout at anyone. Happens to the best of us. Meditate upon the wee hours of waking up for a few minutes. Practice the art of relaxation.
3. DO photograph as many moments as you can. Be it from your iPhone, DSLR, or disposable camera. Pictures can mean a thousand words and if not, more. Reminiscing with your child as they get older, you wouldn’t believe the adoring reactions of seeing their own baby pictures for the first time.
4. DON’T neglect the safety of your toddler. Beware of any smaller toys or items that may cause choking. That Hot Wheels race car might look harmless to you but is considered a hazard to young babies. Read the boxes of toys before purchasing. Many will give you the appropriate age the toys are geared towards.
5. DO be careful when holding your child. Support will be needed for their head and neck, as they are still very weak and not able to hold their own weight. The same rules apply for when you carry or pick them up.
Do you have any of your own helpful Do’s and Don’ts for new parents?
Post them in the comments below!