All aboard the Workout Express!

We live in a time-pressed society where the stakes for professional success, social admiration and physical fitness are always present. These goals do NOT have to be mutually exclusive, as modern moms can have our proverbial cake and eat it too, particularly when it comes to fitness! How? The key is to optimize the time that can be devoted to fitness-related efforts.

Even just 20 minutes of exercise most days of the week is enough to improve your health and reduce your risk of disease. Thirty minutes will help increase your fitness level and stamina. Forty-five minutes or more will help you optimize fat loss. The first step is to believe that you are worth it and that a fit body is a sexy body.

In an effort to balance all the pieces of the cake we call life and, as they say, enjoy the ride, the following tips and tools employing sound exercise principles will help you turbocharge Modern Mom to more results in less. weather. :

o Combine upper and lower body exercises: Cut your strength routine in half by incorporating exercises for various body parts. For example, while performing a lunge, add a series of bicep curls to the movement.

o Choose compound exercises: Exercises that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously are more efficient than isolated exercises, which target one main muscle group. Examples of compound exercises include leg press, squat, chest fly, walking lunge, and seated row.

o Circuit Train: With minimal equipment, you can set up stations that alternate cardio activities with strength training activities. This will keep your heart rate up so you can get the aerobic and anaerobic (strength) benefits. A sample circuit might include: jumping rope, bicep curls, jumping jacks, push-ups, jogging in place, squats, mini-trampoline, and dips. Repeating the circuit up to three times is guaranteed to speed up your metabolism in less than 30 minutes.

o Interval Training – Using active work-rest ratios will allow you to train at the upper and lower levels of your fat burning zone and optimize calories expended. You can start by walking briskly for 2 minutes and jogging for 30 seconds. Then progress to 2 minutes of brisk walking and 1 minute of jogging. Eventually progress to two minutes of each, and ultimately spend less time walking and more time jogging.

o Increase your intensity – By increasing your pace, you can cover more miles and ultimately burn more calories in less time. You may need to increase the intensity gradually, but you will become more efficient in the process and you will be able to reduce the length of your exercise sessions.

o Stock up on 30-minute workout videos: Watch the latest videos to suit every fitness level, body part, and training style. Four 30-minute videos a week could add up to 18 pounds burned in a year.

o Multitask: Use your time on the bike to catch up on professional literature, review notes for a presentation, or update your Palm Pilot. That will keep you up to date and save you time in the office.

o Schedule your next meeting in the gym – It’s not uncommon these days to have a business meeting on the tennis or racquetball court or golf course. It can be a welcome change for all parties involved and you can exercise while getting paid.

o Pick up the pace: speed up whenever you can, like at the grocery store or mowing the lawn. Run errands, literally. Calories can add up significantly and keep your metabolism burning at a higher level throughout the day.

o Make it a lifestyle change: By ditching some of life’s modern conveniences and getting more physical, you can burn up to an extra 800 calories a week. That can add up to 11 pounds lost at the end of a year. So, start climbing the stairs, even if you work on the 10th floor, it will be easier. Park your car last and keep your sneakers close at all times. You never know when the opportunity to go for a walk, hit the gym, or join the kids on the field will arise.

o Turn time wasters into time savers: contract muscle groups while waiting in line or driving, stretch at your desk, take a walk on coffee breaks. Remember that three ten-minute intervals are as good as one 30-minute session. When possible, exercise during lunch and then eat at your desk.

o Incorporate exercises for the mind and body – Choosing a discipline like yoga or pilates will not only give you the physical benefits of a well-toned body, but you will also enjoy relaxation and stress-relief enhancements.

o Make time – schedule 30 minute workouts in your appointment book 1 month in advance and keep that commitment the same way you would any other meeting. Set your alarm, clock or palm pilot to go off when it’s time to exercise.

o Sex counts: While I wouldn’t suggest replacing a formal exercise program with sex, it certainly burns calories. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable all activities, including sex, will be.

o Exercise saves you time: the fitter you are, the less sleep you need, so you can add more time to your day and have more energy for your daily tasks. Exercise could add longer, stronger years to your life; that time is priceless.

Persistence brings rewards

I must admit that I love watching Christmas movies this time of year. There are often deep and meaningful inspirational messages woven into the plot. Here’s a line that really moved me recently. “Sometimes it’s the hardest roads that lead to the best places.” This is what the angel from the cheesy Hallmark movie said to a desperate mother of three, who decided to get a divorce while she was on Christmas vacation with her family. The angel was encouraging the mother not to lose hope and leave the marriage before the wonder of a loving relationship could occur.

Of course, like all Hallmark movies, there was a happy ending, but before that happened there was a time of confusion and misery. Her husband, with the help of another angel, had a spiritual awakening and realized how selfish he had become from working all the time, and the wife learned to ask with love for what she needed and appreciate the husband. her in a new way. The children became hopeful again, and the family left their snowy vacation cabin in the woods to return home and start anew as a loving family that could show their love for each other. How often in our own lives do we consider giving up on a dream, goal, or skill when success may be just around the corner and we simply need to get through the tough times to get there?

I know from personal experience that persistence in the face of difficulties can be frustrating and deciding to quit can seem like a tempting solution. Yet on the other hand, the ability to stay the course and not give up can bring some wonderful surprises. Consider the benefits of being able to deal with limitation, conflict, and loss as a way to deepen your connection to your infinite self. When life doesn’t give us exactly what we want when we want it, we are pushed to grow up and accept the circumstances and find peace in the midst of the storm. I remember when I was in my twenties and I lost two babies during pregnancy, one at almost 6 months and one at 4 months. I thought I could never have a baby and I wanted to be a mom more than anything. That period of doubt, darkness, and loss of faith in life pushed me to redirect my energy to find acceptance of a plan greater than my own. After a while, although I was a little scared, I got pregnant again and my baby was born full term and was born at home surrounded by love. She was beautiful and healthy and I was relieved and happy. If I had given up, I would never have known the joy of parenthood.

We may not understand why situations don’t play out the way we planned and we may be struggling with difficult times right now, but on a soul level, I believe that each of us has a destiny to fulfill which may include difficult paths that lead us to the best places in life. And maybe like in the Hallmark movie, the universe will send us angels to help us on our journey. As I recently heard from a friend: “Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle.”

The aftermath of a school tragedy: some coping strategies

I was the high school principal in Montourville, Pennsylvania, when TWA Flight 800 exploded off Long Island in July 1996. The recent tragedy in Connecticut, like the other school tragedies we have witnessed, always brings thoughts not only about the disaster itself, but about the tragedy that follows such a disaster. In 1996, our school lost 16 students and 5 adults. In the weeks and months that followed, some of the following events occurred that no school can prepare for and usually have to “make up” as they go. Some suggestions for managing this are included.

1. The medical examiner must positively identify each victim. The parents will not be able to see their child again, so dental records and DNA samples will be required. Think of what it would have been like to be at the firehouse last Friday in Connecticut when the parents heard the news about their son.

2. Gifts and money (there were just thousands of teddy bears) will come from all over the world: a quilt from a private girls’ school in Calcutta, cards handmade by children in Ghana, a mural handmade by children in a school in Darwin, Australia… the gifts will keep on coming. One day the school will have to decide something that will cause great consternation: the decision to “focus our attention on the living”. No one will know what to do with all the gifts. Do you make a permanent memorial? Do we store them? Can’t we get rid of them properly? what do we do? The day will come when the school, not the families, will have no choice but to move forward, and there will be great discussions about the timing of this adjustment…the Superintendent will be severely judged for the decision to move forward.

3. Funerals will be harrowing enough… but cemeteries will present a surreal scene of untold sorrow. There will be Christmas trees with lights powered by a generator and gifts under the tree (because the child will need something to play with in heaven) and stockings hung on tombstones and Christmas carols playing on some electronic device. Some people will have life-size cutouts of their child standing near the Christmas tree in the house. I saw this. It was devastating and it still is today for me.

4. Siblings will become very angry with their parents, who rightfully never get over the death of a child, leaving the sibling feeling less loved and abandoned.

5. Many families will start a fund in their children’s names with all good intentions. However, large sums of money will come from all corners of the world and there will be endless evening meetings trying to come to some agreement on what to do with all the money with the now angry and still grieving parents.

6. Eventually another disaster will happen like it happened with us where I was talking to Wolf Blitzer one day and all the sat-link trucks and black limousines carrying TV news celebrities were gone the next when a hand-made nail bomb went off in the Atlanta Olympics. . Suddenly, we were no longer there from a news standpoint… which should have been, on the surface, good news, but then we were really on our own.

These are just some of the horrible things that will happen as these consequences unfold. Here are some things, which we came up with on the spur of the moment, that worked for us…

1. Volunteers will come from everywhere…don’t turn them away…you help them and yourself if you can invent something for them to do where there is no work…people need to be around other people in a tragedy . We had guidance counselors, teachers, ministers, and soldiers, and just plain moms, dads, grandparents, and students who showed up from everywhere. We gave everyone something to do…some elders were making balls of tape to help hang up the emails….

2. Religious people of all faiths will come…leave a reflection space for all faiths…for us Jehovah’s Witnesses were the most helpful as they organized and hung each email on the wall and took care of daily from the thousands of live plants and flowers that were sent to our school from far and wide as will happen in Newtown. Do not exclude anyone… allow all religions to leave literature in a quiet and respectful place. Keep in touch with the local minister, usually made up of all the clerics in the city…they can help spread messages to their respective flocks and help in a variety of ways.

3. Hire a company that deals with setting up trust funds and major donations. This will take long hours and school officials have schools to run and their whole lives will be spent doing things they have no experience with…these people need to do their best to live. logical thinking required in such meetings.

4. The school must respect mental health professionals and grievance counselors, but someone must be in charge of these people and the Superintendent and administrators must never forget that they are in charge of the building and not the mental health professionals . Madam Superintendent, try not to hand over control of the building to people who lack that kind of experience, just as you lack the experience to give advice. It is not an exaggeration, in my experience, to say that sometimes the comfort dogs that were brought in often brought more instant relief to bereaved people.

5. School Board members should be reminded that they are citizens like everyone else, unless they meet as a body and vote for something as a group. Individual Board members will walk into the school, each with their own agenda for how things should work…a strong superintendent has to stay in control of this or chaos will ensue with everyone giving conflicting instructions and coming up with creative ideas but contradictory. individual board members should take orders, not give them in this environment.

6. Kids are much more resilient than we think… at one point in the fall, a group of students said… “This isn’t another special program for us poor, downtrodden students of Montoursville, is it? In other words, they were ready to move on even though the adults wanted to “help” them a bit more… talk to students about when they’ve had enough “help”—they always know.

7. Adults will deny that they need advice thinking that only children need help from professionals. Making teachers take a week’s vacation using substitute teachers in some organized way…they have to go away for a while whether they admit it or not…I still cry from all these tragedies for the thoughts that come back to me. I was the tough guy who was supposed to be in charge… paying attention to the needs of the adults, we didn’t do that enough.

These are just a few thoughts from someone who had to deal with the aftermath of the disaster… not all TV spokespeople know what they’re talking about. They never had to deal with something like this.

Hobbies or leisure and how to use it

Everyone wants to have free time after a full day of work. Life in the modern age is very busy. Everybody is in some kind of trouble or another, worried and restless. You always feel the burden of work on your mind. Your tired body needs rest and relaxation, so every worker gets a weekly vacation. The goal is to relax tired nerves. Everyone has their own method of relaxation. The activities we do in our free time are called hobbies. We can divide the act that they undertake to relax into two groups, healthy activities and unhealthy activities.

Healthy activities include many things. There are people who participate in games and sports to relax their nerves. Games keep them active and smart. They prevent them from getting fat. They prepare them to do the next day’s work with full pleasure and joy. At the same time, games and sports leave a very good influence on your character. Games and sports can be divided into two groups, outdoor games and indoor games.

Outdoor games are especially helpful in developing a man’s mind and body. Outdoor games include swimming, cricket, soccer, and hockey. These are people’s favorite games. They are seen and observed with great interest. People spend their free time on indoor activities. They read books and enjoy television Reading books has a pleasure of its own. It broadens our mind and increases our knowledge.

Sitting in front of the television is also a healthy activity. We watch various interesting programs on TV and we are enlightened. These healthy activities are very useful for the human mind.

There are people who spend their free time doing unhealthy activities. When they are tired, they resort to drinking and gambling. Drinking wine can relieve them of their depression for some time, but it has a bad influence. Drinking has ruined many families. This social evil is the enemy of man’s health, wealth and reputation. The game also has its bad points. Gambling is a waste of time and money. A gambler and a drunk cannot have a happy home.

There are people who spend their free time reading vulgar books and watching obscene movies on mobile, computer and DVD. Those are unhealthy activities. They leave a negative influence on our body, mind and character. They incite in us the low feelings of love, violence and romanticism. Nobody can defend these two activities. There are people who participate in horse racing. Horse racing is a kind of gambling. It is a waste of our money and time. Horse racers can’t do anything but race horses. They are deeply absorbed in this activity. His luck is also miserable.

6 ways to increase sales after the holidays

Your Business Guide to Beating Post-Vacation Fatigue

It’s no surprise that people shop more during the holiday season. A report from Adobe Analytics found that consumers spent $80.3 billion — and that was online alone — from November 1 to December 6, 2018.

If you were lucky, your business enjoyed great seasonal success.

But whether you’ve made a big profit or experienced a dip in holiday sales, there are ways to increase sales in January. I am sharing 6 of my favorites:

1. Launch another sale.

While customers may feel post-holiday fatigued after an overwhelming number of Black Friday, Cyber ​​Monday, Christmas, and Boxing Day deals, you can still reach your target audience with a tempting winter discount.

Here’s a good example: Home and clothing retailer Anthropologie is having a winter sale on all sale items. By taking another 40% off items that are already at a reduced price, they are enticing customers and removing old stock to make room for new spring inventory.

Remember that your fans are smart, so be authentic instead of just putting a sale sign on a poorly selling product or calling a small discount “winter clearance.”

2. Bind New Year’s resolutions.

No matter what product or service you’re selling, there’s probably a way to tie in the “New Year, New You” angle.

A 2018 survey by Tangerine found that nearly 70% of Canadians have made resolutions. More than half of those surveyed focused on improving their physical health and almost a third wanted to improve their financial management.

So start by thinking about how your product or service improves:

  • Financial, personal or professional success.

  • health or wellness

  • Confidence or self-esteem

  • productivity

  • Relations

Then, brainstorm ways you could incorporate New Year’s resolutions and goals into your sales program to avoid a post-holiday sales slump. For example, we created a publication for one of our clients, using personal success in 2020 to drive sales of their book Crash Course in Human Resources for Small Businesses.

3. Create a buying guide or blog.

While we tend to pay most of the attention to Christmas, don’t forget that people want gift ideas all year long.

According to the 2019 Holiday Shopping report, 47% of surveyed gift shoppers didn’t know what to buy. To turn browsers into customers any time of year, guide your visitors. For example, you can create a list of the top 10 popular gifts for teens or moms, or highlight the most popular gifts for Father’s Day.

People will be less overwhelmed and more likely to add an item to their cart with a little guidance, which can really help you boost post-holiday sales.

4. Update your newsletter subscription.

With so much going on in the life of a small business owner, it can be easy to overlook this important marketing tool. Are you offering an ebook that has been active for years with a newsletter signup or promoting an outdated promotion?

Take a look at your e-newsletter subscription page and think about the year ahead. Is there a way to make it more attractive to attract leads and sales?

Maybe you could create new content, like an ebook or video tutorial, or offer a free consultation.

5. Improve your social networks.

If you gave your social media accounts a festive touch, now is the time to take down the decorations, so to speak. Even if you didn’t add any Christmas flair, now is a great opportunity to reflect on the messages you’re posting.

While you shouldn’t update your logo or branding just because it’s a new year, at least do a sweep of your social media to see if you need to change/add:

  • Your business hours and location on Facebook and Google My Business.

  • Old tweets pinned to your Twitter feed.

  • Images for Google My Business and Instagram.

  • Profile photos for all your social media accounts.

While you might argue that this isn’t a direct way to increase sales after the holidays, you’d be surprised! If you have old assets gathering dust or can’t be bothered to change a Christmas sign on a social media platform, people may wonder how efficient and trustworthy your small business is.

The Right Reasons to Rebrand Your Company Logo

Over time your business will grow and evolve. You can offer new services or products, enter different markets, or target another demographic. If this happens, you may need to consider changing your marketing graphics.

However, you need to be careful not to undo all the hard marketing and branding work you’ve put in and to fully understand how to rebrand for the most effective results. Read more on our website.

6. Get creative with celebrations throughout the year.

There’s a long list of January “holidays” you can check out online to help you get started. As you take note of relevant dates throughout the year, there are sure to be some fun ways to incorporate them into your marketing strategy.

You could offer a discount, a free gift or a promotion related to what you sell. Here’s a delicious example: Italian chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill celebrated National Pasta Day last year with a $10 pasta deal.

One of my favorite examples is what WWF did for World Penguin Day (April 25th coming up!). They shared an informative article “Top 10 Emperor Penguin Facts,” with a call to action to “adopt” one of these lovable waddling birds.

This campaign wowed us so much that we adopted some ourselves! Since the Emperor Penguin is our official mascot, why not?

No, we didn’t get our own penguin, but we did get a plushie, regular updates, stickers, and other cool stuff to support the initiative.

There is no reason why you should wait and accept a drop in sales after the holidays. While we tend to focus a lot of our marketing (and staffing) energy on the festive season, we need to remember that our customers are still out there! They want to hear from us in a meaningful and relevant way.

With a little planning and creativity, you can overcome post-holiday fatigue and set your small business up for a prosperous 2020.

Quick train your dog at home

Potty training is the most important thing you will do when bringing home a new puppy. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to accomplish this quickly and effectively.

After a puppy eats, drinks, plays, sleeps, or chews, he soon needs to go to the bathroom.

o Up to 6 months of age, more than 12 times a day.

o From 6 to 12 months of age, more than 7 times a day.

Take your dog out to relieve himself as many times a day as you can. The more you get out there, the more it becomes ingrained that the outdoors is the right place to do your business.

Always use a leash when taking your dog to the bathroom. If you are using a crate, which I strongly suggest, take your pup out of the crate, pick him up, fasten his leash and take him outside. Place it on the grass in its designated area and keep repeating “go potty” over and over again.

There should be no excessive talking or playing. This is not the time to play or walk. This is bath time. Just stand in one spot and let your pup have as much of his 6-foot leash as he wants. But that’s it. Keep repeating his name and “go to the bathroom.”

When you’ve accomplished the mission, reward your dog with a treat (ALWAYS HAVE TREAT ON HAND) and a “good boy” or “good girl.” Immediately bring the dog back into the house.

If he hasn’t eliminated in about five minutes, return him to his cage and try again in about 15 minutes. If he went potty (both types), go back inside and keep your pup with you as you get ready for your day. Keep him on his leash inside at all times. It is helpful to keep your dog on a leash in the house when he is potty training him. They’re easiest to find when they’re hiding behind a chair or sofa, though you should NEVER supervise your puppy while he’s potty training.

In the initial stages of breaking and entering, always pick it up and take it outside. Do not let him walk, because he could bend over and have an accident on the way.

Regulate feeding times and amount of food. I recommend feeding puppies under 1 year of age twice a day. Read the serving amount on the bag. Divide the daily portion in half and feed once in the morning and once in the evening before 7pm.

Leave your dog’s food on the floor for no more than 10 minutes. If your dog doesn’t finish his food, pick up the bowl and don’t feed him again until the next scheduled time. Leaving food and water out all day is setting your dog up for failure. Allowing constant access to food makes it more difficult to predict when your dog will need to relieve himself.

Watch your dog for signs that he needs to go outside. Crawling, sniffing, and circling are signs that a trip to the great outdoors might be in order. Learn to recognize the signs and get your dog out BEFORE he has an accident in the house.

Feed your dog high-quality dog ​​food. Cheaper brands are full of fillers and chemicals that are difficult to digest, which can lead to inconsistent stools and a lack of ability to hold them until you come out. Even the well-known national brands contain ingredients that dogs can’t digest, like corn, chicken by-products (heads, leg feathers, beaks), wheat, sorghum, and other things I don’t feed my dogs.

Do not feed your dog “people food” as a constant diet. You can use it as an occasional training treat. A dog’s digestive system works very differently from ours, and the vitamins, minerals and enzymes your dog needs will not be supplied.

Don’t change dog food all at once. If you change foods, do so gradually, mixing 75% old with 25% new for a week, 50% of each for a week, then 75% new with 25% old for a week, and finally 100% new.

Note and keep track of when your dog relieves himself (i.e. after meals, playtime, or waking up from a nap), so you can develop the pattern and timeline that his toilet follows. puppy. All dogs differ a bit in their potty habits.

I recommend the use of a box when potty training. When your pup is going to be left alone all day, a small fenced area is recommended. Use the box day and night, and especially when everyone is asleep.

Box training should be done in short increments and gradually increased. Do not force your dog to go into the crate or he will see it as a punishment. Never use a box as punishment. Dogs love their cages and become their own “den”. They feel safe and secure there. Your dog must see the crate as a good place to be.

To get your puppy used to his crate, remove the wire door. Use a treat to lure him into the box. When he enters the box voluntarily, give him the treat and say “good boy.” Then let him get out of the box on his own time.

Repeat this process several times. Then put the door back on the crate and lure your pup back into the crate. Give him the treat, praise him, then close the door and wait five seconds. Open the door and invite your dog to come out. This is very important. Your dog must wait until he is asked out. A light touch on his chest and the word “wait” should do it. Repeat this process. Start with very short time increments and gradually increase the amount of time in the box.

Again, never force your dog into the crate, or he will see it as punishment. We want you to have positive experiences getting in and out of the cage. Put a toy and an old t-shirt or towel with your scent on it in the box. This will also convey to your puppy that the crate is a good place to be. You’ll find that before long your dog will willingly go to his crate when you’re not even paying attention to him. Never leave the dog in the crate for excessive periods of time:

or no more than 2-3 hours if the puppy is less than four months old

o 4-5 hours from 4-6 months of age

o 6-7 hours if the puppy is 6-9 months old

These estimates vary depending on the breed, size of the dog, and accomplishments thus far.

If you work all day and will be leaving your pup alone for several hours before he is potty trained, caging him may not be an option, as that is too many hours to be confined to a crate. Instead, consider a small area like a bathroom, laundry room, or block off a small part of any room you choose to limit your pup’s space.

I recommend an adjustable pen that is sold at most pet stores. The heavy duty plastic type works best. Each section is about two feet wide and there are usually 8 sections. This allows you to increase the size of the pen as your dog grows. Adjust the size of the playard so there is room for your blanket or bed at one end and a potty at the other, with very little room in between.

The goal is to make sure your dog hits the pad when he relieves himself. If successful, gradually increase the size of the pen. Eventually, you can give your dog more freedom by allowing him a larger and larger area, making sure to leave the potty accessible. Try to place the pad in front of the door you use most often to take your dog out. Give your dog a chew toy to occupy his time when he is confined to his pen.

Constant supervision is essential when the puppy is not in his pen or crate. Always keep your puppy indoors on a leash so he doesn’t wander off and go to the bathroom unnoticed. This also helps the pup get used to being on the leash so he doesn’t fear or fear you.

If your pup starts to squat, pick him up quickly and say “no”, take him outside right away, put him on the grass on a leash and say “go potty”. Give him time to refocus and squat down again. Say “potty” and “good boy” or “good girl.”

When the puppy is done, give him a treat and praise him. She takes the puppy directly to the house. Allow 30 to 45 minutes of supervised free time outside of the crate or pen. Then return the puppy to its crate or playpen for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and repeat the process. If you need to leave the house, always return the puppy to the crate or playpen.

If your puppy finishes urinating or pooping in the house and you don’t catch him in the act, don’t bother disciplining him. It is too late at this point. After a few seconds, he won’t know what you’re scolding him for. There should be no yelling, nose rubbing and no hitting. You will confuse him and make things worse. Just wipe it off and move on.

Be sure to clean with the correct products to remove any odors your dog may be tempted to return to. Several are sold in pet stores. Be sure not to clean with anything that contains ammonia, as the ammonia smell will lure the pup back to that spot for a repeat performance.

Teething can cause your puppy to make mistakes around the house. Discomfort in the mouth can trigger irregular urination. Be patient during this time, it will pass.

Before you go to bed at night, take some time to play with your pup to burn off some energy. Take him out one last time to go to the bathroom and then put him in the cage or pen for the night. You may want to keep the crate in the bedroom with you so the pup can see and hear you and feel like he’s still part of the pack. First thing in the morning, take him out of the crate or pen, pick up the puppy and take him outside. For the first few weeks, your puppy may wake you up very early (4 or 5 in the morning). As they get older, they will sleep more and be able to sustain themselves for longer periods of time.

Above all, be patient and consistent!

Good luck!

Skills Needed to Become a Successful Parent

Parenting has to be one of the most rewarding things anyone can do. It is a thankless job, but one that constantly challenges you and brings you pride and joy in all areas of your life.

Sometimes, though, there will be times when you, as a parent, get desperate. He won’t know what to do, where to turn, or how to cope.

But let me assure you that we have all felt this way at some point. And it’s not your fault. How is anyone supposed to know how to deal with difficult situations if they haven’t been given the skills to get through it?

Well you can’t! And so here in this article we are going to try to give you some of the skills that will help you get through even the toughest days.

Consistency has to be THE word for parenting skills. Without it, all your weeks of hard work are destroyed and both the child and you as a parent feel confused and terribly frustrated. However, implementing the rules that you will be consistent with is a difficult and onerous task.

The best way to apply consistency is to associate them with the general rules of your life. Inevitably, your child will learn what is right and wrong and gain a sense of morality from you as a parent. But you have to be consistent with this. If a boy gets in trouble for hitting another boy without being provoked, then she should discipline him in the same way as when she hits another boy when provoked.

One thing to remember when disciplining your child is that for every negative comment you make, you need to make four positive ones to counter it. This is because we all hold on to negativity and tend to ignore the positive things that people say. Kids are the same and I’m sure you want your kid to acknowledge all of his accomplishments instead of being aware of all the things he can’t do, or thinking you’re mad at them all the time.

There is no way that all the skills you will need and develop as a parent can be discussed in one article, so here is a list of the best parenting books that explore many skills in depth. These are a huge help when it comes to parents, as kids don’t come with an instruction booklet after all (shame!).

The creative family of Amanda Blake Soule

The Book of Vaccines by Dr. Robert Sears

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The River Cottage Family Cookbook by Amanda Blake Soule

These are just a few of the best books I’ve come across in my quest to ease the pressures of parenthood. There are a plethora of helpful books, waiting to help you.

How working from home is both a blessing and a curse

These days, working from home has become a hot topic of discussion. Initial research will find you browsing through a plethora of questionable opportunities, leaving most reasonable people wondering if the opportunity really exists. However, a little diligence will expose a few conceptual pearls that can easily become your ticket to profitable self-sufficiency.

I personally worked in corporate America for 18 years, tried my hand at the financial industry for size, worked at a software development company, did some contract work at a large company that did government work, did a friend a favor and I managed the office, eventually working with a web development company as an SEO content writer. Some of these jobs I left by choice, others left to me, but they all had one thing in common: I wasn’t their top priority.

My final position, as an SEO content writer, opened my eyes to a new way to showcase my talents and hopefully generate income, allowing me to stay home! There are several paths to follow, all of them interesting and hungry for quality content. The question is: how can I get better exposure for my articles? The tools are readily available and relatively easy to find, but the problem for many is spending their time and energy often enough to be successful.

the blessing

Keep in mind that as hard as you may have worked for others over the course of your career, you must be willing to work at least as hard, if not harder, for yourself. You have everything to gain and must be motivated to create financial independence for yourself and your family, however, it takes a different kind of effort to work from home.

No one provides deadlines, creates your daily activity plan, or tells you what to do each day, so each person must find the best way to accomplish those things on their own. You will still have deadlines and you will need to create activity plans, but you will do it yourself! Embrace the awesomeness of being your own boss, then go ahead and make it happen.

Freedom is an incredible thing to capture, especially if it comes with enough income to truly enjoy it. Focus on that potential and stay motivated.

The course

The downside, especially if you’ve worked away from home for most of your professional life, is the loss of adult conversation. For me, staying home means I can help care for my six-year-old grandson, with the option to work when there’s a break in the action. Fortunately, I can talk to the adults when everyone gets home from work, but that may not be an option for some. Moms who work from home for extra income can get a little frustrated with the ‘stay at home’ of staying at home.

To alleviate that feeling of isolation that one can have working from home, scheduling outdoor activities is key. Set aside a few days a month to have lunch with friends, go out to dinner, explore the city you live in, or perhaps pick out local attractions you haven’t explored, and set a date periodically to visit them.

It’s definitely an adjustment. Most of us start work early in life and don’t stop until we can’t work anymore. Establishing your income through your own efforts gives you a freedom you may not have considered. Setting a schedule for yourself will help redirect your thinking, then let freedom ring!

The promise

Regardless of the opportunity you take, if you can earn a viable income from home, you’ll find that you’d rather work from home than work for someone else. At first, the most successful will work hard and often. Eventually, the idea is to work less and have more fun.

Life is too short to live paycheck to paycheck, even though most of us have done it all our lives. There is a better way, with a happy ending to share with your family, so don’t be afraid to try it!

Baby shower ideas for twins!

It’s a double shower!

You are pregnant! Congratulations! Now is the time to go to your doctor’s office and take your first look at your baby. Nothing is as exciting as that first ultrasound. But guess that? A surprise awaits you. Turns out the bouncing bundle of joy he’s so eager to meet actually has a partner. You are having twins! It’s still too early to tell the genders, but the excitement she feels is contagious when she breaks the news to her family that there will not only be one addition to the family, but in fact, there will be two!

Planning a baby shower is always an adventure, but when you’re planning for two, there are a few extra things to keep in mind.

A theme? Or two?

One-of-a-kind baby showers often have a single theme, whether it’s animals, Disney, or Dr. Seuss. But when you have two, why not double the theme? After all, there are two beans to think about. The most commonly used is the “Two Peas in a Pod” idea, because those two little sweet peas will snuggle very close to mom’s tummy. But if you’re a fan of children’s literature, how about “Thing 1 and Thing 2,” the lovable characters from Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat? Another cute idea could be “The perfect couple”. To get mad. Make the theme yours. The key is to emphasize that this is a double party, whether you know the sexes of your babies. If you don’t know and plan on not finding out genders, be sure to keep the topic neutral. As a general rule, the color scheme will give guests a good idea of ​​whether your babies will be boys or girls.

The table sets the mood

The biggest expenses incurred when having a baby are expensive items such as car seats, clothing, cribs, formula (if the mother does not plan to breastfeed), and diapers. Having two immediately doubles the expense. A great way to help out an expecting mom of twins is to create attractive yet functional centerpieces for the party. Have you ever seen a diaper cake? It may sound strange, but if you find the right way to do it, a diaper cake can not only be an incredibly interesting and engaging centerpiece, it will also be a topic of conversation and more importantly help the new family. reduce one of your biggest baby expenses!

Other great table decorating ideas include things like small bottles of baby soaps and shampoos, baby lotions, diaper cream, or baby powder. They may not sound glamorous, but they can be sprinkled among ribbons and other festive styles to create a beautiful yet functional display.

If you know the mom-to-be doesn’t intend to breastfeed, get as many bottles of formula as possible and make a standing pyramid, reminiscent of champagne fountains at more formal events.

It’s all in the decoration

Remember, whether it’s a boy or a girl (or a surprise), the theme is multiple. Make sure the decorations match that theme. Stick to your chosen color scheme, but when decorating with balloons, for example, always put two together; two balloons tied to each chair, two streamers at the entrance, maybe even a double party hat on each plate. Yes, be silly and creative. Most showers include some kind of fun games, let the games double as well. Whatever games or prizes you choose, make sure they match the theme in both color and number. If you can make the decorations serve the baby-related needs the mom-to-be might have, even better. Don’t forget that she will keep all the decorations after the party is over. Decorate with baby blankets, rattles, cute twins themed clothes. You say it. Anything mommy might need, see if you can get it into the decor.

Want to create a shower that people keep talking about even after Baby 1 and Baby 2 are out of diapers and into preschool? Take some of these ideas and execute them. Make it a family event and the memory of that moment will last a lifetime.

A cure for bad times


Financial advisors can help you with your money problems. Consignment stores can supply good and used clothing, shoes, and other useful items. You may be able to find a roofer who will set up a payment schedule for the repair work. This will help you survive materially. But have you noticed that your hopes and your positive attitude came crashing down with the stock market?

We’ve all gone a bit far thinking that running fast and acting fast will help us become more solvent. Maybe that really does happen in the movies. In this declining economy, we’re running for cover: back to our porches, back to late-night dinners around the dining room table, back to driving short distances, shopping for cheaper goods, and hunting for bargains and low-priced items. at the grocery store.


What if you could change your life for the better, not just by finding the right roofer, budgeting, or ditching the restaurant, vacation, and recreational activities you once enjoyed but now can’t afford? If you can begin to “see” your life differently, your life will improve. That means changing your definitions of things and expanding your vision. That means moving to unfamiliar and possibly uncomfortable areas. But, these changes can improve your outlook. They can enrich your daily pattern of life and erase the darkness and anxiety that come with the challenges many face today due to foreclosures, layoffs, inability to pay bills, rethinking education options for their children, and seeing their family and relationships degrade due to those challenges from friends.


There is another way to create wealth, not financial but starting with your mind. It is a creative stimulation that travels to your productive self and activates your entire brain so that you ultimately have all your resources to achieve the best life possible. If you base your daily decisions and reactions on generic definitions and meanings you’ve had for years, it’s like moving a body of water slowly from one small pebble to another. It will take you a long time to cross that water. But if you can challenge those definitions you’ve held for so long and start changing them, it will ultimately be like diving off the dock and swimming across the lake.


An artist who attempts to represent a theme faces the responsibility of interpreting that theme. Let’s say the artist is painting a still life: three oranges, a porcelain pitcher on a linen tablecloth. How will the artist paint them? What colors of oil will be chosen? Will there be a lot of attention to detail, or will objects be abstracted away in some way to change them? The artist is totally free to use a personal perspective and to represent that perspective accurately and convincingly on the canvas. Every brushstroke works towards that goal. A successful painting will represent the subject as the artist intended it to be and this work will illuminate the viewer about the artist’s perspective and the interpretation of that perspective.

So what does this have to do with a non-artist and how would this method be valuable to them? Using a creative approach, much like an artist paints, will help anyone redefine what is important to survive. That is how. A lot of times, especially as we get older, we define things a certain way and stick pretty close to that definition because it seems like that’s what makes our world solid. We have, in other words, many things in our lives “settled”.


For example, you may have always wanted a beautiful lawn because your father kept a beautiful lawn and that became a set standard for you. Your bank balance may tell you that it is no longer possible to hire the landscaping company that has kept your lawn beautiful for the last five years. So you call them and discontinue their service. You are sad because you think you are becoming poor, now that you have been laid off and the gardening service will be just one of the many services and situations that you will have to cancel from your life. You may become depressed with this perspective, or you may see the “theme” of your front yard in a different way. It is up to you to interpret the things that happen in your life. If you see the cancellation of the lawn service as another sad journey towards insolvency and ruin, then, without a doubt, it will become the scenario that tells your life to proceed that way.

What if you decide that even though you can’t have the lawn you’ve always wanted, you do have other options? You can, for example, eliminate it by laying down bushes and mulch and reducing the high maintenance factor of the lawn. . You can make the decision to live with your lawn as it is and not worry about it. You may decide to do the landscape work yourself. It would be a good exercise and now that you have time…

Whatever you decide, you’ve migrated from a set definition “must have a beautiful lawn” to “zeroscape” or whatever option you’ve chosen. You are in control, you are fully responsible for your decision, you will not get depressed because you cannot have something, but instead work to fill that void with something else. Your proactive decision is a brushstroke that is working toward wonderful creative work.


Yes. Life is like a painting. Let’s go back to the lawn scene. You have stopped the services of the landscaping company and have chosen zeroscape. You study zeroscaping on the internet and start to change your front yard. In three months he has completed the project and is very pleased with the results, especially when summer brings hot, dry weather, the neighbors’ sprinklers run overtime, and you are sitting on your porch overlooking the gleaming green bushes, drought-resistant flowers well mulched and Small patches of very green grass with drip irrigation. The landscape he’s created only happened because he didn’t give in to his old ideas, that is, “if I can’t have a big green lawn like everyone else, I’m broke. I’m a slacker, a misfit, I’m broke.”

Is this very different from an artist who goes out into the woods, sets up the easel and puts what is in front of him on the canvas? Each brush stroke is a decision to change what we call “reality” into a “reality” on the canvas. If the artist is successful in achieving the desired results, then the painting is good because it does what the artists wanted to do.

Go back to your front yard. When you chose to change it according to what you wanted, every effort worked toward that goal and you created the “reality” you wanted. And you were also successful. You achieved, with your effort, what the artist did with brush strokes on a canvas. Perhaps you will say that the front yard is more real than the painting. Consider the power of the mind as a reality. In each case, something changed by decision, and in that sense, the reality of the painting and the reality of the front yard are the same. Both were changed, one for his zeroscaping work and the other for the artist’s brushstrokes.


If you can see the relationship that these two actions have, you can see that you have the power to defy every definition that you have. The real power lies in changing those definitions that seem to be destroying your world or affecting it in a negative way. You must ask yourself, at that moment, how can you change it, how can you change the negative for the positive. True, this is not a new self-help philosophy, however, relating it to the creative experience is from a different angle. Different because creative thinking is positive thinking in the sense that it has the power to change for the better the definitions that affect our lives. So paint your life! Paint on what you don’t want by changing your definitions and paint on what you do want by applying physical and mental action. Let the challenges of these times be a canvas for the masterpiece of your life!