Whether or not you believe COVID-19 is real…
Regardless of the Political party you affiliate with...
Even if you are an Anti-Masker or Pro-Mask…
We have to come to common ground when it comes to public education in America or we will never get past this.
Public school is going to look a lot like what we least expect, mainly because we have no idea what it will really look like. The school districts are coming up with a game plan and that by the way is no easy feat. They are dealing with something, something they never thought they would have to deal with.
The guidelines are long and detailed, children will be required to wear a mask, temperature checks will be a normal part of their day, social distancing is going to be a big part of it and team sports will probably be taking the bench this school year.
Teachers are upset, they feel like their words are falling on deaf ears, they don’t have the resources to implement these guidelines and they have no idea what the classroom will look like once the children arrive.
Parents are arguing with friends and family about virtual school vs public school, they really don’t know what to tell their kids and honestly at this moment, don’t know what to do.
Kids going to Kindergarten will not know what school once was, 6th graders can’t understand why they won’t be able to play with their friends and High school teens just want to have the real experience that comes with their transition to College.
All of the frustration between the districts, teachers, parents and kids doesn’t seem to be changing. In fact it almost seems the closer to mid-August we get, the worse it all becomes for everyone.
Everyone is going to have their own opinions about what should be done and guess what?!? That is OK! We are all learning and adapting to the changes and trust me NO one really knows what to do or how to handle this situation.
For me personally, I’ve decided virtual school will be best for our family. I just don’t want my kids going to school wearing a mask all day. I would rather give the educators a few more months to adapt or open up. So sitting on the sidelines for a little bit, in my opinion is what we feel is necessary. Once the COVID-19 numbers come down and the schools go back to what was once “normal”, then we will head right back.
All we can do at this point is remember at the end of the day, you are the parent and even know no one has the “right” answer, as parents we can only do what we feel is going to be the best for our kids. So stop judging each other for the difficult choices that we as parents have to make and remember the kids are watching how you react right now. Make sure your actions reflect an image you can be proud of.
We are all in this together is not just a slogan it’s the honest truth and it’s a scary time.
Almost everyone has heard the hit single 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone.
Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
One of the better things ever said is - 'The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change', and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.
Social events or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation.
Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.
To be happy is relatively easy, just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.
There are several ways by which you can do this.
Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the Uber driver for bringing you home safely, thank the InstaCart Employee for a less stressful shopping experience and thank your neighbors for checking up on you. Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mail, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.
News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can't start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.
A religious connection is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace.
Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.
Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -'Laughter is the best medicine'.
Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.
Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.
Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future.
Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.
Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.
These are the few simple things you can do everyday to be happy.
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -Abraham Lincoln
Working at home can be stressful, especially with small children in the house. Where is the balance between work and home when home is the work place?
Here are some suggestions to help both you and your kids make the most of each day at the new home office.
1. Wake up at least an hour before the children. This gives you some quiet time to assess your daily priorities, stretch your body and mentally and physically brace oneself for the day ahead. This is YOUR time. Meditate at least 10 minutes in the morning. Visualize your day going smoothly and being productive.
2. Make sure that your children have your full attention when they first wake up! Give them hugs and kisses. Enjoy some snuggling and laughter. Make them breakfast. These are precious times that may not always be here. Give your children the gift of being present.
3. Develop a routine with your kids. Keep your schedule essentially the same every day, but don't be a slave to the timeclock. Each morning, set up a selection of fun things for them to do that will keep them happily entertained such as educational apps on a tablet, table toys, play dough, watercolors, movies or a little indoor sandbox with digging toys.
4. If you can afford it, hire a nanny to come into your home for just a few hours a day to play with and attend to your children. This gives you total solitude at least for an hour or two, even if only a few times a week.
5. Don't devote a set block of time to your work each day. Instead, have certain objectives, such as "I will work for 5 hours today." Work during naptime. Sneak a few minutes during lunch or whenever the children are happily playing.
6. Allow for some flexibility, but don't just abandon your work if the kids are not cooperating. You can be creative. Take them outside for a while or go for a walk. Let them move with you and they will most likely give you the downtime you need to get some work done.
7. Let the kids help with small tasks for example let them staple, paper clip and assist you sorting or cutting. They may not actually be assisting you with actual work, but they will appreciate it and it makes them feel oh so important, as if they are helping Mom or Dad with work. Be sure to thank them for their help!
8. Try to save things that can be done after hours, such as internet work, filing, paperwork, checking emails etc. for when they have gone to bed. You will find that an hour of quiet working time will enable you to catch up.
9. Stay in the present moment. If a kid needs a hug or some juice, don't put them off or push them away. Remember the whole reason you wanted to work at home in the first place? So we can spend more time with our families, stay safe and healthy during this crazy time. Give the hug and get the juice. Do it lovingly and be grateful for the opportunity to spend this time with them.
10. Enjoy the journey! Life is simply too important to waste being stressed about your business. Our children, their happiness and comfort are far more important than any business, meeting or agenda you may have for today.
Aside from being a wonderful addition to our everyday cooking supplies apple cider vinegar benefits us in many ways. This long-time kitchen component has become a revolutionary health-enhancing supplement used by many people. There is a good reason for all of the hype once all of the rewards are considered.
One of the most popular uses for this rich vinegar supplement is weight loss. Many people swear that you can drop pounds steadily just by taking two tablespoons of this nectar each day. This is the only requirement for the diet. Just take the vinegar and you are well on your way to a slimmer form.
The natural weight loss supplement is thought to rev up the metabolism naturally. It also effectively curbs appetite and helps consumers take in fewer calories each day. The weight loss is basically effortless because the vinegar does the work in heating up the metabolic rate while putting cravings at bay.
Those who want to adopt a natural, chemical-free house cleaning regimen may want to consider apple cider benefits that pertain to household chores. This natural cleaning agent works wonders with cutting grease and it leaves a crystal clear shine behind. Many love to use this product on windows and countertops as well as stove surfaces for a mirror-like finish.
This vinegar is also a natural germ killer and deodorizer. Why put harmful chemicals into the air and on household surfaces when you can kill germs and deodorize the space naturally? This all-natural element is also pretty inexpensive compared to other cleaners.
Other apple cider vinegar benefits include general health rewards. This natural home remedy is associated with many great healthy results in a number of different areas. Some assert that it helps with digestion and circulation while others maintain that it is an all-purpose daily health tonic.
Pets can also benefit from apple vinegar as well. This product keeps insects at bay including mosquitoes, fleas and tics. Some pet owners use the product to take care of pet skin conditions. The vinegar is also ideal for getting rid of many pet stains. Even skunk spray can be treated with this natural home remedy.
Of course, there is always the cooking aspect of this product to consider. This tangy vinegar is a prime ingredient for many dishes and it is quite diverse. You can achieve richer flavor in your foods and condiments using this ingredient.
These are just a handful of examples of how this natural kitchen ingredient can work wonders in many different realms. There are many other apple cider vinegar benefits to consider.
I know parents are kind of freaking out right now with the new school year right around the corner and a pandemic….with what seems like no end in sight.
The Department of Education, government officials and the teachers are all still trying to navigate this crazy ship, and they are all running out of time. We’ve received phone calls, surveys and emails from the school officials letting us know to be patient and that they should have an answer for us shortly…..and we wait….and we wait…
Parents are asking “If school doesn’t open in the Fall, what will we do?” or “what if they open up and we have to shut down again?....Well, we “as parents” will have to teach!
Ahhh I get it…..you work, you have a full time career, you’ve worked so hard for this, you need your income, you just can’t see yourself teaching….and the list goes on from there…
But what if I told you, you can teach! As a human your main objective is to pass down the knowledge you gain in your lifetime to your fellow species. This is what we are literally made for!
Do you remember teaching your child how to tie their shoes or make their beds?....That wasn’t the end of the world, right?
We as humans are made to adapt. The human body for example...readily responds to changing environmental stresses in a variety of biological and cultural ways. We can acclimatize to a wide range of temperature and humidity. This ability to rapidly adapt to varying environmental conditions has made it possible for us to survive in most regions of the world. We can do the same in life, not just body temperature.
Now you may have to change your lifestyle to adapt to these changes….work from home, cut down on living expenses, less dining out and more family meals, maybe even grow a garden to save money on groceries (use a simple project like these to teach your child about gardening basics, such as healthy soil, sunlight, and water).
So what is homeschooling?
Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children at home or at a variety of places other than school. Home education is usually conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher.
Something to consider, when you decide to homeschool, you will take on the duties and responsibilities of both a teacher and administrator. You will need to implement lessons, organize field trips, coordinate activities with other parents, and make sure you are compliant with state and local homeschool requirements. These responsibilities get added to your normal role as a parent.
One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is its flexibility. If your child is struggling with a subject or a specific concept, you do not need to skip it and move on. Instead, you can work with your child until she/ he has mastered the material. Homeschooling allows you to take all the time you need to ensure learning is taking place. Likewise, if your child is ready to move on, you do not need to waste time on redundant or repetitive lessons. Homeschooling children can move through educational materials at a faster pace than their peers. Additionally, Homeschoolers tend to perform better on standardized tests.
So let’s look at a few things you will need to look into before jumping on the homeschooling train!
I hope this helps someone prepare for the coming school year and hopefully this pandemic will disappear as fast as it came. Stay safe my friends!
I can just picture last summer...the sun was shining, the sky....a pale blue of endless possibilities, the kids running around the neighborhood like ants in the heat, the pool was calling our name every evening and the playground was filled with laughter.
Fast forward to Summer of 2020 and now we are sheltered, masked, quarantined and the sky doesn’t look so blue anymore.
Riots, recession and a deadly pandemic have changed what Summer brings and has plunged the US into deep crisis.
People are fighting, service is only an afterthought, business’ are closing and what was once the best time of the year is now a countdown until the Fall and a hope that things will soon change.
Our children will never forget the Summer of 2020 because school ended early without yearbooks and graduation, birthday parties were cancelled, cookouts banned, playgrounds taped off with caution tape like a crime scene and families being told to keep their distance in fear of the unknown.
So what do we tell our children?
How do we help them understand that things will soon get better?
Well….We can be optimistic.
We can remind them of last Summer, we can teach them to love their neighbors, we can spend our time inside educating the future generation on what went wrong.
We as parents have a responsibility to raise our children to love, care and fight for what is right. Showing our children what is lacking from one Summer to the next can be the best educational experience we can give them right now.
Use this opportunity to talk to them, openly and honestly...this may be the only hope we have as humanity.
Despite everything that is going on right now…
We have “family time” back! Ball games, gymnastics and cheer camp are cancelled, giving us more time to spend around a dinner table. We can use this time to focus on raising this future generation to come out better than the direction we were heading.
This may not be the best Summer...in fact it will most likely go down as one of the worst Summers in American history….
Maybe, just maybe...we can change this, maybe there is a light at the end of this Summer.
Approximately two years ago I discovered CBD/Hemp products were starting to really hit the market in our small East Tennessee town. Knowing very little about the benefits of them I decided I would dig a little deeper, being a “holistic-momma” as I’ve been titled in the past...I was so excited to discover any benefits from this magnificent plant that could help our family physically and mentally.
What is Hemp?
A tall widely cultivated Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that is cultivated for its tough bast fiber and edible seeds and oil and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica). NOTE: Cultivated hemp is often distinguished from cannabis by possessing very low levels of the psychoactive substance THC. (www.merriam-webster.com)
Hemp is a crop full of oils with potential health benefits, according to a new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. A derivative of cannabis (marijuana), hemp has been used for millennia in textiles, medicine and food, by people all over the world.
CBD Hemp has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
With both of my boys growing up with Febrile Seizures, I couldn’t help but wonder if this plant would help them. So I started the whole family on Hemp!
We made Hemp a big part of our lives; adding it to food, using skincare made from hemp and even taking some everyday as part of our vitamin routine. I’m no scientist, but let me just say I could see a physical and mental difference in the whole family.
Even the dog likes it!
We even signed up for the Greenwell Pet Box. It comes with CBD/hemp products and 3-5 health and well-being items such as a toy or grooming product made with earth-friendly materials every month! Our Ayla loves that!
All I can say is try it for yourself, there are a million Hemp items on the market right now and it can be overwhelming. I compiled a list of the products that our family uses to make things a little easier for you when shopping:
Monthly service provides dog owners an easy way to try out different products by sending you a curated box full of wellness related products to help with ailments and preventative health.
Beauty, Skincare & Wellness:
Lux Beauty Club manufactures the highest quality CBD beauty and wellness products on the market. Thier products are THC free and USA Made from our FDA certified farms. Founded and formulated by registered nurses, their goal is to improve lives and offer non-toxic alternative methods for health and beauty.
My Personal FAVORITE....Pillows:
The CBD Pillow uses a dispersion of microencapsulated cannabidiol. Microencapsulation is a new, innovative process in which microscopic droplets of CBD are wrapped with a protective polymeric coating. These miniature containers protect the CBD from evaporation, oxidation and contamination until their release is triggered. Once applied to the fabric in the CBD Pillow, the microcapsules break through friction and release the CBD to be absorbed through skin and hair follicles.
Isolates, Tinctures & Topicals:
CBD is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol. Isolates contain only one cannabinoid: CBD.
I hope you enjoy testing out these products, from one family to another, I promise you won't be disappointed!
Here is a list of 5 things you can do this July 4th while staying at home with your family!
Go camping in your backyard.
Bake some patriotic desserts.
Get a barbecue going.
Make a splash in a swimming hole or creek.
Light up some sparklers. (With safety precautions, of course.)
Disconnect the WiFi....
Shut off the TV....
Hide the Kindle....
It's family time, a time to cherish the moments we have with those that mean the most to us.
Here is a list of 5 things you can do with your family that cost absolutely nothing!
Go on a nature walk in a state park.
Visit the library during story time.
Have a movie marathon.
Have a “paper boat” contest.
Play a board game
In this place we love, we cherish, we dream and we hold tight everything that makes a family whole!
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