“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,–she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” -JR Miller
In our homes, mothers bring joy, freshness and love. Mothers nurture the precious budding souls in their homes. Maybe this is the reason little ones seek out mothers touch. There is a need for children to lean into mom, or sit in her lap, or have their ouchies kissed.
I read somewhere that the amount of time a child needs to be touched by mother is proportionate to how old the child is. A one year old, needs to be touched every hour. A four year old, every 4 hours and so on. I would venture to say it needs to be more than that. Touch your children constantly…even the teens. The teens may act like they don’t want it but do it anyway!
Touch stimulates brain activity. Could hugging make our kids smarter?
If you are eating too many acidic foods you may be setting yourself up for illness. Here is a list of alkaline and acid foods. Lists don’t always agree but this list will give you a general idea of what you need to be eating more of. You may be eating all the wrong foods.
You can balance out higher acidic foods by eating more of the alkaline foods within reason. Just remember a healthier diet consists of more alkaline foods.
It is amazing how much better you feel when you eat more alkaline foods.
Everything is flowing smoothly as your day takes off. The kids are about ready to head out the door to school and you have a day ahead of you that is filled with a myriad of different things. All of a sudden, one of the kiddies complains they have a tummy ache. I can tell you on a number of occasions this has happened to me. I rub a couple of drops of Digestzen essential oil on their tummy and it doesn’t take long before they say they feel fine. Peppermint can help with that also. I think the Peppermint smells a lot better but sometimes the Digestzen is more effective. Give it a try!
Can I just say that I LOVE Essential oils. So often I am able to treat various ailments with them and not resort to regular medication. Even the kids come to me for ‘oils’ instead of the regular meds.
Peppermint is one of my favorite oils. It has a nice smell and helps with a number of problems. If I have an upset stomach I will first try putting a drop on my tongue. If that doesn’t do the trick, I rub the Digestzen on my abdomen. Peppermint also eases my headaches. I get frequent headaches, often rubbing the peppermint on the spot and the back of my neck will take the edge off. I will mention that I like layering Peppermint, Frankincense, and Lavender for the headaches. An added bonus of the Peppermint on the tongue is it gives you nice breath. The kids say the Peppermint is hot on their tongue so use care.
The last several years I have insisted on the children using mouthwash after each time they brush their teeth. Wow, does that make a difference in their dental check-ups!! I needed to teach them not to swallow it, which wasn’t much of a problem. Sometimes they would be walking out the door for school and couldn’t say goodbye because they wanted to swish that stuff on their way to school..haha. There seems to be several benefits to daily mouth washing:
1. strengthens teeth
2. Seems to whiten teeth
3. Helps with bad breath
4. Fights plaque
Not all mouthwash is created equal, so that is worth looking into. For such little time, mouth washing pitches a major punch to your dental health. Don’t forget to floss!
Experts say that if you took 100 % of the communication we receive:
7 % of communication is ‘received’ by words
38 % of communication is ‘received’ by sounds
55 % communication is ‘received’ by body language
That is huge!! How are people reading you? It makes me want to stop and consider what body language I am using as I interact with my children and for that matter my husband. Could I be giving signals I didn’t intend? To be an engaged parent it takes A LOT of listening.
Do you ever catch yourself doing the blank stare after a 15 minute monologue from one of the children about something they love which you may not (like Pokémon or superheroes)? I think I will try to do a little more POSITIVE body language these days. Notice those around you. We are all quite masterful at our body language communication.
As much as we may not want to believe it,happiness is a choice. Life gets really hard at times. Things happen where we feel beat up emotionally. These are the times we need to pause, take a deep breath, then reflect on our life. Are there things we could change that are adding to our distress? Do we need to change things that are causing us unhappiness? Sometimes there are big things. Sometimes it’s just the little things that get to me. Silly little things. But it doesn’t make the way you are feeling any less real. Can I just say that even the mundane household chores day after day are enough to send me into fits. Honestly, how many times do I have to wash the same dishes or pick up the same shoes? There IS happiness for us. It is what God wants.
I love this quote, which brings hope to me when things look bleak:
“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it…” –Joseph Smith Jr.
The other day I was reading about natural honey (since I love sweets!) and came across some really cool facts I thought I would share. Natural honey is wonderful as a food and also as a medicine. There are many different grades of honey, depending on factors such as where it is sourced and what containers it was stored in.
While honey is sweet like white sugar, it is unique in that it also has small amounts of nutrients our bodies need for healthy living including: calcium, potassium, magnesium, and folic acid.
Honey is a source of antioxidants which aids in protecting against some diseases. The quality of the antioxidants depends partially on the floral source of the honey. The darker honeys are known to have a higher antioxidant content.
Honey is a great sports activity enhancer because of its high energy boosting ability. Plus, it is a lot cheaper than commercially sold sports bars and drinks. Because honey is in a pre-digested form it is directly absorbed into the body unlike refined sugar which needs to go through normal digestion.
A recent study showed there is an antibacterial property to honey which makes it a better choice than refined sugar when it comes to tooth decay. Fruit juice starts to erode the tooth enamel ten minutes after consumption. Honey showed a delayed reaction on the teeth of 30 minutes, and the prominence of the erosion was less.
These facts make it highly worth substituting honey in some foods for other sweeteners. So for that next peanut butter sandwich opt out of jam and bring on the honey!
Because of the possible presence of botulinum, infants under 1 year old should not be feed honey.
I am not sure why it has taken me so long to post about yoga. It’s a love of mine. The incredible sense of wellbeing after I attend a yoga class is almost addictive. Let me mention some of the benefits:
1. Deliberatebreathing to match movement enhances the sense of wellbeing.
2. Yoga is strength training. Yes, it strains the muscles. I used to think of yoga as poses that looked like a human pretzel. It is that for some, but there is much more to it.
3. Part of yoga practice includes balance. With patience in yourself and practice, the balance comes. Balance manifests itself in many things in life. My husband marvels at my balance as I maneuver my bike around tricky areas where he has to get off of his bike.
4. I love the stretching portion of yoga. It doesn’t matter how flexible or not you are. Practice shows improvement. In turn, this helps guard against injury.
5. Perhaps my favorite part of yoga is practicing calming my mind…a difficult task in this whirlwind life. Also, you can have a deeper sleep because of the relaxation that accompanies yoga practice. Yes!
Find a class! It is difficult at first, so give it time and I think you will end up loving it too!