Thursday, May 18, 2017

Relationship advice from our Chinese school teacher??

Yes, why not? I was standing to the side when a parent asked our teacher, "Teacher, how do you discipline your children?" Of course, I'd be interested to hear.
This is what she said. She speaks to them as she would her friends. I think what she means by this is in a way that is not condescending or barking or ordering them around like they are children and we are the adults and we know best.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amelia Bedelia

Remember those books? By Peggy Parish? Yes, great books. So funny. I loved to read them as a child. Now my own child seems to have a case of the Amelia Bedelia syndrome and it's not so funny. We would say something and she questions EVERYTHING. Example:

Me: You can fold your own clothes now. You are 8 yrs old

D (whining): Noooo, that's your job. You always do it for meeeeee

Me: No, I used to do everything for you when you were a baby but now you are 8 and you can do it yourself.

D: Oh, really? You used to do everything for me when I was a baby? Like you helped me to breathe???

Do you get it? This kind of exchange happens every. single. day. right now. A bit annoying.

Hope it goes away soon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

I love you because

When I read this post on MindBodyGreen, I thought, "YES!" This just makes sense. I want to forever always say, "I love you because..." rather than just I love you. It is so much more meaningful and I'm sure it makes the receiver feel so good about themselves. Why not share it with your friends as well and not just your close loved ones? Haven't you ever said, "I love you." to a friend because he or she is doing something silly? Imagine if you followed that up with "I love you because you always make life silly." Or whatever. It's just so gooood.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

There's no such thing as rotten children

Just as there is no such thing as a bad dog...there are only bad dog owners, there is no such thing as rotten or misbehaving children, just rotten parents. Wouldn't you agree?

Monday, April 10, 2017

If you do ONE thing for your child...make it this

If you do one thing for your child (children), I think it should be to get them used to Apple Cider Vinegar. This one ingredient is good for so many things. I swear whenever I feel like a cold is coming on, I just take a shot of ACV with honey before bed and in the morning I always feel better and I usually kick the cold. When my child has a cold coming on it's usually harder to catch it before it hits because she's not really sharing the signs. But, I'm convinced that when I give her the elixir it makes the cold run through must faster.
This is my protocol for when she has a cold: Lemon/honey water plus extra Acerola Berry Powder all day long. At night right before bed, a shot of ACV mixed with honey and a little bit of warm water to melt the honey. I diffuse OnGuard in her bedroom at night. Wake up in the morning, repeat. If she has congestion or hard coughing I will diffuse Breathe in her room. But the ACV is key.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Other people's stories

I truly believe that everyone we meet, we are meant to meet. I came across this thought a long time ago when I read The Celestine Prophecy (I really loved this book) and truly, my life has been such. I have been blessed to meet those who have crossed my path throughout life and each one has been a gift.
So, it would stand to reason that sometimes, their stories are our stories.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Parenting with conviction

For the past few weeks, I have really seen the fruits of my parenting with conviction. What I mean by that is there are certain things that I just don't waiver from when I am saying, "No" to things. For instance, when it comes to food. That is a BIG one for me. I cannot stand when children don't eat the food that is placed in front of them. Ever since D has been eating, I have firmly said that she has to eat whatever is on her plate except for maybe olives and onions which she has indicated that she does not like and I think that is fair.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Is there a Method to this madness?

Just attended the Natural Products Expo West. Which, by the way, I LOOVE. I love seeing what's coming out, what products are trending and what seems to be trending more and more is organic, natural, minimally processed and sustainably sourced. That is all good news.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mindful eating

I recently had dinner with a friend and she asked me if I'd heard of or ever practiced mindful eating. I have read about it, but I don't think I've ever actually practiced it. I think the common practice is to focus on the task at hand and not multi-task like read a magazine or watch tv or just wolfing down your food. What I know it to be is this. Which I definitely would love to put into practice. Maybe not every day but at least sometimes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Media is overrated

We recently took a trip to Whistler, BC. Which I highly recommend. Actually Whistler can be a bit hit or miss. Last year when we went, it was a bit rainy so the snow can get a bit sloggy and the rain just kind of blows.

This year, we were lucky and got snow! And bright sunshine. Good times.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The 9-year change

In my last post I mentioned the 9-year change. We just discussed this topic in-depth in our recent class meeting and it's goooooood.

Here are some symptoms to look for:
• Secrecy.
• Alone time. Children around this age (remember, it could start as early as 8 years old) want to be alone.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Waldorf Education

Just had our parent teacher conference yesterday and of course, it's no surprise that I love this education. What really warmed my heart yesterday was that the teacher spoke to me about the 9-year change. Oh, it's real.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Behavioral Optometry

I was speaking to a mom friend today who was telling me about her son and how he has been going to a behavioral optometrist. I have never heard of this! Her son had been experiencing what seeed like sensory disorder. He would lean on her whenever she was nearby. He would freak out sometimes when people entered into his personal space. He was in a classroom of 8 children and often could not cope. Obvi, when you hear these symptoms, you think oh, ADHD or sensory perception disorder.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Other people's kids

I spend a good amount of time checking out other people's kids. You know, like, kid envy maybe? I see these other kids and they seem so sweet and I think, "Why can't my kid be like that?" And then I remind myself, "Well...you aren't the kindest. You don't really speak in a sweet voice except to your dog..." And then I sort of shrug my shoulders and sigh.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Through what lens?

Had a conversation with the hubs the other day. I was lamenting that my dyed hair was not bright enough. Why don't they make permanent dye in brighter colors? I wish I had asked that one girl what dye she used...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The cost of convenience

About a month ago, we drove back from SF to LA and since it was Christmas day, In-n-Out, our regular stop in Kettleman City was closed. Boohoo. So, we had to just go to Baja Fresh? Or something like that? I was really kind of bummed because despite the fact that In-n-Out is still fast food, I make concessions for In-n-Out. I usually will never look at any other fast food because it's just simply gross. In-n-out is most definitely gross too but I think they are just a tad better than the rest. Their menu is so simple and really the only thing gross is the meat.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Moms of Middle Schoolers

My sister forwarded me an article on NPR the other day. It's about moms of middle schoolers and how they often will feel challenged. The article almost likens middle school parenting to new child parenting but says it's even worse.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Recipe alterations - cookies and pancakes

Isn't funny how the world works? For xmas this year, I received a cute little journal from my niece. She wrote in it that I could use this journal to write my recipes. I thanked her for such a thoughtful gift all the while thinking in my head, well my dear girl, I actually cook and bake off of other people's recipes...never my own.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Allergies

We just hung out for week with a friend and her kids, one of whom has severe allergies. Well...so it seems. The little girl is allergic to gluten, carrots, rice. When we go out to eat, it seems she doesn't have a lot of options.