Thursday, February 11, 2016

Parenting: Encouraging Your Kids To Be Healthy & Happy

As a loving parent, a happy and healthy child is all that you could ever ask for. This is something that can easily be taken for granted, so it’s imperative that you are responsible at all times.

There are many factors that fall into the category of nurturing a healthy child. By paying attention to all of the necessary elements, there’s no reason that your kid won’t enjoy the best childhood possible.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Encourage Healthy Eating

Child obesity is a full-blown epidemic in the Western world and helping your child avoid it starts with a healthy diet. All children are different, and you may encounter a few problems along the way. However, it’s your responsibility to ensure that they are eating as they should.

Sticking processed foods in the oven may feel quick and easy. But those ingredients cannot form the basis of a healthy diet. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might first fear, especially if you use a slow cooker. As well as saving time and money, it ensures that you and your family are gaining nutritious meals.

Drinks are another crucial element to consider. Energy drinks and sodas are particularly harmful if consumed in large quantities. The occasional treat is fine, but encouraging a preference towards water will serve your child well.

Encourage Activity

A good diet can only achieve great results when combined with regular exercise. Children naturally spend a lot of energy. In today’s world of video games and the internet, however, pulling your kids away from technology can be a challenge.

Interactive games on the Xbox Kinect offer one solution. However, it’s even better if you can get them out in the fresh air. Gorilla Playsets are the perfect way to transform your garden into an active arena for you child to enjoy. Not only does it encourage them to exercise their body, but it also promotes an active mind.

Away from the home, you should encourage them to play sports or join the local dance club. Developing a passion is great for children, and can teach them valuable lessons regarding hard work. If nothing else, it helps them to develop confidence and communication skills.

Lead By Example

Young children are very impressionable. Moreover, they tend to learn a lot from their parents as they look to emulate the things you do. Therefore, living a healthy lifestyle, yourself can set a solid foundation for ensuring that they do the same.

Learning to finally quit smoking will have a huge impact on your children. Not only will it stop them from breathing in secondhand smoke, but it will also reduce their chances of becoming smokers when they grow up.

Similarly, you should practice what you preach in terms of exercise and diet. Besides, the personal rewards are incredible for you too.

Encourage Social Behavior

Nurturing children to be happy within themselves is great. However, the ability to communicate with others is just as important. This is especially true when dealing with an only child. Make sure that you do this at an early age, though. The longer you leave it, the harder it will become to avoid the threat of loneliness.

If you have several children, promoting a positive sibling relationship is crucial. The key here is to strike the right balance between celebrating them both as a group and individually. If you get this right, you stand to raise some very happy kids.

Teaching respect at an early age will serve them well throughout their adolescence too. Human interaction is the foundation of life. Don’t let this crucial element go undervalued for a second.

Deal With Problems

Over the years, all children will pick up illnesses and injuries. Dealing with those health issues in the most effective way is arguably the most important challenge of all.

On one hand, you don’t want to be a hypochondriac. On the other, it’s important to realize that being too protective is better than not being protective enough. Early detection is the best way to deal with afflictions. If you have any real concerns, speaking to a medical professional is vital. Just make sure that you keep your child calm throughout the process.

And if there is an issue, make sure that your child follows the advice that has been given. This is the only way to get them back to full health ASAP.

Encourage Good Relationships With Experts

Problematic moments aren’t the only time that your child will see a medical expert. There are various times when they will see a specialist to check progress. This can be a very scary time for children. Removing those fears will make them a lot happier. Moreover, those regular visits to the dentist or optician will encourage better health too.

These tricks can help your child conquer their fear of the dentist. Not only will this improve their direct dealing with the expert, but it will also make them happier in the days leading up to a visit. That fear could potentially cause sleepless nights. This may prevent your son or daughter from concentrating on other things too.

Those experts are there to help your child. Encourage better relationships, and it will save everybody a lot of hassle.

Inspire Confidence

Every child is different. Some are natural introverts while others are extroverts. Some will be smarter while others may be better suited to sports. No matter what your child’s strengths are, it’s imperative that you always praise them.

A child that feels incapable of success can encounter hugely negative effects. Teaching them to be confident and bounce back from failure is one of the greatest lessons of all. Whether it’s with school work or something else, a determined attitude will help them achieve great things.

And the human mind dictates that accomplishment will inspire confidence. If a child feels confident and supported by their parents, there’s no limit to what they can achieve. As a loving mother, that’s all you could ever want.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review: "Jesus Helps Me"

Swoosh! Splash! Cheer! An array of fascinating birds introduce children to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ words in John 12:44-47 and his call for all to believe in him. This newest book in the beloved Knowing My God series offers an updated look, expanded content, and dazzling full-page photos.
This is a Learn book, which offers four levels of exploration: a quoted Bible passage, beautiful real-world photographs, supportive captions to relate the passage meaning to a child’s life, and thinking questions to personalize the experience. A parent guide gives tips for involving a baby, toddler, and child.
My Review:
If you enjoy bright colors then this book is sure to catch your attention.  This new board book is available starting February 1st, 2016 and you can order your copy HERE.  The pages in this book have bright colors paired with nature pictures that are going to capture attention of all ages.  Each page has some scriptures to read as well as short sentences that share some ways Jesus Helps us.  Overall there is a lot happening on the pages from pictures of nature to scripture to a short paragraph with some facts regarding the nature picture.  The small paragraphs are geared for a bit older kids as you can start to discuss the neat facts about the animals with them.    

Review: Inspiring Words 30 Verses From The Bible You Can Color

Take time to relax, sit back, and meditate on God’s Word. Inside these pages, you’ll find thirty unique and creative illustrations focusing on key verses from the Bible, each offering an opportunity to connect with Scripture while exploring your creativity. Throughout, NIV verses are paired with detailed line art, and each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, pens, watercolors, or colored pencils, the completed page can be removed, allowing you to display your work for even more daily inspiration.

My Review:
Coloring is a great pastime when you are a parent since you can enjoy it with your kids.   I color with my kids and with my students at school.  

I love many of the scriptures that they included in this book as they are great encourages.    So this book can help you relax but then you can gift it to a friend to encourage them!   I actually gifted the book to a friend for her birthday and she loved it.  

I do have to say that you need fine point colored pencils or markers.   This book is very detailed and small areas require a fine point.

The coloring book does have NIV scriptures from both the old and new testament.    

Here is my work in progress... still have much more to do!

Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition Understanding God's Message in the Last Days

Book Description

The prophecies of the Bible assure us that God will prevail. The NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition has hundreds of pages of special features that offer a broad understanding of prophetic themes, salvation, covenants, and other important doctrines of the Christian faith.

Features include:
Introduction to Bible Prophecy
Index to Prophetic Passages
Top 20 Questions about Bible Prophecy
Diamonds for Daily Living
God's Great Promises
God's Great Salvation
Spokesmen for God
Bible Insights
Bible Prophecy Charts
Full concordance
New King James Version® (NKJV) translation
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

Prophecy Study Bibles sold to date: Over 250,000 units

The New King James Version—More than 60 million copies sold in 30 years

My Review:
Thanks Booklook program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

I first wanted to review this Bible because I have several friends that always talks about John Hagee.   So my curiosity on reading something that he helped with sparked as well as knowing there would be some end times teachings as well.  

I am not a huge fan of the New Kings James version of the Bible compared to NIV and other easier to read ones.   I wish this Bible had other translations since I really do like some of the neat features.   I love understanding and digging deeper into meanings of words and there are several times in this Bible that it will help you understand the words that were used.  

My favorite feature in this Bible is the "Evidences" pages.   There are so many fun nuggets to pull out and a new understanding seems to happen a lot for me with these little extra pages.  

This book also does walk you through some end times stuff.  I am not one who enjoys to study end times stuff... mainly because I know things are getting rough and I trust God to do his thing.   I sometimes feel that too much end time stuff almost creates a fear in people which is not healthy... if anything it should make us work harder and being the light, planting seeds, and sharing the love of Christ.  With that said, I do believe John Hagee has done a great deal of study and this Bible will help you look at scripture and understand better what prophecies have come and are going to come.     

Book Review: "Life is _________ Forty- Day Experience" by Judah Smith

Book Description

What is life? What are we here for? What will bring us true satisfaction and lasting happiness? In this companion to his highly-anticipated new book, Life Is ___, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Judah Smith takes readers on a forty-day devotional journey through Scripture to find the answers to these and others of our deepest questions. In forty daily readings, Judah helps readers understand that the meaning of life is found in loving and being loved, in enjoying God to the fullest, in trusting Him in every moment, and remaining at peace with God, others, and ourselves. This thought-provoking and inspiring collection of meditations is sure to reveal new and illuminating truths about what God intends for every person's life.

About the Author

Judah Smith is the lead pastor of the City of Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multisite church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known round the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of his most recent New York Times bestselling book,Jesus Is _____.

My Review:
This is the second book by Judah Smith that I have read, the first one was "Jesus is for You." I like Judah Smith's writing style but more or less I love the little stories he shares within his writing.

This devotional book is a very easy and quick read and as a reader I felt like I was getting to know Judah the author just as much as I was relating his stories to my own life and the Bible.

I enjoy when authors can share stories about them selves but then turn each story into a life lesson that is relate able to a biblical story.  Each daily read does start of with a suggested Bible scriptures to read and questions to help you dig deeper and connect more with God.  

This book would be a great book to pass on to new people in their faith or those people who struggle with making a routine of Jesus time.   The daily reads truly are short enough that you could have this book stashed in the bathroom as well as they range about 3-4 pages. 

Thank you BookLook program for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.  
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