Image: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesLately, I've been finding myself cringing as certain phrases come out of my mouth when speaking to my children. It's not one of those situations where I'm saying things my parents said that I swore I never would. It's that I'm saying things that either I know aren't really accurate or that may be something I want in that exact moment, but not things that I want to instill in my children for the long term. Here are three phrases I'm trying to eliminate from my repertoire when speaking to my kids so that I don't scar them for life.
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1. "Stop asking so many questions." My son is VERY inquisitive. I don't mind answering questions about the way things work or why we need to go somewhere, but he wants to know every detail about everyone's life whether it is about friends or why my phone just dinged to alert me that I had an email and who was it. "Why can't they play today? What are they having for dinner? Who called?
Image: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesLately, I've been finding myself cringing as certain phrases come out of my mouth when speaking to my children. It's not one of those situations where I'm saying things my parents said that I swore I never would. It's that I'm saying things that either I know aren't really accurate or that may be something I want in that exact moment, but not things that I want to instill in my children for the long term. Here are three phrases I'm trying to eliminate from my repertoire when speaking to my kids so that I don't scar them for life.Read More »from 3 Phrases I Need to Eliminate from My Mom Talk
How to talk to your teen about loveWith Valentine's Day coming up, love is in the air. But when you're the parent of a teen, the topic of romance and relationships can get a little tricky. Mike Domitrz, author of May I Kiss You? and Help! My Teen is Dating!, joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota with some tips on talking to teens.Read More »from How to Talk to Your Teen About Love
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Love and romance are topics that can make parents uncomfortable, but Domitrz offers two rules for how to approach them with teens. First, he says, "Don't focus on love. Instead, focus on learning about themselves, learning about relationships, and then how to learn about their partner, get to know the person."
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The second rule, he says, is to not focus on your teen because teens don't like adults prying into their lives. But, he says, "they love talking about other people. Maybe a celebrity became pregnant at a young age, and you say to your teen, 'Why do you think they made that choice?'
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Feeling a little blue? Getting out of a winter-induced funk can be a challenge, which is why we put together this list of unusual "therapies" to rejuvenate your spirit and soul.
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1. Tap into your creativity.
Creative arts therapies, like painting and drawing, have been shown to boost immunity in HIV/AIDS patients, and they've proven a positive outlet for patients in psychiatric rehab and adults dealing with bereavement. If it's good enough for professional therapy, it might just help you too. "A new hobby gives you something you can focus your energy on," says Raymond Crowel, PsyD, vice president of the National Mental Health Association. "It can also help inspire you and lift your sadness," he says. So, you're thinking, you're no Picasso. No problem! Put paintbrush to canvas and just go for it. No one has to see your handiwork; it's just for you, babe.
2. Embrace your green thumb.
Gardening is a great way to combine a sense
Source: 6 Tips For Contact Lens Wearers
Since contacts are so popular and our eyes are so precious, it's important to take good care of both. Here are some things to keep in mind if you sport contact lenses.
- Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your lenses. Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get a cold or nasty eye infection such as pink eye.
- If you suffer from allergies, wearing contacts can make your symptoms worse since allergens like pollen and dander can stick to the lenses. Wear glasses if your symptoms are really bad, and if you can't part from your contacts (I don't blame you), be sure to clean them thoroughly or replace disposable lenses more often.
- Keep eye drops in your purse or desk at all times, especially if you work at a computer. Not only are dry lenses uncomfortable and difficult to see out of, but they could potentially scratch your eye. Use those drops as often as you need. If you have watery or itchy eyes caused by allergies,
Keep these essentials in your purse for a life on the go.It seems almost cruel; when you did not need much time to look gorgeous, you had all the time in the world; but now that you are knee-deep in raising little ones, beauty routines are pushed aside. Don't worry; you can look and feel beautiful quickly with the following tips.Read More »from Beauty Solutions for Moms on the Go
Be simply "scentsational": A big part of looking nice involves feeling good, so employ simple aromatherapy techniques to your daily routines. Use lavender or chamomile essential oils to calm your frazzled nerves, or you can put pep in your step with a dab of sweet orange or peppermint.
Create bright eyes: Even if your late night partying days are over, you should carry eye drops. Soothe and refresh bloodshot eyes with a few drops. If you follow with a swipe of concealer to hide under eye circles, no one needs to know sleep eludes you these days.
Simplify: It goes without saying; you have less time to primp. For this reason, it is important that you pare down your makeup routine. Don't skip, just simplify. At one
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Stephanie VuoloIt takes a lot of effort to keep a small child engaged and focused throughout the day, especially when it is too cold or wet to get outside to break up the day during the winter. I've found a few activities that my daughter is excited to do any time I suggest them. They provide great tactile stimulation and require her to further develop her motor skills in the process. Use these as a starting point to keep your little ones in good spirits even if the weather outside is frightful.Read More »from Snowbound? 3 Indoor Activities to Entertain Little Kids
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1. Take advantage of how fun water can be to play with. We use a lot of water-based activities even though we are inside more during the winter months. The easiest way is to get my daughter on her step stool and set up at the kitchen sink. I fill a large bowl with warm soapy water and supply her with a sponge and tools like spoons and measuring cups to play with. She spends a lot of time exploring all the options presented, such as squeezing
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Melt old crayons to make heart-shaped, multi-colored crayons.
Valentine's Day can really sneak up on a busy mom! If you're looking for some last-minute Valentine's Day gift ideas that your kids will have fun helping with, try out these five ideas straight from a host of crafty blogs. Best of all, you will likely find that you have lots of the materials you need for these Valentine's Day gifts available at home.
Have a surplus of colorful crayons? Melt them together to make a beautiful embellishment for a handmade card. Write From Karen describes the process of making these creative gifts. Place the crayons into a heart-shaped mold, bake them, and tape the molded heart to cardstock with a clever tag line such as, "You Color My World!"
Painted Hand Bouquet
If you have access to paint, paper or canvas, and some adorable little hands, you can easily make a quick Valentine's Day bouquet for someone special. The Trendy Treehouse walks you through the steps: have your kids dip their hands in paint and press them on theRead More »from Last-Minute Valentine's Gifts to Make with Your Kids
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Feeling like you need a healthy living revamp? Here are 10 ways to make this week your healthiest yet.
- Exercise for 150 minutes this week. Whether you work out for 50 minutes three times a week or exercise every weekday for 30 minutes, 150 minutes is the bare minimum experts recommend to maintain heart and body health. For how much you should be exercising to lose weight, read here.
- Cook dinner every weeknight. Here's a stay-on-track meal plan from nutritionist Cynthia Sass to help you plan your week.
- Make a water goal to hit every day, and then meet it. Calculate how much water you should be drinking here.
- Drink green tea. You'll be boosting your metabolism and fighting disease with each mug.
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day. Forgo the pastry display for one of these healthy breakfast recipe ideas.
- Stretch. To improve flexibility and relieve aches, take three mornings this week to do a quick, gentle stretching
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Skipped a few -- okay, a lot of -- runs lately? "Take baby steps to get back in the game. Most people build mileage too quickly," says Brad Hudson, a coauthor of Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon. Steal his secrets to nix the pains and strains of reentry.
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The week before you hit the road, track, or treadmill, focus on your core and on cross-training. "Do ab exercises and get on a bike or elliptical to build your leg muscles without impact," Hudson says. "The cardio will also increase your endurance."
If you used to rack up 10 miles a week, begin with two to three miles twice a week and "then increase your total mileage each week by at least 10 percent, adding on more running days, until you're back on schedule," Hudson says.
Downsize Your Stride
Your first month back, run at a leisurely pace and take small steps, especially if you're dealing with still-snowy terrain. "Aim to strike with your
Kitchen shortcutsLots of us love to cook, but there are some parts of the process that we definitely wish could be easier. Chef and cookbook author Susan Feniger shares some of her best kitchen secrets and shortcuts with Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini.Read More »from Kitchen Shortcuts with Susan Feniger
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Feniger says that the most important thing is to buy "one French knife." She adds, "The way that you tell a great knife is you want to look and make sure that the steel goes all the way through to the end of the handle." She also recommends buying a serrated knife for the times when that's the best tool for the job.
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Making a garlic puree
Garlic can be difficult to work with, but Feniger has a way to make it simpler. She says to start by cutting off the ends of the cloves. Then she smashes the clove with the side of the French knife "and the peel comes right off." Feniger recommends curling your fingertips under and then using your third knuckle as
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