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It’s Time to Think about the Messages Toys Send children education fun goals inspiration mental health parenting values Jan 30, 2016

Today is the first day that parents could pre-order the new Barbie that addresses concerns about the body image message sent previously by the ever thin and buxom Barbie of yore. The new Barbie comes in tall, curvy and petite. This follows last year’s addition of dolls with new skin colors...

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Anti-Tips for Holiday Happiness character children diet exercise family life fat loss fitness goals habits holidays inspiration values weight loss Dec 17, 2015

There is no lack of lists at the holidays online and in magazines giving you tips for how to avoid weight gain or enjoy time with your loved ones during the holidays. I've written quite a few myself.

To breeze through the holidays happy, fit, and trim you don't need tips as much as you need a...

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Set the Bar High for Quick, Cheerful, Obedient Responses from your Children character children education family life goals habits inspiration parenting support values Nov 10, 2015

When children are asked or told to do something a few questions roll through their minds. Questions like:

  1. Do I really have to?
  2. Why do you want me to do this? (asked because they genuinely want to know)
  3. If I question this, can I get out of it?
  4. Why me? Could someone else do this?
  5. If I act unhappy...
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How Learning How to Stop Children from Arguing Can Help You Achieve Your Own Goals character children diet education exercise family life fitness goals habits inspiration mental health parenting selfcare support teamwork values Aug 18, 2015

As parents, we like our children to respect our answer and not try to argue or negotiate. So we learn to communicate in such a way as to say that our decision is final. Why not apply that same strategy to the way you talk to yourself. For example, if I'm trying to not eat something unhealthy, I...

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Kindness Transforms Lives character children education family life fitness habits inspiration mental health parenting selfcare values Nov 17, 2014

Kindness transforms lives. It might transform the recipient but it most surely will transform the one who does the act of kindness. Emerson said,"One of the most beautiful compensations in life is that no man can help another without helping himself."

As we go about our busy days, every act of...

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