Keep the Flame Burning!

How do you and your partner keep the flame burning?  Here are some easy and fun ways to keep your relationship strong without draining the bank account. 1. Have date night at home: Get take out, rent a good movie, take a bubble bath together with candles, and if possible, spruce up and sleep in the spare bedroom for a …

Screen Time

Its important to limit screen time with children, including television, video games, iPad’s, etc… Children that excessively engage in this behavior may be at risk for poor communication and social skills.  Increase use of these devices also limits a parent’s ability to interact directly with their child and in addition, places children at risk for unhealthy weight gain.  Be sure …

Change

Normally I prefer to post my original work, but I saw this on a church billboard and found it to be more than true: “Change is inevitable… growth is optional.” To me, this speaks volumes about those who choose to engage in life, learn about themselves and their relationships, and take responsibility for their life.

Stress of Parenting

There are times as a parent when you find yourself saying or doing things that maybe weren’t the best or most tasteful.  Let’s face it, parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love.  With that being said, its important to try your hardest to not use guilt-inducing methods to influence your child’s behavior.  According to this research article, it can …

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Facts about this disability include: Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3 Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play …

Heart Healthy

Tomorrow is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.  Dust off your sneakers and take 30 minutes to treat your heart to a healthy walk!  Being physically healthy can enhance our ability to be mentally and emotionally healthy. Don’t wait, get started now!

Dinner Time

We all know the value of spending quality time with our loved ones.  Dinner can be an excellent opportunity to find out what’s new, what’s changing, and what’s happening in each others’ lives.  Some tips to make the most of this time include turning off the cell phones and all tech devices, turning off the TV, ask your children or spouse …