Tips to Help a Child with Impulse Control

Are you trying to help your child with impulse control? Impulse control is the ability to stop and think before acting. It’s one of the executive functions children need in order to control their thoughts and actions in family, social, and school settings. It’s important for parents to remember that young children are not expected to consistently control their impulses or their thoughts and actions. They rely heavily on adults to help them control themselves. As kids mature, we expect them to internalize rules and to develop better and better self-control so that they are not at the mercy of their impulses. However, not all children develop at the same pace as their peers in this critical area. If you have a child who exhibits any of the behaviors below, she or he could benefit from … [Read more...]

How to Announce Your Pregnancy at Christmas

My grandfather always had one last BIG Christmas surprise up his sleeve. It was a biggie; and you always hoped it was for you! The Christmas spirit not only brings out a generous spirit in most people, but also it brings out a shrewd spirit in me. Like my grandfather, I want to have the biggest surprise gift at our family gathering. I love to have the perfect plan and I know it’s a good one if it makes my mom cry. This year, I’ve got the trump card. My husband and I are thrilled that we are expecting. This is not our first child, but we want to make it special and have our announcement at Christmas. Here are some ideas for you if you are looking to do the same thing: Wrap a copy of “God’s Little Instruction Book for Grandparents” if the Grandparents are first-timers. Frame … [Read more...]

The Most Fragrant Flowers

Whether it’s a blooming bouquet or a single stalk artfully posed in a glass vase, nothing brightens up a room like fresh cut flowers. It’s also a sure way to make any woman smile, as I like to remind my husband and children. And because there are so many venues to get them—wholesale and retail florists, farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own operations, grocery stores, and even the internet—even last minute remembrances and impulse buys will yield beautiful blooms. Attractive flowers don’t necessarily have a pleasing smell or any scent at all. So if you are looking for a touch of aromatherapy with your flowers, then you will need to have some working knowledge of the more popular fresh cut flowers. Sunflowers, for instance, while remarkable for their color and size, do not give … [Read more...]