Tag Archives: Take A Break

PINTEREST SAVVY FREE TODAY ONLY

If I had to be on only one social media, it would be Pinterest.  So it saddens me that so few of you are there yet.  This is the book that can walk you through the pinning process.  Get it FREE  for one day only, get it now.

I've been pinning for months, but Melissa Taylors book taught me oddles. Get it free today by clicking here.

I’ve been pinning for months, but Melissa Taylor’s book taught me oddles. Get it free today February 7th by clicking here. Download it to your computer if you don’t have a kindle. You will have no regrets. I promise.

TEN REASONS TO BECOME A PINNER today

ONE: It is easier than you think.

TWO: If you can add pictures to Facebook, you can pin.

THREE: Get a Pin It button for your tool bar and pinning is mega easy.

FOUR: All you  need to know is in Melissa’s Taylor’s book.

FIVE: Melissa Taytor’s Pinterest Savvy is free today and today only.

SIX: If you have stuff to sell, Pinterest makes it easy.

SEVEN: What you pin stays there and doesn’t roll away as it does on Facebook.

EIGHT: If you have a blog what you pin links back to your blog.

NINE: Want to be private: You can have three secret boards that only you and those you want to see can see.

TEN: You will be openning the doors to an astounding world of knowledge, beauty, great quotes, great craft ideas, places to go and things to do. You decide what you want to see. Finally, Pinterest is a good way to take a break when needed.

Oh, and did I mention that Melinda Taylor’s book Pinterest Savvy is free today. If you don’t have a Kindle you can still get the electronic version down loaded to your computer.

Click here for the  link to your free copy  

Click here to see Melissa’s Pins.

Click here to see Melissa’s Blog

Click here to see my boards.  

Is this an ad? Absolutely, but one I am pleased to write.  Get her book, you will have no regrets.  

Stay strong, and remember to like and share with those who might benefit.  Plan your week end’s me time by getting Melissa’s book and joining Pinterest.

Katherine

TAKE A BREAK HAVE A DRINK WITH YOUR KIDS

It is legal in many states to give your own kids alcohol in your  home or for religious reasons.   Doing so is one way to teach social drinking skills.

Thought this poster would both remind you to plan some break time in the next few days as well thinking abou thow to use break time to teach the important social skills involved in alcohol consumption.    And yes, that might involve sharing a bit of alcohol.

PARENTING ADVICE ABOUT INTRODUCING ALCOHOL TO YOUR CHILDREN

Here is one description of when it is legal to serve your child a drink.  I found this on Answers but know it is accurate.  The Yahoo answers to the same question were all inaccurate.

The law states that the legal age for drinking is 21. There is a single form of parental exception. A parent can serve alcohol to their own child – AND ONLY THEIR OWN CHILD – within their own residence. However, the parents are legally liable under child endangerment laws if their child drinks to the point of inebriation or becomes ill due to the alcohol consumed. This exception was built into the law because several religious ceremonies conducted at home include consumption of wine. However, there is a very big difference between letting your child have a few sips of wine at the Passover Seder and throwing your kids a kegger. Also, you are never permitted to serve alcohol to anyone else’s children, even if their parents give their consent. Your teenage child can aso be arrested if he serves alcohol to his friends, even if he or she is younger than 21. Parents in many states have been found guilty of knowingly allowing underage drinking in their home.

We serve wine at our Shabbat meals and when we were foster parents we asked if the foster children could be served wine.  The answer was yes.

Read my earlier posts on this subject for all my tips.   But as your teen ager ages you can start the process of introducing the idea of drinking as a social event.  With little kids sharing hot chocolate and a special time together.  When the teens are entered upon, think about small celebratory toasts with a bit of wine.

One of my best friends had her first taste of wine when she first got her period.  I was so envious of that fact.  Not because of the wine, but because of the acknowledgment that something worth celebrating had entered her life.  In my family when you got your period you “Fell off the roof” and that was not to be discussed.  That however is a subject for another day.

Certainly, when a child celebrates the birthday that allows him to apply for  driving permit is worth  celebrating with a bit of wine, for it  also provides you with a chance to review the handout of the Seven Rules of Drinking.  You can also review your state’s  zero tolerance law about driving and drinking.  Check your state’s law out and see that you child reads it.  It will be on the written test.

Just in case you haven’t seen the rules, here they are again.

GRANNY KAT ADVICE

Then you can celebrate when you child get his or her permit and once again review the rules and the law.

I am sure you get the point.  Are you a non-drinking family?  You can celebrate within your culture’s rules. Sparkling Grape Juice would probably be your drink of choice.  Keep the drink special and do discuss the difficulties of being a non-drinking in a drinking culture.  Share how you navigate not drinking at functions where the liquor flows freely. 

STAY STRONG

Parenting is hard work and the best of parents cannot always keep a child from becoming a problem drinker. If you have cause to worry about a child of yours  buy my E – book When Good Kids Drink and Drug; it is now available at the introductory price of $0.99.

Thank you for following me and for your support. Liking, commenting, and sharing are other ways you can help me and others stay strong. Moreover,  you will be practicing kindness one of the Daily 12 and strengthening your emotional fitness.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day, stay strong, give lots of love, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope  the blessing of the forces beyond our control are with you and those you love.

Katherine

The usual promotional stuff

All my books are available on my  Amazon Author Page  If you buy one, please add a review.  You will be practicing kindness to me and hopefully to others.

Here is my thank you gift if you have just started following me.   It is a free quide to the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. Reduces stress builds emotional stress.

You might find my Emotional Fitness Training®’s Pinterest  site helpful.  That is where I also share lots of other people’s information about staying strong both as a parent and as an individual.

DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA.   If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. Dysgraphia is a not well known learning disability and means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are.  If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere.  If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.

TAKE ME TIME IN THE DAYS AHEAD

As usual, I will not be posting for at least the next 24 hours.  Taking me-time, family-time, friend-time,  thinking about what matters time.

Tolstoy was a wealthy man, taking a break was easy for him and yet he had difficulty doing it.  How much harder is it for those who work for a living.  Still all need to time to step away from the busyness that in the long run is not as important as we like to think.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day,  stay strong, give lots of love to others, love me, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope  the blessing of the forces above and beyond us.

Katherine

 

KEEPING THE SEASON JOLLY

“The kids were all nestled all snug in their beds …”  Then, up, unwrapping, and for some  cranky crashing time:

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Keeping the season jolly requires hard work and lots of self-soothing.

PARENTING ADVICE

Tip one:  Remember what matters.  Hopefully, you and yours already know what matters is not glitz and glitter.  Once you have shelter, warmth, food, and are safe anything more is icing on the cake.  If you have not taught this to your family, you do not yet believe it yourself.  Very understandable given all the media push to get you to buy, buy, buy.

Tip two: If a child is  unhappy with some of his or her gifts,  make a give away pile and plan to take those toys to a local church or hospital.  Even if happy with all his or her gifts it is still a good idea to have each family member select something to give to the less fortunate.

Tip three:  Here are some  quiet, easy to do Emotional Fitness Exercises.  These let you take a break almost anywhere and any time.  If you feel tension mounting, take a minute or two to use one as a Take a Break Strategy

Calming Breath:  When tension calls. Often we take a quick breath or two and sometimes hold it in too long.  This is not good as holding your breath or breathing quickly tenses you. Learning to consciously take a calming breath off and on through out the day gives your body and brain a break.  Here’s how:

  1. Breathe in slowly.
  2. Hold until you feel some small bit of tension.
  3. Breathe out slowly.
  4. Smile gently.
  5. Say a quiet “Thank You.”
  6. Go about doing what you were doing or center.

Center.  After taking that Calming Breath,  breathe normally and notice how it just feels to breathe in and out. Watch your thoughts.  Don’t try to control your thoughts, just  notice them as they come and go.  Some finding saying a silent “Thank you” to each thought interesting.  Spend your precious free moments centering and when you must go on to something else take another calming breath.

 Stretch your body or your mind.  Both if you can.  You know how to stretch your body.  You stretch you mind, by thinking of all the wonders above, around and within , and practicing gratitude for all that is.  When I think of all the stars above, all the creatures in this world of ours, and how our bodies hold other worlds, I am almost brought to tears of gratefulness for being allowed to be part of it all.

Remember to let the love flow. Holidays are best spent on the things that matter. No matter what our children believe or what the buy, buy hawkers suggest, what matters first are those we love.

Erma Bombeck said this, “The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”

And of course, the common thread is love.

STAY STRONG

Great expectations can lead to great let downs.  Then there is the stress of having to be happy. And of course probably a lack of sleep.   So I hope my tips keep you on the path to what matters.  To be  on that path you do need me-time and quiet time.  If you have not already established a sacred me-time; plan one right now.

MORE STAYING STRONG HELP

First, here is my thank you gift if you have just started following me.   It is a free guide to the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. These are easy to learn, easy to practice and helpful to anyone dealing with life’s stresses and every day problems.

My book  Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for parents details all the exercises needed to get and stay emotionally strong.  All my other  books can be found on my  Amazon’s Author Page.

You can also follow me on the When Good Kids Do Bad Things Facebook page. If you go there please take a moment to like it.

Finally, You might find my Emotional Fitness Training’s Pinterest site helpful. Both of my blog posts are pinned there, and I also share other people’s information that I think for help you stay strong both as a parent and an individual. Take a peek by clicking here.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day,  do not weaken, give lots of love to others and to yourself, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope  the blessing of the forces beyond our control are with you and those you love.

Katherine

DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA.  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I have dysgraphia which means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are.  If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere.  If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.