Love, Compassion, And Childhood Obesity

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By Jay Helliwell

The Statistics, Problem, and Truth of Obesity in Children.

active family“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” writes cdc.gov. “In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.”
According to the Letsmove movement, an organization dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids in America, children who are obese are at the whim of illnesses that target blood pressure, the cardiovascular system, the pancreas, and even their ability to sleep.

“Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance,” they write. “In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination… there have been some studies showing that obese children are not learning as well as those who are not obese.”

It’s obvious: obesity in children and adolescents has not just become another health issue we need to be worried about, it’s become an epidemic of its very own. Millions of children around the world suffer with poor physical health and treatment that results in obesity. Obesity, in turn, results in lack of motivation, less achievement, and lower self-esteem. Young kids with low self-esteem and no motivation aren’t propelled to succeed in life, and these leaders of tomorrow seldom seek and discover the help and guidance they need.

What do you do if your child or one close to you is obese? The very first step in the process is to let them know that you’ll be there for them and supportive. “Children’s feelings about themselves often are based on their parents’ feelings about them,” states an article written on WebMD. “If you accept your children at any weight, they will be more likely to feel good about themselves.” Separation and discrimination are most certainly not the ways to go about reconciling your child about their weight; make sure that they always feel loved, welcomed, and secure when they’re around you, but it’s simultaneously important to let them know they need to begin to take certain steps to become healthier.

Another tip is to gradually increase physical activity and healthier eating habits within the entire family, so that the obese child feels as if everyone else in the family is being involved, too. Family involvement can be a massive esteem-boost and prevents the obese child from “feeling singled-out.” Lead by example, involve everyone in your activities, and always be sensitive to the child’s needs. Insensitivity and lack of initiative are exactly what you want to avoid.

obesityA second measure you can take to conquer child obesity and help ensure your child is getting the treatment he or she needs is to start a medical crowdfund. Plumfund, a website that gives you the tools to start local crowdfund campaigns for fundraising, health needs, and medical bills, is just one of the many options available to you. Oftentimes, when your own funds can’t always cover expenses, it’s a good idea to reach out to family and friends for a helping hand. Plumfund is free of charge, created by real people, for real people; and posts some of their successful campaigns on their home page.

Plumfund also illustrates a quote by Dalai Lama on their home page: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” No matter how tall, small, thin, or obese a child is, he or she never deserves anything less than to feel like they matter and have a voice in the world; something that these two feelings always provide.

– Submitted by guest author, Jay Helliwell.

Tough Love Tips For Better Back To School Sleep

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By Robert S. Rosenberg

SleepingWomanNear the end of summer we all have a hard time adjusting back to our regular sleep schedule – especially our kids! Here are 9 tips to help get your kids to adjust from their summer sleep schedule to their back-to-school sleep schedule:

* Gradually get back into the school sleep-wake schedule 2 weeks before school

* Maintain that schedule – even on weekends!

* Establish a relaxing bedtime routine

* Avoid vigorous physical activities after dinner

* Avoid video games, television and other electronics within 2 hours of sleep

* Avoid large meals close to bedtime

* Avoid all caffeine-containing foods and drinks within 6 hours of bedtime

* A dark room + comfortable temperatures = better sleep environment

* Be a role model- Establish your own sleep-wake schedule and STICK TO IT!

– Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP has over 20 years of experience in the field of sleep medicine. Board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, and internal medicine, Dr. Rosenberg serves as the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley, Arizona and sleep medicine consultant for Mountain Heart Health Services in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is a contributing sleep expert blogger at EverydayHealth.com and his advice has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Women’s Health, Woman’s World, Parenting, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among others. Dr Rosenberg is the author of Sleep Soundly Every Night; Feel Fantastic Every Day (Demos Health). He appears regularly on television and radio and lectures throughout the country on Sleep Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Rosenberg by visiting AnswersForSleep.com.

10 Moments Your Kids Will Love To Look Back On – Part 2

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Continued from part 1 of this article…..

boyssportsTheir First Sports Team – Nearly every kid joins a sports team at least once in their life, and you’ll want to make sure that you have evidence of their first sports experience documented in their online journal. From team pictures to shots of your child in action, as well as stats that outline how successful – or unsuccessful! – their team was and favorite memories and stories from the season, your child will love looking back through the memories of their first sports experience.

Halloween Costumes – You can almost always tell what year it was based on a child’s Halloween costume and the character they’re portraying, and having documentation of each year’s costume is sure to evoke smiles of joy from your kids. Make sure to include fun details with each picture, such as pumpkin carving pictures, any costume contests they may have entered and where they went trick or treating.

Events and Festivals – If your family makes it a point to go to certain festivals and events each year, such as the Renaissance Festival, certain sporting events or even your neighborhood or church’s annual fall festival, then make sure to include as much in your child’s online journal. Pictures of your child in game day colors, gnawing on massive turkey legs and delighting over getting their face painted are memories that your child will look back on with fondness.

schoolbusThe First Day of School – Nearly every parent documents their child’s first day of school each year, and these pictures are a must-have in your online journal. Include pertinent school year details, such as the grade they were in, who their teacher was, what school they attended and what they were most looking forward to that year. Try and do a follow up post at the end of each year that details their favorite projects, subjects and memories.

Their First Car – Whether it’s exactly what they wanted or a clunker in need of serious work, there’s nothing like your child’s first car, and seeing pictures of it is sure to evoke a slew of good memories. While it likely won’t ever sit in the driveway for very long, try and capture at least a few pictures of your child standing next to it and behind the wheel.

High School Graduation – Nothing signals the end of an era and the beginning of the next big chapter in life quite like graduation, and your child’s high school graduation deserves a special spot in her online journal. Along with pictures of your graduate and candid shots from the ceremony, include what your child will be doing now that high school is over and what her hopes and dreams for the future are. Whether those dreams turn into a reality or not, the documentation of them is sure to transport her right back to the bittersweet feeling of graduation every time she reads about them.

Submitted by Teresa Blecher of kidmondo.com

10 Moments Your Kids Will Love To Look Back On – Part 1

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familyfunAs you fill the entries in your child’s online journal over the years, you’ll likely find that they are comprised of a mix of memories that are both interesting and mundane. Some will be nothing more than a quick note telling about a random day, whereas others will commemorate large-scale events that immediately take you and your child back to a particular time and place. There are certain moments your children will love looking back on years down the road, whether it’s a memory they possess or something that happened that has slipped away from them over time. Throughout your journaling, be sure to include these ten different moments in time.

Their Birth – While your child won’t remember anything from their actual birth day, they’ll never tire of looking through pictures and recounts of the day they entered the world. In addition to pictures, be sure to include pertinent information, such as their birth stats, the doctor who delivered them and the hospital where they were born. Chronicle who came to visit, memorable details of the day and the emotions you felt throughout the experience.

Birthday Parties – Every kid has a soft spot for their own birthday, and having an array of pictures from each birthday party over the years will help retell their life story. As each birthday approaches ask your child a variety of questions that capture the year, such as who their best friend is, what their favorite color is, what their favorite food is and what they most like to do with their time. This is a great way for your child to see their own evolution over throughout the years.

familywalkWeekends with Grandparents – Whether your kids are lucky enough to see their grandparents on a regular basis or only get to see them a handful of times each year, it’s important to document as many of these visits as possible. Since grandparents are only in our lives for a fleeting amount of time, having photographs of the time your kids spent with them as well as details from each adventure they went on together will preserve some of their time spent with you and your partner’s parents.

Family Vacations – Family vacations are usually a mix of over the top excitement and exasperation. They also provide some of the best memories for kids, so it’s important to immortalize the time you spend taking family vacations in your child’s online journal. From Disney Land to the Grand Canyon to camping in obscure places to horrific experiences that evolve into hilarious stories, the vacations you spend together as a family are some of the best memories you’ll make.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Submitted by Teresa Blecher of kidmondo.com

Love And Dentistry

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By Swami Davageet

toothbrushpasteIn Pune, after a few days of getting settled into a small apartment in “the Dutch Palace,” I was ready for my new life in the ashram. I applied for work to Vidya, the ashram work coordinator. “Be a dentist,” she told me. I protested, saying that I was finished with dentistry, muttering that I wanted to be a simple disciple in the presence of my master. She gave me a withering look, made more powerfully bleak by her pale blue eyes piercingly observing me from their perch above her powerful nose. She repeated herself briefly and sharply, “Devageet, be a dentist.”

I continued mumbling that Nirvan’s dental office was barely big enough for one dentist, never mind two. And that Nirvan was more than able to … Vidya interrupted, leaning forward and looking into my eyes even more penetratingly with her steely orbs, before repeating slowly, with great effect: “Devageet – be – a – dentist. And tell Nirvan that you will be his assistant.”

I had walked to the small room that served as the soon-to-be dental office for sannyasins. Showing me the dental machines he had carefully set up, Nirvan had initially been friendly and mellow, happy to show a fellow professional his fine cabinetry and gadgetry. I was very impressed by his woodworking skills and general expertise. The first day we worked together in Pune, he had casually complained about “those bitches in the front office.” The next day he complained bitterly about his loss of erectile function “due to this fucking heat,” and how he couldn’t stop farting: “God, man, my wind is like rotten eggs. Those fucking amoebas and giardia in my guts are sucking out all my life juices.” He painted a vivid picture of his virile decline due to an invasion by tropical intestinal parasites.

On my third day as his assistant, Nirvan announced that he was leaving Pune for America. He generously offered to sell me his vast stock of vitamins, unbelievable quantities of dental floss, exotic Californian food supplements, and a fine, but over-priced, foam-and- coconut fiber mattress of his own design. I had to decline his offer due to my poverty but I was impressed by the quality and quantity of his possessions.

With Nirvan’s departure to the United States I had become the Pune ashram dentist. One year later, in January 1979, I had become Osho’s personal dentist. After Nirvan’s departure, I mused that he occasionally may have regretted leaving Pune, perhaps imagining that if he had stayed he would have been Osho’s dentist instead of me.

When Nirvan arrived at Rancho Rajneesh in 1981, Dolma, the ashram work coordinator, had unknowingly reversed our original ashram roles by assigning him as my assistant. She instructed him to help me design and build clinical dental rooms for sannyasins in Pythagoras, the communal medical trailer.

It took only a few days for Nirvan to attempt a dental coup. He sabotaged our mutually agreed upon plans, stating to me emphatically that whatever dental knowledge I had was of no value. I tried to compromise but his attitude was unbending. I had little alternative but to refer the matter to Dolma, in her role as ranch work coordinator. She decided on the spot that the three of us – Dolma, Nirvan, and myself – needed an urgent meeting to “sort things out.”

The meeting took place in the dusty main street of Rancho Rajneesh. Nirvan robustly restated that I was a mere dental pygmy compared to his superior qualifications and experience. He made a forceful pitch that on Rancho Rajneesh, he should be the person in charge of all things dental. “Christ, Dolma, the guy isn’t even American. He is unqualified!” He went on, powerfully making the point that his clear academic superiority made it obvious that I was not, and could never hope to become, his equal.

As I contemplated his argument, I realized that his observations, despite being made with much spray and emphasis, were undeniably true. However, Dolma rejected them, saying, “Nirvan, this is a mystery school, not a dental campus.” At that, he had shaken his head before stomping off into the dust, each step showing his disgruntled resentment.

Deliberating on the situation later, I realized that in America, Osho could, and should, have the very finest of dental treatment. I decided to write him a letter offering to stand aside, and asked Vivek to deliver it.

toothIn my letter, I explained that by United States standards, my dental skills were modest. I told him I understood that in Pune I may have been the best dentist available due to the poor general standards of dentistry there, but now, in America, where practically every family had a crown-and-bridge specialist as a son-in-law, he could have the best and most highly qualified personal dentist, with much higher qualifications than I possessed.

Vivek, always plain spoken and often brutally direct, had raised her fine eyebrows and looked at me as though I was mentally challenged as I explained the nature of the message I was asking her to deliver. In those days, since his arrival in America, Osho had declared himself to be in a period of public silence; messages for him were delivered as letters, usually by an intermediary. But in this case, as we stood in the tiny dental office behind his living room, Vivek personally delivered my note.

Within moments she was back. “Devageet, here’s Osho’s reply to your letter:

‘Devageet, don’t be such a fool. You are not my dentist because you are the best dentist in the world. You are my personal dentist because your love for me makes your work perfect. P.S. The other dentist has bad breath.'”

– Swami Davageet is the author of Osho, The First Buddha in the Dental Chair: Amusing Anecdotes by His Personal Dentist (Sammasati Publishing). For more information, visit www.sammasatipublishing.com

Excerpted from Osho, The First Buddha in the Dental Chair: Amusing Anecdotes by His Personal Dentist by Swami Davageet (Sammasati Publishing)

It’s Never Over – Survivor’s Guilt

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By Elaine Jesmer

heartshinyIt’s never over. That’s the inescapable truth, whether we accept it or not. Once your life had been threatened from the inside, you may learn to live with your new reality and even find a way to put it on the back burner. But that brush with death will inevitably spring to the forefront of your mind, prompted by anything that makes you think “it” could be happening again.

There are examples of close calls everywhere you look: the young woman who almost died of an aneurism while she was hospitalized having a baby (a case where location probably saved her life), the guy who was “cured” of thyroid cancer 34 years ago, but never misses his yearly test. The event that shapes the futures of survivors may have happened many years ago, like summer camp. Only unlike camp, this experience is terrifying. Even when you push it to the back of your mind and think it’s over, it’s never over.

I have survivor’s guilt, and I’ve got it bad. It seems that every time I turn around, someone I know who has faced mortality and received a reprieve is back in the trenches, fighting for his or her life. Only this time, probably because there was a first time, the stricken one isn’t as young or as strong as before. The fight is harder. The likelihood of winning is smaller.

It makes me crazy that people I know aren’t as healthy as I am.

It makes me crazy that people I know aren’t as healthy as I am. I was stage 4 at diagnosis. That’s a statistical death sentence. And yet I’m long past my expiration date, and probably healthier now than ever before. With hardly any effort on my part. Without making those life changes that so many survivors initiate, when they finally get a chance to refigure their future with their health in the forefront.

This is what’s the same for all of us: we don’t know if “it” will happen again. We can’t ever be sure. We can’t store that period when we were being treated in the back of our minds and forget about it. It’s the other shoe that hangs over our lives, and we can never completely stop waiting for it to fall. Even if we think we’re fine – are we? The medical world throws around the word “cured” as though it’s real, but that’s a dangerous lie. Accepting it as truth could allow us to take our eye off the ball. There is no cure for cancer. And who can say if that artery wall will stand up to a normal life span? We can’t know with any degree of certainty. What happened to us took us to the outskirts of normal, from which there’s really no way back. Personally, that’s why I never take those great deals on subscriptions to magazines. One year is about all I’ll ever be able to be sure of.

Like many survivors, I’m impelled to “do something” about the thing that tried to take my life.

Like many survivors, I’m impelled to “do something” about the thing that tried to take my life. I distribute a monthly newsletter that focuses on chemotherapy. I do this because taking action seems to mitigate dwelling too much on the worst possible possibility. I think that’s what meant by enriching your life by having it threatened.

~ And life has never been richer!

– Elaine Jesmer, an author and marketing consultant who lives in Los Angeles, wrote a book titled ” ‘I’m Hot! . . . and I’m Bald!’: Chemotherapy for Winners.” The book is available at Amazon.com, and Kindle. Her website, elainejesmer.com, connects patients to chemo-related resources, and includes a monthly newsletter, “Chemotalk”.

Oh, You Gotta To Have Friends

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

saladheartsmallA close friend or relative has just had a heart attack or a cardio vascular incident. You try to be helpful. You want them to start making changes so they live a longer and healthier life. Do you tell them?

• You shouldn’t eat that; it causes heart disease.

• You should have more willpower and resist eating unhealthy foods.

• If you don’t change your lifestyle, you’ll die.

• You have to give up your favorite foods and eat only vegetables and beans.

What they hear is that you are trying to parent them. They feel failure and guilt. They become resistant and even defiant. However, your concern can have the opposite effect on them to actually inspire and encourage them. What if you said:

• Eating more healthfully will give you more energy and vitality to support better heart health.

• Healthy eating is a pleasurable and exciting way to experience life.

• You are your own best doctor. You’re the one in charge of making heart-healthy eating decisions for yourself.

• Physical activity raises your heart rate and exercises your heart muscles making you strong and resistant to cardio incidents. You’ll feel great when you exercise.

• You deserve a vibrant, heart-healthy life and you have all the power you need to reverse this condition.

• You don’t have to be perfect to be heart-healthy, just conscientious.

• Let me help you find the information you need to begin your new life.

Using the second approach you offer your loved one a partnership in healing that will help them become more heart aware and to make choices that will support and nurture their health. We all respond more favorably to a helping hand offered with a generous spirit. Be the friend you would want to have in your corner if you were the one on the other side of the fence. Two heart-healthy minds are always better than one.

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

How Childcare Centres Plan Nutritious Meals That Kids Always Love

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By Anthony Smith

saladheartsmallHow much time do you spend thinking about, preparing and cooking the meals for your child? As parents, we strive to do what’s best for our children and often that starts with meals. What to feed your child is one of the first major decisions a parent makes and then before you know it, your bundle of joy has an opinion of their own on what they want to eat. Regardless of the time and consideration you may have put into planning and making your child’s lunch, whether or not they eat it, is a whole other story. Then there’s the fact that Grandparents, babysitters and child care centres seem to have a significantly higher success rate of convincing your two-year-old to eat whatever is put in front of them. How do the centres do it – what’s their secret and how do they get a fussy-eating toddler to eat at day-care what they won’t at home.

1. The Menu

Food provided in child care has an important role to play in the growth and development of children and in the development of their future eating habits. Most parents should be able to take comfort in knowing that a significant amount of toddlers’ daily nutrition requirements are being met by their long day childcare centre. Check for displayed menus to show a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, lean meat, fish, chicken, milks, yoghurts and cheeses. Make sure your child has easy access to plenty of water and check to see if milk is also provided throughout the day.

2. Age Appropriateness & Variety

Most centres will ensure the menu includes food that is appropriately sized and textured for the age and ability of the child. Children with special dietary requirements due to food allergies, cultural background or medical condition should also be catered for – ensuring the centre works together with these families to meet the specific needs of the individual child. Variety of food also plays an important factor. Plates should be loaded with a few different foods from the menus, allowing the children to explore a new food – pick it up, touch it and smell it – so that it becomes more familiar to them. It can take up to fifteen attempts before a child gets used to a new taste.

3. The Power of The Masses

kidseatinghealthyChildren learn from an early age to follow and mimic those around them. Often times a sour reaction to a new food is just a knee-jerk reaction to the unknown. So when toddlers see their friends happily eating the variety of food offered at a child-care centre, they often follow along.
Finally, when children gather together to eat and drink, staff should create an atmosphere that is relaxed and home-like. It is also seen as an opportunity for social interactions and language development. Meal and snack times are happy, social occasions that promote healthy eating habits. Food always looks better when your best friend is eating it too.

Just remember – Working together with childcare staff can positively reinforce healthy food messages and eating habits for your child.

– Anthony Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of an Australian childcare management company, Guardian Child Care. As a parent himself, Anthony recognizes the importance of providing quality childcare for children where they are able to thrive and in an educational and nurturing environment.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With An Open Heart

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By Diane Lang

heartsAs Valentine’s Day approaches we all are reminded of perhaps the greatest thing in life called LOVE. Whether you are celebrating with a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, family, partner, friends or even just you, anyone can use these tips to love yourself and find happiness. Speaker, author and psychotherapist, Diane Lang, shares 17 tips to help us all celebrate Valentine’s Day with an open heart and positive attitude.

* Start off with positive affirmations. Remind yourself everyday how special you are.

* Know that you’re good enough. God made you perfectly. Enjoy who you are.

* Be a role model by showing love. Express and show love through your actions. Hugs, kisses, cuddling all of these expressions show love and produce endorphins for an extra boost of happiness.

* Show love by being kind, caring, warm, compassionate and empathetic to others and yourself.

* Share your love with random acts of kindness – let others share in your good will and love by doing something for someone else with no expectation.

* Show self love by putting yourself first – do something special for you!

* Love yourself so you can accept love from others.

* Forgive yourself and others. You can’t move forward and enjoy life without forgiveness.

* Love yourself by removing the toxic from your life. Surround yourself with positive people and forget the rest.

* Praise your efforts. Mistakes and failures are part of life and unavoidable, but without the effort you won’t have success.

* Acknowledge your strengths. For today don’t focus on weaknesses; instead look at your strengths and be proud of your skills and abilities.

heartshiny* For Valentine’s Day just have fun! Don’t set any unrealistic expectations just enjoy the moment.

* Take a risk on Valentine’s Day and try something new!

* Visualize a day full of love; what would it feel like? What could you do to have this type of day?

* Have a day full of love in person. For today have face to face interaction not a virtual date.

* By being grateful you can see all the love that is around you. Sometimes we just need a perspective shift to see the love clearly.

* Thank those in your life who are always loving, kind and compassionate. Let them know how much you appreciate their love.

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

13 Steps To Teach Kids Love – The Power Of Positive Parenting

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By Diane Lang

familyrunKids have so much to teach us, so much we forget as reality takes over. We need to learn how to love everything around us: life, earth, others, etc. Kids know how to forgive, release and let go. So positive parenting isn’t about teaching how to love, it’s teaching kids to hold onto their love and reminding them how great life is. Kids are born with the knowledge of love not fear! As parents we need to remind them of this. Here are 13 tips to teach kids love through positive parenting:

1. Teach kids through example. Be the example, the role model, the mentor. Show the personality traits you want your kids to have. If you show kids love, warmth, kindness, patience and empathy, you will get it in return.

2. Teach them to want not to need. Teaching love is to remind kids they don’t need to be attached to any material objects and to be grateful for what they have.

3. Discipline is love. It shows your child you care.

4. Show love by being honest. It’s okay to say I don’t know. Be honest, clear, simple and to the point.

5. Show loyalty through actions. Make sure to give daily hugs, kisses, pats on the shoulder, hold hands, etc. Show love to your spouse; let your kids know there is a lot of love in the family.

6. Show kids love through praise. Let them know how proud of them you are with praise. Praise your child’s efforts so they stay motivated and don’t give up.

7. Show them love through listening. Be an active listener: use eye contact, don’t interrupt, show your listening with nods of the head, non verbal gestures, summarize what you just heard and ask questions.

8. Show your empathy by being an empathetic listener. Even if you don’t understand why your kids are upset, be empathetic. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine how they must feel. Respond with empathy.

9. Show love through communication. Ask how they are doing, what kind of day they had, how was school? Ask questions that involve more than a yes or no answer and be a great active, empathetic listener when communicating with children.

momdaugtherbike10. Teach kids to remain their authentic self and share their inner joy and light. We need to teach kids to hold onto their lightness.

11. Teach kids to be compassionate with random acts of kindness. Get kids involved in volunteering at an early age. When kids perform random acts of kindness they feel more respect for themselves and get a boost of happiness.

12. Teach your kids to love healthy foods by eating meals together. Let your kids be involved in the process. They can help make the menu, help with food shopping and even cooking. The more involved they are, the more likely they are to eat healthy and enjoy it. Teach kids to respect their body which is their true home.

13. Teach kids that mistakes are good. Mistakes are teachable moments that move us forward into a better path.

Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized author, educator, speaker, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living. Lang offers expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Dover Business College.