15
Jun

Have Fun Affirmation

I nurture the child in me.  I choose to have fun.  I play.  I live happily.

30
Jun

Beautiful Mommy | Beautiful Child

The other day, I read a Facebook post that has resonated with me.  It basically stated that we, as mothers, do not often notice we are beautiful.  In fact, we do the opposite.  Often, we say to ourselves and outloud, to those around us that we are not beautiful.  We point out all of our physical deficits, or perceived deficits.  How many times has someone complimented you, for you to only refute what they've said?  

Most of us will tell our children how beautiful they are, how special they are, and much more.  But do they really learn it simply because we've told them?  Of course, our negative self-talk is not helpful to ourselves.  Interestingly enough, it is also detrimental to our children.  Have you ever realized that your children are listening?  Children learn from our actions. Showing them a lack of self-love, teaches them a lack of self-love.  If we say our positives out loud, we may not only start believing them, our children will likely start believing it about themselves too.  
When was the last time you told yourself you were beautiful, just as you are? When you start saying it out loud, you will undoubtedly feel odd.  Then, a funny thing will start to happen, you will start believing it.  Your child will see the difference too. A mommy that believes she is truly beautiful will result in a beautiful child.
22
Sep

Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that we are not eating enough of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The CDC report stated that in 2009, 67.5% of adults ate fruit less than two times daily and 73.7% ate vegetables less than three times per day.
 
How much fruit servings per day is recommended for my child?
Children 2-3 years old should have 1 cup per day, 4-8 years old should have 1 - 1½ cups per day.
Girls and boys 9-13 years old should have 1 ½ cups per day.
Girls 14-18 years old 1½ cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 2 cups per day.

How many veggie servings per day are recommended for my child?
Children 2-3 years old should have 1 cup per day, 4-8 years old should have 1 ½ cups per day.
Girls 9-13 years old should have 2 cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 2 ½ cups per day.
Girls 14-18 years old should have 2 ½ cups per day, whereas for boys it’s 3 cups per day.

What about for us parents?
You serve as the best role model for your children. Let them see you eat healthy every day.
Women 19-30 years old should have 2 cups of fruits per day & 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
Women 31-50 years old should have 1½ cups of fruits per day & 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day.
Men 19-50 years old should have 2 cups of fruits per day & 3 cups of vegetables per day.

In addition, eating enough fruits and veggies will help with your and your children’s overall health. It helps with weight control, prevention of chronic diseases and certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and several other illnesses.

What counts as a cup?
An 8 ounce cup of raw fruit, fruit juice or ½ cup of dried fruit counts as a cup of fruit. An 8 ounce cup of raw or cooked veggies, two cups of leafy green veggies, or a cup of pure vegetable juice counts as a cup of veggies.

Two excellent resources to utilize are www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/index.html and www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx. These websites have lots of examples, pictures and interactive tools to help you know how to make sure your family eats a healthy diet.

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