Surrounded With Love

Happy Wednesday my loves….

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

The innocence of children brings forth genuine love. I believe that if we surround ourselves with children, we surround ourselves with love. I feel so loved :)

 

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Does Authoritative Parenting Lead To Child Obesity?

Happy Friday my loves…

Authoritative Parenting

Parents should make their kids eat healthy foodsI personally think that child obesity is one of the toughest challenges of parenting. Why? Because obesity does not only pose serious health problems to our children but it can only bring down our children’s self esteem to a great degree.

There had been issues regarding the effect of authoritative parenting to obesity. It got me wondering. How can authoritative parenting lead to child obesity?

According to researches, parents who are over controlling of what their children eat only worsen the desire of the kids to eat unhealthy. If you won’t let your kids try sweets even once, they will only develop a very strong urge to try it when you are not looking. Well, let’s admit it…it is always so tempting to try something that we are told not to try. Our human nature of curiosity kicks in once we hear the word – CAN’T.

By being too authoritative with regards to eating, parents also encourage unhealthy bingeing. Kids are more prone to eating too much of unhealthy foods when they get the chance.

As parents, we can’t always be there when our children eat. Even if we pack their lunch and ensure there’s nothing unhealthy in there, we can never be sure of what they eat. Remember that they have friends and classmates who may not have parents as health conscious as we are. These kids may be bringing in unhealthy foods at school and they could be sharing these foods with our kids.

Preventing Child Obesity

So what can we do to prevent child obesity? Although we need to ensure that our kids eat healthy foods, let us not be too tough when it comes to trying out other foods. I think it is just fine to let them have a taste of sweets or other foods we deem unhealthy just so they will not crave for it. Just make sure that we properly guide them when they have a taste of these foods. Never forget to remind the kids how these foods can cause them bad health.

We should find ways to make healthy foods look and taste more appetizing and yummy than unhealthy foods. This way, our kids will love what we feed them and they will not look for anything more tasteful.

Part of a good parenting technique is to encourage our kids to engage in physical activities. This will not only keep them active but it will also help them lose weight and maintain it.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Are We Robbing Our Children Of Their Childhood?

Happy Wednesday my loves…

Idealistic Parenting

Parents today are more idealistic. We want our children to be the best of who they can be. Well, who wouldn’t want to see a future doctor or a future Math whiz, right? But sometimes we have to realize that our kids need to be kids to truly learn. Sometimes we go overboard with parenting and we may not be aware of it yet but we may already be robbing our children of their precious childhood.

I remember when I was a little girl, I play a lot. Well, I don’t have real dolls or expensive electronic game machines but I have a very vivid imagination. I and my sisters would play pretends. We will write stories and pretend that we own a book store where our stories are the best sellers. And yes, we do have patrons – our cousins. I have a good childhood memory because my parents allowed me to be a child.

Let The Children Play

Playing is beneficial for the development of children. Its benefits are not limited to the following:

  • Children learn to widen their imagination. Playing is imagination at work. How many times have we seen our children holding a piece of handkerchief and pretending it is a make up brush? Or how many times have we found our kids singing their voice out using a  hair brush as the microphone? Playing make kids more imaginative. This helps them in their cognitive development.
  • Children learn to interact with others. Playing develops social skills in children. They learn to deal with other kids. Sometimes they play with adults so they learn how to interact with different ages.
  • Children learn to develop confidence. When they enjoy their childhood, they become more confident. They feel they are more able to express themselves without hesitation.

I understand why we can be idealistic at times – why we tend to ensure that whatever our kids do, it should be academic in nature. But let us not forget that playing is part of their normal development. Don’t rob your children of their childhood. Let them play. Let them enjoy their childhood. Let them create memories that they will cherish throughout their lives.

Psalm 127:3-5

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

 

Is There Something In My Teeth?

Happy Wordless Wednesday my loves…

So my niece had her birthday party. It was so much fun. It’s no surprise I guess. Just look at me after the party:

And as if one is not enough, here are my sisters joining me:

Is there something in our teeth? And the culprit is this:

Gray frosting on the cupcakes!

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Product Review – Dolphy PC Personalized Educational Games

Happy Friday my loves…

As a mommy, I always prefer educational games for my son. I am sure that all mommies will agree that it gives us a sense of contentment to know that as our kids enjoy, they also learn. There are a lot of exciting educational games out there. In fact, if you search for Computer Personalized  Educational Games Packages, you’ll find that there are quite a lot to choose from.

My son is 10 years old and I am really happy that there are computer personalized educational games that cater to his age. Dolphy Educational Games is a company that creates personalized games that kids will surely enjoy. My son was really lucky to be given the opportunity to try out Dolphy’s PC Personalized Educational Games package.

Just to give you a bit of information about the games package that we received. It is divided into 3 categories that your kids will surely enjoy:

1. Learning Games

2. Thinking Games

3. Fun With Words and Numbers

Each category is composed of different games. Learning games include spelling bee, animal Math, animal letters, and animal words. Thinking games include memory game, checkers, and tic tac toe. The Fun with Words and Numbers include the word game and numbers puzzle.

Each game has 3 levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard. For my son, he enjoyed the hard games because the easy ones are too –well–easy for him :)

Each game will surely help develop your children’s learning skills. The varied activities will keep them entertained and busy for hours.

I believe that through this game, your children will:

1. develop broader vocabulary

2. learn to spell words correctly

3. enhance their memory skills

4. develop mathematical skills like digits recognition, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and a combination of these operations

4.develop cognitive skills and reasoning as there are activities that require logical thinking

5. develop learning strategies

6. develop computer skills

7. enhance reading and writing skills

and the list can go on and on.

I am a firm believer of the potential of every child to learn to the fullest. And I believe that educational games like this will help them reach their full potential.

What Makes This Educational Game Unique?

The game addresses your child by his name. It makes your child even more excited every time he hears the voice prompt commending him by his name. For instance, when you open the game, it will greet the child by saying “hello, (name of child)”. It also says “well done (child’s name)” if the child is doing good with the activities. This will help encourage the child to strive to learn more.

When you order the package, you will be asked to write your child’s name on the Special Instructions box. This way, your child’s name will be incorporated to the game.

The games are also presented in a colourful way. The background is nature inspired and it is animated. This will help keep your child’s interest on the game.

The voice over is very clear. Your child will definitely understand each word spoken on the voice over. My son is not a native English speaker but he understands every word spoken on the games.

The games are highly interactive and your child will definitely get hooked on the games. Well, I am speaking in terms of experience as my son loves playing the games.

You’ll receive this PC personalized educational game package through a download or in a  CD-ROM.

I highly recommend this game package to parents. Take it from me my loves, your children will enjoy and learn :)

If you want me to review your products, shoot me a mail at kikssimplelife@gmail.com.

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

In Your Presence There Is Peace…

Happy Monday my loves…

I may be placed in situations I don’t understand but I hold on to the fact that although we are pressed down in every way, we are not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we may be knocked down but not destroyed.

I am always the cheerful one but there are times when things get rough and it gets the best of me. I am always tempted to ask the question “WHY” but then I realize, who am I to even question HIM who holds my future in HIS hands?

There are things in life that I don’t understand. I believe that nothing despairing comes from God. It is always from the enemy although there are times when God allows these things because He is teaching us something. I am not one who will ever doubt God’s goodness in my life. I firmly believe that no matter what I go through or what my family has to face, God walks with us.

The Bible says “blessed is they who believe and have not seen”. I don’t understand some things in our life right now but I believe God will take us out of this. I believe even if I don’t understand. We don’t always have to understand everything, right? Sometimes we just need to embrace the situation and start trusting God. He is beyond any explanation.

God has proven many times how he loves me and my family. I know that He is with us. He will never abandon us. There is peace in HIM. Although the enemy attacks on all sides, I still find peace in HIS presence. I still find hope in HIM. I still trust HIM.

I love you Lord :)

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:29

Frequent Sleep Paralysis – My Personal Experience

Happy Thursday my loves…

(Photo Credit: nile-can-too.deviantart.com )

I think stress is taking its toll on me. Ever since I became a mommy, I always experience sleep paralysis. I don’t know if lack of sleep is the reason but I am getting scared already because it happens more frequently nowadays. Sometimes I get paralysed at least twice in just one sleeping.

What exactly do I experience? Every time I experience sleep paralysis, the same thing happens. I sleep and then I wake up in a middle of something really scary and I can’t speak or move any part of my body. I see shadows and scary forces all around me and I try to shout or open my eyes but I just can’t. I know I am in a dream. What happens is that my mind is already conscious that I am in a dream world. It’s like my brain has already shifted to its conscious state but my body is still in subconscious state. The paralysis lasts from a few seconds to like a minute. I pray at the top of my voice – at least in my head because no actual voice is coming out of my mouth. When I start rebuking what I consider as dark forces, I get calm and I get to move. I convince myself that I should relax so that eventually my muscles will start to move.

Sleep paralysis would not be too scary if not for the shadows that I see every time I experience this phenomena.

So being the obsessive compulsive that I am, I spent nights researching about sleep paralysis. I even decided to watch the movie “Shadow People” so I can better understand my experiences. Don’t judge me my loves. I just want to understand what I am going through because honestly, there are times when I am already afraid to sleep because of this. And what’s really keep my thoughts going is that my sleep paralysis encounters only happen in certain places – when I sleep in our bedroom or in the couch. When I sleep in other people’s beds – I mean my sisters’ beds – I don’t really experience sleep paralysis. I don’t know why this happens but I am determined to get my head into it.

SLEEP PARALYSIS

So what is sleep paralysis? It has been referred to in many different terms particularly in supernatural beliefs. Some people believe myths of the incubus and the succubus, which they say is evil force that pins down a sleeping person so that he can’t move. There are also the shadow people appearances. In my experience, I can really see shadow figures during my sleep paralysis experiences. But according to researchers, these are mere hallucinations because during sleep paralysis, we are literally awake in the dream world.

So in layman’s terms, sleep paralysis is simply being mentally awake while your body is still asleep. It is being mentally awake but physically asleep. In my case, it is being awake in the middle of my nightmares. I know it is scary but somehow I am getting used to it already.

According to David McCarty, a sleep researcher at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s Sleep Medicine Program, there are different elements and stages of sleep. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage, there are 3 components involved: 1. you are unconscious, 2. you experience a variety of sensory experiences, and 3. all the muscles are in a stage called ATONIA. This is the stage wherein the muscles are paralyzed. This way, we will not act out our dreams. Sounds reasonable; otherwise, I will be running relentlessly every night. So during sleep paralysis, only two of the REM components are present – the numbers 2 and 3. You are conscious! I know…scary, right?

SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP PARALYSIS

You might want to know the symptoms of sleep paralysis because you might be experiencing it already without even knowing it. The symptoms are:

* Inability to move or speak (check for me)

* Visual and auditory hallucinations (check for me)

* Breathlessness (Chest Pressure) (check for me)

* Confusion (check for me as I don’t know if I am awake or asleep)

* Helplessness (check for me)

* Fear (check for me – imagine seeing shadow figures while you are mentally awake)

WHAT TO DO DURING SLEEP PARALYSIS

I somehow manage to wake myself up every time I experience sleep paralysis. These are some of the techniques that I do:

* Opening my eyes as wide as possible. During sleep paralysis, this is just the hardest thing to do. Trust me, I’ve experienced this a hundred times already.

* Try to move your toes or fingers. If you can just move a bit, you will wake up.

* Relax your mind. I console myself by saying “this is just a dream” and I will wake up soon.

* PRAY. This is the most important thing to do. I rebuke any bad things in my mind. God is our God whether we are awake or asleep.

WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT SLEEP PARALYSIS

So I was looking for ways to prevent sleep paralysis and I found these:

* Exercise. This will help regulate your body and give you a good night’s rest at the end of the day.

* Sleep on your side. Aside from the fact that during sleep paralysis you will be able to move your body easily if you are on your side, research studies also show that people who lie flat on their backs are more prone to sleep paralysis.

* Eat healthy foods. You wouldn’t want too much caffeine, sweets, and alcohol just before bedtime.

* Pray before you sleep.

If you are experiencing sleep paralysis like me, I can relate to how fearful it is for you to sleep by yourself. I am scared to sleep alone because of this but thank God I have the assurance that He is with me even when I drift off to dreamland :)

Proverbs 3:24

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.