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8 Healthy Habits

December 06, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Healthy Living No Comments →

Being sick is not pleasant. The headache, the cough, the chills and sneezing are tiresome and you can’t wait to get better. Well, if you’re careful to follow these habits to help keep you healthy, you may not need to get sick again. Check out these habits and see which ones you need to add so you don’t get sick this cold and flu season.

1  One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands often. When you’re out and about during the fall and winter, when germs seem to flourish, it isn’t difficult to pick up germs by touching door knobs, telephones and grocery carts. The trick is to keep those germs from moving from your hands to your nose, mouth or eyes, which are the typical areas where they invade your body.

Washing your hands often allows you to kill or remove the germs before they make you sick. If you can’t actually make it to a sink to wash your hands, be sure to keep hand sanitizer with you so you can kill germs that way.

2.  Drink plenty of fluids. Not only is staying hydrated essential for keeping your body working properly, it also helps to flush fats from your system.

3.  Covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze is another way to stay healthier. And, if you see people who aren’t following this rule, be sure to recommend that they start. Either cough into your elbow or sneeze into a tissue which keeps germs from getting onto your hands and spreading it to others.

4. Get plenty of rest during the months where illnesses prevail. Being overly active or burning the candle at both ends means your body’s defenses are weakened. A weakened immune system leaves you wide open for getting sick. Getting enough sleep helps you stay focused, as well, so you’re better able to protect yourself.  Here are some helpful sleep tips.

5. Stay active even in the cooler months. Even though it’s easy to snuggle under the covers and stay out of the cold, being active is a very good habit to keep healthy. Not only does physical activity help you burn calories and increase energy, it is also great for helping with mental health.

6. If possible, get a bit of sunshine each day. Sunlight is important for the production of vitamin D in your body. It is also vital for helping to fight depression and seasonal affective disorder that can have an effect on so many during the months when the days are shorter.

7. Maintain a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible. If you can’t find fruits and vegetables in season, buy frozen ones instead. These will have more of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients necessary for good health.

8. If your diet is lacking in the nutrients your body needs, add a vitamin and mineral supplement. Supplements are a great way to get the nutrients you need when your diet isn’t the best it could be. It would be a good idea to speak with your doctor or a dietician to find the best supplements for your situation.

Obviously these are not the only habits you’ll want to follow that help to keep you healthy, but they’re a good place to start. Discuss these tips with your doctor, as well as how to cut back on processed foods, alcohol and giving up smoking if those things are a problem for you. Once you take these and other steps to get healthy, you’ll find that you’ll also stay healthy.

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Five Strategies for Helping Siblings Get Along

December 03, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Parenting No Comments →

If you’re like most parents of more than one child, you are probably tired of hearing, “He touched me” or “She’s on my side of the car.” You may also be weary of the bickering and name-calling that are so prevalent with siblings.   Many parents look for totally free parenting tips to help them to resolve some concerns that they are having with their children.

Even though these ideas are not the only ones parents have come up with, these five strategies for helping siblings get along may be just what you need to get a little peace and quiet in your home.

1. Establish house rules about acceptable behavior and be prepared to follow through with agreed-upon discipline if they break the rules. When your children know what is expected of them and that you will dole out discipline when necessary, they may be more willing to adhere to the rules better.

2. When the bickering starts, separate the children so you have a chance to talk with each one on their own. Ask them to slowly explain, without calling names or blaming the other child, what caused the disagreement. Acknowledge their feelings and try to understand what is underneath them.

Explain to your children that even though you understand their feelings, the way they handled the situation isn’t acceptable. Are they jealous because their younger sibling gets to do something they weren’t able to do at their age? Are they angry because their older sibling took something away from them? Suggest that they think about what was said and done, how things could have been handled differently and how they can make amends.

Once you have determined the underlying cause, and the children have had a chance to think about things, you can help your children make peace and get along better – until the next time.

3. Try to focus on each child’s strengths rather than on their weaknesses. Try giving your child tasks that allow them to show their accomplishments. Give them a reason to feel good about themselves without having to compare themselves with the other children in the family. Celebrate their uniqueness and ask them to cooperate rather than compete.

4. Obviously you know that each child is an individual but sometimes it is important to verbalize it. While you may enjoy Mary’s singing voice, you also appreciate Todd’s willingness to help cook. Be sure you let them know that you love each of your children as much as the other and that you don’t have favorites; however, because each child is different you may appreciate different things about them. It may also be helpful to explain why you decided to let one child do something while the other one is told they may not.

5. Encourage them when you see them doing something nice for their sibling or when you catch them playing nicely together. Sometimes hearing “It was very good of you to let your brother play the game instead of continuing to play yourself” or “Thank you for reading to your sister while I was cooking dinner when you wanted to watch television instead.”

These five strategies for helping siblings get along are by no means exhaustive. You may find some strategies work better for your family than others. Remember to use what works and toss the things that don’t. When your children understand that you are serious about their behavior and their getting along, it may be easier for them to follow the house rules and finally get along with their siblings.

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