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Parenting Tip #1- Listen to Your Intuition

Parenting Tip #1- Listen to Your Intuition

 

Listen to Your Intuition! 

Earlier this week I blogged about Julianna’s suggested resolutions to strengthen your family.  She suggested that one way was by being in the present (put away your cell phones) and not over-committing your children with structured extra-curricular activities.

On this month’s Arizona Midday segment, Julianna continued the conversation by adding these great tips:

Listen to your intuition. We as females and as mothers have a great sense of what is usually called “Mother’s intuition”.  But we get bombarded by others telling us what we should – and should not – be doing. Don’t let others talk you into doing something, or not doing something, when you inner voice tells you otherwise. 

Don’t forget to self-care. Take some much-needed “me” time. Maybe keep the sitter around for an extra hour so that you can take a walk around the block, or maybe take a long luxurious bath. Take that extra time to decompress.

We as females have such a keen intuition! But we don't always listen to it. Click To Tweet

Read to your children more. Most children’s books tell you what age they are for. Maybe go up a level and read to them from a book a little more advanced than their age. It may bring about some wonderful and deep discussions.

Go outside more with your children. It not only feels good to be with them outside, but it is good for us.

Give one surprise a month to your children. Or once a week. Or once every other week. Whatever feels right for you and your family. Let your children know that there is a surprise coming, too. That builds the anticipation and it’s also something fun to look forward to. And then the surprise could be something like serving your children breakfast for dinner. Or taking your children out for ice cream one day after school. Or having a family game night before bedtime. All these activities are not just fun, but bonding as well.

 

 

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

 

New Year’s Resolutions

Have you kept yours?

 

Now is around the time when all those heart-felt, totally meant-them-when-you-said-them, New Year’s resolutions start falling by the wayside. Hey we’ve all done it.  Life gets in the way even if our intentions were sincere when we started off.

But one resolution that we should always be mindful of is the one we make to strengthen our family. But how?

 Well, in the video below Julianna offered the viewers of Arizona Midday some tips on how to do that.

Be in the present with your children. Click To Tweet

First, she says we moms need to be “in the present” with our children. What that means for us is that we turn off the television and we put our cell phones away.  And you know what else? We leave our work… at work.   The goal is to get into our children’s world.  We need to listen to them and to play with them.  As moms, Julianna says, we are so talented at”multi-tasking” that we are not even aware we are doing it. And the result? We are not giving our children the quality attention that they need.

Kids grow up quickly! They will be adults before you know it. Make family time a priority. Click To Tweet

Furthermore, Julianna says that in this country we over commit our children.  Give them one, maybe two, structured activities. When they are over-committed they don’t have the opportunity to breathe!!!  But that doesn’t mean that there should be more television or video games during their down-time.  We have to get our kids to use their imaginations more.  Encourage them to play outside, or to read, or to participate in the arts. When we use our imaginations more we become more creative. When we become more creative, we in turn, become better problem solvers.

For more great tips, watch the video below!!!

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Survival Tips

Thanksgiving Survival Tips

 

Is Thanksgiving the one Holiday

you don’t look forward to with your family?

 

Below are some excellent tips by Julianna,

a marriage and family expert,

on how to survive your Thanksgiving holiday!

 

  1. Spend the Holiday in a public place. Give the family cooks a break by moving to a restaurant. Most people behave better in public.

 

  1. Leave the competition out of it. Don’t fuss over what others think or who may do it better. If you’re the hostess, enlist others to help and remember, you’re the boss if you’re having it at your house.

 

  1. Remember the adage…short and sweet. Let the dinner end by early afternoon so that people can leave and go to a movie or do other activities on their own. This way you don’t have to worry about spending too much “together” time and risk things getting heated.

 

Communicate your expectations with your significant other to help avoid holiday stress. Click To Tweet

 

  1. Have a clever seating arrangement. Try using place cards to assign seats so that you can separate people who may not get along.

 

  1. Invite buffers. Put people on the list that everyone gets along with and they will serve to buffer those that may be conflict driven

 

  1. Be sure to put the fun into your family Thanksgiving dinner. Below are some Thanksgiving family fun activities.

 

  • Create a Thanksgiving gratitude tablecloth: Get a white tablecloth and fabric markers and have everyone write a message or note on the tablecloth. For kids you can get chalk cloth black fabric for their “kids table”

 

  • Create a memory video montage: Turn on the video camera and have each person share a memory they have from the past year. Someone compile it and send to everyone when it’s complete.

 

  • Plan a family volunteer project: A few days before Thanksgiving, get the family together to volunteer for a good cause.

 

  • Create a blessing jar: Get a glass jar and Popsicle sticks and as people enter your home, have them write on the stick what they are grateful for and at dinner each person grabs a stick and reads it aloud.

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving.

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Unplug for Summer!

Get your kids to unplug this summer!

 

Unplug for Summer!

 

Have a FAMILY UNPLUG NIGHT! Click To Tweet

If your child is hooked up to electronics for more than two hours a day…this leads to obesity and social issues.

Encourage your child to READ….go to the library and see who in the family can read the most books this summer.

EXERCISE…kids need one hour of physical activity per day. Get them to a gym, day camp or exercise class so they can reap the benefits of physical activity.

Have a FAMILY UNPLUG NIGHT! This may entail playing games, cooking, scrap booking, coin collecting and on and on!

Try a NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT with your kids. This is a great way for your children to learn about the indigenous plants and trees in your area.

And finally, teach your kids how to grow veggies and or herbs. This is easy to do indoors with a pot and soil. Children get to learn how to take care of something and water it and watch it grow. This also leads to a great opportunity to make some kid friendly recipes, using the vegetables they grew!

Unplug for Summer!

 

 


Creating an Imagination Board

Creating an Imagination Board

 

 

It really does work . . . just believe! Click To Tweet

This is a fun activity for all ages. You may use poster board, foam board, cardboard . . . whatever backdrop you want. Collect pictures that represent the desires you want to imagine into your future. The sky’s the limit! Let your imagination soar! Paste, staple, or tack your pictures to the board as you
collect them.
 

Keep your Imagination Board in a place where you will see it every day. Take time each day to look at the pictures, then close your eyes and allow your imagination to create as story for you in a manner similar to the healing symbol work where you created a movie to run through your mind. Be detailed. See yourself in the desire and allow yourself to feel how wonderful it will be when it comes into your life.

I have heard amazing stories from clients who have had many of their desires on their imagination boards come to life in miraculous ways. It really does work . . . just believe!

Are  you intrigued?  Want to learn more about this? No worries! More about this can be found in Julianna’s ebook:  Tapping Into Your Imagination!  You can download this book right from her website!  Just click here or visit Julianna’s website – ConnectwithJuliana.com/products/

 

 

Creating an Imagination Board


The Games People Play on Arizona Midday

Want some fun party ideas???

 

The Games People Play on Arizona Midday

Thursday, be sure to watch my TV segment on Arizona Midday on NBC from 12:30–2:00!

I will be sharing some AWESOME games for adults and kids!!

Great fun for your next party!! This one is called…Junk in the Trunk!! You have one minute to win it! Pack the box with ping pong balls and the first to shake or twerk out the most, wins!!

Tune in to get more fun party games!!

The Games People Play on Arizona Midday




Television appearance on getting kids to UNPLUG!

Get your kids to unplug this summer! If your child is hooked up to electronics for more than two hours a day…this leads to obesity and social issues. Encourage your child to READ….go to the library and see who in the family can read the most books this summer. EXERCISE…kids need one hour of physical activity per day. Get them to a gym, day camp or exercise class so they can reap the benefits of physical activity. Have a FAMILY UNPLUG NIGHT! This may entail playing games, cooking, scrap booking, coin collecting and on and on! Try a NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT with your kids. This is a great way for your children to learn about the indigenous plants and trees in your area. And finally, teach your kids how to grow veggies and or herbs. This is easy to do indoors with a pot and soil. Children get to learn how to take care of something and water it and watch it grow. This also leads to a great opportunity to make some kid friendly recipes, using the vegetables they grew!



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