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Just had a baby? Make the switch and ditch those toxic chemicals!

Have you ever seen the look on the face of a mom when a mom-to-be makes the announcement that they are having a baby? It is a look of joy, excitement and a little bit of knowing. Veteran moms know that no matter how many videos you watch, classes you take or books you read, you are never fully prepared. Until you live with a baby, you cannot fully know what you are in for. Read More →

When Mama’s Not Happy – Nobody’s Happy!

Taking Care of us, so we can take care of them

My “babies” are growing up and now that both are in school most days, life at home has become more stressful. There are lunches to make and backpacks to fill, buses to catch, homework and projects to complete and lots extra-curricular activities. Somehow we get it all done and end up with two happy kids (most days) but I have to admit, while I am happy to do it all,  I am stressed!

Since being a parent is truly a 24/7 job, I have been trying to take some time off when I can to take care of my needs. Ever hear the phrase “When mama’s not happy – nobody’s happy?” It is as true as it gets and in order for us to take the best care of our families, it is important for us to take care of ourselves (I type this as I am am fighting a nasty head cold my darling children so kindly shared with me)

For me there are three areas of my life that need constant attention in order for me to function well: Mind, Body and Home. If all three of these areas are functioning well, I feel relaxed and happy. If an area or two are off” in some aspect, I don’t feel right and have to do what I can to maintain a comfortable balance in my life.

Everybody deals with stress a little differently but there are ways to clear the mind from the daily chaos that is present in our lives. A daily walk, meditation  or even doing yoga are all terrific ways to help de-stress from the comfort of your own home.

Some people find they need outside help and might benefit from acupuncture. Some need to talk through their problems and would do best to seek the help of a therapist or spiritual guide. Once you develop the plan that is right for you, make sure you schedule time in your day to do whatever allows you to quiet your mind and de-stress.

Now that we are taking care of our mind, it is time to focus on our bodies. It is a known fact that proper diet and exercise are needed to maintain a healthy body and as a wonderful side effect, reduce stress. What we put in our bodies directly affects our how we feel and our mood.

Eating a balanced diet, avoiding too much sugar, caffeine and sodium, will help keep your body in check.  Avoiding fast food and cooking more at home can help us eat healthier too because we know what is going into our food. Not sure what to make? Check out my all time favorite recipe site. Found some yummy looking zucchini at the farmer’s market on the way home? Visit a recipe builder site, plug in zucchini and whatever else you have on hand and it will come up with a recipe based on as many ingredients as it  can. This is a great tool to make a new meal using leftover grilled chicken, steak, veggies, etc.

Our busy lives  often  leave little time for exercise so we tend to find excuses to avoid it (at least I do). How many of you went out and bought that expensive treadmill only to bury it under clothes? Have you ever joined a gym only to go a few times? While using the treadmill and joining a gym are great ways to get into shape and stay fit, if you find this type of exercise boring or tedious, you will find an excuse to not do it.

The key to fitness is to find a way to move your body in a way that excites you enough to keep doing it. I have problems with my back and knees but find that swimming for 30 mins is gives me a great workout and I don’t even feel sweaty!  You might enjoy hiking, biking, walking, playing Just Dance on the X-Box 360, even dancing around as you clean to some favorite tunes.

Whatever it might be, find something that you can commit doing on a regular basis. It takes up to a month to form new healthy habits so make sure you give yourself at least a month before you see results.

Now that we have taken care of our bodies, it is time to focus on one of the areas we spend the most time in, our home. One of the easiest ways of improving our environment is to go green and rid our homes of toxic chemicals. All of those toxic cleaning products with names you cannot even pronounce can be substituted with non-toxic alternatives.

There is proven study after study supporting the fact that exposure to these chemicals can cause health problems, even cancer. It is believed that 2 in every 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year on Long Island. So it is more important than ever to rid your life of unnecessary chemicals.

If you choose to let a cleaning service help keep your home sparkling, make sure they only use green sealed certified products and are OSHA compliant. Teresa’s Family Cleaning is a perfect example of this and only uses green cleaning solutions to clean your home, keeping you and your family safe from chemical use.

I hope these tips will inspire you to take some time for yourself to be the person that your family and friends need you to be, a happy healthy one.

Its tough being a dad, but somebody has to do it!

Whether you are a stay-at-home dad, single dad, or just a regular dad, spending quality time with your children is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your kids.

by Malik Green

As a dad you have many responsibilities to your family.  You have to earn a living, take care of the home, and make sure the kids are fed, clean, and have done their homework.  On weekends you are busy with handyman projects and grocery shopping.  You also play taxi driver, taking the kids back and forth to after school activities and play dates.

Finding quality time to spend with your children can be a daunting task.  After committing most of your time to earning a living and running your household, you have very little time left for yourself and your significant other.

In order to make this work you must learn to manage your time effectively.  Time is a precious commodity and should be treated as such.  Scheduling time to spend with your children will help you become a better dad and allow you to build a stronger bond with them.

One way to schedule and spend quality time with your kids is to join a “Daddy & Me” program.  Daddy and Me programs have sprung all over the country in the last 20 years.  I am sure this is due to the increase in single dads, and stay-at-home dads over the last two decades.

Joining a “Daddy and Me” program is an excellent way for dads and their children to spend some fun time together.  Spending fun time together with your children will forge a powerful bond between you and them.  This bond will prove to be very important in their later years.  You and your children will develop a greater understanding of one another when you spend quality time together.

As a father of three, I can attest to the joy and closeness I experienced with my children when I spent quality time with them.  If you are a dad and would like to spend more time with your children, I highly recommend you check out one of these “Daddy & Me” programs:

http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Suffolk-SAHDs/   – Ronkonkoma

http://www.meetup.com/Conscious-Dads/    – Manhasset

There are several benefits to joining Daddy & Me programs.

  1. The fun and joy you will get when you see you children enjoying themselves being with their daddy.
  2. You get to be around other dads, and get to learn parenting tips from other dads.
  3. These programs are structured.  The activities and events are well coordinated, and conducted in a manner that allows dads to focus on having fun with their children and not on organizing or supervising the activities.

If you are interested in joining a “Daddy & Me” program you can begin with the following website:  http://www.meetup.com/.   At this website you can search your area for “Daddy & Me” programs.  These programs are not usually conducted as an individual entity.  They are usually sponsored by a community group, or local church.

If you have trouble finding a “Daddy & Me” program in your area, the same website – http://www.meetup.com/ can help you find one.  They will also allow you to create your own “Daddy & Me” program.  You can form your own group of dads and setup your own activities and events for dads in your town right on this site.

Remember, being a dad is a wonderful thing, but it also comes with great responsibilities.  Be a great dad; spend quality time with your children.

FYI:  If your cleaning chores are preventing you from spending quality time with your kids, then you should give Teresa’s Family Cleaning a call.  We’ll take care of your cleaning chores, while you take care of your children.