Raising Healthy, Happy Children

healthy-happy-childrenToday we are experiencing an epidemic of overweight children.  What happened to kids playing outside all day until the street lights came on?  Why are our children no longer playing kickball, or climbing trees?  It seems as though every place we look, there is an electronic device attached to our children…cell phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, and the list is ongoing.  It is fair to say that an obese child will have a greater tendency to become an obese adult.  While the chubbiness may appear to be cute when they are younger, we all know that this is not the case as they enter into adolescence and adulthood.  Unfortunately, the children may develop an inferiority complex and other personality issues.

Let’s come together and help these children reclaim their lives!  How?

  • Prepare healthier meals together
  • Schedule physical activities for pleasure (i.e. bike riding, walking, swimming, sports, etc.)
  • Educate on the importance of health and one body
  • Shop for more fruits and vegetables to have as snacks
  • Listen, did I say listen…again I say listen

Take the time to talk with your children and take the time to actually listen to their responses.  Try to find out if your child is stress eating.  Pay attention to your child’s schedule and change in behavior.  We can help our children combat obesity, depression, and other conditions battling our children, in order to do so, we need to make ourselves available.

If you are unsure of how to talk with your child about a given topic, schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. and let us help guide you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

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The Fruit that Ruined Your Tree

bad-fruitLet’s face it, we all experience that one family member that seems to disrupt our family gatherings at some time or another.  It could be in the attitude one presents or it could be the one that never smiles in the family photos.  In the utopian society, everything would always flow as planned.  Reality check—we do not live in that ideal world—by all means do not let this deter you.

We are all byproducts of our environment, however, we do not have to allow ourselves to be stuck in that state.  Perhaps you were raised in a home of alcoholics or in an environment where there is excessive drug use.  Maybe your caretakers were overly obese, thereby, allowing you to eat whatever you want and now you too are battling obesity.  We are not perfect beings—HOWEVER…

You do not have to allow yourself to stay stuck in an unhealthy environment.  Find comfort in praying for those around you.  Pray for those who have impacted you directly or indirectly.  Today is the day to make a decision to rise above whatever has been holding you hostage.  There is no need for us to play the role of victim.  Life happens and the journey may be rough, but we do not have to stay there.

Today is the day to rise above.  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. TODAY…do not put this off any longer…you are well onto your way of healing.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

When your Child Presents with Abdominal Pain

child-and-abdominal-painI remember when my children would complain of tummy aches.  Did you know that tummy aches are one of the most frequent complaints in children?  Because there are many potential causes attributed with it, the challenge of properly diagnosing the problem increases for both the parent and the physician.  There are times when an immediate visit to the emergency room is warranted, then there are times when you just lay there with your child to help soothe the pain away.  Causes can be food related, infectious, bites, etc.  What do you do?

You find yourself sitting there wondering—is it bacteria or a virus, is it Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is it food poisoning or food allergies, is it just gas or did they eat too much?  What is happening to my baby?  Why is the cramping so severe?  Why won’t they stop crying?  Why won’t this medication work?  What am I supposed to do?!

Relax, take the pain serious.  You may need to make that visit to the ER to rule out anything major (i.e. appendicitis).  However, even if the pain subsides overnight, make sure you follow through with your child’s pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving the best possible care.  Again, welcome to the journey of parenthood.  It is a journey of love and rewards, which is also accompanied by pain and sleepless nights.  Continue to invest in the blessing which God has bestowed upon you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Preserving Your Marriage with an Autistic Child

autistic-child-and-marriage-strainUnfortunately, in modern times, many marriages end in divorce or separation. This statistic rises even higher when you mix in an autistic child. No matter how loving and understanding you both may be towards your child, the truth is that autism is a very difficult matter, and strain on the marriage is not uncommon. By trying to stay positive about your situation, and by working to keep your marriage healthy, you and your spouse can avoid marital problems and hopefully survive the trying times of raising an autistic child.

Ask yourself—why did I marry my husband or wife? When you ask this question often, you begin to focus more on the good of your marriage, as opposed to the strains on your marriage.  Raising children within itself can be stressful, now add an autistic child into the midst.  Often times when we are stressed, we have the tendency to project our frustrations on others—typically those closest to us.  This projection may be onto a spouse, a child, or another loved one.

Instead of focusing on the frustrations, you and your spouse need to take some time to enjoy one another the way you did at the beginning of the relationship.  This may require spending some time away from your child.  You will need this “adult” breaks every once in a while, so make sure you have a strong support system and reliable friends or family who can properly tend to your child during times such as these.

Do not attempt this journey alone, work together with your spouse to help your child, instead of fighting with one another. It is possible that your ideas will differ, but it is not the end of the world.  Work toward a unified front for the sake of your child and your marriage.  Be prepared to compromise and always seek professional consultations before making any medical decisions for your child.  Remember that you are giving your child the best opportunities available to them when you work together.

Lastly, seek help when you need it. Part of any successful marriage is spending some time apart to focus on individual needs, and it is no different when you have an autistic child. However, if you find that you and your spouse are not happy unless you are spending time alone, it is time to reevaluate the situation. A family or marriage counselor can help you and your spouse get back on the right track to a happy life together. It might also be beneficial to meet other couples raising autistic children.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature

Failure is a Curse Word

failureFailure is a curse word—when you are a child of God.  Why?  Because nothing you can do will fail.  You may not achieve the results you desire, but Christ is always working behind the scenes on our behalf.

The term fail has such a negative connotation attached to it and can leave a person feeling as though they are just that—a failure.  As Christians, we are so much more than that.  We are engaged in battles that have already been won, therefore, we should not consume our thoughts with thoughts of failure.  Instead, focus on the positives that are going on in your life and discover ways to grow from the mistakes that have been made.

I am a firm believer that if you make 100 different mistakes, you are learning and growing.  If you make the same mistake 100 times, you have created a bad habit through the choices you have made.

Are you willing to make a commitment to be the best you can be?  Are you open to learning and growing?  Will you start today?  Schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION now.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature

Imprisoned by Your Past

imprisonedAre you allowing yourself to be captive to your past?  Do you feel imprisoned by your past thoughts and deeds?  Perhaps you believe you have nothing to look forward toward.  STOP—take control, and stop living a life of regret.

Consider the person who is in prison—no freedom to come and go as they please, living at the mercy of those around them, separated from the outside world, limited conversation with friends and family—what motivation is there for a person living under these conditions?  Acceptance.

When we accept the mistakes we have made in our past and learn to live and grow through them, instead of allowing ourselves to swaddle in them, we are able to release ourselves from the bondage the past can have on our lives.

Yes, life can be depressing at times, however, we do not have to stay in that state of mind.  We have the option to rise above.  Look for the inspiration in your life and let it empower you to get up out of the filth of the past and SOAR.  Just as a prisoner may find inspiration in the letters they receive from those on the outside, you too, can find your inspiration.  This inspiration may be found in your children, your spouse, most importantly, your Savior.  Christ did not die for us to live a mediocre life.

Learn to count the blessings, not the curses—functioning kidneys, clothed in your “right” mind, awakened on this side of the earth—we are surrounded by wealth.  Not monetarily necessarily, nevertheless, wealth.  Break through the chained doors of your past and reclaim your present TODAY.

For more information on breaking through, you may want to consider our Wellness Program.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

Hope is Not Gone

 

hopeWhat is it that you would really like to be doing with your time?  When you think of fun, creativity, and exciting, what comes to mind?

Have you found yourself a victim of your past and feeling stumped because you have not done the things you would like to have done by now?  Do not let things from your past get in the way of achieving what you desire and love.  Our past is just that—it has come and it has gone.  What are you going to do with the time now?  Are you willing to take that step forward TODAY?

  • Assess your skills and write them down
  • Hone in on the ones that really get you moving—perfect them

Do you know what you have just done?  You have just discovered your passion.  Are you interested in expanding that passion and are not exactly sure how to do it?  That is not a problem, schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PHONE CONSULTATION with LAE-LAH Inc. right now.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature