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

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

Help! My Child has Abrasions, Cuts and Scratches

child-injuryWhy is it that children ALWAYS find a way to hurt themselves?  Children will experience cuts, scratches, and abrasions throughout their life.  Consider yourself truly blessed if you can avoid the broken bones or more serious ailments.  I can recall the constant “booboos” in life that just needed a little mommy kiss to make it all better.  Many times children are playing and for whatever reason, they always seem to find the splintered piece of wood or the broken glass that you thought you cleaned up in its entirety last week (sigh).  Perhaps your child is the one that always gets hurt on the playground or when the neighborhood kids are all out playing together.  Regardless of how the incident occurred, it is important to be mindful because sometimes abrasions, cuts and scratches result in dire consequences if they are not tended to properly in a timely fashion.

What is the difference?

  • Cuts are caused by sharp objects, which can penetrate the skin or damage the skin on the surface
  • Scratches are mild form of cuts, which are also caused by sharp objects such as a piece of glass, thorn, knife, or fingernails
  • Abrasions are caused by friction or rubbing of the skin with a rough surface such as rug burns

Please note that blood can occur in all these types of wounds and it may not be seen on the surface.  When the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin is ruptured, bleeding occurs.  Make sure you properly cleanse the wounded area with lukewarm water, a clean cloth, apply an antibacterial ointment (if available), and cover the area.

In the event the incident is caused by an animal or rusty metal, please seek medical attention immediately, as the animal could have rabies and the rusty metallic surface…, well, you get the picture.  Remember, parenting is a journey.  Continue to enjoy the ride!  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

Welcome to Motherhood…Introduction

motherhood-introPartaking in the creation of life is a wonderful experience.  Think about it, for nine months (give or take) a baby is growing in your womb.  Granted there will be good times and not so good times during this experience, nevertheless, the experience is there.  I can recall the anticipation of all my bundles of joy.  I remember them all so vividly as though it was just yesterday.  I remember the kicks and movement within.  The greatest memory is when the tiny bundles were placed into my arms for the very first time, each time, three times total.

Parents, please understand that taking on this very important role in life is a sacrificial role.  There is no room for selfishness, especially in the early stages.  There is a being that has now become totally dependent on you.

Moms, you have just advanced from morning sickness and all the other “quirky” things that come along with a pregnancy to having a little one in your home disrupting every routine you previously had in place.  There will be multitudes of adjustments—sleep schedule, meal preparation, house cleaning, etc.  I think you get the picture.  No need to panic~~remember that you still need to tend to self in order to be of great benefit to this new bundle which you have now welcomed into your home.

LAE-LAH Inc will be presenting this as an open forum for discussion regarding your concerns of self-care.  This article is part of a series, so please subscribe and stay in the know.  We will be addressing signs of pregnancy, things pregnant women should do and not do, stress management, time management, etc.  We would love to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to comment or reach out.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.

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Smile—You Are on Camera (seriously, everyone has a cell phone)

smileSmiles are free.  They are free to give and free to receive.  Being around positive people is so uplifting.  Do you find yourself being positive or negative?  Perhaps you find times when you experience both sides.  Reflecting back, which one of those would you like to spend most of your time?  The negative you, or the positive you?

Moaning and groaning is not very beneficial to your health—in my opinion.  I know they always say that misery loves company and through my years I have noticed that to be true.  I realize that some days I just want to be left alone, and that is okay too.  But learn to do just that—keep the misery in a safe place—free from others.

HOWEVER, if you find that you are in a situation and are having a hard time bouncing back into the swing of things—talk to someone.  The someone could be a family member, trusted friend, or professional counselor.  Sulking regularly is not normal and there is no way in can be fun.

Let the powerful beam of sunshine on your face radiate to those around you!  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature