It is nearly March and many of us who jumped into New Year’s Resolutions with gusto are finding that we have run out of gas. Or maybe we even left our resolutions to die by the roadside. How do we get back on track? The first step is to reevaluate your resolutions. Were they too vague? Were they too broad? Did they lack a reward system? Were they unrealistic? Did you make too many? These are common problems, but can be easily remedied simply by refining your resolution or creating steps to ... Continue Reading
Have you gotten off track with your New Year’s resolutions? If so, here are some tips to help you get back on track and help you stay on track.
Discover vibrant and fascinating spring traditions around the world.
Learning about various cultures is always fun and enlightening, not just for adults - but kids as well. This spring, people around the world will participate in activities and fun. From the ancient to the modern, these spring traditions and festivals may inspire something new you'll want to try with your family. India: In the spring, north India celebrates a festival called Holi. The celebration is marked by lighting bonfires called Holika. Both children and adults chase each other and throw ... Continue Reading
Good resolutions have three things in common. They are specific, timely and measurable.
Whether you are successful at achieving them or not, chances are, every January 1, you start off with a new list of resolutions that you intend to keep this year. Some of us are better at setting and reaching these resolutions then others. So what’s the trick to making sure the goals you set for yourself the first week of January don’t fall by the wayside in a few weeks? Good resolutions have three things in common. They are specific, timely and measurable. Be Specific. How many times ... Continue Reading
Keep this New Year’s resolution with proper motivation and determination.
Every year it becomes a cliche to make a New Year's Resolution in December and then end up breaking it two weeks into the new year. Most of our resolutions come as the result of a drunken statement right before the clock strikes the midnight hour on New Year's Eve. While our intentions are good, Psychology Today reports that 22 percent of resolutions fail after a week and 40 percent fail after a month. While this is a nice way to think about the holiday, the only thing that actually changes ... Continue Reading
Learn the traditions surrounding Hanukkah celebrations.
Hanukkah may not enjoy the same name recognition (or consistent spelling) as Christmas, but it is a fun holiday with its own family traditions. And gifts and chocolate. What’s not to like? For kids, the gift giving is a particular appeal, and one of Hanukkah’s many assets (at least from a kid-friendly point of view) is eight nights of presents. For parents, this can be a bit of a nightmare, worsened when you have more than one kid. You have to satisfy your kids night after night. Some of ... Continue Reading
It’s never too late to create new holiday traditions for your family.
I adore the holidays; the sights, smells and the warm fuzzy feelings. With the current economy, now is a great time to bring back the real reason for the holidays (which is not retail shopping). Our children's favourite things about the holidays are not the gifts ... no, really! Their favourite things are the traditions we have made together as a family. They talk about the foods, activities and yearly activities. Here are a few ideas that might work for your family. Start the ... Continue Reading
The Candy Fairy is a great way to swap out your Halloween sweets for other treats.
Ever heard of the Candy Fairy? You may want to incorporate this into your Halloween traditions. With the welcome arrival of cooler temperatures and the month of October, our thoughts turn to planning Halloween festivities, choosing costumes, and trick-or-treating with our children. Do you know how trick-or-treating got its start? Its beginnings can be traced back to Britain and All Souls' Day when poor villagers would go from door to door beseeching homeowners for treats called, "soul ... Continue Reading