Category Archives: Health

Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

boy books wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.

Helping Kids Deal with Stress: Yoga for Kids

It may sound silly, but stress can affect our children too. You may laugh, after all, how can someone who has no real responsibilities be affected by stress? Our kids may be small but they absorb the world around them in very large amounts. They are after all little sponges. The difficult part about their absorbing so much is that they absorb what they cannot understand, and they do not know how to deal with the things they absorb. It can be overwhelming. It can be overwhelming for adults, imagine how it feels for a child. We can help with their stress levels by giving them tools to deal with their stress. Activity, conversation, and eating well will all help with that.

One great activity to aid in stress relief is Yoga. Yoga teaches breathing methods that aid in healing the body and stretches that can relieve tension and build muscle. The greatest thing about Yoga is that you do not have to join a gym or class to participate. You can do it anywhere, anytime.

Here are a few great Yoga poses that are perfect for young children. Try them with your kids, after all, kids are sponges. If they see you doing them they will try them as well. By instilling these modes of stress relief now we could aid our children in becoming better equipped to handle stress in the future. Which also will aid us to handle stress better. Give it a try, it might just change your outlook.

Yoga for kids

Mom Hack: Bathroom Smells

Some of you may know what I am talking about. Boys are terrible bathroom guests. They leave horrible smells and the particular smell I am speaking of today is that stale urine smell. With the holidays here we have many guests in and out of our bathrooms, and if you are like me you have the guests using the kids bathroom. Not my brightest idea but its the only bathroom other than the master, and they are not going in my room. So every year around this time I must find ways to keep the stink of my kids bathroom to a minimum so that I can appear to be that mom I always wish to be, you know the one, the one who has it all together. Since that isn’t usually me, I enjoy appearing that one a few times a year. How do i do this you may ask? I do a simple clean up of the bathroom before guests arrive and call it a day. Haha! Yea, that smell I was talking about, a quick clean doesn’t cut it. So instead I clean, and create this simple little cleanser for the toilet give it a GOOD scrub, then create a little deodorizer for a continuous refresher durign the day.

Cleanser:

  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • dish washing soap

Use this fabulous cleanser scrub around the toilet base, under the seat, behind the seat, along the tank, and in the bowl. I suggest wearing gloves since it can be a little foul.

bathroom smells

I love to follow this with a little deodorizer that I leave in mason jar in the bathroom. This incredibly quick, easy, and sweet smelling recipe at Redefined Mom. Like me she doesn’t always have the time to be “that mom” 24/7 so hacks like this make life easier, and smell better. Go check out her easy to replicate bathroom deodorizer. Your guests will thank you, and so will your nose!