Thursday, January 7, 2016

Worst Day Ever!

My 5 year old daughter is very emotional and sensitive.

Recently I have noticed that when she gets upset or frustrated about something, she makes a very dramatic comment like, 'this is the worst day of my life!' or 'I am having the worst day ever!' which is often followed by a river of tears.

In her little world, things need to go according to plan. Things need to look a certain way and be a certain way. And when they don't, it really is, to her, the worst day ever.

A few days ago, we were headed out in the car and her sister sat in her booster chair. She looked at me and wailed, 'mommy, this is just the worst day ever!'

I looked at her and very calmly said, 'No. It FEELS very frustrating when someone sits in your booster chair. They don't belong there, you do. It's a difficult MOMENT. Lets ask your sister to move so we can get through this moment.'

She looked at me and very calmly asked her sister to move. Her sister moved, and she got into her own booster chair and we were off.

Ever since that day, when something happens, she comes over to me and says, 'mommy, I'm having a difficult moment, can you help me.' And we work through it.

I think it is so important to teach kids the importance of how our lives are made up of moments. And sure, there are going to be some really hard or sad or frustrating moments in our lives. But that does not mean that those moments need to define our day, or week or existence.

For my little one, she caught on pretty fast. Lets deal with this moment. Then the rest of the day can be pretty great. Its just something that has happened and we will get through it, giving the rest of the day the chance to be wonderful.

May we all be blessed to get through our own difficult moments. Let them not define our day or our lives.

Have a peaceful and restful Shabbos,

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

5 Steps to Stopping that Cold in its Tracks!

It's that time of year- even in Hawaii... where the kids start complaining about a sore throat, headaches, mouth boogers, stuffy noses, runny noses, all those symptoms of a cold.

Over the years I have developed a 5 step program for my family that we do at the very first sign of a cold. The older we are, the more aware we are of these symptoms and can catch them before they turn into a full blown cold.

I really want to share these steps with you because Baruch Hashem, it works.

The moment you feel something different in your throat or neck, start drinking. We are talking ALL day, all week, until you feel good again. The second I hear the word 'sore throat' my poor family are put on a chicken soup diet for the week, we are talking every night for dinner and sometimes even for lunch. Make sure to throw an entire head of garlic in there. Then its tea with honey all day and water water water. Lemon Ginger tea, Echinacea tea, plain hot water with lemon and honey. Its all good. All the liquids really dont give the cold a place to live and flushes all the toxins out of our bodies.

The moment you feel the tiniest bit stuffy, or headache, twice a day use this Sinus Rinse. It will destroy any bacteria that wants to settle in those passages. Do it twice a day until symptoms disappear. For younger kids, use the Saline kids spray.

Zinc, Echinacea and Vitamin C are great at the onset of a cold. It wont make it go away but it will make it last so much less time. Oregano Oil is really strong and not pleasant to take but it is incredible. If you can handle it, do it.

 From the moment you feel something brewing in your body, take a really really hot bath for at least 40 minutes. Add 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Epsom Salt and a few drops of Lavender essential oil. The reason you stay in for so long is so your body can sweat out the toxins. Try do this at night before bed, even if you do it 3 nights in a row, it will knock that cold out of the ball park.
 After the bath, go strait to sleep. This is really important as your body needs time to heel. Forget laundry, house work, get yourself a week of early nights. Your body will thank you.

May you all have a healthy winter and hope this is helpful! 
Wishing you a wonderful week,

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