I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that her dog has a tumor on his leg. Very sad indeed. When exploring different environmental reasons a dog might suffer from tumors or cancer, one issue—with an easy fix—jumped out at me in particular.
What are you cleaning your floors with?
There are a lot of floor cleaning products out on the market right now that have superb “smell good” status or “bacteria killing” status but that might actually be harmful to your dogs and children (and yourself, if you walk barefoot in your home, or tend to crawl around on the floor).
In The Charge, Brendon Burchard, top motivational expert, asserts that even in a restless, overworked and sometimes mundane world, it is possible to live an extraordinary life. Brendon argues that the only way to measurably improve the quality of life is to learn how to activate the 10 drives that make you most human. These drives are your desires for more control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness.
Highly recommended for people who are looking to boost motivation and want to be more effective.
I’m about half-way through this book and I am really enjoying it.
So, I was listening to Zig Ziglar in my car the other day and he said a few things regarding kids that really caught my attention. The first, a statistic he threw out, I was shocked to hear: That by the time little boys reach 1st grade, they are only given 1/6 the amount of hugs that little girls get. 1/6 the amount of hugs and cuddling for little sons compared to little daughters. Wow.
We have a preconceived notion that the best way to make little boys "tough" and "confident" is to get rough. I believe rough & tough is good. But the reality is, research is showing that when boys grow into men and they have been validated by hugs and physical touch, they are more confident and self-assured, and more likely to be successful in whatever career path they choose.
Whenever we hug our 6 year-old son, Andrew, he sometimes acts like he is "so over it" (all the cuddly stuff) but, the truth is, he LOVES it. You may have to work harder for the hugs, but don't be fooled, EVERY child needs physical touch. Hug your sons just as much as your daughters. Actually, just hug both a whole lot. And, tell them you love them a whole lot, too. Here's why:
Overcoming Overeating by Jane R. Hirschmann & Carol H. Munter is fittingly book of the month, with everyone's impending "lose weight" New Year's Resolutions. It's not what you think though. I have recently talked with a handful of people about this book and the impact it has had on me. This book literally changed the way I viewed my relationship with food.
I found this book about 10 years ago, back when I was in college. Before that, back in high school, I suffered from a major colon disease--Chron's disease/ulcerative colitis. By changing my diet, lifestyle, and a bit of my personality, (which I can talk with you more about if you want, just ask me to blog about it) I was able to heal from the disease. (Around here, we live under the premise that God created our bodies to be able to heal from any disease if we give it what it needs to do so.)