Feb 19 2010

SuperNanny - Jo Frost

You know her as the "Super Nanny" from the hit TV series of the same name - Jo Frost joined us this morning to share not only how she became the Super Nanny, but about one of her real passions of helping parents who have children with asthma.  Jo was diagnosed with asthma when she was 5, so it's a topic that is very personal to here.  To learn more about this subject, check out Jo's website that is dedicated to helping parents with children with asthma.

 

Sep 22 2009

De-Stress Your Weeknights

If your evenings are a blur of stress and activity, here are 3 myths you may want to smash...

  • "I've got to get my evening chores done." Sure, there are times when there isn't a single clean sock in your house and you must do the laundry. But Debbie Mandel (author of Addicted to Stress) says many women pile on the tasks unnecessarily, just for the sake of checking off items on their to-do list. Instead, focus on connecting at the end of the day with family — and yourself. "Each night, move one of your usual tasks (paying bills, Swiffering the kitchen floor) to the A.M., when you're clearheaded — even if it means getting up 15 minutes earlier," advises Mandel. Or reslate them for the weekend, lunch hour...whenever you can nab five minutes.
  • "I must multitask to survive." The human brain literally cannot do two things at once, says Sandra Bod Chapman, Ph.D., chief director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health. "It quickly toggles back and forth from one task to the other, taking its toll on our efficiency," she notes. Some multitasking is fine — chatting with the kids while chopping onions, for instance — but for more involved tasks, Chapman recommends asking yourself, "Does this require my full attention?" If the answer is yes, either focus on that job or save it for later. You'll actually conserve time, she adds, because doing chores sequentially is proven to be faster than running back and forth between them.
  • "Electronics ease my stress." Actually, the opposite is true: Paying too much attention to the TV, computer, or BlackBerry adds to your anxiety levels and distracts you from family, says Chapman. To remind yourself to unplug, write out a "Stop!" list for the hectic pre-dinner hours, she suggests. "It might include 'Stop answering e-mail after 5:15 p.m.' or 'Stop talking on the cell phone when picking up the kids,' or 'Stop playing Bejeweled once everyone gets home.'" Enforce these policies family-wide, as Janet Schofield did recently after she noticed her 15-year-old son, Zack, texting under the table. "That's when dinner became an electronics-free zone," says the Beaver Falls, PA, mom. "We actually have conversations at dinner now — and the evenings feel a lot more peaceful."

All these tips are from Good Houskeeping.  Click here to read the whole article, then say a little prayer and dive in to restructuring your evening so you can enjoy the sweet spot of your day with the people you love the most.  ~blessings and k-love, Lisa

Sep 03 2009

Now that school is back in session...

If your kids have been coming home complaining about their new teacher, seat assignment, lunch menus, or maybe that "no one wants to be my friend!", click here for an article to help you help them. And feel free to leave any suggestions YOU have for helping our kids navigate the tough landscape of a new school year.

peace and klove,

Lisa

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Sep 01 2009

Boys vs Girls

Which are easier to raise?  Boys or girls?  Do you think the stereotypes are true? (You know, those sterotypes that boys are more of a challenge as toddlers but easier as they get older, and girls are a breeze as little ones but kinda tough in their teens.)  Weigh in on the K-LOVE Morning Show Facebook page.