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Love And Snow

we love snow

Experimental Fiction

From where
do these feelings
of love
so appear?

Like snowflakes
coalescing
in sky
blue and clear.

No rhyme
or good reason
for heart
to swell so.

But life
becomes lost
to a light
quick to glow.

Could reason
be found
for love’s
sweetening bloom.

That out-sparkles
stars
and outshines
the moon.

We could
never know
from where love
so appears.

Nor where
without cause
it too soon
disappears.

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Sun, Moon and stars

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This story is about the sun, the moon and the three little stars. The Sun is the brightest of all, it gives out the strongest light.

The three little Stars depend on one another to produce as much light as possible. The Moon is the only one that does not give out its own light. The moon has to stay by the sun so that people will notice him, but he doesn’t want to rely too much on the sun.

Moon: “I’m so useless, I’m good at nothing!”

Sun: “Please don’t say that, I will always be there for you!”

Moon: “I know you have always been trying to help me out, but I want to prove that I can still be something without relying too much on you.” “I want to explore and travel around on my own, I want to be more independent.” “But… But I just don’t know…

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They say that not every new mom or dad immediately bonds with their newborn when they come into the world. And although that may be true in some instances, there are ways that you can show your newborn that you love them and you’re glad to have them here. Whether you fell in love at first sight, or are still ‘feeling out’ life with a new baby, here are 12 simple ways you can bond with your newborn today.1. Become a close talker

We laughed when we saw it on Seinfeld, but in real life, this is a great way to bond with your newborn. It’s said that newborns don’t have very good eyesight, so getting up close to your baby’s face and speaking gently to them can help the bonding experience.

2. Cheek to cheek…

Or skin to skin, is more like it. A newborn’s most sensitive part just after birth is it’s skin, so having skin to skin contact with your baby is also a great way to bond. In fact, many hospitals are now encouraging new moms to hold their babies to their bare chest in the moments just after birth in order to help the baby warm up and feel secure, while allowing you to bond with him. You can also do this at home by making sure neither of you has a shirt on, and cuddle him onto your chest and drape a blanket on you both (so as to keep your baby’s back warm as well).

3. Feeding

Considering that newborns will eat often at first (usually anywhere from every hour to every three hours), it can seem like a lot of time is spent giving a bottle or breastfeeding. Take advantage of these quiet moments and look down into your baby’s face while they’re eating. You can also stroke their face gently at this time. They say that feeding time is a time when newborns are most aware, especially of who is giving them that need. Keep in mind that if you’re breastfeeding, pumping bottles for later not only helps Dad get in on the bonding, but also allows him to get up in the middle of the night and lets you get some extra sleep!

4. Dancing

The right music can relax anyone, so why not put on some tunes and sway around with your baby in your arms? A personal favorite in the first months of my daughter’s life was some Jason Mraz, and “dancing” with her really helped not only with bonding, but also with stress reduction.

5. Tickling

Using a playful and quiet tone, tease your baby while tickling them in the usual “easy” spots, like the bottoms of their feet, under the arms, the neck, etc. The playful touch can help you bond with baby, and also might induce an early smile! Just watch for cues as to when baby’s had enough.

6. Singing and talking

Maybe you’d feel silly singing and talking out loud to your baby when they don’t understand you or can’t even answer in any way. But by singing or talking to your baby, you’re bonding with them and showing attention. It can be as simple as singing along to the radio, or telling them about what you’re doing. You can say things like, “Look! Mommy’s changing your diaper right now” or “Wow, Daddy just loves your cute little tummy”. But constant conversation with baby, as one-sided as it seems at first, will make baby feel closer to you and also teach them the mechanics of conversation early on.

7. Bath time

Although some babies may not like bath time, most babies enjoy it. This can be a great time for you to bond with your baby. A newborn may be too young yet to splash around and play with toys, but you can certainly add an element of fun by making fun noises as you run water from a cup over your baby’s hands, feet, etc. Or just tell your baby about your day while bathing them, so you’re having a conversation while doing something relaxing.

8. Smile

It sounds simple, but just smiling at your newborn can do quite a bit. Their eyesight gets stronger every day, and your smiles at baby may very well help induce them right back at you! Also, just the act of smiling can help you feel happier, and that leads me to number 9….

9. Relax your mood

Babies are a lot like animals at first….it’s very easy for them to feel what you’re feeling. So keeping this in mind, it makes sense that when you’re upset, stressed, or frustrating, newborns seem to cry or fuss more. But if you smile, talk in a sing-song voice, and just relax overall, your baby can feel that, too.

10. Make diaper time special

I don’t think anyone actually enjoys changing dirty diapers, but since we’re resigned to having to do so, why not seize the moment and take the time to bond with your newborn? Personally, my daughter has always loved the diaper changing table, and I honestly believe it was a combination of good vantage point (she sits higher, which enables her to see more of Mom and Dad), and my singing and talking to her. You could also hand your baby some toys or play peek-a-boo with their diaper to make the time fun.

11. Blankets

When I had my baby shower, I couldn’t believe the amount of blankets I received and wondered what I’d ever do with all them. But as it turns out, using a blanket is really an excellent way to bond with your newborn, so I keep a few in each room of the house. The act of swaddling your baby can improve their mood greatly and reduce a lot of stress and fussing. As your baby gets older, just the act of wrapping them in a blanket and holding them close for cuddle time can also help release those lovey-dovey feelings.

12. Massage

Quite possibly the most important way to bond with your newborn, massage is an easy skill to master. Keep it simple and just use some baby lotion and massage them during diaper changes, bath time, after a nap, etc. It’s something you should be doing anyway, as a newborn’s skin tends to dry out very easily and quickly in their first few months of life. Use gentle touch and massage in circles on legs, arms, back and tummy. You can also point out each part as you do so to your baby. And taking the time to marvel at this little person’s parts and knowing that you helped to create that will help you feel closer to baby, too.

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50 Healthiest Snacks

Snacks can be a dieter’s best friend, if you choose the right ones. The list below offers 50 between-meal bites that will help you stay slim and satisfied. Those marked with an * contain a protein, fiber, calcium or antioxidants to keep your body at its best. The rest will help fend off a craving without a lot of added fat, sugar or calories. No matter what you choose, you’ll lose (weight, that is)

 

Sate a salt craving

  • 23 almonds (162 calories)*
    This is our top savory super snack because it offers fiber, heart-healthy fats and vitamin E, which may help your body bounce back post-workout. The nuts also pack alpha-linolenic acid, which revs your body’s fat-burning ability.
  • 5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
  • 1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
  • 2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)*
  • 1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)*
  • 1 Wasa Multigrain Crispbread topped with 1 tbsp avocado and 1 tbsp hummus (80 calories)*
  • 6 steamed medium asparagus spears topped with 1 tablespoon toasted almond slivers (80 calories)*
  • 1/3 cup 1/2-inch-thick potato slices tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of finely chopped rosemary, baked at 450 for 30 minutes (80 calories)*
  • 1/4 cup black beans combined with 1 tbsp salsa, 1 tbsp cottage cheese and 1/2 tbsp guacamole; savor with 4 celery stalks (80 calories)*
  • 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-thick cucumber slices, tossed with 3 oz nonfat plain yogurt, 2 tsp chopped cashews, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill (80 calories)*
  • 1/2 slice whole-wheat toast brushed with 1/2 tsp olive oil, topped with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt and a mixture of 3 tbsp diced tomatoes with a pinch of chopped garlic and basil (80 calories)*
  • 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)*
  • One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)*
  • 1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)*
  • 1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)
  • 15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)
  • 1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)*
  • 25 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (140 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)*
  • 2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)*
  • 9 cashews (180 calories)*
  • 1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)*

Satisfy a sweet tooth

  • 8 oz plain yogurt (110 calories, 0 g fat)*
    This get-skinny staple is the ultimate sweet snack. The mix of carbs and protein in lowfat yogurt keep blood sugar level, stave off hunger and helps your body store less fat. Add fresh berries for flavor and a punch of antioxidants.
  • 1 Fla-Vor-Ice Lite Sugar-Free (5 calories)
  • 10 frozen grapes (20 calories)*
  • 1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)
  • 10 strawberries rolled in confectioners’ sugar (71 calories)*
  • 1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)
  • 1 Strawberry Froz Fruit bar (90 calories)*
  • 1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie Balance Bar (100 calories)*
  • 2 Raspberry Newtons (100 calories)*
  • 1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)
  • 1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)
  • 1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)*
  • 2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)*
  • 1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)*
  • 1 candy apple with coconut shavings (130 calories)*
  • 1/2 cup sliced pears with marshmallow cream topping (139 calories)*
  • 24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)
  • Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Pebbles with 1/2 cup skim milk (157 calories)*
  • 1 cup apple slices dipped in 2 tbsp caramel topping (160 calories)*
  • 4 Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies (160 calories)
  • 1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)*
  • 1 vanilla-almond shake: Blend 1/2 cup skim milk with 1/2 cup frozen yogurt and 1 drop almond extract (165 calories)*
  • 3/4 cup warm apple sauce (165 calories)*
  • 1 cup lowfat chocolate milk*
 

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What child doesn’t love nursery rhymes? It is this love which has allowed so many of these tales to survive hundreds of years. While many nursery rhymes are innocent stories, some contain morals and others have sinister or political underlying meanings. This list looks at ten popular nursery rhymes and their origins (or speculated origins).

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Humpty Dumpty
 
 

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Humpty Dumpty was first printed in 1810. At the time, a humpty dumpty was a clumsy person, so the nursery rhyme was meant as a riddle. It doesn’t actually state that Humpty Dumpty is an egg, so the aim of the reader is to guess what he really is. Of course there is not a person who knows the tale these days that doesn’t know he is an egg. There is speculation that the nursery rhyme had an underlying meaning – in which Humpty Dumpty represents King Richard III of England and the wall his horse. Others have suggested that it refers to the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey at the hand of King Henry VIII.

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Sing a Song of Sixpence
 
 

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Sing a song of sixpence dates back to at least the eighteenth century. In the original, the tale ends with a blackbird pecking off the nose of the maid in the garden; in the mid-nineteenth century this was sanitized with the addition of a final verse in which a doctor sews it back on. While interpretations vary wildly, the four and twenty blackbirds are most likely simply a reference to a common practice in the sixteenth-century in which large pies were baked then filled with live birds which would escape when the pie was cut. This stems from the fact that a meal was meant not just as nourishment, but entertainment.

8

Rock-a-bye Baby
 
 

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Originally titled ‘Hushabye Baby’, this nursery rhyme was said to be the first poem written on American soil. Although there is no evidence as to when the lyrics were written, it may date from the seventeenth century and have been written by an English immigrant who observed the way native-American women rocked their babies in birch-bark cradles, which were suspended from the branches of trees, allowing the wind to rock the baby to sleep. An alternative interpretation states that the baby is the son of King James II of England, who was widely believed to be someone else’s child smuggled into the birthing room in order to provide a Catholic heir for James. In this interpretation, the cradle represents the Stuart monarchy.

7

Little Jack Horner
 
 

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The first recorded version of Little Jack Horner comes from the eighteenth-century but it is most likely to have be known since the seventeenth. In the nineteenth century the story began to gain currency that the rhyme is actually about Thomas Horner, who steward to Richard Whiting, the last abbot of Glastonbury Abbey before the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII of England. The story is reported that, prior to the abbey’s destruction, the abbot sent Horner to London with a huge Christmas pie which had the deeds to a dozen manors hidden within it and that during the journey Horner opened the pie and extracted the deeds of the manor of Mells in Somerset. It is further suggested that, since the manor properties included lead mines in the Mendip Hills, the plum is a pun on the Latin plumbum, for lead. The current owners of Mells Manor have stated that they doubt this interpretation.

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Little Bo Peep

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The earliest record of this rhyme is in a manuscript of around 1805, which contains only the first verse. There are references to a children’s game called “Bo-Peep”, from the sixteenth century, including one in Shakespeare’s King Lear (Act I Scene iv), but little evidence that the rhyme existed. The additional verses are first recorded in the earliest printed version in a version of Gammer Gurton’s Garland or The Nursery Parnassus in 1810, making this one of the most modern nursery rhymes on the list.

 

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
 
 

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary has been seen as having religious and historical significance, but its origins and meaning are disputed as is often the case. The most common interpretation identifies “Mary” with Mary I of England. The “How does your garden grow?” may make mocking reference to her womb and the fact that she gave birth to no heirs, or to the common idea that England had become a Catholic vassal or “branch” of Spain and the Habsburgs, or may even be a punning reference to her chief minister, Stephen Gardiner (“gardener”). “Quite contrary” could be a reference to her attempt to reverse ecclesiastical changes made by her father Henry VIII and her brother Edward VI. The “pretty maids all in a row” could be a reference to miscarriages or her execution of Lady Jane Grey. Capitalizing on the Queen’s portrayal by Whig historians as “Bloody Mary”, the “silver bells and cockle shells” could be colloquialisms for instruments of torture.

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
 
 

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep is an eighteenth century nursery rhyme sung to the same tune as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. It is possible that this rhyme is a description of the medieval ‘Great’ or ‘Old Custom’ wool tax of 1275, which survived until the fifteenth century. Contrary to some commentaries, this tax did not involve the collection of one third to the king, and one third to the church, but a less punitive sum of 6s 8d to the Crown per sack, about 5 per cent of the value. In the 1980s the theory was advanced that it made reference to slavery, but most scholars disagree.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb
 
 

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The nursery rhyme was first published as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830, and was inspired by an actual incident. As a girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued. Mary recalled:

“Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem…”

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London Bridge is Falling Down
 
 

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“London Bridge Is Falling Down is a well-known traditional nursery rhyme and singing game, which is found in different versions all over the world. One theory of origin is that the rhyme relates to supposed destruction of London Bridge by Olaf II of Norway in 1014 (or 1009). Another postulates that the rhyme refers to the practice of burying children alive in the foundations of the bridge – though there is no evidence to support this. The fair lady referred to could be Matilda of Scotland who was responsible for the building of a series of London bridges, or Eleanor of Provence who had custody of the bridge income from 1269 to 1281.

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Ring a Ring o’ Roses
 
 

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Ring a Ring o’ Roses first appeared in print in 1881 but it was being sung from at least the 1790s. Most people consider the nursery rhyme to be making reference to the Great Plague of London in 1665 but this view did not appear until after World War II. Furthermore, the symptoms don’t describe the plague particularly well, and the words upon which the plague interpretation is based don’t even exist in the earliest forms of the rhyme. The earliest form recorded is:

Ring around the rosy,
A pocket full of posies;
ashes, ashes
we all fall down!

Despite the fact that it is extremely unlikely to refer to the plague, the concept is so deeply set in the modern English speaker’s psyche that it is unlikely to fade in the future.

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Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed — for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.

Your child’s rude ‘tude isn’t always intentional. Sometimes kids just don’t realize it’s impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don’t always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you’ll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-

Manner #1

When asking for something, say “Please.”

Manner #2

When receiving something, say “Thank you.”

Related: Kid-Made Thank You Notes

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Related: Raise Polite Kids

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.

Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12

Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Related: Print and Color Cards for Birthdays, Thank-Yous and More!

Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14

Don’t call people mean names.

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Related: Raise a Compassionate Kid

Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”

Related: Quiz: What’s Your Parenting Style?

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.

Related: How to Handle Inappropriate Behavior

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so — you may learn something new.

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Related: Use this Table-Setting Map as a Guide

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Related: Mrs. McVeigh Weighs in on Proper Utensil Use and More!

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passe

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Easy Exercise Ideas

Does your child spend far too much of his or her free time watching TV or playing video games? Experts advise that two hours of TV or video games a day should be the limit to better assure kids will be healthy, strong, and creative.

Here is a quick reference list of some easy and fun exercise ideas to help children get active (often without even knowing they are exercising!):

1. Walk your dog 
2. Walk your neighbor’s dog (with permission from your parents and your neighbor, of course)
3. Fly a kite 
4. Toss a Frisbee 
5. Ask your parents or grandparents to take you to a state park or other area where you can take a nature hike 
6. Ride your bike 
7. Skate 
8. If you have a yard, pick up sticks or trash 
9. Pull weeds 
10. Rake the yard or garden 
11. Play tag 
12. Play hopscotch 
13. Have a hula hoop contest, and see who can keep the hoop up the longest 
14. Learn to juggle 
15. Jump rope (boxers do it, and look how strong & healthy they are!)
16. Visit the zoo, amusement park, or museum (lots of walking)
17. Wash the car 
18. Have every family member wear a pedometer, and have a daily challenge to see who can take the most steps. Losers do winner’s chores the next day.
19. Shoot hoops 
20. Play soccer 
21. Play softball 
22. Play badminton 
23. Have a water balloon fight 
24. Put on your bathing suit and run through the sprinkler 
25. Go swimming (never without an adult to supervise!)
26. Give the dog a bath. The bigger the dog, the more exercise you’ll get!
27. Sign up for a charity walk-a-thon with your parent, grandparent, or other relative 
28. Do jumping jacks 
29. Do push-ups 
30. Put on an exercise video and get a good workout 
31. Do sit-ups 
32. Learn to play golf, or caddy for someone else 
33. Play tennis 
34. Play miniature golf 
35. Go bowling 
36. Learn to twirl a baton 
37. Take a class in martial arts and learn to defend yourself 
38. Build a fort and play cowboys and Indians 
39. If you have a two-story home or a home with a basement, carry out-of-place items up or down stairs, one item at a time 
40. Run the vacuum 
41. Wash windows 
42. Clean your room 
43. Ride your skateboard 
44. Learn yoga, either at a class or from a video 
45. Race-walk 
46. Have relay races with your friends or family 
47. Play touch football 
48. Learn ballroom dancing 
49. Learn hip-hop dancing 
50. Take classes in ballet, jazz, or tap dancing

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Interesting!

Parents Are People Too

Are you good enough parent?  Does this Cosby quote make you laugh?

Bill Cosby comment: No matter how calming you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior.

This gave me a chuckle and something to think about.  If you had a little laugh then you are a good-enough parent.

Parenting advice

Tip one: Think of all behavior as being always normal, yours, your child’s, your enemy’s. All behavior is normal when enough is known about the context and the person’s past.

Tip two: Normal does not mean acceptable. Understanding does not mean excusing cruel behaviors. Bullies, tyrants, despots need to have cruel behaviors condemned and stopped.

Tip three: Reasonable punishments are not abuse when dealing with cruel behaviors.

Tip four: Not punishing a child’s cruel behavior is neglect and poses a threat to peace on earth.

Tip five: Some people need locking up for the protection of other people.

STAY STRONG

Relationships pose some of life’s more difficult struggles.  Keep a sense of humor helps…

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Interesting facts!

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What are they?

13-400-species-probioticsProbiotics are food supplements that contain ‘friendly’ gut bacteria. Regular consumption of strains that survive gut transit help beneficial bacteria to increase, and those considered harmful bacteria to decrease. 

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A Cautionary Tale

There was a boy whose name was Sam.
The only thing he ate was jam.
When offered any other food,
he’d claim he wasn’t in the mood.
He’d say, “I’m fairly full today,”
and push that other food away.
And so he never tasted pie,
or gave spaghetti sauce a try,
and even if you asked him, “Please?”
he wouldn’t chew on cheddar cheese.
He couldn’t stand potato chips.
Bananas never crossed his lips.
And not a bit of beef or lamb
or deviled egg or candied yam
would wind up on his dinner plate,
for jam was all he ever ate.

Now, as it happened, late one day
poor Sam expired. He passed away.
We don’t know why. It might have been
some mineral or vitamin
was missing from the food he ate
and caused this clearly awful fate
or maybe all that sugar made
him fall to pieces, start to fade,
until the day that eating jam
at last became the end of Sam.

We can’t be certain why he died
but, maybe, if he’d only tried
some yogurt or some celery,
a piece of toast, a pear, a pea,
a pizza crust, a grain of rice,
a half an herb, a single spice,
a spoon of soup with just one clam,
then, maybe, we would still have Sam.

Alas, he never ate a grape
or chocolate bar or Belgian crepe
or lobster bisque or Irish stew
or sauerkraut or cheese fondue
or casserole or sloppy joe,
so this is all we’ll ever know:
Since jam was all he had to eat,
his life was rather short and sweet.

–Kenn Nesbitt

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