When I was a kid we left home in the morning and played in the neighborhood until dinner. Then in the summer we went back out to play steal the flag until bedtime. We built forts, pranced through the woods, marched through the creeks, played cards, kickball, hide and seek and any number of other games. It sounds cliche to compare the upbringing of children way back in our time to the upbringing of the current generation. The methods are not even close. I know things have changed and that it is not realistic to raise children the same as we did in the 50s, but they should have some opportunity for freedom. Read the rest of this entry
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My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions
A new year is about to come which suggests hope, a chance to start over and move on to a brand new chapter in life. Whether you’ve had a dreadful 2014 or have had a fantastic one, we are all about to welcome a new year with open hearts, hopeful for a better, happier life.
As part of our yearly mantra, we create a lists of goals we’d like to achieve within the 365-day period. Will it be a step towards self-improvement, finding a new hobby, losing weight, investing for your future or something else, the thought of having these goals drives us to become a better person in the future than we were yesterday.
I’d like to share with you a few of my goals that I will achieve before 2015 ends.
I’ll eat healthy – This time around, I’ll cook and serve more vegetables for lunch and dinner so I can cut down my intake of meat and breads. For sweets and desserts, I’ll have the smallest portion or I’ll use them as a reward for a job well done! I know it’s hard to refuse a huge slice of decadent cake but having them served in small portions wouldn’t hurt my diet.
I’ll walk more – Instead of taking the elevator going to the second level, I’ll use the stairs instead. Also, I’ll choose to park far from doors and entrances so I’ll walk longer. Not only will I fight a sedentary lifestyle, my heart and lungs will thank me later for an improved cardiovascular system.
I’ll visit my kids and grandchildren more often -While I have enough energy and they are still young enough I will play with my grandchildren. I’ll choose to invite them over, Skype or visit them more often so we can all spend time together and create lasting memories.
I’ll spend more time with my husband – My husband and I love to travel. It’s our way to destress and get ourselves away from the computer for a little while. If we happen to have time on our hands even for a quick weekend getaway, a short trip to the woods or a stroll on the beach is going to be worthwhile as long as we’re together.
I’ll spend more time with my parents – The reality is that they don’t have much time left, as my dad who is almost 97 told me recently – do the math! So I will take the time to be with them more and help them remember good times and loved ones.
I’ll be kinder – Its easy to get caught up in daily lives and forget about others need our attention. I will take the time and put forth the energy to be kind to others. And not just strangers but those in my own family and daily circle.
Not earth shattering and not all that different from years past but certainly at this time it is good to remember who and what is important to me. I’ll be printing this list and hang it on my office wall so I am always reminded of my new goals for 2015. Now that you’ve read my goals, I’d like to know your new year’s resolutions as well! Feel free to comment down below. Cheers for a happy and a prosperous new year ahead!
How to Help Aging Parents Live at Home
According to suggestions, 90 percent of the elderly population over the age of 65 state that they would prefer to stay in their current home as they age. Almost everybody in their prime years will choose to age in place rather than being sent to any institution or home care.
With the continuous emergence of digital technology that improves the quality of life of those aging, it is now feasible for the elderly to live conveniently while enjoying life in the comfort of their homes. Examples would be residential elevator lifts, wired and wireless tech gadgets such as cctv cameras for monitoring, smart watches and phones for constant medicine reminders, pedometers to monitor activities and many other technologies that caters the health and wellness of a person. Read the rest of this entry
Tips to Become an Awesome Grandparent
Being a parent and especially a grandparent is a beautiful, unique and a gratifying experience. It creates a sense of self-fulfilment especially if we are lucky enough to pass down great values and beliefs to our grandchildren. It grants us a certain warmth that translates to a smile whenever we see our little ones happy and embracing all life has to offer.
Grandparents’ day is coming in a few days. This is a good opportunity for us grandpas and grandmas to further develop a good relationship with our grandkids. For nanas like me, how do we become the ‘cool’ grandparent that they want to be with or remember? Here’s some advices on how we oldies can happily bond with our grandchildren.