Discover The True Potential of Your Children and Turn Them into ‘Kid-Peneurs’

Discovering the true talents and abilities within our children will prepare them for this unpredictable world by teaching them how to adapt to any situation. Instilling entrepreneurial ideas in children will help them become successful adults and it will create independence within them.

They need to learn how to manage their own strengths and weaknesses. Many children are afraid to fail because they feel they are letting the parents down. Failure is good – encourage it. It is just feedback letting you know how to modify your plan. It is stepping-stones to success. It can only be failure if you don’t get back up and try again. All of the successful people in history have had many failures before reaching success.

As children grow they need to learn how to deal with change. Changes in circumstances, cultures, and religions help our children to adapt in society. We can’t give our children a blueprint in life, but we can teach them coping skills. Your children’s skills and abilities will be their most valuable asset throughout their lives. Read more

Simplify Weeknight Meals

Southern Sweet Potato Hash
Almond Crusted Tilapia with Parmesan Peas
Italian Herb Corn and Rice Zucchini Boats
Chicken Paella with French Green Beans

(Family Features) Busy weeknights call for meals you can prepare quickly, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor and quality.

One way to save time is combining fresh ingredients with frozen sides, such as those offered by Alexia Foods. Made with premium, natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations, they lend a deliciously gourmet complement to any meal.

Don’t be fooled by the complex flavors of these dishes — they’re surprisingly fast to prepare, requiring only about thirty minutes of hands-on time (or less).

For more time-saving recipes featuring real ingredients that serve-up exceptional taste, visit www.alexiafoods.com.

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Ten Serious Effects of Negative Parenting—and the Science Behind Them

We all know that neglectful, dysfunctional, and/or abusive parenting patterns can have long-term negative effects on children. Marianna Klebanov draws on new research to explain just how deep and significant the effects of bad parenting actually are.

We all intuitively know that the way a child is parented has a deep and indelible impact on that child’s life. But now, thanks to ever-more-detailed brain scans and scientific research, we’re learning just how important parenting actually is. What happens during a child’s formative years directly impacts the brain’s growth and development—and not always for the better.

“When a parent’s behavior does not create a loving, supportive environment, a child’s brain develops in altered form,” says Marianna Klebanov, coauthor along with Adam D. Travis of The Critical Role of Parenting in Human Development (Routledge, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-138-02513-4, $46.95, www.anewconversationonparenting.com). “Dysfunctional, irrational, and destructive behavior patterns are literally programmed into the child’s brain, setting the stage for recurring issues throughout that child’s life.”

Among a host of scientific studies on these issues, Klebanov points to research from the Washington University School of Medicine, which shows that children of nurturing mothers have much larger, healthier brains. Furthermore, the hippocampi of neglected children were up to 10 percent smaller than those of children with caring, loving mothers. (See the image below from Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, for a comparison.)

“This is significant, because the hippocampus is the region of the brain responsible for memory, stress control, learning, and other cognitive tasks,” Klebanov explains. “But of course, it’s only when we translate this scientific lingo into real-life consequences that the serious implications of this research truly come to light.” Read more

5 Steps To Becoming A Baller

There are many would-be athletes in their adolescence, but factors such as size and ability often preempt their efforts.

Today, legendary streetballer Grayson “The Professor” Boucher stands 5’10” tall and weighs in at 150 pounds – not exactly big by today’s basketball standards, even for a point guard. But what he lacks in stature Boucher more than makes up for in dedication, drive and love of the game.

“I was smaller in high school, which meant I really had to prove myself to earn the starting varsity position at point guard,” says Boucher, who won the position and later was given the moniker “The Professor” for his uncanny ability to “school” opponents, whether while playing organized basketball or while playing pickup streetball games.

Many of The Professor’s antics have been cataloged and can be found on YouTube. At the heart of his “lectures” on the court is superhuman ball-handling skills and an ability to control the basketball when opponents least expect it. Read more

How Green Is Your House?

An eco-friendly approach to home care

(Family Features) Living an eco-friendly lifestyle starts at home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption. Adopting an earth-first, energy saving mindset will let you make adjustments around your home so that you can feel good about your family’s contributions to protect the environment.

Green energy

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your wallet. After all, wasted energy is money lost in monthly utility bills. Numerous factors influence a home’s energy efficiency, or lack thereof. Air leaks, outdated appliances or inefficient heating and cooling systems can all negatively impact your home’s energy usage. Read more

Five Reasons to Love Milk

Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal

(Family Features) Did you know milk is one of the most nutrient-rich beverages you can find? And that there are thousands of studies that have documented the benefits of drinking milk? That’s why nutrition experts recommend adults drink 3 servings of milk and milk products a day. Yet, most Americans fall short of the USDA’s recommended daily servings. So, before you think about skipping your milk, here are five reasons to grab a glass. Read more