December 2016

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Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by numerous chemically laced products for our hair, for our skin and even for us to eat that are absolutely terrible for our bodies and yet, we are faced every day with hundreds of advertisements telling us how good they are for our bodies and also telling us we need to purchase and use these products to look pretty. The media usually dictates what pretty means, usually telling us that if we are blessed with curly or wavy hair, we need to use certain products to make our hair straight in order to look pretty and if we have darker skin, we are told to make use of certain products to make our skin lighter and fairer. On the other hand, if we are blessed with fairer, lighter coloured skin, the media will tell us to tan up and will shame us for having imperfect skin and acne even though these things are fairly common and in many cases, easily curable without all these chemically laced products the media is throwing at us.

Make your own products

A simple fact that the media does not tell you is that is it fairly easy for you to make your own skin products from natural ingredients. These products that you make yourself will be without all the chemicals and preservatives meaning that they will nurture your skin. You can easily make hand cream with olive oil by following a few simple steps and this hand cream will soften the skin on your hands and make them softer.

Most of the products that these big corporations market to you will only work temporarily and will cause the problem that you have to get worse with time or will give rise to brand new problems because if the products were to heal you completely, how would these companies make money? You can make natural olive oil soap at home or you could even go out and buy a natural product from an herbal or ayurvedic shop which will chemical free.

You can even use natural products in place of toners and scrubs for your skin. One example is, you can use simple sugar or salt to scrub your skin instead of the store bought scrubs which contain tiny plastic beads that can easily get stuck inside your pores causing acne and many other inflammations. It would indeed do you good to research these natural skin care solutions online and you will find that you can use many natural fruits and oils to nurture your skin and body.

There comes a time in every child’s life that they imitate the adults in their lives. Usually, this happens between the age of 5 and 10, when they’re most impressionable. It’s also usual that they imitate those adults that they particularly admire; like their parents. And yes, it’s just a phase which (sadly and usually) wears out once they hit their teens.

But this need to copy can be a good thing in some cases. In fact, we believe that this is the best time to teach them by example to be what you want them to eventually be in the future. No matter the simplicity of it. And even though they’d forget it temporarily during those rebellious years ahead, these life lessons can come in useful to them in the future.

Boost their confidence

Remember we said this was the age where children are impressionable? This is also the age when they discover, in small ways, who they are. Boosting their confidence can help them be fearless when trying out new things; and a smart way to do so without making it obvious, is to involve him in chores that you usually do. Are you repairing something for the house? Involve him in it. Don’t tell him he’s too small for tasks; give him age appropriate tasks and compliment him (only when he deserves it) once he completes it.

Show him that the way you dress makes a difference

No, clothes don’t make a man. But it certainly makes a difference in the way people treat and approach you. It’s obvious that during the years to come, they are going to experiment with clothing; and they should. Just show them that no matter what they choose to wear, no matter if it’s ariat boots for men or Ben10 skinnies, confidence helps them look better.    

Take them to work with you

Now this, has many purposes; one if it being giving your spouse a break from the babysitting duties! But apart from this, taking your child to work can also teach him the importance of working hard. It could teach him to appreciate your time away from home, and respect money. Make it a fun event; wear your cowboy hats and, make it an adventure! Don’t be disappointed if they don’t show signs of learning the above mentioned; after all, it’s the future we’re prepping them for!

Make space for outings and conversation

You know how you hear about teenagers that are not willing to connect with their parents or usually avoid conversations with them? They didn’t learn to do so in their teens. By having conversations with them, as mindless and random as they are, you’re keeping the door open for them in the future; when speaking their minds, and sharing their opinions can be life changing. Don’t worry if you’re not good at talking with kids, it’s not hard. Simply talk to them, and spend time with them regularly; conversation will come naturally.

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