Six Tips for a Healthy Winter Season with the Whole Family

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Six Tips for a Healthy Winter Season with the Whole Family

As winter approaches, many parents are looking for ways to counter the often excess eating that comes with the holidays. It can be difficult to remain active in the cold weather, contributing to some extra winter weight. These simple steps can help you eat better and exercise more, based on proven principles and research from ChildObesity180 at Tufts University.


  1. Plan ahead to make sure healthy choices are always on-hand. Meal planning for the week ahead will not only ensure that you set up healthier options for day-to-day choices, but can also become a creative outlet for families to plan together. Plan for meals that have a balance of healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Try a “Meatless Monday” or similar theme night to simplify planning even more.


  1. Build a better lunch (together). Involving kids in the cooking process can get them more excited about what’s in their lunchbox and help you avoid calorie-dense fare in favor of more wholesome options. Try packing lunch-sized portions of fruits and veggies over the weekend to streamline lunchbox prep on cold winter school mornings.


  1. Join the “balanced plate” club. Instead of focusing on the “clean plate club”, which can send the message that portions don’t matter, talk to kids about how to set up a balanced plate. has resources and clear, colorful visuals. Challenge your family to serve themselves dinner and learn appropriate portions of fruits, veggies, grains, protein and dairy.


  1. Eat the rainbow. Foods that are (naturally) brightly colored are full of different antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—and they tend to be fruits and veggies. If you and your family “eat the rainbow” by including seasonal foods of every color between breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll be sure to get a mix of these essential nutrients. Younger children might have fun with a chart that helps them track their “rainbow foods” every day.
  2. Move more by making family activities physical activities. It’s easy to incorporate meaningful movement into typically sedentary activities. Try doing jumping jacks, pushups, or wall sits during TV time, especially in the commercial breaks. Make household chores a game, race, or obstacle course that encourages extra steps. Turn up the music and dance your way through dusting and vacuuming to increase the cardio impact – just don’t go too quickly to make sure you still pass the white glove test!
  3. Get out of the house to limit screen time. Especially in wintertime, the snow and cold can persuade us to keep warm indoors with our favorite shows. We all know it’s important to limit screen time, but it can be hard to cut back on a habit without building a new one. Making a rule to spend more time outside as a family – even just 20 minutes each day – can give you the extra push to stick with it. Try hiking, ice skating, basketball, or rock-climbing for a change of pace. Experimenting with new activities and adding a new spin to established routines will keep things interesting and increase your chances of finding activities that the whole family will enjoy. aabgsdfkdkdfkOver time it may even become second nature to head outside to play instead of straight toward the couch or the fridge.


Forming healthy habits like these early in a child’s life can help to prevent serious issues like obesity down the road—and they’ll last far longer than anything on your holiday shopping list. For more resources, visit


Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards

Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards

Social Media as a group of internet based application that allows the creation and exchange of user generated content. Social media sites are: Facebook, 2go, Blackberry  TWITTER, Whatsapp, Friendster, MySpace and many others.

The Social Media and the Education sector have now become two great enemies. An old saying says “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. Most students dwell on this saying and they neglect their studies, there is not even a scheduled time for the social media activities. Hence, I will also say that “all play no work makes jack a stupid boy”

According to the research conducted by, Len Hart, Purcell, Smith and Zickuhr in 2010, indicates that 47% of American adults use social network. A national survey in 2009 found that 37% of online teenagers use social media sites which increased to 55% three years later. According to the survey in 2009, it is worthy to note that the rate at which teenagers, especially students access the social media without caution is alarming. From 2009 to 2010 there is a 16% increase in the use of the social media by students. How much time do these students have to focus on their studies, when most of their time is spent on Social Media activities?

There is already a division between Education and Social Media because most students now spend their time on social media activities which reduce the concentration and dedication they have for their studies, they forget their first assignment.

As of July 1999, 205 countries had at least one connection to internet. Estimate of the number of people on the internet seem to range between 50 and 80 million worldwide.(Retrieved from www.convince&

It is obvious that Social Media has now become an integral part of students activities, in as it constitutes a major part of their livelihood. As useful as Social Media is; students still abuse the use of it. From the studies, it is revealed that students spend a lot of time on the Social Media which causes a divided attention between their academics and social life thereby resulting in neglect to their Studies

It is true that the existence of man now depends on the availability and accessibility to information and communication. Social Media will be of immense help when students learn when to shut it down.

BIO: Ikulajolu Adesola  is a young writer and avid reader who loves delivering information and knowledge with Creativity and Originality alongside Timeliness and accuracy. He is devoted to freelance writing and researching. He has been featured in other magazines and sites.




image (3)Going back to school, or even going to school for the first time is a new chapter for every family. With so much information at our fingertips it can become rather confusing as to what we should prioritize for the months ahead and support our children to the level that they need us. So to make it really easy, as I’m sure right now you are running around buying school shoes and supplies, here is what I suggest you remember under the acronym of S-C-H-O-O-L.

And remember, it’s all about the long-term goals…

S – Schedule

Every family follows this in order to be consistent. Creating one will maintain all the cornerstones that create balance for us. Giving us enough energy to focus, sustain and achieve. Sleep for example and getting enough of it becomes the benefit of having one of these in place.

C – Communication

The only way to gauge how our children are when it comes to their well-being at school is to talk about their day. Collecting information makes us aware of the friends they are making, the teachers they have a rapport with, the classes they find challenging, and what they are enjoying. Making it a priority every day to talk about their day also helps them to share and off-load any worries they may have. The benefits of doing so keep you connected as a family.

H – Homework

We all get it, it’s how we handle it that’s important. Teaching them to manage and prep assignments so that our children can stay on top of deadlines is an important discipline to learn. Find areas in your home that promote good concentration, regulate screen and tabloid times. Go over homework that your children are unsure about so that we as parents can do our utmost in helping our children through those academic challenges.

O – Organize

Your child’s time table with them if not old enough to do it by themselves so they become more responsible and aware of their everyday activities. Ie: the books they need, PE (gym) kits, musical instruments, art supplies. All of this practice sharpens their memory skills and in its entirety it helps to run an effective household.

O – OutsideNanny-on-Tour-Logo

Because everybody needs the fresh air and the balance of school and home life! So up those play dates to develop your toddler’s socialization skills let the tween study together and have sleep overs. Carve time out for family time where you all can be active nd support the hobbies you all enjoy. A drizzle of rain never hurt anyone, let the kids play outside with other, after homework, before homework. Enroll, them in after-school clubs, remember being outside does wonders for our wellbeing and reduces stress, and in turn that helps a child with any school term.

L – Lunch

Maintaining fitness on any level is not just how we move our body it is about what we put in it. Reducing spiked blood sugar levels is critical to our health, and being consistent with our food plan and prepared with creative options is all part of keeping our body strong for he back to school season. So, prepare food the night before, get your kids involved in their options, freeze up homemade food, and keep those fruits and veggies flowing. Know what your kids are eating at school and change up your lunch boxes frequently.



By Ikulajolu Adesola

Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem
is not that parents are not capable to help their children.
Afterall, not many parents have a background or training in
educational techniques, or child psychology. It is just that the parent
does not know the best way to help.
Here are some tips on how you can improve the likelihood of children’s
success in their education. Remember, these techniques take both time
and patience to show the desired and expected results Don’t expect
miracles overnight.

Teach them that learning is their job.
Parents often ask what they can do to get their child interested in a
particular subject or task. This part is so important. No one cares
whether or not a child is interested in something. Of course, children
learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what
children really need to learn is that they must also learn things
they do not find particularly interesting. That is the job children have.

Aim High
You do not have to be an angry Mom or Dad to get your point across, but you
have to realize that parental expectation do have a huge impact on study performance.
If you don’t expect your child to do well,
your expectations will likely not be met.

Distinguish Learning from Study
It is rare for children to have done their
homework and to have also learned the lesson. By testing the child
with questions from the lesson. The child has a better chance at learning what the
lesson was really about. Though this gets harder as the child grows.

Prioritize study time
All children need down time, playing alone and with other
children is necessary for their intellectual growth and accumulation of social skills.
However, as a matter of priority, children should within reason, be
encouraged to work first before playing. It will pay-off in the long
run. Children should have a study hour in which they will need to
complete their school work. As the child gets older, his designated
study time should get longer.

Provide a proper homework environment
Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her
best.  A desk, and a comfortable chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper,
pen, calculator, computer, protractor, pencil.) Most importantly a quiet
place to work.

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Let them figure things out on their own.
Have your children think about problems at length before asking for
your help. Remember when you tell a child the answers to a problem,
you have deprived that child the right  to figure it out
by his or herself. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a
student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful effort to learn
something without assistance.

Teach proper Reading Comprehension skills.
So many children read without understanding what they have
read or understanding what it means. To aid in that gap to learning,
children should know that when reading they should not go to the next
paragraph until they have understood the previous paragraph.
If they do, they actually will not understand the
paragraph. You should also let children take note of what they read
(better still, they should keep an outline). Taking notes and outline,
rephrase what the child has learned from reading and will provide room
for the child to prepare for writing examinations.
Conclusively, You will agree that all these are important to a child’s
educational success. The issue now is for parents to put this into use

Parents should be involved in the training of their children.
Don’t rely on teachers alone. Parents should be happy to help
their children at home. Teach your children to reach for the sky. It will give them a clear advantage among their peers.

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Si… así como se lee… MURALEJA!

Ya sé  que muchos de ustedes deben pensar que no sé cómo se escribe Moraleja, pero más adelante comprenderán de qué se trata.

En ésta oportunidad, quiero hablarles sobre un tema complejo, del que muchos hablan y que casi todos (o todos) experimentamos, un tema que afecta nuestra vida y sobre todo nuestras relaciones… Paradigmas!

“Un paradigma es el resultado de los usos, y costumbres, de creencias establecidas de verdades a medias; un paradigma es ley, hasta que es desbancado por otro nuevo. El Paradigma no solo nos envuelve sino nos controla, nos define, nos delimita todo lo que percibimos, y creemos que esa es la verdad. Define lo que es realidad y descalifica las demás opciones.”

Basada en la definición anterior, podría definir a los paradigmas como creencias limitantes! Seguramente la mayoría coincide con esa definición, pero realmente comprendemos de qué se trata? Cómo nos afecta?

La vida está llena de paradigmas y esquemas que limitan nuestras decisiones, nuestras acciones, nuestras actitudes y hasta nuestras aptitudes! Así entonces, limitamos nuestra vida.

Heredamos de nuestros padres algunos o todos los paradigmas que ellos consolidaron como hogar; y luego nosotros, como padres, tenemos tendencia a transmitir nuestros paradigmas, dejando a nuestros hijos presos, detrás de unos barrotes forjados en su inexistencia.

Nuestros hijos no seguirán nuestros consejos, sino nuestro ejemplo; por lo que nuestras limitaciones muy probablemente sean sus limitaciones, y entonces ellos van a ser programados por nosotros y afectados por nuestras experiencias. Son muros enormes que debemos alejar de nuestras vidas.

Pero, cómo podemos eliminar los paradigmas, superarlos o vencer esas creencias limitantes, cómo podemos derrumbar esos MUROS gigantes para evitar la herencia de paradigmas y ayudar a nuestros hijos?

Para romper paradigmas hay que aprender a mirar desde una perspectiva diferente, no me refiero a pararte de cabeza, aunque quizá, eso funcione. Hablo de considerar una realidad diferente. A continuación, 7 tips que te ayudarán a romper paradigmas:

  1. Identifica tus paradigmas: Es el paso más difícil, pero al lograrlo, tendrás la mitad del camino avanzado. Para identificar nuestros paradigmas, debemos mirar bien nuestro interior. Qué nos asusta? Qué nos hace dudar? Qué nos limita?
  1. Reta con frecuencia las ideas, creencias o dichos comunes. Dicen por ahí que… “Loro viejo no aprende a hablar”… y entonces aplicamos eso a nuestras vidas y nos encontramos en un mundo con complejo de Loros… que creen que después de cierta edad no pueden hacer nada. Por ejemplo, no pueden estudiar, no se pueden ejercitar. Estás seguro? Nada más errado que eso! Busca en internet la historia de Ernestine Shepherd y te sorprenderás!
  1.   Evalúa tu entorno: Para crecer como seres humanos, es clave, valorar otros puntos de vista, de hecho, si tenemos un paradigma heredado, fue porque valoramos la percepción de quien nos heredó esa creencia; entonces por qué no mirar otras percepciones?
  1. Cree en ti mismo: Ya sé que es una frase trillada, pero es tan cierta como la existencia humana. Crees en la existencia de los humanos? Entonces debes también creer en el potencial infinito del humano. Personas sin piernas que caminan, sin visión capaces de mirar mejor que quien si puede “ver”, entre otras muestras de fe (auto-fe) de hecho. De pequeña me encantaba un comercial de TV con un mensaje que decía: “No digas que NO, si no lo has probado”.
  1. Confía en otros: No hablo de dejar tu billetera en la puerta de tu casa y creer que nadie va a tomarla (probablemente si, probablemente no). Hablo de confiar en las personas que te rodean, de confiar en el potencial de tus hijos, en sus aptitudes, en su libertad para creer, para sonar, para descubrir! La falta de confianza no solo destruye relaciones, sino afecta la auto-estima de tus hijos y recuerda… los obligas a vivir presos bajo tus barrotes!
  1. ExperimentaTodo cambio, implica riesgos; todo riesgo, implica aprendizajes; todo aprendizaje genera desarrollo. Atrévete a experimentar algo nuevo. Aprende de tus hijos esa maravillosa disposición para probar un tobogán diferente, para hacer nuevos amigos en cada nuevo año escolar, para explorar en las plantas hasta encontrar animales de distintos colores… en fin, aprende a Experimentar!
  1. Cúbrete de Actitud Positiva: Actitud positiva para el Cambio! Actitud positiva para aceptar nuevos retos! Actitud positiva para romper Paradigmas!

Ahora ya sabes cómo alejar esos muros? Entonces comienza ya! Aleja los Muros… Mur-aleja!

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Mis deseos para ti: Lágrimas de alegría, muchos abrazos, pero sobre todo hijos felices!

Para complementar el artículo, les comparto un extracto del Libro Los 7 hábitos de la Gente altamente efectiva:

«De adentro hacia afuera» significa empezar por la persona; más fundamentalmente, empezar por la parte más interior de la persona: los paradigmas, el carácter y los motivos»


También significa que si uno quiere tener un matrimonio feliz, tiene que ser el tipo de persona que genera energía positiva y elude la energía negativa en lugar de fortalecerla. Si uno quiere tener un hijo adolescente más agradable y cooperativo, debe ser un padre más comprensivo, empático, coherente, cariñoso. Si uno quiere tener más libertad, más margen en el trabajo, debe ser un empleado más responsable, más útil, más colaborador. Si uno quiere despertar confianza, debe ser digno de confianza. Si uno aspira a la grandeza secundaria del talento reconocido, debe centrarse primero en la grandeza primaria del carácter.

Explaining Graphic Design to a Five Year Old

Explaining Graphic Design to a Five Year Old


Design 4 Kids

Kids are naturally curious about what their parents do for a living, and when we try to explain it to them (or even some adults) our explanations generally fall into one of two categories: lengthy and overly informative or hasty and placating. You have to find the middle ground.

This is even more important when you have to explain a job that’s a bit more abstract, like artist or psychologist. You have to go big with color and candy wrappers to keep them listening.

This dialogue is loosely taken from a conversation our creative director had with his daughter while driving to the grocery store.

Daddy, what exactly do you do?

I’m a graphic designer, honey.

I know, but what IS a graphic designer?

Graphic designers make pictures for things.

What kind of things?

See your juice box right there, someone like Daddy designed that. Things like board games, posters, candy wrappers and book covers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

You mean like my Spider Book?

Yes, exactly. The cover of every book is designed.

Why do you need to design them?

Because people like when things look nice and are easier to understand.

What people?

I work with businesses to design cool things for them and solve problems.

How do you do that?

I use colors and letters and pictures. Then, I arrange them to make people feel a certain way. See that stop sign right there? That is designed to let us know that we have to stop to let other drivers go ahead of us. Someone like me designed that.

Why is it red?

It is red because the color red is easy to see. If it were blue, it would blend in with the sky. That’s what designers have to think about.

That sounds like fun.

Design is a fun way to help people communicate with each other. Graphic design is everywhere you look and nearly everything has some design on it. Daddy gets to help decide what to put on those things.

Did you design this store?

No, but do you see that package of cookies right there? The pictures and letters on the package is what daddy does. Same with the soup and the chocolate milk.

Daddy, what are you going to do today at work?

<Sigh> I’m going to make someone’s logo bigger.

Design is Everywhere

Graphic design is problem solving and communication in visual form. Like a piece of a puzzle, graphic design, from logos to advertisements should make the world a little easier through which to travel. By teaching your kids about design, you are giving them a glimpse into art, creativity, problem solving, business and branding.

Next time your child asks you what you do for a living, take a breath and try to explain in the simplest of terms. Explaining it in the most uncomplicated way can even help you see it in a new light.

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En ésta oportunidad voy a escribir sobre un tema confuso para muchos y sensible para otros, pero que indudablemente, TODOS experimentamos con frecuencia: EL MIEDO.

Siempre pensé que había nacido con una dosis extra de Miedo… porque de pequeña me daba miedo hasta mi sombra. Ahora que soy Madre, he descubierto que el miedo NO es exclusivo de los niños; de hecho, ahora me enfrento con el miedo más grande que he sentido: Fallarle a mis hijos cuando más me necesiten!

Pero qué es el miedo?

“El miedo o temor es una emoción caracterizada por una intensa sensación desagradable provocada por la percepción de un peligro, real o supuesto… Es una emoción primaria que se deriva de la aversión natural al riesgo o la amenaza, y se manifiesta en todos los animales, incluyendo al ser humano”. Wikipedia.

Mi papá me dijo una vez: “Hija, el miedo, es en buena parte, desconocimiento a riesgos reales o imaginarios; así por ejemplo, si tienes miedo a un animal, debes estudiarlo para conocer realmente, cómo evitar que pueda dañarte? eso reduce tu miedo”. Recuerdo que cuando niña, él intentó enseñarme lo mismo de muchas formas, pero definitivamente no lo entendí hasta entonces!

Como padres enfrentamos una extensa lista de responsabilidades con nuestros hijos, pero la mayor de todas es la educación emocional para la vida! Y me pregunto… Cuán preparados emocionalmente estamos para enseñarles lo mejor en éste sentido?

No existe fórmula, ni un manual para eso, sólo existe el amor, la dedicación y la disposición que tengamos para aprender a enseñar a nuestros hijos! Aprender a canalizar correctamente los temores de nuestros hijos, será un aporte muy valioso en el desarrollo emocional de sus habilidades de liderazgo.

A continuación les comparto, lo que he definido como los siete (7) elementos clave para el manejo de los temores en nuestros hijos :

1.- El miedo es NaturalNo trates el miedo como algo anormal, o inadecuado! TODOS sentimos miedo a algo! Si les asusta la oscuridad, enséñale trucos para vencerlo! Interactúa con ellos en la oscuridad, que vean tu seguridad! Diles que si cierran los ojos, cuentan hasta 10 y los abren, ya no estará tan oscuro!

2.- Los adultos también sentimos miedono regañes a tus hijos por sentir miedo, los adultos también lo sentimos. De hecho los adultos sentimos más miedo que los niños, por eso buscamos protegerlos siempre (Física, emocional y económicamente). Existen millones de lugares en los que un niño podría divertirse cómodamente sin miedo, mientras que un adulto NO. Por qué? Porque los adultos conocemos más riesgos que los niños.

3.- Los niños nacen sin miedos: en alguna parte aprendieron sobre esos “posibles riesgos” es clave descubrir la fuente y ayudarlos a comprender la realidad. Por ejemplo: “El Coco NO EXISTE” y no comparto que a mis hijos les digan lo contrario.

4.- El Miedo puede ser algo positivo. Puede ayudarnos en nuestra meta de protección y seguridad, pero debemos manejarlo con discreción. Por ejemplo: prefiero enseñar a mis hijos TEMOR por los extraños y que permanezcan a mi lado en la calle, si eso contribuye a reducir el riesgo de rapto!

5.- El mayor miedo que debemos sentir es NO arriesgarse a descubrir! La incapacidad mas grande es NO intentar, entonces temer a todo nos limita y hace mucho daño. La curiosidad es un don que debe ser muy bien administrado! Incentivemos en nuestros hijos la curiosidad, la investigación, la lectura!

6.- Un buen manejo del miedo, los ayuda a ser empáticos con otros niños: Mi hijo mayor, me ayuda mucho con su hermano. Cuando a mi hijo menor no le resulta sencillo entender mi explicación, él utiliza ese lenguaje infantil mágico; que aunque alguna vez lo usamos, en el camino a la “madurez” lo perdimos.

Y por último (pero para nada menos importante) mi favorito… el número 7…

7.- Los niños son mas valientes que los adultos. Para explicarles él séptimo elemento, les pido un minuto de imaginación…

…Imaginen abrir los ojos y descubrir que estás viviendo en una tierra de GIGANTES! Gigantes haciendo y diciendo cosas que NO entendemos; gigantes que se molestan con “facilidad” y gritan! Gigantes que pueden llegar a golpearte si dices algo que NO es de su agrado! Gigantes que deciden por ti! Gigantes que no se atreven a divertirse como TU lo haces, pero que te dicen que debes hacer lo que ellos dicen, porque sólo ellos saben lo que hay que hacer! Gigantes que algunas vez fueron pequeños como tu, pero que les molesta que NO actúes como ellos pese a que no sabes cómo se hace eso!… Imaginan una vida así? Seguramente NO, porque entonces vivirían escondidos sin querer hablar con ningún gigante!

Pues, así viven nuestros PEQUEÑOS VALIENTES EN UN MUNDO DE GIGANTES y aún así tienen el valor de jugar, reír, expresarse, preguntar, abrazar, pero sobre todo tienen el Valor de AMARTE por encima de todo!

Mis deseos para ti… Lagrimas de alegría, muchos abrazos,  pero sobre todo NIÑOS FELICES!

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By Miyelmi Josefina Abraham
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It is a common expression used in Spanish; from which, I would like to start writing this, the 1st article to my Blog of Life Coaching for parents. From this phrase, I can give off many analogies; but the main one, in my opinion, that words, reflect the biggest challenge of human relationships: The world does not revolve around you!

We live on a planet where there are as many perspectives as people are in it!

So, at this point, I would like to highlight the relevance in our lives and our relationships; of a word, that people often use but most of them don’t know how to practice: Empathy.

According to the website “definició “this word derives from the Greek word “empatheia”, also called interpersonal intelligence (a term coined by Howard Gardner) and refers to the cognitive ability of a person, to understand the emotional universe of another” .

Based on that definition, which I can take 3 keywords: skill, understanding and emotions; I could say that “empathy is the ability to understand emotions”. This means, that individuals need to develop skills for managing emotions as an essential tool for life. This teaching comes from early childhood; so, parents must help children, to discover and understand the feelings of others and their own. If they cannot express their emotions, it is difficult to develop a real empathy with someone around. You have to show them the world, with a vision of sensitivity.

So, Empathy, is part of our essence as human beings, begins with our ability to understand from another perspective (learning even on the expectation of others), it is not about to change our view, religion or values, it is simply to assess people’ perspectives and caring for others.

From my view; “Empathy is the key to change the world!” Starting because it would help prevent bullying and other forms of intolerance.

But how we can cultivate an empathy culture in our children?

There are several methods, tips and techniques that can help in this process. But I’m going to share with you what I have defined as the 6 commandments to help children develop empathy:

  1. Be empathetic with your children. That helps them to develop …
    Self-esteem: be always positive.
    Confidence: You know how fun it is to be a child, because you are also one *
    Security: We learn from our mistakes.
    2. Be empathetic to your environment …
    after received a good service.
    Sensibility: To forgive others for any wrongdoing to us, everyone has had a bad day once.
    Equality: Each work is needed in the world. We are all valuable.3. Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy
    Teamwork: Sports, board games or any game that require decision.
    Family: Let your children participate in family conflicts or challenges where they can review and understand the perspective of a family member.
    Review: Talk with your children about controversial issues, giving your views on others and encouraging them to participate.4. Encourage your children to express their emotions.
    Fun: Play with your kids something like… “My favorite thing is…” The best part of my day was…” “One thing that upset me was…” “My favorite person is … because I love it when …”
    Freedom: Do not force your children to feel your way, to love something or someone just because you think is right. Explain why that is important for you, but respect his/her  feelings. Also ask why and how you can help?5. Making mistakes is natural and is ok!

You have made mistakes and you keep doing. Kids are human as well. Being mad about their mistakes, just makes them feel, they are doing something wrong and you will be disappointed about them. You should say that is normal, and encourage them to find solutions.

  1. Being different is wonderful!
    Perfection does not exist. It’s all about perspective!
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How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker

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How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker


Homemade granola just may be why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and why I will always say yes to breakfast for dinner. After all, it’s toasted, crunchy oats tossed with a medley of nuts and seeds with just enough maple syrup and brown sugar for a hint of sweetness and flavor. What’s not to love? When you make granola in a slow cooker you get all that, plus the ability to make a huge batch at once with far less to clean up than when you make it the traditional oven-based way. And if you were concerned about the crunch, rest assured, we’ve discovered the simple solution for that as well.

Your Slow-Cooker Granola Template

Think of this as more of a template than a recipe. One of the things I love about making granola is that it doesn’t call for too much precision or overly exact measurements. Instead, it’s easy to customize to suit your taste; you can swap ingredients and adjust others to get your granola just the way you like it. The ratios are really the most important part (even though there’s even some wiggle room there for further tweaking). What you want to remember is to keep the same ratio of dry to liquid ingredients overall.

The One-Bowl Granola Solution

As if granola in the slow cooker wasn’t good enough, it still gets better. You’re looking at a one-bowl, one-spoon cooking situation. You can put away that stack of baking sheets, multiple mixing bowls, and your whisk because you won’t need any of it. Instead of mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in a second bowl, and then combining everything together, we’re simplifying things. Because after all, simplicity is the heart and soul of slow-cooker recipes.

The Big-Batch Game-Changer

I don’t make granola as often as I’d really like to, so when I do make it I love to double or sometimes even triple the recipe so it lasts a while longer. There’s a couple hang-ups with this, though: Oven-cooked granola is best made when the ingredients are spread out in a layer across a baking sheet, so taking the big-batch approach requires you to have at least a few handy, followed by the even trickier task of attempting to fit multiple baking sheets in the oven.

The slow cooker turns out to be the solution to both of those issues. No extra bakeware needed, and as long as the ingredients will fit in the bowl you can go for as big a batch as you want.

The Trick to Toasty Oats: Cover the Slow Cooker, but Not All the Way

The real key to making crunchy granola in your slow cooker is air flow. Those sweet coated oats and nuts rely on that steady flow to transform from soft and chewy to the crisp, toasty texture you expect from a batch of granola.

When the slow cooker is fully covered with the lid, it creates a warm environment that’s full of moisture. That’s great for cooking, but not exactly ideal for toasty granola. Instead, top your slow cooker with the lid, but leave it slightly askew so the bowl is only partially covered. This will help pull all that extra moisture out of the cooker.

Use a Baking Sheet for Faster Cooling

Once the granola is finished cooking, and before packing it away in containers, do be sure to let it cool completely. This is also the time when it will crisp up even more. You can certainly leave it in the slow cooker to cool, but because it’s piled high and the bowl is still warm, it will take a while. If you want to speed things along, spread the granola over a baking sheet. The increased surface area will cool the granola and up the crunch factor even faster.

How To Make Granola in the Slow Cooker

Makes about 5 cups

What You Need

Cooking spray, olive oil, or coconut oil, for greasing the slow cooker
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup liquid sweetener, such as maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped if large (optional)

Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
3-quart or larger slow cooker
Baking sheet (optional)


  1. Prep the slow cooker: Spray the bottom and sides of the slow-cooker bowl with cooking spray, or coat with olive or coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in the slow cooker: Place the oats, nuts/seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of the slow cooker and stir until well-combined.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients: Add the oil, liquid sweetener, and vanilla extract, and stir until the dry ingredients are fully coated.
  4. Partially cover the slow cooker: Fit the lid onto the slow cooker, keeping it slightly askew to allow for air flow and moisture to escape. (Keeping the slow cooker only partially covered is essential for crunchier granola.)
  5. Cook the granola: Set the slow cooker to high and cook, stirring every 30 minutes, until toasted and golden-brown, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours total. Make sure the lid is placed back on askew after each stirring.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit (optional): If you’re using dried fruit, turn the slow cooker off, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine.
  7. Spread on baking sheet to cool (optional): For faster cooling, spread the granola into an even layer on a large baking sheet and let it cool completely.
  8. Cool and store: Cool the granola completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Slow-cooker temperatures: Slow cookers work at different temperatures, so the total cook time will vary depending on the model you use.
  • Storage: Store cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 7 to 10 days.

Cambria’s Granola with Pecans, Cherries & Coconut

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Granola with Pecans, Cherries & Coconut Flakes

Makes about 7 cups of granola.

Adapted from Early Bird’s Olive Oil Granola via The New York Times

3 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free, if needed)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup dried cherries, currants, or a mix, coarsely chopped if large

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Mix dry ingredients together, followed by the wet ingredients and spices. (Save the fruit for later). Spread on a sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until crunchy and golden brown. Remove from oven, add the dried fruit, and stir to loosen up the granola and mix in the cherries. Cool completely before storing.

Store in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days.

(Image credits: Kimberley Hasselbrink)