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How do your kids share?
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:00

How to teach your kids to share?


Being a parent can be a tough job. Trying to raise and nurture a child while managing everything else that goes on in life is hard enough as it is, and that is without even considering the many moral dilemmas that can present themselves in situations like this article will draw upon.

What is right? What is wrong? Sure, there are certain things we all know are to be done or not to be done, but what about those vast grey areas, in which new new philosophies and ideas are born, that throw us into a journey of self discovery as a parent that we may not have considered beforehand? How about when we have to mix our beliefs about parenthood with other families who may take a different approach?

I came across a story about sharing written by a mother named Beth who had an interesting perspective. One line that stuck out to me in Beth’s story about why she doesn’t teach her kids to share was “I think it does a child a great disservice to teach him that he can have something that someone else has, simply because he wants it.” I think she’s right. Teaching anyone that they should be able to have what someone else has simply because they want it isn’t a mentality I think should be spread around. But it begs the question: how then do we define what is truly sharing?

What Does It Mean To Share?

 

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3 Tips to Declutter Your Life
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:00

3 Steps to Declutter Your Life

It's one of the greatest ironies of life: We're too frantically busy to deal with the stuff that makes us feel frantically busy -- the to-dos that overwhelm us, the clutter that eats up our homes, the niggling personal and professional issues that preoccupy our minds. Tackling them might feel like a someday project, the kind you'll get around to when you have the time. Right.

The key to a calmer existence, experts say, is finding bite-size, everyday solutions for stressors and releasing what we can, be it physical or psychological clutter. "When you start to let go, your life lightens up because you have less to think about and less to maintain," says Geralin Thomas, a professional organizer in Cary, N.C. "You finally feel in control." The payoffs don't end there -- you can sharpen your focus and even lose weight, too. These are the strategies that will ease your load and let you enjoy life a lot more.

Clear your schedule

As we juggle it all, we're often fueled by an I-can-do-it! sense of pride. But we might be deluding ourselves, suggests a study in the Journal of Communication that found that people misperceive the emotional high they get from multitasking as productivity. And we're not even as good at it as we may think. Another study, published in Psychological Science, revealed that women's ability to keep track of several tasks at once dipped significantly during ovulation, when estrogen levels are high (and can mess with brain function).

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