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Put Your Crockpot To Work During The Cold Winter Months - A Week Of Crockpot Cooking Ideas

Put Your Crockpot To Work During The Cold Winter Months - A Week Of Crockpot Cooking Ideas

Submitted by: Susanne Myers

If getting from your car to your door seems like a march through the tundra during cold winter days, a trip to the grocery store may be excruciating to think about. You may be entertaining thoughts of staying in your nice warm car and driving through a fast food place for dinner instead. But, that sort of impulse can really defeat a grocery budget, even though the nice warm car is tempting.

How can you feed your family a nice hot meal without suffering those icy cold trips? By planning one shopping day with one goal in mind - creating enough crockpot meals for at least one whole week. Let's see how this can be accomplished.

You'll want to gather up your favorite crockpot recipes, picking a variety of dishes so your family doesn't get tired of the same old food. Make a grocery list that includes everything you need for the week based on the recipes you've chosen. Check your pantry for the standard supplies, too. Now do all your shopping for the week.

When you get home, carefully wrap and freeze the meat for the meals later in the week, chop up all your veggies for each meal and seal in containers. You are well on your way to a week of cozy meals without having to venture out in the cold. Here we go.

Sunday: Begin the week with a wonderfully aromatic Rotisserie Chicken. Your crockpot will produce a nice, crispy and juicy chicken just like a deli rotisserie. Make it a Sunday dinner by including your garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Monday: A Crockpot French Dip Roast is an easy way to serve a hot and satisfying sandwich for dinner. It may be just a sandwich, but it sure seems more like a meal when you use a good, hearty hard roll and add mozzarella cheese on top.

Tuesday: Time to spice things up a bit with a hearty Mexican Chicken meal. You control the spice, so this meal will satisfy everyone's tastes. Spoon generous portions over some hot rice, and no one walks away hungry. You may have enough leftover chicken from Sunday for this dish.

Wednesday: This is your night to go meatless with a fabulously rich Minestrone Soup. You could replace the beef broth with chicken broth if you choose, but, as is, this is a frugal meal that will please even your staunchest meat eater.

Thursday: Time to surprise your family with a Crockpot Turkey Breast dish that is wonderfully tangy and sweet. The turkey simmers in a beautiful sauce made with cranberry and onion. It looks and tastes incredible.

Friday: One day of the week is always busier than the rest. You'll be glad to have a refrigerator full of leftovers for that day. Arrange your leftovers on the counter with plates, bowls, and silverware, and have your family line up. It's Smorgasbord time!

Saturday: The races are on TV and we're not budging. So, when it comes time to eat, putting a platter of Pulled Pork Sandwiches on the table and having everyone help themselves, is a great way to enjoy the races and fill our tummies without missing a moment of the action.

Sunday: A quiet day at home, topped off by an incredible Tangy Chicken dinner is a day to remember. Gather the family around the table and see their faces light up when you uncover a platter of juicy chicken surrounded by colorful pineapple, green pepper, and carrots swimming in a bed of tangy sauce.

Stocking up and preparing for a week's worth of meals ensures that you have a house full of food for your family. But, equally as important, when your family finally gets home in out of the cold, they will walk into a house fragrant with the savory aromas of a delicious dinner ready to enjoy. Give this plan a try for one week and I guarantee you won't miss those stops at the drive-thru for a moment!

About the Author: Susanne Myers at HillbillyHousewife.com wants to help you make great frugal and tasty meals for your family. Find these crockpot recipes and more in the Hillbilly Housewife's informative guide, Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Get your copy now and start enjoying hot, hearty meals every night!

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Are You a Mindless Eater? Tips For Mindful Eating to Easily Eat Less

Are You a Mindless Eater? Tips For Mindful Eating to Easily Eat Less

Submitted by: Lynda Enright

Do you eat only when you are hungry, or do you find yourself mindlessly eating throughout your day? Do you struggle to lose weight and keep it off? Being mindful is not only good for your overall health, it is good for a healthy diet and for weight loss.

What is Mindless Eating?

The phrase "mindless eating" refers to the finding that people make on average 250 decisions each day about food. As you would expect that is remarkably more than we are aware of.

Why do we eat mindlessly?

Mindless eating will occur for many reasons. It is common today for individuals to eat at their desk, in their car or at a multitude of different events. When you eat when participating in another activity you aren't paying attention to the food, but more likely are paying attention to the activity. Simply having a conversation at the dinner table may be a distraction that creates overeating for you. That, of course, is a wonderful part of meal time - enjoying time with family and friends - but understanding the mindless eating that may be occurring will help you to increase your mindfulness for your good health and for your waistline.

Mindful Eating Strategies.

1. Listen to your hunger.

Before you begin eating rank your hunger on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being not hungry at all and 5 being so hungry you could eat the couch. Then decide if you still want to eat.

When you are eating put your fork down between bites to slow down the rate at which you eat. Stop every few minutes and think about how you are feeling. Do you still feel physical hunger? Are you starting to feel full? A good goal is to stop eating when you feel 80% full, not 120% full.

2. Identify triggers to overeating.

Who are the people and what are the places, situations, thoughts or emotions that tend to lead to overeating?

You are much more likely to overeat when the triggers are high. The first step is to identify what are your triggers. Then be prepared with a distraction or substitution when you expect to be faced with a trigger. For example, if you overeat when you get tired then after a poor night's sleep plan for an evening walk with a friend to prevent the eating in front of the TV that may occur otherwise. Or when going to an event that may be a trigger place or situation for you, make sure to eat a good meal before and bring with you a delicious and nutritious snack option. Being mindful by being prepared when a trigger occurs will help you to eat less and lose weight.

3. Choose foods that are satisfying.

Do you prepare food that is interesting and delicious? Or do you throw something from a box into the microwave to heat? If you enjoy your food you will be more likely to pay attention and be mindful of the meal. Plan meals so you look forward to food and can experience pleasure from the taste, smell and texture of each bite.

4. Eat foods that will nourish your body.

Food cravings will diminish and you will be less likely to overeat when your body is well nourished. If your diet is highly processed you may be lacking important nutrients for good health and weight loss. Create a plan filled with real foods and rich in nutrients that will help you to lose weight and have your best health.

About the Author: Lynda Enright, MS, RD, CLT is certified as a Wellness Coach and LEAP Therapist who partners with women who want to look and feel amazing by helping them lose weight and reduce inflammation which can cause fatigue, bloating, acid reflux, congestion, brain fog or achy joints. For FREE meal planning ideas to help you eat well, lose weight and reduce inflammation - click here http://www.bewellconsulting.com/10-meals-in-a-bag to get Ten Meals In A Bag

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

By: Kathy Paauw

"The average office worker receives more than 200 messages a day via snail mail, email, express mail, cell phone, landline, wireless Web, bicycle messenger, singing telegram, you name it. Taking in information these days is like trying to drink from a fire hose."
--Dr. Martha Beck

Did you know that one Sunday edition of The New York Times contains more information than all the written documents in the world during the 15th century? Does it seem like life is spinning out of control? The pace of life just keeps picking up! And with it, job satisfaction is on the decline.

In an Associated Press article, Marc Greenbaum, a 50-year-old professor at Suffolk Law School, stated that "I'm personally happier but I observe more people that are more miserable. There's more pressure on them to produce, more problems with maintaining a boundary between work and family, even maintaining a boundary between work and the outside because of things like e-mail, voicemail and the Blackberry. They can't get away."

According to the Families and Work Institute, over 47% of U.S. workers surveyed feel overworked. In addition, 59% of Americans describe their lives as very busy according to an NBC news survey. According to Dr. Richard Swensen, author of Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, the average American will spend one year in his/her life searching through desk clutter looking for misplaced objects. We are working harder and faster than ever. Being more organized can help reduce stress, save time, and improve efficiency.

We celebrate National Get Organized Week the first week in October. Most people think of "getting organized" as a physical act - clearing piles of paper, putting things away, etc. What many people overlook is the mental part of getting organized. And I always say that organizing your physical environment without first clarifying your priorities is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic!

Here are 8 tips to help you with the mental part of getting and staying organized. I encourage you to read through the whole list, and then go back and choose two or three ideas to implement.

1. Understand the difference between URGENT and IMPORTANT. If it's important, it may be a vital priority for you. If it's urgent, it's time-sensitive, but it may or may not be important. Be sure you are clear about the difference when deciding what deserves your time. Check out the time management matrix at www.orgcoach.net/timematrix.html, which beautifully illustrates the difference.

2. Find time for yourself. Schedule time away from your work and your family. Use this opportunity to tune in to what you want and need. Don't feel that you're being selfish; you have a responsibility to yourself to take care of your needs. Studies show that productivity dramatically increases when you are well rested.

3. Check for balance between these four vital areas of your life:

  • Well-being - caring for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs
  • Family relationships
  • Work activities
  • Service activities - volunteer work, being a good neighbor, practicing random acts of kindness

4. Live your life in the present! Quit saying, "I'll do this when I get around to it." I have yet to find a person who said on their death bed, "I wish I had spent more time at the office."

5. Increase productivity by planning your week and fine-tuning your workday. Block out time to handle priorities. Important tips to remember as you plan your week:

  • Have unscheduled time in your calendar for handling unexpected but important tasks.
  • Plan to work on creative activities during the time of day when you are at your best.
  • Schedule "protected time" to work on projects that need your undivided attention. If interruptions are eating you alive, close your door and ask that people come back to see you at a designated time.
  • Temporarily turn off the audio feature on your cell phone, pager and email account. Pick and choose when you respond and when it's appropriate to let calls go into voice mail.
  • Be realistic about your expectations. Don't set yourself up for failure by planning too much in one day.
  • Leave work at a reasonable hour so you have time for those other three areas of your life - self-care, family, and service to others.

6. Reduce your stress by being underwhelmed. Here are a few tips to help you avoid getting overwhelmed:

  • NO is a complete sentence. Don't bite off more than you can chew. When someone makes a request, buy some time before answering. Say, "Let me think about it," or "I'm in the middle of something right now. I'll call you back and let you know." This will give you time to evaluate the situation and decide if it's something you truly want to do.
  • Delegate as much as you can. Focus your time on activities that you enjoy and are best at.

7. Stay out of e-mail jail. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Determine frequency of checking for e-mail messages. Some people choose to check it throughout the day and even use such devices as the Blackberry when on the road, while others only check for messages a couple times a day. You are the only one who can determine what will work for you.
  • Use the F.A.T. (File, Act, Toss) method to keep your email inbox from piling up. If a message needs to be filed for future reference, place it in the appropriate email subject or contact folder. Place a red flag next to those items you need to act on but don't have time to do right at the moment. Immediately toss (delete or forward) anything you don't need to keep.
  • Remove your name from subscription lists that do not provide value to you.

8. Set up your work environment to keep your focus on what's most important. Here are some tips:

  • Arrange your workspace so you have the most commonly-used things close in. Store things used less frequently in less accessible space.
  • Create a filing system that enables you to find things instantly. The #1 reason that people pile instead of file is a fear of not being able to find it when they need it. Visit www.orgcoach.net/PaperTiger.html for some ideas.
  • Create a tickler file system to remind you of important follow up at the appropriate time. The #2 reason that people pile is a fear of forgetting to do something that is out-of-sight and out-of-mind. A good tickler system reminds you to follow up on the appropriate date, and provides an alternative to that "I'll just set it here for now" pile. Visit www.orgcoach.net/products/tickle.html#ticklerfile to see what a good tickler file system looks like.
  • Use the F.A.T. (File, Act, Toss) method to process your mail daily. Review our Trim the F.A.T. tip sheet at www.orgcoach.net/trimthefat.html.
  • Keep only what you plan to focus on today on your desktop. Remove visual distractions from your workspace so your attention is not pulled away from what you've chosen to work on today! Everything else should be put away until it's time for you to focus on it.

 

Author Bio
Wouldn't you love to stumble upon a secret library of ideas to help you de-clutter your life so you can focus on what's most important? Kathy Paauw offers simple, yet powerful ideas, on how to manage your time, space, and thoughts for a more productive and fulfilling life. Visit www.orgcoach.net

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Types Of Hair Loss Treatment Available

Types Of Hair Loss Treatment Available

Types Of Hair Loss Treatment Available

By: Richard Mitchell

The hair loss treatments outlined here cannot provide definitive cures for all hair loss conditions, but they do represent regimes that many sufferers have found useful. In other words, they are examples of potential solutions that many patients have chosen after honestly assessing the causes of their hair loss together with their expectations.

This article will focus on four basic approaches:

1. A drugs based approach for those who don't mind taking strong medications.

2. A commercial product approach for those who prefer a non-drug solution but who still want a treatment that has a track record.

3. A natural remedy approach for those who prefer to follow the natural route.

4. A nutritional approach for those who wish to adopt a more holistic perspective.

It remains a fact that only two hair loss treatments have been approved by the FDA and both can be classed as strong drug-based medications. Propecia (finasteride) is the treatment of choice for many men with good reason - it tends to work! It is a powerful drug that inhibits the formation of DHT in the system, eventually to a level that is sufficiently low to encourage a normal growth cycle. Rogaine (minoxidil) acts differently in that it stimulates hair growth in both men and women by overriding the prevailing hair loss symptoms. These drugs can be used either on their own or in combination. Women should seek professional medical advice before using Propecia.

The world of commercial hair loss products is much less clear cut and it is here that many scamsters ply their trade to rip-off unsuspecting customers. The best advice I can give here is research, research, and more research! Many useful products are available on the market but none have been approved by the FDA. Probably the best, and certainly most popular, commercially available products are those containing natural ingredients that have been shown in field trials to reduce hair loss and encourage regrowth. You can find out more about these products by visiting the site listed at the end of this article.

Increasingly, people are turning to natural hair loss remedies as they seek to combat thinning hair. This has an obvious appeal for many sufferers and there is growing evidence to support the view that some natural remedies may be effective in curtailing hair loss. The most popular ingredients of natural hair loss treatments include ginko biloba, green tea, he shou wu, pygeum, saw palmetto and stinging nettle. Each of these is described in more detail in an supplementary article entitled "Herbal Remedies That Offer Hope".

It is becoming increasingly evident that poor nutrition and modern lifestyles can have a negative impact on health, and hair loss is no exception. At the most basic level, improved nutrition can minimize shedding and support other treatments that encourage regrowth. This can be achieved by:

  • eating adequate amounts of protein
  • eating appropriate levels of useful carbohydrates
  • achieving a healthy balance of dietary fats

 

Author Bio
Richard Mitchell has developed several hair loss resources including the Hair Loss Natural website that provides information and guidance to people suffering from premature hair loss.

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How To Leave Your Dead End Job

How To Leave Your Dead End Job

How To Leave Your Dead End Job

By: Liz Sumner, M.A., CPC

This is for everyone who is sticking with a job that no longer fits. Maybe it was right for awhile, for a certain time and place in your life. But not anymore. When was the last time you jumped out of bed with excitement about what the day would bring?

"But I love the people I work with."
"It's so convenient."
"The money's pretty decent, considering... "

I've heard all the excuses. Hell, I've made them. You know that job is sucking your soul and it's time to leave. The only thing left to decide is how.

Above all, you want it to be your decision. Don't let boredom and apathy lead to an attitude that gets you fired or passed over. Who wants to work with a burnout no matter how skilled they are?

The number one reason people stay in bad jobs is fear of the unknown. Are you hanging on to something that doesn't fit just because it's familiar? What if the unknown wasn't scary? What if it was filled with joy and delightful possibilities? Sure, there's that transition period where you leave what you can do in your sleep and head into new territory. I assure you that the downhill slide of staying too long is far greater than the steepness of a little learning curve. How might you make unknown territory more comfortable?

1. Make It Known
Learn about it. Do research. Talk to people. Do informational interviews. Volunteer, be a trainee. Find ways to educate yourself. Go to school. Hire a trainer. Shine some light on the stuff the scary ignorance and it's no big deal. If you're drawn to it you probably have a knack.

2. Make It Up
There are a lot of successful people in the world who just decide that they know what they're doing. I'll never forget my friend Susan, a beautiful and confident woman who discovered her gift for public speaking in Toastmaster's and went on to become a highly paid consultant just because she decided she was worth listening to. I had just finished grad school and was trying to get my nerve up to go pitch companies. She read a book or two, made a presentation, and was suddenly crossing the country getting big fees. There's a lot to be said for chutzpah.

3. Try It On A Small Scale
Part-time or pilot projects work well particularly if you're thinking of venturing out on your own. The hours are long when you don't give up your day job but if you're pursuing your passion you generally can find the energy. Cater a friend's party for the cost of the supplies. Print some business cards on your computer. Do some pro bono work for a civic group for the testimonials. Before long you'll feel ready to go for it.


4. Dive In
This is my favorite. I get enormous energy from leaping off metaphorical cliffs. Instead of screaming "NO", try saying "Wheee!" or "Geronimo." I've crossed the country on three occasions with no job and no place to live. I keep having soft, successful landings so I keep leaping. Sometimes it takes a geographic change to get yourself out of a rut. Try something out there and see if you can fly.


5. Be Prepared
So maybe you're not a leaper. You can plan for contingencies, save that nest egg. Find an answer for all the what-ifs. But be careful not to over prepare. Just how likely are those eventualities that you're covering? There comes a point when it's time to take steps.

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now".

-J. W. von Goethe


Remember, if you only do what you already know how to do your world would get pretty stale. Growth is an essential part of life. There comes a time to move on. You can feel when change is due. When that time comes the universe makes it easy for you. The money for graduate school appears, child care arrangements work out, an article about a new company catches your eye. Pay attention to the signals. Then trust your judgment. If something tells you this new opportunity is right, it probably is.

 

Author Bio
Liz Sumner, M.A., CPC, of Find Your Way Coaching specializes in mid-life reassessment. Are you happy with your direction? Do you feel good about yourself? Are you fearless? Joyful? Energized? You could be. Visit www.findyourwaycoaching.com or call 603-876-3956 for more information.

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Texas Best Proteins Recalls Cajun Style Dirty Rice Containing Chicken Products and Turkey Cajun Dinner Kits Containing Dirty Rice Because Of Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

by

Joseph

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Texas Best Proteins (Farm to Market Foods), an establishment in Santo, Texas is recalling approximately 25,332 pounds of Cajun Style Dirty Rice containing chicken products and Turkey Cajun Dinner Kits containing Dirty Rice because of undeclared allergens and misbranding. The product may contain peanuts, a known allergen, which is undeclared on the product label. 

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The Farm to Market Foods Cajun Style Dirty Rice and Turkey Dinner Kits were packaged on 10/27/2016, 11/1/2016, and 11/11/2016.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 32 ounce trays of Cajun Style Dirty Rice with use/sell by dates of 1/15/2017, 1/17/2017 and 1/30/2017. The case code is 1982.
  • 32 ounce trays of Cajun Style Dirty Rice within the boxes of Cajun Turkey Dinner kits with use/sell by dates of 1/15/2017, 1/17/2017 and 1/30/2017. The case code is 1976.

The products were shipped to retail locations in Texas and bear establishment number “EST. 950” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

According to the USDA, the firm was notified by its supplier that the Worcestershire sauce used in the rice product was being recalled because the sauce may contain peanut. Best Texas Proteins determined the scope of the recall by tracing the use of the recalled Worcestershire back to the October and November production dates.

The USDA said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating these products. They recommend anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare professional.

The USDA suggests that people who bought the recalled products should not eat them but should instead return them to the place of purchase.

Best Texas Proteins said consumers with questions about the recall can contact Jason Beyer, at (940) 468-7185.

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Get Up and Start Cooking With Margarine

Get Up and Start Cooking With Margarine

Submitted by: Sue Batty

Ever thought about giving up butter and using margarine instead for cooking? If not, then we are here to inspire you with some fantastic reasons why margarine makes a great butter substitute for cooking plus offer some exciting recipe ideas to liven up your lunches, dinners and baking.

First off, cooking with margarine instead of butter is a small step that can help you on your way to a healthy, balanced diet; did you know that the plant oils that margarine is made from contain omega 3 and 6 fats that keep our bodies fighting fit and ready for action? Including margarine in your cooking means that you’ll be increasing your intake of these essential nutrients (which the body can’t produce on its own) while simultaneously cutting down on the bad fats – quality margarine contains less saturated fats than butter and only mere traces of trans fats.

When you’re using margarine for cooking, be it frying up a juicy steak or grilling a delicious kebab, margarine has an extra bonus feature that lots of people don’t know about: it spits out far less when it gets hot like cooking oils and butter often can. Instead, liquid margarine goes clear to let you know that your pan is hot and ready to go – how good is that? Plus it is so versatile that you can use it straight from the fridge, without having to warm it up or wait for it to soften. It makes cooking and baking quicker and easier!

We have loads of great recipes to try online – there are those who swear that cooking with margarine is the key to the perfect curry; margarine can also add a thicker, richer consistency for warming winter soups. Why not try this fantastic margarine powered lasagne from Flora?

Preheat your oven to moderate 170°C (fan assisted), 350°F, gas mark 4. Then place 350g of mince, 1 large, chopped onion and I clove of peeled garlic in a pan and fry, stirring until the beef is browned. Crumble in one Knorr cube and stir in. Add 600g of canned chopped tomatoes, 2-3 tbsps of tomato purée, a handful of freshly chopped herbs; thyme, sage, oregano, pepper etc. and I large glass of red wine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the 175g of lasagna in boiling salted water for 10–15 minutes, until soft. For the sauce, bring 425 ml milk to the boil with 1 small onion, a carrot and a bay leaf. Leave to infuse for 10–15 minutes with no hear. Strain the milk and place back in the pan with 2tbsps Flora Cuisine and 25g of flour. Stirring constantly, bring to the boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes until thickened and smooth.

Cook in a preheated oven for 30–40 minutes – then serve!

Just six easy steps to a delicious lasagne for the whole family. So you see, switching to margarine for cooking doesn’t mean compromising on taste – with so many varieties of margarine there’s a blend to suit every taste and to fit every lifestyle choice – whether you’re vegan, losing weight, cutting down on salt or trying to lower your cholesterol! And, with so many recipes to inspire and excite, mealtimes need never be boring again!

About the Author: “I’m Sue Batty, the margarine experts, for many years now and I’m also a chef. I always use margarine in my cooking; I always have and I always will, because it’s the obvious healthy, tasty and simple-to-use solution to all of my cooking needs” – For more information and top tips on cooking with margarine, visit http://www.enjoymargarineeveryday.com/cooking-with-margarine

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Changing Your Child's Behavior With Positive Reinforcement

Changing Your Child's Behavior With Positive Reinforcement

Changing Your Child's Behavior With Positive Reinforcement

By: Destry Maycock, MSW

Think about your interactions with your children today. How many things did you notice they did wrong? What did you do or say to them because of their wrong doings? Have they engaged in the same kind of behavior before? What did you do or say the times before? Is it working? How many things did you notice your children did right today? If you did take the time to notice, what did you do or say to them? Did you praise or reward them in some way? If so, then read no further and keep up the good work. If you could use a little work on doing this, then read on.

Let's face it. We parents often neglect to notice the positive things our children do. Rather, we tend to focus on our children's negative behaviors, because they either annoy us or otherwise make our lives difficult. Have you ever heard the phrase, "that which gets noticed gets repeated?" If all we ever notice is the negative things our children do, then why would they do anything different? It is as if we program our children to believe "if I'm only noticed when I do something wrong, then so be it."

It is just as important, if not more, to notice our children's positive behaviors. Remember most behaviors are controlled by their consequences. Some may believe rewarding kids for positive behavior is bribery. We all receive rewards daily for doing things well, at work, at home, and at play. These rewards often motivate us to continue the behaviors for which they were received. Where parents use rewards ineffectively is when they give a positive consequence to stop an inappropriate behavior. For example, "I'll give you a cookie if you stop whining." This only encourages the inappropriate behavior. Where as rewarding kids for their positive behaviors is quite the opposite and much more productive.

Using positive reinforcement to strengthen a desired behavior is easy. Just watch and wait for the behavior to occur then reinforce it with praise, a pat on the back or a special privilege. It may go something like this, "David, I really appreciate how you came in the house when I asked and you even did it without a big hassle. You should feel good about being able to do that." How about, "Wow Jamie, your bedroom looks awesome. You must have worked really hard on it. I bet you worked up a healthy appetite. Why don't you decide what we have for lunch today."

Focusing on your children's positive behaviors could be the most productive parenting change you make if you don't already do it. Chances are you have been trained like the rest of us to only call attention to the bad things your kids do. This phenomenon isn't found solely in the parent/child relationship. It is also prevalent in spousal, sibling and employee/employer relationships. When was the last time your boss called you into his office and asked you to shut the door? Was it because he just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you are doing and how valuable of an employee you are? If so, lucky you. More than likely, it was because he wanted to talk to you about something he thought you could do better or you were doing something wrong. People tend to take positive behavior for granted and punish negative behaviors.

Some parents find it helpful to make a note and put it where they can see it often. The note might read, "notice the positive" or "catch'em doing good." You may also want to consider using a jar of consequences, a parenting tool that parents can use to help them focus on and reinforce the positive behaviors their children exhibit.

Catch your kids being good. It could have a profound affect on the atmosphere in your home. Whatever it takes I assure you it will be worth it.

 

Author Bio
Destry Maycock, MSW has had over eleven years experience working with children and families as a professional social worker. Destry has helped hundreds of parents solve a variety of parenting challenges and strengthen their relationships with their children. Destry enjoys developing tools that help parents with the difficult but rewarding duty of raising children. His most recent creations can be found at www.parentingstore.com

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Does Jogging in Place Have Any Benefits?

by

Kya Grace

Any form of exercise is good as long as it gets you off your couch. If you have been thinking of reasons why going to a gym would not work, surely, you would not back out of staying at home and jog in place while watching your favorite show on the television! Jogging in place is a perfect weight loss program for people who are too pressed for time to go to a gym or feel disinclined to do any other strenuous workouts.

Safe and easy

Jogging in place is safe because you can jog at your own pace, increasing it whenever you want. Start jogging slowly at first, gradually increasing the speed to a rapid sprint and later shift pace to slow jogging. You can stop any time to catch your breath and regulate your breathing. Jogging in place is easy because it does not take up much room nor are there any special moves involved. It can be done indoors regardless of what the weather is like or what time of the day it is.

Inexpensively simple

Jogging in place may not be at par with other high profile fitness workouts, but it strengthens your heart, lungs and legs. It is a very good calorie burner and improves stamina. It is also the cheapest form of exercise as you only need a pair of sneakers. You need not drive to the gym or be a gym member for that matter or hire the services of a trainer to teach you the moves. You do not have to refer books or watch videos to see if you are doing it right either.

Very effective with light weights

Jogging in place can be made more effective by holding a light weight of say, 2 pounds in each hand, to start with. You can add variations to your jogging to make it more effective. For example, by lift your knees alternately, as high as you can rapidly. This will speed up your heart rate and give you proper aerobic workout benefits. Your leg muscles and the pumping of your arms back and forth while jogging will tone and strengthen them.

Effective with natural supplements

An overweight person can reap the benefits of jogging by combining it with a good weight loss program and natural supplements. Green tea is a highly beneficial herb in a weight loss program. It can be taken as a hot or cold beverage soon after jogging, which will help shed weight faster, making it lighter and better prepared for heavier workouts.

To lose weight effectively, jogging in place should be a part of a series of intense training workouts that will attack all the muscles in your body and burn fat. Jogging in place would not prepare you for sustained workouts of great intensity that is required to lose weight effectively though it can used as good warm up before the start of other intense exercises.

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Homework - I Mean, Working At Home

Homework - I Mean, Working At Home

Homework - I Mean, Working At Home

Whether downsized, outsourced, or sick and tired of cubicle hell, more people are earning their living by working at home. The work at home industry is booming with a diverse lot of income earning opportunities. People of all skill and education levels can find a niche in this market. And the driving force that allows such an option is the Internet.

Telecommuters

Internet technology has enabled former office rats to do their work at home. Armed with a computer, fax, and telephone, employees from back office data entry to management staff are able to perform part or all of their jobs at home. The telecommuting option is appreciated by workers as it allows them more freedom and control over the work day and more time to spend with families. Companies find that this set up often improves employee morale and productivity.

Net Work

Earning money via the Internet has become an increasingly popular option in the work at home industry. Chances are you know someone who sells merchandise on eBay. Many online merchants are working out of their homes. The Internet offers a wealth of opportunities for writers to earn a living at the keyboard. People with an Internet-based career often start on a part-time basis while working their regular office gig. Once their "web job" takes off, they escape the office grind for full-time work at home.

Home Base

Another option in the work at home industry is a home-based business where you go out in the field to provide services for customers. This is a wide open opportunity - think of any product or service that people need and, viola, you have a business. Again, with the Internet, advertising for your home business is no longer a burden. For example, the senior population is exploding. Start an elder service that helps seniors with light housekeeping, grooming, and transportation. Two career families and busy folks in general equal a business for you running errands such as shopping, chauffeuring kids, and picking up dry cleaning.

You can strike out on your own with these home-based businesses or buy a franchise. Franchises offer a brand name people know and trust along with marketing support from the headquarters office. Start up costs can be out of reach for a lot of people, however, there are hundreds of franchise options in the work at home industry that will fit with small budgets.

Scam Alert

The Internet and print and broadcast media are full of ads for great-sounding work at home opportunities. Sadly, the work at home industry is full of scam companies that advertise high income home-based jobs. Some ads are specific while others are vague and keep you in the dark about the exact nature of the pie in the sky venture.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research before you plunge into any work at home opportunity. Talk with others who are working at home. Check out franchises or Internet opportunities with the Better Business Bureau. Despite the scam artists, there are thousands of options in the work at home industry and one of them will suit you.

Author Bio

HASNUDDIN HAMDAN is a serious Internet Home Business Affiliate. He is always looking out to guide people who would like to start their own successful Internet Home Business. Details are available at: www.emarketsociety.com/pips.html

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