Stress Management for Parents

Do you feel like this sometimes?  Wound up so tight that you feel like you are going to both literally and figuratively snap? Stress management for parents can be critical. We may hate to admit that we don't always love parenting and that our children bug us sometimes.  Even if you are usually very happy in your parenting role, sometimes we just need to take a minute and realize we need to do something (or get rid of something) to actively counteract stress. Parenting is a hard job and sometimes we become overwhelmed by the challenges we face.  If a happy home for your family is important to you,  you will find a way to face those challenges.  Try some of the suggestions below: Don't put your kids to bed late and hope they will sleep later the next morning. That does not always work and you  usually end up with a child that wakes up at the normal time, who is cranky for the entire day. Instill thankfulness and gratitude in your children. Be sure they thank people who help … [Read more...]

The Many Benefits of Having a Pet in Your Family – Especially a Dog!

Have you ever noticed that most kids are drawn like magnets to animals? I think there are lots of reasons why this is so, but I think the biggest reason is because pets give unconditional love and accept us for who we are. This is especially true for dogs. As well as being able to understand many of the words that we say, by paying attention to our tone of voice and body language, dogs can be quite adept at tuning into our behaviors and feelings. The gifts that your dog can bring to your family are immeasurable. My youngest child Luke, who is 19 now, pretty much stopped having regular conversations with his Dad and I several years ago, which is probably common for many teenagers. However, he also spends as little time as possible in the companionship with other human beings too - including his peers. This is obviously not a healthy way to live for an extended period of time, which is the situation with Luke. Enter our two family pets that we have had over the years as … [Read more...]

Your dog needs exercise every day!

Giving your dog exercise every day has many benefits. Ella on a walk.  Can you see the smile on her face?  As expected, this time of year brings colder weather - much colder weather in some parts of the United States! I live in Minnesota, so our temperatures can be very frigid this time of year, to say the least.  Most days it's hard to motivate myself to get outside, even though I know that the fresh air, exercise and (on a good day) sunshine will invigorate me. If you have a pet like many people do, he/she will  benefit from the same things that you do when you get outside.  When dogs get enough exercise, they are usually less hyper inside, which is an especially good thing for a dog who needs lots of exercise like a Siberian Husky.  The Husky is a very inquisitive (nosy) and active (mischievous) animal.  So...if you don't keep them busy, you could pay for it in other ways if they get bored.  I have witnessed first hand what a bored husky can do.   Our first Husky, Camper, … [Read more...]