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    6 Tips For Building A Healthy Family

    All of us want to have the perfect family. We want well balanced children who are curious and hungry to learn. We want relationships that nurture and allow us to grow to the best us we can be. But, that is a lot easier said than done.   Reality is that we are continually evolving as a family. We must balance work, school, sports, and socialization for each member of the family. We must identify weaknesses and find ways to overcome them in order to keep each of us healthy and happy. As the parent, the responsibility to keep the wheels turning belongs to us.   Below we will share with you, 6 tips for building a strong and healthy family. Of course, every family is unique. You will have to adjust the tips to fit your situation.   Set limits Many people want to glaze over this concept. Science has proven that children who grow up with defined limits are happier and better able to control their emotions. With that said; it is important that the parent exercise love and kindness. It comes down to teaching your child how to treat other people. Set limits and then help them meet the standards. This teaches them respect and understanding as well as responsibility. Have a family activity that is active Many families have children who are active in sports, dance, theater, and hobbies. But, a family that has an activity that everyone in the family is involved in helps you remain close and keeps everyone physically healthier. Perhaps you can go hiking a couple of times a month. You can try running, skating, swimming, or rock climbing. Try various things until you find something that everyone can do. Have a no-stress zone Stress is a major problem in America. The stress of everyday life bleeds over into our homes, and it is unhealthy for everyone. Set a stress-free zone. This can be the kitchen or family room. You can set it up so that the family knows that no arguing or complaining is allowed at the dinner table. This can be adjusted to suit you. It may include no electronics, no television, or no eating in your room. Have one place where the family comes together everyday and communicates. It will take a little practice. However, it is well worth the effort. Quality over quantity This is a rule that can apply to many areas. Spending quality time with your children trump’s spending long hours doing nothing. It simply means when you do something for your family or when someone in the family does something for someone else, it is done well. Here are some examples: Give your child your undivided attention during the family dinner. It doesn’t have to be a night on the town. A 30-minute meal where you focus on them is quality time. Treat them to something special. You may not want to give them buckets of candy, but from time to time buy bulk Ghirardelli Read more [...]

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    Elton John Song Quiz

    With Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman” (Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell), coming out May 31, 2019 we thought to have a quiz for all those X-Geners.  Take the short quiz below and name that Elton John song!     Share with an Elton fan!