Two Ways To Optimize Your Child’s Life In 2015

As 2015 picks up, more and more parents are interested in ensuring that their children develop a positive outlook on life as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to become successful in social settings. If you’re serious about helping your child attain or maintain a high level of well-being while also ensuring that she or he interacts well with others, there are numerous strategies you can employ to make it happen. Here are two ways that you can optimize your child’s life in 2015:

1. Invest In Your Child’s Room.

As numerous psychologists and home designers will tell you, the quality of a child’s private living space can have a profound and very personal effect on his or her psyche. In short, ensuring that your child feels calm and comfortable in his or her private living space can help him or her develop a sense of self-esteem and ownership that facilitates greater efficacy and well-being. With all this in mind, it’s a good idea to invest in your child’s room by purchasing high quality, aesthetically appealing furniture. To learn more about great kids furniture and design ideas, you can visit a baby furniture blog like Baby Furniture Plus Kids.

2. Focus On Health.

Unfortunately, we live in a world that offers our children a plethora of unhealthy models. At school, children are often exposed to vending machines with sugary candy bars and salt-laden potato chips. Children also live in a world where the majority of adults are either overweight or obese. Finally, many children grow up in an environment where the adults around them are sedentary. Therefore, they’re not being overtly or covertly taught the great value of exercise. Despite these health barriers, parents can take control of their children’s health by showing them ways to optimize wellness. For example, you can take it upon yourself to provide your child with healthy snack alternatives to the junk food they’re frequently offered at school. You can also make a point to be active with your children by joining a family gym or walking them home from school rather than driving if you live close by.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in ensuring that your child leads a productive and positive life, you should know that there are numerous contributions you can make to put this process in motion. By implementing one or both of the strategies outlined above, you can take an important step towards optimizing your child’s life in 2015.

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Free Range Kids – Homeschoolers up all night!

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It is 1am and my darling oldest daughter who is 15 and homeschooled is up talking to the boy friend on her cell phone. She is happy and loud and so I only felt a little guilty asking her to make grilled cheese for me. I am on bed rest and have no energy to do much of anything and can’t think clearly to save my life. I am starving, pregnancy making me crave all kinds of things. Darling daughter was happy to help and went off to make herself one too and the make one for the youngest as well because truth be told, we are horrible night owls!

  Homeschooling Bubble

One of the sad and more often than not completely wrong stereo types of homeschoolers is that they are not social and live in a bubble. Sometimes though it is right! Over an hour later my night owl was still giggling on the phone with her boyfriend. The poor boy is in public school…. she needs to tell him to go to bed! My kids are rather free range, but that comes with a price. She doesn’t have a live class tomorrow, just lessons she has to get done. Lucky her! Her boyfriend though has to be in a chair come too early oclock. I don’t want to put restrictions on them talking so late but I will if they don’t self correct quick! I think homeschooling sometimes has my daughter in a bubble forgetting that not everyone is in the same situation as she is. She has never been in a school desk come 7am having to fully function. Forget that it isn’t scientifically sound to force teens to do that so early, it has to be specially hard when one is up all night talking on the phone!

After explaining this to my daughter it seemed to sink in. I offered to get her up that morning as early as her boyfriend will be getting up and then we could go over some federal testing practice that she doesn’t love. She declined my offer of course and I couldn’t blame her.

Maybe it isn’t that she is homeschooled that had her in my opinion being rude about being on the phone so late with someone who has to be up early. Maybe it is love? The boy of course should be thinking logically and should have told her he had to go to bed, but he didn’t. Still, I don’t want my children contributing to making things harder on others. They have all these freedoms but not everyone else does and they need to be mindful!

  My kids are amazing

They are not amazing because they are homeschooled. They are themselves and they get all the credit for that. Each is so different with their own passions and dreams. Some are more social than others. I must not leave out my surrogate daughters who are fantastic, go to public school, and are so much like their siblings and yet all so different.

If there is one thing I want to help them see, it is that they should reach for what they want in life, but not on the backs of others. No one should suffer so they can have what they want. We must take others into consideration. It is perfect when getting what we dream about also helps others!

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Are you waiting on things till the kids are grown too?

What is waiting on the kids? So often I hear myself and others talking about the things they will get or replace or things they will do once the kids are grown. “Soon as little bobby is older we are going to get a boat!” I recall a woman saying. Another friend was busy planning […]

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The Mindful Revolution changing schools!

Nova Southeastern University Online Master’s in Teaching & Learning One of the things we as a society expect schools to do is help children learn how to live in the world and thrive. Schools in the USA where made to create a malleable workforce. Back in the days where factory jobs were the most common […]

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I thought I was having a miscarriage and I didn’t want to chat!

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I thought I lost the baby There was bright blood and cramping that made my heart hurt. I thought we lost the baby. It was New Years Eve and I was in bed trying not to sob, trying not to ruin everyone’s night. The announcement I kept telling myself had been too soon. I am […]

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Fantastic Gifts for Chicken Lovers

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One of the fun parts of the holiday this year was seeing all the fun gifts my fellow back yard chicken keepers received! There were so many chicken, chick, and egg theme gifts that I had never expected! Having chickens as pets is so much fun and it goes far beyond just getting healthy and […]

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Guest Post: Automotive Museums Throughout Nevada

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While Nevada may be best known mainly for Las Vegas, there is so much more for tourists to see and experience in this state. In fact, Nevada is home to three hugely popular automotive museums. Each of these delivers a one-of-a-kind experience that individuals won’t be able to get enough of. Check out these three […]

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2015 Challenge – Be free of 2015 things!

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Living with Less in 2015 I love new years challenges and I tend to succeed at them as often as I fail so it is always very interesting to me to see what way it will all go. I can’t tell you how I heard about this challenge, just that someone added me to a […]

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Stop Trying to Make Your Children Into Little You

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   You may give them your love but not your thoughts.  My heart hurt last night reading about a friend who is struggling as a mother with 2 young boys. She talked about how she is not connecting with them, going so far as to call them strangers. She recalled her love of reading at […]

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Stage Your Home for Sale on a Budget

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 Getting the Most out of Staging Your Home  Time and again I hear about people who vow by the rules of staging homes. To me they just make sense! Of course I think the order of them is a bit different. I would sanitize and clean first, decluttering goes with this, then bring the home […]

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We are expecting!

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  What a surprise! I just turned 35 and our “baby” is now 4.5 and we have 4 children of our own and 2 amazing surrogate daughters too! We had thought our family complete. Oh goodness… what a shock this was! With my health we didn’t even think this was possible. As a friend pointed […]

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Review – JORD – Wonderful Gifts – Wood Watches

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www.woodwatches.com JORD has stuningly beautiful watches that combine nature and technology. I feel like they feel like “home” and wonder, specially the cog pieces this the one above. I can picture a watch like this on a character from Doctor Who can’t you? The above wooden watch for men is a great gift for him! […]

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Review – Carved Creations – Beautiful Gifts

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  Using old-world craftsmanship and the latest technology along with professional designs Carved Creations is leading the way in Mother Jewelry and more. Their dedication to quality custom pieces has set the world bar in this industry very high and you can tell just by looking around their beautiful and inspiring site.  When you feel […]

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Is 35 old?

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  In a world where people are living older and older these days, is 35 old? On my birthday today I found myself contemplating my life and future. I feel old in so many way, mostly because fibromyalgia and other auto immune issues. I don’t know what life is like at this age without the […]

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Optional Insurance in Georgia for Your Auto

There are critical aspects of insurance for your car that you may be overlooking when you purchase a policy. Too often, car owners will simply get quotes on the minimum insurance required and buy the cheapest policy they can find. When something happens to their car, a claim is filed, only to find out too […]

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Is Santa Real? – How do you respond to this?

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We learn when we are little that lying is bad and can hurt people and yet certain lies are cultural an we look at them as innocent. They don’t always turn out that way though. In my 15 years of parenting I have come across accounts of children feeling very betrayed over the Santa myth […]

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How the EU is Planning to Cut your Power

Guest Post There was an outcry across the country in September when the EU banned powerful vacuum cleaners with motors over 1,600 watts. It led to a huge rush on vacuum cleaners, with leading stores reporting sales increases of up to 40% for the most powerful models that would soon become illegal. Following the ban […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Angora Bunny Brushing

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          Wordless Wednesdays are posts that tell a story where words are not needed to explain. Of course words are included just if you want to know more! Introducing Gandalf! Bunny Before Brushing Angora Rabbits grow beautiful long fiber fur. About 4 times a year they grow out a new coat, […]

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7 Thoughtful Elements Your Outdoor Living Space Needs

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From spring through early fall, you probably spend as much time as you can outside. If you don’t then maybe you just haven’t created a space that is a true extension of your home. When your deck or patio is inviting and comfortable, you won’t mind putting forth the extra effort to carry dinner outside […]

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Top Three Safety Basics All Children Need to Know

Top Three Safety Basics All Children Need to Know

A parent’s greatest fear is knowing their child is in danger. It is a helpless feeling of pure terror, and it is one all parents hope they never have to feel. Because of the imperfect world in which children live in, sometimes there are safety dangers that cannot be prevented. However, teaching your children the […]

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Still looking for a great gift? How about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Do you know a shutter bug that loves taking photos? Many of us have taken to using our cell phone for photos and while those are convenient, they are not the […]

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6 Tips for Having a Green Holiday

6 Tips for Having a Green Holiday

Guest Post The holidays are one of those times that people look forward to every year. Families especially get excited about the holiday season. Many families get to enjoy some extra time together, participate in some of their favorite holiday traditions and see some extended family that they might not have seen since the last […]

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Helping Children See the Importance of Shopping Local

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 Be the Change You Want To See In the World! One of the things my family is doing on our greener living path is to work on sustainability, hobby farming with chickens and gardens. We are trying to learn all we can and develop experience for the years to come when my husband retires from […]

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Guest Post: Getting More Money

Getting More MoneyIf you are faced with a decrease in income, then a second mortgage might be the answer. You can often apply for a second mortgage if you make all of your payments on time. There are a few steps in the application process before you are approved, and there are some ways that […]

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You know you homeschool when your child asks for a DNA Extractor for Christmas!

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  My dear sweet boy who just turned 9 has a lot going on! He is lucky to be able to spend so much time working on his passions, currently he has put a lot of thought into his future. He wants to be a scientist and he wants to create Dinosaurs. Why boy doesn’t […]

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How YOUTUBE Increased Classroom Pass Rates By 31%

Source: YTD My not so little geeky family happen to be huge fans of technology and the number of things we have learned from Youtube are a great many. From changing out a van radiator to setting up minecraft servers we have learned so much from online videos. Many in our home are very visual […]

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Reason #130 Why We Homeschool – Seeing the real world, not the mini world school lie!

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“School was the unhappiest time of my life and the worst trick it ever played on me was to pretend that it was the world in miniature. For it hindered me from discovering how lovely and delightful and kind the world can be, and how much of it is intelligible.” ― E.M. Forster      Did […]

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7 Crafty Projects You’ve Never Tried With Your Printer

I really like this crafty infographic and I had no idea you could print on fabric! I think I am going to have to try this because I could print on fabric and then cut it out on my Silhouette machine and then use fabric adhesive. Also thanks to this inforgraphic I think I need […]

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Who goes into debt for the Holidays?

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       Is holiday debt an American Tradition? By talking to some readers of mine online is sounds like debt for many is a given when it comes to the holidays. I have to admit, I nearly did it myself this year. But why? There are so many expectations and we all just want […]

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Does your Elf On The Shelf leave notes too?

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I love Elf On The Shelf Ideas  One of the ideas I have seen many parents doing is having their elf leave little notes to interact with the children. It is so adorable seeing friends post about the exchanges the kids have with their magical little santa spies! One elf shared a crazy holiday wish […]

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