THE REASONS WHY FAMILY IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE

Family is the most significant and most precious donation that God has provided us. In interactions with others, it is the first class. Family is an essential term. It implies feeling safe, having someone you can rely on, and with whom you can discuss your issues. But it also means respecting one another and having accountability for one another.

What family means is to love someone through the good times and the bad times. Ans, also the family will always be there for you. It’s about encouraging, comprehension, trust, consolation, counseling, values, ethics, ideals, and belief. All these items are essential to me because they make me feel safe and glad inside whatever happens in my lives.

Family is essential because it offers each of its employees with affection, help, and a value structure. Members of the family educate each other, represent each other, and communicate the joys and sorrows of life. Families provide a personal growth setting. Family is the most significant single impact on the lives of a child. Children rely on families and friends to safeguard them and provide for their ##s from their first times of existence. Parents and friends form the primary relationship of a child. Family offers safety, identification, and principles to all employees, irrespective of the era. When a household member felt dangerous or insecure, he looks for assistance to his relatives.

It also shows the significance of families following household traditions. Family traditions are memories that parents regularly develop together, whether they require holidays, holidays, or even joining spiritual functions together. These encounters not only generate images for years to come, but they also offer a more excellent feeling of belonging to household employees. Families are bonding and making every employee sense essential.

A house is the first classroom where a kid receives the fundamental principles of existence. He knows the family’s excellent habits. Our leading power is the morals and principles learned in the household. They’re making our personality. They lie the basis of our thoughts. I think lucky to be raised in a house where late-life morals get taught. Family is a society’s most significant and highest division. It plays a vital role in cultural lives. Families make up a community. Our household was renowned for its conduct and principles.

THE CONCEPT OF FAMILY

If we take the concept of the society, then a family is a group of people who are related to each other who are recognized by birth that is called consanguinity, by marriage or other relationships which are called affinity, or co-residence as implied by the etymology of the English word – the family. Or it can be a combination of these words that may include spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, members of an extended family may include grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and siblings in-laws. Often these are also called the members of the immediate family, depending on the relationship of an individual with the family.

Often in the societies, the family is called as the principal institution for the socialization of the children. As the basics of raising children, loving them and caring for them generally classify most families. A nuclear family consists of a husband, his wife, and their children. An avuncular family consists of grandparents, a brother, his sister, and her children. The extended family means parents and children reside with other members of one’s parent’s family. Sexual relations among the members get regulated by rules concerning incest such as incest taboo.

The word – family, can be used metaphorically to create more inclusions such as community, nation, global village, or humanism. The science of genealogy is used to trace family lineages through family history. The family is also a critical economic unit studied by family economics.

One of the main functions of the family is providing a framework for producing and reproducing biological offsprings to grow the generations ahead. It can get done by sharing food, giving and receiving of love and care, share all rights and duties, and moral and sentimental emotions. Hence one’s experience of family shifts over time. From a child’s perspective, a family is a family of orientation the family helps in locating children socially and plays a significant role for them to socialize. As per the view of the parent, the family is a bonding which allows them to get connected and socialize as a combined unit and protect and be the head of the family as a unit. However, only the production of children is not the primary aim of the family. In societies with the sexual division of labor, the marriage and the resulting relationship between the two people, it is necessary to form an economically productive household.

It. is noted that the concept of family confused with the household, as in different contexts in which the word is used. This confusion is not at all accidental, but inductive of the word – family, ideology of capitalist, some countries that pass social legislation that insists the members of a nuclear family should live together, irrespective of the ideological and legal pressures, a large number of families do not conform to the ideology of nuclear family, though claiming to be a nuclear family.

The family and kinship are to be universally considered with relations of blood; many other societies have identified a family as being able to live together under one roof. Sharing of accommodation, sharing of food, sharing of love, and care within the small group of people was considered as a family though some societies opposed the ideas of living together bonded with some social obligations without the consent of the community.

Times have changed, its more acceptable and encouraged for mothers to work and fathers to spend more time at home, tending up the children. The way roles get balanced between the parents will help the children grow and learn valuable lessons of life. The importance of communications and equality holds excellent values in the family to avoid the role of strain.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR BABY HEALTHY

One of the biggest worries that we all have is about our newborn baby’s health and immunity system. We consult several child specialists and pediatricians regarding the things to do and things not to do. We try every advice of the specialists so that to keep our baby away from infections. During the cold and flu season, it is difficult for you to stay away from diseases, let alone the newborn babies. But this is very much possible with a little care and precautions.

 Everyone wants to show off their newborn bundle of joy to everyone in public among friends and relatives. Everyone wants to show how cute it is or how sweet it is to be a proud parent. But to caution, you, never take the newborn to places that are crowded. If a newborn has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, it is advisable to take them immediately to the hospital and get a complete checkup. So it is advised not to take a baby to crowded places as it is not worth getting those filthy germs. Do not take them to shopping centers or a restaurant. Outdoor spaces are made, but you also don’t want somebody sticking his face too close to your baby.

 It may seem paranoid or nitpicky, but you must ask anyone who wants to touch your baby or pick him up in his arms or cuddle him for a moment to properly wash his hands before he or she reaches the baby. You should keep breastfeeding your baby so that there are enough antibodies present in the baby to fight away all those filthy infectious germs and bacteria. In case you know that a family member has fallen sick or is ill, then politely refrain him from coming near the baby, in fact, the person should not even enter the room where the baby is.

 On the other hand suppose you as a mom are suffering from a fever or flu, you should never be away from your baby, in fact you should continue to cuddle the baby and keep on breastfeeding the baby all the time, since you will be providing the baby with the antibodies and other essential nutrients every time you feed. That’s the best way to boost the immune system of your baby. And, also keep the baby away from all germs and infections.

Babies are not perfectly eligible for a flu vaccine until they are six months old. It takes a series of vaccine shots before the baby is fully immunized. You can assure of your baby’s health by administering the flu and whooping cough vaccines along with all the other vaccines. You also make sure that the booster shot of all the vaccines is given to the baby. Soon after the delivery, get the vaccine chart from your consultant and follow the same for the periodical vaccination of your baby. Even the person who is going to take care of the baby should get adequately immunized.

If there is already an elder kid in the house who goes to the daycare or a school, there is always a danger that he might bring home all the filthy germs and bacteria with him. You will not do anything extreme like sending him out of your home to a relative’s or a friend’s house. You got to properly educate and train the child about how to take care of his younger kin and what are the essential steps to be followed before handling the baby or touching him.

These simple steps mentioned above will make you keep your baby healthy and away from infections and germs.

HEALTHY FOODS FOR BABIES TO BOOST IMMUNITY

Cold and flu are no fun for anyone anymore. But this chilly season infections of different kinds can be more challenging when they inflate your family’s tiniest cutie. The parents, siblings, relatives, and friends can help in preventing the babies from catching up with germs and infections. Even vaccines for the babies when they are six-month-olds can also immunize them from other sicknesses and flu. Other hygienic measures include washing one’s hands, covering the face while coughing and sneezing with a handkerchief or a tissue and distancing away from the babies when they are sick or ill.

If your baby has just started to eat solid foods, you can also support her good health by making up tasty foods. And, it also would boost up her immune system. Add the below-mentioned ingredients to your baby’s food and help keep the ill effects of illness away and keep the baby healthy.

Whole-fat plain yogurt: The plain yogurt is a great way to get probiotics, which are the good bacteria that helps your baby’s system to fight away the bad and harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and promote overall immunity and ease side effects if she needs the antibiotics. Yogurt is also proven as a good source of immunity-boosting Vitamin-D and also useful proteins that are good for the child’s body and helps overall growth. This yogurt also helps repair the defective body cells if any. It also helps in maintaining competent white blood cells that are very useful in fighting various infections.

Sweet potatoes: This all seasonal yellow-orange colored tubers are full of beta carotene that gets converted into Vitamin-A in our body.  It is also useful for a very healthy immune system for our body functions. Carrots, squash, pumpkins, mangoes, and dark green leafy veggies are also an excellent source of beta-carotene. You can take the help of many recipe books to churn out tasty food for your baby.

Avocado: this creamy fruit is a good source full of Vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant and Vitamin B6 which helps build up cells that are mostly needed for the healthy immune system of the baby and increase immune response. The Omega 3 fatty acids that are present in the avocado also help the body to absorb immune, better-boosting nutrients. So including this in your baby’s dinner will make the most of all the healthy ingredients that go into the mouth of your little one: puree or mashed avocado well before feeding your kid. If a baby is around ten months, then you could also try the spunky coconuts simple DIY with avocado and pear ice pops.

Brown rice: these little grains are full of nutrients and essential minerals like magnesium and selenium that are essential for the overall body growth of your precious child, and they both enhance immunity and bolster resistance to viral infections. Puree cooked brown rice with meats, vegetables or fruit, brown rice blended with roasted bananas, a pinch of cinnamon and add a little water is so good that even we could eat it. Its also delicious mashed up with stewed up dry fruits.

Blueberries: whether fresh or frozen, blueberries are a super source of multiple antioxidants, especially the flavored compound anthocyanins, which help in fighting off all sorts of illness from your baby. The blueberries are also a rich source of Vitamin C, and the researchers have found that Vitamin C is beneficial in fighting the common cold in babies, it may help ease symptoms while your child is already sick of the illness. Whole blueberries are a choking hazard. But, you can mash up the fruit and mix it up with apples, bananas, pears, yogurt, oatmeal or even a minced non-veg dish to make a baby-friendly meal.

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: COMMON PROBLEMS AND ISSUES

All relationships and families go through a phase when it becomes difficult for them to understand each other, which ultimately leads to problems and conflicts. These conflicts end up in ripping apart from each other and settling in separate homes.

Let’s take a look at what are the causes of these problems and the solutions to it.

  • Frequent arguing
  • Disagreements
  • Breakdown in communication
  • Angry outbursts
  • Avoidance
  • Physical conflict

Many individuals are dealing with these results in adverse respects. Many people can turn to harmful behaviors when household issues seem to have become severe or out of reach. These may include drug use and self-harm, which can get used as a manner of dealing with emotions. People can also create issues of mental health triggered by stress and increased feelings. Research shows that problems with relationships can contribute to problems like depression and diseases of anxiety.

Research has also shown that issues with relationships can contribute to difficulties in other fields of lives, including education, employment, social adjustment, and self-esteem.

THINGS THAT TRIGGER PROBLEMS IN FAMILIES

Sometimes, most households are going to encounter some hurdles. There are many methods that issues with relationships can happen. We are humans that are mentally complicated. Each person has their views, thoughts, reactions, and emotions, and at moments, it is prevalent for us to argue. Problems of relationships and adverse feelings can often spiral and worsen, leading to additional difficulties for yourself and others.

The significant aspect to understand is that with challenging circumstances and disputes, we can discover how to deal with and handle. There are many methods you can attempt to enhance your friendship with your spouse and friends and find solutions to your issues with your association.

  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Gambling problems
  • The onset of mental health problems
  • Bullying/harassment
  • Natural disasters
  • Lack of trust/respect in a relationship

THINGS TO DO TO AVOID PROBLEMS IN A FAMILY

Talk: Communication is the secret to discovering alternatives and often the first stage. When debating your issues with an adored one, be calm and frank about your worries.

Accept your differences: It can assist in preventing excessive confrontation if you recognize that individuals have distinct thoughts, distinct views, and different values, and you may not always agree.

Have fun together: It’s essential to discover the moment to have enjoyment with your loved ones even when situations are hard.

Make a plan: It can assist in decreasing stress and helping in achieving popular objectives. If you have economic issues, for instance, it can contribute to building a deficit.

Get help: You may not always be willing to fix your issues so that you may need some internal assistance.

WHERE TO SEEK HELP FROM

  • Check online information and resources through relationship counseling
  • Attend workshops/courses related to parenting, communication, positive communication skills, and budgeting
  • Check your GP if you are worried about mental health issues in yourself or others
  • Call a helpline such as a Lifeline or Kids Helpline

No-Sew Tulle CINDERELLA Dress!

I recently bought Cinderella on DVD for my daughter.  She has been completely obsessed ever since!  So for Halloween she of course wants to be Cinderella!

This was such an EASY dress to make.  

You need:

 15 yard of Light Blue Tulle 

2 yards of White Tulle

Waffle Headband

A Blinged Out Hair Clip 

Crown

What I did was cut the Tulle in 6 inch strips and ran it through the waffle headband.  When the headband was in the middle of the tulle, I tied the tulle in a knot around the headband.  I used the same technique to make the sleeves.

 To cover the waffle headband, I put the dress on my daughter and wrapped the tulle around the headband then I put the hair clip on it to keep it in place.  

Your done!

My daughter absolutely LOVES her dress!

Briana made a similar dress for her daughter but in pink- check it out HERE!

Cinder Block Bench

After finishing our Cinder Block Sandbox I still had TONS of cinder blocks left over.  I wanted to make something that was usable, so I decided to make a Cinder Block Bench for our back porch.  It was super easy and super cheap (since I already had all of the Cinder Blocks).

I stacked the cinder blocks where I wanted them.  I used 1 1/2 x 5 cinder blocks to make the base.

I wanted some cushion for the seat.  So I went to JoAnn’s and picked up some 2 inch foam and I picked up some vinyl at Hobby Lobby.  I used the same vinyl that I redid my Step Stool Chairs in. I also used some old plywood that we had around the house.

To make the cushion you first cute the plywood down to the size you want.  You then put the Foam on top and the Vinyl on top of the foam.  Then you just staple everything to the plywood.

I did the corners last just to make sure they looked the same and looked neat.

 The cushion fits perfectly on the cinder blocks.  For the cushions I made covers for 2 king size pillows and several 17×17 accent pillows.  You can find the tutorial for the pillows HERE.

I really liked how the bench turned out.  It is actually really comfortable and is really nice not have those cinder blocks stacked up where my kids can get hurt!

DIY- Easy Outdoor Pillows

I LOVE outdoor pillows!  They add a lot to any outdoor space.  The problem is that they are so expensive.  I decided to make my own Outdoor Pillow Slipcovers.  I am telling you- they are SO easy that you will go crazy making all sorts of outdoor pillows!

I used Outdoor Canvas that I bought at Joann’s for the fabric.  Joann’s actually has a pretty large selection of Outdoor Material.  When I saw this orange fabric, I couldn’t resist it!  I did not want to spend a lot of money on these pillows, so I went to Goodwill and picked up some pillows that were in good shape.  

They were $1-2 a piece.  These pillows are all about 17in x 17in .

 I bought one yard of fabric- one yard made 3 pillow covers.  I cut the material at 18 in x 36 in.

You hem both of the 18 inch sides.

Next, I laid out the material so the sides are over laping about 1 inch and pinned it on both sides.  Make sure the right sides are together.

I then stitched up both of the sides and turned the material out.

Now, I stuffed the pillow in the cover.

You can leave the pillow just like this, but I wanted a little extra feature.  So I stitched on some wooden buttons that I won from a giveaway a while ago.

You are DONE!

These pillows cost me about $4 per pillow (the outdoor canvas is more expensive than regular material).

I LOVE THEM!

Monster Pillows

My son found some cute stuffed monsters on Pinterest a few months ago.  And he has been talking about them ever since.  I tried to find the etsy shop that sold them, but I couldn’t find them.  I don’t think she makes them anymore.
 (A reader just commented and shared with me the name of the shop that sold the monsters.  She doesn’t have any listed right now, but she may in the future.  Her shop is called Little Bit Funky.  She is really creative and has some really cute items!)

In fact, my son (who was 9 years old at the time) loved these monsters so much that he made a few for his brothers and sisters and gave them as presents.  He made them all by himself and did a really good job!  

He made these little ones:

So for his birthday, the only thing that he wanted was a monster for himself.  

I decided to make a bigger one and surprise him!

The front has a pocket and I sewed on the letter C, since that is the first letter of his name.  

(Since his birthday, my other son begged for one, so I had to make another monster with the letter A. I am also in the process of making one with a D.)

You should have seen his face when he opened his present!  He was so excited and carried that monster everywhere!  I think he even took it to school to show his friends.  Now the kids at school want one!  🙂

This monster has been everywhere, even camping!  My boys love them, because they use them in the car on long trips as a pillow.

So now, I have more monsters to make… I better get busy!

DIY- Bandana Dress

A couple months ago, we were at a farm show in Amarillo.  One of the venders gave me a couple of CASE bandanas that I thought were pretty neat.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them- a Bandana Dress for my daughter.  I am just now getting around to it…

Here is how I did it.

I got two of the bandanas and sewed them with right sides together.

Then I gathered the very top of the bandanas to make it flow at the bottom.

I then got out one of my daughters dresses and cut out a pattern for the top.  Then I stitched it together, I just eye balled it… 

When the top is all stitched up, just sew it to the gathered skirt.

This is how it looks when it is all stitched up.

I wanted a couple of red accents, so I had some red ribbon that I stitched on for sleeves, a ribbon etc…

Then you are done!