Friday, January 18, 2008

What about our kids.

Let’s take our children back to the good ole days…
When families ate and prayed together.
When children did not have a choice in what was cooked for dinner.
When children had to be in the house before the streetlight came on.
When children did not engage in adult conversations.
When the first thing you did when you got home from school was take off your school clothes and do your homework.
When children ate a hot breakfast at home each morning.
When children were actually scared of their parents.
When needs came before wants.
When children went to church every Sunday.
When parents knew their child’s every move.

Now let’s compare the old days to today…
Now everyone eats when he or she wants, and where he or she wants.
Now children tell their parents what they like and dislike.
Now when the streetlight comes on the children go out.
Now children join in adult conversations.
Now children are up at 10:00 p.m. doing homework, still wearing their school clothes.
Now children have to make it to school before breakfast is over in order to eat.
Now parents are trying to be their children’s friends instead of their parents.
Now the new Jordan’s are bought before the light bill is paid.
Now children only go to church on Easter to show off their new clothes.
Now when you ask a parent where their children are their response is simply “outside somewhere.”

Parents are giving children too much freedom. A child does not know what is good or bad for him/her, that is call. We are giving children the responsibility of parents.
We are now living in a society where teenage pregnancy is common, fatherless households are normal, drug addicted mothers are no surprise. Children today are practically raising themselves and it’s not fair to them, these children are missing out on the most important years of their lives due to poor parenting skills.
When I was coming up you never heard about child abuse cases better yet a parent killing their own child, now that too is common in our society.
Our children emulate rap videos and have dreams to become rappers, what happened to becoming doctors and lawyers? How did we get this way? What happened? Where did we go wrong? Of course we all have questions that we may never know the answer to? But this is my question to all “What are we going to do about it.”

Thursday, January 17, 2008

How To Keep Your New Years Resolution

We all have New Year’s Resolutions, but not all of us stick to them. The main reason we fail at keeping our resolutions is because we don’t have a plan. So I’m going to give you 10 easy steps to help you keep your resolutions.

1. Start Small
Instead of giving something up completely, try cutting back.

2. Remember nobody’s perfect so set realistic and achievable goals
Trying to look like a super model is not realistic for the majority of us, but to include daily physical activity in our lives is.

3. Understand that slip-ups are not the end of the world
Everyone makes mistakes. Resolutions can be set at anytime.

4. Create a plan
People forget, paper remembers. Write your resolutions down and put it somewhere you will always see it, that way you will be constantly reminded of the goal at hand.

5. Patience
Everything takes time. Remember great things come to those who wait.

6. Reward Yourself
Whether you buy yourself a new outfit or treat yourself to a full body massage, reward yourself after each week or month of keeping your resolution.

7. Do not spread yourself too thin
Don’t pile yourself up with resolutions limit your number of promises. Trying to make multiple changes in your life will only result in the failure of all your resolutions.

8. Don’t be afraid to seek help
Whether it’s professional or just friends and family. Let people know about the changes you are trying to make in your life that way you will be constantly reminded of what you are trying to accomplish.

9. Embrace change
Understand that things happen unexpectedly and just embrace it even if that means your resolution is altered.

10. Keep a journal
Write down your achievements and your slip-ups so you would know exactly where you stand with your resolutions.

Good Luck!