Pet Therapy: An Effective Drug

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Are you searching for the miracle pill to lower anxiety, depression, stress, etc?  If so, look no further than your man’s (or woman’s) best friend.  In the past few years, there has been tremendous research done on pet therapy and one’s health – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.  Pet Partners, a nonprofit animal-assisted program, lists multiple benefits that pets can have for children, adults, seniors and families.  Below is a list from their website, www.petpartners.org, to show the impact of owning a pet.

Children:

– Increase in self-esteem.

– Teaches responsibility and respect towards other living beings.

– Increase with involvement in activities: sports, hobbies, clubs and/or chores.

– Increase in treatment procedures if suffering from an ailment.

Adults:

– Decrease in blood pressure.

– Decrease in anxiety and stress levels.

– Teaches nurturing and parenthood.

– An abundance of snuggles, laughter and unconditional love.

Seniors:

– Brings new meaning and purpose to life.

– Decrease in doctor visits for minor health issues.

– Decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol.

– Increase in motivation to engage in daily activities and socialization.

Families:

– Touches the lives of all generations.

– Cheers up the stressed and tired parents.

– Excellent companion for child(ren).

 

Having thoughts of getting a pet?  Do your research to find out which pet best fits your life style.  Also, may I suggest obtaining your new pet from your local animal shelter.  There are plenty that need a new home, hopefully yours!  As for me, we have two golden retrievers, Ozzie and Leo, that have made our family complete.  Blessings to your health and family (including fur babies)!

What Does Autism Mean to You?

What Does Autism Means to You?

Autism awareness month is winding down. As I look around at schools or in neighborhoods, I see support autism signs and homes with blue lights on them. The question I ask myself is, once the month is over what’s next for autism? I do appreciate the month where autism should be place on the forefront of everyone’s mind as a reminder of such a crazy and unexplained epidemic that has taken hold of so many children and families lives. However, I am not one that celebrate the month because I live with it 365 days a year. My son Jaylon, is a walking billboard of what Autism is. He was diagnose ten years ago at age 3 and it has been a roller coaster ever since. I have watch him struggle to form a word to now talking back to me when I asked him to do something. Although I hate when he talks back to me, I love the fact that he can. My son is still developmentally behind, but he has made tremendous progress that has truly inspired and amazed me.  He is my inspiration and has taught me what true love is…

To those that are raising a child/children with special needs, I understand your heartache, pain, love and commitment to your child/children. GOD chose us to be the caregivers to his special children. No matter how hard it get both emotionally and financially, please know that because we were chosen to care for GOD child/children, GOD will always take care of us. If there is anyway I can assist you and your family, please give me a call. We are all in this together….

 

What Does Autism Means to You?

This is what Autism means to me!!

Appreciating Moms

Appreciating MomsI spent Mother’s Day weekend in Houston with my mother and grandmother.  I am truly blessed to have such independent, caring and empowering women in my life.  They have experienced hardships in their life that I can not fathom.  Through the times of losing a loved one, divorce, sharing a cramped space together, they never stopped loving my sister and I (along with the rest of our family).  I wish there was more that I can do to show my appreciation for them being in my life, but all I was able to offer them this weekend was my presence, hugs and tons of kisses.

I can’t brag enough about my mom and grandma’s big loving hearts and always willing to offer everything they have to see others happy.  They sometimes forget to treat themselves.  So, to sum it up with a Bible passage that is fitting for the two queens who have raised me: here’s to both of you!

A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full of confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.  In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.  She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.  She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.  She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Proverbs 31:10-30

Many hugs and a lot more kisses!

Kristy

What praises have you given to your mother/grandmother this Mother’s Day?  Let’s celebrate the women in our lives by acknowledging and showing them our appreciation.  Cheers to all mothers!

What is Your Forecast?

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In a matter of seconds, our life can go from sunny and happy to cloudy and sad. No one likes raining days, but without them we would not have green grass and beautiful flowers. How can we keep our forecast sunny?

Just as it is impossible to predict the weather, it is just has hard to predict the future for our lives. Only GOD knows our forecast. When  things doesn’t go they way we plan, we must remain faithful to know that GOD is in control. Take time to know the voice of GOD. He will talk to you and advised you on how your life should go. Many of us have had a lot of heartache and heartbreak and feel that GOD has forgotten us, but this is not true. GOD will never give you more than you can handle. It is impossible to know why GOD would take love ones away, allow us to have a hard upbringing or so many obstacles to overcome, but we must know that for every setback is a setup for something great.

So if your forecast is looking cloudy and unpredictable, know that the rain is needed in order for us to grow and blossom. Continue to walk in faith and watch how bright GOD will allow your forecast to become.

Chores

Chores

It is important to start having kids help out with chores. Here is a guideline to use for different age groups:

 

Ages 2 and 3 

Personal chores

Assist in making their beds

Pick up playthings with your supervision

Family chores

Take their dirty laundry to the laundry basket

Fill a pet’s water and food bowls (with supervision)

Help a parent clean up spills and dirt

Dust

 

Ages 4 and 5

Personal chores

Get dressed with minimal parental help

Make their bed with minimal parental help

Bring their things from the car to the house

Family chores

Set the table with supervision

Clear the table with supervision

Help a parent prepare food

Help a parent carry in the lighter groceries

Match socks in the laundry

Answer the phone with parental assistance

Be responsible for a pet’s food and water bowl

Hang up towels in the bathroom

Clean floors with a dry mop

 

Ages 6 and 7

Personal chores

Make their bed every day

Brush teeth

Comb hair

Choose the day’s outfit and get dressed

Write thank you notes with supervision

Family chores

Be responsible for a pet’s food, water and exercise

Vacuum individual rooms

Wet mop individual rooms

Fold laundry with supervision

Put their laundry in their drawers and closets

Put away dishes from the dishwasher

Help prepare food with supervision

Empty indoor trash cans

Answer the phone with supervision

 

Ages 8 to 11

Personal chores

Take care of personal hygiene

Keep bedroom clean

Be responsible for homework

Be responsible for belongings

Write thank you notes for gifts

Wake up using an alarm clock

Family chores

Wash dishes

Wash the family car with supervision

Prepare a few easy meals on their own

Clean the bathroom with supervision

Rake leaves

Learn to use the washer and dryer

Put all laundry away with supervision

Take the trash can to the curb for pick up

Test smoke alarms once a month with supervision

Screen phone calls using caller ID and answer when appropriate

 

Ages 12 and 13

Personal chores

Take care of personal hygiene, belongings and homework

Write invitations and thank you notes

Set their alarm clock

Maintain personal items, such as recharging batteries

Change bed sheets

Keep their rooms tidy and do a biannual deep cleaning

Family chores

Change light bulbs

Change the vacuum bag

Dust, vacuum, clean bathrooms and do dishes

Clean mirrors

Mow the lawn with supervision

Baby sit (in most states)

Prepare an occasional family meal

 

Ages 14 and 15

Personal chores

Responsible for all personal chores for ages 12 and 13

Responsible for library card and books

Family chores

Do assigned housework without prompting

Do yard work as needed

Baby sit

Prepare food — from making a grocery list and buying the items (with supervision) to serving a meal — occasionally

Wash windows with supervision

 

Ages 16 to 18

Personal chores

Responsible for all personal chores for ages 14 and 15

Responsible to earn spending money

Responsible for purchasing their own clothes

Responsible for maintaining any car they drive (e.g., gas, oil changes, tire pressure, etc.)

Retrieved from Focus on the Family

Surviving Christmas as the Non-Custodial Parent

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Christmas can be the most difficult time of the year to be without your child. Seeing all of the Christmas decorations and Santa’s in the malls, kids running around being festive about the holiday season can leave you feeling overwhelmed and depressed. Every parent wants to see their child wake up Christmas morning to open their gifts, so what can you do if your child will be with their other parent?

My first year was very difficult without my son, but since then I have learned three key things that have help me deal with this transition.

1. Celebrate Christmas early or late.

My son taught me that the date is not as important as the time spent at home. This year we had Christmas early. We plan a day when he was able to wake up early in the morning and open all of his gifts. He had all of his favorite meals and we played all day with his new toys. If you were not able to celebrate early, it’s okay to plan something for your child when they return home. It’s never too late to celebrate.

2. Volunteer.

It is exciting to put a smile on someone else’s face. There are so many people who don’t have anyone in their life to care for them, or have lost a love one and the holiday season can be extremely difficult for them to get through. You can start be contacting your local shelter, senior citizen homes or church. It always great to give back to those in need.

3. Pamper yourself.

Don’t be afraid to take time out for yourself. You can treat yourself to massage,  manicure or pedicure. Go see a movie that you been waiting to come out. If you not able to spend a lot of money, stay home and fix your favorite meal, watch your favorite program or sit quietly and listing to some music or read a book.

You have to find time to fine tune yourself so you can be a better person to yourself and your love ones.