Links to Think

Links to Think: 13.04.08

April 8, 2013



How To Be A More Patient Mom in Just 24 Hours – I recently posted about “love is patient.” Last week, I also wrote a little about a book that shared 7 important pillars of health, including getting good rest and drinking enough water each day. So I smiled when I came across this older post at Inspired to Action, with 5 practical tips toward being a more patient mom. (And reminded myself to keep trying to improve in these areas, too!)

“We complicate parenting.

We try 10,000 different methods and look for the perfect solution to help us to be more patient with our children.

When really?
 A large portion of our frustration can be avoided with a few simple steps.

I want to challenge you to do a 1 day experiment.

The 5 steps listed below might make you roll your eyes. You’ve heard them before. But how often do we actually do them?”

1. Sleep 7-8 Hours

Have you ever had a child MELT DOWN when they were over tired?Yeah, me too.

Sleep is absolutely VITAL to both our emotional and physical well being. Do you get enough of it? Why or why not?

Many of us don’t get enough sleep for unnecessary reasons. Like Facebook. Like the reading blogs. Like TV. Like Twitter.

We say that we NEED time to relax.. Then in the name of “relaxation”, we stay up late, only to be exhausted and grumpy the next day.

When we stay up late, we rob ourselves of tomorrow’s energy, patience and joy.

In reality, the only reason we need so much time to relax is because we’re not truly well rested.”

Hypercleanliness may be making us sickNot really groundbreaking news, but another article to add to the “growing body” of research and theories on the subject of hypercleanliness.

“A growing body of evidence suggests that all the antibacterial-wiping, germ-killing cleanliness of the developed world may actually be making us more prone to getting sick — and that a little more dirt might help us stay healthier in the long run.

The idea, known as the hygiene hypothesis, was first proposed in 1989 by epidemiologist David P. Strachen, who analyzed data from 17,414 British children and found that those who had grown up with more siblings (and presumably more germs) were less likely to have allergies and eczema. Since then, the theory has been cited as a possible explanation for everything from multiple sclerosis to hay fever and autism. But its particulars aren’t so clean and clear.”

“Zasloff goes even further. He doesn’t mind if his kids eat a little dirt, don’t wash their hands before every meal or wear the same socks twice. Eating food that’s been in the fridge a while or that has fallen on the floor is okay, too, he says.

That may not be for you. The important thing, Zasloff says, is moderation: “It’s not that you should expose yourself to things that are going to kill you. We’re just talking about living in a more microbially rich environment. That means you don’t need to use antibacterial soaps or wipes, or clean everything with bleach, or even wash your clothes every day. Getting dirty isn’t so bad.. . . Just use your common sense.””

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