Words. Words have so much power. Words can make or break a person’s entire life. If you want proof, think about the most hurtful words spoken to you as a child. Do those words still bring emotions to you? If you reflect upon the memory, you might find out that those words have had some kind of effect in your belief system and in the formation of your character. In fact, you might still be believing that ‘you are not good enough’ or ‘you are not good at _____’ because someone said that to you when you were growing up. And you didn’t want to try more because you believed those words. In the past year, I have been reading so many books about the power of our minds in shaping the reality we want in our life. The research is mindblowing and I am amazed by the effect of…

Do you want your house to look clutter-free instantly? When it comes to decluttering, there are easy and hard things to get rid of. If you want to get rid of unwanted items fast, starting with easy and small things is the best. It will immediately clear up space and you will feel better. You can do it as part of your ten-minute decluttering project, or when you come across them. Without much ado, let’s see what are some easy things to declutter your home right now. KITCHEN AND PANTRY Chipped plates and glasses Containers without lids Plastic containers that are discolored Small kitchen appliances you have used only once or twice and never liked Expired spices and condiments Expired food items Packets of chips/cookies/cereals that you opened and didn’t finish and are now past the expiry date Broken appliances Pots and pans with no handles Dishcloths, sponges, and rags that…

Have you ever decluttered your home only to find it getting cluttered again in a few months’ time? And it took you forever to do that one decluttering. And now you are procrastinating again because that’s what most of us do. I used to do that too. But now I understand that this method is ineffective. Instead of decluttering once in a while, now I focus on making decluttering a daily habit and have a list of decluttering tasks handy so that I can do daily cleaning whenever I get a few minutes here and there. And that is what this post is about. In this post, you will learn about how to keep your home clutter-free by spending only 10 minutes daily. When you go with this system, please don’t expect a decluttered home in a week. Ten-minute decluttering is a slow process, but you can keep almost all…

Chocolate and peanut butter is a heavenly combination. If you love peanut butter and can never get enough of chocolate, you must try this recipe. And the best thing? It takes only 10 minutes to make this creamy homemade chocolate peanut butter. I am a huge lover of chocolate and on some days, I just have to have chocolate. And my kids love anything with chocolate too. I use this chocolate peanut butter mainly as a spread on whole-grain bread as a school snack for kids. It gives them the protein they need and is filling too. Peanut butter has many health benefits. Approximately 26% of peanuts are protein. Therefore it is a great source of plant-based protein. In addition to protein, peanuts also contain carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It is best to consume peanut butter in moderation due to its high-fat content.…

If you want to discipline your children without shouting, you have come to the right place. Yelling and punishment never helped anyone. It only made a miserable child more miserable.  When a child misbehaves, it is due to a need not met. The child may not express it as such, but when you punish him on top of the unmet need, the disciplining goes ineffective. It also affects the relationship between you and your child.  That’s where the positive parenting style benefits children. In positive parenting, the child’s needs are met with empathy, therefore the correction to his behavior is made based on the belief that caused the child to misbehave.  When you are trying to discipline positively, the emphasis is put on the root cause of the behavior and the solution is made focusing on meeting his needs rather than punishing for the behavior. In other words, traditional disciplinary methods…

All moms want their children to be healthy, no matter if they are newborns or adults. And teaching children healthy habits early on is one thing moms can do to ensure that they stay always healthy. One thing I would like to point out is, when we think of the word “health”, taking care of the body is what comes to our mind.  But as we are now starting to become aware (thanks to the internet and social media), mental health is equally important. In fact, symptoms of mental diseases can also manifest in our body as tiredness, mood swings, dizziness, nausea, etc.  The mind and body have strong interconnection. Therefore, let’s try to place importance on the mental health of children as well. Because both, body and mind, should work hand in hand to make sure that we lead a healthy life.  So, let’s dive in and see some…

You know the cycle. You tell the kids for the third time that it’s bedtime.  But for them, it seems like you are speaking from inside the invisibility cloak of Harry Potter.  They don’t hear you or bother to show any signs of listening as well. You raise your voice and suddenly they hear you.  The next time comes and the only difference is you have to yell harder.  You get caught up in the yelling cycle and kids also get used to your yelling that they get trained to act only when you are shouting like a mad person.  How tiring it is! WHY DO PARENTS YELL AT KIDS? Parents yell when we become overwhelmed by the emotions that arise as a result of kids repeating the same pattern of misbehaviors.  We also yell because that helps us to get their attention which otherwise seems hard to get. Or sometimes…

“You never buy me anything, you’re always like this”, my daughter told me.  It was hard to hear, even harder to fight the overwhelming feeling of guilt.  “Am I not doing enough for her?” “Am I limiting her desires too much?” These thoughts always race in my mind.  Then I look at if her basic needs are met. I can see that they are. Don’t we do enough for her leisure? Yes, we do.  I try to accept the fact that being a mean mom is better than being an extravagant one because that helps my kids to be happy about what they have.  But her words make me realize that I need to put in more effort to teach my daughters about gratitude. Kids should be taught to feel gratitude and appreciate the hard work we put in to raise them and provide for their needs.  BENEFITS OF TEACHING GRATITUDE…

It can seem like your kids are the best friends in the world one minute and the next minute they’re fighting like cats and dogs.  They hate each other so much that you wonder if you hate your life too.  Getting siblings to be best friends would be a bonus we would love, but most parents hope that they can at least live with each other peacefully. SO, IS SIBLING RIVALRY NORMAL? Absolutely. Sibling rivalry is a normal part of family life. If you have siblings, you can think back and remember how the squabbles were a part of your daily life.  In fact, conflicts will be a part of human life as long as you live with other human beings under a roof. It need not be a sibling, but can be any other person – spouse, parents, friends or anyone else.  When we have to share our belongings…

Do you drool over the pictures of those clutter-free white marble homes in the home decor magazine? Do you think it’s not possible for you to keep your home tidy like that because of the stuff you have? Don’t be discouraged thinking only those big homes can look organized and clutter-free. No matter if you have a big home or a small one, you can keep it clutter-free if you make the following decluttering habits a part of your life (yes, even if you have kids). WHY SHOULD YOU FORM DAILY DECLUTTERING HABITS? You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy. Decluttering should be an ongoing daily process. Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging. You might think it…