Health and Wellness at Home: Feel Better to Do Better!

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Every mom knows that if her children feel good, they’re a lot more likely to be good. That means better behavior, better focus, and better grades. That’s why I’m a huge advocate for women becoming the family nutritionists and health care providers. Not only does physical wellness increase success in all family endeavors, learning how to support health empowers women to more fully embrace their roles as homemakers.

Obviously, there are times when we need to go to a licensed medical professional. If you’re child breaks his arm, by all means take him to the emergency room. But 9 times out of 10, we can treat minor illness, injuries, and even behavioral issues at home through nutrition and natural medicine.

The trick to success is preparedness. You don’t want to be flipping through the homeopathy books on an hour-long quest for the correct remedy when your child needs relief NOW. Or, worse yet, find yourself so unsure of where to begin, that you end up giving your child powerful antibiotics that cause serious damage to her gut flora when you could have easily treated the stomach flu with a few well-chosen, side-effect-free natural remedies.

So, in the interest of promoting women’s self-education in home health care, here are a couple of my favorite resources:

The Weston A. Price Foundation is an incredible source of information, especially regarding nutrition. The foundation is an international non-profit education organization promoting traditional diets and food preparation methods and sustainable agriculture. Their work is based on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist in the 20s who began to notice that his young patients were coming in with unusually narrow facial structures, both the source and symptom of many additional problems. He began researching indigenous peoples who had universally broad, healthy facial structures and were free of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Long story short, he found that their traditional, nutrient-dense diets kept them healthy in mind and body.

Joette Calabrese is a homeopath who teaches a unique approach to homeopathy. She calls it “practical homeopathy” because its ease of use, even for moms at home. She offers TONS of free advice and information on her blog, and for those interested in going a little deeper, she offers several courses in homeopathy. The is a great alternative to conventional, high-powered drugs for treating minor illnesses and injuries as well as many chronic issues.

TIP: Don’t just educate yourself in natural health and healing; educate your children! Turn nutrition study or one of Joette’s courses into a health class as part of your homeschool curriculum!

Homeschool Rooms

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I love the idea of a room (or area) designated for homeschooling. What if your homeschooling space didn’t have to compete with dinner space or recreational space, or need to be completely cleaned up at the end of the day? It doesn’t need to be a huge (or even a whole) room; just a space that isn’t multitasking. There are several advantages to a homeschool room:

  1. Formality. I’m a huge proponent of keeping “school time” distinct from the rest of family life. It believe reduces some of the tensions and complications that are inherent to homeschooling – personal issues between family members distracting from subject matter, lazy attitudes from being at home instead of in a formal classroom setting, etc. There are many small ways to create a distinct school atmosphere, from set hours to a school “dress code,” and a designated school space fits right in.
  2. Orderliness. Having “a place for everything and everything in its place” is principle
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    number one of an ordered home. Why not have a place for all those books and papers and supplies that doesn’t compete with other designated spaces in the home? Somewhere these items can potentially even be left out for a while without disrupting dinner?

  3. Continuity. Speaking of leaving things out, some school projects are more effective if they don’t need to be put away at the end of the day. Advanced science experiments, art projects, timelines, and such benefit from being worked on over the course of days, weeks, and months, and a homeschool room provides an oportunity for these kinds of projects.
  4. Display space. Use the walls and shelves of a homeschool room to display the year’s work – from art to essays – for admiring friends and relatives!

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Coloring Books

y648I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about coloring books. The lack of real creativity inherent in any paint-by-number style “art” rubs me the wrong way. However, not everyone is artistically inclined, and for those that aren’t, coloring books can perhaps provide a creative outlet without the stress of something completely outside of his or her comfort zone. Maybe a well-done coloring book can even be a stepping stone on the way to more original art. And some of the coloring books listed below actually have a lot of value as learning tools in non-art-related curricula.

At any rate, they beat Disney princesses…

Dover Coloring Books make an excellent supplement for many subjects and ages. They carry beautifully-illustrated coloring books on history, science, design, and more as well as basic coloring books of the ABC, 123 variety suited to younger children.61kITIYgn7L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

HarperCollins and Classic Coloring both carry coloring books based on literature, including children’s classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Little House on the Prairie, and Alice in Wonderland.

Melissa & Doug offers plenty of coloring books for younger children who just want a fun picture to color. They’re usually themed (dinosaurs, pets, trucks, princesses, etc.), and don’t resort to movie characters and such. Many are jumbo-sized, a nice feature for small hands.

There are many coloring books like this one that are based on famous works of art. A quick Google search will provide more than enough to chose from.