Here Comes Halloween!!!

Yay! Here comes Halloween and all the beautiful or spooky costumes and the tricks or treats.
Unfortunately, I am not the typical mom that goes all out to celebrate Halloween. I personally don't dress up in costume and go for trick or treat or decorate the house with pumpkins, but I am the mom who also doesn't kill the excitement for my kids and make them feel alone in school with no costume.

Just so you know, I have nothing against Halloween in any way, I know there are people against it due to beliefs or because of the history of Halloween, which is usually attached to witchcraft. I sincerely don't follow all that, but it's their family and they can choose what's best for them, I don't think they should be judged for that. I personally do believe it's ok for the kids, it's not like they will become witches/wizards or ghosts and so on after Halloween is gone.

Halloween is exciting for kids with so much fun, they always look forward to the costume and excited about going to school to show off to their friends and see their costumes too, why kill the excitement right?

This year my first son is a police officer, he doesn't really like spooky things and being a police officer is his dream. When we were shopping for a costume, immediately we found the police costume, he didn't want any other one. He was so excited to put it on this morning and I got a quick picture of him blowing the whistle, before going to school.

Fortunately for me, the management of the building we live in made a beautiful Halloween decoration on the ground floor, so it was easy for me to take pictures and make it all look fun and also thrilling for him.

I just want to let my kids be kids, it's their time to have fun and enjoy the moment. It's not about me or if I love to celebrate Halloween or not,  its fun and exciting to them.  They don't attach any meaning to it, except that it's entertaining, so I am letting my kids be kids.

Happy Halloween to you all, I do hope you all have fun with the tricks or treats.

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To Revenge Or Not

Is it normal or not to take revenge when people hurt you? I have been hurt by friends in the past, and it usually angers me, especially when I know I have done a lot of favors for most of them. One thing I always avoid is seeking revenge, I mostly try my best to let it go and ignore it after a while.

I got a broadcast message from a very good friend of mine a few days ago, and it says a lot about why I don't seek revenge or hate others. If I feel really betrayed, I just try my best to ignore the whole event. This is not easy to do I know, but this is what works for me and it has made me a better person. I mostly try to focus on more important things and move on with my life. I don't know the author of this message, but I believe my lovely readers can also learn from it, so here it is;


A snake penetrated into a carpentry workshop.  As it slipped, it passed over a saw and got slightly wounded. Suddenly, it turned and bit the saw, and biting the saw, the snake seriously got wounded in its mouth! Then not understanding what was happening and thinking that the saw was attacking "him," it decided to roll around the saw to suffocate it with all its body by squeezing it with all its strength, but it ended up being killed by the saw!!!

*Sometimes we react in anger to hurt those who have harmed us, but we realize after all that we are being hurt ourselves*.
*In life it is better sometimes to ignore situations, ignore people, ignore their behaviors, their words.*
*Sometimes it is better not to react so as not to suffer consequences that can sometimes be deadly or harmful.*
*Do not let hate take over your life because love is stronger than anything.*

Be wise and live healthy."

"The best revenge is to be unlike him who perform the injury" Marcus Aurelius. I believe when you revenge, you have stooped low to the same level with the one who hurt you or the hater.

Don't get me wrong, revenge is usually exciting and as humans, we are likely to always seek revenge when hurt badly. But revenge is a 2-way sword and both parties involved will most likely get hurt. People will disappoint, hurt, belittle, ignore you and even envy you most of your life. What gain comes from hating them back, or planning to hurt them too? Ignore them, Move on, you will live a more healthy life that way.


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The Concept Of Gratefulness

Thanksgiving as come and gone in Canada, but after the celebration the concept of gratefulness got me thinking for a while. Being grateful is something I take seriously and appreciate a lot. I try to show gratefulness to my creator, and the people I come across in my day to day life. I try to pass this attitude or concept down to my kids as much as I can.

My first son is 5 years old and I have been teaching him about gratefulness, the moment he could express himself. I get him to say thank you when someone helps him out, when he receives a gift, no matter how small. He thanks the bus driver when he comes down from the bus and also thanks his teachers from time to time.

The concept of gratefulness is either in you from childhood or painful experience makes you grateful. It is important to tell our kids and also show them in our attitude, how important it is for them to be grateful at all times.

Not everyone understands or see reasons why they should be grateful when their needs are not met, So many people think being grateful is about the amount of money in their bank account or how many of their goals they have been able to achieve.

Being thankful for the breath you take every day you wake up, first and foremost is the most important. All the money you are dreaming of having, all the goals you wish you could achieve will only come into reality if you are alive and breathing. Be grateful you are alive, so many people have a dream/ vision greater than yours and today they are no more.

Being grateful to humans is beyond thanking them for their help or services, We all love appreciation and when people value what we do. When you show appreciation to someone, you might have brightened up their day, encourage them to do more, or make them feel important. Be grateful to your creator at all times, being alive is the most important thing. Every other thing is secondary, so be thankful always!

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I recently came across a post on facebook about funny things kids say, I was having fun reading the comments until I found a comment where someone claimed her 6 months old nephew said "I see you now", I was like what? Then I found another saying her daughter of 7 months said: "I will tell my dad everything". In fact, I found several moms or aunties claiming their son/nephew or daughter/niece of 6-8 months old said this and that.

Then it dawned on me while reading this, that another mom out there whose kid is probably 2 years old or more and can't say a sentence will start feeling bad and wonder if something is wrong with him/her. Please and please don't feed into that B***S***, hardly will you find a 6 months old that can form a sentence with 4 words. I personally have never seen one baby that does that. Don't judge yourself or judge your kids based on someone else's achievement, kids are different and they grow up in their own unique way.

My first son didn't say much until he was 3 years old, a lot of people showed concern and even guess maybe something was wrong. I felt a bit pressured at one point, so I took him to see a speech pathologist. I was told nothing was wrong with him, he was just having a speech delay, which I was told was common in boys, especially firstborns. I know better now, not to be pressured by the opinion of others when it comes to my kids unless a specialist detects something wrong. My son is 5 years old now and talks too much, he is very inquisitive and always trying to bring up conversations on his own.

The bottom line is, don't compare your kid in all aspect of life to that of someone else's kid. Your kid will grow on his/her own and with proper guidance become better. If you have kids having challenges or difficulties, be it speech or something else, don't be pressured to believe something is wrong. Kids are wired differently, you need to support your kid, help them succeed and build a better version of themselves. 

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5 Tips To Keep Kids Hydrated Always

Kids needs to take a lot of fluid throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Most parents are concerned about their kids fluid intake during the summer time, because the weather is hot and they sweat a lot. We easily remember to give them more fluid during this period, but just because summer is over doesn't mean fluid intake should stop.

Its important for kids to have a lot of fluid available from time to time. Most kids are active all day long and needs fluid to replace their lost of water. Drinks are very important to keep young children healthy and hydrated.

5 tips on how to keep your kids hydrated;

1) The first thing to offer a kid when thirsty is water, this is heathy and can easily replace lost fluid in their body. You can also serve them some milk (white or chocolate). Fruit juice can also be offered but should be 100% and limited to snack times only.

2) Sugary drinks and pop should be avoided, such as fruit punch or fruits drinks made from package powders. If you need to give them juice go for 100% fruit juice and should be limited to 125-175ml per day.

3) Look out for juice with the words 'no artificial flavors or colors added' 'fruit juice from concentrate' 'unsweetened' 'made with real fruits'.

4) Coffee, cola, energy drinks, tea, sport drinks, should be avoided because they contain caffeine. These drinks can over stimulate your child and make them loose more fluid.

5) Always read the ingredient list of the drinks you buy for your kids, avoid any drink that has sugar or any form of glucose as part of its ingredients.

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