Learning how to love: 5 love languages
Let’s learn about love. Love is a universally known word, despite the various ways to pronounce it all around the world.
Love is defined as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. We have all experienced the feeling of being loved by another, loving another, and even trying to love ourselves during our lifetime. Sometimes in our relationships it can be frustrating when you are trying to express your love to someone and feel they are not reciprocating their love back. You know this individual loves you, but they just aren’t showing it. So, have you ever thought that we all love differently?
Dr. Gary Chapman introduced the 5 Love Languages in 1992. Dr. Chapman stated that he wanted to help people speak and understand emotional love when it is expressed through one of five languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, or physical touch, Chapman argues that while each of these languages is enjoyed to some degree by all people, a person will usually speak one primary language, but all are important and can be ranked after taking the love language profile.
I encourage you to take the quiz for yourself!
Understanding the 5 love languages
It's very important to become aware how others show you their love, how they need to be loved, how you show your love, and how you need to be loved for any healthy relationship. I challenge you to seek to understand yourself and your loved ones. See what love language they are and as you become aware of how to communicated love in your relationships, you will begin to love in a variety of new languages.
By Taunie Davidson
What Makes Your Family Close
The one thing children need most in order to grow up happy and secure is a close-knit, loving family. It’s the cornerstone of each child’s healthy development. Work together as a team and you’ll be proud not only of how well your family functions, but also how close you will become. It’s easier than you think.
Following are some suggestions:
Family Rituals are the cornerstone of closeness. At least once a week, plan shared activities that all family members can enjoy, such as Sunday brunch or even watching everyone’s favorite television program. Make the commitment to spend that time together and kids will know the event is important… and they’ll feel important too.
David Elkind, Ph.D., professor of Child Development at Tufts University and author of Reinventing Childhood
Bridge Generation Gaps. Help your children connect with older people. Your son or daughter can shovel snow for an elderly neighbor. It teaches young people responsibility and helps both generations become sensitive to their unique experiences through shared time. Take an evening walk around the neighborhood with your spouse and children too. Stop to chat with neighbors-especially older folks. You’ll have quality time as a family and will also build a strong sense of community.
Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and author of the Shelter of Each Other.
Family Strengthening Exercises. Set aside a time and have everyone write down specific things they like about each person in the family. Sharing these positive thoughts with your family will reinforce how much you all care for one another. Parents can set the tone throughout the year by showing appreciation and simple words of gratitude: “You cleaned your room without me asking. Thank you.” The important thing to remember is that regularly reaffirming your family’s love for each other is one of the best ways to insure a strong, lasting bond.
Adele Fabre, co-author of Siblings Without Rivalry
Can Snacking Be Part of a Healthy Eating Plan? American Dietetic Association Says Yes -- If You Choose Wisely Snacks can help optimize your energy and mental power, control your weight, reduce the load on your heart and prevent heartburn. Food and nutrition experts at the American Dietetic Association say your snacking habits should help balance your diet, not add unneeded calories or fat.
As long as snacks are planned, small and balanced, they can really help fuel your body for activities throughout your day.
Limit the snack calories to 100 to 200 calories. It helps keep you satisfied throughout the day and you are less likely to binge late at night while watching television.
It is recommended to choose snacks that provide a little carbohydrate, protein and small amount of fat, if any. Mix and match with whatever your taste preference may be and you can be energized throughout your day. Here are some great suggestions:
Serving Size: 1 Scone
Number of Servings: 8
Recipe can be found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/simple-scones/
(My mom usually makes this for 8+ people and freezes the rest before putting noodles in. So I usually half it for our littler family...)
10 cups cubed zucchini
3/4 cup water
Combine the zucchini and the water in a large pot and cook over medium heat until crisp-tender.
4 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup butter
Sautée onion in butter until tender.
8 cups peeled and quartered tomatoes
4 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Add the sautéed onions and rest of ingredients to the zucchini and water. Simmer until tender.
Meanwhile, cook 4 cups of uncooked noodles.
Once tender, add cooked noodles (any kind will do). Serve pretty much immediately and enjoy!
Ingredients for Batter
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
3⁄4 cup milk
1⁄2 cup water
Butter or margarine (for coating pan)
*Savory variation: Add 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh herbs, spinach or sun-dried tomatoes to mixture.
*Sweet variation: Add 2 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to mixture.
In blender combine all ingredients and pulse for 15 seconds. Place crepe batter in fridge for 1 hour. This prevents crepes from tearing during cooking. Batter will keep for up to 48 hours. Heat pan. Add butter to coat. Pour batter into pan until pan is completely coated with a semi-thin layer of batter. Swirl the pan to spread batter evenly. Cook for 30 sec. and flip with spatula. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove. Lay them out flat when finished.
Ingredients for Fruit Filling
2 cups chopped strawberries
1⁄2 cup sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
1⁄2 tsp vanilla
Directions for Filling
Combine strawberries and sugar. Set aside. In mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the strawberry mixture until well combined. Scoop desired amount into crepe and roll up.