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KIDS HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

As parents we want to raise our children the best we can right? But what does this “best” look like? For me this is what it looks like!

Here are 8 things that I think are so important for the health and development of our kids:

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1. A loving Covenant relationship with Parents
“Covenant” meaning everything you do and say you do and say with your children in mind. The things you do or don’t do affect and mold them therefore make a covenant that you will always love them with purpose and intention.

Parents who love their children with intention will be more effective in their parenting. Utilize every love language when loving your children. The languages being, “Touch, Acts of service, Words of affirmation, Quality time and Gifts (Gary Chapman- Five Love languages).

2. Water
Water is so important! A good way to know how much water should be consumed is by cutting their weight in half and put it into ounces. Example is a child weighs 30 pounds he/she should be getting at least 15 ounces a day. More if they are active which most kids should be.

3. Healthy Foods
Eating healthy foods is important especially at an early age because this is setting the tone for the rest of their lives. Get your kids to be comfortable around healthy foods. Get them involved in the preparation of the food with you. Yes, this might make you take a little longer but you are instilling important life lessons for you kids. It’s a great investment! Teach and train them which food It’s good for them and why. Make it fun for them!

The parents must example a healthy lifestyle too. You will train them intentionally or unintentionally, because they are always watching you. Whether you are purposely teaching them or not, they are learning from their examples, YOU.

4. Movement
If they are babies still and crawling, that crawling movement is important for their learning development. It causes the brain to work fully, using both hemispheres of the brain getting them to communicate together. I know we are tempted to just hold them or put them in their chairs all the time but please don’t do that! Put them on the floor and if they freak out get down on the floor with them & they will get use to it don’t worry.

Exercise helps bring oxygen to the brain. It does a lot for the brain even chemically. Do not allow your children to just sit in front of the T.V. or computer get them to move.

5. Sunlight
God created the sun and we are to be in it. We need it vitamin D. Sunshine produces better sleep, better bones, and better mood and is great for the body. Teach them to listen to their bodies. Teach them to get out of the sun when they feel their skin starting to burn. Teach them how important sunshine is for our lives.

6. Sleep
Sleep is so important for their growth. Rest creates better brain function and positive behavior. If your children resist going to bed you can make it a “time of connection”. Make it family time so it’s not like a punishment. I have noticed that once we settle in and relax my kids will actually share so much at that time of night when they are about to go to sleep, utilize it. If going to bed meant a time of connection with you they will be more excited to go to bed!

7. Joy/Hope/Passion
They need to know how to play! Most of the time it’s pretty natural of course but empower them in their playtime. They could have fun doing anything.

They love to do whatever we their parents are doing. Many times we communicate to them that some things are fun and others are “a drag”, “chore” or even a “punishment”. This is because we present them that way. Invite them to do things with us and teach them how to have fun doing it. This will set them up for success.

We can’t be too busy to do this; it’s a priority for us as their parents. Our job is to give them skills that will set them up to be independent, able to do things on their own without you telling them. That way by the time they are 18 years old the responsibility of life is nothing new to them rather something they have been intentionally trained to be able to handle and succeed in.

When we don’t give them these skills they get into 4th or 5th grade and begin to get projects and papers for homework, we get so surprised if they have trouble being organized, remembering things they need to do, finishing their projects & papers. We punish them and give them a nice speech about how they need to shape up. But the training all starts at home. The school education is to be a supplement not the primary source. It’s the parent’s jobs to teach and train their children.

8.-Fresh air

Many stay inside in the air conditioned air or heating & don’t get fresh air. They get recycled, dead, stale air. We all need fresh air. Open a window and/or take a walk outside. Open window by bed when you’re sleeping. Fresh air is good for us.

Conclusion

These are the 8 things that I think are important when it comes to the health and development of our children. Try them out with intention for a month and watch what it produces in the life of your child.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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Experience the Power of Listening

“Can You Hear Me Now”
Author: Dallas Demmitt, PH.D and Nancy Demmitt. M.C

I actually had the honor and pleasure of being a part of a few Skype calls with Dallas. Dallas was personally teaching a friend of mine, Casey. Casey invited me to be a part of it and Dallas accepted me being on the call with them. It was the three of us, Dallas, Casey and myself on the call and to be honest I was a little confused at first.

My friend Casey shared very little about what the call was about but assured me that I would benefit from it and that Dallas was very wise and had a lot powerful tools and insights to share. Therefore I didn’t really understand what it was about and imagine it would be me listening to this wise man teach.

As we started the call Casey introduced Dallas and we started to get to know each other. Dallas shared that he helps people and businesses to grow and be more productive through the art of listening and communication. When he began to share the things he does I went quiet and just listened. I was honored to be invited on these calls and was there to receive and listen. But I quickly found out that me just listening was not what they invited me for. As they talked they would continue to stop and ask me what I thought, ask me what I heard and what I understood. I would share and go quiet again. Then quickly they would stop talking and ask me again. Then I understood!!! I had that “Aha!” moment and saw that this was actually the point of this call. Dallas called it, “the gift of listening”.

This meant that after they shared something they expected me to give them this “gift” which was to interrupt and share what I heard and understood them saying. This was not just a teaching lesson where I sit and listen to the teaching but rather an encounter with the actually teaching, it was about DOING and experiencing it. This experience makes you really be present and listen to what they are saying because you knew that they were going to soon ask you what you heard. They would expect the “gift” of interruption so I can show them I heard their hearts in what they said. This really open my eyes to the power of listening and how to be more intentional.

What a great tool I learned and now teach to others. That experience as rich with insights and I am very thankful for that opportunity to learn from Dallas. I recommend this book, “Can you Hear Me now?”

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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LOVE AND PAIN ARE BORN IN THE SAME PLACE

How do you love and be loved without getting hurt? The truth is if we are truly going to love and be loved, pain will be a part of our experience.

Let me start by saying that it’s my opinion that love is the greatest need that we have as human being have along with food and water. Jim Al-Khalili a physicist says, “love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent”. Philippa Perry a philosopher says, “Love is above all”. Catherine Whybourne a Benedictine nun says, “Love is more easily experienced than defined…The paradox of love is that it is supremely free yet attaches us with bonds stronger than death. It cannot be bought or sold; there is nothing it cannot face; love is life’s greatest blessing.” In researching perspectives of love I found an article that says, “Deprivation comes in many shapes and forms: lack of food, diseases, maltreatment, and child abuse are some of the harms that come to mind. However, I would argue that deprivation of love can be just as deadly” 

There are so many definitions of love out there but here are a few:

–       “An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind… Love between opposites sexes, is a compound affection, consisting of esteem, benevolence, and animal desire” American Dictionary of The English Language 1828

 –       “This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions: completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and when you would do anything for each other. When you love someone you want nothing more than for them to be truly happy no matter what it takes because that’s how much you care about them and because their needs come before your own. You hide nothing of yourself and can tell the other anything because you know they accept you just the way you are and vice versa.” Urban Dictionary

 –       Love = Warmth, Nourishment and Protection

 –       “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” 1Cor 13:4-8

Why do we need to experience pain if we are truly going to love and be loved?

Trust is that love and pain are born in the same place. Love is birthed in a “womb” and this womb is a place of vulnerability and intimacy. Vulnerability causes us to be susceptible to different levels of pain. This is why one must come to a personal conclusion if love is worth the risk. There is a, “counting the cost” involved in love but this counting the cost is in the very nature of love itself.

When you are willing to make yourself vulnerable to someone you are essentially communicating to him or her that you are willing to give them your heart. Your heart is valuable to you therefore this shows your value for them. It shows that you trust and value them enough to have a level of intimacy or in-to-me-u-see. This in turn causes them to feel valued, trusted, respected, heard, understood or in one word, Loved.

Understand this, love is as food and water, without it we die (internally). I encourage you to “count the cost”, to love and to become easy to be loved. Let people in. In-to-me-u-see. This is where the love is born.

The Pain of Love

Than comes the issue of getting hurt. Since our hearts is valuable shouldn’t we guard them? It’s out of your heart that springs forth the issues of life therefore yes you must learn to guard your heart. What does it look like to guard your heart in a healthy way? I say, “healthy way” because many guard their hearts with defense mechanisms such as, anger. Anger says, “I’ll hurt you before you hurt me”. It’s a defense mechanism. Defense mechanisms hinder love and truth from entering into our hearts (Closing up & avoiding things can be another defense mechanism that’s robs us from truth and love).

So what does the “healthy” way look like? It looks like you being clear on who you are & who you are not (true humility). It is you knowing your identity and your value. Only than can you be confident about letting people into your heart space. Why? First, because you know who you are therefore can affectively give yourself to another and be able to receive the love in return. And secondly, because you value yourself therefore would not allow someone to abuse you in any way.

Therefore the, “healthy way” has nothing to do with what people are doing or not doing. It has to do with your own personal internal reality. When you have a peace and confidence within it will manifest itself outwardly too. We guard our hearts not through defense mechanisms but rather through the confidence and freedom we have within through knowing our true identity and value. With it comes to relationships we must be bold as a lion & yet gentle as a dove. Be bold because of the risk of getting hurt & gently because the opportunity to love and be loved.

There is a risk but love is worth it. Go and love and be loved!

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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COCONUT

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

Ounce for ounce, coconut contains even more saturated fat than butter—119 percent of your recommended daily intake, per cup. Still, it appears to have a beneficial effect on heart-disease risk factors. One reason: More than 50 percent of its saturated-fat content is lauric acid.

A recent analysis of 60 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that even though lauric acid raises LDL (bad) cholesterol, it boosts HDL (good) cholesterol even more. Overall, this means it decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Serving size: 1 cup, shredded (80 g), 283 calories, 7 g fiber, 3 g protein, 27 g fat, 12 g carbs, 60% manganese, 12% selenium.

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says, “Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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PAPAYA

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

With about a full day’s worth of vitamin C, a medium-size papaya can help kick a cold right out of your system. The beta-carotene and vitamins C and E in papayas also reduce inflammation throughout the body, lessening the effects of asthma.

Native to Central and South America, papaya is the best known source of papain—an enzyme so efficient at breaking down protein that it’s used commercially to tenderize meat.

Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the juicy flesh, or grind up the seeds and use them as a black-pepper substitute.

Serving size: 1 cup, cubed (140 g), 55 calories, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein, 14 g carbs, 144% vitamin C, 31% vitamin A, 13% folate

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says,

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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How to Behave Within Society and With Family

“The Art of Living and Social Courtesy”
Author: Gaby Vargas

On many occasions I have been asked how one should dress for a job interview, how to impress a client with your attitude, how to dress for certain events, how to select dinner and drinks from a foreign restaurant, how they can arrange business trips that their clients will never forget. Above all i receive a lot of questions about how to behave in society and with family, and today I have a great recommendation for all of you : “El arte de convivir y la cortesía social”. “the art of living and social courtesy.”

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Socializing is an important part of the development of any person and the way we communicate, express ourselves and talk, is the way in which we will receive acceptance of our social circle, whether it be at work or with our loved ones.

“El Arte de convivir y la cortesía social” is a book that can help you learn how to communicate assertively with people and especially teach you to be courteous, as it is essential in all acts of our life, so says the saying: “In asking, is giving”.

Politeness helps us to demonstrate our human qualities and helps us maintain an excellent relationship with others. That is why Gaby Vargas offers the keys to achieve fulfillment in our social relations through education.

Among the topics you can find you are: the foundations of courtesy in a relationship; how to dress properly for various celebrations; the importance of good manners and impeccable presentation; the most important aspects of family courtesy, among many others.

If you want to know the keys to success in your social relationships, then you should definitely read this book!

Adriana Gallardo

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WATERMELON

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

Eating watermelon could help your heart. USDA scientists found that people who drank six 8-ounce cups of watermelon juice daily for 3 weeks experienced a 22 percent increase in their levels of arginine—an amino acid that boosts blood flow to your ticker. Can’t manage six cups? Smaller amounts help, too.

A watermelon has the same water content as the brain and delivers brain chemistry. It prevents erectile dysfunction, lowers blood pressure, and improves insulin sensitivity. It also helps remove ammonia from the body.

Serving size: 1 cup, balled (154 g), 46 calories, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 12.

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says, “Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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PEAR

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

Pears aren’t usually spoken about with the same nutritional “ooos” and “ahhhs” as apples, which are rightfully regarded as a superfood. Still, a single pear has more fiber than an apple, comparable vitamin C, and only a few more calories and carbs.

When picking pears, you want a pleasant fragrance and some softness at the stem end. Some brown discoloration is fine. Ripen them at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag.

Serving size: 1 medium (178 g), 103 calories, 6 g fiber, 1 g protein, 28 g carbs, 12% vitamin C, 10% vitamin K

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says, “Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

 Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

 

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PASSION FRUIT

Fruits That Should Be In A Pharmacy

“Every seed produces after it’s own kind”

This South American fruit is packed with vision-protecting vitamin A and more cholesterol-lowering fiber than your average textile mill—a single serving has 25 grams, a full day’s worth, plus potassium twice that of a banana.

Cut the fruit in half and eat the pulp with a spoon, or cut it into little pieces and toss on ice cream. Make sure you eat the seeds—that’s where the fiber is stored.

Serving size: 1 cup (236 g), 229 calories, 25 g fiber, 5 g protein, 2 g fat, 55 g carbs, 118% vitamin C, 60% vitamin A, 23% potassium

Through observation you will find that there is a law or a truest truth that says, “Every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If I plant an apple seed I will get an apple tree… pretty simple right? This simple but profound truth can be applied to many aspects of our lives. If I have negative thoughts what will those negative thoughts produce? Negative thoughts will produce negative talk/actions. “Seeds” of negative thoughts and talk produce negative actions.

If we speak out “seeds of negativity” what will we get in return? Negativity. Thoughts and words can be self-fulfilling prophecies because, “every seed produces after it’s own kind”.

If “seeds produce after their own kind” that means the “seeds” you plant today will be what you harvest tomorrow. Therefore we must learn to be intentional with our “seed planting”.

Apply this truest truth to your diet. Learn to see that what you eat as “seeds” that will produce something in your life. Depending on that “seed”, your life can either gain health and happiness or gain physical disease and inward emotional dis-ease.

Fruits are filled with life and filled with nutrients that encourage and support life.

If you would intentionally “sow” more fruits into your diet, it will produce a harvest of health and happiness.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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Recognize Your Gifts and Learn to Share Them With the World

“The Gift in You”
Author: Caroline Leaf

I use to really hate reading! Ha! I mean I avoided it at all cost until I turned 25 years old. I realized something… the people who write these books go through years of experience and research and put it all into a book that I can read within a week. I can gain the knowledge, understanding and wisdom from years of struggles in only a few days. When I got this realization I saw that reading books that will help me grow as a person as very valuable and not read everyday. Reading truly has changed my life and has benefited my life’s experience.

This book called “The Gift in You” was awesome. I have done many studies on our gifts and talents and how to utilize them fully. This book brings practical insights along with the scientific insight of the brain. I really enjoy the read. It shared how to understand that you are uniquely gifted and reveals how your gifts work. I think is it’s so important to not only know your gifs but to learn how to live our gifts. We must recognize the gifts blockers so that we can overcome them and rise up into our full potential. I really enjoy book that not only help my personally but give me information and tools that I can help others with. I recommend this book.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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