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The right chores for your child

Having chores around the house is a very important part of a child’s development. It teaches them to become responsible adults. Some folk may figure that the battle to get the job done may be more aggravation then just doing it themselves. While doing it yourself may be easier in the short term, it can actually hurt your child in the future. Choosing the correct, age appropriate chores for your child may help you avoid those battles.

If this is something new for older children, start off with a family meeting. Discuss the new rules and expectations. Be ready for complaints and some resistance. It may take a few weeks to get into the groove of a new routine. Starting children off as early as toddler-hood, doing simple chores, will help avoid this shock to a teenager’s delicate system.

Children 8 years old and younger can handle quite a few things around the house believe it or not! My 4-year-old son has been responsible for putting the dirty laundry in the hamper, each morning for well over a year. He proudly marches from bedroom to bedroom, hunting for dirty items! Gathering the items and placing them in the hamper gives him a sense of accomplishment that he (and I) are quite proud of. Younger children can also be responsible for feeding pets; setting/clearing the table; sweeping; putting toys away; dusting; watering plants. Put on a huge show, let your child know what a HUGE help they are to the whole family by taking on this great deed.

Children ages 9 to 12 years old can wash dishes by hand, or place dirty dishes into the dishwasher; put the clean dishes away; help with cooking; wash the car; make beds; sort/fold laundry; take out the trash; run the vacuum. Children this age may become wise to the ways of an allowance, so be prepared for that conversation as well!

Kids 13 and older can take on much bigger responsibilities. They can prepare lunches for themselves and younger siblings; run simple errands; change bedding; mop floors; do laundry; yard-work/gardening; cleaning the house.

Be specific in your requests and make sure your child knows how to do the job properly and safely. Use a chore chart, which you can post on the fridge so your child doesn’t “forget” his/her chores. Stay flexible in your demands. There may be days when your child would like to make special plans or has a ton of homework to do. They should still have plenty of opportunity to be a child first.


What are your children reading? Part 3

I recently picked up a lot of Little Golden Books off of Ebay that were a great find. Some are books that I remember having as a child, which makes them extra special to share with my son. For $5, we got 22 books; after picking through them, I only had to toss out two or three that I didn’t approve of. You can find some great buys on there, and by picking up a big lot at once you can quickly and cheaply expand your child’s library. Just keep an eye on shipping to make sure the total price is worth it!

My daughter who is 7 is currently reading The Viking at Drumshee and so far she loves it, we are looking for more books in this genre if anybody has tips..

Our family is currently reading The Glunk That Got Thunk by Dr. Seuss, we LOVE IT! And we highly Recommend it.

My son who is Dylan who is 12 years old is reading The Loch Ness Monster Story by Khaetidawne Quirk & Danny O’Flaherty, here is a brief description of the book. This is the story of the Loch Ness Family’s frustration with pollution and lack of privacy. In the end, the world respects their wishes. The parents are once again happy and the children, Nestor and Nessette, are free to play.

Heat Rashes – Babies

Heat rashes occur in babies when the pores of their sweat glands become blocked. This generally happens when the weather is hot or humid. As the infant sweats, little red bumps and, possibly, tiny blisters form because the blocked glands cannot clear the sweat.

Alternative Nam Heat rashes and babies; Prickly heat rash; Red miliaria Information:

To avoid heat rash, keep your baby cool and dry during warm weather.

Some helpful suggestions:

During the hot season dress your baby in lightweight soft cotton clothing. Cotton is very absorbent and keeps moisture away from the baby’s skin.

If air conditioning is not available a fan may help by evaporating moisture and cooling the infant. Place the fan far enough away that there is only a gentle breeze drifting over the infant.

Avoid the use of powders, creams, and ointments. Baby powders don’t improve or prevent heat rash. Creams and ointments tend to keep the skin warmer and block the pores.


The Nontoxic Kitchen

The kitchen has long been the heart of the home, a place of comfort and safety that stays with us from our childhood throughout our lives, is one of the most hazardous places in the average home. Why? Because of the widespread use of toxic products to clean all of its surfaces, including those intended to come in contact with food. Fortunately, there are alternate way to handle every job, and most of them are not only infinitely safer, but cheaper as well.

For the floor:

* Dump all those toxic products, and try a simple solution of Borax in water – this takes grease and grime right up!

For the counters:

* use baking soda as a powdered cleanser – sprinkle liberally on the counter, and wipe or scrub with a damp sponge or cloth

* mix baking soda with borax and use as a powdered cleanser – sprinkle liberally on the counter, and wipe or scrub with a damp sponge or cloth – this is VERY good for grease

* mix baking soda with salt for use as a powdered cleanser – sprinkle liberally on the counter, and wipe or scrub with a damp sponge or cloth – this is for when you need a serious scrub, so don’t use it on fragile surfaces

* try a simple solution of Borax in water – this takes greasy grime right up!


Herbal Folklore

Angelica – protects from evilherb_chart.jpg Herbs image by XxEmo-GingerxX

Ash – (wood) invincibility.

Balm Mellisa – all healing. Is reputed to repel illness.

Bettony – protection against evil spirits.

Borrage – (flowers) gives courage.

Bracken – fern seeds gathered at midsummer are golden and were said to make the wearer invisible and also bring gold to the user.

Briar Rose – protects from bites of dog or snake.

Clover – (flowers and leaves) bring good luck, and was said to bring clairvoyant powers.

Daisy – innocence and love.

Dill – love

Eglantine (sweet briar) – pleasure.

Elder – (use only twigs, do not cut tree) beloved of the elves and the goddess, Elder brings wisdom, joy and delight.

Elm – childbirth. (its associated with Embla, the first woman in Norse mythology).

Fennel – a sacred herb held in great respect by the Anglo Saxons. wards off evil spirits, bestows strength & courage, and prolongs life.

Harebell – the flower of witches, who used its juice as part of their flying ointment. Its associated with seeing fairies, goblins and earth spirits. It was also thought to be associated with the devil and to bring bad luck, but it also was used by witches to transform themselves into hares. (not to be taken internally).

Hawthorn – marriage and fertility. (not a very attractive smell).

Hay – pregnancy and fertility.

Hazel – sacred in celtic mythology. (use wood) fertility and immortality, wards off rheumatism. This is one of the most popular woods for making sorcerers wands and dowsing rods.

Heather – luck.

Honeysuckle – fidelity and affection, those who wear it will dream of their own true love.

House Leek (chicks and hens) – keeps witches away and the wearer will never be struck by lightning.

Hyssop (hyacinth) – purifying, cleansing.

Jasmine – attraction.

Ladys Mantle – womens problems, magical. Use the pearl of dew that gathers on the leaves at dawn, its called celestial dew, causes change in your life, brings luck. Aids spirituality.

Lavender – relaxing and stress relieving.

Lilac – luck, love.

Lily of the Valley – counters spells, attracts fairies.

Marjoram – peace, happiness, joy.

May flowers – (the seat of the old wild magick) it brings both adventure and chaos into your life.

Mint – sharpens the mind.

Mistletoe – energy, fertility, immortality.

Mulberry – headaches.

Mullein – asthma, protection from sorcery.

Nettle – (one of the nine sacred herbs of the Anglo Saxons) protection against demons and evil spells.

Oak – (a sacred plant) protection by the gods, strength, long life.

Onion – protection against lung illnesses, colds, flu, and the plauge, fends of witches and demons.

Orchis – desire.

Peony wood – charm against evil.

Poppy – a charm against those bewitched into love.

Primrose – to see fairies.

Rose – pure love.

Rosemary – good memory, friendship, fidelity.

Rue – luck and protection against the evil eye, freedom.

Saffron – aphrodisiac.

Sage – longevity, prosperity (do not cut this plant with metal).

Snowdrop – the passing of sorrow.

Sow Thistle – increases strength and stamina, repels witches, invisibility from enemies.

St Johns Wort – considered the most potent of herbs for driving away demons the devil and evil spells.

Strawberry – sensuality.

Sweet pea – good fortune.

Thyme – Relives giddiness and nightmares.

Violet – love, humility, honesty, virtue.

Walnut – robs a witch of all mobility, repels insects. It is the tree of jupiter and brings the gods blessings.

Wheat – (contains the spirit of the earth and harvest – Gaia’s blessings) growth, fertility.

Willow – sorrow, lost love.

Yew – (a sacred tree) protection against evil, immortality. Do not cut the tree, gather only from the ground.

The Words of WOTAN the High One

wotan.jpg Wotan image by haargald

If we survey the whole field of Indo-European, Teutonic and Celtic religiosity, it is unmistakably clear that “The Havamal” (The words of the High One, Wotan) best expresses the deepest essence and character of the Aryan.

In the Havamal Wotan teaches the fallibility of man, the necessity for courage, temperance, independence and truthfulness, respect for old age, hospitality, charity and contentment and instructions for the burial of the dead. The Havamal essentially includes the entire code of conduct for our Folk.

From early youth Viking boys were expected and encouraged to show the bold spirit demanded by the Havamal. There are two outstanding characteristics of those who hold to the teachings of the Havamal. Both became widely self-evident during the Viking era and are just as relevant today. First is a man’s concern for honor, his family’s and his own. And second is his belief in luck and fate of the Norns. The Vikings took nothing more seriously than their families. It is a continuing institution, even though the individuals within it perish. The family is the man’s master, it can do without him, but not he without it.

Our ancient European ancestors believed that expulsion from one’s family or folk was to be the worst of fates. No man, they believed, should be an entity to himself, he is a part of the fabric of a family. To belong to a family or clan of high esteem is a rare blessing, [...]

Autumn… Fall….Second Harvest…..

The Autumn Equinox has many names and not all are familiar to our readers: Festival of Dionysus, Fall, Mabon, Michaelmas, Labour Day, Alban Elfed, the Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest, Wine Harvest, the Witch’s Thanksgiving. For the Kelts this is our Second Harvest, when Acorns fall from Majestic Irish Oaks, when i was a child we would use the bottom part of a fallen acorn as a seat for the Faeries that we would leave out for them, even as an adult when i see one i sit it up correctly by the tree for easy access…

Now that the Autumn Equinox is here it means that day and night are now equal in length and this happens when the Sun is at 0* of Libra. The “Harvest Moon” is the name given in the past because night harvests were possible by the light on the Full Moon nearest to the Autumn / Fall Equinox. Often, the Harvest Moon is bigger and brighter and red in colour, the warm colour of the Moon shortly after it rises is caused by light from the Moon passing through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead, i only got to see a Red Harvest Moon once in 2007 if memory serves me right.

There are many traditions about the cutting of the last sheaf of wheat at the end of the harvest and that a young Maiden should cut this..In some parts [...]

Unity & Comradeship..

Unity! What is it? It is the ability to put aside our small differences for our common goals – Our Folk. We have all attended gatherings of our people and it seems the only thing we have in common is alcohol & gossiping! We are destroying ourselves, we do to ourselves worse than what the enemy could do to us. What is the solution? First as individuals we must keep an open mind, for you cannot take in new ideas with a closed mind. We must educate ourselves! Read! Read! Take in as much knowledge as possible, with both literature of our people & the enemy, in this way you get to know the way they think and act. Ask questions, the people to ask are our POWs and PPs, these men & women are very intelligent and have a great desire to help our people.

Now to families. They are the backbone of the movement. They are the future of our Folk. In the last few generations we lost our family bonding, we come from broken homes, single parent homes, and working parents. We have lost contact with our extended family.

Our sexuality has been distorted, women have become emasculated. They have been taught that they are no longer needed in the home as wives and mothers. They have been forced to compete with men for the males’ jobs. This is shameful! Men have become effeminate, they are taught wives’ skills and [...]

Lead Poisoning

Recently having found out that my three year old had higher lead levels was a very scary moment. Having our house tested by the city Health Department made it worse. Every surface in our house from the window sills to the old fashion radiators was covered in lead paint. Even the walls that had been painted over the years had lead paint were the new paint had started cracking. Contacting our landlord proved to be useless. So this is what I learned:

What is lead poisoning? Lead is a poison that is harmful to your children’s nervous systems. Even low-level lead poisoning can reduce intelligence, motor control, hearing and emotional development. Children with blood levels as low as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood – think one drop in 16 gallons of water – can have health problems. Adults can also have problems when exposed over time but leads effects on young children are worse. Young bodies absorb lead more readily and children are involved in more hand to mouth activities; plus lead tastes sweet. A blood test is the best way to detect lead poisoning since there are no immediate symptoms to alert you to a problem.

What causes lead poisoning? Lead based paint in the home is the major source of lead poisoning. Lead based paint for interior or exterior residential use was banned in 1978. Therefore, paint hazards are primarily a problem for homes built before 1980. The most likely interior surfaces coated with lead [...]

Essential Vitamins for your children

Vitamin A is very important for keeping your child’s immune system strong and healthy, it can help their vision in dimly lit area’s and it supports healthy skin. Good food sources for Vitamin A are milk, cheese and eggs. Foods such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, red peppers and apricots contain beta-carotene, which the body can turn into vitamin A.

Vitamin C helps maintain healthy tissue in your child’s body. Our bodies can’t store vitamin C, so you need to get some every day. Young children, who can be fussy eaters, might not get enough from their diet alone so make sure they are getting it in whatever way possible. You can find vitamin C in lots of foods, including peppers, broccoli, oranges and sweet potatoes. From the start try and get your children to eat their fruits and vegetables to avoid fussy eaters.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium it needs without one another they are no good, keeping your children’s bones and teeth healthy. Babies born with low levels of vitamin D will sometimes develop softened bones, which can lead to rickets. The best source of vitamin D is summer sunlight which is great if you live in a warmer climate, but it can be hard to get enough in other parts of the wordl to last through the winter months, so a vitamin supplement may be required.



Instilling a Positive Body Image in our Daughters

Growing up & reaching those dreaded teenage years can be very distressing on our daughters, they not only have to adjust to all the changes happening with their bodies but also with all the social pressures coming from school, her peer groups and the media.

As many as one-third of high school girls believe they are overweight, when they’re actually not. The fact is that these girls are so inspired by models and skinny actresses that the media portray as perfect women that they don’t want to follow the height-weight charts that doctors advise for them. Instead, they want to be lean and fit like movie stars so they can carry off similar clothes. But the truth is that teenage girls undergo hormonal changes and have a developing body which only means that their bodies will be fuller than that of a fashion model, as well as the fact that a fashion model virtually starves themselves to look the way they do.

Sadly, an unhealthy body image can make impressionable teenagers resort to crash dieting and even result in eating disorders. Both anorexia and bulimia have severe health-damaging consequences.

If you want your daughter to see beauty in her body, you need to take a close look at how you speak of your own. Most young girls find their mums beautiful, so imagine how they feel when you as a mother do nothing but put yourself down, the way you feel about your own [...]