Health & Wellness, Motherhood, Uncategorized

You Should Be Proud When…

As a parent, one of the proudest moments is to see the accomplishments of your children. Many times, as moms we forget about ourselves and put the family first. Its a great feeling when those sacrifices were so worth it!

School ends in 4 days and my sons would have officially finished 4th and 6th grade! I’m so proud of them! This year has had its ups and downs, but we made it through!

This school year (2016-17) was the first year I made a leap of faith to have my sons attend virtual school from home. We found a great school with a great cirriculum and pushed through! 

It was by far a walk in the park. You know how your children are different in school and come home being themselves right? Well when the kiddos go to school at home, they have no choice, but to be who they are. With this, I’ve learned Jordan is a class clown and play with his pencils when he’s bored. Jt is the perfectionist and is down when he doesn’t get 100% on all his assignments.

Many parents know these traits of their children based on speaking with teachers and students. However, when you are the Learning Coach, when the teacher is there occasionally life is different. You see most of your child’s strengths and weaknesses unfold right in front of you. 

After presevering through this school year, we made the decision to stay in the virtual world for the upcoming year 2017-18 with their current school. 

So here’s what Im proud of….

1. We went Vegan and have done our best to stay meat free 98% of the time. Dairy free 80% of the time. Cheese has been the hardest to let go!

2. Jordan no longer eats candy after learning that his favorites are GMOs.

3. Meditation and Yoga has been a big part of our lives. 

4. I’ve lost weight during the school year and now on a mission to lose even more all summer long! 

5. The boys will remain Gifted and Talented students next school year! 

I have a lot to be proud and thankful for. 

How did your children make you proud this school year? How did you persevere when you made a needed sacrifice for your kids?

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Health & Wellness, Motherhood, Uncategorized

3 Reasons Why My Twelve Year Old Son Became Vegan & No Longer Eats Candy

One thing I love about being a parent is that I can watch my children grow into their personalities and support their decisions. This includes setting standards for what they want out of life. When I was a child, I loved candy. As an adult, I still eat it from time to time. I grew up being rewarded for eating candy. My 12 year old son, Jordan feels totally different about this and I’m a proud Mama to see his growth and wise choices.

Since Jordan was a toddler, I’ve always monitored how much candy him and his brother’s can eat. People used to think I was crazy, because my boys would only eat candy on Fridays. Now he’s old enough to make his own decisions on this matter. Jordan still enjoys baked treats occasionally,  but no longer eats candy. After sitting down chatting with him about this decision, these are the main three reasons why my son stopped eating candy.

#1 Many Candies are GMOs

#2 Eating Candy is Unhealthy & Causes Excessive Mucus

 #3 Controls Your Mood & Highly Addictive

After Jordan read the label on a pack of peanut M&Ms, he were surprised to see the packaging that was labeled, ” partially produced with genetic engineering.” From that moment, along with our lifestyle changes, Jordan vow to not eat candy again. Its been 4 months since he made this decision. 

Jordan is Vegan, because of…

“Health benefits, easier to stay physically active, influence of my mom, I love animals and nature, animals are innocent, I don’t like cheese and we don’t drink dairy milk so this part was easy. We can be creative in the kitchen, Vegan meals are feeling and taste great.”

Supporting your child’s decisions to be Vegetarian or Vegan can really help improve their self esteem. Live a healthier lifestyle and be a great role model in health for your children.

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