Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Expressing oneself doesn’t come easily for many, myself included.  And the burdens of unprocessed emotions can take an incredible toll on the mind, body and spirit.  Furthermore, until processed they can prevent one from learning new concepts.

This post from The New York Times focuses on children, how to protect them and enhance their learning ability by teaching them the art of processing and expressing emotions.  While the article focuses on school programs (worth looking into for your kids school), you can apply some of these concepts at home with yourself and your children.

Travel Snacks

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There’s nothing like feeling good and energized when you arrive to your destination.  However, on long car rides, trains, flights, and even at work, digestible food is hard to come by.  The best bet is to pack yourself a goodie bag of wholesome, energizing fresh foods that you love.  I like to pack organic fruits, homemade granola, seasoned nuts, gluten free muffins and seaweed snacks when I travel (my kids love all these things as well).  The fruits keep me refreshed and energized (to the best of my ability this pregnancy!), and the protein keeps me feeling full and stabilizes my blood sugars (I get dizzy easily if I don’t pay close attention to this).

En route to the Toronto Film Festival yesterday I packed spiced almonds (made by a lovely friend), fresh fruit and Sea Tangle Crisps with almonds.

Parents: A Must for Your Bookshelf!

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With cold and flu season approaching us in the upcoming months, I wanted to highlight a book that has been a saving grace in my household, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, Robert Rountree and Rachel Walton.

What I really love about this book is that you can look up your child’s ailment and see both alternative (herbal and homeopathic treatments) and conventional treatments and dietary guidelines.  It also gives mention to the appropriate times to call your doctor.

To a happy, healthy new year, Le’shana Tova!

We’re Expecting!

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James and I are happy to report that we are expecting our third child this winter!

My energy is slowly creeping back in.  There was actually a day this week where I decided to wake up and embrace an early morning before my kids did, instead of dragging my feet into the kitchen to fetch bananas and water while holding one on each hip.

Note to significant others of a pregnant woman:

  • Don’t take it personally
  • Learn to read minds
  • The occasional nap is a not an indulgence, it’s a necessity (we are doubling our blood and building a human!)
  • These Pregnancy Nausea Tips are a G-d send

Nesting mode is starting to kick in.  I’ve been getting rid of clutter, reconfiguring rooms, reorganizing EVERYTHING etc… my mind doesn’t stop.  I’m looking into meditation for that.

All of the craziness, exhaustion and moodiness aside, James and I are beyond elated and feeling so incredibly blessed. Olivia and Joshua are in on the news and seem to be excited about a baby coming into the family.  And James, thank you for being the loving, caring and understanding husband and father that you are.

Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you! And thank you for letting me share a bit of my journey.

School Lunch

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One of my favorite things to do is make a lunch for Olivia.  It’s my way of showing her love while she’s at school.  I’ve found lots of inspiration from Catherine McCords book Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Meals.  We also happen to use the same FANTASTIC lunch box for our kids meals.  They are from Planet Box and I get mine at Pottery Barn for kids.

Although she ended up having to stay home today, Olivia’s lunch was a bento bear egg (this photo does no justice, I love bento products!), gluten free flax crackers, herb salad mix with flower carrots and cucumbers (cut with vegetable cutters like these), raisins, spiced chickpeas (she didn’t like them, but I’m always trying new things), and leftover Strawberry Almond Meal Cake with added blueberries.

What do you like to make your children?  Do they have food allergens that limit you?

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