Horses and Teenagers with Behavioral Issues

Most teenagers today are withdrawn or angry.  According to psychologists, such a behavior is caused by their negative relationships with family and friends.

Bonding with a horse can correct this behavior. Horses are honest in their encounters with people. This makes them effective emotional mirrors. As emotional mirrors, horses can help correct the negative behaviors among teenagers. Psychologists call this equine-assisted therapy.

Horses are social animals by nature. They have different moods and personalities. They also display different emotions like anger, fears, happiness, sadness, etc. Being sensitive to surrounding energies, horses respond suitably to human interaction. Because of this, horses are capable of teaching teenagers proper interaction to other people and proper relationship towards themselves.horse sense business dot com

Horses respond negatively to negative emotions, positively to positive emotions. They do not respond to intimidation or aggression. Hence, teens who want to bond with them must try positive means of communication to win their trust.  In the process, teenagers  are able to gain insights about their behavior and true emotions.  This guides them to look for more positive and productive ways to interact with horses.

Learning positive skills cause teenagers to earn self-confidence and trust. Genuine interaction with horses allow teenagers to breakout from the negative cycle of emotions. Eventually, they experience calmness and healing. They become more responsible with their actions and reactions not only with horses but also with their family and friends.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Teenagers

Believe it or not, teenagers still look forward to receiving holiday gifts from their parents. If you’re not ready with any present for them this holiday season, you might just break their hearts. Choose from the short list below which gift suggestions might suit your teenagers’ taste.

hoodieQuality hoodie – Every teenager owns one. Hoodies are worn by teenagers during all events in their lives. Consider giving your teenagers a couple of quality hoodies which don’t get distressed easily after few washes.

Tent – Teenagers love the outdoors. Equip them for adventure with a durable tent that can keep them safe and warm during chilly camping nights.

Shavers and groomers – These are helpful for teenagers who are dealing with nasty facial hair and eyebrow tramlines.

Portable wireless speakers – You’ll never know when teenagers might find speakers helpful. They can use speakers for both education and entertainment purposes. Wireless speakers can be connected to compatible devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Durable selfie stick  This gadget allows teenagers to photograph and document important events in their school life in an arm’s extent. Choose expandable and flexible versions which can hold cameras and other photo snapping devices.

How to Pack Your Things for a Move Out

Moving-outClothes together with the other things you own are difficult to pack when you’re moving out. You must be prepared with the right strategies on handling them or else you might lose all your precious time which you could spend with family and friends before the big move out day.

Separate your clothes from your shoes. The dirt and bad odor of your shies can rub onto your clothes if they’re packed together. Cleaning both of them will mean extra work for you. Place each pair of shoes back to their original boxes. Don’t put them all together in one big plastic storage box.

Fold your clothes. Take them all off the hangers. Fold them and place them in a clean storage box. This will help you save space inside your car or truck.  Keep clothes made from special fabric on hangers so as not to distort their forms.

Make use of suitcases. Don’t pack your suitcases empty. Use them to pack your other belongings. You can fill the bottom of the suitcase with books or heavier items while you place clothes or other light items on top to utilize space.

Use garbage bags. Packing clothing in a plastic bag and sucking the air out can actually be very useful for moving. Garbage bags are waterproof; thus, they’re capable of keeping your clothes dry and secure under all kinds of weather.

Quick Tips for Growing a Flower Garden This Summer

Any ordinary garden can be turned into a colorful showcase simply by adding summer flowers. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to grow these blooming plants in your backyard. You just need to understand how to best make flowers blossom during summer. Here are some basics steps to start a flower garden.

1) Clear the ground and improve the quality of soil in your backyard. Remove the grass covering your planting area. For quick results, dig the soil to loosen it. Then cover the soil with organic matter to improve its quality. You can use decayed leaves, dry grass clippings or animal manure.

2) Check the amount of sunlight your garden receives. Building a flower garden requires a lot of energy from the sun. Most summer flowers need about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight everyday to stay healthy. You can use a sunlight calculator to check the average amount of sunlight in your garden.

3) Pick the right flowering plants. Read gardening catalogues and books or research flowering plants online to find the plants that are adapted to summer and to your location. Check out this infographic from Enchanted Landscapes to discover which flowers and shrubs are best to grow during summer.

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4) Make sure that you have enough water supply. Flower seedlings should never dry out. They need constant watering until their roots are established. Flowers wilt easily during summer; therefore, you must have a large enough water supply. You can do this by keeping a water container in your garden. Water your flowers early in the morning because water evaporates easily in the heat of the sun.

5) Consider creating a landscape design. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a garden where you can sit comfortably, admiring the beauty of your flowers? You can achieve a beautiful floral colour scheme in your garden with a great landscape design. Your design can also incorporate furniture and other garden accessories which will encourage your family to enjoy outdoor games and activities. Consult a landscape professional if your budget allows it.

Creating a wonderful flower garden this summer requires a lot of diligence and patience. Water your flowers when needed. Pull the weeds. Apply appropriate amounts of fertilizer. Doing all these consistently will reward you with most admired garden in the neighborhood.

Positive Things to Say to Yourself Daily

self-talkParenting is exhausting. If you don’t get the support you need from your partner and loved ones, parenting can cause you to lose a healthy self-image. The good news is you can overcome exhaustion from parenting by talking to yourself positive thoughts. Here is a short list of encouraging phrases that

I am enough. This statement allows you to make peace with your limitations. By accepting who you are, you will find it easier to utilize your strengths for utmost productivity.

Make it happen. Your dreams will remain dreams if you don’t make them happen. Remember that no one else will help you but yourself. If you want something completed today, make it happen.

Stay focused.  Distractions are inevitable.  They will keep your eyes from being focused on your goals. Stay positive. Keep your chin up and your feet on the ground. If you happen to stumble along the way, pick yourself up and keep moving towards the finish line.

Trust yourself. Base your decisions and plans to success according to what will work for you. Although you can learn a lot from the success stories of other people, you must not pattern every bit of your plan after theirs because you’re a totally different person from them.

Failure is stepping stone and not the end of everything. Don’t allow failure to break your spirit. Learn from it and use it as a means to success.  Be mindful of what caused your failure so that you can avoid it next time.

Things to Remember about Kids with Anxiety

Loving and raising a child with anxiety could be very challenging but it is not impossible. You simply need to understand their traits and the way they think.  Read the following ideas if you still don’t know what makes your child tick or how to deal with her or him.

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Kids with anxiety need your full support. It may seem that your child doesn’t pay attention to the support you provide but you can be assured that your support doesn’t go unmissed. Kids with anxiety over think a lot. They over think about so many things and these include the support that they get from the people they love.

Kids with anxiety communicate their feelings clearly. They like to talk and speak for themselves. If your child is quiet and doesn’t tell you how she feels, it’s because she chooses not to and this is isn’t caused by her anxiety.

Kids with anxiety get tired easily. Anxiety could be exhausting and not many people can understand that. Be reminded that your kid’s mind is always alert. She’d be ready to fight or fly with lots of thoughts floating in her head. So, be on guard about your reactions and responses to her.

Kids with anxiety get overwhelmed easily. Your kid might not find it enjoyable to try new things or go to different places every week. Kids with anxiety want to be fully aware of what will happen around them. If you don’t want your kid to settle for the same thing or situation, encourage her to relax and let her defenses down a bit so she can enjoy a wonderful time with you.

Top Tips on Buying Kids’ Clothes without Overspending

Shopping for clothes is one of the many things that can ruin your budget instantly. This is specifically true when you have three or more kids who need new clothes every now and then. Here are some tricks I observe when buying my kids some clothes.

Start at Low-End Retailers. People with money to spare usually have a lot of good clothes which they sell after a single use. They also change as many clothes as they can every season. Moreover, they don’t care about selling them in low prices just to have enough closet space for their new clothes. You can find such clothes in yard sales, thrift stores and consignment shops. Clothes available in these places come in broken sizes. So, you’re most likely to bring home five clothes or less during your first trip. It’s still a good catch specifically if you’re able to buy them at 75% less than its original price.

Choose quality clothes. Quality clothes definitely cost more but you can use them over and over for a long time. Branded clothes are made of quality materials  which makes them look good even after you’ve washed them a hundred times already. If you want to check whether you’re able to save more money from buying quality clothes, divide the cost of your branded shirt or jeans with the number of times you’ve used them.

Shop for opposite seasons. Retailers who want to get rid of all their summer clothing items will definitely put their merchandise on sale during winter. Apart from saving a lot of money, this allows you to save time preparing for your summer outfit.

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