Posted by admin on April 26th, 2013
If you have children, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of rushing from place to place, nagging and cajoling them to do chores and homework, or zoning out into your own world to de-stress in front of the TV or behind a newspaper. When we are rushed and under stress, we often forget about the big picture. Children are not young forever. They quickly outgrow our company and want to spend more time with their own friends, and eventually they grow up and leave home.
To build a close relationship with your children and spouse, it is important to spend quality time together. Don’t let work and life stresses take over and ruin your most important relationships.
Try these tips for creating quality family time:
- Eat together as a family.
The one activity that has the greatest positive impact on children is sitting down, together as a family to eat dinner each evening. Although working parents can find this ritual challenging to maintain, often with some creativity and determination, they can find a way to make it work. Mealtimes are a great opportunity to share stories about your day, talk about goals and dreams, and learn about each other. Although you may be feeling stressed about other things, set aside meal times to focus on your family. Keep the conversation interesting and light-hearted and save more serious discussions for later.
- Turn off the television and other electronic devices.
Too often we allow technology to take over our lives. We get mesmerized by the TV, consumed by surfing the Internet, or addicted to reading and responding to email and text messages. Declare technology-free times when everyone puts away the technical devices and spends time interacting with each other — do homework, play board games, talk, and play together. Times spent interacting and bonding with family creates warm and lasting memories for years to come.
- Set a calm and relaxed mood for the evening.
Bathe young children and put them in their pyjamas. Allow them to choose a book for a quiet story time at the end of the day. Limit TV time for older children and encourage them to read quietly before bed. Keeping evening activities less stimulating helps everyone transition into sleep.
- Find fun games and activities.
Children are curious and fun loving. Board games, coloring, guessing games, acting, and reading are all things you can do together as a family. Allow the children to choose the evening activity. If you have more than one child, assign each child an evening to choose the family activities.
- Enjoy other opportunities for family time.
Including children in chores and activities required around the house gives you more opportunities to be together and build quality time. It also teaches children to contribute to the home where they live. Take them with you when you walk the dog. Ask them to help you rake the leaves, wash the car, or load the laundry. These activities may take a little more time with the children as helpers, but their happiness and feeling of involvement far outweighs the inconvenience.
Remember…the emails will still be there, TV shows can be recorded to watch another day, but Family Time waits for no-one.
Posted by admin on February 26th, 2013
Any age is a good age. One is never too young or too old to learn good manners. Start how you mean to go on and start today!
I was recently on an international flight from Europe to Vancouver. A relatively long haul even for the best seasoned traveller. In the row in front of me sat a young couple and their adorable 18 month old son whom, unfortunately, had the most awful cough and cold. While my heart went out to the poor little chap who was coughing and sneezing away into thin air I also felt sorry for my fellow travellers, especially those prone to respiratory infections. Read more »
Posted by admin on February 26th, 2013
February often feels like a long month. The weather has not quite brightened for Spring and is often still chilly in the morning and eventing. To get through these long days, many families look forward to Spring break vacation and, perhaps, a ski trip with friends and family. To help prepare you for such a trip, we have written some etiquette rules for skiers. If you are one of the many people planning a ski vacation for Spring break, it is worth brushing up on your ski etiquette before you go.
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Posted by admin on February 24th, 2013
Now that we see a glimmer of sunshine, many people have started spring cleaning projects in their yards and homes. The warmer weather and the freshness of the budding trees and flowers inspire us to de-clutter, clean, and generally rejuvenate our surroundings. However, in our enthusiasm for these projects, we need to remember to be respectful of others.
The following guidelines will help you maintain good neighbour relations while you spruce up your home and yard: Read more »
Posted by admin on February 12th, 2013
Dr. Fred (DocFred) Simkovsky in conjunction with Ann (Elizabeth) Burnett are proud to announce their CD release Your Success Made Easy
Listen to our discussion about the CD to find out who DocFred and Ann Elizabeth are:
Our Promise to you: You are going to learn-
- Why you are having challenges making the right things happen for you
- The simple methods to turn your Life and Career around
- Those secrets when practiced are so easy you’ll say “Why didn’t I think of that”!
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Posted by admin on October 10th, 2012
It was an absolute pleasure to teach Etiquette to these wonderful young ladies. I wish each and every one of them only the very best in their new roles and in life!
Applications for Miss BC 2013 are now being accepted. Contestants from across B.C. will compete for the 2013 Miss and Mrs. BC titles. These women represent all that is beautiful in our province; there is no height or weight requirement. Throughout the weekend the women will be trained in various genres to face the panel of judges, receive crucial life-skills training pertinent to young women, attend rehearsals for the grand finale showcase, and participate in a large-scale group fundraiser for our charity “Cops for Cancer”.
Apply Now http://missbc.ca/ApplicationForm.aspx
Posted by admin on August 29th, 2011
If your children take a school bus or public transit to school, make bus etiquette part of your back to school preparations. After relaxing throughout the summer, your children have probably fallen out of their school routines including their bus etiquette. Start by waking them a little earlier each day to practice for those early mornings and to ensure they will be on time for the bus. Here are a few more bus etiquette tips to review with your children: Read more »