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They say cats have a healing affect on their owners; they seem to just sense how we are feeling. How true is this? Are animals more in tuned with us then we think? Can they sense our happiness, grief, pick up on our body language and really show us how much that special bond between us and them really is?
When I first met my Fluffy, beautiful and white at eight weeks old, I fell in love with him. Mind you I had no idea what sex he was and for the next few weeks I continued to call him a she!! Of course many weeks later my friend told me he was a boy!!
I had always believed that white cats had something very special about them, and stubborn as I was, I would not accept any other colour. May seem silly but I had an inner yearning that the connection I would feel would be something so special and so unique.
Two weeks before Christmas, fluffy seemed very needy, he would sit silently on my lap and would not leave my side. For days he ate very little and tucked in his cosy pet bed he would stare at me with loving eyes. He had never acted like this before but I felt he was trying to tell me something. He would notice my every move especially when I dusted the photos of my family on the mantle piece in particular my oldest brother and he would look up at me with those searching eyes and meow!!! I paid no attention and told him all about my brother and how he was coming home for Christmas and that my brother would absolutely adore him as they had never met before. Fluffy seemed to understand what I was saying and continued to meow!!
My brother passed away 21st December 2009 and throughout my grieving my Fluffy never left my side. Each time I lit a candle for my brother, my Fluffy sat beside me, he became my joy and comfort and he sensed something long before I did. Is this a coincidence? Or is this the special bond between Cats and owners that can not truly be explained, but can only be sensed?
This is an absolute must for anyone who needs an emollient that is gentle on the skin. I have suffered from eczema for most of my life and my skin is very sensitive to most skin care products on the market. If you're looking for a product that helps your skin to breathe, moisturises at the same time whilst given you the protection from drying and itchy skin, then this is it! Non perfumed it has a pleasant smell and is a great first aid to healthy looking skin without any irritations.
Non greasy and easy to apply, it absorbs very quickly. When I first used it I could feel the relief straight away. It is definitely skin friendly, and my skin obviously loves it as my symptoms have lessened considerably! There are not many skin care products that I can honestly say that my skin has taking kindly too!
This really is a beautiful Eau de parfum!! I remember rubbing my wrists on the Avon booklet and immediately I felt a feeling of drifting off into a place of tranquillity and calmness. If you have never tried Avon products before and considering a fragrance that is value for money and quality then this is a lovely gift for that special mum or lady in your life. The bottle is frosted with a simple wave outline and has a gold tassel to finish off this elegant design.
I love perfumes with subtle fragrances that gently lingers on and has a soothing affect on my senses. The name Far away dreams, ideally matches the combination of exotic flowers, the freshness of a gentle cool breeze, a hint of sea shells on the beach and the smell of the ocean which makes this an ideal gift for any woman to escape into her little bit of heavenly paradise! Suitable to wear everyday, it is my all time favourite and I love the way it makes me feel. I bought two of these last year one for myself and one for my mum and I can definitely say dreams are made of this!
Being a parent is the most challenging role you will ever experience. There are no rule books on how to be a good parent. Your parenting styles can come from the way others bring up their children or you may have your own experiences of the type of parents you had when you were a child. Our memories of our childhood are filled with clues of how we want our children to be. Every parent wants or aims to love their children and to give them the best in their childhood.
So how do you give your children the best?
Everything a child learns in the first five years of their life will determine their character by how they feel, how they relate and how they make sense in their world. You as proud parents will be their role models. Your laughter, your emotions, your hugs, your reactions, your moods, your understanding, your morals and your own beliefs will have a major impact on their belief systems. Remember your childhood days. Bet you can think of a few situations that you would have loved or liked to change.
Some of the most valuable lessons a child can learn in their early days, is a sense of love and security. Love can be shown through playing, reading books, playing games, having dinner together as a family, listening to each other, giving lots of praise and re enforcing good behaviour and rewarding positive behaviour. Making sure their feelings are heard and understood by teaching them a sense of healthy boundaries. Children need basic rules as they begin to understand and relate to world around them.
How you create this is by appreciating that your role as parents is a very powerful one. The standards you set will be determined by how well you understand yourself and how committed you are to change any negative parenting styles that may arise from your past and to adapt or re enforce the good qualities of parenting you had learned.
Simple rules like bedtime, sharing, tidying, saying sorry, are taught naturally and not out of trying to please your child. A child who cries when put to bed, because he wants to stay awake with mummy and daddy, will learn that if he or she is allowed to stay awake for another ten minutes then he will know that by crying he will get what he wants the next night. This will only cause more upset to the child who has learnt that this behaviour is acceptable to get what he needs and wants. He would have learnt how to behave like this from the reactions of his parents. When children have clear rules this creates a sense of security and emotional well being.
Memories are very important and without them we would not know what was good and what did not work for us. Many parents would often say that having their own children they would do things differently because of their own experiences of childhood memories. Doing things differently is a life long commitment to self learning and realising that as parents your learning is ongoing!! Always remember that your children will teach you so much about yourself by the way you relate to them!! Happy parenting!!!
A working mum can be very versatile in today's society! She can multitask, organise the daily tasks, work her schedules, and plan almost everything that she needs to do to work around her pride and joys, her kids!! Finding quality time is both important for hers and her kid's emotional needs. Children thrive on just knowing that mum takes a personal interest in what they do. Working gives a mum a personal sense of identity. She is not just a mum but a person with many attributes and many skills to offer not just her working world but also knows her personal responsibility to her children. What are important to her are equally the needs of her kids too. Feeling valuable in society, contributing to the long term well being of her makes her someone who can readily be more of a happier person in herself. Her own identity is not lost and she gives the clear message to her children that work does not mean neglect. She is a positive role model and the choice she makes affects them too.
A stay at home mum has many reasons for her choices. The choice she makes maybe because she has a disability. I am one of those mums. At first not having any person to person contact with colleagues seemed lonely. But then I accepted that work is work. Working from home was just another way of building on my self esteem, up keeping my skills, and keeping hold of my self confidence and self worth. My daughter is much older now and she has seen me work both outside and inside. I actually now love working from and have the internet to connect to others. I can even work in my nightclothes if it suits me and takes breaks when I need it. My bills are much higher but this is just part of the job from working at home but I have the convienence of not having to travel in all kinds of weather, paying travelling fares and working overtime as is often required when I was working outside. The bond that I have with daughter has always been emotionally healthy. Having a personal identity is important. As human beings we seek self evaluation not only from ourselves but also from others around us. We all have the basic needs of a sense of belonging, having friends, a social life, and a working life, someone to share our days and care about our needs. These requirements are basic but important whether we work at home or outdoors. I have experience both and both have fulfilled my need and my Childs need in almost the same way with the only difference being, change and adapting to doing things differently but the outcome is same!!
This is an absolute must if you want you lips to look smooth and healthy. It's fantastic in all kinds of weather and I use this as much as I need to especially when the weather is cold. Really wonderful for chaped and dry lips and suitable for your handbag!! I never leave home without it and my lips remain healthy and the skin is soft and supple!!! It simply does what is says on the tin!!! all year protection and kissable lips!! I also use this a bed time and dab a small amount on the dry parts of my face. Central heating can dry these areas so this little tin of magic is just what the doctor ordered!!! Enjoy, you will NOT be disappointed!!
Don't forget this little tin can travel the miles with you and is great companion on your holidays, protection from the sunshine whilst protecting your lovely lips.