Trouble Sleeping? Calm your Mind and Body with these Natural Cures!

Nothing is more frustrating then not being able to sleep!  Tossing and turning, as your mind is racing, checking the clock over and over as minutes seem like hours.  Sleep deprivation affects millions of people.  Lack of sleep not only ages you faster, but lowers your immune system, leads to stress, irritability, depression, and cognitive/memory loss.


  1. Go to bed at the same time every night, even on the weekends. Your sleep cycle needs to have a regular rhythm.
  2. Stay away from caffeine, nicotine,and alcohol for 4 hours before bed.  Try sipping chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed instead to help wind down. Or try 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz. of water, sweetened with a little honey.  This healthy concoction right before bed, may work better than counting sheep!
  3. Avoid heavy meals or snacking for 2 hours before bed, but refrain from being too hungry before bed as that can interrupt your sleep as well.
  4. Refrain from exercising for at least 4 hours before bed. Exercising in the morning or afternoon is preferable and will help to induce sleep at bedtime.
  5. Only use your bed for sleep (and sex).  Refrain from watching T.V., reading, working on the computer, paying bills etc. in bed.
  6. Develop night-time rituals before bed such as listening to calming music, drawing a hot bath (90 minutes before bed) with lavender aromatherapy essential oils, stretching, and practicing deep breathing exercises.
  7. Emotional Freedom Technique or (EFT) has been shown to be very helpful for insomnia and sleep difficuties.  EFT can help balance your body’s energy system and resolve some of the stresses that are contributing to the insomnia.  For more information and the numerous benefits of EFT – Please check out my article Emotional Freedom Technique – Alternative Treatment For Emotional Healing
  8. Make sure your bedroom is condusive to sleeping.  Your sleep environment can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep!  Your bedroom should be decorated in cool, calming, restful tones, not bold, bright, energizing colors that stimulate.  Make sure the room is dark or wear a sleep mask and if you’re bothered by noise, wear earplugs. Also, a cooler room is recommened. If your room temperature is too warm, it may stuffy and uncomfortable.  And make sure your room isn’t cluttered or messy as this can stimulate negative energy.
  9. Throw away your old alarm clock.  No one likes to wake up to the sound of a loud, shrill, shrieking alarm clock.  Instead, invest in one of the new natural light stress-free alarm clocks that are designed to awaken you naturally.
  10. Don’t bound out of bed in the morning.  First – Take a few deep breaths, stretch, and smile!

The major causes of restless sleep are worry and an overactive mind. If you have too much on your mind, write down last minute concerns, so you won’t rethink them over and over. If you can’t fall asleep in the first 15-20 minutes of going to bed, climb out of bed, go into another room and do something nonstimulting in low light.  Once you feel drowsy, return to bed and try again. If all else fails you might want to try natural and herbal remedies such as melatonin and velerian root which may help to reduce insomnia. Here’s a GREAT site with information on insomnia as well as some of the BEST natural supplements  available!

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How To Encourage Your Child To Learn To Play The Piano

At some point or another, your child may express a desire to learn how to play the piano. If they do – then jump on it! Children are far more likely to progress with their learning if they feel like it has been their choice to do so. Learning the piano is great for kids because it is so visual, and unlike an instrument such as the violin, it is possible to get a note out straight away. This parenting advice below lists the importance of learning to play the piano in an early age and provides a few tips to guide an individual through the basic steps.

Here is our guide to helping your child get to grips with the basics of the piano:

Get a Piano Tuned

The first thing to do is to acquire a piano if you haven’t got one already. Check the classified ads because a lot of people give theirs away if they have to move quickly and can’t take it with them. You’ll need to pay someone to move the piano for you, but once it is installed in your house (and you have had it professionally tuned) it will be well worth the effort.

Find a Teacher

The next step is to find somebody that will teach your child the rudiments of piano playing. Choose someone that is friendly and easy to approach otherwise it may scare your child off. Ask the teacher how much they charge per hour, what their teaching ethos is, whether you child will be able to do grades, and which book you should buy them for the teacher to teach from. Establishing a good and long-term relationship with your child’s teacher is a really good thing to do. Show interest and ask for a resume of every lesson so you know which stage your child is at.

Supervise Practice

Don’t expect your child to be able to motivate themselves into doing regular practice – they won’t. As soon as the novelty wears off their interest may dwindle, but if you are paying for lessons then they are going to have to practice to get any value from them. Set up a practice diary for them and suggest that they do half an hour of practice every day at the same time of day so they get into a routine. Ask the teacher what practice schedule he or she recommends. Oversee the practice but don’t interfere too much – leave the child to it, but be around and about in case they have any questions.


If your child is doing well then praise them! Perhaps you could reward them with a new piano stool, or a new book to say well done. If on the other hand they are showing less and less interest then don’t force it – have an honest conversation with them about whether they actually want to pursue it or not. If they don’t then you will be wasting your money paying for lessons.

Playing the piano, or any sort of musical instrument, is great for a child’s development. They will learn social skills, listening skills, and they will learn how to communicate without talking. For many children the first lesson is the beginning of a life-long love affair with music.

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How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For Kids

Online tutoring is one of the emerging trends in broadband internet era and it offers children a valuable support during the learning process. Online tutoring is not only an alternative approach to 1-on-1 tutoring sessions, but it is also becoming a strong competition for traditional tutoring, offering modern vision of learning, supported by robust technological solutions. Today you can find online tutoring in many different disciplines, but the most popular are math and science trainings.

The best value for money

Online tutoring is not only less expensive than the traditional face-to-face tutoring sessions, but often online tutoring offers better quality services. Private tutoring sessions usually cost from $30 per hour to even as much $80 or $90, and the more experienced and knowledgeable the tutor, the higher the rates are going to be. When we look at the best online tutoring services the prices are surprisingly. Does it mean that those online lessons are of lower quality than traditional tutoring sessions? Quite contrary.

Unless you live in a big city or in a town close to a university, you probably do not have that many good math tutors in your area, especially if you are looking for a tutor for your high school kids – someone, who is good at advanced math. If you decide to hire less experienced tutor you can never be too sure about his level of proficiency. Online tutoring courses, on the other hand, are created by experts in their disciplines and if you decide to hire an online tutor you can be sure that his qualifications have been checked and this person is a reliable specialist.

Accessibility, convenience & the best use of technology

How to Make The Best Use Of Online Tutoring For KidsWith online tutoring you are free to start practicing your skills and learning new stuff whenever you want to. You do not have to pay for any additional costs, for example the costs of regular traveling to meet your tutor face to face. You are not bound by any scheduled meetings with your tutor. Instead, you are 100% free in planning your trainings, adjusting the duration of each lesson and the pace of tutoring to your personal requirements and progress. Another big advantage of online tutoring is its focus on the best contemporary technologies.

Most children learn faster and comprehend complex issues better, when they are presented with illustrations, pictures, animations or diagrams and typical online tutoring sessions make a smart use of all these solutions to keep the student focused on the lesson. Personal tutors, who work with their tutees face to face, usually do not employ as many helpful technologies and rely on their verbal skills when explaining new math concepts. In result, online tutoring is often perceived by children as more playful and fun option, in comparison to the traditional way of teaching.

The opportunities, solutions and technologies offered by typical online tutoring, combined with excellent price and good quality online lessons, are the main reasons why people choose this method over traditional, 1-on-1 tutoring sessions. In upcoming years we can expect to see even more growth in the popularity of this method, so why not give it a try and check whether online tutoring solves all your problems and improves your children performance at school? After all, it does not cost much and the effects can exceed your expectations.

In summary, there is no question about technology in education. Online courses and e-learning will become more normal at all levels as the technology becomes more ingrained into the educational process.  It is up to teachers and parents at all levels to be sure that our kids come to the learning table prepared and confident not only in their subject knowledge but also in their skills in using technology to assess their learning.

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