More4kids Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Cultural diversity is a very important topic surrounding the National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016. Culture has a direct impact on our identity and heavily influences our behaviors. It is, essentially, what shapes us as individuals and as a whole. Starting on September 15th and continuing on until October 15th, the United States recognizes the presence and contributions made by those that are classified as Hispanic and Latino Americans. The nation celebrates this culture and their rich heritage. It is essential that we, as parents and caregivers, place an emphasis on the various cultures in the United States and how they have shaped and continue to influence us, as a whole. We should ensure that our children embrace these cultures and the wide range of diversity in our nation. One of the most positive and productive ways to accomplish this task is by placing a special emphasis on National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016.

What is Cultural Diversity?

Before expounding on the facts pertaining to National Hispanic Heritage Month, we feel it is first important to outline the definition of cultural diversity. Not only will this help our children to appreciate diversity, but, it will increase our own level of appreciation when it comes to diversity. In essence, cultural diversity is a system of various beliefs and behaviors that not only recognizes the actual presence of different groups in a society, but, also respects those groups. It involves acknowledging and valuing the socio-cultural-based differences and encourages that group to continue to contribute in their own way in order to empower our society, as a whole. Therefore, in National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are teaching our children the importance of valuing the Hispanic people in our country, their contributions to our country, and we encourage them to continue to contribute to our nation so that we may become empowered, as an entire nation.

National Hispanic Heritage Month – The Basics

Throughout history, Hispanics have always held a very strong commitment to their family, their faith, their service to their communities, and hard work. Their historical traditions and the customs of their culture have not only enhanced our nation, but, have aided in shaping our national character. The celebration of this special month initiated back in the year of 1968 on September 15th. This is the day when five different Latin American countries acquired their independence. These include Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Since that time, other countries have established this time period as the one to celebrate their independence. The additional countries include Belize, Mexico, and Chile.

Hispanics and Latinos

It is important to understand that the classifications of “Hispanic” and “Latino” refers to those that originate from South or Central America, Puerto Rico, or another Spanish-based culture or people, without regard to a specific race. The Census forms allow Hispanic and/or Latino people to identify themselves in numerous ways. These include “Mexican”, “Mexican American”, “Spanish”, “Chicano”, “Cuban”, and/or “Puerto Rican”. According to statistics obtained by the Census Bureau, over 50 million people in the United States are Hispanic and/or Latino. This cultural group accounts for 16% of the entire population of the nation. Diversity abounds immensely among the Hispanics and the Latinos. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to share stories about this level of diversity with our children so that they will understand the importance of celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Day.

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Winning With Parenting Arguments

Raising children is not an easy job. When parents are involved in their child’s life, there will come moments when discipline needs to be applied. Most children want to be right and forego discipline so they will try to find a way to get out of disciplinary action through arguments. The key to effective parenting is for mom and dad to present a united front. One of the worse things a parent can do is to go at odds against your spouse in front of the child when the argument surrounds the discipline of the child.

What If You Two Don’t Agree?

I think the need for parents to present a united front should be so constant that if one parent says or does something to discipline the child whether the other parent agrees or not they should always support their spouse in front of the child. If it’s a big issue, you should stand behind your spouse and then later when the child isn’t around hash it out and come to an agreeable compromise for the next instant of disciplinary action.

Ideally, child rearing should have been discussed in detail before you ever took your marriage vows. But often, couples are wrapped up in their new love so they don’t get to the meat of the matters of children while they are engaged. They may discuss whether to have children, but they don’t project ahead and consider consistent discipline actions.

All you can do is move forward from this point on. You two need to come to an agreement and you need to reach this agreement before you practice disciplining the children. Never argue about this in front of the children.

Always Present a United Front

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Parenting Boys - Dad and Young Son having fun together
by Claire Thurston
Even though more and more fathers are prioritizing time with their families, many may not know how they specifically impact their children in different ways from mothers.[1] This article spotlights fathers’ contributions because those long term research results have not yet reached a mainstream audience. By highlighting father’s importance to his child, The Dad Difference does not seek to disparage mothers, especially single mothers, or to condone male or paternal violence. There will be those who fear that scientific data demonstrating father’s impact would resurrect patriarchy and erase the hard-won gains of women in the twentieth century, but this is not a zero-sum game. When fathers know more concretely what they contribute to their children: men, women, families and society will benefit.READ More on Parenting and The Dad Difference

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Acts of Kindness

101 Acts of Kindness: Making a Positive Impact on a World Filled with Negativity

Acts of kindness allows each of us to make a positive impact on a world that is swarming with negativity. Kindness is an act that, simply, “feels good”. It does not matter if we observe kindness, have kindness bestowed upon us, or bestow kindness upon others. It is said that, when a person experiences kindness – in one way or another – it puts them at their absolute best, as people. Kindness is compassion. Kindness is generosity. Kindness is love. Kindness allows us to connect with others. As parents, we should encourage our children to engage in random acts of kindness. We, too, should engage in these acts. In doing so, we will inspire happiness, high levels of gratitude, and will be making a positive difference in the lives of others that they will want to pay forward! The following outlines 101 acts of kindness that we and our kids may perform in order to make a positive impact on the negative world that we are part of:

1) Smile when you make eye contact with others.

2) Hold the door open for someone.

3) Use kind words when speaking to others, such as “please”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome".

4) Compliment a person on their talents.

5) Brag about a person’s accomplishments and really mean it! Use great examples.

6) Congratulate someone on a job well done.

7) Congratulate someone who has been able to do something new and exciting, such as purchase a house or travel to a new and exciting place.

8) Use a person’s name when speaking to them.

9) Listen when others talk – not with the intent to answer, but, with the intent to truly hear them.

10) Be genuinely happy for someone. They will notice!

11) When online, speak positively.

12) Always strive to encourage others.

13) Help those that are less fortunate. Volunteer. There are tons of local opportunities. Places to contact: local Church, schools, libraries, food pantries, hospitals, Red Cross, and animal rescue shelters to name a few.

14) If someone recently had a baby, offer to cook a week’s worth of meals.

15) If someone had a baby, offer to clean their house for a couple of weeks while they adjust to being a new parent.

16) If a car is parked where a meter has expired, put money in it.

17) Do not use your phone when speaking and/or engaging with others.

18) Make friends with the new neighbor they will appreciate it and you will too!

19) Make friends with the new kid at school.

20) Make friends with the new person at work.

21) Invite a neighbor over for dinner.

22) Buy a meal for a homeless person.

23) Make and hand out blessing bags to the homeless.

24) When you buy something new, donate one used item to a family in need, a local charity, or to the local Goodwill store.

25) When someone is speaking, make a point to avoid interrupting them.

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Family New Years

Ah, it’s that time of year again for the famous (or infamous) New Year’s Resolutions. These are often made in haste with the hopes of making some drastic changes but most of the time the resolutions fail and by February, it is a long forgotten goal. It can be so ridiculous that one year I made a resolution never to make New Year’s resolutions again. But like the resolutions, I haven’t kept that promise.

What makes the New Year so appealing? It’s as if it’s a big Etch-O-Sketch and it’s being erased and we have a do over – a chance to make a better life. The New Year comes with hope, which is why people want to strive to do better as the calendar changes over.

Here’s a good thought, why not make the New Year Resolution be family oriented? By involving those we love the most, we can hold each other accountable for a positive outcome and in reaching these new goals.

Great Family-Sized New Year’s Resolutions

Healthy Dieting

One of the biggest New Year’s Resolutions is weight loss for many adults. This can still hold true for your family, however, you want to take the focus off weight loss for the children. Unless your child is obese, they do not need to go on a diet to lose weight, even if you need to do so. Instead of saying weight loss, make a resolution to eat healthier. Make it a family deal and start to introduce a better diet for all of you. If you eat right to begin with, weight loss is a natural occurrence with a healthy diet.

Make it a goal to include vegetables with each meal. Trade a junk food favorite for a healthy snack. Example, if the kids and parents like to eat cake or pies, try making homemade granola out of healthy whole grains and nuts instead. Teach the children there are better alternatives to junk foods.


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Family New Years

It is that time of year when we all look back on the year we have had and get ready to make our lists of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the New Year. Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the old stand-bys such as losing weight or quitting a bad habit. This year I would like to make a proposal, make your New Year’s Resolutions about bringing your family closer.

I know that at this time with our economy as bad as it is, and many of us face the hardest times that we can remember. It is now, at this time of year that we need to look at all we each have to be thankful for and focus on how to make those connections stronger then ever. What are the reasons you get up each and every day and try to do your best? The answer is the family that you have around you. With a strong family bond in place, it makes even the toughest of times easier to get through. Plus you are teaching your children what is really important in life, and it will encourage them to always strive to not just do their best, but to keep them grounded and focused as they grow. I pray that we have done that with our children, as I am sure that you do. READ More on Family New Years Resolutions

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Child Grieving

by Angie Schflett

Grief over the loss of a loved one is considered to be a deep and a difficult challenge – regardless of what time of year that it occurs; however, coping with grief over the holidays tends to magnify the overwhelming sense of loss and immense mourning that is experienced. This is especially true when it comes to kids. Gatherings of family members and seasonal-based traditions and events are often considered to be exceptionally painful reminders that our loved one or loved ones are absent from our lives. If your family has recently experienced a loss, it is important that you pull together to comfort one another. In this guide, you will be introduced to a few steps that will aid you in parenting and coping with grief over the holidays.

1. Embrace the Past by Recreating the Present

If you and your family have endured a loss this holiday season, it is important to know and understand that the adjustments associated with your loss will be exceptionally difficult for everyone involved. Each family gathering, each family tradition will remind all of you of the absence of your loved one; however, instead of focusing on the loss, try to focus on the memories that you have of your loved one and find comfort in one another. You must commit to embrace the past, and recreate the present. You must overcome the expectations of what the holidays should be and recreate what they are now that your loved one has passed on. Simply acknowledge the loss and express appreciation for all of the time that you had with your loved one or loved ones. Then, work to create new traditions and gatherings that involve those that are still living. Honor the deceased while celebrating the living. This is the absolute best way to embrace the past and recreate the present. By taking this step, the future will be brighter for you and your kids.

2. Accept the Inevitable

Despite the fact that the holidays are considered to be a joyous and exciting time, it is inevitable that you and your loved ones will experience anger, sadness, and despair. You must accept the inevitable. Regardless of age, no one should be expected to ignore the feelings that they have simply because the holidays are in full swing. You should not judge, nor should anyone judge you for feeling how you feel. Even if you feel a sense of joy due to the season, do not feel guilty. Remember, your loved one or loved ones would not want you to experience any negative emotion around the holidays; however, if you do, it is acceptable and to be expected. Simply accept the inevitable when suffering through grief. That is, you will experience a vast array of emotions and that is completely acceptable.

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