Zen Balance

How To Raise a Happy Child

Nature and nurture are in a never ending battle to claim the disposition of our children. While it’s true that the apple rarely tumbles too far from the tree, it is also true that there are a multitude of things we as parents can do to safeguard the childhoods of our children, limit their exposure to the more damaging elements the world will see fit to introduce in time, and do our best to raise a healthy and happy child.

We might not be able to help the variety of our branches, but we are the ones who control the… Continue reading

How To Be Patience With Your Kids

I did not know I had any issue with being impatience until my firstborn turned 2. He was so talkative and kept asking “why…why…”, after awhile, I was ready to call in expert on how to handle all the “why..?” questions that I simply did not have an answers for. I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I have since then improved but I need to meditate and work on my patience once in awhile.

Here’s a list of 10 great tips and methods I’m trying out and experimenting with to help me become a more patient… Continue reading

How To Be Relaxed Parent

I have 2 boys that are hyper active and makes me feel tired by the end of the day. They seem to have so much energy that mine does not compare as an adult. That makes me tense and un-relaxed. Being relaxed parent is so much better choice that I am working on myself.

If you’re a hyperparent, you might not even know it — we parents tend to be in denial about that sort of thing.

But if you are, you might want to learn to relax — for your kids’ sake, and for yours.

Hyperparents are spotted when… Continue reading

Top 10 Ways To Be Great Parent

Being parent is tiring but rewarding, being great parent however requires lot of effort. Sometimes, we can change our life style so parenting becomes effortless and we as an parents and ours kids gets to live in harmony and peace.

These are Very Important Rules that must never be broken by any Serious Parent … until, of course, you want to break them. The first rule of Rules of Effortless Parenting is that you should always break rules.

Rules of Effortless Parenting

There is really only one rule: Love Them. But you already knew that one, so let’s… Continue reading

Things Everyone Should Own

Everyone talks about what to own and what to buy. It is all about consumerism. Here is a great post from my favorite author, Leo Babauta who talks about what to own. I thought I share it here for inspiration.

This list is definitive.

  1. Pen and notebook. For jotting down life lessons, and starting a novel.
  2. A library card. To read the Tao Te Ching, Anna Karenina, and Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind.
  3. A phone for calling friends, so you can spend time together. Email works too, and this can be done for free via the library internet computer.
  4. A set… Continue reading

How To Use Email Without Stress

One of the problem as a Parent and an employee I have is email clutter. Many people think of clutter as in house clutter, but computer email can be a big clutter that can take up so much time and stress. Once during my brother’s marriage, I did not check my office email for 1.5 weeks time, when I got back I had 343 emails waiting in that short time. I was so behind in emails and was stressing out as I was behind work too. Personal emails can be as bad, specially as spammers seem to find my email… Continue reading

Get Healthy By Excercising

First let me say: eating healthy is a great foundation for getting fit and healthy, but exercise is what will really get you there. Actually, you can do one and not the other, but you’ll only be halfway there, really. You need both.

Rules for Exercising I have been exercising fairly steadily for more than a year now — starting in December 2005, I began a pretty ambitious running program. In fact, about a month after I started running, I got a big head and decided I would attempt to train for and complete a marathon. After some struggles during… Continue reading

Decluttering Tips For Clean House

One of the things that gives me most peace is have a clean, simple home. When I wake up in the morning and walk out into a living room that has been decluttered, that has a minimalist look, and there isn’t junk lying around, there is a calm and joy that enters my heart.

When, on the other hand, I walk out into a living room cluttered with toys and books and extra things all over the place, it is chaos and my mind is frenetic. I’ve been a simplifier and a declutterer for years now (probably 8-9 years) and… Continue reading

Ways To Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of these type of habit that is hard to quit for many. Many people think they are not addicted to smoking and can quit anytime they want, until they really try it. Smoking is expensive, many health concerns including lung cancer and much more. However, some movies and stars show smoking to be cool and some young people may start smoking. Here are 10 ways to quit smoking easily enough, if you are ready.

1. Commit Thyself Fully.

In the quits that failed, I was only half into it. I told myself I wanted to quit, but… Continue reading

Simplify your Closet & Clothes

Today’s Doable Task: Edit your wardrobe.

Take a look at your closet — is it stuffed full of clothes you don’t wear? Do you have trouble picking out what to wear in the morning? Are there clothes you don’t fit, don’t like, or can’t wear because they are stained or torn? How about your clothes drawers? Overstuffed?

If so, your wardrobe may be in need of editing. Let’s be honest: most of us are in this category. And even though I’ve greatly simplified my clothing needs, every six months or so, I need to go through my closet to see… Continue reading

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