Month: December 2012

Breakaway from the Kids

By Shirin Yadegar
MacHentsevHave you ever traveled 6000 miles away from your children? When my husband initially asked me to join him in Shanghai, I said there was no way in hell. Who on earth leaves four kids for a week. What if there was an earthquake, what if one of the girls got sick? Who would drive them to and from school and all of their extracurricular activities? How would my younger girls feel? Would my toddler and one year old feel abandoned? Too much to plan. Too challenging. Too far away. (more…)

Festive Holiday Recipes

By Catherine McCord
Gingerbread PancakesGingerbread Pancakes
Prep Time:15 minutes, Cook Time: 12 minutes, Total Time: 27 minutes,

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • (more…)

Teen Parenting Challenges

Compassion begins with the parent’s ability to feel what the teen is feeling.

By Dr. Nelly Franoody-Zahiri
nellyIn the accelerated rush of our society today, it has taken me a decade to see what has been forgotten in Peace Learning Parenting. Parenting with the focus and the intention of knowing and feeling that we are all connected and that families do much better collectively when interacting and sharing values rather than perceiving each other as competitors in a highly individualistic society. To achieve this healthy emotional and social balance, and in order to stay connected, I suggest we add to our daily vitamins the following 5 Cs:

  1. Compassion
  2. Communication
  3. Co-operation
  4. Culture (meaning sensitivity to other Cultures) and
  5. Conservation.

These are the Big Cs for Peace Learning Parenting. (more…)

Nutrients for Healthy Skin

By Rebecca Casper
As a medical skin specialist and health fanatic, I am often asked about the correlation between food and skin.
Can you really blame that piece of pizza you ate last night for your new blemish? Do skin/hair supplements really work? Traditionally, most would say no. I say yes!

There is a growing amount of research suggesting a link between bad eating habits and acne breakouts. While the idea is still not a standard view between dermatologists and skin care specialist, it does make sense when you think about the function of the skin. When you eat, your body takes what it needs and “disposes” of the rest. 1/4 of that elimination is done through your skin. (more…)