Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Life in 3D.

I believe in willpower. I think that people with willpower can accomplish great things. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, climb a mountain...willpower (and in some cases a little training) is all you need.
Last week, Matthew rode his bicycle for the first time and I was extremely impressed and very proud.
He did not want me to help him. He kept telling himself "I can do this, I can do this" and he did it. After riding it for a few minutes he said "Daddy, I am proud of myself!". And I cannot tell you how proud I was of him. I had to hold back tears (yes, I am a mush).
Not only was I proud but I was thrilled to see that he had that willpower, and the pride that he felt from his accomplishment is the greatest reward he could have gotten.
Over a decade ago, I quit smoking cold turkey after years of heavy smoking. I did not need any patch, gum or any other gimmicks. All I needed was willpower. I had the desire to do it, I had the dedication and I found the discipline. And to this day I consider it the greatest accomplishment of my life.
Three years ago, I ran the NYC Marathon with very little training, and even less sleep. Again willpower, I believe accounted for ninety percent of my performance.
One of my goals this year was to lose some weight and so I did; I am down fifteen pounds so far. Tooting your own horn does feel good!!!!

Willpower is key: Desire, Dedication, Discipline or as I call it Life in 3D.

If you are a parent and have a hard time finding the motivation just take a look at your children. If not for you, do it for them, you are their role model after all. When I get home at night and I go tuck my little ones in, I know I will never have a smoke again.
If you are still keeping up with your New Year's resolution, if you are achieving your goals through willpower, congratulations, you are living your Life in 3D so why don't you click here and show it off.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Don't potty train!!! Toilet train!!!

A big rookie mistake when the time comes is to potty train. Yes, you heard me it is a big mistake.
Q-What is the greatest advantage of having your child going on the potty?
A-You do not have to change his diapers and clean his butt anymore.
So why on earth do you want to clean a potty?
Another reason to skip the potty is that once a child is trained on the potty he might be reticent to use the toilet, so do yourself a huge favor and skip the potty.
Toilet training will be another test of your patience so make it as easy and fun as possible.
There is no set age at which you should begin to train your child however if he holds a driver's license you might want to give him a crash course.
Most Children achieve bowel control and daytime urine control by three to four years of age. However it may take months or years to achieve the same success at night.
No matter how old your child is (within reason of course), remember to not rush him, each child learns to use the toilet in his or her own time. We are finding out that our second child will be out of diapers earlier than the first one (yeah!!!!). Also do not forget that you are your children biggest role model so put your inhibitions aside and let them see you when you go.You can also let your older ones help the younger ones with the training. And most of all, praise them, reward them (with stickers), show them how proud you are and make it FUN.