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Does your family use essential oils? What are your favorite uses – especially with cold & flu season?
Yes, our family uses essential oils.
It’s important to use pure, high quality oils when using them for medicinal purposes. Oils of lesser quality may not be as effective and may even contain harmful contaminates. We exclusively use Young Living essential oils and they have been amazingly effective (even hubby is convinced) and their effectiveness for minor ailments such as cold, flu, ear infections, burns, bedwetting, etc. has been almost immediate. (Young Living is currently giving $40 product to new members who order $100 in product. If you sign up with me as either a customer or distributor I will send you an email with more info. My member number is 1328200.)
This cold and flu season has been bad in our area and we’ve been exposed to RSV, stomach flu, THE flu, colds, etc. and thankfully gotten away with just a few days of runny noses and a few coughs.
We use Thieves to knock out a sore throat and at the first sign of cold symptoms. This is an oil blend that is anti-viral and helps to support immune systems.
We’ve been directly exposed influenza twice this year and both times different family members started exhibiting symptoms shortly after (fever, body aches, head ache, chills, etc) exposure, but we’ve used this great protocol and the symptoms vanished within 12 hours.
Essential oil protocol for Influenza
At the first sign of flu symptoms:
Take a warm bath to which the following have been added:
- 5 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Thyme
Then massage your whole body with:
- 2 drops Meleleuca Alternifoila (Tea Tree)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
Mix those essential oils together then add them to 1 tsp of carrier oil (We use olive, coconut or sweet almond as carrier oils.) for the massage.
Spray bedroom with Thyme and Lavender or diffuse that combo in the room and go to bed.
My children swear by this ‘common cold’ massage oil. It gives immediate relief although, like all essential oils it may need to be reapplied often.
- 1 drop Lemon
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 3 drops Rosemary
Mix these oils together then add 1 tsp 0f carrier oil. Use 1-3 drops to massage around sinus area, neck and chest to relieve congestion, stuffy head, cough and tightness in chest.
This is a terrifically effective, although really nasty tasting, treatment for a congested cough.
Create this oil blend:
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 1 drop Thyme
- 1 drop Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)
Then put 1 drop of this blend into a Tablespoon of honey (raw, local honey is best). Pour warm/hot water over and sip slowly. I actually prefer to skip the water and just gulp the honey/oil mix down. It seems to me the water just prolongs the yuckiness.
Practical expectations for an 18 month old. Both in what tasks they are able to help with and also dealing with comprehension and obedience expectations.
Every child will be different when they’re 18 months and you know your child best, so keep that in mind. Here is a list of chores that we assign to children who are 2.
- Help load the washer and dryer.
- Empty small trash cans.
- Run simple errands like fetching the diapers and wipes.
- Help add ingredients while you cook.
- Sweep the floor using a small dust pan and brush.
- Help dust.
- Move things while you vacuum.
- Put their own toys away.
For chore suggestions for other ages, visit my daily chores post.
18 month olds, who are verbal, are capable of lots of memorization (I suppose that those who aren’t particularly verbal are also capable of this, it’s just hard to determine if they have something memorized). Several of our children have have memorized the Children’s Catechism by the age of 2. **
**EDIT: I am so sorry. I checked with Mark and he said that our children were nearly, if not already, 4 by the time they memorized the Children’s Catechism. It was not my intention to be deceptive, but I do want to correct this. It is our recollection that our children were 3 or 4 years old before they completed memorizing the Children’s Catechism. This has not been true of our younger children as we’ve been much less faithful in working with them on memorizing. Our older children had memorized a lot more at a younger age than have our younger children have, but we’re working on that.
Bella (2) has several Psalms memorized in addition to many other verses/passages and several of her favorite hymns (and she has been VERY slow verbally, most people still don’t understand her speech). Here’s how we help our children memorize.
I think that much of what determines what our children are capable (or incapable) of is what we expect (or don’t expect) of them. The longer I parent, the more convinced I become that these little ones are much smarter and more capable than we give them credit.
What is the best and most consistent way to deal with whiners?
The best and most consistent way to deal with whiners is identical to the best and most consistent way you deal with any sin in your children.
First, you clearly tell your child what is expected of them. (i.e. “You may not whine, you must speak in a big girl/boy voice.”)
If it’s necessary, at this point you can help them understand what you mean by role playing it with them.
Mom: “Say, ‘Please may I have a snack’ not (in a whining voice) ‘I’m hungry’.
Child (in a whiny voice): ‘Please may I have a snack’.
Mom: “No, did you hear how you used a whiny voice? (Mimic child’s voice). “I want you to use a big boy/girl voice” (Speak emphasizing the ‘big’ voice you want to hear)
Child (in a big kid voice): “Please may I have a snack”.
Second, once they understand what you mean, if they choose to disobey they receive biblical consequences.
To be consistent, you do this each and every time they choose disobedience. (i.e. Each and every time a whiny sound comes out of your child’s mouth, you address it.)
How do you deal with a toddler (who is generally well behaved) hitting, pushing, and biting?
See my answer to the previous question and give instruction about hitting, pushing, biting instead of whining.
Is it normal to have a very small social network with a large family? Seems like we never get invites to anything now that we are a family of 7. I don’t mind at all being the hostess. Just wondering if this is normal, and how to maintain our friendships with other families.
I think this is a terrific question and I think that the answer will vary depending on the place that God has placed you. In the past, we were in a church that, while there were several other large families, there was very little hospitality or interaction of the members outside of official church functions.
We tried to fill this gap by being the hosts for other things (a mom’s support group, family Bible study and lots and lots of having others into our home for dinner) and God blessed this by providing our family with deep friendships with people outside of our particular church family.
We still host the vast majority of time (mostly because we have a house that is especially suited to easily hosting large groups of people), but we now find ourselves in an amazing community of believers who act like our family. All the families in our ‘group’ go to a variety of churches.
This group of families have wept and rejoiced with us. We get together with them for meals, hikes, and sometimes funerals for tiny babies we never met, but we all loved. We take meals when there is illness or busyness. We clean each others homes, house each other when we have plumbing problems and listen on the other end of the phone as we struggle through the hardness of an everyday. We’ve watched children while they’ve called 911, we’ve camped and sang and our kids have fought and we’ve run to each other when our world has fallen apart.
We know each other because we spend time together, we invest in each other (and it is an investment).
I think that this is missing in most churches, homeschool groups and social circles regardless of family size. People do not know what it is like to truly act like the FAMILY of Christ. (I don’t think it’s having a lovely visit with each other each Sunday and then being oblivious to their lives Monday through Saturday.)
It seems that most people are so busy with so many different social groups that very few people have time for these types of relationships. So my encouragement would be to be hospitable and then to invest in the lives of others. Find out about them, speak with them during the week, meet needs that they have. Plan to do things together. Many will be too busy to build the type of relationship, but some will be longing for it.
Another interesting note is that you can not possibly have this type of deep, I-really-know-this-person relationship with too many people, there is just not enough time to invest this deeply in too many places. We’ve found that within our ‘large’ group (around 15 or more families) there are closer relationships between individual families within the group. I know that, in a pinch, any of the members of the group would be ready with prayer, physical help or support, but we don’t all fill all of those rolls for all of the other families within the group all the time. Sometimes it’s one family and sometimes it’s another.
There is something amazingly beautiful about watching these relationships develop and grow. It’s one of God’s good gifts.
You may also be interested in:
- Daily chores – teaching children to work and a list of chores that children of various ages can do
- Teaching cheerful obedience to little ones
- Training little ones to sit through worship – practical ideas
- Keeping little ones in worship – why and how we train our children to worship
- Family Worship – how we do it in our home
- Keeping your child’s heart: Discipline
- Given to hospitality – what a week of hospitality looks like (and it’s not about lots of food or fancy decor, it really is sometimes just a cup of cold water)
- Tips for different types of hospitality - plus some recipes
- Memorization system – how we help our children memorize and get everything into long term memory.
- Sign up to purchase Young Living Oils
- Email Me – for more info about Young Living Essential Oils
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