Quote of the Day – Happy New Year from all of us at Lateral Love Australia! 2013 here we come!

45d6f7e2af450aaaea60e082e3b54d461 60 Inspiring Quotations That Will Change The Way You Think

“Laugh as often as you can,  the more you laugh the funnier life becomes. Laugh at bad jokes and laugh at yourself, life is far too short to take yourself too seriously and it’s better to be ridiculous than to be boring. Never assume that the people you love know how you feel, tell them, show them, convince them and prove it to them every day. Listen first, then talk.
Defend your point of view but accept when you are wrong.
Learn to apologize, to admit your mistakes and learn to accept compliments. Take care, take your time and take risks. Make decisions, make mistakes, make fun of yourself and make friends of strangers. Be modest but not invisible and always give credit were credit’s due. Don’t be too quick to judge, first impressions are just that, impressions. Be patient, be positive, and be vulnerable.
Be happy, be sad and above all be yourself.
Surround yourself with people you admire and never be ashamed to ask for help. Embrace your flaws, perfection is boring. Do things that you are passionate about, and you will soon realise that your life is full of things that you love. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, life is messy, get stuck in. Don’t be a victim, be a survivor.
Learn to bask in the sunshine and dance in the rain. Remember that youth isn’t wasted on the young, youth is just matter of perspective. Stop complaining about your age, in ten years you’ll wish you were the age you are now. Never settle, never give up and never let go of your dreams, regret is far worse than failure. Whatever happens, at the end of every day step back, take a deep breath and smile.”

Quote of the Day

The power of life is pure unconditional love and love has got to come from you, you, you and you. ~ Brian Butler


7 Ways to Show Your Kids Love from Parenting’s The Moment

7 Ways to Show Your Kids Love

How to dish out unexpected hugs, kisses and cuddles to show your kid affection

By Shaun Dreisbach
Hugs, kisses, and cuddles can be a perfect cure-all — studies show that affection may boost kids’ mood, health, and confidence, says Kenneth Rubin, Ph.D., professor of human development at the University of Maryland. Maximize the power of touch:

Try massage Baby rubdowns help preemies gain weight faster and improve sleep quality.

Be random Tell your child you love her during dinner, riding in the car, or after she makes you laugh.

Discipline affectionately Touch your kids even when they’re acting naughty. If one sibling whacks another, for example, get down to his level, hold his hand or rub his back, and say “We don’t hit. Hitting hurts!”

Get creative If your child just isn’t a cuddler, you can still connect in smaller ways: Ruffle his hair, roughhouse with him (yep, this counts!), dance together, or exchange winks.

Be there when she fails “Kids learn more from their missteps than their successes,” says Kenneth Rubin, Ph.D., a professor of human development at the University of Maryland, in College Park. Let her make some mistakes — then listen, and give reassurance and cuddles.

Give hugs in good times — and bad It’s easy to be affectionate when your kid is being an angel, but it can be even more powerful to give him a big, loving squeeze after an argument.

Respect her limits Try not to smother your child if she’s annoyed by it, and don’t force her to kiss or hug anyone she doesn’t want to (Great-Auntie will have to get over it). You also needn’t stress about being Super Affectionate Mom all the time to make sure your child feels loved. She does!