Summer is over and school has started. That means new schools, new friends, new after school routines, new wake up times, new bed times, and more homework. Just thinking about it has me stressed and I am not even a student. School demands are far more than they were 30 years ago and that means we need to figure out how to channel our anxiety and stress levels and also help our kids do the same. What works for one family member may not work for another. And when you are dealing with teenagers, nothing may work! But, as parents, we must keep on trying and role modeling. One day, I hear, those teens will come back to us with warm and fuzzy accolades. In the meantime we can just keep thinking “I can’t wait until you have kids”:)
No seriously, if you haven’t already read the book The 5 Love Languages for Teens I highly recommend you buy this book. http://www.amazon.com/The-Love-Languages-Teenagers-Edition/dp/080247313X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410070071&sr=8-1&keywords=the+5+love+languages+for+teens It will give you another perspective on how to effectively talk to your teen who is no doubt struggling either socially, mentally, or spiritually. Does it always work? Not for me, but at least I know my kids love languages and have a better understanding of what works best when trying to engage them.
The 5 Love Language are:
1. Words of Affirmation – This language uses words to affirm other people
2. Acts of Service – For these people, actions speak louder than words
3. Receiving Gifts – For some people, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a gift
4. Quality Time – This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention
5. Physical Touch – To this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch
You can click here to take the quiz http://www.5lovelanguages.com/ This week take the quiz and begin to slowly implement what you learn. If you have already done the test but have forgotten to use your teens love language lately (that’s me!), make a point to use your teens love language this week when you are trying to engage them.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord – Ephesians 6:4
Gluten Free Kefir Lemon Chia Muffins
This is the first time I have baked with milk kefir. These muffins are tender and yummy! Recipe can easily be doubled and made into regular sized muffins. Just increase the time. These are best eaten the day they are baked.
1 cup gluten free flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 t gluten free baking powder
1/2 t gluten free baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/3 cup milk kefir or buttermilk
2 T butter, melted
2 T grated lemon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 oz sour cream
1 T chia seeds
2 T icing sugar, sifted
1/2-1 T lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375F
- Spoon dry ingredients, flour through salt, into medium sized bowl
- Make a well in center of mixture and add the next 5 wet ingredients, kefir or buttermilk through sour cream, and combine.
- Add chia seeds and stir gently
- Spray mini muffin tins and add about 1 tablespoon of batter to each muffin tray. The batter should be about 3/4 full. The muffins won’t rise that much.
- Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown on sides. Tops will remain pale yellow. Remove muffins from pans and place on a wire rack.
- Mix icing sugar and lemon together and spoon about 1/4 t on top of each muffin. I hardly used any, just enough to add a kick of lemon.
Makes 24 mini muffins