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How to explain racism to children

In these times we live now, with protests happening around the world and in our communities, it’s so important to sit down with the child and explain what is happening. The children are really curious and it’s the adults job to explain in a nice way to kids.

Did your child ever asked you ”Daddy, Mommy, what is a racist”?

Remember to be honest,open and clear with your child while giving explanation. You can use books, movies, their favourite Disney movie, or a Superhero, now ask them if they believe anyone can be a princess, or a superhero?

It’s time to be honest and tell them that no matter how beautiful, smart, how good, or how many degrees they will obtain some people still won’t like them. I know it’s hard to say this to your child, but we all know that’s the truth.

In school they have multicultural day, kids needs to understand and to know that there are many cultures, races and people are different, which is a good thing for the world, imagine seeing the same colour every day, let’s say blue, isn’t boring?

The way adults acts with adults it’s the model the kids copies, if we are nice and kind to people for sure we will inspire this to our children.

As your child gets older, you can introduce the term racism and what racism means, which is basically not accepting someone who has a different skin colour than you do. And that it’s wrong and racism is wrong, and we accept all types of people no matter what their skin colour,religion, disabilities they have, we are all people and we all have one heart, we using our heart with love not hate.

BE KIND 365 DAYS!

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How to explain COVID-19 to kids

COVID-19 took many lives and created panic, fear and sadness.

But do not tell your kid that.

If the children do not ask about the virus, do not push it. But I know some children are really curios, and they might wonder in the morning why you not take them to school, or playdates?

Now is the moment to talk about the different types of virus, and why they have to stay away from other family members, friends, neighbours for a while. Children have the capacity to understand and to absorb information from adults more than we can imagine.

I really recommend you to download this book, which I think is free to download (https://phoebemorriscreative.com/superfelix) reading this book is a good way of starting talking about these strange times we live.

Also teach them simple ways to be safe, like washing hand for more than 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing ”HAPPY BIRTHDAY” twice.

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FAITH. LOVE. HOPE

CRINAMORPHO

FAITH- To have faith in someone or something is like we can rest and trust in someone or something.

Do we have doubts about the person we trust?

Well, depends, isn’t it?

Having faith in people is good. Myself for example, I had a lot of faith and trust in some people while enrolling to High School. I had started a new chapter in my life with the left foot, my parents decided to divorce, dad became an alcoholic and lived on the streets. So I had to move to dorm in college and have faith in some people I knew, they told me they will support, help and encourage me during my 4 years of college. This is trust and faith.

Through these years my faith wasn’t wrong, these people helped me out and I finished the college.

Faith in God is different than faith in people. If we…

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Physical development

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Physical development is an important area of child development that includes children’s physical growth.

Physical activity is vital from birth and develops not only the body, but minds and emotions too.

P.D. involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food (eyfs).

The department of Health says, children should have at least 3 hours of physical activity, spread out over a day. This doesn’t mean three hours of planned activities, as every movement a child makes, is included, and they move a lot.

Physical Play allows children to understand why being physical and moving around is good for health.

P.P. can help children develop confidence, social interaction with their peers, friendship, control and balance, and also allows children to discover their own bodies ( sweating, redness, fast heart beat, fast breathing, tiredness).

For babies (children under 2) physical activity consists of playing and rolling, they can reach the objects, pull. hold, push.These experiences help use muscles and develop motor skills.

How to introduce P.D to children?

Gross Motor Activities – Talk about the fun of skipping, jumping, climbing, running, rolling. These will help the child to be active during the day. Obesity is a main problem in our days, so keep ypur child involved and active in different activities which promote Physical health.

Fine Motor Activities Give the child opportunity to enjoy these activities; cutting, drawing, holding, pressing, twisting, threading.

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How does living in poverty affect a child?

What is poverty, how is like to live all your childhood in the poverty, what opportunities has a person once reached the adulthood, what can we do to help poor children?

Poverty is a state condition in which a person or community lack the financial resources and essentials for a minimum standard of living. Poverty means that the income level from employment is so low that basic human needs can’t be met. Poverty-stricken people and families might go without proper housing, clean water, electricity, food, medical attention, and so on.

Living in poverty like a child is really sad, they might have a sense of hopeless about their future than their more affluent peers. Low income, poor quality housing, debt put children’s mental health at risk.

Imagine the child wakes up in the morning, in a tiny house with no running water, heating, bathroom, electricity, kitchen, no food in the fridge. Just a small room, 1 bed, 1 stove, and nothing else, but that child is preparing to go to school with no breakfast, uniform or not knowing when the next meal comes from. Isn’t this sad? I know people living like this, I used to live similar conditions, but God had his plans for me and my family.

Living in poverty can effect a child in all areas like education, health, personal development. If the child doesn’t have the luck of having good parents, like the ones who understand the importance of education, that child most probably will drop out the school,so the child needs someone who is ready to help him, encourage and send him to school. I have seen in many poor communities this kids of problem, kids dropping out the school and getting married (early marriage), a child which is 13 can give up to school and form a family, so the poverty circle never ends. This is one of the reasons I want to raise a concern about it. The power of example in this communities is strong, children thinks that is normal and they should do the same like others.

Children having children is blossoming,once this, many more problems comes like child abuse, domestic violence, poverty.

Sometimes in these communities comes people ready to help, improve their conditions and give opportunities, some families are ready and open for it, some are not interested. But if you can save 1 child from 100, for me is like gold, means a lot.

I am trying my best to be able, in the future to help poor children, they need a hand of help, they need someone who cares about them. Helping a child to go to school, or to feed, improve living conditions is like saving a life.

BE KIND!

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4 Types Of Parenting Styles

I studied social work and I remember the teachers talking about the types of parenting, also recently I have done some online courses about childcare, briefly these types were mentioned.

What are they and how they are affecting the children?

Most probably if you are a parent, you can identify your style, or if you are not a parent, like me, we can identify our parents style. Parenting style has a big impact in child life.

Authoritarian– STRICT, this style is about being strict, it’s about the rules. Parents with an authoritarian style have very high expectations of their children, yet provide very little in the way of feedback. If a child does mistakes, most probably they will be punished and sometimes the authoritarian tends to abuse the child in a physical way.

characteristics of authoritarian parents:

They have little to no patience for misbehaviourAuthoritarian parents expect their children to simply know better than to engage in undesirable behaviour. 

They don’t give children choices or options

They don’t express much warmth or nurturing

The children of authoritarian parents tend to exhibit these effects:

  • They associate obedience with love
  • Some children display aggressive behaviour outside.
  • Some children may act shy around others
  • Children often have lower self-esteem.

Permissive Parenting – Avoids confrontation, they wanna be friend instead of parent, they use rewards or a bribe in order to get the child to do what they wanna do. They rarely discipline their child, there are no rules to follow. Instead of setting rules, they try to prevent problems from happening, they choose to let their child to figure things out for themselves.

Characteristics of permissive parenting:

Emphasise their children’s freedom rather than responsibility

Ask their children’s opinions on major decisions

Are usually very loving towards their kids.

The children of permissive parents tend to exhibit these effects:

poor academic performance and behavioral problems.

Display more aggression and less emotional understanding

they lack motivation, discipline. Also the kids are more likely to engage in underage alcohol, smoking use.

Authoritative Parenting – This type has high standards, expectations. But is balanced with respect, warmth, encourage independence. They are responsive to the child’s emotional needs while having high standard. They might set limits, rules and are very consistent in enforcing boundaries. This Type has been shown to be the best way in treating and raising your child because it leads to the best outcomes in child like better social skills, emotional health, the kid is more secure and attached to their parents.

Characteristics of authoritative parenting:

Leads to development of a cooperative/friendly structure where the child’s spontaneous initiations is encouraged.

They encourage, support, and are sensitive to needs

Creates family unity through compassion, inclusion and respect.

Gives child plenty of affection which result in a sociably child, happy and ready to recognise peoples emotions and also to help them.

The children of authoritative parents tend to exhibit these effects:

Compassionate with others

happy, loving and caring person

Trustworthy, respectful

Confident in abilities. Capable and involved.

Uninvolved/Neglectful parenting – This type is the most harmful of all. Unfortunately because of circumstances in their life, like divorce, drugs, poverty, or sometimes just because they chose to. Sometimes dads can have this style when they do not have a presence in their child’s life, and this can be really damaging. I am praying to God for the children with this type pf parenting.

Characteristics of neglectful parenting:

No affection or guidance given to the child

Likely a substance abuser

Lacks emotional attachment to child

Don’t attend school events and parent-teacher conference

Offer little or no supervision

Do not plan children’s education, future.

Do not care about the child needs

Usually are not interested of sending kids to extracurricular activities.

The children of neglectful/uninvolved parents tend to exhibit these effects:

Low self-esteem, self-reliant. Forced to act mature even though he/she is a child.

Depressed, sad, lonely

No emotional connection between parent and child

The have a hard time forming relationships with other people.

Anxiety.

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7 Bible Verses About Children to Read to the Kids

Jesus once was a kid, He was born into this world.

1st verse: Colossians 3:20

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

2. Proverbs 13:24

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.”

Parents who choose to care for and discipline their children truly love them and wants the best for them.

3. Proverbs 1:8-9

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.”

It’s so beautiful and amazing yo have a Mom and a Dad, and they to teach you right!

4. Matthew 18:2-4

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'”

to have eternal life with God, we must think like children. Be humble, believe, have faith!

5. Mark 9:36-37

“And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.’

Children are gifts from God himself. We should cherish and care for them as best as we can.

6. Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

7. Mattew 19:14

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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I AM FORGIVEN

Yes, I am free, I am forgiven!

We are born sinners, we live a life of sinners, until we met HIM and we realise that Jesus actually died for us and washed away our sins. And all He wants in return is to believe.

I lived 15 years not knowing Jesus, not knowing that he have done so much more me.

I became a Jesus follower when I was 15 years old, Someone took me to an amazing Church called Greater Grace Brasov. There I’ve received God in my heart and I accepted him like my saviour!

Accepting him, I’ve received eternal life, I know I am going to heaven when my body dies.

BUT I AM FORGIVEN BY THE GRACE OF GOD!

1 John 1:9 says ”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

Unconditional love, God let his son to die on earth for our sins, isn’t this amazing and unconditional love?

I am forgiven, but doesn’t mean I do not sin anymore, I do, because I still have my own nature which wants to her own will, we are tempted and live in our flesh. But having Holy Spirit is something that reminds me that I am forgiven and I have to go back to God and pray, stay in silence and listen to his words! And he is so GOOD to me.

Even though we are forgiven doesn’t mean that we can sin every day knowing He died for our sins, no, is not about this!

Believe in God, have faith, read the bible and know that you are FORGIVEN!

JOHN 3:16

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SUNT IERTAT

Da, sunt liberă de păcat!

Suntem născuți păcătoși, trăim o viață de păcătoși, și asta până când îl întâlnim pe Isus, și realizăm că Isus a murit pentru noi, pentru păcatele noastre. Și tot ceea ce vrea Isus în schimb, este să avem credință în El, să credem!

Eu am trăit 15 ani făra să-L cunosc pe Isus, fără să știu ce a făcut El pentru mine.

Când aveam 15 ani, cineva m-a luat într-o duminică dimineața la Biserică, așa am cunoscut Biserica Mărețul Har Brașov. Acolo am cunoscut cuvântul lui Isus, am fost botezată în 2015, și mai mult mi-am dat seama de iertarea primită de la Dumnezeu.

De asemenea, L-am acceptat pe Isus ca salvator al meu, acceptandul-L am primit viața veșnică, când corpul meu va murii, eu știu ca voi ajunge în rai.

DAR CEL MAI IMPORTANT SUNT IERTATĂ!

În 1 Ioan1:9 este scris: ”Dacă ne mărturisim păcatele, El este credincios și drept ca să ne ierte păcatele și să ne curățească de orice nelegiuire’‘.

Iubire necondiționată, Dumnezeu și-a lăsat fiul să moară pentru păcatele noastre, pentru a ne salva pe noi de la Iad, așadar oricine crede in El, și își mărturiseșete păcatul va primi viața veșnică în Rai. Nu este asta iubire necondiționată din partea lui Dumnezeu?

Eu sunt iertată dar asta nu înseamnă că pot păcătuii în fiecare zi, gândindu-mă că Isus a murit pentru păcatele mele, nu așa funcționează.

Odată ce devii creștin, spălat de păcate, tot mai avem în noi firea veche păcătoasă, cea care încă are pofte, ne tentează și vrea să trăiască fără Isus, dar având Duhul Sfânt în noi ( și Duhul Sfânt nu este nimic magic, nu vorbim în limbi, etc) dar este ceva ce ne amintește de viața cu Isus, ca suntem iertați și orice păcat facem să mergem la Isus și El este vrednic și credincios să ne ierte și să ne dea o viață plină de bucurie, pace, în momentele noastre de tristețe.

Să avem credință, bucurie în Isus, știind că suntem iertați!

1 IOAN 3:16

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THE JOY OF SADNESS

Few years ago, Lady N had so much sadness in her heart that every day and night she planned her suicidal note for the one, two people still believing, loving her. For about a month she could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Her sadness turned into depression. Being depressed is the worst nightmare. Nobody can take the depression away, is just between you and GOD.

Sadness is a normal human emotion that everyone feels once in a while. Like I said, sadness is a reaction to a loss, disappointment, problems in your family, financial struggle, a sick kid, etc. But the depression is a mental health that affects all your life aspects, is much deeper.

How can we involve God, when we are sad, depressed?

The Lady in our example, gave us her story.

”I was going through so much in my life back then, family issues, financial broken, my job offered me a low income, I had to study and to work, and the love chapter was there but not really, actually I felt unloved and I had no one to listen to me or support me, there was a lot of fake people in my life, and still they are.

I was a Christian, went to Church every week, listen to God’s word, but still my heart was not fulfilled. I knew something was missing from my life, I was looking at the people around me they looked happy, they had a nice family, a house, stability. And I had nothing, no plans for the future, no stability. My syptoms were

I could not focus on my every day tasks

Want to sleep all day long

I could barely get out of my bed and dress myself in the morning

No smile on my face all day long

And suicidal thoughts in my head. Actually I took some piles, I was so sick that day.

All this lasted for about 1 month. And then I talked with God, please help your child, you say in the bible that you will not give us more than we can handle, help me overcome this situation, and give me peace, love and wisdom.

I prayed and waited in silence for Him to give me Joy, and healing. Every day I prayed, and tried to work even though my mind said no. After a while I saw my life took a right turned, someone offered me a better pay job, and every little thing gave me confidence. A year later my life is totally changed, my faith is restored and I learnt to trust HIM again. I have a lot of joy, peace and learnt from my mistakes”.

I know is not easy to overcome depression, sadness, but try to speak with Him, read your bible, ask your Pastor, and write down all your thoughts and then find a solution for every thought/problem. It will help a lot.

Just think that you are not alone, you still have 1-2 people believing, loving you, ask for help.

In our life we going through a lot of sadness, anxiety and sometimes depression, in those moments how important is our life, we have value, all our problems are temporarily, be patient, have faith, surround yourself with wise people.

The joy comes from trusting God!

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PALM SUNDAY

Today, some people are celebrating the Easter, I wish them a blessed Easter! May god give you joy, hope from his abundance!

I will celebrate the Easter next week, because we follow the Orthodox Church, which they follow the Julian calendar. I am not an Orthodox but I am from Romania so I celebrate the same day the orthodox does. Is not important when we celebrate but its important to know what we celebrate, the meaning of the feast!

Now, what is Palm Sunday?

Well, Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem

(Matthew 21:1-9). Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd laid palm branches and their cloaks on the road, and the crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices ”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord”

Peace in heaven and glory in the highest”. I wish I was there to praise Jesus!

The HOLY WEEK

Sunday – Commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem

Thursday – Jesus was arrested

Friday – His crucifixion

Jesus is the son of Good, he was born in Bethlehem, his earthly parents are Mary and Joseph.

God sent His only Child to die for us so that whoever believes in him to have eternal life, so that we can be with Him in the heaven.

Let’s just remember the meaning of Christ Resurrection!

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About me

I am Crina, 24 years old, I was born in December 1995. Some of my hobbies are:

  • baking, cooking, doing nails for me or for others, as I have a nail technician certificate, volunteer, running, and of course, writing.

I love working with babies, toddlers or poor kids. I have finished the college in 2017 with a degree in Social Work, I have finished my studies in Romania, Brasov.

Romania is a southeastern European country, especially known for the famous Dracula story. I do recommend to visit my country, and the city called BRASOV!

I create this blog to write about my faith and my journey in finding God back in 2013.

I am gonna take you thru my life before finding God and after, changes in my life and how God really changed my life.

Who is GOD?

What is eternal life?

Is there a heaven and hell?

Do we still sin even after we became Christian?

And many more questions which I will answer thru my life stories.