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What Childhood Games Can Teach Us About Life

My son joined Chess Club at school this year, and really enjoyed it. This was surprising because as a young 4-year-old who wanted to play board games, he would throw a fit every time he lost. To see him growing up to a 10-year-old who loves to play a complex game where there can only be one winner shows how much you can mature in a short amount of time.

Now that it’s summer break, we’re enjoying playing more board games. He was teaching me to play a new game, and I had a “light-bulb” moment. While I lost the game, I asked that we play again. He was surprised, and said okay, so we played again and again I lost. I told him I really wanted to play another round to figure out how to win. He thought I’d want to play something new to see if I could win at something else. That made sense, especially when we think about life and how easy it is to be discouraged and give up when you first don’t succeed at something new.

We played the game three times until I won, and I explained to my son that life is like the games we play. We can get easily upset when we lose, or try over and over again until we win. Or, like he suggested, you can switch to something else. This reminds me of how we have different attitudes in health. We often go through the same cycle as learning a new game: trying something and winning (it works), then doing it over and over again and once we lose, giving up (health changes over time, so if we start to break down, we often give up and accept living with a problem).

Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as a game with clear rules, players and outcomes. It is far more complicated, especially when it comes to our health. There are different methods of healing, different styles of living and different foods to eat. But, I often find myself thinking with the same persistence: not giving up, and asking for advice from those who have figured things out. That is how I found Hen Sen Herbs.

It is truly a beautiful thing to live in a country with so many health care options. Mind you, they’re not all supported by the health care insurance system, but I am so grateful that we have Traditional Chinese Herbalist, Acupuncture, Massage as well as the American Medical Association practitioners. If life were a game, I’d say we’re fortunate to live in a country with the freedom to choose how to best live our lives.

Giving Herbs to Children

When my daughter suffered from severe constipation at the age of 1 years old, I consulted the normal Medical Doctors. They couldn’t find anything wrong with here and prescribed a laxative for her to take until she was 10 years old. Once I decided that wasn’t a good solution, I continued to seek alternative heal care until I met with Juli at Hen Sen Herbs.

She prescribed a bland diet, abdominal massage and some herbal pills. The Hen Sen Herbal pills are tiny balls. They are very easy for an adult to swallow. But, I had trouble figuring out how to get my daughter to take them. First, I tried putting them into applesauce, thinking she’d swallow it that way. Then, I tried putting them into some juice, but the pills got stuck in her mouth and the longer they sat there the more the pills dissolved and the bitter taste of the herbs made her upset.

Crusing the pills up and giving them by dropper tool works for small children.

Crushed pills

Finally after a few days of struggling, I called Juli feeling very defeated and confessed that I could not get my daughter to take the herbs. She encouraged me and suggested crushing the pills up and giving them by a dropper like a tincture. I started putting the crushed pills into apple juice, then began to replace some of the juice with water until now we just used water. We also bribed her with a treat after each dose (dried Cranberries). So, if you are struggling to get your child to swallow the tiny herbal pills, try this method. You know your child and yourself best, so adding some sort of reward will be up to you.

My daughter’s constipation is cleared up, and our daughter doesn’t flinch at the need to take her herbs this way.

Do you have trouble swallowing pills? If so, how do you manage to take them? We’re always open to learning how others take herbs.

Best wishes in wellness,
Holli Margell
Hen Sen Lifestyle Editor

What’s Juli up to: Taxes and teeth

The deadline for 2011 Federal Tax return is quickly approaching. Have you finish up your taxes yet? I’ve just finish putting together all the necessary documents for our accountant to prepare the return. I must admit that I had to spend the whole weekend to go through the pile of paper work scattered all over the house. Had I been much more organized, it would’ve taken me less than an hour to finish it. Oh well, I will be much more organize this year (I promise!).
Anyways, I found the picture Michelle drew about a year ago when one of her teeth fell out. At the time she was so fascinated by this whole tooth incident that she just had to draw a picture of her teeth. She and her flying teeth look very happy. And it makes me forget about all the stress I have had the last couple of days. It made me laugh. I always keep kid’s drawings, of course not all of them, but ones that strongly reflect their feeling towards something at the moment. I would strongly recommend that every parent keep their children’s drawings. Not only will it remind them of a good childhood, but also help us (parents) get through tough times.
Warmly, Juli