How many times have you ‘started over’? Doesn’t it feel like sometimes we’re addicted to the idea of a fresh start, only to return to the same habits and rituals that we wanted to break free from? Many people start Resolutions for the New Year, only to give up just a few weeks, or even days later.
Dr. Ashley Kauffman and Dr. Becky Bielstein are feeling very grateful this holiday season. Not only do we have the very best patients and the most wonderful Chiropractic practice, but we both welcomed new babies to our own families this fall!
Say hello to Owen Kauffman and Aria Bielstein! These two precious infants have blessed our lives already and we can’t wait to watch them grow. It’s especially joyful to have new lives at the holiday season. Dr. Ashley also has a 2 ½ year old (Tucker) and there’s nothing more exciting than watching a toddler tear through wrapping paper to open their gifts.
But, as your children grow older, we want to teach them that giving is just as valuable as receiving. Luckily there are many ways to encourage the act of charity and compassion during the holiday season. Let’s make this the season of giving!
Before you plan a big act of giving for your family, think small and focused rather than grand and global. Do you have a family member that is spending the season alone? Is there a neighbor or colleague that could use some holiday cheer? Sometimes the best way to make a difference in the world is to start with just one person within arm’s reach.
You can participate in a toy drive. Nominate a member of your parish for extra gift-giving. Clean a park or donate your time to a project close to your family’s hearts. One great way to serve our community is by feeding those in need. The Cornerstone Mission’s kitchen, located at 30 Main Street in the East of Fifth neighborhood of Rapid City, serves meals three times a day, 365 days of the year. They also recently remodeled their kitchen. The Cornerstone connects with dozens of churches in our area and you can be assured that your time preparing and serving meals will be most appreciated. For more information on the Cornerstone and their volunteer program, please click here.
There are many ways to give this holiday season. Please contact the Hope Center for more resources on serving your community and sharing the experience with your family.
In addition to setting the example of generosity for your children, this is also a time for celebration. The key to teaching young children to give whole-heartedly is helping them understand that they are receiving as well. Create a wonderful reward for your family to thank them for their generosity, like taking them to the Black Hills Christmas Village.
Or give the ultimate gift to your children of time. Spend a long weekend with them, enjoying the beautiful Black Hills. Enjoy the best of nature while spending an outing with your kids. Make a memory that will last forever.
Thank you to all of you – our patients, neighbors, family and friends – for celebrating the joy of this holiday season. The Rushmore Family Chiropractic family has grown even bigger this year, and even more thankful!
Ah, the holidays… That magical time of the year when we put up our twinkling lights, gather together, share gifts and pass out watching football on television. But the joys of the season can also make for stressful situations. Let’s make sure we can celebrate with our family and avoid those holiday pitfalls.
This Snow Isn’t Going to Clear Itself!
Does it seem like you’re the only one out shoveling during the winter? You want your family to be safe but you’re sick of doing all the hard work yourself? Seems like every winter you throw out your back clearing snow? Your local chiropractor warns you to take it easy but easier said than done, right?
Why not turn snow-shoveling into a fun family activity? Yes, some of the kids might complain but if you make it fun and reward them later, it can really take the burden off of you.
You want to make sure that you’re allocating the right type and amount of work to each member of the family. Your toddler isn’t going to be much help but, for kids five and up, this productive time out of doors might just be a great bonding experience.
First, you want to make sure everyone is bundled up appropriately (ears, head, neck and hands must be covered) and you want to ensure that each person is working with a shovel or implement designed for their age and strength. This is meant to be enjoyable, not uncomfortable.
The teens can definitely help clear snow from the driveway, walkways, and from cars. Demonstrate for them the proper way to shovel (bending slightly, from the hip and not the waist, adjusting from side to side so as not to put all weight onto one side). Teens can use the same shovel type as an adult.
For kids from seven to ten, a push broom is a great way to help move snow off of porches and steps without causing strain. Make sure they have a place to “dump” the excess snow to without getting in the way of others.
For your little ones around five, six years this is more about participation than progress. They’re likely to get distracted by making snow angels and snowmen so give them easy tasks, like helping to spread salt after shoveling. Be careful, however – most “ice melt” products contain harsh chemicals. You don’t want those getting in contact with your child’s skin or airways.
Work together, perhaps pairing each family member up with another. If it’s especially cold outside, take turns or work in shifts. Take warm-up breaks and make sure you’re able to communicate clearly. Our windiest days in the Black Hills might not be the time for such activity - it’s pretty hard to shout above the screeching of fifty-mile- an-hour wind gusts!
There are specific laws for snow removal. According to Ordinance #12.20.070: “Rapid City municipal code states it shall be the duty of the owner or person in possession or in charge of any lot, parcel or plot of ground fronting or abutting any sidewalk to keep such sidewalk free of snow and ice at all times.” While there isn’t a requirement about when you must remove snow, it’s generally assumed to be within 24 hours of any snowfall. This ordinance may be more closely watched in neighborhoods near schools. Certainly, we don’t want anyone tripping or falling – and your insurance agent really doesn’t want you to experience that! So, make sure to clear the walkways so that you, your neighbors and anyone walking past your property is safe.
Once you’ve got the snow cleared, bring everyone inside, out of their outerwear and warmed up. Some hot cider or cocoa is perfect for those cold South Dakota wintry days, and a wonderful way to say thank you to everyone for sharing the responsibilities!