November 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

By Lori Lite 

Thanksgiving arts and crafts create memories and relieve stress and worry at the same time.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful excuse to sit around the table as a family and get creative. You will relax and your children will get a self-esteem boost. turkeyphotoKeep it simple and keep it stress free.

How arts and crafts can reduce stress:

  • The very act of picking out colors, cutting and pasting will distract you from your everyday worries, pressures, and challenges.
  • Spending quality time with your children foster strong family connections. You and your children will feel more connected and loved. These feelings help to reduce stress and worry..
  • When you are fully involved with a creative project (no matter how small), you can shut the brain chatter off and focus on the project at hand. This will help you to clear your head and allow you to face the week with a more relaxed attitude.
  • Kids love arts and crafts and you can get a joy boost by engaging with your child. Tap into your child’s energy. Let your inner child come out and paly. Let the laughter flow. Laughter is a fun stress buster.
  • Listen to relaxing music while you do your arts and crafts. Ask your children how the music makes them feel. Do they happy or calm?
  • Incorporate a positive attitude into your arts and crafts. Make an affirmation turkey or a gratitude turkey.  Write affirmations onto the feathers of your turkey or things you are grateful for.  
  • Make this an interactive centerpiece where you encourage your guests to write their own affirmation or something they are grateful for. Leave blank feathers out with a marker. Add the feathers to the Turkey or put them in the middle. – I used a pencil holder with plenty of room for feathers. Keurig coffee boxes, tissue boxes, and formula containers work as well. -

Lori Lite is the founder and author of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety. Her award winning children’s series and curriculum introduce stress management techniques through storytelling. Lori’s constant upbeat presence on Facebook and Twitter make her a real-time resource for anyone seeking practical advice for stress free living. For more information visit StressFreeKids.com.

 

October 27th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Children, Clothes – Stress Less

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What kind of kid do you have?

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Hey all you fantastic Stress Free Kids! Rita Ross and the PocketPeople here, making a quick aPPearance to share an easy and stress reducing fall project.

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May 2nd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Are Teens Addicted to Cell Phones?

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April 28th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shark Tank Entrepreneur Relaxes Children Across the Globe

Lori Lite, Shark Tank Entrepreneur and author of new parenting book “Stress Free Kids,” is releasing her relaxation message for children in Spanish, Turkish and Japanese.

Partnering with domestic and international publishers, Lite is able to show parents around the world how to help their children cope with stress and anger while increasing self-esteem. 

March 28th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Is Technology Stressing our Kids?

Note to Readers: I don’t know if technology is stressing our kids, but I do know that technology has added a new paradigm to the many facets of parenting. I do know that taking my teen’s screens away would destroy her academically and socially.  I do know that keeping up with the various forms of interaction, communication, and learning has made me feel like I have one more full time parenting job. It is always challenging to be the transitional generation.

March 11th, 2014 | 5 Comments

Picky Eater

Note to Reader: If your child is a picky eater your family might be feeling more stress than needed during mealtimes. Jo shares her practical and accessible approach to picky eating with Stress Free Kids readers. EAF (emotionally aware feeding) is based on psychological research and theory. Jo lives with her husband and three daughters in the UK. She is passionate about helping parents make mealtimes happy again.