November 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Note to Reader: Having a schedule or a gentler following of patterns is a wonderful way to help reduce stress for you and your children. I just love how Dawn used the phrase “patterning their days” as a way to explain scheduling. Unpredictability, lack of sleep, and overly scheduled children causes stress and anger. Tweak your schedule for peace and calm.
by Dawn Lantero of splashparenting.com
I am about to let you in on a HUGE parenting secret…and I only learned it through trial and error over the course of many years! Scheduling is a key to parenting young children!
November 9th, 2013 | 4 Comments
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is hard to find time for the simple things. When I was growing up there were home cooked meals every night and when I walked in the door my mother was always there. Times are not as simple anymore.
September 14th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Note to Reader: Sports kids stress, and football season are all kicking up into high gear. Do you just sit on the sidelines stressing out or are you ready to employ some strategies to relax? Thanks to football mom Janis Meredith for sharing her R & R.
Kids Football is back and moms and dads are cheering.If you have a child in youth sports, then you know that sometimes the youth sports scene can get pretty tense. The following excerpt from Football Momʼs Survival Guide may be speaking to moms of football players,
July 23rd, 2013 | 3 Comments
Stress Free Kids publishes audio and picture books that help children reduce stress and lower anxiety. These stories are available in Spanish and are fabulous language learning tools. The stories teach relaxation techniques, but their structure and objective also create an excellent Spanish learning experience. As children listen to these stories, they relax, but they are never passive. Children participate, both physically and by actively using their imaginations.
Thanks so much to Jennifer Brunk of Spanish Playground for this thorough write up. Her love for finding resources for teaching Spanish to children can be seen at her website.
May 2nd, 2013 | 5 Comments
Note to Readers: Raising an anxious child brings additional parenting challenges we are not normally prepared for. I am so grateful to Anxiety Free Child for sharing this insightful article.
by Rich Presta
Raising an anxious child brings an acute awareness to being calm and mindful as we navigate parenting.
You’re familiar with what happens when a baby faces food for the first time. The food often ends up on the baby’s face! That’s because babies have an innate curiosity about everything in the world around them. When they run across something they’ve never seen before, they touch it, they smell it, they taste it – and they even rub it on their face.
April 16th, 2013 | 1 Comment
By Lori Lite
The Boston bombing sent a wave of shock, fear, and anxiety through families across the world. Children are vulnerable when faced with these types of tragedies and do not have experience coping with these extreme feelings and concerns. We all like to believe that we live in a safe world and as parents we do all that we can to protect our children.
March 20th, 2013 | 4 Comments
by Lori Lite
Easter tips for family fun allow you to put your own creative spin on Easter and incorporate stress management.
I can still see my daughter with her hands on her hips declaring her truth. “I understand the Tooth Fairy and Santa, but really now, a giant Easter Bunny hopping from house to house hiding eggs?” Holidays are a wonderful excuse to reconnect with family, share stories, look for signs of hope, explore relaxation, and spark your creativity. It doesn’t matter if you celebrate a particular holiday, or you just want to believe that a giant bunny hops from house to house hiding eggs. Use this hopeful holiday to create your own family day.
February 11th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Note to Readers: Reading for relaxation is an often overlooked stress management tool for children. A good story of triumph can brighten the eyes of any child. Reading gives children a chance to stop the mind list and incessant chatter in their brains.