December 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Talking to Kids About Santa

By Lori Lite

Spirit of SantaYou have heard about it happening. That stress filled moment when you are caught hiding presents all signed from Santa. You feel paralyzed with fear when faced with talking to kids about Santa. You are stuck between magical wonderment and reality. Your child is looking at you with dread in their eyes and the words “you lied” are coming out of their mouths. What can you do to make this transition from childhood magic to more mature reality less stressful?

You can give Santa a deeper meaning than just the description of a jolly old man in a red suit. When you include talking about all of things Santa stands for, you give your children something they can hold on to. An ideal they can transition to as they take on the role of keeping the spirit of Santa alive. This is most easily accomplished when you talk about the spirit of Santa from the very beginning. But, it is never too late to add this spin to your Santa portrayal. When children find out the “truth” they become part of keeping the magic alive for other children. They can assume their role of the spirit of Santa. You can even tell them that now they are one of Santa’s elves. They get to experience the generosity and joy that Santa symbolizes. They become a bigger part of the true magic of the holidays.

 

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.

December 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mindful Hanukkah With Kids

By Lori Lite

Celebrating Chanukah or Hanukkah with kids? This beautiful holiday celebrating The Festival of Lights provides ample opportunity to reduce stress and create mindful Hanukkah moments.

December 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christmas Activities: Gifts Not Included

by Cindy Springsteen 

Do you want your holiday’s to be less stressful this year? These fun family Christmas activities are a great way to start some new traditions and shift the focus away from costly gifts.

Family Activities:

  1. Waffles and PancakeInvite a family or elderly neighbor over. Many people are away from loved ones during the holidays and would love a friendly gathering to attend.
  2. Grab everyone and go Christmas caroling! When was the last time someone came to your door singing songs?
  3. Volunteer to help someone in your neighborhood less fortunate or a local organization. Many places are very shorthanded during the holidays. An extra set of hands is always appreciated. Have the whole family join in.
  4. Bake cookies or deserts and bring to an elderly person in your neighborhood.
  5. Set up a family movie night. Grab the popcorn, turn off all the lights except your tree and watch the old Christmas movie’s, or cartoons together.
  6. Hide Christmas candy and make a game out of it, like we do for Easter.
  7. Find a box and fill it with special pictures of memories you have together. Each year add more pictures to your memory box.
  8. Write a poem together. Have each person try to write a line and rhyme. Good for laughs.
  9. Have a Christmas karaoke night and let the kids invite their friends.

10. Perform a random act of kindness, let your children see you giving to others and not expecting anything in return.

Cindy Springsteen is a published poetry writer, whose first children’s book “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Friendship” was released in April 2012. In September 2012 book two “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying was released.  Newly released December 2014 “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas. Each book has a moral which help to teach valuable lessons with cute loveable characters.  She has been writing since she was in her teens. You can find her on twitter at https://twitter.com/C_Springsteen. She spent many years researching and writing about parenting teenagers for various publications, along with her own website www.cindy-springsteen.com. You can also follow her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/author.cindy.springsteen 

Books:  

Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas 

Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying

Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Friendship 

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

Children, clothes, and stress show up in a variety of ways that ultimately test our patience and creativity.

What kind of kid do you have?

Complainer- Complains about everything you can think of and takes a long time to get dressed.

October 13th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fall Pumpkin Activity

Note to Readers: I fell in love with this fall pumpkin activity. Creativity meets relaxation as my artist friend Rita mixes colors and imagination with stress management. 

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.

September 2nd, 2014 | 3 Comments

Kids-School-Anxiety

by Lori Lite

Kids back at school can mean an increase in anxiety for parents and children. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America calls anxiety disorders the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults and one out of eight children. The effects of anxiety can be far-reaching and paralyzing for children.

June 30th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Summer Fun Teaching Children Patience

by Lori Lite, Founder/author of Stress Free Kids

Did you ever wish your children had more patience? Do you remember the days when you yourself had more patience? Summer fun can be a valuable lesson for teaching children patience.

May 9th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Creating Creative Kids

Note to Reader: When we have creative kids we tend to smile a lot! Creativity is a joyful dance in the energy of solution. Creativity can be used to solve problems or create a new visualization for relaxation. It is a brain activity that we can all access and it’s easy to foster creativity in our children. Thanks to Reading Kingdom for sharing the following tips with us.

May 2nd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Are Teens Addicted to Cell Phones?

by Cindy Springsteen

As a parent of two teens, cell phone use is a hot topic. Growing up in the type of world that we live in now, I cannot imagine how my parents ever survived without keeping in touch with me.