April 5th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Baby’s Brain Development and Connecting With Your Baby

By Deborah McNelis, M.Ed

Having a new baby is an incredibly special time for new parents. It can also be a time of stress and confusion. However, if you understand what your newborn needs and incorporate simple activities into your routine, you can get connected and feel more confident. You will increase your parent to baby bond and you can be relieved that you will nurture your baby’s brain development. As a result your time together can be much more enjoyable.

March 30th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Compliments for Kids

by Lori Lite

Compliments can reduce stress. Siblings are often too good at putting each other down instead of building each other up. Put downs or criticisms are stressful to the receiver and anyone within earshot. Did you ever find yourself wishing your kids gave each other more compliments?

February 28th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Are Smartphones Stressing Our Children?

by Amy Williams

While cell phones have been popular with kids for several years, smartphones are beginning to dominate the free time of both children and their parents.

February 12th, 2015 | 2 Comments

Fertility and Stress

You and your partner have embarked on a life-changing journey. You have been trying to start a family and are facing the unknowns associated with conceiving. You wonder about your fertility and the impact stress has on becoming pregnant. Fear of the unknown and lack of information can make you feel out of balance, overwhelmed, and powerless.

January 30th, 2015 | 4 Comments

Children and Sleep – Tips Improve Bedtime

Your child did not have enough sleep the night before and you are just waiting for the meltdown. You have seen the correlation between children and sleep. You know that a well-rested child is better equipped to handle the daily demands of living and growing.

January 19th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kids and Power

Note to Readers: Parenting kids and power go hand in hand. The power struggle becomes evident at the age of 2 when your toddler begins to try exert their own power over you and the world around them. It is never too soon to reflect on how and what you are teaching your children about power. Thanks to Natasha Solovieff of OMGParenting for writing this.

 

In the adult world we talk about 5 kinds of power: coercive, legitimate, reward, referent, expert. That’s pretty much for classroom learning. On the floor of the real world, kids in fact learn about these kinds of power through family life. From the voice of a child it would sound like this:
December 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Talking to Kids About Santa

By Lori Lite

You 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.

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.

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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. Keep it simple and keep it stress free.