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5 Activities That Help To Reduce Anxiety

Remember when you were a child? What got you excited? What did you worry about? Was it the first day of school, an exam, or Christmas? Events and expectations can be exciting or frightening depending on how you perceive them. In essence, how we decide to think and feel determines our emotional state. So is there a way we can productively manage our thoughts?

Note: For those of you who missed it, this is an article I wrote for the Winter supplement of "Kids Connection" in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Fortunately, managing our thinking is a skill that... read more

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How Can I Help My Child Deal With Their Stress?

 

In our last blog post, we discussed how to determine if your child is stressed. Today we would like to highlight the 5 steps that Pediatrician Michelle L. Bailey has outlined to help empower children dealing with stress.

1.     Normalize stress - It is important to let your child know that stress is a normal part of life, and that they are not abnormal for feeling the way they do

2.     Remember that stress is one-sided - In other words, stress is relative. Children will deal with stress differently... read more

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Get Your Grandkids Moving!

 

Become a role model and promote an active lifestyle! 

Why not use playtime as a way to get your heart pumping? Liz Donnelly, a family fitness specialist from Cleveland, suggests the following games:

  1. Play a Game of Hot Lava - You are escaping an active volcano. Randomly place mats or throw rugs across the floor. Jump and leap from mat to mat without touching the floor (which is the hot lava.) This type of game develops spatial awareness.
  2. Skip, Hop - By jumping and hopping, you increase bone density, improve circulation, and get your heart pumping!
  3. Hang... read more

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Is My Child Being Bullied Or Teased?

As a parent or grandparent, you want to shield your child from danger, from physical pain and from emotional trauma. However, it is sometimes difficult to do. Whether or not your child is homeschooled, in school, or on the internet, they can be subjected to bullying. But have you ever wondered whether or not you are being overprotective? That, perhaps, the “bullying” is simply “child’s play” and your child is just being teased? Before we address this question, let us first define bullying. Bullying can take two forms - physical and psychological (which can include verbal harassment) (Shariff, 2007).... read more

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A Dog's Purpose (from a 6 year old)

 

The following was emailed to me from my friend Larry.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good... read more

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How Can I Help My Child Deal With A Bully?

As our previous blog post outlined, bullying can take a psychological or physical form. Bullying can include, but is not limited to, physical violence, name-calling, teasing, and threatening. If your child is being targeted, there are steps that you can take to help your child cope.

The first is a proactive approach. Before your child begins school, it is important to work with them to ensure that they have high self-esteem and self-confidence. This will make sure that they feel capable of standing up for themselves if a situation arises that involves them being bullied. Having open... read more

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Funny Things Kids Say About Love

 

Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some of the funniest quotes I found on the internet.

"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7

"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." -- John, age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard... read more

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Sharing Christmas With Those In Need

With Christmas quickly approaching, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping and gift giving. However, this holiday season, we would really like to focus on some great ideas that can bring you and your child closer together.

Giving to those who are in need helps teach your child the importance of giving back. Donating to the food bank, visiting the elderly, or volunteering at a local shelter are all great ways to get involved. Or, make it a New Year’s resolution for you and your child to... read more

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Rockabye Butterfly

I just received a great review from Rockabye Butterfly! Check it out at:

http://www.rockabyebutterfly.com/2013/10/the-magic-of-think.html

The Magic of Think curriculum includes a Mentor's Guide, an Activity/Audio Book with songs, stories, games, lessons and activities based on social and emotional learning, and a 10 song music CD. These items can be purchased together or separately.

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How Can I Tell If My Child Is Stressed?

As parents, stress is often considered to be a part of life. With bills to be paid, a home life, social life, and a career, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, sometimes we forget that even though childhood seems carefree, there are many events that can place stress on a child. Pediatrician Michelle L. Bailey says that the first step in determining whether or not your child is stressed is by asking them directly. This will help you find what sparks the stress in the first place. For example:

·      What does the word “stress” mean... read more

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