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Five Qualities That Create Mental Strength

What kinds of thoughts go through a child’s mind when they are dealing with extreme pressure and anxiety? Why are some children more resilient than others? How can we help a child become mentally stronger?

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

Success in life has a lot to do with how we react to the challenges that are presented to us. Whether it’s dealing with a bully, an illness, or simply trying to make the school’s basketball team,... 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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How Can I Encourage My Child to Write?

 

 

 

Author, educator and literacy expert Pam Allyn says, “writing helps to cultivate emotional growth, develop critical thinking skills and improve school performance”. Being able to freely express yourself is something all children should experience. Allyn outlines 5 keys that parents can reference when encouraging their child to start writing. They are as follows…

1.     Word Power

Children learn new words very quickly. Encourage this by talking about new words you hear in a song, making an effort to write down new words you hear, or make a word jar and place... 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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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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