Why Self-Esteem Matters

Why Self-Esteem Matters According to KidsHealth.org when children feel good about themselves, it sets them up for success — in everything from school to friendships. Positive feelings like self-acceptance or self-confidence help kids try new challenges, cope with mistakes, and try again. Taking pride in their abilities and accomplishments helps kids do their best.    By contrast, kids with low self-esteem might feel unsure of themselves. If they think others won’t accept them, they may not Read more…

Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies

Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies. • Your child comes home missing things or his property has been damaged • Has injuries he can’t or doesn’t want to explain. • Has not interaction with other kids after school. • Seems nervous taking a school bus or walking to school. • Finds or makes up excuses as to why they can’t go to school • Takes alternate routes home • School grades Read more…

How active is healthy?

How much physical activity do adults aged 19 and up need to do to stay healthy? To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.   To stay healthy, adults should try to be active daily and should do: at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week, and   strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and Read more…

How much activity should your kids be doing?

Parents according to KidsHealth.org  Kids this 6 – 12 need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.    School-age kids should have many chances to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won’t mind a daily dose of fitness as long as Read more…

Raising Confident Kids

From Kids Health org and comments by Greg Silva President of Black Belt Schools International. Raising Confident Kids It takes confidence to be a kid. Whether going to a new school or stepping up to bat for the first time, kids face a lot of uncharted territory. Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they’ll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child Read more…

The Holiday Unshakable Eights for Stress Release and Happy Holidays

The Holiday Unshakable Eights for Stress Release and Happy Holidays Walk away from worries “The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep,” says nutrition-and-wellness expert Ann Kulze, MD. Aim for a brisk, half-hour walk every day. Do less, enjoy more “We go overboard to please others during the holidays: shopping, cooking, sending cards, and attending every event,” says George Pratt, PhD, a psychologist Read more…

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up By Tracy Cutchlow My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. “Almost,” she muttered as she tried again and again. “Almost,” I agreed, trying not to hover. When she got it, I exclaimed, “You did it! It was hard, but you kept trying, and you did it. I’m so proud of you.” The way I praised her effort took a little effort Read more…

Back to School for Good Grades 

Back to School for Good Grades  Organizing schoolwork would be a breeze for many students if they only follow a few simple tasks on a routine basis. Very often it’s the small details of daily life that slow you down.   The following are some suggestions to maintain good school grades and to be a successful student:   First impressions are often the only impressions you get to make. Make your teacher’s first impression of Read more…

What Motivates Kids?

What Motivates Kids? So there’s a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it? The three keys are: Choosing the right activities for a child’s age: If you don’t, the child may be bored or frustrated. Giving kids plenty of opportunity to be active: Kids need parents to make activity easy by providing equipment and taking them to classes and other active spots. Keeping the focus on Read more…

Tip sheet for bullying

School is starting up again soon. Here is a tip sheet for parents and students alike. The Effects Of Bullying Kids and teens are hesitant to talk about being bullied. Parents should watch for sudden changes in your child’s behavior. Signs of Being Bullied Signs can include: Withdrawal Depression Reluctance to go to school Sudden drop in grades Self-deprecating talk Staying away from friends Crying Episodes Frequent complaints of headaches and/or stomach aches Unexplained bruises Read more…