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…

Keeping Kids Hydrated

  Keeping Kids Hydrated Make sure your children get plenty of liquids to stay healthy and active this summer, and help them develop good hydration habits for a lifetime. By Debra Wittrup No Sweat Children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently, and they are never more at risk than during the heat of summer. The danger arises when fluids are leaving the body through sweating Read more…

9 ways parents can help bullied kids learn resilience

By Phyllis L. Fagell June 20 Whenever Jessie hung out with her best friends Chloe and Meg, they gossiped about another seventh-grader named Kate. Jessie didn’t know Kate, but Chloe and Meg said she was clingy, told boring stories and smelled like acne wash. When Jessie asked questions about this mystery girl, her friends giggled and exchanged knowing glances. This went on for weeks until a boy in her class told Jessie the truth: Kate Read more…

7 Skills for Teaching Your Child to Stand-Up to Bullies

Does your child know how to handle a bully? The recent media attention on the epidemic of youth bullying in the United States brings to public awareness what most parents and school professionals know and live on a daily basis: kids can be brutal. Celebrities and professionals have boldly weighed in, in front of the cameras, saying, “This has to end!” And they are right. The question is, how will we end it? While school policies focus on zero-tolerance Read more…

Its Too Hot Too Play Outside

It’s hot but kids still need to exercise. Dehydration and Heat Illness With the hot days of summer come summer sports — baseball, tennis, football practice — both in the neighborhood and at camp. Before you send the kids out to practice — or just for a long day of play in the sun — learn to protect your child against the dangers of dehydration and heat illness. WebMD turned to Albert C. Hergenroeder, professor Read more…

5 Hacks To Survive A Knife Attack

     5 Hacks To Survive A Knife Attack  You’re walking home on an otherwise nice brisk evening with your family or loved one when, out of nowhere, you are surrounded by aggressive and intimidating people that want to harm you. They may just yell and/or push at first. They may grab you, or swing or threaten you with a gun or a knife. What would you do? Would you know what to do to Read more…