Keeping Kids Hydrated, And Yourself!

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…

What do kids want in a coach?

What do kids want in a coach?   We asked kids in an online survey: “What should a coach care about most?” You might expect them to answer “to focus on winning.” But “Put me in, coach!” is what most kids really want.   In fact, the majority didn’t think winning was all that important. Only 7% of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18% of boys said so. Here’s what boys and Read more…

WHY I NEVER LET MY KIDS QUIT…ANYTHING

From Grown and Flown – parenting never ends.      Quitting. We quit jobs, we quit marriages, we walk out on friendships and sometimes we let people down when the going gets tough. Sometimes it is necessary, even the right thing to do. Our kids quit teams and music lessons, art classes and after school programs.   Sometimes it’s necessary, but sometimes they are bored or don’t like the coach or would just rather play Read more…

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…