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5-Minute-a-Day Yoga Routine for Kids

Teresa Anne Power by Teresa Anne Power | May 13th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ADD, ADHD, anxiety, children, Kathleen Riet, kids, relaxation, Teresa Anne Power, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, Yoga, yoga for children, yoga for everyone

Candle PoseAlthough people realize the numerous health benefits of yoga for adults, they may not realize that kids can reap the same benefits from practicing yoga. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Yoga can be a gentle method for your child to get more physical activity and enhance his or her well-being.”

Yoga can allow kids to learn discipline, enhance athletic performance, heighten body awareness and self-control, build both strength and flexibility, and increase concentration and focus. It can also help kids feel empowered, and helps them stay calm (even kids with ADD or ADHD). This translates into healthier minds and bodies, not to mention better performance at school.

Teaching children about the merits and health benefits of exercising can be challenging for any parent. While some kids are entirely receptive to different exercises that you might present, others may be resistant. The good news is that the following this 5-minute-a-day yoga routine for kids is not only fun, but can also enthrall your child and instill effective health benefits at the same time.

Are Your Kids Addicted to Technology?

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | January 13th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: advice, cell phone, children, family, family life, iPad, tablets, technology, unplugging

boy and computer

Does this sound familiar? A reader wrote:

Once my sons are on the computer or playing video games, I can’t get them to come to dinner or practice piano. They say they aren’t hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do?

Signed,

Tech’s Taken Over

Celebrate a S-L-O-W Holiday

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activities, baking cookies, board games, children, christmas, family time, Hanukkah, holiday season, kids, movies, parenting, slow down, snowman, volunteering, winter

Mother and daughter playing in the snowSlow, in our culture, is a four-letter word. Slow is lazy. It’s unmotivated. It’s got an attitude problem.

Fast is where it’s at. Fast-track your career. Fast-burn your fat. Get results … fast!

I like fast as much as the next mom. I badger my children to tie their shoelaces faster, eat their dinner faster, make their beds faster. We run for the school bus, race to piano lessons, zip to the grocery store.

Recipes: Homemade Baby Food Purees

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | June 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby food, baby food purees, carrots, children, cilantro, flavors, fresh herbs, fruits, healthy-eating, homecooked baby foods, homemade baby food purees, leeks, mother nature, natural foods, organic, palates, parenting, purees, recipes, red bell pepper, roasted red pepper, thyme, vegetables

Carrot Leek & Thyme Baby Food Puree

Just as our grown-up taste buds are programmed to enjoy glorious, nourishing foods from Mother Nature, so are our babies’! Babies have a hardwired fondness for sweet tastes from the moment they enter the world. Their first sweet stop? Mother’s milk. From there, usually sometime after six months, babies begin to eat “solids,” which gives us parents an opportunity to guide their taste buds in a way that will allow them to explore and experiment with a broad range of flavors. The goal? By showing them what true, natural flavor really is, babies have a chance to fall in love – on their own – with foods that love them back!

“Green Lemonade! Fifty Cents!”

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 30th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial flavors, children, compost, compostable, environment, green kids, Green Living, high fructose corn syrup, kids, lemonade, lemonade stand, organic, paper, parenting, plastic, recyclable, recycle, recycling, reusable, sugar, summer

Green Lemonade Stand

When my daughter held her first lemonade stand this past week, I was so caught up in the “milestone” aspect of it all that I totally missed out on an opportunity to add an environmental lesson to the mathematical/economical one.

The Power of Motherly Love

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | May 8th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, animals, Candice Lightner, children, creation, healing, HOPE, humans, intuition, justice, love, MADD, mothers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, mothers-day, pain, parenting, persistence, reconciliation, Relationships, separation, trust

Mother and her young son

During the month of May we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is a time when we honor our biological, adopted and surrogate mothers. It is a time when we remember the incredible and awesome nature of the “mother spirit.” Whether it is in the animal kingdom or the family of human beings, most mothers are fierce protectors of their young. They intuitively know when something is happening with their child. I was always amazed when my mother tuned right into me. This wasn’t always good news for me, but it most certainly reminded me that we were connected in an extraordinary way.

4 Ways to Parent the Impulsive Child

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | March 25th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: acceptance and children, act your age, ADD, adolescent hormones, alienation, ally, alternative approaches for restless children, behaving appropriately, brain, champion, children, children confiding in parents, children's mishaps, curb impulsive behavior in kids, developmental lab, disappointment, disruptive children, failing, fish oil for children, frustrating behavior, frustrating children, fueling misbehavior, good nutrition for children, human beings, impatient children, impulse and action, impulsive behavior, inhibitory response, mean children, nature and children, parent, patient children, pfc, PFC developmental function, pre-frontal cortex, school behavior, scolding, self confidence, sleep and children, stress

A parent wrote me recently to say that her 13-year-old son’s impulsive behavior was frustrating his teachers and driving away potential friends. Here is the advice I shared with her:

The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the part of the brain behind the forehead that governs the inhibitory response in human beings. It creates a pause between having an impulse and acting on it.

In the ADD-ish children and teens I’ve worked with, I almost always see up to a 30-percent developmental lag between a child’s actual age and their PFC developmental function. In other words, while a child may officially be 13 years old (and might be even more mature in some respects), they may be more like an 8- or 9-year-old when it comes to controlling their impulsive behavior.

3 Tips to Make Snacktime Healthier

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | February 20th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: after-school snack, apples, babysitter, children, chips, eat and enjoy snacks you offer, fancy foods, food variety, fun recipes, getting kids to do what you want, getting kids to eat right, good food for snacks, guacamole, have fun with snacks, healthy snack options, healthy snacks, kids, misbehaving children, mix up snacks, model healthy snacking, mono-eaters, nut butter, parenting, parenting advice, refueling, relaxed connection, snack presentation, sugar, unhealthy snack options, yogurt

“I have a very difficult time getting my 5-year-old and 9-year-old to eat healthy snacks. All they want are things like potato chips and sugary cereals, which their former babysitter gave them whenever they asked. Any advice?”

Signed,

Smart Snacker

7 Tips for Talking to Children About the School Shooting

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | December 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: afraid to go to school, aggression, anxiety, appetite, campus, children, comfort, Connecticut, conversation, emotions, fear, feelings, guns, kids, mood swings, news coverage, parenting advice, parents, Sandy Hook, school shooting, security, sleep, stress, students, support, talking to kids, tips, tragedy, traumatized, violence

School Shooting

What can you say when there are no words?

We are all still reeling in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut last Friday. I, for one, feel leveled and heartbroken. It is impossible to imagine the impact on the families who lost children, those whose children were spared but so profoundly traumatized, and the rest of us who bear witness from afar to the unthinkable.

Here, in the interest of offering at least a few words of comfort, is some guidance on how to talk to your children in the wake of this tragedy.

4 Ways to Have a More Peaceful Evening

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 27th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Relationships | tags: back, bed, bedtime, body, breath, breathe, car, channel surfing, children, cleaning, cooking, couch, decompress, evening, family, floor, happy, intention, Internet, kids, meditate, meditation, mind, night, parenting, peaceful, pillow, relax, relaxing, rest, sleep, spine, stress, stressful, transitions, TV

Peaceful Evening

In theory, evening is a glorious time of day — a time to eat and spend time with loved ones and then unwind before bed. In reality, though, it’s often a stress fest – feed the kids, put the kids to bed, answer some emails, fall into bed. Or simply lost time – eat whatever, channel surf, cruise the Internet, then look up and wonder how it got to be 11:30 already.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to transform your evening hours into the respite they ought to be. Here are four of my favorite tips for a peaceful evening. I’d love to hear yours!