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Physical Activity and Children

Posted: November 14, 2019

Physical activity is not only essential for healthy growth and development, it is also important to learning and getting good grades in school.  Active kids are proven to get better grades, better sleep and have better attendance in school.    In the age of apps, tablets and streaming it can be difficult to keep these items out of your child’s hands and face without having a little scuffle about it. The sedentary lifestyle is increasing and so are child (and adult) health risks including obesity, diabetes and more.  We want our kids to be happy, but we also want them to be healthy and a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t just impact their physical health, but their mental health as well.   Studies have proven the link between physical and mental health and their ability to perform in school.  These studies are showing the link between physical activity and increased blood flow and how it helps the brain to perform.  Beyond that, exercise is an important social component for mental health.


Teach Your Child to Stay Safe

Posted: October 27, 2019

“Don’t talk to strangers” used to be the cure all to protect your child, but there are two sides to this.  If you child wants to make friends or is lost…they need to talk to a stranger.  Instead of creating an encompassing rule of “Don’t talk to strangers”.  Teach your children to learn who is safe.  Children need to be taught to be on guard for manipulative or deceptive adults.  They also need to know who they can trust and how to stay safe.

Instead of concentrating on specific examples like “Don’t take candy from a stranger” or “Don’t get into a stranger’s car”, focus on principles that a child can use in lots of situations. For example, teach your child that they shouldn’t accept any type of gift from someone they don’t know, and they shouldn’t accept any ride from them either.

Here are a few things to teach your child in order to be safe:


10 Anti-Bullying Tactics That Work

Posted: October 07, 2019

Your kids are going back to school and you’re ready for the best year ever, but you know the statistics; 17% of students are bullied, more than once a month. And it doesn’t really matter how old you are, where you go to school, what color you are, or where you live, bullies are everywhere. So it’s time to be smart and help your kids learn the tools and tactics that work to prevent bullying. 

Bullying can be physical, verbal, or the cyber version. Thankfully there are some tools you can help your kids put into place to avoid, prevent and cope with bullying, in all its forms. Here are ten things you can teach your kids to do when they’re being bullied.


7 Steps To Avoid Back To School Stress

Posted: August 09, 2019

Don’t let normal back-to-school stress turn into lasting fear or long term damage and anxiety. Here are seven ways to put the joy back into back-to-school time for kids, and their parents!

Questions will come up: “Will I fit in?” “Who will my teacher be?” “What if I can’t understand the lessons?” “Will I be with my friends?” These fears are normal but they can lead to undesirable effects, like a lack of enthusiasm for school that can lead to missing classes, and poor grades. 

These fears can lead to long-term damage and make attending school in the future much more difficult. They can even lead to social anxiety in adulthood. And for the busy parent trying to keep the family on track, it can be overwhelming! 


5 Awesome Tips to Increase Your Teenager’s Self-Confidence

Posted: July 12, 2019

Here’s a fact that’s pretty much beyond debate: being a teenager is hard! What’s easy though, is for adults to forget just how tough it can be. Kids experience a world of change as they develop. New experiences challenge everything they thought they knew; physical changes create anxiety and sometimes it feels impossible to find confidence and establish a sense of identity.

As a parent, we can feel a sense of helplessness. We all want our kids to build confidence, find healthy habits and discover themselves. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to guide your teenager into increased self-confidence.

How Can Parents Increase Their Teen’s Self-Confidence?


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