Reading Curriculums Have Been Released On Kids Activities Blog

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booksReading curriculums and birthday party ideas have been published on Kids Activities Blog. Teach the kids reading with Mom recommended curriculums that work.

Learning to read can be fun. Reading curriculums and cool birthday party ideas have been released on Kids Activities Blog. Teach the kids reading with Mom and kid tested supplies.

The reading programs are categorized by Moms who want to teach with a more hands off approach or hands on approach. The hands on approach includes programs from Siegfried Engelmann, from IEW’s PAL reading and writing, and from the Learning Pallet.

The hands off reading curriculum list includes the Starfall Reader program, the Time 4 Learning curriculum, and the Reading Egg. The list is endless and includes recommendations if for example multiple siblings are taught at the same time.

If all one needs is a little inspiration to throw an awesome birthday bash, look no further. Seasoned Moms are sharing their favorite ideas that do not require to spend a lot of money.

The best party ideas for boys include throwing an Angry Birds party by making the decor, food, treats, and games with items found around the house. Other party themes include a nautical birthday, a train party, a DIY Super Mario party, and of course a firefighter party.

An M&M basketball cake is easy to make and will be remembered for years to come by the sport loving child. An Olympic celebration, a Winnie the Poo themed party, and a dinosaur party are among the kids favorite themes. The list is endless and for kids of all ages.

For detailed instructions and to get additional fun ideas, check out Kids Activities Blog this week. Come get inspired to teach the kids how to read.

About Kids Activities Blog

Kids Activities Blog is a website created by two moms (who collectively have 9 children), Holly Homer and Rachel Miller. Their new book was published this spring by Page Street, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! Kids Activities Blog is an interactive website that publishes fun things to do with kids twice a day. It is an amazing resource for moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers and teachers to find kid-friendly activities that create memories and sneak learning into the fun.

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The Little Gym Shares New Study That Shows Physical Activity Can Help Kids Academically

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familydrivewayThe Little Gym is excited to share the findings from the Journal of Pediatrics that explores how physical activity can help children in academic settings as well.

At The Little Gym, we know that being active provides serious benefits. So it came as no surprise when a recent study confirmed that regular physical activity can improve a child’s academic success. The Journal of Pediatrics found that “Promoting physical activity that involves aerobic exercise and motor tasks during the school years may be important not only for health, but also for successful academic development.” The study monitored two groups of children; those that were engaging in regular physical activity in afterschool programs, and those who were not. The results showed that children who were physically active displayed substantial improvements in testing scores, memory, focus, and problem-solving skills.

How can you encourage your child to get and stay active? Show children that exercise is fun! Go for nightly walks, bike rides, or have a family dance party. Get children involved in age appropriate exercises and group activities like The Little Gym. The benefits of being active will help improve your child’s academic performance, social skills, health, and much more. Get up and get moving today!

To learn more about the study, click here.

Tips For Keeping Kids Active This Fall

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momkidsrunAs the temperatures get colder this fall, it’s easy for kids to gravitate towards indoor and less active activities, it’s important to keep them moving, find out how.

The times, they’re changing, and it’s becoming even more difficult to keep kids engaged, happy, and well out of our hair. This can be especially hard when the cooler temperatures of Autumn and Winter set in, driving kids and adults alike indoors. Many people have used their friends: television, computer, and tablet as a distraction for children when they need 30 minutes of peace.

As parents, it’s not always easy, but are kids being exposed to too much technology? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children spend an average of 7 hours a day using media including television, computer, internet, video games, and cell phones. In an ever growing media driven world, it’s becoming even more important to make sure your child is getting active every day.

So, how can children be encourage to get active? Show them that being active is fun. Exercise as a family by going for a nightly walk, jog, or having a family soccer game in the back yard. Getting children involved in activities outside of the home, (like The Little Gym) to help them appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come. Whether running, jumping, or tumbling, get moving with children to build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.

Peter Rabbit Encourages Kids To Eat Healthy And Be Active Through New Special Edition Book And Education Campaign

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The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, National AfterSchool Association, Nickelodeon and Penguin Young Readers Join Forces to Launch Peter Rabbit Hop to Health Campaign.

newspaperThe globally beloved Peter Rabbit character will be featured in a new health and wellness initiative, Hop to Health, launching this fall. The new kid-targeted campaign was created through a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the National AfterSchool Association, and Nickelodeon who joined forces with Penguin Young Readers to educate children and their families about the importance of healthy eating habits and being active.

This fall, 60,000 free copies of a new special edition Peter Rabbit book, On Your Mark, Get Set, Hop!, will be distributed to more than 300 out-of-school time providers across the United States. The books will be accompanied by posters and placemats, empowering children and families to develop healthy habits for life. This new book features art inspired by Nickelodeon’s Peter Rabbit CG-animated series, which is based on the characters created by Beatrix Potter in her classic children’s book collection The Tales of Peter Rabbit.

The Peter Rabbit Hop to Health campaign is an important part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s mission to combat childhood obesity. Childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents in the past 30 years. Today about one out of three children and adolescents (ages 2-19) in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

“The Peter Rabbit brand is the perfect pathway to teaching kids and families about the importance of leading healthier lives,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We are thrilled to be joining with the National AfterSchool Association, Nickelodeon and Penguin Young Readers Group to ensure out-school-time providers, families and kids themselves, have the tools and resources they need to develop lifelong, healthy habits.”

More than 15 percent of American youth are involved in afterschool programs and millions more engaged in summer camps, community centers and faith-based organizations. Out-of-school time providers are poised to create environments for young people where healthy eating and physical activity options are accessible and encouraged. They play an essential role in empowering youth to make healthy choices and become leaders and advocates for healthy changes.

In addition to educating children and families on the importance of healthy living, the campaign also provides out-of-school time staff with fun and easy-to-use tools to talk to children and families about the importance of eating healthy and staying active. The five tips the Peter Rabbit Hop to Health campaign teaches about healthy, active living include:

* Eat your fruits and vegetables with every meal, including snacks.

* Get up, move and sweat every day.

* Sleep for at least 9 hours every night.

* Drink water every day.

* Get outside and play! Cut down on the time you spend watching TV or playing on the computer.

“Out-of-school time programs play a vital role in whole child development and contributing to healthy communities. Afterschool professionals continue to look for innovative ways to help children learn about health and wellness and to increase literacy skills,” said Gina Warner, ‎Executive Director at National Afterschool Association. “The Peter Rabbit Hop to Health campaign effectivity combines these two key areas, creating meaningful experiences for students. The NAA is pleased to partner with these great organizations to provide resources aligned with the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards.”

Additionally, Nickelodeon will support the Peter Rabbit Hop to Health campaign through its social media channels to spread the message of healthy living to millions of children. Nick’s CG-animated Peter Rabbit preschool series is produced in conjunction with Silvergate Media and follows the adventures of the mischievous Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail, as well as many of the much-loved and iconic Beatrix Potter characters.

“Nickelodeon is pleased to join this effort to reach kids across the county with tools they can use to make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Jean Margaret Smith, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. “Afterschool organizations are increasingly the place where kids are learning good habits, and the iconic Peter Rabbit connects with kids on being active, fit and fun.”

“We are so excited to introduce Peter Rabbit to new readers across the US. Our partnership with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the National AfterSchool Association, and Nickelodeon is a perfect alignment to educate kids and their families about wellness through Peter Rabbits’s fun and healthy habits,” said Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Warne, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

The 60,000 books will be distributed to more than 300 out-of-school time providers across the United States enrolled in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative including more than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs and National Recreation and Park Association sites across the country. The Alliance’s Out-of-School Time Initiative provides out-of-school time programs with evidence-based professional development and the processes, tools and resources needed to increase children’s access to healthier foods and physical activity.

Parents are encouraged to visit the Peter Rabbit website (http://www.peterrabbit.com/us) for free resources from the Peter Rabbit Hop to Health campaign to empower children to lead healthy lives.

Out-of-school time staff should visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (http://www.healthiergeneration.org) and National AfterSchool Association (http://www.naaweb.org) websites for fun and easy-to-use tools to educate children about the importance of healthy eating habits and being active.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to build healthier environments for millions of children. To learn more and join the movement, visit HealthierGeneration.org.

About the National AfterSchool Association
NAA’s mission is to foster development, provide education, and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community. It is the membership organization for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. In 2011 NAA created Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time Programs to provide evidence-based, practical Quality Standards to foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Anthony Horowitz, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

Kids Outgrowing Their Skates

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By John Harmata

askmredgeSummer is over and I signed my children up for skating classes again. I tried their skates on just a couple days ago and they felt fine. Today at the rink they told me their feet are hurting. For most parents, this is the last thing they want to hear from their kids, especially if they just recently purchased new skates for them.

No need to worry just yet because chances are your children haven’t grown out of them. It may be just the way in which they are putting them on their feet; in a hurry and not paying attention to what they are doing. Remember, these aren’t tennis shoes you’re putting on, so take time to put them on properly.

How do you check to see if skates fit or not? First check to see if they are putting them on properly. This can be done by following a simple check list:

• Loosen up the laces all the way down to the tips of the toes.
• Pull the tongue forward.
• Place the foot into the boot and kick back into the heel of the boot
• While the foot is still pointed upward, begin lacing from the bottom, all the way to the top. Do not put your foot flat down till you’ve totally laced them up.

Now stand up and see how they feel. If it still feels as if your toes are touching the front of the boot, then proceed with the following:

• Pull out the insoles and check if the front of them has curled backwards
• If so, cut off the backward curl with a pair of scissors, place them back in the skates and lace them up again.

If all is well and good, fine. If not, guess what? The boots no longer fit and it’s time to be measured for a new pair.

Note: Don’t confuse feeling tight in the width with growing in length. Many times I have skaters who say their feet have always felt tight in the width but just recently have become worse. Often times it is because they were originally fitted longer in length to accommodate width. Now that they have grown in length the widest part of their foot is closer to the front of the boot, making it tighter. When this happens, parents are often surprised to hear that their child still needs the same length boot, but much wider.

– Guest author, John Harmata

Rough And Tumble: Why Kids Need To Be Involved With Sports

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By Katherine Smith

boyssportsI have to start out by admitting to a little bias. I grew up rough and tumble. There were no contact sports that I didn’t try. Any type of ball and any size field was provocation enough to make a friend, and invent a game. Though I knew kids who had fallen and broken an arm or twisted an ankle, the thought of personal injury never really crossed my mind as a serious possibility. I was well-trained and very lucky.

That admission aside, I still believe it is vital that kids be allowed, encouraged, and maybe even cajoled into taking up a sporting activity. Sports offer too many benefits to be ignored. Not only should kids be encouraged to try a sport, they should try several. Different sports offer different benefits at different stages of physical development.

While more experienced young athletes may enjoy a few innings of hardball, younger kids just starting out will benefit more from slow-pitch softball. It is easy to look online and find the right equipment at the right price for your kids, whatever the sport. Online resources make it easy to locate specific equipment that is well suited to your kid’s size and abilities. There are almost no barriers to entry. Countless baseball diamonds, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts are waiting for the arrival of your kids.

Here are a few reasons why you should help them get there:

Athletes Are More Durable

girlsoccerCounterintuitively, one of the best reasons to get your kids into rough and tumble sports is that it makes them more durable and less accident prone. In contact sports such as wrestling, football, and marshal arts, one of the first things a student learns is how to fall. That is because over the course of her training, there will be a lot of falling and being thrown. No one will last very long in a sport if they have not mastered the art of falling without getting hurt.

Athletes are also highly motivated to stay healthy. You don’t get to be in the lineup if you are in a cast. The kids that learn how to fall early, are far less likely to do so. When they do, it is far less likely to result in injury. It all comes down to learning how to control one’s body. Few things outside of sports and a good coach can do that job better.

Athletes Learn Teamwork

We are both physical and social creatures. Team sports teach us how to make the most of both those aspects of our humanity. Harmonious society is not a natural thing. Kids are lousy at it. There is nothing more selfish in all the universe as a newborn babe. We have to learn to recognize and respect the needs and wants of other people. It is not easy and takes a long time.

Team sports, for many kids, is one of the first real lessons in society. They learn to trust and share and sacrifice for something bigger than their own stats. They learn how to share both victory and defeat. They also learn that tribe is not limited to gender, ethnicity, or creed. Prejudices do not thrive in a team dynamic.

Athletics Provides Physical and Mental Challenge

boysoccerIt is a pitiable human being who lives his entire life without ever being pushed to his limits. How strong are you? If you do not push against a heavy weight, you will never know. How far can you run? How fast? For how long? Without physical challenge, you can never fully know yourself or your capabilities.

The same applies to mental challenges. Currently, chess is considered a sport. But all sports push us to solve problems rapidly. The mind and body have to work together in concert to shake the tackle or slide into Second. Whatever you are trying to accomplish, there is someone else who is trying just as hard to stop you. Learning how to meet the challenges in sports prepares us to meet those challenges in life.

Becoming rich and famous is no part of why sports is valuable. Becoming more durable, a better team player, and a more effective problem solver are, however, excellent reasons to size your kid for a new pair of cleats.

Your Kids Will Be Hygienic – With A Bit Of Fun

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Submitted by Jessica Piscos

washhandsAny parent knows how difficult it can be getting your kid to do anything. Whether they’re bawling their eyes out in a shop because you won’t buy them sweets or throwing a mini-tantrum at bedtime, standing your ground as an authority figure can be like David standing up to a tiny toddler Goliath.

Yet stand your ground you must – especially where hand hygiene is concerned.

But any parent worth their salt knows that the key to discipline isn’t being some authoritative grouch – it’s in making the everyday seem like fun.

With that in mind, here are a few ways to put the joy into effective hygiene.

Make movement the key

The mind is always alerted by visual stimulation, even more so in its younger, more malleable years.

If you want to instil the value of keeping those digits clean, then try finding a good hand washing guide online, much like this video from Initial, to effectively communicate how best to clean your mitts.

Whistle a jaunty tune

Standard hygiene advice says that scrubbing your hands for the same length of time as two verses of Happy Birthday is enough to keep clean. But to avoid your kids thinking they deserve a birthday cake after every rinse, change that tune regularly.

There’s a ton of handy songs (geddit?) designed to make a boring chore fun. So have a look and watch your child’s face light up as they sing.

Make it treat-worthy

Let’s have a quick discussion of Pavlov’s dogs, shall we?

Ivan Pavlov, a 19th-century scientist, found that if he rang a bell every time he went to feed his dogs, they would eventually associate any bell-ring with food, salivating with every chime.

Humans act in much the same way, in a process known as cognitive conditioning. If we know that some action will have a positive outcome, we’ll go back to it again and again.

So, drum into your kid’s head that they’ll get some sort of treat, whether it’s a story or a sweet, whenever they wash their hands for them to happily complete their task.

Play the hand washing game

Gamification is a business strategy referring to the idea of turning day-to-day activities into games. From loyalty cards to recycling points, we adults are being tricked into playing mini-games all the time.

And you could take a leaf out of the business book by turning hand hygiene into an ace game for your kids. Give them gold stars if they wash-up properly and red marks if they don’t, and give them a larger, one-off treat if they are consistently clean.

9 Dangerous Kids’ Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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By Julieane Hernandez

groupkidsChildren are such fragile beings in terms of health, and with good reason, too. Since their bodies are still developing, any slight cough or sneeze could be an indication of a much larger sickness, like asthma or bronchitis. But as the sickness continues in the body, its resistance are strengthened so when the same strain attacks again, the body can easily fight if off.

In most cases, this doesn’t mean that you should let the child suffer without any medicine for cough and cold. You should definitely bring them to a doctor for a prognosis and prescription. But if you don’t know how to notice these things, here are 10 dangerous kids’ symptoms you should never ignore.

1. Coughing
As common as this may sound, coughing could be an indication of either an irritation in the throat (which could lead to choking, or a bacterial or viral infection. If it’s a phlegm-y cough, check the color. White means it’s possibly viral; any hue of green means it’s bacterial.

2. Colds
Any kind of sniffling should be immediately looked at. Aside from the fact that there might be something lodged in the child’s nose, phlegm build-up in the nasal passages could also be an indication of a bacterial or viral infection. Cough and colds almost always go hand. It’s nearly impossible to separate the two.

3. Fever
When a child’s body temperature goes up, it means that his/her body is fighting an infection. Immediately bring to your child to the pediatrician when this happens.

4. Intense headaches
If a child is suffering from a powerful headache that keeps him/her from opening their eyes, bring them straight to the doctor. You need to rule out the possibility of meningitis.

5. Diarrhea and 6. Vomiting
Any expelling of fluids from the mouth or watery stool are symptoms that should not be left ignored. Dehydration will occur and cause more complications. Rush your child to the hospital. It might be a sign that he/she needs IV fluids or medication to stop these symptoms.

twokidsun6. Loss of hearing
We live in a media-abundant generation, where kids as young as 5 can have access to a plethora of devices such as tablets, iPods, smartphones, computers, etc. The use of these machines early on can contribute to early hearing loss during the teenage years.

If your child complains about hearing loss during these formative years, immediately bring them to a doctor and minimize the use of such devices for your child’s sake.

7. Breathing problems
Difficulty breathing could mean that a child is suffering from croup (an illness that results in noisy inhalation), asthma, or a lodged piece of food in their throat or lung. Proceed by immediately calling your doctor to get an idea of how to proceed. A piece of food stuck inside a lung must be removed via surgery.

8. Unnatural thirst
It is quite normal for children to ask for water after a long day out with their playmates. However, if their thirst has become very insatiable, immediately go to your doctor to rule out the possibility of diabetes. An increased thirst is one of the many symptoms of diabetes.

9. A rash
Rashes are usually harmless skin irritations that go away. Sans symptoms, they can be ignored. But, if other signs show up like swelling in the face or lips, it might be an allergic reaction. Your doctor may be able to prescribe an antihistamine or allergy shot to keep it at bay.

Then next time you see any of these symptoms, remember this article and always check with your doctor to take the necessary steps. Sound off in the comments section below I you know other child symptoms to look out for.

– Julieane Hernandez is a freelance writer and a hotel and restaurant management graduate turned designer. She’s an advanced tri-athlete during weekends. She’s been in the industry for about 6 years now and She’s learned so much from all the experiences she’s been through. Follow her on twitter and google+.

Pickle Ball Is Great Exercise And Education For Kids!

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By Sophie Eagan

groupkidsLet’s talk a little about the history and origin surrounding this fantastic game. Pickleball was founded in 1965 by 3 friends, Joe Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. It all started in Bainbridge, Washington where the three were returning from a game of gold and were pretty bored, they were attempting to play a game of badminton but could not find the Shuttlecock.

What they did was use a Wiffleball and lower the nets of the badminton game, they also constructed two new paddles from an bit of old plywood from their shed, changing the name Wiffleball they began to call it Pickleball as it mimics the game of Badminton, Ping Pong and Wiffleball, their dog was also called Pickles, the kids would constantly shout throughout the day “Pickles bring that ball back here!” And so, Pickleball was born!

The Kids Loved It!

All three of the friends had children which is why they fabricated the paddles to be smaller (like the Ping Pong paddles) so the kids could hit the ball easier. The game also has three unique rules that won’t be found in any other racquet sport, the non-volley zone, the double bounce rule and also the serve position.

● Serve Position – You put one foot in and keep one foot out then serve the ball, you must serve from an under arm position with the bat and not out to the side, this is why the on foot in one foot out rule was added.

● Double-Bounce – During the very early days of creating the game, the server had a massive advantage over the component. The player receiving the serve would have to stand there and wait for the ball to bounce, meanwhile the server had loads of time to re-position themselves for a quick return off the volley. The three fathers quickly added the double-bounce rule to take this cancel this advantage out to make it fair.

● Non-Volley Zone – This is where they made the game more into fitness and strategy rather than just pure power which is what the dads first started with, they modified a 7 feet space on either side of the net where the ball must bounce before it is hit.

The Impact

groupkidswbgThe game gathered huge interest within their community and network of friends, everyone started to play it as it was cheap, great for fitness and even the elderly were coming out to play it in parks and gardens all over Washington. Young children who had never played any racquet sports were enjoying Pickleball. The game has even taken in by schools and used in PE lessons across America.

The Fitness

Pickleball is used in many exercise and fitness classes as well as the PE hall’s across the United States. Not only does it provide an all over fitness for the children but it also teaches hand-eye co-ordination. The game is available in portable kits that can be taken along to the park with families and enjoyed for the entire day, you will also find other families at the park joining in!

In Pickleball you are using every muscle in your body, the legs, arms and torso are the most at work here. As the game is not too strenuous it is also great for the elderly to have a go and enjoy. So whether you are just looking for something that the kids can do in the backyard, would like something to take to the park or even getting the family in shape, Pickleball is a fantastic game for all ages to enjoy, why don’t you give it a whirl?

– Sophie has a little girl she introduced her to playing Pickleball and she absolutely loved it! The great thing is there are many different sizes and weight of Pickleball paddles so you can compensate for the ages you are playing with, give it a go and you will be pleasantly surprised!

Talking To Your Kids When Bad Things Happen – Part 2

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familyrunning* As much as possible, stay on your routine at home. This will give your child stability and reduce anxiety.

* This is an excellent time to set up an emergency plan in your own home. Go through what you each will do if there is an emergency. This empowers children and helps them feel more in control. Remind them of a time something happened and what they did to help. Also remind them of how proud you were of them.

* Take extra time at night to read stories, watch movies, or say prayers. This helps kids feel safer and it is also a time when questions come up that parents can use to help understand how their child is processing the tragedies.

* This is a good time to bring your spiritual beliefs to the forefront. Things such as having a mass said, lighting a candle, or planting a tree for the people who lost their lives is important. It helps your child see that no matter what happens people do care and they do remember. Spirituality is also important because it gives us strength beyond our human capacity.

* Listen to your children. Children’s brains work differently than adults, and by careful listening you can better ascertain where your child is having a difficult time with the recent events.

* Grieving with your child will help them heal. Children grieve much differently than adults. Their time frame isn’t the same as ours. They may be playing and jumping around one minute, and sitting alone by a tree the next. Grieving in children isn’t normal for adults to witness and we want to cheer them up. This is a time to acknowledge when they are sad and then brainstorm with them what they can do (with your help) to feel better. Always identify with trying to do something good with your child for others.

When bad things happen the greatest source of encouragement comes from mom and dad and family.

I find comfort in what Mr. Rodgers’ mother use to tell him when tragedy struck. She would say, “Look for the helpers. There are always more helpers than bad people.” I see this acted out in truth all of the time, in situation after situation. Good in the world must always be more powerful than bad; we all need that right now.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.