Children (ages 6-9)

6 amazing gift ideas that won’t cost you a cent

By | 2016-10-31T01:22:59+00:00 December 20th, 2014|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The holiday season can certainly be stressful. Party planning, cookie making, gift giving, traveling, dealing with financial guilt... and the list goes on. It's very easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget what the holidays are truly about- family, friends, gratitude, spreading good cheer, and the celebration of mankind. Teaching your children about the significance of gift giving is important, but sometimes it's hard to remember that it really is the thought that counts. We'd like to share a few gift options below that don't cost a cent because having a handy list of gifts that [...]

4 simple tips for raising grateful kids

By | 2016-10-31T01:22:59+00:00 November 23rd, 2014|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's likely us adults are thinking about thankfulness and gratitude a little more than usual. But for kids, Thanksgiving usually means the start of endless Christmas lists to Santa, pleas for new toys at every commercial break, and dreaded shopping trips to the mall with your child begging for all things in sight. Every parent hopes to raise gracious, humble children, yet in today's day and age, this can prove to be a difficult task. For kids, gratitude can be a hard concept to understand beyond "I'm thankful for my new Transformers." Gratitude, like many of life's lessons, must be [...]

A case of the grumpies or childhood depression: How to figure it out in just a few easy steps

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 March 15th, 2014|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

People often think childhood depression is a myth. I mean, what could a kid possibly be depressed about? A lot, as it turns out... school difficulties, problems with friends, family conflict, health concerns; the list is endless. But the majority of kids experience at least some stress at one time or another, and not every child is depressed. So how does it happen? Good question. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of kids have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. However, depending on who you talk to, the causes of childhood depression are varied. [...]

Enough already! Get rid of whining today… once and for all

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 February 16th, 2014|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Whining. It makes you want to cringe. Or scream. Or put your hands over your ears. Like a high-pitched, constant drilling or a broken fire alarm that just won't quit, a child's whine makes you want to run for the hills. Children whine for a variety of reasons; they could be hungry, tired, too hot, too cold, lacking attention, or most commonly, they want something. Whining, from a child's point of view, is actually very effective. Why? Because it usually works. Take this scenario: Lucas (child): “Mommy, mommy! Can I have a cookie?” Mom:  “Wait just a little bit honey, [...]

Let your children lose; their mental health depends on it

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 January 18th, 2014|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Have you ever fudged the rules of Candy Land, just so your kiddo wouldn't lose? Or perhaps you've intentionally slowed down when racing your child across the backyard, just to see her cross the finish line first? As a parent, seeing your child experience the joy of winning is priceless. And protecting her from losing shields her from experiencing the sadness, anger, and disappointment that come with defeat.  However, learning how to lose with grace is healthy for children. It's a lifelong skill necessary for developing empathy and self-control. If your child never learns to lose, she'll fail to develop [...]

3 tips for A+ January success

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 December 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Winter break is quickly approaching its final days. With the kids out of school for the past couple of weeks, your days have likely been anything but ordinary and routine.  Between the excitement of new gifts, an endless sugar supply, and late night bedtimes, you and your family are almost certainly a bit out of sorts. Rather than spending all of January trying to recover and get back on track, kick-start the new year and experience less family stress by following these three easy tips: ROUTINE, ROUTINE, ROUTINE Once New Year’s has come and gone, begin picking up the pieces [...]

Grateful versus greedy: Getting rid of the gimmes this holiday season

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:03+00:00 December 1st, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Every year Thanksgiving seems to pass more quickly, for just as soon as the last pumpkin pie dish is cleaned, plans for Black Friday shopping take over in full force. Sometimes it seems we don’t give Thanksgiving the time and credit it deserves, while we prepare and plan for Christmas weeks in advance. And have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving music doesn’t exist? I myself think it would be a refreshing alternative to hearing Christmas music in October. Being grateful and giving thanks sets [...]

10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:04+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Self-esteem is defined as one’s perception of oneself. Healthy self-esteem is crucial in life. Why? Because it dictates how we relate to others, achieve at school, and perform on the job. As a parent, you strive to raise your child as an individual who believes he is capable, resourceful, and deserving of love. Lack of healthy self-esteem often leads to behavioral issues and mental health concerns, so here are 10 simple ways to boost your kiddo’s self-esteem every day: 1. PROVIDE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Let your kiddo know you'll love him no matter what. This doesn't mean you have to condone [...]

“You’re weird, Luisa!” Bullying prevention 101

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:04+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

Earlier this month, I attended a play therapy conference for psychology geeks. Now that I'm an adult, I'm ok with being called a geek, and I don't mind it when people say to me, "Wow, Luisa, you're weird." But when I was growing up, it was a different story. Being called weird hurt my feelings and made me question my already-fragile sense of self. Each and every day, millions of kids suffer the effects of verbal bullying. We, as adults, can help prevent bullying by getting involved with our kids. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say and do, [...]

5 effortless tips for raising smart, successful children

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:04+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

There are many different kinds of intelligence: book smarts, street smarts, and "emotional IQ," just to name a few. As a parent, you obviously want your kids to have it all. Luckily, character building begins at home, so you can start prepping your children to be savvy adults from an early age. Here are a few simple ways to bolster your children's positive attributes and lead them down the road to success: EXPAND THEIR COMFORT ZONES Encourage your children to do something they're slightly afraid of, whether it's climbing a tree or jumping off the high dive. This type of [...]