Children (ages 6-9)

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 [...]

Part 2: Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

This post is written in an effort to clarify some of the questions and concerns raised in my recent blog featured on Mamapedia titled Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids. Below are a few of the more common, constructive misconceptions: 1. NO SPANKING DOES NOT EQUAL NO DISCIPLINE. When I suggested not spanking your children, I did not mean to imply you should simply let them run amuck and turn into "spoiled brats." Children most certainly thrive in structured environments where there are clear expectations, rules, and consequences. Spanking is a form of punishment, and there are many alternatives to spanking [...]

Keep your head above water and don’t drown: How to talk to your kids about our nation’s recent disasters

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:08+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9), Teens, Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It's been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged. And this morning, I awoke to the news about the Navy Yard shooting. Not that watching the news has ever really lifted my spirits, but the past few days have been pretty overwhelming and chalk-full of disaster and tragedy. I live in Denver so naturally all of the local news channels have been broadcasting nonstop about the floods. Last Thursday, when the flooding began, newscasters were quick to give out safety advice to all those possibly affected. [...]

“But Mom, it’s not fair!” 3 easy solutions for resolving sibling inequality

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 19th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

I grew up as the oldest of three girls. My sisters and I are fairly close in age; I'm two years older than my middle sister and five years older than my youngest sister. I'd say we generally got along pretty well while growing up, but as is common with siblings, we also had our fair share of squabbles. I remember many of our fights centered around the themes of fairness and equality. In fact, if my parents had a dollar for every time one of us said in a whiny voice, "But it's not fair!" they'd be retired by [...]

Foolproof tips for Back-to-School success

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about summer boredom... and now the new school year is right around the corner. It may be your first instinct to avoid thinking or talking about the new school year entirely. If you're like me, you're hanging onto the the last few weeks of trips to the pool, Dairy Queen treats, and bike rides at dusk. Don't get me wrong, I like to procrastinate and avoid change as much as the next person, but I always find it causes more headaches than if I'd just confronted the change head-on. As adults [...]

Three reasons to stop spanking your kids today: No ifs, ands, or buts

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:09+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Children (ages 0-5), Children (ages 6-9)|

Spanking. The age-old, forever controversial topic. The question is always the same: Is it ok to hit your kids? I guess that really depends on your definition of "ok." If by "ok," you mean legal, then yes, at least in the state of Colorado. According to Colorado Law, parents are permitted to use means of physical punishment when disciplining their children so long as they do not leave injuries. If by "ok" you mean morally correct, that's up to you and your personal values and beliefs... no judgment here.  But perhaps most importantly, if by "ok" you mean effective, as [...]

Sass & Spite: Teach your kids to be nice with these 3 easy tips

By | 2016-10-31T01:23:10+00:00 June 17th, 2013|Adults, Children (ages 6-9), Tweens (ages 10-12)|

The Art of Niceness Ever heard the saying “Better to slip with your feet than with your tongue?” I came across this little nugget of advice on a teabag the other day. And I got to thinking about exactly why this statement rings true. Here’s my interpretation: If we slip and fall, we’re hurting only ourselves, both physically and psychologically. Sure, we may suffer a scraped knee and a bruised ego, but we’re not causing deliberate pain to anyone else other than our little old selves. However, when we say something spiteful to someone else, we usually end [...]