stressed out child - kids need to learn to relax tooWhen it comes to stress relief, many of us think about the things that bother us as adults: bills, transportation, work issues, family life and more.  But stress is not just for adults, and many children, even younger ones, suffer from problems with stress, too.  By teaching your children healthy ways to cope with stress at a young age, you can help them develop healthy habits that will help them become happier adults.

Stress in Kids?

Many children become stressed due to a troubled home life.  Problems like divorce, a long-distance move, serious illness, abuse and more all cause significant amounts of stress in a child's life.  But there are less traumatic events, like peer pressure and teasing, that can also cause a child to feel stressed out.

Unlike the past, families are not as connected as they once were, and children may lack the support systems needed to help them cope.  It is up to parents to teach their children about stress and a healthy way to handle it.  There are several activities that you can try with kids as young as three.

Another common reason for stress in kids is taking on too many activities. My childhood seems a lot simplier than my sons. Todays kids have a lot going on in comparison. School, karate, soccer, swimming amongst other things. Its good to keep kids busy and involved, but at the same time they need their downtime too to recharge, or else they may feel overwhelmed and the result can be behaviorial issues.

Here are a few tips to help your kids de-stress.

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Help busy kids de-stress by integrating family activities in their scheduleI remember when I was a kid. Life did not seem as hectic and busy as it does for my young son who is just starting school. As if the day-to-day activity of going to school isn’t enough, some children like mine will join clubs, a band, take karate, learn swimming, or join an organized sport such as soccer or baseball. Then you have to figure out a way of handling all those activities and still making sure your child gets their school work done. Here are a few tips and ideas that can help you make handling all those activities seem like a breeze, or at the very least a little bit easier.

  • Make the family the priority. Yes, it’s true that as children go through their school years they will find more and more extra-curricular activities they would like to be involved in. Instead of allowing them to be involved in them all, tell them you expect them to be home to eat with the family. Your family is more important than any school activity.READ More on Helping Your Child Avoid Overload and Stress
Green Kids - saving the world, one child at a timeGod has given us a beautiful world to live in and take care of. We all need to do our part to keep this world clean and healthy. It’s very faddish right now to talk about reducing your carbon footprint and eating local, but even if you can’t switch to a hybrid car right now, there are still simple ways you and your family can make a difference to the environment:
Use fewer plastic bags
Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year – the equivalent of dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil. In addition to the petroleum or natural gas used to make the bags themselves, the inks and colorants on the bags often contain lead.
To reduce your use of plastic bags,
  • Bring your own cloth bags when you go to the grocery store
  • Re-use the bags you already have
  • Pack lunches and leftovers in re-usable containers instead of plastic bagsREAD More on Simple Ways to Save the World

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frustrated parent trying to get through to her daughterParental frustration, tt’s an inevitable occurrence when you are raising a child. You spend almost all of your time, money, and energy on raising your child, and sometimes it is still not enough. Every parent gets frustrated from time to time – it’s a normal thing. However, if you are unable to handle your frustration in a proper manner, you may find that it can have a very negative effect on the upbringing of your child. In this article, we’ll offer up some tips that will hopefully help you to get through frustrating times with parenting.

If you feel like you are frustrated with your children to the point where you cannot control it any more, the most important thing that you can do for both yourself and your children is to get away for a little bit. If you have a partner that you are living with, ask them to take care of the kids a little while and have a time-out for you. If you’re not with someone, see if a close relative can watch the children for a little while. In that time, you should read a book, go see a movie, or do something else that helps to calm and relax you. Afterwards, you can come back and address any of the problems that might still be present with your children. Giving yourself a little downtime can help you to look at situations regarding your children from a better standpoint which can be immensely helpful in keeping your relationship healthy.

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a dad carrying his new baby daughterMost first time fathers or expectant fathers have a lot of assumptions about what it might be like and mean to be a father. These ideas are a part of your upbringing, your relationship with your father and the expectations of social framework that you inhabit from a father. However, the single biggest misconception that most parents have about fatherhood is that newborn babies do not require their fathers.

The connection between a mother and her baby is that of a very intense bond which cannot be broken and often you might be left wondering whether your baby actually needs you. Do be assured that he or she does, for you have played an important role in bringing him or her into this world, and you can comfort and soothe the baby too, just as your partner can nurse the baby. You can establish your bond with your baby by holding him or her, rocking and cooing. However, it is best to wait until the baby is breastfed. This way you can also allow your partner to recuperate after breastfeeding. READ More on Parenting Tips for New and Expectant Dads

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little girl helping to pack up her roomMoving can be stressful on anyone. This is especially true for a family with kids. Whether you are picking up and moving across town or moving across the country, it can be a very stressful situation. However, there are a variety of different things you can do to the make the move less stressful on you and your family.

When moving, it is important that you realize how traumatic it can be on your kids. Your current home may be the only home they have ever known. To suddenly move to a strange house can be very hard. Chances are, they have developed a routine and are very comfortable with their current surroundings. Therefore, it is important you realize how hard it will be for them to become accustomed to a new home and new friends.

One of the first things you need to do is be honest with your child. Let them know as soon as possible that you are planning to move. This will give them time to prepare for the big move. If at all possible, involve them in the process as much as possible. Allow them to go along on the house hunt and give their opinion.

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by Jennifer Shakeel

a hyperactive childWhether you just found out that your child has ADD or this is something that you have been dealing with for a while, it’s important that you know you don’t have to go through this on your own. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t go through this alone. If you what you want is to see your child succeed you and your “village” need to be involved in the proper care and guidance of your ADD child.

Your “village” includes the child’s entire family. This is first and foremost. Talk with the immediate family and the extended family. These are the people that see your child the most. Don’t label your child, and don’t let other’s in the family label him or her. They aren’t “special” and they aren’t “problem children”. Those are two labels that drive me up the wall. When people ask, “Did he/she take their meds today,” don’t answer that question. Respond with “Everyone has days that are more difficult then others.” The family needs to focus more on the resolutions then the problem and they need to work together as a unit. Here are a few guidelines for the family:

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