Parenting and life get complicated and the stress and pressure can get so high that we end up feeling like everything matters. But, fortunately, some things don’t matter. Here is a simple list of ideas to help you refocus and make your own list of things that matter and things that don’t. [Read more…]
We hear a lot about diets. Usually that means an eating pattern that a person follows with the expectation of some form of benefit. These benefits can include weight loss, managing diabetes, fitness, overall health improvement, health maintenance, and more. A Cognitive Positive Diet supports neurocognitive functioning for everyone, and specifically shows positive outcomes for children and adults with atypical neurology such as ADHA, learning disabilities, or dysregulated mood/behavior problems. While not a cure, adjusting the daily diet with these ideas does improve functioning.
Play more with your kids. A New Year’s resolution? Maybe. But, many people fail grandly at New Year’s resolutions. Planning to create some new habits instead re-frames goals so that you are more likely to succeed. Here’s more on how that works. [Read more…]
Children need a secure base. Loss of that secure base equates to trauma for the child. Without any control over their lives, children’s happiness and hope lie completely in our hands so, if this hasn’t put you into a panic I don’t know what will. But, no need for panic because, raising children can be easier than you think.
What about all those parenting books out there, though? Nothing simple needs so many manuals, right? I don’t have an answer for that but, I do know that the foundation for raising your children can be boiled down to three simple concepts. [Read more…]
Want to have a healthy winter? Who doesn’t? But when cold and flu season arrives and we see adds on TV for medicines, or hear about people we know becoming ill, we might start feeling like winter illnesses are just a given, inevitable. However, they are not inevitable and you can do a few powerfully effective things to prove it.
We all know that no one can completely avoid getting sick. Sometimes kids (and parents) just get sick, and then their immune system kicks in and they get well again. You can use these super simple strategies to help your kids stay healthier, reduce the amount of illness this winter, shorten the duration of illnesses, and keep your life sane as well. [Read more…]
I built the Basic Supply List to promote creativity, and as an important starting place with the idea that economy matters, and the belief that a well chosen set of basic art supplies can support a vastness of children’s creations. And, that is still true.
When I assembled this list, though, I looked for odd, quirky, and beyond the basic supplies to expand what you already have. Browse with pleasure, pick and choose, however, resist any pressure to have it all right away. You can just come back now and then and find something that you overlooked the first time through. Have fun! [Read more…]
Parents think about food more than ever, because food is complicated and food matters. It matters a great deal and you reading this article proves you care about the food you eat. It probably means you also like learning about food. Fortunately, you can find food information everywhere.
Sometimes I suffer from information overload, including information about food. But, I know the food we eat governs overall health, mental health, strength, longevity, learning, sleep, and more, so I feel compelled to learn as much as I can. [Read more…]
You can’t beat hiking with your kids, especially in the fall. The weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, just right. The trails aren’t nearly as busy as in the summer since a lot of travelers have gone home to get ready for school. And, it’s beautiful in the woods in the fall. Oh the colors, no matter where you live!
Now, when I say “hiking” I’m not talking about arduous, thigh killer events that make you want to say, “We did it. NEVER doing that again.” We’ve known folks who hike like they have invented speed hiking or something. No slowing down once they hit the trail. But that didn’t work for us, or for our kids. Then we figured out a few things. Here’s what we came up with. [Read more…]
I read Next Avenue which is a site devoted to topics on aging, longevity, vitality, estate planning, generally anything people in the last third of their lives might find relevant. The more I read their articles, however, the more I see things that could easily interest anyone, at any age of adulthood. After all, we’re all aging and why wait to learn some of this good stuff? Like, ways to make life easier. [Read more…]
Now that you have built your loom, using the directions in the previous post, Build a Simple Frame Loom, you’re ready to help your kids learn frame loom weaving! The videos in this article demonstrate setting up or warping, weaving, and removing a weaving from the loom. All three links are at the bottom of this post.
Keep in mind that kids focus on process when they do art – not always product. Sometimes what they do isn’t what we would think to do, but that’s OK. Just let them experiment and solve problems. Help them with the techniques and skills and try not to make suggestions about how they actually choose to do their weaving. Fun is the name of the game. [Read more…]
Archaeologists tell us that people have been weaving things for more than 20,000 years. Since fibers decompose over time, remains of ancient weavings are rare, and most artifacts are things like spear points and pottery. Sometimes ancient people used a simple, portable loom and other times just their hands. Early people wove fabrics, floor mats, baskets, and even roof structures for early homes such as pit dwellings. And what about fences?
It can be very exciting for children to know these things and to be a part of such an ancient art form, especially when they can do it simply, like our ancient ancestors did. Simple looms are easy to build and your children can fill hours of time, inside, outside, on the road, weaving anything and everything into their projects. Here are the instructions. Have fun!
We know a lot about depression these days. Officially Major Depressive Disorder – single episode or recurrant, mild/moderate/severe. You can read about the symptoms here. We also know more than we ever have about depression in children. And, we know that the foundation for being at risk of developing depression begins early in childhood. [Read more…]