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5 Simple Ways to Walk through Anxiety with Children and Teens

5 Simple Ways to Walk Through Anxiety with Children and Teens   I remember it just as if it happened yesterday.  I was walking in the Super-Valu grocery store (my little one stop light hometown grocery store!) right by the milk and eggs case.  My mom dragged my sister and I to the store after picking us up from the babysitter following a long day of school and work for all of us.  I was incredibly shy as a child and this specific day, my shyness was elevated.  I really only liked to go to the grocery store for the candy bar I might get.  As my mom was picking up the gallon of 2% milk, I distinctly remember another mother and child passing by us and found myself hidden by my mom’s side.  And then I heard it, the voice of that other child, younger than myself, asking his mom, “Why...

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9 Ways to Beat the Back to School Blues

      Well, it is that time of the year again.  You know, that time when teenagers eyes start to roll in the back of their heads, elementary kids are sad to see the summer go but happy to see their friends, and parents are beside themselves excited for their children to have a routine!  Class schedules are being posted online to see which friends have classes together, meet the teacher night is taking place, school supply lists are all over the kitchen counter, and we just can’t seem to find the folders in aisle 9 at Walmart!   No matter if you feel ecstatic, sad, or indifferent to the school year, starting the school year off right is important for our students to have a successful year – no matter what grade they are headed in to.  One of my favorite summer, childhood memories was when my mom would take...

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Now What? The Path to a Healthy, Positive Body Image (Thoughts on Body Image – Part 2)

NOW WHAT? THE PATH TO A HEALTHY, POSITIVE BODY IMAGE (THOUGHTS ON BODY IMAGE, PART 2)           As I shared with you last week, so many of us struggle with our body image.  One of the greatest lessons I learned and grasped on to lately is respecting my body.  There are multiple ways we can respect our bodies: eating right, exercising, dressing respectfully, embracing who we are and caring about our bodies we have been given.  Easier said than done, right?         If I’m being honest with you, I was taught a lot about modesty and purity as a child and teenager, but everything else lacked.  I did not have perimeters around the food I was allowed to eat and developed unhealthy habits.   While I did love taking walks with my mom, exercise only happened when my mom wanted to lose weight.  The other times exercise...

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Self-Esteem: It begins and ends with you

Self-Esteem: It begins and ends with you        One of the greatest lies we tell ourselves, or we hear others say, is “You’re not good enough.”  One of the first times we hear this is when we get cut from a sports team during tryouts…usually coming at a pivotal moment in our lives – middle school.  The time in our lives when we look the funniest, smell the worst, and are incredibly awkward! (Come on, we all have that one picture where we just cringe!)  On the same hand, this is the time when we are given a little more freedom to grow into the person we have been created to be.  The time when we begin to develop a sense of identity and self-awareness.  Middle School is always a pivotal moment in either our growth or diminishment of self-esteem as well.  Unfortunately, whether our self-esteem grows or decreases during...

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15 Fun, Easy and Inexpensive Summer Activities for Kids

With summer quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share a few fun, easy and inexpensive summer activities to do with your kids.   We all know by mid-June or so the kids will be bored and wanting something to do.   Here is a quick list of some easy activities: 1.  Make Popsicles. Pick your favorite fruit juice, combination of juices or lemonade. Pour your favorite juice into a waked paper cup (something similar to a Dixie cup), place a wooden craft stick in the middle of the cup and freeze! 2.  Walk, Run or Bike Ride. Take a daily walk, run or bike ride (short or long) with your kids around your neighborhood.  Let your kids pick the path and switch it up every day.  Check out local 5k events and kids fun runs in your community.  Many events are inexpensive or free for kids. 3.  Plant Flowers, Water Them and...

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