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  • Halloween Is An Opportunity to Turn Children Into Successful Adults

    Halloween Is An Opportunity to Turn Children Into Successful Adults

    We just finished our annual Monster Hunt, and it was our biggest and best year ever. As I reflect on this success, I thought I’d share the inspiration behind its concept. When I was a kid, my school hosted a haunted house in the gym. Filled with enthusiastic teenagers in scary costumes, they would leap out of dark corners to frighten children who were brave enough to enter. I was one of those brave children. And then I wasn’t. After a particularly effective scare, little 7-year old me ran out of the gym in tears. It was an experience I never forgot. Fast forward 20 years and filled with a level of confidence that only martial arts ....

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  • Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy Your Kids Will Love

    Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy Your Kids Will Love

    Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy Your Kids Will Love Your kids will love healthy alternatives to Halloween candy if you make them frightfully good. These are some ideas for healthy holiday food and celebrations that are low on sugar and still a lot of fun. Healthy Foods to Substitute for Traditional Halloween Candy: 1. Make your own sinister snacks. Kids love gross things. Use cookie cutters to design homemade cookies in shapes like ghosts and bats. Bake gingerbread zombies with missing limbs. You can adjust the conventional recipes to lower the sugar and substitute whole grain flour for half the white flour. Kids will also love to eat fruit and vegetables if you arrange them ....

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  • Brain Training for ADHD

    Brain Training for ADHD

    Although Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is such a prevalent diagnosis, there are still many misconceptions surrounding it. People often assume that ADHD results from poor parenting , laziness, or some learning disorder. And with these assumptions come a wide range of approaches to “fix” the problem. However, with the lack of proper understanding of this disorder, it’s hard to find an effective method to implement . Becoming knowledgeable about the facts of the disorder can make way for more successful interventions that will build confidence in those children instead of shame . ADHD stems from an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, largely that of ....

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  • My 9 Strategies to Developing Grit

    My 9 Strategies to Developing Grit

    You might be skilled, talented, educated, and brilliant. But, if you’re not resilient, persistent, and gritty, you’ll never make the most of those other attributes. Think about the five most successful people you know. On the average, they’re probably not that talented. However, they know how to get things done and persist. Resilience and grit might be the missing ingredients in your quest for success. Try these techniques to increase your resilience and grit: 1. Stay in contact with others. When times are tough, it’s natural to crawl into a hole and be by yourself. This is a mistake. You’re more capable with a support system. Give up the idea that strong ....

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  • The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes

    The Secret to Developing Well-Rounded Athletes

    Over the last year, sports programs have had shortened seasons, if any at all. Because of that, training time for athletes of all ages has dropped significantly. Now, with sports returning to a more normal duration, young athletes are working hard to regain lost skills and recondition their bodies. The problem, however, is that lengthy breaks increase the risk of injury upon returning to training. In addition, when athletes specialize in a sport, they generally only train muscles for that sport. To be truly at the top of their game, young athletes should engage in training that develops all muscle groups through a system designed to meet their athletic and developmental needs. When ....

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  • Sensory Processing – How Does Your Child Respond?

    Sensory Processing – How Does Your Child Respond?

    As we navigate the world, we all use our senses to receive input from our surroundings, let our brains process, and then tell us how to react. Generally, we respond with minimal disruption to our routine. However, processing sensory stimuli can be a challenge for some people, either because there is too much or not enough. This can be difficult for children since many experiences are still new, and they haven’t yet developed coping skills and emotional regulation to respond appropriately. Educating ourselves on the variations of how Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can present in our children will help us assist them in learning how to manage the way they respond. Sensory processing ....

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  • Simple Tips to Boost Your Health and Wellness While Working Your Side Hustle

    Simple Tips to Boost Your Health and Wellness While Working Your Side Hustle

    Guest article provided by Sheila Johnson at wellsheila.net If you're building a side hustle, you have more than enough going on. And while an extra job is an excellent way to supplement your income, you can significantly lower your quality of life if you are not careful. After all, if all you do is work day in and day out, you will be hard-pressed to stay healthy and well. Fortunately, there are some simple habits you can incorporate into your routine that will help you maintain self-care while starting and growing your side hustle. Take some things off your plate. Let’s start with the side hustle itself. With a full-time job, not to mention any ....

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  • How to Succeed in Homeschooling

    How to Succeed in Homeschooling

    Your children’s education is incredibly important, and there are many considerations that go into making a decision to homeschool your kids. After all, you want to give your kids the best start in life that you can. Homeschooling includes so many things in addition to academics, such as physical skills, social skills, field trips, sports, music, and much more. How can you create a well-rounded homeschool program that gives your children the most benefits that you can? These strategies will help you create a successful homeschooling program for your children: 1. Research homeschooling. Read everything you can about the different curriculums that are available. Talk to other ....

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  • Is Your Child Ready For School?

    Is Your Child Ready For School?

    The past year and a half of school have been such a tumultuous ride. From school closures to virtual classes to partial reopening, it seems as if our children have experienced every out-of-the-norm scenario we could come up with. And although the goal was to keep them safe, children’s development took a significant hit. We’ve seen more significant emotional distress, poorer health choices, regression in cognitive momentum, and decreased social skills. So, as the new school year approaches, it is more important than ever to ensure that they are prepared for school in ways that cover all developmental areas. The idea of “school readiness” has always been mostly ....

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  • Parenting the Shy Child

    Parenting the Shy Child

    In a world that highly values the traits of extroverted individuals, shy children are often assumed to have something wrong that needs to be fixed. However, shyness is simply a personality trait that is part of their temperament. Children are born with unique personalities, although the environment can play a significant role in how these traits present as the child develops. What is apparent is that shyness falls on a continuum, where children have varying levels of this trait. The important thing is to remember that different character attributes should be embraced to appreciate the unique way a shy child interacts with the world around them. Children are wired with a variety of traits, ....

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