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Easing Back Into School

  As the calendar moves from July to August, both parents and children start thinking about the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. While it is normal for both parents and children to feel anxious, here are some tips that can reduce the anxiety and help to get the school year started on the right foot.   Create a Routine – Start getting your children back into their regular schedule for dinner, bath, bedtime and wake up time An easy way to get this done is to put together a checklist or a chart of tasks. I suggest starting at least a week prior to the first day of school. This will give them and you time to adjust to the new routine.  Be Prepared – Make sure that you have purchased school supplies, clothes and shoes in advance. Try not to wait until the last minute as this will create stress and anxiety for both you and your children.  Celebrate – Create a family ritual that coincides with the start of the new school year. It could be as simple as allowing your children to choose their favorite for dinner or it could be a family “New Year’s” party. Be creative with this. It will get the children excited about school.  Take a “Test Drive” – Whether you will be driving your children to school or they will be riding the bus, plan out the route and run a test drive. This is especially important if your children will be attending a new school.  Stay Positive – It is important that no matter what happens the first day or first week of school, stay positive. Your children will follow [...]

6 Tips to Improve Your Body Image

Courtesy of Fotolia As a woman, especially an American woman, we are bombarded every day with what society perceives as the “ideal” body image.  Let’s face it ladies, these “ideal” bodies in some cases don’t even exist. They are cropped, airbrushed and digitally constructed to create an unattainable image. Yet, we all still strive for this perfection that is unachievable. So as a woman today, what can we do to love the body that we are in and ignore the stereotypes from society? These tips should put you on the right path:   1.    Focus on what your body is capable of – Instead of focusing on what you look like, focus on all the things that your body can do. You are an amazing miracle. You can swim, walk, run and ride a bike. So instead of giving yourself a disgusted look when you walk past a mirror, celebrate your body for all that it does, or can do for you. Learn a new sport, or take up a hobby to showcase that beautiful body. 2.    Use Positive Affirmations – You are what you think you are. So, in order to change what you think, you need to start telling yourself something positive. Find something about yourself that you like and turn it into a positive affirmation. For instance, if you are a good listener tell yourself that in the mirror every morning. By saying the words out loud and daily, you will start to believe in them. 3.    Walk Away From the Scale – So many of us that battle body image weigh ourselves daily. STOP!!! Due to what eat, our hormones and normal living, body weight can vary up to [...]

School is Back in Session and So are the Cyber Bullies

  Schools are back into full swing and unfortunately so are the Cyber Bullies. Unlike the “Schoolyard Bullies” you may be used to, the Cyber Bully has access to harass and torment 24x7x365. There is no “safe zone” for a child from a Cyber Bully. Cyber Bullying cases continue to rise as more children have access to technology. In recent studies from the Cyber Bullying Research Center and i-Safe, the following statistics were reported: Nearly 50% of all children have been bullied online. Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly making it the most common medium of Cyber Bullying. 90% of victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult about the abuse. Given those statistics, what can parents do to protect your child from becoming the target of a Cyber Bully? Talk to your Child – Communication with your child is critical to many aspects of their life, but especially when it comes to Cyber Bullying. Open those lines of communication and learn more about what your child is doing on the internet and their cell phone, who they are talking to and texting, and if anything odd or unusual has occurred. Use Google – Google your child’s name on a regular basis and see what is out there about them. Remind your child about safe Internet use – Remind your child about the do’s and don’ts on the Internet, including: Don’t share your passwords Always logout of accounts Think before you post Set your privacy settings on Social Media Know who you are talking to Live by and remind your child of the “Golden Rule” – Treat others as you would like to be treated. This can be trying at times, [...]

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