Most schools are right now about 4 to 6 weeks outside of their start dates. Now is the time to start working on resetting sleep schedules. It's so easy to get so relaxed in the summertime where your child stays up late and sleeps in. Unfortunately, for most school schedules that doesn't work out and you don't want to be running around the last two weeks before school trying to get your child up. Trust me you're setting yourself up for struggles getting out the door, an exhausted child, and routine battles.
Do you have a child entering the 3rd grade this school year? I believe that this grade is an educational transition year for our children. I encourage parents to be diligent as this is the year where the style of education changes for your child. Teachers move away from learning how to read and how to write to learning by reading and writing. That means instead of your child practicing their ABCs and their handwriting they start learning by comprehending what they've read. Many assignments ask your child to reiterate what they've learned in a a written format.
First off, let’s understand what Executive Functioning is and why it’s important. Executive functioning is your brains ability to activate, organize, integrate, and manage functions. It assists in short and long term memory functions, as well as being able to make real-time decisions to evaluate and adjust to meet a desired outcome.
There are a total of 8 executive function skills:
One of the hardest parts of parenting is making sure your child has what they need; but what do you do when the cost of their therapy doesn't fit into your budget? It can be heartbreaking thinking that you can't afford to help your struggling child. I've been there too. So in debt that each month we were $500 short. I also know this last year had been financially tough for so many families; which is why I wanted to share 6 ways to afford your child's therapy when you're broke.
First of all, you need to accept that anger is a perfectly natural feeling for your child to have. It's what they do when they are angry is where they need help. Empathize with their anger. They are struggling with something and you are going to help them work through it. Also, remember that anger is usually a by product of another feeling that is the root cause of the issue.
Watching a child having a panic attack is heartbreaking. So much stress, fear, and anxiety for such young individuals. We have struggled with panic attacks over the years for various things and when they occur they are debilitating. Nothing happens. We can't move. We are simply paralyzed. In this quick tip video, I share my 5 favorite techniques to stop a panic attack. What I love about these is that they work really well, they are easy to deploy, and are fun for your child.
Under the current environment it is important to be extra diligent about keep our children's toys clean. This is also important for children that have underlying heath conditions, such as asthma and allergies. Unfortunately, there are many plush toys say that they are surface washable only. Leaving us with the question how can I clean and sanitize these stuffed animals?
I believe sleep is the number one thing you can improve for dramatic improvement in your child’s life for better focus, emotional grounding, behavior, and learning that it is the first thing we address in the Empowered Parent Program. If you know someone who’s child is struggling with sleep, please take a second and tag them or share this with them.
The other day I was having a conversation with my brother. We were talking about our children and nagging came up. It was what he said that made me pause and ultimately led me to a discovery about myself. He said, "we nag because we are so tired and frustrated they don't do what we've told them 100 times to do."
Did you catch it? The reason I paused...Probably not. So let me explain.
When I tell people that Samantha is unschooled, many of them are taken aback. They have a puzzled look on their face. I go on to explain that learning happens naturally for all of us through the experiences we have in life. In this process, it is not necessary to force children to learn something specific, as they will follow their natural curiosities, passions, and interest. Subjects, such as reading, math, science, present themselves through that engagement.