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Summer Reading for Parents: Six Books That Build Stronger Connections

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Parents, you’ve got some summer reading to do. How can we keep our kids engaged and continue healthy brain development when school is out? Through reading! Summer reading isn’t just for students. Our summer reading list for parents gives you the opportunity to cultivate a stronger connection with your child. As well as improving emotional regulation and confidence for your child and within yourself.   » Read more..

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How to Manage End of School Stress

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This time of year brings school stress that can impact brain health and behaviors in children and teens alike. It’s not uncommon for them to experience anxiety or discomfort around the end of a school year as they anticipate a change from routine and feel the stress of making the grades.  The anticipatory anxiety around the transition to a new routine and the fear of failing makes the end of the school year a particularly difficult time for many students. » Read more..

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Going Back to School with Food Sensitivities: Is Your Child Prepared?

Food sensitives can make going back to school challenging for parents, teachers and kiddos. Many parents take precautions if their child has been told by a pediatrician or health practitioner to stay away from particular foods. However, if a child doesn’t have anaphylaxis or break out in hives, it can be hard for many parents and school administrators to consider food damaging to your child’s health. You  need precautions in place to make sure your child is safe and healthy during the school year.

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Why Snacks Are Good For You and Your Family

Snacks Your Family NEEDS

Many people go hours without eating which compromises your focus and metabolism. It’s often unconscious, until your stomach is an empty pit or your mind is mush. The same is true for many children and teens, especially during the school day. Four hours or more without food is far too long, in fact it depletes their focus and impacts their mood. In order to keep your child sharp and feeling successful during the school day, snacking is super important. » Read more..

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Foods That Fight Stress and Fatigue

Everyone experiences some stress in their life and know very little about the ramifications. A little stress is good for you—it’s necessary keep you alert and alive. Unrelenting crisis, chronic stress and the never-ending sagas that keep you up at night and your stomach in knots, damage your brain and body. Stress makes you tired, fatigued and foggy. Your brain doesn’t work like it should and your body is in a chronic state of exhaustion. The effects are nothing short of deadly. Effects of chronic stress are linked to heart disease, depression, cancer and other mental and physical ailments. There are natural ways to reduce stress in your life and the lives of your family.  » Read more..

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Day 6: Gifts That Give Back

By Emily Roberts

I always love to buy presents that have a story.  What better way to spread holiday cheer to those on your list and those in need than by picking up a present that gives back to charity.  There are so many out there, but here are a few of our favorites for any budget.

 

Krochet Kids

gifts that give back

Adorable hats and scarves for anyone on our list, with a strong mission to helping women in need through sustainable education. Made by women in Uganda and Peru, this nonprofit organization helping train and empower them to support their own families.

Lush Charity Pot

Lush’s hand and body lotion is made with fair-trade cocoa-butter, naturally produced and all proceeds,100 percent after taxes, go to the organization featured on the lid of each pot: WaterCan, TreePeople, Amazon Conservation Team and International Fund for Animal Welfare. Starting at $5.95!

Sustainable Soccer Balls for All

gifts that give back

The One World Futbol Project has created a nearly indestructible soccer ball that never goes flat and finds a home to a child in need. For every one you buy, a second is sent to kids in need, from refugee camps to inner cities, this is a gift that keeps everyone active.

Clean Water For You and Folks Far Away

gifts that give back

SOMA’s glass carafe is a way to purify and provide clean water to others. Every filter sale supports charity:water. The fully compostable filters arrive via subscription, so you’ll never forget to replace them and have clean water no mater where you are.  Charity water’s website also has dozens of gifts that give back.

FEED USA at Target

The nonprofit FEED was created by Lauren Bush to produce and sell merchandise that raises awareness about hunger and helps feed the world. FEED has developed a partnership with Target to support Feeding America by selling a collection of more than 50 products including bibs, collapsible bikes, and cool gifts like iPhone cases, scarves, jewelry and bags. One $30 messenger bag provides 24 meals for one hungry family.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Neurogistics Holiday Gift Guide: Healthy Chef

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By: Emily Roberts

On the third day of our holiday gift guide, we share what to do with the French Hens, rather than giving them- we eat them! I recently became OBSESSED with the website vine.com they are your go-to site for natural foods and products. Shipped to you fast and with huge discounted prices, and more brands that your local health foods store.  Plus your first order is 20% off, not so bad for the holidays. There are tons of gift ideas for the culinary adventurer on your list. These days health conscious, nontoxic and eco-friendly cookware is a must.  Vine is part of the Quidsi.com family of brands, so you can mix and match from their sites and they often offer hefty discounts on popular products. including soap.com (for all your home needs), wag.com (for Fido and your feline) and many others including YoYo.com (for the little ones).  Vine has Natural Living delivery down.

For the Health Conscious Chef

What does the chef on your list do with 3 French Hens? Cooks them up of course, and with the best non-toxic, natural cookware and supplies. Some of vine.com’s healthy holiday gift guide will have your healthy chef happy in the kitchen.

Natural Home Products

healthy holiday gift

Created from 50-percent recycled content, Natural Home Eazistore cookware is scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe and safe to use with induction heating elements. In addition, its manufacturing process is free of harmful byproducts, and produces a line of products which consume about 50 percent less energy per item to ship. The designs, which won the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, combines high-quality materials with modern construction. They are 70-80% off the listed price on vine.com

 

Snow River Cutting Boards

healthy holiday gift

 

Snow River is best known for producing premium wood cutting boards that are sustainable, hand finished by experienced craftsmen. Their products are different and unique making food prep easy. The wood is dried in a tightly controlled process to ensure a consistent moisture content which is critical in avoiding wood cracks and splitting. All sawdust from production is recycled into wood pellets for pellet stoves.

 

 

Broadway Basketeers

healthy holiday giftThe Organic and Natural Gift Basket from Broadway Basketeers is the ideal gift for anyone seeking a healthier option.  When looking for an organic and natural gift, sending this gift basket will be sure to please.  Organic gift basket contains cherry sweets, organic cinnamon apple chips, organic tea in two flavors, natural healthy mix, organic cheddar cheese sandwich crackers and organic peanut butter cookies. This gift basket is aesthetically pleasing and hand arranged for optimum design.  A hand-tied bow finishes off the gift basket.  This organic and natural gift basket is kosher, too, so no one has to feel uncomfortable receiving your gift.

 

Remember all these culinary goodies don’t have to break the bank. Vine has daily deals and your first order is 20% off!  I have also found that once you place your first order, the deals don’t end, weekly and monthly discounts come to your inbox all the time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Recommended Reading: Books for Tweens and Teens

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Many parents ask us about books that help children and teens with their emotions.  I have the better half of Amazon’s Self-Help section on my bookshelf, and while working with this my clients, I get a good idea of which books make an impact.  Here are a few of my favorites that can help your adolescent gain skills for managing emotions, communicating with others, and feeling their best.

Must Reads for Boys & Girls

 

books for tweensThe Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress (Instant Help Solutions) by Gina Biegel MA LMFT.

This is a great workbook and can be used with some young ones too. Skills for understanding how stress impacts their body and their minds, as well as simple tools and exercises makes it a hit with my clients. I love the idea that they are educating youngsters about the science and providing them with skills to change their responses to stress. Something that we rarely get in the classroom, this book is highly recommended by some of my adolescent clients (and it helped me, their therapist too).

books for tweensThe PTSD Workbook for Teens: Simple, Effective Skills for Healing Trauma (Instant Help Book for Teens) by Libbi Palmer PsyD.
Whether trauma was experienced at birth or last year, this book helps tweens and teens understand what PTSD is and how they can feel better. One teenager said this was helpful for her because it showed her that the symptoms she was experiencing were not uncommon. The adolescent-friendly language helps to engage readers in learning about tough topics. This is a great book for both boys and girls.

 

 

books for tweensDon’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others by Sheri Van Dijk MSW.

This is a great resource for both boys and girls. It teaches readers about being mindful and challenge intense emotions and urges with DBT skills, as well as practical interventions for long-term change. I often use some of their ideas in groups with teen girls. There are lots of up-to-date situations that cause most of our kids to feel anxious, fearful, frustrated and upset, and this book provides solutions.

 

books for tweens Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way by Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini.

Although this book is girl-friendly the ideas are invaluable. Young adults can relate to the situations all the time and it teaches girls quick and effective ways to feel confident especially social situations that cause stress.

 

Share your favorite tween and teen books with us to help others!  Happy reading everyone!

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Back to Bedtime: Tips for Adjusting Your Childs Sleep Cycle for Back to School

back to school sleepy boyBy Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We know summertime schedules make it hard to adjust to back to school demands. The leisurely schedule and later evenings mean more of a push back from kiddos when classes resume. As much as your child may fight or fuss about pillow-time, it is a tool for academic and behavioral success. Kids who don’t get enough sleep, regularly, have been shown to have lower testing scores, more behavioral outburst, and more ADHD-like behaviors. Snoozing on the weekends and struggling to get enough sleep during the week is a typical cycle for some, but can be damaging to long term health. Children and adults need a bedtime routine, and consistent hours for their brain to recharge and rest. This cannot be done two nights a week, we need to help them adjust to do this most days.

Start Now

Even if your child has started school or is doing so in the next week or so, start with a plan of action that you can implement as early as this evening. Changing their entire routine all at once can be too much for some kids to handle, so adding in each piece over the course of a week may help.Experts estimate that preschoolers (3 to 5 years-old) need 11-13 hours of sleep, while school-aged children up to age 12 need approximately 10-11 hours of sleep. Teens need at least 9 hours. back to school kids sleep

Dr. Juan Martinez MD, director of Pediatric Sleep lab at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital suggests:

• The best strategy is to allow the later bedtime initially, but enforce the gradually earlier morning arousal time to a goal of the normal awakening time for school. The late bedtime will eventually adjust to a normal bedtime. All parents and caregivers must be on board and consistent.— We love this, as our bodies will naturally respond to this adjustment after a few days. Starting to enforce an earlier bedtime after a week or so, and rewarding them for getting ready on-time will help.

• Absolutely avoid any caffeinated products after dinner. That includes coffee, cola drinks and chocolate.— We would even go further to say after lunch, as caffeine can stay in kids systems for hours. Sugar before bed can also heighten arousal, so that ice cream after dinner may need to be a mid afternoon treat.

• Have children turn off all electronics, including phones, computers, video games and television early in the night. Have them instead read, listen to soothing music or do other quiet activities.— We agree, and studies have shown that up to two hours before bed our brain’s will be effected by screen time. If your child “needs” their Kindle or begs for their iPhone, come up with rules for the family. It may be painful at first to convince your tween to turn in their phone, but if their goals are to make good grades and get the privilege of having a phone, then they needs to follow the rules. Many kids I work with sleep with their phones and are woken up throughout the night to friends’ texts or to search the web. DON’T ALLOW THIS.

• Have children take a warm bath an hour or two before bedtime to help their body temperature naturally cool down before sleep.— We would also add in doing mindfulness or self-soothing activities. Coloring, journaling, “light” reading (avoid scary or suspenseful literature), back rubs, ect.

• At bedtime there should be no background noises, television or music.— We have some kids who are able to relax by listening to classical music, guided meditations, or sound machines, as it distracts from their anxious thoughts. Try to find something that reduces stimulation.

More tips:

When talking to kids about this adjustment make sure not to say “because I said so” or “that’s our rule.” Rather, explain to them that sleep is important if they want to feel good and focused. Sleep is like food, we need it or our bodies can’t function.back to school sleep tight

Supplements. Make sure your child is taking their supplements as prescribed or suggested. Particular vitamins and minerals can be stimulating. Making sure that they are taking their recommended doses at the right time is imperative.

Make bedtime cozy. When we look at our beds we want to feel comfortable and look forward to shutting our eyes. Kids are the same. Make sure that they help you pick out textures of linens that they like, this is not your bed, it’s theirs. Give them lots of pillows or blankets if they like, as many kids (and adults) feel calmer and safer with soft textures surrounding them. For little ones, have them pick out a stuffed animal or blanket that “lives in the bed.” So they will have something to look forward to when bedtime comes.

Also, this is a great time to ask them about their goals for the school year, what do you want to accomplish or improve on this year? Let them tell you (it can be hard to keep your thoughts to yourself but try) what they want to achieve. “More goals in soccer” or “get an A in Algebra. Then ask them what they need to do to get there. Break down the goals with them and add in steps including healthy living (sleep, diet, supplements, ect).

What if they resist? As a parent you are in charge, and your children will thank you in the long run. Expect a few days or even weeks of push back, maybe even tears, but stay consistent and strong. Validate that sometimes it stinks to head to bed this early, and we all are trying our best to be healthy.

Even if they aren’t tired, which is a common complaint, get them in their rooms, and make their room a bedtime zone. If there is a tv, a computer, bright lights or warm temperatures, fix these things soon. Make the bedroom for sleeping and relaxing not stressful activities. The more we praise them getting into their rooms and in bed the more likely we will help condition their brains to “like”, at least a little bit, the idea of heading to bed. Giving in to later bedtimes may be a “reward” but try rewarding with activities that they would want to do during the day. Sleep is sleep, just like breakfast is a meal. You wouldn’t let them go to school hungry, so why would you let them go with a foggy brain?

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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What NOT to Say to Your Kids: Builiding Self-Esteem

We often make mistakes when talking to our kids, its only natural.  Even as a therapist I can say something with the intention of helping and it can be perceived as anything but! In working with kids and helping families for many years now, I have learned what to say and what NOT to say when trying to help build self-esteem and teach confidence.  My HealthyPlace.com vlog this week is on just that.  Learn what TO say and what to AVOID when talking to kids, consoling them, or helping them navigate life’s struggles.

 

Say it Right

For the original and more tips on building self-esteem click here to be directed to HealthyPlace.com

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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