Tag Archive for #stresslesssummer

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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Help Your Child Earn and Learn This Summer

Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Summer can be a great time to teach kids about the value of a dollar. Math and money skills, creativity, and even marketing can be taught with these kid-friendly summer jobs. Self-esteem and confidence comes from feeling independent and learning the importance of earning and saving can never be taught too early. Each week we will share our #StressLessSummer tips and share other top experts including Dr.Lynne Kenny and Wendy Young, authors of Bloom to make this the happiest and healthiest summer yet!lemonade-stand

Neighborhood Needs

Even at a young age (with some adult supervision) helping out a neighbor who has their hands full or is going on vacation can be a money maker for kids. From watering their plants, mowing lawns, dog walking, pet sitting, or even babysitting, kids can cash in. Help them make posters, depending on their interests and ideas, after they create it, you can help through email or phone calls. Have them do the initial “marketing” and ideas so that they are invested.

Rethink Lemonade

The idea of a simple lemonade stand can be a math and marketing lesson. Kids can research; what’s the best time of day for getting the most customers? Where is best location? What will be refreshing? How much will we need to spend on supplies? Get creative, how can they make their stand unique, instead of classic Kool-Aid, maybe slices of watermelon or Popsicle. The summer options are endless.

Household Help

Not all chores are part of a child’s allowance or family duties. Sometimes the extra work can pay off, literally. Running an errand on their bike, washing the car, ironing shirts, or taking care sibling, can teach responsibility and build self-esteem.

Clear the Closets for Cash

If the idea of a garage sale is maddening, you are not alone, which is why there are so many resale and consignment stores and e-stores for kids these days. Help them go through their old toys and clothes, picking out things they don’t play with or fit into. Kids (and adults) can earn money on the spot.

National Resale Chains for Babies and Kids:

Once upon a Child

Kid to Kid

Children’s Orchard

Pumpkin Patch

For Tweens and Teens:

Plato’s Closet

Buffalo Exchange

Here are some valuable ideas from experts around the world to help you bring the summer fun to your home.

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Sue Atkins @sueatkins

Nurture yourself this summer and always LINK

Wendy Young @kidlutions

Smile more stress less LINK

Naomi Richards @thekidscoach

It’s not to late to plan fun activities, rain or shine.  LINK

Vivian Sabel @viviensabel

Fun = Simplicity LINK

Happy Family Superfoods @HAPPYsuperfoods

Summer Fun Printable ~ 50 activities LINK

Lynne Kenney

Your daily health organizer Free Printable LINK

E A Stewart @thespicyrd

Nutritious recipes for family health LINK

Emily Roberts and Neurogistics @EmilyRobertsLPC @neurogistics

Hydrate for Happiness LINK

Eight simple ways to feel stressfree this summer LINK

 

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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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Hot & Happy: Hydration Tips for Kids

hot happy hydratedDr. Lynne Kenney and Kidlutions provide famliles with tips to make this summer the best one yet.

The sweltering summer months can be so difficult on our little ones. Frustration and feeling out of control can be amplified with the heat and humidity, robbing our bodies of water. Avoid falling for the myth that giving them any liquid will keep them hydrated and happy, it can actually cause more harm than good. Sugar, soda, and chemicals can be more dehydrating and damaging. When we don’t get adequate H2O our bodies don’t move cells around, which can cause more physical and mental exhaustion.

Hydration Tips and Tricks

  • An excellent method for measuring how much water is needed each day is to divide your child’s body weight by 2. This will determine the number of ounces of water necessary for optimal health. If they are really active this may need to be increased.
  • Avoid juice; the sugar can cause dehydration and a crash later on. Freeze juice (100% juice) in ice cube trays or add berries to water bottles.
  • Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.Opt for coconut water, which replenishes the body naturally and has potassium.
  • Even sports drinks can be dehydrating with the added sodium and sugar, unless your child has just done a 10K opt for water instead.
  • Make it fizzy. There are some amazing carbonating beverage makers that literally pay for themselves in 10-20 uses. A bubbles and some natural flavor from a orange or lemon can make drinking water fun for little ones, plus they can get creative with what they want to add (grapefruit and strawberry is a must try).
  • Avoid flavor packets that can be added to water should also be avoided because they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which are damaging to brain and dehydrating.
  • Dilute juice with water using a ratio of at least 50:50, make sure it is 100% juice, no additives.

Try these helpful hydration tips for keeping your child hydrated during the hot summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Daily Health Organzier from Dr. Lynne

#StresslessSummer Your Daily Health Organizer Free Printable

Dr. Lynne Kenney does it again!  Here she shares an invaluable tool that all of our families (adults too) can benefit from!  Check out her book Bloom Brain Based Parenting for More Helpful Parenting Tips

Recently, we were on holiday as a family and I found it so easy to exercise and eat well every day. We were on relaxation speed. But when we got home it was back to chasing horses at 7 am, writing til noon, phone calls, radio shows etc. Whoa! Where did all that health fly to? So yesterday I made a little daily health sheet for our fridge to bring fitness front-of-mind. I thought you all might enjoy it as well.  Wendy Young @kidlutions, I and all our colleagues on the #StresslessSummer series ~ @TheSpicyRD, @HAPPYsuperfoods, Sue Atkins @sueatkins, Naomi Richards @thekidscoach, Emily Roberts @EmilyRobertsLPC, Maria Freeman @littlejots, Deb McNelis @braininsights, Victoria @HMMilitary, Jan Katzen @nutritionistjan, Kelly Cairns @kellycairns and more wish you a happy, healthy summer!

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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’s in Your Popsicle?

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

We love being a part oft the #StressLessSummer Series with Dr .Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young authors of Bloom! Brain Based Parenting. This week we are focusing the effects of summer foods on the brain, and it’s contribution to behaviors. Here are some tips to make your frozen treats better for your brain.

The summer heat can tempt us to reach for a cool treat, but beware of what lies beneath the wrapper. Even bars that are all natural and 100% fruit can cause tremendous changes to the brain and your child’s behavior.  stresslessssummer pic

The brain responds to the sugar overhaul by spiking blood sugar and excitatory neurotransmitters temporarily, leading to a behavioral “crash and burn.” Scientifically speaking, even after the first bite, our brain releases a surge of insulin. Often  the pancreas is tired of doing this and it will ask the adrenals to help because a “load” of sugar has hit the body and it needs to be handled. This does cause an excitatory response in children, leading to behavioral bursts. If it is matched with a protein, the effect will be lessened Plain fruit without some protein to keep the sugar spikes at bay, can feel a pound of sugar to your little ones brain.

Store bought brands may be all fruit but lack the protein. Homemade, brain-friendly, bars are simple and so much better for you. Get creative and enlist your little one to help  test out new recipes. Ziplock now makes Zipzicles, bags to that make homemade popsicles portable!

  • Freeze your favorite Greek yogurt and fresh fruit or preserves, yogurt not only contains a ton of protein but probiotics for maintain a healthy gut.
  • Want to go dairy-free, no problem, make a almond or rice milk-based smoothie and for some extra protein put in a few spoonfuls of nut butter, or protein powder in, along with frozen or fresh fruits (most kids can’t taste the protein powder if its blended well).
  • Craving the islands? Coconut water, pineapple, a bit of protein powder and bananas (with a touch of agave nectar) is my favorite.

Share your family’s frozen favorites below!

 

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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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