Therapeutic Benefits of Printable Coloring Pages are Great for Kids and Adults

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Discovering a task for somebody with mental deterioration could be an uphill struggle. Often it’s difficult to determine which memories they maintain of previous pastime, as well as which capacities they keep as they advance with the illness. We likewise intend to stay clear of placing them in a scenario where they could feel that they have fallen short. There is a task that appears to help most; coloring.

Coloring page is a tremendous task for youngsters of every age. That consists of children whose age goes beyond two figures. My little Pony Coloring pages are additionally an excellent task for people with Alzheimer’s condition.

Coloring has long been taken into consideration to be a healing task, once again for youngsters of every age, young as well as old. Coloring is understood to minimize and also eliminate anxiety, as well as it boosts hand-eye synchronization.

When intending to present a task such as coloring, we should take a couple of points right into factor to consider. Several of the senior populace that we are managing have never absolutely discovered the best ways to kick back. They may have had a difficult time handling the principle of also retiring, or with allowing others do so lots of points for them. These very same grownups could at first think about coloring to be a wild-goose chase.

However, also before we come down to the in fact task of coloring, there are some points we should think about. The initial is the subject of just what is being colored. The 2nd is the tool used for the coloring. I would certainly advise a huge box of coloring pencils.

Many older grownups would certainly think about wax pastels to be juvenile. Colored pens could be as well unpleasant and also tough to manage as well as will certainly hemorrhage right into the paper if enabled to rest also long in one location. Colored pencils are the suitable device for a grown up. Prevent Confusing Themes Some grown-up coloring publications and also websites have abstract and also modernistic (ridiculous and dreamlike) subjects that could be tinted. When selecting a task for somebody with mental deterioration or Alzheimer’s, I would certainly prevent these two designs. The photos in these designs of coloring web pages might be incredibly complicated to a mind that is having problems. This can trigger anxiety as well as temper, which would certainly not be the impact we were going for– ever before!

MLP Coloring pages are additionally ideal for intergenerational tasks. As a matter of fact, a grown up that could disappoint any rate of interest in coloring by themselves might be greater than happy to color with their grandchild or any youngster for that issue. You could likewise take a seat as well as color with them trading ideas and also concepts regarding the images you are coloring as well as the shades you are utilizing. You could also need to color for some time on your own while they rest as well as see you before they lastly have the ability to unwind and also participate in on the task.

Picking the shades to be made use of to develop the work of art could be promoting for the mind. Coloring could be quite as well as begun as emphasis or focus subsidies. Coloring has no well-known adverse effects either. So bring a little color right into their globe, as well as you simply could alter both of your globes.

Help Your Special Needs Child Adjust To Back To School Time

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By Dr. Scott L. Barkin



Back-to-school for most parents means getting their children back on a school-centric schedule, establishing new bed times, and enrolling in after-school activities. But for parents of children with special needs, changing their child’s routine and removing them from their comfort zones can prove more difficult. By slowly introducing techniques to help the child acclimate and creating a consistent environment in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, these families find that the back-to-school transition can go much more smoothly.


One way to soften the transition is by helping a child with a developmental disorder embrace the seasonal shift. This helps kids anticipate what’s to come rather than resist it. Through use of a calendar, parents can remind their child that moving from summer fun to a Monday through Friday routine doesn’t mean that the fun stops completely. Calendars can become a visual cue for children who may not have the internalized mechanism for planning and anticipating their responsibilities. The calendar can demonstrate readily when it is time for school and schoolwork and when it is time to play.


For children who can’t recall which holidays are which or keep the seasons straight, calendars with photos representing family activities during these times will serve as a pleasant reminder of what they can anticipate. Working together with your child to pick out these photos and write down entries on the calendar will help teach them the concept of scheduling events and activities, as well as planning and anticipating. While they may be having a great time on summer vacation, and might struggle to make the transition into the school year, these photos show that virtually every month of the school year has a holiday that allows for “special plans” and fun activities.


In addition to the visual aspect, calendars can also help a child see extracurricular activities and schedule conflicts for themselves so that a parent doesn’t always have to appear to be the “bad guy” when saying no to an opportunity or activity. When presented with this dilemma, the best way a parent can work with their child is to point out the conflict on the calendar, and use anticipation to show them a similar activity coming up, such as: Soccer practice is on Tuesday and Thursday, and when it’s over, it will be close to Thanksgiving. During Thanksgiving, we can pick apples at the farm.


If a parent has a developmentally disabled child who is older, a natural extension of the calendar is the use of a PDA (personal digital assistant). PDAs can be utilized as a wonderful tool for helping a child recall their daily, weekly and monthly schedule. These devices are convenient for scheduling activities and managing tasks as they are optimally portable and increasingly accessible (some can sync with other family members’ calendars online).


Back-to-school season can be a busy time of year for every family, but a calendar with visual cues can help to keep everyone on track and poised for happy times ahead.


Dr. Scott L. Barkin is a New YorkState Licensed Clinical Psychologist and CertifiedSchool Psychologist with twenty-five years experience in public education and programs for special needs children and adults. Dr. Barkin serves as the Executive Director of Block Institute, a not-for-profit, non-sectarian agency serving developmentally delayed children and adults.

Is Your Child Overscheduled? | Positively Parenting

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You spent months ensuring  timetables coincided, courses got booked, and materials were just right. But despite ending up with the ideal schedule, something does not seem quite right. Your daughter is not as excited about soccer this year, and your son complains about having to go to school every morning. Unfortunately, this is the scenario facing many parents of children ranging from pre-school to high school.


Often it is the obligation parents feel to keep up with society that causes them to carry on with stressful schedules. Research has consistently found high rates of anxiety disorders in children and youth. (between 20 and 26 percent, depending on the ages).  Anxiety can lead to depression, and depression can lead to not wanting to do anything at all.


Warning signs your child is overscheduled


Your child feels lethargic or tired. His first reaction is not of excitement when you mention having to leave for school or for hockey practice. Getting up in the morning may also be difficult.


She seems unhappy, or just “okay.” She doesn’t laugh as much as she used to and has become less talkative.


He complains of stomachaches, shortness of breath, headaches or dizziness.


It is impossible to get the family together for dinner most nights. Everyone has conflicting schedules.


There is no time for relaxation, play, or even for the children to help at home with daily activities.


Tips for Slowing Down


Learn to prioritize


Grab your calendar and make time for what is essential first: spending time together as a family, relaxation and play. Once you have that time set apart, you can begin adding in other activities.


Involve your child


You may think hockey is the best choice for your child, but he may prefer swimming or soccer. Childhood is the time to discover. Make sure you ask your child every semester how he feels about the activities he is taking, before booking again.


Limit the amount of co-curricular activities


A healthy balance usually involves one physical activity per week and one arts-related activity. Keep in mind each activity involves practice time.


Sit with your child to do homework.


By connecting with your child over homework you’ll learn how your child is doing both academically and socially. You’ll also  have the opportunity to teach your child great values and skills, such as discipline and organization. Your child will feel supported, loved and understood.


Make sure there is time to read and get a good rest.


Reading is a very important habit. It stimulates the intellect and imagination and leads to recognition from teachers and society. This alone will make a dramatic impact in your child’s self-confidence, which in turn, will spread to other areas.


Re-evaluate often


Everyone changes, especially children. What your daughter likes today may not be what she likes tomorrow. Take the time to explore options together, and show your child that she is the one in control of those decisions.


Today’s world requires creative thinkers and leaders. Cutting back on scheduled activities and empowering your child to create, socialize or play will decrease stress and help them flourish into leaders.


Natacha V. Beim is a writer, speaker, teacher, and the founder of Education & Fine Arts Junior Kindergarten schools.

Why Little League is a Big Deal for Some Adults

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I’ve seen them at a swim meet, a ballet lesson, a parent-teacher conference, a piano recital, or on the sidelines of the little league field—parents, who are too concerned and overbearing about their child’s performance. While being enthusiastically involved in your child’s life is a good thing, an obsession with their ability to perform perfectly at a social event can be harmful to their fragile self-esteem.


Participating in sports, playing an instrument, or going to school should not cause a child to feel humiliated or embarrassed, but I’ve seen it happen all too often. A parent’s expectations are too high or they compare one sibling to another and the child feels inferior at home plate—whether on the field or at the family dinner table. (Some parents wait until they get home to discourage a child for their public performance.)


As parents, we are here to guide and support our children to be the best they can be at whatever profession or life path they choose. Why are some parents so hard on their kids to achieve greatness? Here are some of my observations.


Personality


Parents with what we call a Type-A personality are usually competitive and work-obsessed to the point that their behavior is impacting their health and wellbeing. They feel a strong sense of urgency, are impatient, get easily frustrated or upset over small things, interrupt others, walk or talk rapidly, and may be hostile or aggressive. Someone with a Type-A personality may not even be aware that they are mistreating others—especially their children. It’s not uncommon for little league coaches to exhibit Type-A personalities.


Lack of Self-Esteem


Some parents are motivated by their own lack of self-esteem and may push their children into competitive or performance-based activities. Then, when the child fails at the task, the parent feels disappointed or takes it personally. They may try to get their kids to “take it like a man” in order to strengthen their ability to be successful. They may tell their child, “You’ll never grow up to amount to anything if you give up now. You have to keep taking piano lessons no matter how much you hate it now. You’ll thank me for this one day.”


Embarrassment


Some parents feel embarrassed by their child’s mistakes and end up projecting their shame onto the innocent party. They may force their son to continue playing football because the father feels the boy is a sissy when he says he says he hates getting knocked down by his opponents. This parent may say things such as, “Knock them down before they get a chance to hit you.”


Living Vicariously Through Others


Those who hope to recover an unrealized dream of their own, may try to live and make up for it through their child’s life. This parent may say something like, “I could have been a professional ballplayer if my parents hadn’t made/let me quit the team when I was a teenager. You don’t know how lucky you are that I go to all your games.”


The TLC TV program, Toddlers and Tiaras, shows examples of moms who want their young daughters to win beauty pageants at all costs. Perhaps the mother is still feeling rejected because she never made the cheerleading team in high school.


I realize that parents don’t intend to harm their children. Many times we are simply repeating the parenting methods that were used to raise us. Intuitive children are more emotionally sensitive than some of the members of our generation.


Here are some suggestions for helping your child to follow his or her divine spiritual purpose:


Communication


Throughout the thirty years of my work with children, I have found that calm communication creates better understanding and cooperation.


Talk to your child and allow him to make his own decision about what artistic or competitive activities he wishes to be involved in. It requires a lot of time and money to enroll in a sport or class. Making sure the child really desires to be involved in a particular activity before enrollment is a good way to ensure that the child will stick with the activity for at least one season. If he doesn’t want to continue after that, there’s no reason to force him. Save your money and put it toward something that does interest him. We are all inclined to change our minds about things once we’ve had the opportunity to explore.


Dreaming


A vision for a life brings hope. We rarely succeed in activities for which we have no passion or motivation. Ask your child what she feels like she came here to do. You might be surprised that she knows her spiritual purpose. Seek opportunities for her to explore paths that will lead her toward her destiny or career that reflects her beliefs, dreams, and hopes.


Every soul has a purpose for coming to Earth. How are you supporting your child’s divine mission? The Sid Series by Yvonne Perry has a story titled “You Can Be” in which three-year-old Sidney learns to listen to his inner guidance and explore his life purpose and career options.


Mentoring



Teach them how to do what you do. Be a role model or mentor for the skills that you possess. I know of a nine-year-old who assists his auto mechanic father in working on customer’s vehicles. Do you sew, crochet, or like gardening? Let your child give it a try. Does your child love animals? Take him on a field trip to see what goes on behind the scenes at your local vet or zoo. This is a great way to spend time together.


Deal With Your Own Stuff


If we are too hurt, hurried, busied, reactive, stressed out, numb, rushed, negative, or sick, then we need to change. Life will simply pass us by while we think we are living it. If you find that you are a Type-A personality, have low self-esteem, feel embarrassed by your child’s shortcomings, or are living vicariously through him or her, get help. Find someone to talk to. Perhaps a support group for parents, or personal counselor could help you deal with your own issues.


All of life’s lessons should build up a child’s self-confidence. It is time to support children’s gifts for their personal happiness and achievement. It’s time to enable each child to find and fulfill his dream.


Dr. Caron Goode is a licensed counselor, author of a dozen books, and educational trainer. She is the founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents International at the forefront of the parent coaching movement to disseminate the coaching model of empowerment for parents. Her most recent book, Raising Intuitive Children has won the National Best Book award for the parenting\family category. Her newest book is Kids Who See Ghosts, How To Guide Them Through Their Fears.


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Transition Tips…From Summer Fun to School Excitement!

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By Beth Aldrich


The dog days of summer are upon us, popsicles in hand, sprinklers spinning, and not a care in the world for most school-aged children; but in a few short weeks…move over summer, here comes the school year!


The beginning of the school year marks the time when parents and students alike get back in step with schedules, organizing their home and getting off on the right foot for the entire year. Most parents get excited, remembering their childhood memories and “butterflies” of getting ready for school, as they get everything pulled together from classroom lists to new lunch goodies for their children. Children are eager and ready to start school and adjust to the change in schedule and pace, as they check their “to-do” and supply lists with their parents.


To help ease the transition from summertime fun to school time excitement, here are a few tips and suggestions to keep in mind to promote a favorable experience for parents and children:


Make a list of healthy-living goals for the entire family for the school year and post them in a visible location. This creates accountability. Goals could include allotting at least 30 minutes to reading before bed or practicing spelling words while walking before or after dinner.


Start every day right with a healthy breakfast such as oatmeal, eggs or fruit. Breakfast is the meal that keeps you going all day.


Avoid the morning rush. Develop a smooth morning routine and follow it religiously to avoid tardiness and stress. Happy mornings equal happy students.


Adults and children should get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Make bedtime more enjoyable for everyone by establishing a routine of bath-time followed by reading-time and instill good sleeping and reading habits by following this routine as much as possible.


Stay organized, create structure and “places” for everything — and within reach — so your child knows where to find things and can rely on them being there.


Regularly have your child’s eyes examined. Twenty-five percent of children struggle with vision problems that could impact learning. Eighty percent of everything a child learns in his first 12 years comes the eyes. If corrective lenses are needed, select lighter, stronger and safer lenses such as Airwear.


Help your child be proactive with homework and studying. Work on your own projects alongside your child to model work behavior and to show support.


Pack smart, healthy and well-balanced lunches that include fiber-rich fruits, veggies with healthy dipping sauces and water in reusable water bottles. Coordinate a trip to your local vegetable farm or farmer’s market, giving your kids money and full control of lunch-box ingredients. On packaged foods, encourage kids to read labels to be mindful of what’s going into their bodies.


Take an active role in your child’s learning and development by volunteering at school, coaching after-school activities or organizing active, educational gatherings. Keep the spirit of the activity positive and applaud each child for his/her own contributions. When home, hang your child’s work proudly for the entire family to see.


When your child succeeds, enthusiastically share the newswith family members, letting her know your excitement for her achievements and hard work.


Feed the imagination by creating balance between scheduled and non-scheduled, spontaneous activities. Kids watch everything you do; so if you’re over-scheduled and over-worked, they’ll emulate that behavior. Learn to relax so your kids can, too.


Teach your children the value of uninterrupted, unpowered alone time. This includes reading, napping, playing outside, climbing trees — anything that exercises the mind, body and soul and doesn’t include vegging out in front of the TV or game station.


Beth Aldrich is a Certified Health Counselor, Healthy Lifestyle-Green Living Media Expert and Spokesperson, author of the upcoming book, “Real Moms Love to Eat” (Penguin Books, 2011), and mother of three school-aged boys living in Chicago.


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The School Year Begins!

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By Leta Hamilton


September is here and school is in full swing. The summer passed in a flash and now a new era begins. My oldest, who is six, is in first grade. Last year we did half-day kindergarten, so this is our first year of the Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3pm schedule. With two other children still at home, I have yet to enjoy the freedom I hear so many mothers speak of when they talk about the life that opens up to them when their children are in school. We are still finessing our routine, but I feel it sinking in and it feels good. I am organizing my weeks to include hours where I can work in peace – child free, that is. It costs. Money is the price we are paying to afford this time for me to keep up with my writing projects and radio show preparation. Every moment of every day is about balancing one thing or another.


In this moment of quiet while my baby naps on the couch behind me, I am juggling the laundry with the work. Write one chapter of my book, change loads, write an article, grab a snack, check emails, pray my baby does not wake up before I am done with at least half of my to do list completed. I am still learning how to focus on work even when the kids are home. Is it even possible?


These lifestyle choices are of my own making. I prefer this to going to an office. Will the work I complete during these few precious hours and my feeling of accomplishment give me the internal resources to deal with this evening’s battle to get my oldest to do his 20 minutes of homework? His protests make me wonder if he thinks we are asking him to read War and Peace before bedtime. Yesterday he asked me why I was on his teacher’s “team” instead of his. He constantly reminds me that he is only a kid and that I should not be treating him like a teenager. “There is more to life than reading” is another statement he is fond of making during this battle. All the while he is crying a river of tears.


Every day I wonder if I will handle this evening battle any differently tonight. If I will somehow learn to say just the right thing to make the 20 minutes of homework take less than 60 to even begin. My fear is that by the time I master motherhood, it will be too late and all my children will be out of the house! Whatever personal growth I achieve will benefit my youngest most of all, I fear, leaving my oldest to bear the brunt of whatever shortcomings plague me now. All I know is that the homework keeps coming and somehow, together, we will need to figure out a way to do it without so much drama.


The new challenges we are facing with the new school year pale in comparison to the realization that I must begin now, in earnest, the process of letting go. My oldest is not my “baby” any more. He is growing up, asserting mightily his own point of view, asking me for space, for permission to walk himself home from the bus stop, and for recognition in a thousand small ways that he is no longer so influenced by my way of thinking. I delight (most of the time) in his personality and want to encourage his sense of self without imposing my will on his. This is the lesson of first grade. It is my lesson. Like he shows me so well, the only thing to do is to take life one day at a time. The solution is to realize that there does not always have to be a solution – just the ability to wake up each morning knowing that we have the wherewithal and independence to determine our own destiny.


Leta Hamilton is the author of The Way of the Toddler and also hosts The Way of the Toddler Hour on Seattle’s Alternative Talk Station KKNW 1150am.


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Gardening Activities for Your Child

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Pre-school and Kindergarten


1. Tiny hands are perfect for picking small seeds out of packets. Show your child how to use a stick to poke shallow holes, drop in a seed, and gently pat soil over it.
2. Pick rocks out of soil and stack in a neat pile.
3. Kiddie-sized watering cans let even the smallest children “give the plants a drink” without drowning them.


Grade-school and Older


1. Set seedlings in place.
2. Define garden rows. Set poles on opposite sides of the garden, tie string around one and spool it out to the second. Using the string as a guide, use a trowel to dig a shallow line underneath.
3. Working together to properly space plants lets kids use basic math skills, like measuring in inches.
4. Watering the garden with the hose. (Be prepared for a water fight on a hot day!)
5. Fill planting holes with compost, planting soil, or–coolest of all–earthworms! Hunt for the earthworms as you turn over the soil in the garden.
6. Weeding requires concentration and attention. Point out the different shaped leaves and characteristics of the weeds and the crops.


Fun For The Whole Family (no matter what age)


Work together, to build the perfect garden resting spot. A shady bean teepee provides a cool hiding spot and provides support for a bumper crop of pole beans.


You will need:  7-9 six-foot bamboo poles or 2×2 beams, twine, pole bean seeds.


1. Find a suitable spot and mark a circular patch of earth (about 4 feet in diameter)
2. Dig a planting trench and add compost and fertilizer
3. Firmly push the ends of the poles into the ground on the outside of the circle. Sink them about 3” deep. Leave a wide gap between two of the poles. This will be the entrance to the teepee.
4. Tie the poles firmly together at the top using the twine. Remember your kids will be running in and out of the teepee, so make sure the poles are firmly tied together.
5. Plant the pole beans about 2” deep. Use two plants per pole and plant them on the inside of the bamboo frame. Water generously
6. In 7 to 10 days, seedlings should appear. With a little training to keep the vines growing in the right direction, the entire frame will soon be covered with thick foliage, followed by flowers, and then, the beans.
7. I like to mix in other plants, like morning glories or nasturtiums for an even more colorful cave! 

Nanny 101 | Positively Parenting

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By Candi Wingate


Searching for just the right person who will be in charge of your precious child each day can be an overwhelming task. Yet with a little guidance, it can be done. Here are some of the most important things for you to consider when selecting a new nanny for your children.


1.  The nanny should be able to relate easily and bond well with your children while also maintaining a clear distinction from them. Nannies must be able to play with and enjoy your children (which can often be construed by the child as peer-level interaction) while also maintaining discipline. It is easy for a nanny (and a parent) to feel more comfortable in one role or the other: to be most comfortable being friends with the children, or to be most comfortable supervising the children and redirecting their errant behaviors. Parents and nannies must have a shared understanding of how to navigate both roles successfully and strike a balance between peer-level interaction and parent-level interaction with the children.


2.  The nanny must be able to relate with your family and administer discipline to your children in a manner that is appropriate and consistent with your family’s boundaries. You and your nanny should discuss, prior to hiring, the discipline style that your family would like the nanny to use.


3.  The nanny should have years of experience, solid references from prior employer-families, a clean background (pursuant to background checks), and completed training on nanny basics (CPR, first aid, the Heimlich maneuver, basic nutrition and food preparation, and general personal and home hygiene).Background checks may be obtained through Nannies4hire.com.  If you need your nanny to drive, then your nanny should have a valid driver’s license and a clean (or as close to clean as possible) driving record.


4.  The nanny should be able to develop and carry out fun, creative, and educational experiences for your child.


5.  The nanny should be capable of handling small “crises” on her own. You and your nanny should come to an agreement about what issues may warrant a call to you and what issues the nanny is authorized to handle on his/her own. Your nanny should be able to act comfortably within the boundaries you have provided.


6.  The nanny should be able to commit to your family for an extended period of time (unless your needs require less). Children often become attached to their nannies. When nannies leave, children often experience grief associated with that separation. Therefore, it is advantageous to hire a nanny who will be able to stay with your children for an extended amount of time.


7.  The nanny’s expectations regarding terms and conditions of employment should be close to the terms and conditions of employment that you are offering. If you are seeking a live-in nanny, a prospective nanny that seeks a live-out arrangement may not be a good fit for your family. If you wish to hire a nanny in a smoking home, a non-smoking prospective nanny may not be a good fit for your family. Pay rates for nannies should be discussed up front to ensure that the prospective nannies are willing to work for the income you offer.


8. The nanny should not have fears or concerns about the non-negotiable aspects of the job with your family. If you have a cat, and your prospective nanny is severely allergic to cats, the prospective nanny may not be a good fit for your family. (Side note: some allergic reactions can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications or other accommodations that may be used by the allergic nanny.)


9. The nanny should be a positive, loving influence in your household.