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Bedtime can be tricky for parents of adolescents. There are some rules of thumb that I always try to abide by (not unfailingly though), such as no TV, electronics, or sugar after dinner, that help our night time routine tremendously, but even so, I still sometimes find that my kids aren’t able to go to sleep right away. Here are some tricks I’ve come up with over the past few months in my quest to get my kids down smoothly and swiftly.
Tricks for Getting Your Kids to Sleep at Night
1. Three deep breaths: As soon as my kids get under the covers and the lights go off, we all do three deep cleansing breaths that we learned in Mommy in Me Yoga to calm down. Make sure they breathe in deeply for 6-8 seconds and then blow out for 10-12 seconds. 2. Reverse psychology: Do you remember the song “Stay Awake” from Mary Poppins? If so, you know how well this song worked on the Banks kids. And if not, read the lyrics below. Well singing that song, or even just daring them to NOT fall asleep will send them to la la land quicker than you can say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. 3. Yawn, a lot. If you’re singing, reading or telling your kids a story at bedtime, throw in some yawns every once in awhile. Yawns are contagious and they will make your kids sleepy! 4. Massages or back scratches. Have the lights off, and tell them that (more…)
Todays’s Ask the Moms segment on Fox 5 was cut a little short due to some breaking news, but we had time to tackle one tough parenting question on how a parent can talking to your kids after one of the parents is diagnosed with cancer. This subject is close to my heart since one of my best friends battled cancer a few years back, while in her 30’s and with two young children.
In the video below, the psychologist on our panel, Dr. Rachel Goldenhar (who is amazing, by the way, if you are in the market for some therapy), has great advice for parents who are dealing with this tough situation.
We covered two hot topics for parents on yesterday’s Fox 5 Ask the Moms. The first question was about how to help out a stressed out senior and the other was about how to help young girls establish a healthy body image.
In doing research on the subject of helping girls with their self esteem, I found a few great articles, including this one listing nine ways you can help build your daughter’s self esteem. Being a mom of two young daughters, this topic is particularly important to me right now, and the biggest point made by the therapist, Tracy Carson, in the segment below, and also in the article, is that the best way to help our girls’ self-esteem and positive body image is to have a healthy body image ourselves.
That point got me thinking about how much I talk about wanting/needing to get a Dailey Method class or not eating certain foods because they’re bad for me. I try never to use the words skinny or fat and I want to make sure I am not putting too much emphasis on the wrong things, but it’s certainly a challenge, considering weight is something is on my mind all of the time. I have another post brewing about how I (more…)
2) What to do for a 1st grader who is misbehaving in class?
There are a lot of potential causes for a kid to misbehave in class. Rachel, the psychologist on the panel, always says, “If he is misbehaving it’s because he not having his needs met.” The tricky part is (more…)