How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

If you grew up listening to Madonna, you were probably raised during the era of “self esteem.”  Self esteem became a buzz word back in the 80s when our parents were encouraged to build our self esteems with positive praise.  Given the fact that adults thrive on positive praise, this approach makes sense…..and so many of us listened to positive praise, deserved or not, as we stood on the soccer fields or basketball courts.  Our parents, coaches, and teachers cheered for us whether or not we really deserved it, we “won” a ribbon regardless of victory, and most kids made the team regardless of skill……all in the name of self esteem. Continue reading “How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem” »

Moms, Stress, and Health

Do you ever feel better after talking to your mom?  Do you notice that your kids seem to feel better after “unloading” on you?  There is a reason for this, and now we have a name for it:  The Mom Factor.

A recent study showed that simply talking with our moms can have an enormous impact on our chronic stress levels.   Continue reading “Moms, Stress, and Health” »

Painless Shots?

This is one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen.  It’s a cute little bumblebee that relieves needle pain when your child gets a shot.  Simply press it against the skin above the injection site and it interferes with pain signals to relieve injection pain.  Since there are few things I dread more than taking my child to get a shot, I am very interested in seeing how well this thing works.  I would imagine that the sight of the needle alone is frightening enough for a child to go nuts, but maybe the Buzzy relieves the physical pain enough to make the shot less frightening.  If it provides any relief at all, then I consider it a genius invention.

I’m going to try the Buzzy out the next time we have to get a shot.  If you happen to try the Buzzy first, I’d loe to hear your thoughts.  Check it out:

Buzzy Injection Pain Relief

Stress Relief for Small Children

Can you imagine how hard it would be to deal with emotional stress as a young child?  We often forget that kids need stress relief, too.  Now there is a new technique which allows small children to help themselves feel better.  The Shift and Shine Technique, a technique created by the brilliant researchers at the Institute of Heart Math, is a cutting edge approach to coping effectively with stress, improving immune system functioning, emotional balance, cognitive awareness, discernment, and energy levels.  Think about it-most adults don’t really know how to do this very well. Continue reading “Stress Relief for Small Children” »