Entries by Jana

Creative Ways to Be Active With Your Child (and why your kids need exercise!)

According to USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids who exercise are less likely to be anxious or depressed or stressed. They are more likely to excel at academics, including their ability to concentrate and focus their attention in the classroom. They build up strength, endurance, healthy muscles and bones through regular fitness. It’s recommended that school-aged children are physically active for at least one hour per day.

As a parent, you can lead by example and teach your children the value of self-care. Prioritize exercise, fitness, and healthy habits in your life and your child will observe the trend and follow along. (Note: Check out Dr. Melanie Lane’s book The 9 Daily Habits of Healthy People if you need some inspiration to!) Not only is exercise important for your child’s health, it’s also a great way for you to get active with your children! From my experience, kids of all ages love these activities, and often request to “play” them!

The Benefits of Regular Date Nights

I will never forget the day I tucked little 5 year old Ali into bed. I had known her since before she was born and babysat her and her siblings every week. This particular night was like many other where we had dinner, played imaginative games, and read books before I tucked her in. I pulled up her covers and made sure she had her “nigh-nee” blanket. I pulled her hair behind her ears, gave her a soft kiss on her forehead, and said, “I love you.”

But as I turned to leave she called out, “What?” To be honest, it was past her bedtime and I wanted to leave the room so she could get enough rest, but of course I turned around to her sweet voice. She began to ask me why I said, “I love you.” I told her that I said it because I truly loved her. Ali had a confused look on her face and asked, “But why? You aren’t my family. You don’t have to love me.” And I told her that she was right. I didn’t have to, but I chose to.

The Basics of Behavior Modification, and Why You Should Try It Out

You are probably more familiar with behavior modification than you think! The basic principles were created by the famous psychologist B.F. Skinner in the 1950s. He observed that behaviors are more likely to be repeated if they are reinforced with a reward, and other behaviors would stop occurring if punished with a consequence. It’s important to note that reinforcers, also called rewards, must be something that is rewarding to the child. And punishments, also know as a consequences, must be negative, such as a spanking or losing a toy for the rest of the day.

4 Parenting Styles According to Psychologists

In the tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks goes to take a nap after eating porridge and breaking chairs. But discovers that Papa Bear’s bed is too hard, Mama Bear’s bed is too soft, but Baby Bear’s bed is just right. In the same way, Diana Baumrind, a well known developmental psychologist in the 1960s, classified parenting into three different styles: Authoritarian/Strict (“too hard”), Permissive/Indulgent (“too soft”), and Authoritative (“just right”). Later, the Uninvolved (“too distant”) style was added to complete the set.
Which type of parenting style do you currently exhibit, and which would you like to display?

Simple Ways To Promote Your Child’s Independence

Children crave independence. Any parent of a toddler or young child or tween or teen…basically a parent with a child of any age recognizes this desire for independence!

I believe that independence is freedom to make my own decisions, based on what is best for me while also respecting others. I believe independence is not having to be dependent on someone else. And I believe that independence means being true to who I am.