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Nina Makofsky has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. She specializes in art, pop culture, education, travel and theater. She currently serves as a Mexican correspondent for "Aishti Magazine," covering everything from folk art to urban trends. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.
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Children can be terrible slouchers! You know the symptoms- shoulders down, stomach out, back hunched. There is no time like the present for your kids to learn good habits. In fact, the sooner, the better. Even if you children do not have medical conditions, such as scoliosis, which cause back problems, they can still benefit from doing posture exercises. After all, many children spend part of their days in rigid school chairs or slouched on couches watching television or playing video games. Keep exercises short and pain-free to ensure they stick with the routine! And maybe skip balancing books on their head...
While teen boot camps, military schools, wilderness programs and boarding schools provide intensive, off-site support and direction for troubled teens, parents may prefer an in-school program as an initial measure. Before you get your heart set on a specific intervention, check your school district's offerings, as programs vary according to local resources. Public schools often have a wider range of services than private and charter schools, due to legal requirements and federal funding.
While most children find creating art therapeutic, the practice of art therapy has specific reverberations for a child who has experienced a personal trauma such as abuse. Art therapists employ strategies that encourage children to use nonverbal as well as verbal forms of communication. Effective art therapy helps children move beyond cognitive barriers and emotional challenges so they can heal wounds caused by problems in their past.
Give your hairstyle some life and lift with a spiky haircut. You don't need to get a mohawk to rock some spiky locks. You can add layers, use hair products or insert clips to create a spiky hairstyle that works for you. Remember that maintaining a spiky haircut requires more frequent cuts and often more styling products than longer haircuts. On the plus side, you will use less shampoo with spikes than with long hair.
For families experiencing extreme stress relative to behavior issues, behavioral family intervention offers a long-term, therapeutic approach. Many parent training programs offered through social service agencies, educational programs and private counselors utilize aspects of behavioral family intervention to treat everything from severely disruptive behavior to mental health issues. Some clients utilize these programs for years, while others attend a few sessions to acquire the tools to do a more self-directed program.
Children with developmental disabilities may benefit from various types of interventions, including speech therapy, physical therapy, tutoring and academic or emotional counseling. Music therapy serves a specific role in that it fosters creativity and relaxation while also potentially boosting processing skills, fine motor skills and social skills. When considering music therapy, select a credentialed professional music therapist who has experience working with children with special needs.
Many families feel pressure when deciding upon a baby name. Parents may want to please one another in the choices they make or, conversely, may fundamentally disagree. Extended family and friends usually have plenty of baby name advice to share, too, but the ultimate decision rests with the parents and you shouldn't feel pressured to give your child a name that doesn't represent your preferences.
Just as you loosely track your toddler's consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables, you should also make sure he drinks enough water. Water keeps your active toddler hydrated throughout his busy day, and it also delivers nutrients to different parts of his body, flushes impurities from his system and helps him sweat, which keeps him from getting overheated.
Choosing just the right fragrance for women can be daunting. The beauty of a fragrance is in the nose of the beholder, so the citrus accent in Origins Spring Fever may smell clean and fresh to one woman but unromantic to another woman, just as a classic perfume such as Chanel No. 5 might strike just the right floral note for some but seem too traditional for others.
Toddler conduct disorder is an umbrella term used to describe a spectrum of behaviors. Before attaching it to your toddler's behavior, however, you should distinguish between normal developmental behaviors, such as short tantrums or responding with "no" to your requests, and deeper, more harmful misbehavior that show the warning signs of a conduct disorder.
Once considered the domain of men, bench exercises prove beneficial for women as well. In fact, both the American Heart Association and the Women's Heart Foundation recommend two or three 20-minute sessions of strength training per week as part of the minimum fitness guidelines for adults. Do not fear that you will develop those stereotypical bulging muscles. Bench exercises can help you build strength while toning your body and burning fat.
It's time to move beyond that retro beehive or that long hippie hair to find a more modern hairstyle. Celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and Helen Mirren prove that older women can enjoy a vibrant, contemporary look. Before settling on a hairstyle, determine your priorities in terms of coloring, straightening, perming or other chemical processes, because many older women have more fragile hair that can split or break if it undergoes too much processing.
The traditional Russian weight-lifting tool of the kettlebell can deliver some rocking results. Women interested in implementing a kettlebell workout routine should check with a trainer or an advanced practitioner to ensure they are employing proper form. This way, you'll avoid injuries and also maximize your results in regard to strengthening, toning and maintaining your target heart rate during exercise.
Everyone gets angry at times, particularly in the stressful context and hormonal changes of adolescence. However, some teens experience greater difficulty in handling the situations and physical impulses associated with anger. Fortunately, several organizations and behavioral experts have developed strategies specifically addressing teen anger management. Remember that not every technique works for every individual, so try multiple strategies or a combination of some to figure out how to best manage angry behaviors.
While gyms and fitness boot camps often use circuit training to target people's major muscle groups and keep the heart rate raised, children's circuit training has a variety of goals and benefits. The primary aspect of effective kids' circuit training is that it offers diverse, developmentally appropriate activities that do not rely as much on calisthenics, floor work or hydraulic exercise machines. Keep the pace fast and the mood upbeat, and children will discover new challenges.
While children all show defiance at times, children with oppositional defiant disorder show aggression and opposition consistently, regardless of the context. Fortunately, psychologists and other experts in childhood behavior have developed techniques, often offered through parent management classes and training programs, to address the tantrums, anger, arguing, sensitivity, hateful talk and other misbehavior associated with the disorder.
In this era of going green, many parents consider bestowing names upon their babies that draw inspiration from nature. You have a surprising number of options when choosing from nature-based baby names. Natural baby names may reflect the weather, the seasons, objects in the wilderness, animals, plants and natural wonders. For contrast, you can pair a natural names with a simpler or more common name.
If your mind reeled when actress and singer Lisa Bonet named her baby Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, you are not alone. Expectant mothers and fathers have a wide range of choices in baby names these days, including opting for more traditional baby names. Traditional baby names may carry a special meaning for you, or you may choose them for the way they sound or what they mean.
At times rewarding and other times challenging, caring for elderly parents can place a financial, physical and emotional burden on you and your family. Sometimes parents have physical or mental disabilities, or suffer medical and psychological problems, further complicating the situation. You want to provide loving support, but you also need to carve out time and space for yourself. Fortunately, many authors and agencies have created strategies that work well during elder care.
Forget those pristine yoga studios with library-like quiet. Yoga games for children encourage interaction and sometimes provoke laughter. Use yoga breathing activities to promote relaxation, and poses to build children's gross motor skills. Moving through a variety of poses can also target children's major muscle groups, helping them build strength and endurance. Educators sometimes integrate yoga into the classroom to stimulate kinesthetic learners and provide invigorating transitions between lessons.
Adults are not the only candidates for anger management programs. Many schools, therapeutic programs and social service organizations have developed children's anger management programs. Instead of eliminating anger, these special services share the goal of helping children respond to the physiological impulses that anger causes. Then, children can employ strategies ranging from physical actions to self-talk that help them control their outbursts.
Choosing a baby name can bring out major personality differences in parents-to-be. Sometimes, a partner wants a traditional name while the other wants a contemporary name. Some people appreciate literary references while others go for pop culture. Having a currently popular name seems like a great idea for some, while others want a truly distinctive name. What parents should not do is succumb to pressure, either by in-laws or by friends, because settling on baby's name is a highly personal decision.
Women with big breasts tend to have one of two body types. If your have a narrow waist and wider hips, you have a proportional figure, also known as hourglass. Many people consider this body type ideal for various types of clothing. If you have a big bust but are narrower on the bottom, you have an inverted triangle shape, which means you need to use clothing that emphasizes your assets but camouflages problem areas.
If you have never done yoga with children, you may be surprised to find out what poses they can do. Some children exhibit incredible flexibility; their smaller body masses make them almost capable of defying gravity. Teach children the basics first, particularly how to inhale and exhale through postures and movements to ensure that they keep themselves safe. Then, you can model simple yoga postures and help them to build up to doing a series of poses.
To look at the pages of "Vogue" or "Cosmopolitan," you would think that women over the age of 60 do not exist. The fact is, many women over 60 love fashion, and they have options beyond muumuus and elastic waist pants. Whether you work or are retired, you can locate and create ensembles that flatter your body type, suit your lifestyle and express your unique sense of style.
Children exhibit a wide variety of behavior issues, some of which represent a phase or a stage of emotional development. Others behavior problems, however, stem from deeper issues that have roots in several factors. To properly assess behavioral problems in children, include the people important in the child's life at home, at school, in extracurricular activities and in any support services. Remember that the first diagnosis serves only as an educated guess as the professionals with whom you consult continue to refine their observations and suggestions for addressing the behavior problem.
Many educators, administrators, counselors, doctors, specialists and parents want to support children who exhibit behavioral problems, but first require a clear diagnosis. Diagnosing behavior problems is not a single-step process, and often demands consistent observation of the child in various contexts and clear communication between the adults and peers in the child's life. Armed with enough valid evidence, adults can settle on a diagnosis and begin the process of establishing short-term and long-term behavioral objectives for the child.
According to the American Heart Association's guidelines for physical activity, adult women should engage in cardiovascular workouts at a moderate level for a minimum of 150 minutes per week, or do vigorous cardiovascular activity for at least 75 minutes per week. Add to this two to three sessions of strengthening and stretching, and you have a week of complementary workouts. However, certain 30-minutes workouts deliver more physical benefits than others.
Teaching and parenting kids with autism requires identifying their specific developmental challenges and educational needs. Fortunately, you have many options for supporting autistic children through learning toys. Pay less attention to age limits and recommended methods of play, unless safety restrictions such as choking hazards are an issue, and more attention to the ways an autistic child can manipulate the toy or play a game to address specific skill sets.
According to the guidelines of the Chimney Safety Institute of America, you should clean an open-masonry fireplace when you see 1/8 inch of soot built up on the surface. If you have a factory-built fireplace, clean the fireplace and chimney when you notice any appreciable quantity of soot and debris on them. Not cleaning a fireplace can result in damage or a chimney fire.
While teachers, counselors, therapists and doctors often advise that children with ADHD get involved in sports, the fact is these children can experience many challenges in doing so. According to the "ADDitude" magazine article "Game On: Picking Sports for ADHD Children," children can be their worst enemies during sports, losing focus, getting frustrated, failing to strategize and not interacting appropriately. Find a sport that challenges your child with ADHD but also supports his developmental needs.
In Ellen Kingsley's article in "ADDitude" magazine, "The Best Toys and Game for ADHD Kids," she explains that psychiatrists and educators often use toys as a therapeutic tool for children with ADHD. Parents can follow suit, integrating toys and games to open up lines of communication with their children and address specific issues and behavioral goals.
German psychoanalyst Erik Erikson developed a theory of psychosocial development that charted healthy and unhealthy human development over the course of a lifetime. He charted eight stages, including a stage through which many people pass during adolescence, that of identity versus identity diffusion. In this stage, teens must draw from inner and outer resources to develop a system of morality and form their identities. Self-esteem activities help teenagers during this difficult developmental stage.
Whether you family prefers vegetarian food or ethnic food, or if everyone has a different favorite food plan, you can create a diverse and nutritious family diet plan. Consider your goals and your family's goals with the family diet. You might want to lose weight, change bad eating habits, develop fitness, diversify food choices or simplify the meal preparation routine. Use these goals to guide you through the steps of budgeting, shopping, cooking and eating out.
Once you start researching the process of adopting a child, you may be surprised at its expense. What seems like an act of goodwill or even charity can become complicated, time-consuming and expensive. However, reputable adoption professional and agencies have transparency when it comes to their fees, so you should be able to get an estimate of the range of your expenses, as well as the reasons for each one.
Celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Madonna, have brought the joys of international adoption to the forefront. However, behind the headlines are many stories of the risks and challenges inherent in international adoption. Research your options carefully and consult with others who have undergone the experience to determine if adopting internationally suits your resources and interests.
Marble surfaces remain a favorite for homeowners. However, marble is challenging to clean and polish. Maintain marble surfaces with care, remembering that strong friction and acidic substances can damage marble surfaces permanently. Marble's porous surface means than harmful substances can seep through the finish and inside the material.
In 2008, movie and television actress Lisa Bonet made headlines for naming her baby son -- Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. Other celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon, including Gwen Stefani with Zuma Nesta Rock, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise with Suri, and Gwyneth Paltrow with Apple. Whether you search through folklore and ancient mythology for your inspiration, or just create your own combination, giving your baby a special, one-of-a-kind name will shape his entire life.
Even if you do not have bamboo floors and solar panels on your roof, you can still make your home more ecologically sound. One of the simplest ways to go green involves swapping chemical-laden cleaning products for simple household cleaners. In addition to eliminating unnecessary chemicals, fragrances and irritants from your home, you will also save money, as most green cleaning substances require a few cheap, often natural, ingredients. As with all cleaning supplies, keep materials out of the reach of children and pets.
According to the vegetarianism fact sheet at KidsHealth.org, parents can feed their toddlers a vegetarian diet filled with all the necessary nutrients. Keep foods fresh, seasonal and diverse to formulate a well-planned and nutritious toddler vegetarian diet. If you opt for a vegan food plan, emphasize plant-based sources of protein, iron and calcium. Consult with your child's health care provider regarding any dietary concerns.
As parents and educators have learned more about children with autism, they have identified some activities that can support them at home and in school. Autistic children derive many benefits from recreational and educational activities, including building social skills, practicing situation-appropriate behaviors, honing academic skills and learning how to express themselves creatively.
Many parents and caregivers wonder if organic baby food provides any concrete benefits. Often more expensive than its conventional counterparts, organic baby food may seems like an unnecessary investment. However, according to Dr. Elizabeth Knapp, a pediatrician at Austin Regional Clinic Far West, organic baby food can support a baby's developing body and brain and protect her from exposure to harmful substances.
Many preschool teachers and parents of preschool children usher in seasons and holidays with thematic activities. Earth Day, traditionally celebrated in April, provides an opportunity to educate children about the planet, its habitats, its inhabitants and its resources. Songs, games, activities and crafts illuminate the bounty our planet has to offer and provides strategies children can employ to make the world a better place.