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Hang in there!


Have you ever felt you were hanging on a limb and you did not know how you got there or how you will get off that limb? To get out of this situation, you have to calm down, breathe slowly, and backtrack. Your super power is to stay calm.  You do not have to answer all of life questions at this point such as why me?  The immediate goal is get off the limb.
1.  Tell yourself that everything is going to be okay.
2.  Breathe.
3.  Stay focused.
4.  Do not look down, around, look up.

Back to Nature.


Mindful Breathing

Just imagine being in a field of wildflowers, the sun beaming down on your face and you can breathe the glorious fresh air.   That's therapy.  Get way from the stress of the day.  Do some bird watching; follow a butterfly as it dances from flower to flower sucking in the sweet nectar, listen to the sound of a waterfall or water flowing from a rock filled creek.  Let your mind wonder to the children playing in a park.  Try to remember the childhood games that you played when you were young.

Mental Health Awareness


Mental Health Day

Take care of your mental health. It is important to be kind to yourself. Spend time with supportive people: family and friends. Seek professional help if life becomes challenging. Get outside for walks, cycling and hiking. Eat nutritional and well-balanced meals, get plenty of sleep and volunteer in meaningful activities. Be mindful of the effects of Covid-19.

Life during and after Covid-19

                                               Life during Covid-19

Wear your MASK, WASH your hands, SOCIAL DISTANCE. We are in this together. Be kind to others by wearing a mask. Our children are counting on the adults around them.  Children need to feel secure, need to have a routine, a degree of certainty that life will get back to normal. Help them manage their feelings.

I am Sam Storytime


I am Sam
Virtual Storytime

It can get a little boring to go to school virtually.  What a real treat to have an older child read to younger children.  This is a great opportunity to engage diverse age children in an after school activity that will give both ages an opportunity to read and entertain.  The goal is to find a book that will appeal to a young audience.  Use animation as the book is being read.  Do show pictures.  Allow the listeners to ask questions or to digest the material being read.

It's All About our ABC's

   


It's All About Attitude!   Let us work on our ABC’s

Attitude and Behavior Challenge us to be our best self.

Merriam Webster defines attitude, behavior and challenge in the following way:
Attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.
Behavior is the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others.
A Challenge is something that puts you to the test — like standing up for oneself.

Encourage Yourself

You were made to sparkle.  So encourage yourself.  Positive self talk can go a long way.

You are not the only fish in the sea traveling upstream.  You can stand out by being you.  The trick is to find your stride, put one arm in front of you and sail with the school of fish.  Remember, you are not alone.  

Here are some quotes to get you sailing:  

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”– J.K. Rowling

It's Okay to Care for Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

July is Mental Health Awareness Month.

We know that there are times when we are just not okay.  Please know that it's normal and it's okay.  We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, reach out to professionals if need be. 
 
Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., states that It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and 

Racism and Children of Color

 
Racism and Children of Color
 
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, “Racism is a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations.” racism is a pervasive social issue that plays a large role in the environment, children grow up in, the quality of their schools, the air they breathe, the water they drink.  Thus, Racism affects children physically, economically, emotionally, socially and in so many other ways. Children who grow up in neighborhoods exposed to lead, food, desserts, violence are more likely to engage negatively with the police, experience health issues such as asthma, obesity, childhood cancer and diabetes.

It's happening outside.

Be Healthy, Get Moving.
Grab the kids and take them outside.  Now is the time to get moving.  Run, jump, skate, dance, hike, swim, jog, walk, just do some physical activity. Drink plenty of water and take in the sun.  Make sure you use sunscreen lotion.  Make today a fun, healthy day.