When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Press Pause

You can’t protect your child from feeling stressed out, angry or sad. What you can do is teach him ways of managing his stress. Learn more from The Learning Child blog ….

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The parts of our brain that are involved in reacting to emotions can quickly hijack our ability to reason and control our intentional spotlight. Think of all the times you regret saying something because you were wound-up or overly emotional. If only you’d pressed pause to think about your reactions before blurting out your feelings. Kids need this pause space too, although it is difficult for them to recognize when they need it. Often, when our child is upset or emotional, we feel the immediate need to do something about it – to argue back, to cuddle her, to yell, or to put our face right up close to hers so that she will concentrate on what we have to say.

However, the best strategy is to press pause and wait for your child to calm down. By doing this, you give your child the opportunity to practice calming herself…

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7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do

Love your children1. Talk often with your children from the day they are born.

2. Hug them, hold them and respond to their needs and interests.

3. Listen carefully as your children communicate with you.

4. Read aloud to your children every day, even when they are babies. Play and sing with them often.

5. Say “yes” and “I love you” as much as you say “no” and “don’t.”

6. Ensure a safe, orderly and predictable environment, wherever they are.

7. Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not harshly.

Source: The NEBLINE Newsletter (Nov/Dec14 issue) Early Development Network Babies Can’t Wait 

Here’s to keeping families first … until next time,

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, be sure to check out the university extension resources in your community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml

Be Nice, Don’t Give Me Head Lice

Mention the word head lice and you will hear the parents in the room groan. Talk a little longer and someone is bound to start scratching their head. I seem to have that effect on people. The feeling that overcomes an individual who has had experienced head lice is usually one of stress and frustration. Battling these blood-sucking insects can be laborious, time-consuming and at times, a never-ending nightmare. Summer has come to an end and a new school year has begun. Bring on the teachers, pencils, friendships, books and…head lice?

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Female human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. (Photo: Gilles San Martin)

Why do the incidences of head lice correlate with the return to school?

Believe it or not, head lice are rarely transmitted in schools. Although cases spike after extended periods away from school such as summer vacation, they are most often transmitted among close friends, cousins, siblings and other relatives during events such as sleepovers, camps, and extended visits. The discovery occurs when children return to school, but seldom does it get spread on school property*.

*Transmission activities that may occur that can be the source of transmission in childcare, preschool and elementary school.

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Superhero Exploration

Do you remember playing superheroes as a child? I do! I remember my own children making capes and coming up with stories as they “saved their friends and siblings”. I went to the link in this blog and read how Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing used superheroes to teach life lessons.

“During that sidekick day, we teachers made two new observations about the superhero play. First, the children did not cling to the superheroes they knew from popular culture. Sure, there were plenty of Batmans and Batgirls (and even a Superman who wore a Spider-Man costume); but we also had Super Pig, who carried a Pig Wand that made witches disappear, and Super Dog, who wore a superhero robot costume.” From “Science of Superheros” by Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing

Here’s to all the parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers who make our children feel like they are superheroes too!

Have a great day & be superhero cool!

Soni Cochran

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere – http://lancaster.unl.edu

The Learning Child Blog

CZHWdgtUgAAFkwgMany parents may overlook superheroes teaching their children about life lessons. However, Sarah Erdman and Meredith Downing, prove otherwise with one of their articles. Children can learn a lot from superheroes; it all depends on how you direct the teachings.

One of the first thing that you can incorporate with superheroes is creativity. Children should be encouraged to think on what they would want to be as a superhero, including their powers and their backstory. It improves your child’s creative thinking and helps them learn how to explore options.

Along with developing exploration and creative thinking, it makes children think more in-depth on more than just the how the superheroes save the day, but why do they do what they do? Superheroes do not always get the recognition for their work in helping others, but they continue to do it—and enjoy it. Opening children’s minds to this way of thinking…

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Just in Time!

Nebraska Extension has terrific resources for families and teachers. Many of these are free! Please share with family, friends and colleagues:

Just in Time Parenting: Are you expecting your first child? Do you have children or grandchildren? Maybe a teen who is babysitting?

Just in Time Parenting newsletters are free – available on-line or sent to your email. Covers 1st trimester to age 5. From our eXtension university partners: View newsletters on-line or subscribe HERE


Texts4Teachers! Nebraska Extension’s Texts4Teachers delivers text messages for teachers of children from birth through age 8 that focus on the critical areas of: Child development | Family involvement | Social and emotional development | Health, safety and nutrition | Curriculum and activities CLICK HERE for more details

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Visit Families: Nebraska’s Future for more resources. Remember, if you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Chilly Banana Pops – Summertime Snack!

MomKidsx680From Nebraska Extension: Make a cool and refreshing snack this summer with bananas and your favorite toppings. These pops are a great way to use extra bananas and get children helping in the kitchen. print-friendly version:

Ingredients (makes 12 servings):

  • 3 large bananas
  • 1 carton low-fat Greek or regular-flavored yogurt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Garnishes (optional):
    • dry cereal or granola
    • crushed graham crackers
    • toasted shredded coconut
    • chopped nuts
    • colored sprinkles
    • chopped dried or fresh fruit

Directions:

Peel and cut each banana into four chunks. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana chunk. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Remove the bananas from the freezer and dip, one banana at a time, into either the yogurt or melted chocolate, making sure the banana is completely covered. Roll or sprinkle the coated banana in a garnish, if desired. The finished bananas can be eaten immediately or placed back on the baking sheet and frozen.

Once completely frozen, the bananas can be stored in a covered container, for about one week.

Author: Carol Schwarz, MS, RD, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Buffalo County.

For more information on cooking with children, visit Food Fun for Young Children at: http://food.unl.edu/web/fnh/food-fun-for-young-children

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Teens: Friendships, Peer Influence, & Peer Pressure

During adolescence, peers play a large part in a young person’s life even while the family continues to be significant. Peer relationships are important for healthy development and essential for our teens as they develop into healthy adults.

Peer relationships also have the potential to encourage problem behaviors. Although the negative influence of peers is often over-emphasized, more can be done to help teenagers by encouraging positive experiences in constructive environments. Get involved – families, communities, churches, schools, 4-H and other youth groups can all contribute to helping youth develop positive peer relationships, and deflect negative peer pressures and influences.

To learn more about teen friendships and effective strategies for coping with peer pressure, read Friendships, Peer Influence And Peer Pressure During The Teen Years from Nebraska Extension.

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).