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

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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

16 Tips For Cutting Family Food Expenses

I am always looking for ways to save money! One of my goals is reduce food waste. Anything that looks close to expiring, I use. I freeze fresh produce if I think it it might expire. Did you know you can freeze tomatoes with the skins on? I’ve used this technique many times and those tomatoes are delicious in stews, chili and soups – especially in winter! (Directions: http://food.unl.edu/freezing-raw-tomatoes-or-without-their-skins)

Enjoy this blog post from the Nebraska Extension Learning Child Team and share your money-saving tips!

Have a great day! Soni

The Learning Child Blog

Cutting food expensesDoes your lettuce turn to mush? Mushrooms start to grow fuzzy? Do your bananas blacken before your family can eat them? In the US, the average family of four, loses $1,500 each year to food it has to throw out. This is like tossing one bag out of every four purchased at the grocery store.

Food is a necessary expense but there are ways to save money. Check out these tips!

1. Use a Grocery List

Keep a grocery list where it’s easily accessible, such as on Use a grocery listthe fridge, and take it with you to the grocery store. Always shop with a list. Stick to your list for added savings, but do stay flexible if you encounter a sale. Gas for an extra trip to the store easily can add a dollar or more to your grocery bill. And the less you shop, the less likely you’ll buy something on impulse.

Examples:

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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?

Female head louse

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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The Importance Of Outdoor Experiences In The Primary Years

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Our experiences in natural environments can have immediate and long-lasting benefits for both children and adults.

We know outdoor spaces allow children to run, climb, move through space, and “let off steam.” We also know such increased physical activity is associated with decreases in depression and anxiety, and increases in levels of concentration. Outdoor experiences and play are key strategies to address rising childhood obesity rates and ADHD/ADD symptoms. Nature provides endless opportunities for awe, wonder, exploration, and movement — all essential elements to promoting the healthy well-being of young children.

The Importance of Outdoor Experiences in the Primary Years, shares the research on the benefits of being outdoors! This is a free publication from Nebraska Extension.

BoySwimHave you been outside yet today? Better yet — enjoy taking a child outdoors and let them experience the wonders of our natural world.

It’s time for me to head outside!

Have a great day!!

Soni

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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).

Growing Kids in Your Garden

Connect your child to nature with a garden

My grandson found a swallowtail caterpillar! A garden connects family with nature!

Your landscape is a ready-made science lab for hands-on learning! Whether you have a small backyard, live in an apartment, on a farm or acreage, you can provide important opportunities for your child or grandchild to experience the wonders of nature.

A garden is a great way for children to interact with nature and learn about the food we grow and eat. This year, consider creating a Zoo Garden, Pizza Garden or Salsa Garden! Plan the garden together with your child. If you need plants or seeds, take your child with you to help buy them. Read the seed packets together, talk about measurements and planting depths. Be creative and make markers for your seed rows. You can do the same if you a planting in pots. As your plants grow, you and your child will grow with them. At harvest, the rewards will be a celebration of the foods your child has helped grow. Don’t forget to involve the entire family in the preparation of your bounty for the table! Continue reading