Thursday, April 23, 2015

Build Your Child's Self-Esteem With Post-it Note Affirmations

Self-esteem KidsFor years now, I've been putting little notes in my kids lunch boxes, some with stickers on them and others written in pretty colors, hoping to bring a smile to their face and remember how much they are loved. My kids have shared that those little colorful notes have really made their day.

This year I took it one step further. I started writing affirmations on post-it notes, hanging them around the house for each of them to read. Affirmations are positive sentences written in first person that a person reads daily over and over again. In doing this, the positive words that the person reads starts entering their subconscious mind replacing negative beliefs with positive ones.

My oldest three are tween-age; and over the past year I've noticed that they are harder on themselves, using words like "I can't" and "I"ll never" and "He's better". My goal as a parent is to help them believe in themselves and their abilities. I want to encourage them to love every aspect of themselves inside and out. So this year, I started to leave positive affirmations on Post-it notes on their bathroom mirror, their bedroom door and even snuck a few into their lunch boxes.

In fact, my 10 year old son who has been beating himself up for two baseball seasons because he hasn't been able to hit, whacked the ball out to the outfield twice last night, bringing in five runs and getting two doubles! I really think these positive affirmations have really helped him!

Writing affirmations and sticking them around the house is such an easy thing for parents to do and it can be done in less than a minute.

All you need is:

We as parents truly can make a difference in our kids lives!

If you have or start posting affirmations for your kids to read, please share how it's going! My kids have definitely become more positive and confident!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Meditate in A Minute - Simple Breath Meditation

Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, increase your energy, clear your mind and help you to relax. I've been meditating for over 25 years and even have taught many classes on the subject. 

My favorite meditation is the One Minute Breathing Meditation. Although, once I had kids I renamed it to One Minute Mommy Meditation. It's the only breathing meditation that I can easily squeeze into my crazy mommy working life.

Meditating can be done by anyone and doesn't have to be overly complex. The key with meditating is that you learn to tune into your body, your breath, your rhythms and your mind. Meditation can help you connect with your physical, emotional and mental self. It helps you to become more self-aware and focused.

Where can I do the One Minute Breath Meditation?
Anywhere you can get one minute of non-interrupted time. I've been doing this mediation for so long that I can easily zone, tuning into my breath and do it while sitting in my car at a soccer field with kids running around screaming. Focus, practice and desire are key.

How often should I do the One Minute Breath Exercise?I suggest doing it at least once a day. The more practice you have with meditating, the more in tune you'll become with your physical, emotional and mental self.

How soon will I see results?This is totally up to you. The more you practice, the more you'll begin feeling less stress and more energy. If this is the first time you have ever meditated, it may take you a couple weeks before you notice any change. 

How to Meditate in One Minute - One Minute Breath Exercise
This exercise is all about focusing on your breath. The following are the steps, which need to be repeated consecutively 5 - 6 times in order to reach a minutes time:

  1. Inhale oxygen for 4 seconds
  2. Hold your breath for 4 more seconds
  3. Exhale oxygen for 4 seconds
  4. Hold your breath for 4 more seconds
As you are doing the above steps, it's okay if a thought enters your mind or you hear a sound. When that happens, focus once again on your breath, relaxing your mind and body and finishing the One Minute Breath Meditation.

Please feel free to ask any questions or share successes in the comment section.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Kid Riddles and Answers - Funny and Fun!

My family loves telling riddles!

Here are some funny and fun riddles that my kids have told me over the past few weeks. 

I separated the riddle questions from the answers so you can print them out and not giveaway the answers.

I also included two bonus riddles that were told to me when I was a kid! 

Please feel free to share any riddles that your kids have told you!

Riddle Questions:

Q1: How do you make the number one disappear?

Q2: April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?

Q3: What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

Q4: Everyone has it and no one can lose it, what is it?

Q5: What has a single eye but cannot see?

Q6: What two things can you never eat for breakfast?

Q7: There is a one story house and everything is pink. The walls are pink. The floor is pink. Everything is pink. What color are the stairs?

Q8: There is a circle house and a kid wanted to play with his family. He first asked his mom if she could play. His mom said, "I can't play, I'm gardening." Next he asked his dad. His dad said, "I'm leaving for work so I can't play kiddo." He then went to his sister and his sister said, "I don't have time. I have homework to do." So he went and asked the maid if she could play. The maid said, "I'm busy cleaning the corner." Who was lying?

Q9: Pretend you are a bus driver. 15 people get on. 28 people get off. 26 people get on. 1 person gets off. How old is the bus driver?

Q10: A cowboy rides to town on Friday. He stays in town for two days and leaves on Saturday. How is that possible?

Q11: What do you throw out when you use and pull back in when you don't?

Q12: What starts with "T", ends with "T" and is full of "T"?

Q13: What goes up when the rain goes down?

Q14: Imagine you are in a box and whatever you do you can't get out. How do you get out?

Q15: What is greater than God, the poor have it and the rich need it?

Q16: I'm full of keys, but I can't open any door. What am I? 

Q17: I have 28 days in a month.  Which month am I?

Q18: I never ask questions, but I'm always answered.

Q19: I weigh almost nothing. I'm lighter than air, but even the strongest man on Earth can't pick me up. What am I?

Q20: How many people are buried in a graveyard?

Bonus Riddle Question #1:
A man has to get a fox, a chicken, and a sack of corn across a river. He has a rowboat, and it can only carry him and one other thing. If the fox and the chicken are left together, the fox will eat the chicken. If the chicken and the corn are left together, the chicken will eat the corn. How does the man do it?
Bonus Riddle Question #2:
There is a man in a room with a puddle underneath him who hung himself. The room has no doors and no windows. How did the man hang himself?

Riddle Answers:

A1: Put a "G" infront of it = "G" + "one" = Gone!

A2: Pilgrims
A3: A clock!
A4: A shadow.
A5: A needle
A6: Lunch and dinner
A7: There are no stairs. It is a one story house.
A8: The maid. They live in a circle house. There are no corners.
A9: You are pretending to be the bus driver, so the bus driver's age is your age.
A10: His horse is named Friday.
A11: An anchor for a boat.
A12: A teapot.
A13: An umbrella
A14: Stop imagining
A15: Nothing is greater than God. The poor have nothing. And the rich don't need nothing.
A16: A piano
A17: All months have 28 days.
A18: A doorbell
A19: A bubble
A20: All people are buried

Bonus Riddle Answer #1:
The man and the chicken cross the river, (the fox and corn are safe together), he leaves the chicken on the other side and goes back across. 
The man then takes the fox across the river, and since he can't leave the fox and chicken together, he brings the chicken back. 
Again, since the chicken and corn can't be left together, he leaves the chicken and he takes the corn across and leaves it with the fox. 
He then returns to pick up the chicken and heads across the river one last time.
Bonus Riddle Answer #2:

He stepped on a large block of ice, hung himself and then the ice melted.

Check out these funny jokes for kids!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

25 Spring Fun Activities For Kids To Do At Home

Spring is finally here! And Spring Break is next week for us! We were hoping to go away, but just not able to this year. So instead, I put together a Spring Fun Activity Bucket List to keep my kids busy.

  1. Create an amazing art piece! You can paint or even make a collage of things you found in nature. Here are some great ideas that I found:

  2. Plant a flower or vegetable! Here are some kid diy gardening ideas I'm collecting on Pinterest.
  3. Create an outdoor obstacle course  
  4. Jump rope
  5. Transform your driveway into an imaginary world with chalk
  6. Ride a bike or scooter
  7. Face paint 
  8. Make Homemade Juggle Bubbles 
  9. Have a movie day! 
    • Color popcorn using food dye
    • Make movie tickets
    • Blend and shake your favorite fruit smoothie recipe
  10. Make some fun food crafts
  11. Window art! Paint fun designs on windows using Liquid Chalkers
  12. Make a bird house  
    DIY Kid Bird House

  13. Have a picnic
  14. Build an outdoor or indoor kid fort
  15. Design your own outdoor sidewalk games using chalk. Tic Tac Throw, Hop Scotch and
    Checkers Chalk Game

  16. Read a book 
  17. Have a dance competition
  18. Create and act out a play
  19. Explore nature
  20. Paint rocks
  21. Sell lemonade 
    Kid Lemonade Stand
  22. Play board games
  23. Write cards and mail to friends and family
  24. Kid Science Experiments 
    DIY Lava Lamp
  25. Play a game of kick ball, whiffle ball or four squares
There are so many fun things to do in the Spring! Have fun and enjoy this special time!