November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and National Family Caregiving Month
Who will get Grandma's yellow pie plate?
Have you ever thought about where your personal belongings would go after you are gone? Have you started downsizing your house? Almost everyone has personal belongings such as photographs, jewelry, tools or simple everyday household items that hold meaning for them and for family members. You can make decisions now that will hopefully save family relationships later.
As the end of summer draws near and schools supplies pop up in local stores, parents and kids alike start focusing on the new school year. While the new year brings a level of excitement and anticipation, parents wonder on how to make the new school year successful for their children.
All parents want their children to become successful, caring adults. Similarly, many parents want to be involved with the formal education of their children. Sometimes, however, they don't know where to start, when to find the time, or how to go about making positive connections with the school.
The gifts, the wrapping, the parties…oh my! Seemingly endless holiday demands can put additional stress on our time and resources. For most people, the holiday season is the busiest time of year with extra of everything – social demands, work projects, family obligations, and holiday to-do lists. I often find myself rushing through the season to get to the "next thing" and before I know it, New Year's has passed and its mid-January.
Make being in a car seat a habit from the very beginning. Children will accept it as part of riding in a vehicle.
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Children bite for different reasons at different ages:
Family night in doesn't have to be a major event. In fact, simple things are often the most fun and relaxing.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Have a picnic on your living room floor. Lay down a blanket and bring in the sandwiches. Talk about your favorite game to play outside on a hot summer day.
Don't want to pass along your arithmophobia (fear of math - it's a real thing!) to your children? First of all, understand that math includes more than numbers. It also includes patterns, space and shapes, and measuring, among other things. Here are suggestions for activities for preschoolers for each of these areas:
It's severe weather season here in the Midwest. All families need a plan for what to do in the case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Preparation for any emergency or disaster is key. First, you need to look at what could affect your family home. Illinois is prone to many weather-induced disasters: tornadoes, floods, ice storms, lightning, etc. You also need to think about house fires and even the possibility of an earthquake.
"The name of the restaurant is on the tip of my tongue and it is just not coming to me." Does this sound familiar? Everyone experiences trouble now and again recalling information when needed. It is most often proper nouns like the name of a person or place. Usually the more anxious you are in trying to recall, the less successful you might be in the moment. Eventually you may remember the forgotten name or word when you are more relaxed and not pressuring yourself to remember.
Set aside a night in February to start a monthly "family night in" ritual with your family. What is a family night in? It's doing something together at home that everyone in the family can enjoy. It doesn't have to be an important event - simple things are often the most fun and relaxing and can strengthen relationships.
Suggested activities are available in this handout:
Minimizing the impact of change on your child
Change happens. Some changes are big, such as getting married or divorced, moving or birth of a new baby. Other changes may be smaller, but still can add up over time. Whether changes are life changing or minor inconveniences, they can cause stress.
Recently my four siblings, their spouses, and I got together for our annual sibs weekend. (I'd post a picture of us, but at least one of my sisters would, shall we say, object STRONGLY.)
I can always count on my siblings for a lot of laughter, gentle ribbing, and reminiscing and this led me to wonder about the importance of adult sibling relationships. After all, our siblings are the people with whom we will have the longest lasting relationships of our lives – usually longer than with parents, spouses, friends, children.
For children ages 2-19, 17% of children are considered to be obese (see, being nice again!). The good news is that there have been recent declines in the rates of obesity in preschool-aged children, so let's keep up the trend.
Physical activity is key to preventing obesity. Guidelines for daily amounts of toddler activity:
- We share family stories
- We support one another by offering help for concerns or struggles
- We share family values and expectations
- We problem solve
But many families feel they are just too busy to make time for mealtime. So, if your life is hectic, how can you begin to change the pace of your life and find time to share a meal?
I know what you're thinking! Isn't Art Appreciation what freshman college students take? Why should we be considering this for young children?
Here are some ideas for your August family night in:
First, let's start with a little history about the program. In doing some research I found that the word LIFE, in Vial of Life, stands for Lifesaving Information for Emergenci
In an article posted at SharpBrains.com, Dr. Khalsa of the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation discussed what he calls the "Four Pillars" of Alzheimer's Prevention:
Growing up, I struggled with math. Bringing math homework home became a dreaded task. My dad faithfully and dutifully helped me with my math assignments…..but, because it wasn't my strongest subject, and he excelled at it, our homework sessions often ended with both of us frustrated with the content and with each other.
Have you ever known someone who seemed to go through very difficult times and left you wondering "how can they handle so much?" Resiliency is the ability to recover from life's challenges and hardships without being overwhelmed and to bounce forward rather than back. Families and individuals face many expected and unexpected challenges throughout life. Learning to cope with those challenges can be difficult, but there are certain characteristics that resilient people possess.
As the summer gears up, so do the temperatures, and it is vital that we not only take care of ourselves, but also be mindful of those more vulnerable to the intense heat of summer – children, older adults and those with chronic illnesses.
Some ideas for July: