Tips for Stressed-Out Kids

Tips for Stressed-Out Kids

When we think of people being stressed out, adults come to mind. Or perhaps teens or college-age young men and women. But young kids these days have a lot of pressures weighing them down too. From school work to friendships to after-school commitments to family matters to world events and news, today’s children are growing up fast. They can become heavily stressed from an early start. Some degree of stress is natural and helpful in their drive to learn and grow. But too much stress at a young age can be upsetting, debilitating, and can even have life-long consequences. As parents, we can help our kids navigate through the situations in their lives that may be stressful. And we can help them find healthy solutions to ease their worries, anxieties, and fears. These useful tips can help your children lift that weight off their shoulders. You can help them manage stressful scenarios in the best way possible. This will not only help them in the present but give them key tools they can put into play as they get older and have more burdens and responsibilities. Talk it Out Some kids keep a lot inside. They may feel ashamed, embarrassed, or nervous to talk about what it is that is stressing them out. But the more they hold in, the worse the stress can become. If your child is not the type to open up on their own, you must find a way to get them talking. Make it casual so your child doesn’t feel confronted or put on the spot. Perhaps chit chat during a car ride or...
When It is OK to Break the Rules

When It is OK to Break the Rules

As parents, it is so important to lay down the law, so to speak, when it comes to raising our kids. Rules and regulations provide structure and guidance for impressionable youngsters to learn from. Without any rules, kids would feel unsafe and not well cared for. While they may complain relentlessly, deep down these rules are meaningful to them and give them the security they need to feel from those who take care of them. They look to us for guidance. And when the kids are older, they will look back and appreciate the rules you set in place for their well-being. That said, sometimes rules are meant to be broken… on specific and special occasions. As long as your children know this is an exception to the rule (no pun intended), then you can easily get back on track with your usual routine and parenting style seamlessly. Vacation One example of when breaking the rules may feel OK to do is if you are on vacation. You can let the kids stay up later than usual, watch more TV, or indulge in some “junk food” they aren’t normally allowed to munch on. Vacation is a time to let loose and have fun, so lightening up on the rules while away is only natural. The kids will appreciate your leniency and fun-loving spirit. But be sure they know that once you return home, things will be back to normal. Birthdays On your child’s special day, it is perfectly fine to give them birthday privileges. This could be a day when they are free to sleep in late, have ice...
Due to Demand… A 2nd Open House at the New UWS AMC Location

Due to Demand… A 2nd Open House at the New UWS AMC Location

SECOND INVITATION! OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to high demand AMC Daycare invites parents of children ages 2-5 to come to our open house. See our newly renovated, eco-friendly facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Come to the open house on SUNDAY MARCH 11th, 10AM – 1PM. The address is: 101 W. 85th St. New York, NY 10024. The 3-11 open house will be fun and informational. Enjoy entertainment and a meet-and-greet with AMC’s staff. This prime location features a high-quality educational program. We’re proud of our curriculum for children ages 2-5. Parents can tour the classrooms and see education at its very best. After 25 years in the daycare business, the demand for another AMC location was heard and met. We can’t wait to meet you! Limited spots are still available for the coming year. Parents are urged to attend this 3-11 open house. RSVP at allmychildrendaycare.com/openhouse or call 212-419-5416 The staff looks forward to meeting members of the community. Become part of the AMC family. At “All My Children” we are committed to preparing young children for school and life...
Fruity Smoothies to Start the School Day Sweet and Simple

Fruity Smoothies to Start the School Day Sweet and Simple

Mornings before school or daycare are usually hectic and rushed. But we want to be sure our kids have something to eat before their big day. A breakfast that is nourishing and healthy is so important for their growing bodies as well as for keeping their minds sharp for learning and exploring. When you are short on time, there is no excuse for the kids to leave the house without having something in their bellies. Swirl up a smoothie for a quick liquid meal that tastes delicious and is filled with goodness that will keep them full until lunchtime. Here are two easy options that take mere minutes to make on those “manic Monday” type of mornings. As long as you have a blender, you are ready to go! Both recipes make 2 servings. Milky Mango Yogurt Mangos are so delicious, but many of us barely eat them. Not knowing when they are ripe enough is one major reason people leave the sweet fruit behind at the market. But when you use one in a smoothie, you needn’t worry if the fruit is as ripe as it could be, since you will be whipping it up into a drink. Here is what you need: 2 mangos, diced (or use 2 cups frozen mango) 10 ounces of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt 2 cups low-fat milk or soymilk 2 tablespoons honey ¼ cup ground flaxseed ½ cup orange juice (or mango juice if you can find it) Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy! Mango-licious! Banana-Berry Blast Kids love bananas, and berries...
Tips to Get Kids “Up and at ‘Em” in the Morning

Tips to Get Kids “Up and at ‘Em” in the Morning

When it is time to wake up early for school or daycare, some kids would rather stay hidden under the covers. Sure, when Saturday comes they are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to pounce for play, but on weekdays, it is usually another story. Getting the kids up for school on time can be a challenge, and even when we get their tired little bodies out of bed, getting the morning routine underway takes lots of patience and pestering. We can get up, so what’s with the kids? Perhaps they need some incentive to feel energized and eager to start the school day off with a bang, making the morning something they look forward to. Here are some tips to get the kids “up and at ‘em” come morning. Once they come to realize that their day is going to be full of new beginnings and possibility, they’ll be ready for their feet to hit the floor before the sun comes up. Musical Mornings Turn up the volume and make morning time a mini-dance party. Play that upbeat music while the kids brush their teeth and hair and get dressed, as they enjoy a healthy breakfast, and while they pack their schoolbags and lunchboxes. With a “sunrise soundtrack” the kids will be pumped up and ready to rock their day with a smile and that extra swing in their step. Filling and Fueling Food A wholesome and good-for-you breakfast is vital for kids to have the stamina to make it ‘till lunch. The most important meal of the day should be well-balanced and tasty, so the kids want to...
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