Raising Independent Kids: A Double-Edged Sword

Raising Independent Kids: A Double-Edged Sword

NOTE: As with all of the posts here on our Splog…we are simply sharing ideas and personal experiences. We believe it is up to each parent to choose what is best for him/herself and his/her children. We are not saying our way is the “right” way — not at all. We are simply sharing in the hopes of stirring up thoughts, feelings, and analysis inside of YOU, to get you thinking (and acting on) what’s best for you and...

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Tips for Family Camping

Tips for Family Camping

Do you take your kids camping? I don’t know about you, but my family never went camping when I was a kid. And as a parent, we often want to make sure our own children don’t miss out on the things we feel we missed as kids. My husband was actually the one who introduced me to camping, and I immediately fell in love with it. We camped out a lot before we had kids of our own (he was a Life Scout and still has mad skillz when it comes to...

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Quick Trick to Help Your Child “Power Down”

Quick Trick to Help Your Child “Power Down”

Here’s a follow up to last week’s NLP trick for helping kids learn to manage their moods and attitudes: the power down. Put simply, this is the reverse of the “flip the switch” tip, and I demonstrate in this ultra-short video: Of course, the MindTime meditations from KidCentered are a huge help if you have trouble getting your little on to sleep! You can have them listen to the Sleep audio, and then use this Power Down...

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Teach Your Kids How to Flip Their Switch

Teach Your Kids How to Flip Their Switch

Have you ever heard of NLP? It stands for NeuroLinguistic Programming and involves the practice of language and neural pathways that affect our moods, thoughts, words, and deeds. NLP was created in California in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder and is still widely practiced today. This is a simple NLP trick to lift your mood and make you feel better. I taught this to my kids to help them better manage their mood and attitude, and...

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Teaching Kids How to Ground

Teaching Kids How to Ground

The KidCentered motto is “Centering the world, one kid at a time” and we mean it. One way to get centered is to use an energy technique called “grounding.” Grounding simply means tapping into the grounded energy of the earth for stability and to get centered. Like adults, some kids are naturally grounded, while others may seem like they have their head in the clouds. When we describe someone as “down to...

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