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Teaching Children to Have Patience

June 30th, 2010

Teaching children to have patience is a skill that will benefit them now and through their entire lives. It is important to teach your child that the world does not evolve around them and wanting something doesn’t always mean they will get it.

Preventing this problem in the first place will make it much easier on you and your child. Help your child to realize that there are other things he can do while waiting for what he wants to do. Tell them things like “you can play with your blocks for five minuets and then we’ll go to the park.” This way your child will realize that not getting their way doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, they can still have fun doing other fun things as well.

If your child continues to whine even after giving them other options make sure and stay as calm as possible. It’s important to remember that they are still learning and it may take some time for them to understand how to become patient. Although the idea of being patient may seem like a simple concept to a child it may be confused as to why they can’t get their way. You must be patient yourself and give your child time to understand the meaning of the word before he or she can act on it.

Any time you notice your child even showing the slightest bit of patience don’t let it go unnoticed! Give them praise and tell them how proud you are of them for being patient, especially if they are doing it all on their own.

Make rules for your child. Telling them what they must do before they can get what they want will make them more likely to do their chores without complaint. Tell them things like, “You have to pick up all your toys and put them away before we can go to your friend’s house.”

Telling your child no may not always be avoidable, however try and give them alternative things to do. Telling your child no and giving them no other options will leave them feeling unsatisfied and confused. It is important to let them know why this is not a possibility and them let them know what is.

Carrot Recipe: Try This Healthy and Delicious Carrot Spread

June 28th, 2010

Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and the richest vegetable source of pro-vitamin A carotenes. The crunchy texture and sweet taste of carrots is popular among both adults and children. If you happen to have one of those kids who thumbs his nose at carrots, try this carrot recipe. Even your finicky kids will like it!

What you need for this wholesome carrot recipe:
1/2 cup of peeled and grated carrots
1 hard boiled egg grated
½ teaspoon peeled and grated onion
½ teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Steps: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

How to Deal with Back Talking

June 25th, 2010

The day your child begins using snide remarks and bad words you may be caught very off guard. It will probably surprise you to hear such things come out of your child’s mouth but just remember that those words are learned just like he or she learned every other word. The first step to take in avoiding back talking is to simply prevent them from hearing any examples of back talking in the first place. If you find your self getting in an argument with your child make sure to not back talk to them yourself because this will only encourage them to do the same to you. Even if your child is watching you in an argument with someone else it is still important to set a good example if you are going to expect the same from them.

Make sure you continually teach your child words like please, thank you, and I’m sorry. Don’t just teach them the words but where and when to use them, reminding them that they are necessary. It’s also good to let them know more importantly how to say them because saying thank you in a mean voice is not really a thank you.

Make sure your child is aware of what exactly back talk is and why you do not approve of it. Let them know that refusing, name calling, or yelling mean words is back talk and that is not ok.

Another very important step in stopping back talk would be to monitor what your child sees and hears during their day. Make certain that you try your best to not allow any inappropriate words slip from your mouth in front of your child. Make sure that your friends and family know to hold their tongues around your child as well. Try to also pay close attention to your child’s playmates and what kind of language they use. Your child could be very influenced by what their peers say and do so make sure they are not being encouraged to back talk.

Brain Smart Recipe for Jello Salad

June 23rd, 2010

Here’s a recipe for jello salad that has the added benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids. This is a Waldorf salad of sorts that includes walnuts and flaxseed. Whether you use a jello with sugar or a sugar-free jello is up to you. Some people are opposed to sugar while others are opposed to artificial sweeteners. I all depends on what camp you are in.

Omega-3 Waldorf Jell-O

What you need:
Any flavored Jell-O
1/2 cup of walnut halves chopped up
1/2 cup of dark cherries or purple grapes
1/2 cup of low fat, plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of ground up flaxseeds

Steps:
1. Make the Jell-O
2. Fill the bowl of Jell-O with the walnuts and grapes or cherries
3. Put in the fridge until it firms up
4. Pour the yogurt on top and sprinkle it with the ground flax.