Scoots ‘n Sounds

August 30, 2013 Relationship Building with Young Children 0 Comments

This is how a 22 month old granddaughter sees her Grandma Boom when we are scooting down the steps making funny sounds together. Neither one of us may remember this in a few years, but our hearts record everything. As bonding continues. we may not do funny scoots ‘n sounds

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Emotional Intelligence is One Step at a Time

August 28, 2013 Early Prevention 0 Comments

They were sitting on the stairs when my daughter spoke to her son, my grandson, in a welcoming tone. “When you are upset, remember we talked about you saying, ‘I’m frustrated.’ Then you take a deep breath and count to ten.” He said he remembered. It was one of those

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Teaching two year olds about heart health?

August 20, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Sure. Why not! Make it fun!! Feel heart when sitting, kids. Notice it’s beating slowly. Now let’s run in place. Oh, feel how fast that made our hearts beat. Let’s take a deep belly button breath using the breathing sphere. Oh, WOW! We just slowed our hearts down by doing

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Superkid Power Fun with Seed Spitting

August 18, 2013 Superkid Power 0 Comments

Great spitting fun! Watermelon seed spitting lessons have been a special activity with the Grayson-Grandma Boom connection. Yesterday Claire ate watermelon chunks out of my container as Grayson and I practiced spitting seeds. His skill has vastly improved. Meanwhile, Claire picked up on the dynamics. She began spitting watermelon out

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It’s the Actions That Count

August 13, 2013 Superkid Power 0 Comments

I was watching Claire studying Grayson a while back while he climbed. Little ones watch older ones. Older ones watch even older ones. And we adults are ALWAYS being watched. Amazing how observation is a primary learning tool, regardless of words that are said by the ‘older ones.’ It is

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O.K. Time to go, so let’s pick up

August 7, 2013 Kids and Discipline 0 Comments

Claire keeps playing and Grayson gets out of the toy box, picks up a toy and also keeps playing. “Please help me pick up toys because we have to go back to your house now.” Grayson looks down saying in low voice he doesn’t want to help. I get down

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Watermelon Seed Spitting Lessons

August 5, 2013 Superkid Power 0 Comments

Watermelon seed spitting lessons on a hot summer day for Grayson with Grandma Boom while Claire napped. It is my civic duty as a grandparent to pass on an inheritance of empowered seed spitting. Grayson more than tripled his last attempts, earning a whopping $1 which he was quite proud

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Kids Building Relationships

August 3, 2013 Relationship Building with Young Children 0 Comments

Love is obvious with these siblings, three years apart, at spontaneous moments like this at a waterpark only moments after having some rivalry over water buckets. Even though they have their ‘moments’ of difficulties as all siblings do, it is the loving bond that they both know is there that

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Universal Truths

August 1, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Teaching children at an International School in Peru some years ago the difference between tense dogs and relaxed, calm dogs. We made the sounds, felt it in our bodies, took deep belly button breaths to switch from tense to calm and felt successful with inner world skills and self-control. It

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