Toddler Science

March 12, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Science experiment with a toddler! I am on the Advisory Board of Healthy Start, an organization helping support and educate low income young families with children ages 3 and under. Today I worked with some of those families. Photo: An 18 month old little girl places her hand on the

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Grandma Fashion Statement

March 9, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Grandma Boom’s Medicine Tool Belt. Claire was sick with very runny nose. No pockets in my clothes. Perhaps a new fashion statement for grandmas? Or maybe a photo shoot for Kleenex? hahahahaha

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Conversation with a 4 yr. old about health

March 7, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Friday lunch with grandie, Grayson: “Grandma, how’s your health?” I stopped chewing, rather surprised to hear that question pop out of his mouth so matter-of-fact. “My energy is good, Grayson, thanks for asking.” “Grandma, when I eat good food I pick up my toys faster for Mom and Dad. Water

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The Breathing Sphere

March 3, 2013 Child Wellness 0 Comments

I’ve used small and large ones for decades teaching children and also adults how to demonstrate what the belly does inhaling and exhaling deep breaths. One day Grayson wanted to go inside the sphere, took some deep breaths and said they made him feel like sleeping, so he laid down

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Savor the fleeting precious moments

February 15, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Grayson called to me and asked, “Grandma, will you be my valentine?” I turned around to see this precious face inside one of my table valentine decorations he’d picked up. A Living Card! Of course, I told him I’d love to be his valentine which brought a mile wide smile

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Getting bad feelings out with play dough

January 25, 2013 Children and Stress 0 Comments

The green glob in Grayson’s hand is the playdough I instructed him to use to get his bad feelings out when he was having difficulties this morning managing them appropriately. I asked him why he was holding his nose. He said, “Because good feelings smell good and bad feeling smell

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For the Children… all of us

October 31, 2012 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Halloween Parade, Ashland, Or. 2012 Doing fun things to delight children, like being an Autumn Fairy in a Halloween parade, can touch the inner child in big kids, too! Being creative, having fun…..what all inner and outer kids love to do!

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Creative Fun Teaching

June 12, 2012 Parenting Young Children 0 Comments

FB post from my son: Mom’s teaching methods have some interesting moments. And, yes, this is one of my University of Oregon classes on Empowering Children. You can’t imagine! Ya just have to be there! 🙂

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June 18, 2011 Children and Stress 0 Comments

Tammy’s 5 yr. old granddaughter is very frequently (as Tammy describes it with eyes widened and eyebrows raised) in the “why” about everything right now. Tammy is crazy about her granddaughter but feels she may go nuts with the “why” marathon. Recently, while riding in the car, Tammy was being

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