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Speak Life!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

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What are you saying to yourself? To your kids? SPEAK LIFE!

Encourage your kidsI AM... to finish this sentence with an uplifting thought. Pick 10 to say to yourself every morning & teach your kids to do the same.

Say it and believe it. The more you say it, the more you will empower yourself and believe it!

I AM Beautiful. I AM Intelligent. I AM Financially Successful. I AM Creative. I AM Happy. I AM Fun to be with. I AM a Kind Person. I AM a Hard Worker. I AM a Great Student. I AM a Good Helper. I AM Not Afraid. I AM…

What will  you end these 2 words with? What will your kids end them with? Start Today, sit down with your kids and think of as many as you can. Lose the loser thoughts and start impacting your brain with empowering thoughts. Let me know how it goes? You will be amazed what can be accomplished. Energize Your Life!

Wanna SLAM it down? Join me Monday-Friday on Periscope at 8:30AM EST to Proclaim It & Claim It. Have the kids join you too. Get ready to set your mind on fire!!!

If this post was helpful to you, comment below and let’s help some more parents & kids! Feel free to share this with anyone who just had a new baby or just might enjoy the post or on your social media sites!

Peace, Love & Laughter!

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20 Healthy Snacks for You & Your Kids

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

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Snacking can be healthy with just a little effort and thinking ahead. Here is a list of 20 Healthy Easy-to-Grab Snacks for you and your kids.

1. Fruit/Fruit Salad – all kinds, choose your favorites, don’t forget those Berries.

2. Graham Crackers

3. Cottage Cheese (Low-Fat) or Goat Cheese

4. String Cheese (Cheddar & Colby Jack)

5. Sweet Potato & Veggie Chips (make sure they’re baked)

6. Apple Butter

7. Apple Sauce

8. Hummus

9. Peanut Butter... a spoonful or topped on a celery stick

10. Mini-Sweet Peppers

11. Yogurt

12. Baked Potato (add your favorite topping)

13. Hard Boiled Eggs

14. Nuts & Seeds (almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)

15. Raw Veggies & Low-Fat Dips

16. Rice Cakes

17. Frozen Banana (peel before freezing) and whip into Ice Cream using nothing but the banana

18. 100% Frozen Fruit Pops

19. Avocado or Guacamole

20. A mini-meal of Leftovers

Have some of these items readily available and your children and you can grab one of these snacks as opposed to an unhealthy candy, cookie or potato chip.

Just a change in thought process can make what your family eats really.

 

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Flexibility & Change Energize Life!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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Something New is about to begin. DADDaughtertalkingFlexibility and change can be just the thing to energize your life and your child’s life.

It’s all in how you view the new, as to how your child views it too.

A New Teacher? A New Class? A New School? A New Home? A New Baby? New, New, New is what a child’s life is all about and these are just a few of the changes that can impact your life and theirs. The key to how your child reacts, is all in the way you react to that change. Why? Very simply, they are going to take their lead from you. If you prejudge it, they’ll prejudge it. Send out negative reactions and comments, and your child will view it as a negative experience. Send out energy and excitement over what is about to begin and you may just make it the best experience of your child’s life.

THINK BACK…
Take a minute to think of all the things that have changed and affected your life and advanced you into different directions. How did you react? Did you go into the change with a lot of uneasiness and concern? Did you dwell on how this would alter the things you were used to? OR… Did you look at the change as a new way to reach your goals and dreams? As you look back on your reactions, are there things you could have done differently? Would adjusting the way you approached a situation, caused a better outcome or maybe just a totally different outcome. Would you approach the change the same way at your current age, if a similar experience happened?

MOVE FORWARD…
These are questions to ask yourself as you help to guide your child through the many changes and life altering experiences that they will have as they grow. Teaching a child flexibility and instilling a curiosity and excitement about something new that is about to happen, will allow them to face change and adjust without anxiety and fear. Teaching acceptance, sending clear signals on how exciting a new experience can be, can give your kids the ability to look forward to change, develop great relationships and continue a positive transformation into adulthood.

 

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Peace, Love & Laughter!

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Let’s raise happy and healthy kids together!

 

Catch my Parenting 101 show live on Periscope Monday thru Friday, as we discuss topics of concern and great ideas for all parents and caregivers. Is there a topic you’d like me to address, just send me an email or comment below.

Is Bedtime, Awake Time?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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New Baby? Is Bedtime, Awake Time?

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Bedtime for Baby

 

So many new parents struggle with Bedtime and all too often, it becomes Awake Time. Let’s face it, you just had a baby and you’re tired. You’re tired from the delivery, you’re tired from all the visitors, you’re tired of the phone calls, you’re tired of the constant care of this new little blessing that just joined your life. As Madeline Kahn, sang so well in Blazing Saddles…. Let’s Face It, I’m Tired!

“I just want to sleep and my baby just wants to stay awake.” Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone and NONE of this makes you a bad parent.

So what’s a parent to do?

Here’s Some Tips to help everyone get some rest!

My best advice to you, is to make Bedtime, Routine Time and it’s never too early to start.

With infants of course, you can’t force them to sleep, however you can encourage them. Please keep in mind, that not everything I suggest here, will necessarily work for every child. The beauty of babies, is that they are all special and unique and one size certainly does not fit all.

Here are some suggestions to help with Bedtime. When you find one or two that are working, make it a routine for each time your baby goes to sleep.

  1. Offer baby a Warm Bath
  2. Baby Massage (great anytime your baby is agitated or as a welcome bonding time)
  3. Singing and/or Soft Music while Massaging or Rocking
  4. Telling or reading a story while Rocking
  5. Put baby in a Baby Sling and walk around with your arms around your baby, humming or singing softly.
  6. Nurse or Feed your baby in a Rocking Chair, cradled, till they fall asleep. For those of you that are considering putting your baby to sleep with a bottle, please read the advice of Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann (Peidatrician). ”Please don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle. Falling asleep while drinking milk or juice can lead to cavities because the liquid pools around the teeth and provides a place for bacteria to grow. In addition to being bad for baby teeth, there can also be damage to future permanent teeth. Also, falling asleep while drinking increases your baby’s chance of ear infections. Bottle propping (when a bottle is propped up to allow a child to drink without a parent holding it) is just as bad and may also lead to choking as the milk continues to flow out. Don’t start an unnecessary feeding habit that often leads to a bad sleeping habit ~ both are difficult to break.”

So now your baby is finally asleep. As a new Mom, don’t think, “Now I need to get a few things done”, that can wait. Now it is time for you to get some rest. A well-rested parent is a happy parent. You know with or without a baby, lack of sleep, can turn you into an edgy, aggravated, impatient, short-tempered mess, something that will not do you or your baby any good. Your child can sense your moods and will react accordingly. A stressed out parent can cause an agitated baby. Sleep will help you to be more relaxed with your child and will help you deal with some of the anxiety and confusion a new parent faces when having a newborn.

Your next question, may be, “What happens when my baby gets up too soon and it’s not time to eat, but they’re crying?” First of all, give your child a minute. Don’t jump at their first cry. Give them a minute and they may settle down and go back to sleep. However, if they continue to cry and there is no sign of stopping, it’s time to intervene.

Babies awaken for many reasons, so go through “The Baby Checklist”, that is useful when babies cry. It is very often one of three options that are causing their discomfort.

  1. Are they hungry?
  2. Are they in pain?
  3. Do they need their diaper changed?

Check and make sure they are comfortable and nothing is causing them pain; clothes, zippers, anything. Of course, their diaper is easy enough to check and sometimes if you’re not sure, you can change it anyway.

Now consider, when was the last time they were fed. Even if it wasn’t that long ago, they may just need a little more of a bottle or nursing to put them back to sleep.

If you have checked everything and tried everything, sometimes rubbing your baby’s forehead or scalp in a very gentle, circular motion, will relax them and often help them fall asleep.

Another suggestion is to lay down with your baby laying on your chest, so that they can hear your heartbeat and breath. This will also relax a baby. Gently rub your baby’s back as they lay for even more comfort.

Infants need your love, patience and kindness. The more you do to take care of yourself, the better you will be able to take care of them. This is a time of splendor, of joy, of challenge and of delight. Your rewards will be endless. Enjoy!

If this post was helpful to you, comment below and let’s help some more parents! Feel free to share this with anyone who just had a new baby or just might enjoy the post or on your social media sites!

Peace, Love & Laughter!

celia kibler

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Email: celia@celiakibler.com

Let’s raise happy and healthy kids together!

 

Catch my Parenting 101 show live on Periscope Monday thru Friday at 2pm, as we discuss topics of concern and great ideas for all parents and caregivers. Is there a topic you’d like me to address, just send me an email or comment below.

 

 

10 Tips to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Parents ask, “How can I teach my kids compassion?” How can I get them to understand the true meaning of giving & receiving?” Well, here’s 10 Tips that are easy to do and make a huge impact for someone else when complete. These can be done as a family, a group or just one child at a time. You decide.

A LITTLE GOESA LONG WAY!1. Gift Giving. Once your child has been given gifts, be it the holidays, birthday, whatever, have them choose 1 of the presents to donate to a needy child.

2. Create a Charity Jar. When receiving allowance, or any other money, have your child give 10% of that money to the Charity Jar and then donate the jar’s total at the end of the year.

3. Volunteer. Choose a day when the whole family can volunteer at a homeless shelter, food center, church, synagogue, hospital or anywhere that is looking for help from their community.

4. Write a Letter. Start a tradition of writing letters to our troops overseas. Choose a few times over the year to do this.

5. Kids for Kids. Have your kids and family make small gifts or cards to hand deliver to hospitals in your area for sick children.

6. Adopt a Family. Find a needy family through the Social Services in your area and adopt them for the holidays, by giving gifts specific to their “Santa” requests in lieu of giving gifts to each other.

7. Start a Charity. Let your kids help you start a charity drive in your neighborhood, family or school, whatever scale you want to start at. Collection ideas can be coats, school supplies, food, even penny drives (where kids just donate pennies) are great for kids… afterall, they can really add up.

8. Kids for Seniors. Everybody has Senior Homes and Centers in your community and kids can brighten their day. In addition, kids can learn a great deal from Seniors, so it can really be a win-win for all. Bring some supplies to do a craft with them at the center or bring something you made at home to give to the residents as small reminders of your visit.

9. Recycle, Reuse… A great way to teach your kids about recycling and reusing is to have them go through their clothes that don’t fit or their toys they no longer use and box them up and bring them to a shelter, church or place where their used items can be reused and loved by someone else.

10. Food Shop for Others. Take your kids with you to the food store and teach them about healthy eating, as well as food labels and how to read them. Then have them choose some items themselves to donate to a food bank or even the collections cart that the food store has set up already.

Charity starts at home, with you and your family. If you create an atmosphere of giving in your home, your children will know compassion and will grow to be givers.

Please comment on ways your family is charitable and offer up great ideas to share with others.

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I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and a loving, healthy, prosperous 2016!

Peace, Love & Laughter!

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