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  • Brain SKILLZ: Speed of Processing and Divided Attention

    Brain SKILLZ: Speed of Processing and Divided Attention

    “We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind Schools out for summer… Let the adventures of exploring, creating, innovating and more all begin! While many kiddos are taking a break from their academic learning this summer, discoveries of many kinds and growth in knowledge of the world all around them are still very much alive and well. It is an exciting time for kids of all ages as their minds absorb daily new epic experiences around every corner. Equipped with their insatiable excitement to the very core of their beings, summer brings about countless opportunities for children and teens ....

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  • Teaching Skillz: Prompting Good Behavior and Trickery

    Teaching Skillz: Prompting Good Behavior and Trickery

    It goes without saying that each and every one of us have our good and our tough days. As we blaze into the beginning of summer, for so many of our kiddos, making the best choices and tuning into moms, dads and coaches voices is hard right now. Why? Because summer fun is on the brain with all of the amazing, wonderful adventures to come! Though the reality of making good choices and tuning ears into hearing instructions can be challenging for children and teens alike this time of year, it isn’t impossible. We simply need to change our approach. Cue the next two Teaching SKILLZ! Prompting Good Behavior Discipline: Doing what we need to do when we need to do it is one ....

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  • Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    Benefits to SKILLZ Training Over Summertime

    During the school season teachers, assistants, and counselors are focused on helping your children learn and grow. But what happens during the summer season when these people are not around? It makes sense that as a parent you would want your child to maintain some level of growth and development over the summer in order to limit or prevent your child from losing a lot of the skills gained over the last school season. This includes growth and development in the following areas: physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. With that said, one of the very best options is to keep your child active through a solid martial arts program such as SKILLZ™. Whether your child is ....

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  • Listening Beyond Words: The Key to Deeper Human Connection

    Listening Beyond Words: The Key to Deeper Human Connection

    In today's world, there is an overgrowing focus on “me” and less on “us.” This “all-about-me” emphasis has led to a lack of empathy, which, in turn, results in more and more conflict. The primary reason for this…people do not listen. Their focus is on their own agenda, and they are not open to really listening to others’ thoughts and feelings. And while we have personal rights, we also have a moral responsibility to be kind humans. Early on, teaching children the importance of empathic listening is an invaluable life skill that can change human interactions positively. Communication is an essential skill to have, and while children are ....

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  • Whole Brain Intellectual Support

    Whole Brain Intellectual Support

    “You cannot reason with a hungry bear that just wants his honey!” So very true! Just as a bear seeking his precious honey has his mind, heart and spirit set firmly on getting and eating his honey above all else, so too do our children find themselves in a fixated, inflexible posture when physically, intellectually and/or emotionally pushed to their breaking point. Emotional Flooding In the book, The Whole-Brain Child, Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discuss the reality of emotional flooding. Emotional flooding is the shift of the brain from a space of logical, literal, clear thinking into system shutdown mode where the brain of the mentally, emotionally ....

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  • Realistic Behavioral Expectations: What to Expect From 5 and 6 Year Olds

    Realistic Behavioral Expectations: What to Expect From 5 and 6 Year Olds

    Children between the ages of five and six years old are no longer “little kids.” They are in a very important transition in their lives. They have developed skills that make them appear to have things more together, so they are often approached by adults as an “older kid.” However, they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with the older children. Between the ages of five and six years old, children are very enthusiastic. Their language skills have increased, and they are able to pay attention for longer periods of time. They are developing thinking and reasoning skills and have gotten better at seeing other people’s point of view. All ....

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  • Realistic Behavioral Expectations: What to Expect From 3 and 4 Year Olds

    Realistic Behavioral Expectations: What to Expect From 3 and 4 Year Olds

    Children between the ages of 3 and 4 are at a very unique growth period in their lives. They are growing at a rapid rate in all areas of development and are discovering new things daily, while also learning how to cope with new challenges. Additionally, they are in pursuit of autonomy, which can lead to behavioral issues that the adults in their lives often become frustrated with. The problem comes in because most adults have unrealistic expectations of how 3- and 4-year olds should behave. This is mainly based on the assumption by the adult that this rapid development will progress in only a positive behavioral direction. The fact is, as with any growth, there will be new issues that ....

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  • Inspiration Series: Physical Support

    Inspiration Series: Physical Support

    Welcome Spring! The powerful promise of new beginnings is once again upon us! Outside our front doors, the clear blue skies with warm, golden sunshine, emerging green grass, budding trees and blossoms all welcome us to a new season of play, joy, fun, laughter and precious memories just waiting to be made. Spring is such a special time of year and one which parents and children alike can all embrace! While there is certainly a time and place for rest, snuggling up close together by a cozy fire while the winter winds howl, there is also the time to spring into rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit! As we all begin to wake from winters hibernation, what a great opportunity the ....

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  • Keeping It Real: Addressing Emotional Fatigue

    Keeping It Real: Addressing Emotional Fatigue

    Proud Ninja Parent, do you find yourself in a season of overwhelm? Do you find yourself short-tempered, struggling to cope with the demands of your work, family life and beyond? Oh my friend… You are not alone in this season! Keeping it Real… 1. We collectively continue to ebb and flow through an extraordinary season! · Parents, honoring this time, place and space we are all in deserves truthful acknowledgment. Yes, life right now continues to move forward in a rapid, shift-on-demand pace far beyond our control when it comes to changes in school, policies at work i.e. working from home or office, etc. 2. Cortisol is running high as some continue to ....

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  • Keeping It Real: Addressing Mental Fatigue

    Keeping It Real: Addressing Mental Fatigue

    “This doesn’t make any sense!” Frustrated with his dividing fractions math assignment, my son dramatically dropped his head into his hands. Mulling over the best way to show the work that was in his beautiful mind on paper, I slowly moved into his space. Taking his right hand, I began to massage his palm and fingers one by one to aid in coming back to breath, body and center.Though it was a challenge and took some intentional effort in working through together, we eventually found the solution and resolution to the math problem and frustration of the moment. Each and every day our children are faced with new intellectual challenges and expansions of the mind as ....

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