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Dating After Divorce: Is My Child Ready To Meet My New Partner?

Man and Child Shaking HandsFirst, Allow Time For Adjustment To The Divorce

When deciding the “if, how, and when” of introducing a new partner to your child, first consider the adjustment period they’ve been in since the divorce.

Ask:

How strongly did the divorce affect your children?

How were they able to cope?

If your children are still showing signs of emotional distress (anger, sadness, fear, surprise, non-compliance) in reaction to the divorce, then you may want to hold off. Your child could need a period of at least 6 months -1 year for healthy adjustment. It is my belief that a successful Read more

A Little Roughhousing Goes a Long Way

As a pediatric occupational therapist, this story on The Today Show this morning caught my attention.Dad roughhousing with boys

The story illustrates that roughhousing helps “self- esteem and physical development” and that “it can actually make kids smarter, emotionally intelligent, likable — even lovable”.

For years, I have been prescribing home exercise programs to parents with children with sensory processing difficulties that include just this, a little roughhousing.

Recommended Roughhousing With Your Children:

  • I recommend pulling couch cushions on the floor and having their children jump around. I suggest squishing their child between pillows and making a “sandwich” out of them.
  • I also advise parents to wrap up their child in a blanket and have them log roll across the floor. This roughhousing is actually intense proprioceptive sensory input (the input your body receives from your muscles and joints).

This type of play provides kids with the input that they need to help them be more organized for every day activities and is regularly used in pediatric occupational therapy sessions. In fact, these activities help your child to learn and be more aware of their bodies.

So go ahead and have a little fun!

10 Tips to Getting Your Family on the Right Fitness Track!!

Spring break is here, flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner! Kids are itching to get out of the house and spring is a great season to increase their activity levels. Obesity is an increasing epidemic in America and children are quickly becoming a part of this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese—a number that has tripled since 1980. A great way to get your children in shape in time for summer is to have the whole family involved (and even your pets!).Family Fitness

Below are some fun ideas to help your family spring into fitness:

1) Get some fun party music going in the house and have a “dancing hour” dancing with your kids to their favorite tunes.

2) If you have a dog, include your children in the daily dog-walking. Challenge them to see if they can out-run their canine in a backyard race. Read more

How To Pack “Smart” For Your Child On Vacation

Summertime travel can be a fun and exciting experience for you and your family. Follow these tips to make the most of your vacation by keeping your children occupied and happy:

Packnig for your child on vacation

  • Before you go, prepare your child for what they can expect by making a simple schedule of events throughout the trip. Include layovers in airports, time in the car, and things you will do once you arrive. Tell your child what to expect during each event.
  • To keep your kids content during the trip, pack each of them a light-weight bag with toys, games, and books.
  • In addition to packing their favorite toys and books, surprise them with a few new and inexpensive things to do.
  • Pack a stuffed animal, blanket or other comfort item to help them adjust to sleeping in a new environment and to put them at ease along the way.
  • Don’t forget snacks and drinks! Travel can be unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared with easy treats just in case.

Keep toys small and compact so you can take them anywhere.  A bag of small toys can go a long way when you are sitting in a restaurant waiting for your food, and stickers are great on a plane (no mess)!  Keep these items with you throughout your trip and you will be guaranteed less STRESS!