Taking Time Out
I remember my one-and-a-half-year-old testing all the boundaries. He knew exactly what “no” meant, but would still try to climb that shelf or open the fridge. After correcting and redirecting time-after-time with no results, I referenced one of my favorite reality shows, “Super Nanny,” for guidance and put him in a corner for timeout. He sat there! It was like this corner had some magical magnet attached to his bum. Per the nanny’s advice, I started timeout for one minute (a minute per year of age) and after that one minute, I came down to his level, explained why he was put in timeout, gave him a hug and sent him along. All was better. I was amazed! A few days later, tested the timeout “trick” in front of Dad. BAM, the kid went to timeout on his own, sat there for his minute and ended completely “reset.” Dad was in awe, and I was a super mom! My son is three, and this is one of my biggest parenting successes. Since we started timeout at such a young age, I’m convinced he’s programmed to respond. We’ve been in Target and he will be having a meltdown, I tell him […]
Graham Cracker Chicken
Ingredients 2 cups of fry oil 5 graham cracker sheets 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 pound chicken tenders honey, for drizzling DIRECTIONS In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or plastic bag with a rolling pin. Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt to the graham cracker crumbs, combine. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl, put aside. Bread the chicken: dip it in the egg, let the excess drip off, roll it in the crumb mix. Repeat for all tenders. Add only two or three tenders to the hot oil at a time, and fry until golden brown and 165-degrees internally. It should take about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with all tenders. Drizzle with honey and serve. Courtesy of dessertfortwo.com Additional Links: Veggie Pizza Ham & Cracker Dip Apple Donuts
Grandparents Who Cross The Line
Even before your child was born, you may have experienced the problem of grandparents who seem to consistently disrespect their boundaries. The situation can become even more difficult when it is your in-laws who are trespassing on your parental privileges. Here are some tips on how to gently, but firmly handle grandparents who have crossed the line into your parenting territory. Have a discussion with your partner to define grandparents’ boundaries First, you need to have a discussion with your partner to ensure you are in agreement regarding the boundaries set for grandparents. This is a discussion to have in private, without the kids around, well before meeting with grandparents to communicate the boundaries you wish them to respect. It is hard to fault grandparents for crossing boundaries if the boundaries are not consistent. Keep any discussions about grandparents’ boundaries respectful When discussing parenting decisions, you expect the grandparents to respect and not overturn on a whim, do so in a calm, respectful manner without your kids present. Especially for new parents, it can feel like parents and in-laws are constantly bombarding you with unsolicited parenting advice, critical comments or requests that cross the boundaries you are trying to set […]
Get Ready For Summer!
Many parents are concerned that over the summer, their kids will experience a setback in academic skills, often referred to as ‘summer learning loss.’ Finding a variety of summer camp programs that involve both recreation and academic learning opportunities disguised as fun can help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in math and reading skills. In addition, summer camp programs provide valuable, real-world experiences that your child is not likely to encounter in a classroom setting. Create a balanced summer camp schedule Summer camp is an opportunity for your child to learn about several areas of interest in depth. Schedule your child for a variety of camps that match his interests, while at the same time challenge him to expand his knowledge and skills even further. For example, your child could focus on his improving his technique at soccer camp one week and then explore his new interest in robotics and computer programming the next week. A week-long camp that focuses on a particular area of interest provides an exploration of a topic to a degree that your child is unlikely to experience during the school year. In addition, the topic of a camp your child attends and enjoys is likely to […]
Discussing Depression & Anxiety
The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that one in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions. When you understand some of the misconceptions and how to appropriately communicate with someone who may be down or anxious, they will be less likely to feel the shame and fear that can often come along with struggling in silence. Depression affects all ages. There are a variety of reasons a kid may be depressed. “A lot comes from stressors from school, expectations from parents or being bullied or cyberbullied,” said Lucy Tovar Murillo, LPC at Columbus Counseling Associates. Depression has other negative ramifications. “It can lead to self-harm behaviors, hopelessness, low self-worth and low self-esteem,” said Murillo. Since your child’s stressors may not be the same as yours it can be hard to understand at times. “Show some empathy for your child and do not just dismiss them on what they are going through because it contributes to the depression more when they are not believed or even disappointing parents,” said Murillo. Although you may do everything in your power to keep your child happy, he can still become depressed. There is no surefire prevention. “Having an open line of communication is […]
Activities For Your Young Child
Studies have shown enrolling your child in extracurricular activities at a young age leads to improved academic, psychological and behavioral function. Plus, finding your child’s interests early on aids towards their optimal success and growth. Although there are benefits to enrolling your child at an early age, finding activities for your child under the age of 5 is not easy. Here are some local options to expand your younger child’s mind and increase social interaction: Little Mozart at Schwob School of Music This class for preschool-aged kids (2-5) offers a fun environment that stimulates musical growth. Students explore rhythm, ear training, singing and expression through music with the use of movement exercises, circle games and playing on various percussion instruments. musicprep.columbusstate.edu Columbus Youth Soccer Club Starting at age 3, CYSC offers a “tots” team. Once a week, your child will play games to gain familiarity with the sport and soccer ball, plus games to build listening skills, such as ‘Red Light, Green Light.’ Nearing the end of the season, a couple games of scrimmage will be played. columbusyouthsoccer.com Swimming Lessons at YMCA Our local YMCA offers swimming lessons starting at 6 months old. Parents accompany their child in the pool […]
Milk Carton Birdhouse
Supplies clean empty cartons acrylic paint paint brush water paper towel nail or screwdriver string or yarn scissors utility knife bird seed Directions Use a utility knife to cut the sides out of a carton. Place the carton on a protected surface and paint with acrylic paints. Let dry. Poke a hole into the top on each side of the carton with a nail or screw driver. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the carton and knot at the top to hang. Fill with bird seed and find the perfect location outside to birdwatch. Additional Crafts: Ice Cream String Art Lava Lamp Experiment Unicorn Slime
Making Friends as an Adult
During my childhood years I struggled to make Heather A. and Heather B. “like me,” but I always had my ride-or-die crew. My best friends were decided in the 5th grade and we grew up together. Choosing largely different paths in life, we still keep in touch, but with 900 miles between us, we can’t exactly meet for drinks or our beloved Monopoly nights. Finding new pals has required me to reach out of my comfort zone. It’s not like I can just stand on the curb with a sign that says “I need friends.” Sometimes I think that method would be less nerve-racking than randomly approaching, ahem, “strangers.” I’ve been testing these methods to acquire new friendships, and although trying, it’s been quite successful: Use Your Kids: If you’re at a playground and your child is playing well with another kiddo, arrange a playdate. Even if you don’t have much in common with this parent, it’s nice to have the contact for your child and adult sidekick at the playground and other kid-involved events. If you’re not clicking with anyone on the playground, consider a mom group. For a list of local mom groups, visit our website FamilyandKidsGA.com and click […]
Low Down on Low T
Testosterone is known as a male hormone but it is present in the bodies of women and men. In men, it is produced by the testicles and is the main sex hormone. It is responsible for proper male sexual development and function. Testosterone is important to fertility because it assists with the daily production of a supply of sperm. It also helps maintain a healthy bone density, builds muscle mass and strength, and regulates the distribution of fat and production of red blood cells. In women, small amounts of testosterone are produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands, along with estrogen. This is much smaller than what is produced in a man’s body but it plays an important part in maintaining libido, bone & muscle mass. What causes low T and what are the symptoms? The amount of testosterone produced by the body decreases with age in both men and women. A condition called hypogonadism (low T) results in men when the testosterone levels drop below normal (about 240 ng/DL). In men, the slow decline in testosterone levels can begin after age 30 and becomes more noticeable in his 40s. Hypogonadism can also be caused by medical conditions not related to aging […]
Promoting Tween Confidence Through Action
Experts say a significant drop in self-esteem happens between ages 9-12. Instilling confidence in kids during these pivotal years can start with action-oriented activities that promote family time and conversation. “Simple tasks like doing a good deed for others, learning something new or accomplishing a goal, goes a long way in boosting self-esteem for tweens,” said Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and author of “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World.” Here are 5 ways you can instill confidence in your tween through action: Spread kindness Encourage your tween to team up with a pal to complete five acts of kindness in one week for people outside of your immediate circle. It could be helping a coach clean up after practice, holding the door, pitching in with a neighbor’s yard work, paying for the ice cream of the person behind you in line or any number of small gestures that help spread kindness. Test out a new activity Brainstorm activities with your tween that he or she has always wanted to learn but never tried like drawing, kickboxing or yoga. Engage your child in exploring how to make it happen. Ask around: many places offer free […]
Finding Time For Love After Kids
Finding time for your love after having kids can be difficult. I recall when it was just the two of us and every free moment was spent in each other’s gaze. We filled weekends and holidays with exciting road trips, saw every new movie and ate like a king and queen. I felt butterflies when his name would light up my phone and looked forward to holding hands during car rides. Fast forward to three years in with our son, and we are both guilty of leaving our relationship on the sidelines. Life happens and raising a child is exhausting. Some families have many children to juggle and finding time for your relationship can seem impossible. Here are a few suggestions I’ve tried to implement into my daily life to keep my relationship alive and remind my spouse how much he means to me: Waking up early: This may be a hard one, but if your love wakes up earlier than the rest of the household, get up too. The mornings are often very peaceful and listening to only the sound of the coffee machine is a great time to discuss casual topics. Plus, we are usually refreshed from a good […]
Help! My Child Stinks!
When your child nears the pre-teen years, it can seem like your sweet-smelling baby turns into a stinky, sweaty tween overnight, without warning. Kids as young as age 8 can start experiencing the changes in hormones associated with puberty. These hormone changes cause an increase in sweat production by the sweat glands. When bacteria on the skin comes in contact with the sweat, it uses the oils in the sweat for food and the smell associated with body odor is the end results of this process. Once your child reaches puberty, he should shower daily with soap and shampoo. A brightly colored nylon bath scrubber and body wash may make bath time less of a chore than trying to lather up with a bar of soap. Remind your child to clean the areas under the arms and the groin well since that is where the sweat glands that cause body odor are located. Have your child put on clean, fresh smelling clothes after showering. If your tween needs to take additional measures for body odor control, he could use antiperspirant and deodorant. Many health food stores sell antiperspirants and deodorants based on natural ingredients, like baking soda. During this time […]
Self-regulation is an important life skill for all ages to master. It actually is not a single skill but a group of skills. The ability to plan ahead, make thoughtful decisions, persistently work towards a future goal, and moderate emotions and behavior are all included in this group of skills. That is not to say spontaneity does not have a place, because it does, it is just kept within the boundaries you set to keep from being diverted from reaching your goals. Help your child understand the idea of self-regulation The ultimate purpose of self-regulation is to govern our behavior in a way that leads to successfully completing our daily and long-term goals. Help your child relate to abstract concepts associated with self-regulation, like taking turns and delayed gratification, by using real world scenarios. For example, help your preschooler practice taking turns at a playdate. After the playdate, ask him how he felt when his friend was happy because he got a turn and how he felt when it was finally his turn. Yes, he had to wait, but the goal was for everyone to enjoy the playdate, so explain how the delayed gratification was worth it. Help your child […]
Ingredients: 2 8-oz. pkg. crescent rolls 16oz cream cheese, softened 1-oz. Ranch-style dressing mix 2 carrots, finely chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out crescent rolls onto 2 large non-stick baking sheets. Stretch and flatten to form a single rectangular shape and pinch together seams. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool about 30 minutes. Combine cream cheese and ranch-style dressing mix. Spread the mixture over the cooled crusts. Chop veggies. Sprinkle veggies over cream cheese layer and then top with the cheese. Chill in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour. Cut into bite-size squares to serve. Courtesy of chefsavvy.com Additional Recipes: Apple Donuts Spring Smoothies Unicorn Energy Bites
Lava Lamp Experiment
Supplies: Vegetable Oil Water Gel food coloring Original Alka-Seltzer tablets Directions: To begin, color about 1/2 cup of water with food coloring. Take the Alka-Seltzer tablets and break them into 2 or 3 pieces. Place them in a small cup or container. Fill a glass about 3/4 full with vegetable oil. Then pour in the colored water until the liquid in the cup is about 1-2 inches from the top. The water and oil do not mix and the oil doesn’t change color because the food coloring is water soluble. The Alka-Seltzer reacts with the water to make bubbles of carbon dioxide. The bubbles attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and bring them to the top of the glass. When the bubbles pop, the blobs of colored waterfall back to the bottom of the glass. Courtesy of hellogiggles.com Additional Crafts: Teacup Birdfeeder Bath Bombs Ice Cream String Art
New Year’s Blues
For many of us, the arrival of a New Year brings the promise of new beginnings. January represents a fresh start, a clean slate, and the chance to seek out new opportunities. For others, the New Year can usher in a time of stress and uncertainty. Even for people who don’t normally suffer from anxiety, staring down the prospect of twelve months of reaching new heights – personally and professionally – can be daunting. A few common issues people may experience in January include: Post-Holiday Blues These days the build-up to Christmas starts early, with holiday sales beginning the day after Halloween and radio stations blasting festive tunes long before we’ve cut the Thanksgiving turkey. We fret over what gifts to buy for whom and wearing the perfect outfit, but the day passes quickly, and once it’s over we are left with a sense that there’s nothing else to look forward to. Post-holiday blues are a very real phenomenon but can be overcome by taking some practical steps. Practice gratitude. Before going over a list of new things you want to have or happen in your life, be sure to look around and take inventory of everything you already have. Be thankful for the people, the pets, the home and the blessings that are already a part of […]
Being Your Kid’s Role Model
If you have already begun considering your goals for the next year, there is one that should be included near the top of your list – being a good role model for your kids. One of the most effective ways to teach your kids the traits you wish them to embrace is to model them yourself. Here are some traits that will help your child in both his endeavors throughout childhood and as an adult. Living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of yourself. In the past year, have you made an effort to eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep? If not, make that a focus in the coming year. If your child watches you eat too many sweets and never sees you exercise, getting her to eat healthy and get moving will be a hard sell. A willingness to learn and grow. It is never too late to learn something new or grow a skill you already have. Let your kids see you take the time to invest in yourself and build your skill set, and they will be more likely to want to do the same. Navigating difficult situations with grace and treating others with kindness […]
Help Your Child Set Goals
Setting goals each year is not just for adults. Goal setting is a life skill that kids can learn and use to bring their dreams and aspirations closer to reality. Here are some tips that can be used to help even young kids set goals. Introduce goal setting by asking your child to come up with one or two simple but specific things he would like to complete in the short term, like finishing up an extra credit school project. These short-term goals provide a way to practice goal setting and prepare him to work towards more complex, long-term goals. The goals should be specific enough that you can assign criteria for completion and set a completion date. Once he feels the great sense of satisfaction that comes with successfully completing this short-term goal, he will be all fired up and ready to take on a more complex one. Let your child decide on what his long-term goals will be. You can ask him questions about what he wishes he could accomplish and inquire about the purpose of his goal to ensure it is not too vague, but do not select the goals for him. Your role is to […]
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
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1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
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