Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

Member Musings: Emotional Connection to Food Challenges

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I recently participated in a 30-day raw food challenge with some friends. Halfway through the month, some folks had a hard time “sticking with it,” and wanted to find ways to make a mental shift so it would seem easier.  Here are a few ideas that seem to help me when I’m dealing with emotions.

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]

Summertime Tips: Camping, Travel and Activities

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Summer is here! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather with your kids. PAMP has a bountiful resource of ideas for summertime activities, including tips on nearby camping, how to make travel easy and where to take your kids on day trips. There are also book suggestions, safe swimming pointers […]

Overcoming Procrastination

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Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. Side effects include missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, overwhelm, resentment and guilt. This article will explore the root causes of procrastination and give you several practical tools to overcome […]

Member Musings: Public Transit with Kids?

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We like to BART. And take other modes of public transportation, too. But yes, BART is my favorite. Of course it’s great for the environment, and often times it sure beats sitting in Bay Area traffic. But it’s more than that…

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]

Member Musings: Quality Time

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For months my husband and I have been trying to figure out the best way to make the most of the 1.5 hours we have with our two boys during the work week before bed time. Although we both would struggle with not showing our exhaustion and stress from being at the office earlier that day and instead show our kids “I’m excited to see you and spend time with you as much as you are!”, we couldn’t find the right balance.

We attempted to do everything together with our two young boys (now 2 and 4 years old), but realized that the needs of each was difficult to tackle at the same time in such a short period. From having them alternate what they wanted to do each night or us picking an easy win of watching a Leap Frog video for 20 minutes before reading books, we were about to give up.

I know that I was very lucky that both my husband and I could be home with the kids for dinner and bedtime most of the time, but it pained me that the small window of time was not ideal or best used. After months and months of unsuccessful attempts, I finally came up with an option that made us all happy.

Every night we would split – then switch. For example:

Monday: Mama and 4 year old would do an activity that 4yo would pick while Papa and 2 year old would do an age appropriate activity for the 2yo. Then after bath, Mama would read books to the 2yo and put him to bed and Papa would do the same for the 4yo.

Tuesday: Mama was with 2 yo and Papa with 4 yo, then after bath time they would switch…

and so on…

It’s been about a week of this and I have to say not only do we feel we get to have some one on one time with our kids and build a bond, but at the same time the kids get to enjoy an activity that they love.

Sounds simple right?! Just wish my brain would have as much energy as my heart when it would come to these types of things sometimes.

The Trouble with Motherhood

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Since my book Raising Happiness was published, I’ve met so many unhappy mothers I’ve come to believe there might just be an epidemic of unhappiness in mothers. Studies have long showed that parents tend to be unhappier than their childless counterparts. (Seven percent unhappier, on average.) Parents tend to feel happier grocery shopping and sleeping than they […]

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]

Book Review: All Joy and No Fun

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In All Joy and No Fun, The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, author Jennifer Senior takes readers through a history and analysis of how modern parenting has become the paradox that it is today. Rather than asking, as most parenting books do, about what effect parents have on their children,

Member Musings: How To Teach a Child to be Gentle

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Recently, I was with a group of young children that had made a circle around some bugs. They  watched them as they uncurled and moved slowly on the earth. They learned that when the Roly Poly felt threatened, it would curl up in a ball. 

One of the children held a bug in his hand. He was mesmerized. He stood there simply holding this little black bug as it crawled on him. He knew if he tried and touch it, the bug would curl up in a ball. He held it carefully so the bug would keep crawling.

We spent more time than we could have imagined simply holding these precious bugs as each child had a chance to experience first hand what it meant to be gentle. I knew we could carry this lesson that unfolded naturally in the forest to other parts of their lives. We can use this moment of holding a little creature to help children understand how to treat a younger or older sibling. 

Recipe to Teach A Child to Be Gentle
Ingredients:

  • An ant hill
  • A rock or dirt where a Roly Poly/Pill Bug may live
  • A lady bug
  • A loving adult
  • A young child

Directions:

  • Take the time to look and observe an ant hill or under a rock for a Roly Poly
  • Guide a child to observe the bug or ant
  • Gently place the bug in a child’s outstretched hand

Cooking time:

This is the key to the entire experience, there is no set time.  Some children can observe an ant hill for 30 minutes and others for two minutes.  Take the time to give the child time.

Watch and Truly Enjoy!

Credit:

Pamela Worth is the owner of Tiny Treks, and outdoor education program.

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Kindness to the Earth — This Earth Day and Every Day!

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The theme of reduce, reuse, and recycle has become a part of our collective consciousness, right up there with wi-fi and coffee. We all know about it, we all know it’s a good thing, but how many of us actually put it into practice? Why should we put it into practice? More than just a triad […]

Try out Dinnerbundle – $20 off!

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Ready to try a better dinner experience? Dinnerbundle makes weeknight cooking more fun and less stressful. We deliver delicious 30-minute-recipes and matching fresh ingredients to your home, so that you can cook healthy and family-friendly dinners without the hassle. Sign up at www.dinnerbundle.com, enter code “PAMP” and get $20 off! 3 dinners for 4 people […]

Organize Your Mail

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When we were kids we looked forward to the mail delivery, but as adults we dread it. It’s not just the bills we hate, but the piles of flyers, solicitations, coupons, periodicals, circulars and advertisements. Ugh. I know what you’re thinking. “It takes more than ten minutes to go through my mail.” “I get so […]

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]