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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Does Your Child Have Anger Issues?

Children as well as adults will feel different emotions at one time or another. Anger is an emotion that children need to learn how to deal with. If it is not dealt with, it can carry over into their adult life. 

Ways to Cope With Anger

Can you envision what an angry child looks likes? Have you sometimes observed small children playing? Possibly when one gets mad, that child may decide to hit the other out of anger. Learning to deal with this anger is something that they need to be taught.

Mads Out

I happen to stumble across this site I really like the suggestions that Lynne Namka, Ed.D makes for children to get their mad out. Some of the things she suggested was to check your tummy, jaws, and your fists, see if the mads are coming, stop and think, make a good choice, remember to use your firm words not your fists, use a strong voice and say, “I feel mad when you ________.”and there were several more things she talked about. This is so good for children and even adults could learn from this as well.

The Mad Family Gets Their Mads out: Lynne Namka, Ed. D.

Okay to be Mad

Erin at talks about how it is okay to be angry and the importance of not hiding your emotion from your children. How many times have you been angry and when someone asked you if you were angry, you denied it and said, “Everything is okay.?” Erin further adds that she has an anger box in her classroom. When children are feeling angry and upset they can go to the box that is filled with various calming and coping items which will allow the child to identify the emotion, regain control, and develop healthy coping skills. I really like this concept. Some of the items she suggest to put in this box are foam ball, small pillow, bubble wrap, play-dough, or a small mirror. Possibly you can think of some things that you might want to add to your angry box. I really like having a mirror in the box, because then the child can view their facial expression. When we get angry, our expression usually shows it.

Bedtime Meditations for Kids (Calm for Kids)

Calming App

Did you know that there is an actual app for calming children when they are angry? This app is an audio and video tool developed for children with autism, but I can see how any child that has an anger problem could benefit from it. It has a social story with it and it only sells for $2.99. it is available in the store.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are Your Children Eating for their Blood Type?

Have you thought about the importance of how you and your children eat? Do you just eat certain foods because they taste good? Do you take into consideration that many of the foods you and your children eat are not good for you?

Eat Right for Your Blood

Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.” This is so true because DNA, paternity questions, and much more are found in the blood. Eating according to your blood type is so crucial to sustain your quality of life.

Determine your Children's Blood Type

If you do not know your children's blood type then you can determine that by requesting your doctor for a blood test.  Sometimes parents will make a note of this after giving birth and note it in their baby book. Your child will either be blood type A, B, AB, or O. The most common is B positive. Because we all are different, it makes sense that each person should eat according to their blood type. Have you noticed that possibly you are able to tolerate milk, but you may have some children that cannot tolerate it and others that can?

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Below is the site for a blood type food chart, once you determine your blood type:

Type B Diet

If your child's blood type is B, according to Dr. Dadamo you want to be aware that eating corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds can result in fatigue, fluid retention, and hypoglycemia. He further adds that when you eat for your blood type your blood sugar levels should remain normal after meals.


According to Dr. Dina Khader at each blood type has their own genetic blueprint. He further adds that “B” is for balance and type B's do well with a little bit of yoga and stress reduction and deep-breathing exercises. So not only is eating for your blood type important, but exercising for your blood type is equally important.

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According to, if your child is type B blood then those type of children are natural organizers and their minds are orderly and cannot stand clutter. They further ad that type B would benefit from stretching exercises before the start of the school day.  Once you and your children start eating for your blood type, you will discover what foods benefit you and other foods that don't

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Eat right for Your Type

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chemo Brain in Childhood

When children go through chemotherapy for Cancer, besides the numerous side effects that they may experience, their brain may experience changes as well.

Brain after Chemo

Chemotherapy Effects

Chemotherapy not only affects the body, but affects the entire brain. Sometimes children may experience “Chemo Brain” after Chemotherapy. It has been sometimes called chemo fog. According to chemo fog affects children more so than adults. Children's cancer is treated more aggressively with higher dosages of chemo and radiation, because of higher incidents of brain tumors. They further add they may develop problems with memory, verbal attention, and confused thinking for weeks or months. After talking with several adult cancer patients, I know that this is true.

According to chemotherapy can cause chemo fog in children and cause a rippling effect throughout their adult life.

Signs of Chemo Brain

Mayo suggests some of the signs of chemo brain are being unusually disorganized, confusion, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory problems, feeling of mental sluggishness and more.

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Coping With Chemo Brain also known as (Brain Fog or Chemo Fog)

Several ways to cope with chemo brain may include making lists, keeping a calendar, leaving reminder messages, and doing one thing at a time according to These are just a few of the things that they suggest. Might I add there has been so much emphasis in previous years on multi-tasking that doing one thing at a time is a total turn around. In talking with other cancer patients, they have emphasized that the chemo fog may come and go at various times.

More Help With Chemo Brain suggests several more things you can do to help fight Chemo Brain. They are as follows:

a. Try brain exercises such as puzzles or word games.

b. Do physical exercise, but not to the point of fatigue

c. Ask for help, everyone needs help at some point in time

d. Work on your strengths.


Strategies for Cognitive Problems suggests keeping a pad and pencil with you to jot down notes and eliminate clutter. They further add that some children may need to learn new ways of learning in school and utilize special in school reading or math classes that may be available. Yes there is help for Chemo Brain.

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Neurological Effects of Chemotherapy on Young Children by Kat McCallum

After Chemo

Chemo Brain

12 Ways to Cope With
Chemo Brain”

Coping with 'chemo brain'

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Childhood Cancer Awareness Ideas

Cancer affects children as well as adults. Possibly you think that only women get breast cancer. Unfortunately men get breast cancer also. Cancer affects everyone.

chemotherapy care packages

Photo Credit:  Morguefile by VIRGINIAMOL

Did you know that childhood cancer statistics show there are 380,000 survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer alive in the United States? Those figures are according to the National Cancer Institute. They further add that survival rates overall are improving. There are a numerous things that you can do to support children during their cancer treatments.

God's Word

What does God say about it? Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This makes me mindful of a comment a young boy made in the TV Series “Red Bond Society.” This young boy stated,” Some people think life ends in the hospital, but no it is just beginning.” He also added sometimes you are not able to “walk in someone elses shoes, but just sit beside them and listen.” Several of the children in this movie are battling some form of cancer or other illness, but they bond together and affect many lives in a good way. 

I am also reminded of the scripture Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit.” So this lets me know people will have their opinions about your children including doctor's diagnosis and more, but through it all always speak God's word about your children, because Hebrew 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I agree. God's word is “alive.”


I recall writing and article and mentioning how music is good for children in the hospital. Music  is great for children with cancer. Possibly the cancer patient has a favorite song that he or she loves to listen too.  The video below shows how children, family and the staff at this hospital used music to help the children who have cancer.

Stronger/Seattle Children's Hospital


It is important to educate yourself about cancer in order to help the child with cancer. This is a win/win situation, because the education will help you as well. You may learn of new technology or just new ways to help.

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Chemo-Caps and quilts

Although the Cancer Institute gives away free caps for chemo patients and has several quilts available for patients during chemo treatment, I recall seeing a meeting at the library on certain days of the week for a group to get together and put their knitting and crocheting skills to work by making chemo caps. That is a very worthy cause.

Busy Bag

Let's not forget the parent's and siblings of the children with cancer. Parent's will be spending a lot of time in the hospital with their children. According to Clare at, such things as pretzels, crackers, book of word games, Chap Stick, coloring books, crayons, or lotion in a care package would be quite helpful to the family.

According to Dana-Faberge, until you or someone you know is battling the illness, you have no idea about the magnitude of the illness. They further add that even though cancer may deplete the human spirit, music can uplift and transform to bring the mind, soul, and body into harmony.

Remember there are numerous ways that you can help with cancer awareness throughout the year.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Hebrews 4:12

Cancer in Children and Adolescents

Hospital Busy Bags

Music Therapy Helps My son Through Cancer Treatment

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

3 Healthy Habits for Your Children

Did you know that just as adults are developing healthy habits, you can help your children develop healthy habits? Both of you can have fun doing this too.

There are bad habits and there are habits that are good for you. Although healthy eating habits are quite important for children, there are a variety of other good habits that will help your children have a balanced life. They are listed below.
A list of Good habits for kids


Laughing is free and it does not cost any money. Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Besides the fact that this is mentioned in the Bible, when you laugh, it just gives you a good feeling. Have you ever observed how carefree children are
about laughing and playing? They will laugh at almost anything. Children are bombarded in our society by so many negatives, they need to be able to laugh about some things. I have observed how some children are able to make others laugh. Some like telling jokes and some just are naturally funny.  According to WebMd, studies have shown that humor may raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of the immune cells. Sometimes just laughing with your children about something you all find amusing. Possibly a funny commercial, picture, or even a joke, may be something you and your children find to laugh about throughout your day.


There are various ways that children can be involved in healthy activities. Besides the 20 minutes recess that they may receive at school, after school or on weekends you may go to the park for about 15 to 20 minutes. It does not have to be for a long length of time. Children love to play on the slides and swings at the park. When the weather does not permit, I have found that Haloburger and McDonald's Restaurants have play areas for the children and they just love this. Riding bikes is a great activity for both you and your children. Dancing is an excellent activity. You can do that easily in your home. I attended our family reunion recently. There were 2 little ones between the ages 3 and 5 years old. They started dancing and never stopped the entire evening. They were having so much fun.

Positive Attitude

Everyone may not have a positive attitude. Some children or even adults may expect more of themselves and feel crushed when that does not happen. It may be easy to find fault with others or ourselves, but what about a positive attitude? This is something some children may have to work at. Possibly ask your children to think and say something positive about a family member. Possibly you might ask your children what do they have to say that is positive about a teacher. I recall having to go to the high school for a conference with one of my children's teacher. I took her with me. Before going up there she had nothing positive to say about the teacher, only that she hated him. It did not occur to me to take that moment to see if she could think of something positive to say about him. I did let her know that she is entitled to her feelings, but needed to give him respect in the classroom. Think about the teachable moments during you and your child's day that your child can have a positive attitude.  Did you know that positive thinking can help with stress management according to Mayo Clinic Staff at Mayo They further add that positive talk can help with better coping skills during hardships and times of stress. Positiveness is contagious. Why not encourage your children today to be positive?
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Proverbs 17:22

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The Best Brain Food for Kids

Not only do you want your kids to eat healthy, you want them to eat the best food that will nourish their brain for better thinking and sustaining power.

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Whole Grains

Do you like oatmeal? Did you know that oatmeal and brown rice reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. I remember feeding my children oatmeal before bedtime and they would sleep very well. According to WebMd. Oatmeal keeps the heart and brain arteries clear. They further added the one study showed kids who ate sweetened oatmeal did better on memory-related academic tasks than those who ate a sugary cereal. You can add cinnamon to it too and compounds in the spice protect brain cells according to preliminary research. I recall as a teenager, my aunt would always make oatmeal for breakfast. As a teenager, I did not realize the importance of breakfast and I would just skip breakfast. I did not realize at the time, but I would physically not feel as well as I could, until I started eating breakfast. It was then that I noticed how much better I felt physically and emotionally.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Do your kids like greens or salads? According to kale, collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are great sources of vitamin e.  I personally like mustard and turnip greens with spinach. That is an awesome combination. My children were raised on greens and cornbread. I just love it. also, mentioned that berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries help the brain's mechanism related to memory which declines with age.

Power Pack Lunches

I am so glad that Michelle Obama started the “Let's Move” Movement, getting the children to dance and exercise in school. More importantly making it mandatory that they have fresh fruit for the lunch meal programs. I have seen some of the kids plates in school with the fresh fruit and vegetables and they look very tasty and appealing. According to kid's lunches should provide one third of your child's calories, vitamins, and minerals. This can be provided when children bring their lunches to school also. According to ABC news the new USDA rules would phase out advertising sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during school days. I also personally know of an elementary school principal that has taken the vendor machines out of her school.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cool Gadgets for your Children

Baby Monitor for IPhone camera

There are many cool gadgets for your children. Children seemingly adapt and learn how to use gadgets very quickly. I have found a few gadgets that you and your children will like.

Baby Monitor

This baby monitor is different from a regular baby monitor. This awesome gadget will allow you to not only hear your baby, but to see your baby on your iPhone. This free app is for iPhones or for iPads. With the device you can monitor and even talk to your baby from anywhere. I like this. Yes it shows your baby in real time. This app is at

Cute Fun Solar Salt Water Hybrid Power Toy Car Gadget Toy for Kids Child

Your children will love this solar powered toy car. You will love that it takes no batteries. No more days of buying a toy and having to buy batteries to accommodate it. All you need is direct sunlight and it only sells for $7.22. This item is at

Compose Music

Do you have children that are forever composing music? Possibly they are always creating new lyrics? They would just love this. They just sing into the pen which serves as a mic, when finished insert it into the music score which converts it into music notes that will appear on the board.

LED Fluorescent Message Board Digital Alarm Clock with 4 Port USB Hub Calendar

World of Building Set Bugs

Although this set costs $59.95, this set helps Kindergarteners creative thinking. It has colorful LED lights. They are actual laser pegs that children can put together similar to Lego blocks, except these are quite colorful with the bright lights.

NorPro Ice Cream Sandwich Maker


What about a turbospoke for your childrens bike riding? It sounds like a hot rod. You know those sounds your children make with their mouth as if they are riding a hot rod, well no need for that with turbospoke. It sells for $23.00 at

Hi-Tech Furniture with Built-In TV and Computer

Both you and your children can watch TV,read,or even use the computer at the same time. How neat is this? A Brazilian Designer has designed this for the Tech-Savvy teenager.

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