Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Play Therapy with Rocket Flyers

Blast Off!

I love the idea of a rocket ship theme in play therapy (or just plain ole' play). It's one that can be expanded upon in so many ways. The sky is really the limit (pun intended!) when it comes to creating additional ways to play. We'll give you a couple of ideas below...plus a free printable bullseye to add to the fun!

Rocket Flyers

I found these brilliant rocket flyers online at BrainPowerBoy.com and the second I saw them, I knew I would have to use them for a play therapy activity.  Though these are all decked out in Fourth of July splendor, they can be made in any color combination to fit the season, and they are so dang cute, they just beg to be used for play therapy. Who was I to say "no"?

First Things, First

Get the directions to make your rockets right HERE. You'll find the materials you'll need, plus directions that will help you whip up the rockets in no time.

Ready to Play?

For starters, here's how I'd use them:

1. Q & A

1. Create a target in the therapy room with a posterboard or construction paper. Have the kiddo you are working with help. You can also download our handy printable, if you prefer!

Find it HERE!

2. Affix the target to the wall with painter's tape.

3. Create questions to use for each color on the bullseye.  When that color is hit, a card is drawn and the question is answered and discussed.  Rather not come up with your own questions? No problem! Simply use some ready-made questions from any of the following: 

TOTIKA cards {Set of 5}


IN A JAR: Try any of these!

2. Feelings 

Write the name of a feeling inside each ring of the bullseye. When any particular ring is hit, have the child:

a) Describe a time he felt that way.

b) Describe what someone could do if they felt that way.

c) Describe what might happen to someone to make them feel that way.

Now It's Your Turn 

How would you use this activity? We'd love to hear about it!

Looking for more resources for helping kids deal with life issues as a parent or in therapy? We have multiple ways to help kids with just about every feeling and situation under sun RIGHT HERE. Our shop is open 24/7. Need some new ideas on parenting that can create a more peaceful home and a happier family? Go HERE!

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 EASY Ways to Prevent Stress in Kids and Teens

When it comes to stress, the best offense is a good defense. Defend your child against stress by following five simple tips that are known to help kids (and everyone) prevent stress and buffer its impact on their life.

1. Get Some Zzzzzzz's

One of the single-most important things we can do as parents is make sure our kids get enough shut-eye.  Sleep requirements vary with age. Refer to these guidelines by WebMD, and see how your child's sleep measures up. Be sure to scroll through to see each age bracket.

2. Avoid Overscheduling

You know that feeling you get when you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? Your child gets it, too. School, play dates, sporting events, homework and more can all pile-up, leaving little down time for your child to just "be" a kid. Make sure your child has plenty of time to pursue her own interests in an unstructured manner.

3. Move It!

Physical activity is essential to your child or teen's overall health. Aside from providing exercise it releases those helpful "feel good chemicals" (endorphins), helps maintain a healthy weight, can aid in sleep and can become a family bonding time. Need some inspiration? See HERE.

4. Help Them Deal with Feelings 

Not being able to deal effectively with feelings contributes to stress in a variety of ways. Negative thinking can be a root cause of anxiety and depression, even in kids and teens.  It's most helpful to provide support and new tools to help kids cope, rather than to find yourself in damage control. If you need help supporting your child with this, you can find clinical strength resources to help kids and teens with feelings HERE.

5. Show Them How!

Parents who keep their cool and who can manage their own reactions have a competitive edge in helping their children do the same. If you are a parent who struggles with your own emotions, you are not alone. Get more support to help you better deal with things, so you can help your children. If you are looking for a whole new approach at this parenting thing, check out how neuroscience can inform our parenting practices and help our families find their sweet spot.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Raising Happy Kids

Here are some really important things to know about raising happy kids. It is our pleasure to share this via happify.  Which do you find most surprising?

What will change as a result of reading this? 

Don't let parenting stress drain your happiness, sap your energy and contribute to a less than pleasant household. If you're struggling, we hope you'll consider #BloomParenting. You and your kids are worth it! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Plans Freebie for Kids

Find it all HERE.
No sign-ups, no info needed! No strings attached!
Free summer fun! Enjoy!

Freebie Summer Printable

It's the first official day of summer break in my neighborhood, and to celebrate, we've whipped up a cute download that is suitable for younger and older kids.  Let kids dream and scheme with this printable.

For Younger Kids

For younger kids, our printable has a bit of design and a blank slate for non-writers to draw, doodle and depict what they'd like to do over the summer. Tweens and teens who like to draw and doodle may even be drawn to this version (pardon the pun). Why place limits? Ask your child, student or client which they'd rather use.

Find it all HERE.

For Older Kids

For older kids, we have a printable with smaller lines, so they can jot down what they'd like to do for fun in the coming summer. Heck, parents can use this, too! Why not?

Find it all HERE.

A Bit More About This Activity

While doodling, drawing and writing about summer plans may be fun, you're also giving kids and teens an opportunity to build crucial executive function skills.  Planning and executing plans all build more mental muscle!

What are you doing this summer?


Surviving Summer

Are things calm, cool and collected at your abode? Phew! I'm glad they are!

If you answered no, and you feel as if you are at your wit's end, give BLOOM a try! It's what we know works to create more peaceful households and happier people!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer Fun: More Than 100 Ideas!

That final school bell is about to ring and you know that a little bit of preparation goes a long way towards making the difference between a good summer and a great summer! If you're coming up short on ideas of things to do with the kiddos as the temperature soars, check out our pin board curated specifically for summer! You'll find something to suit everyone! 

Frequent the board, as it will be updated throughout the summer! 

More summer fun:

Grab our FREE "Summer Plans" printables to use with your kiddos!
There's a version for younger and older kids (and even you can use them, if you please!)
Find the download HERE.

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by Joan Brennan of @FocusAndRead

For Moms and Dads

Here's one for you, moms and dads! Keep the peace at your house this summer (and all year through) with BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. Available now in paperback and Kindle.

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Here's to a GREAT summer!

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