15 Solutions for Better Thinking and Self-Regulation ~ LIVE Webcasts

In her upcoming book, Play Activities For Better Thinking, Self-Regulation and Motor Skills in Children ages 3-12, pediatric psychologist Dr. Lynne Kenney integrates the newest neuroscience research with practical activities designed to enhance executive function, learning, behavior and self-regulation.

Now you can get a sneak preview of 15 of the neurocognitive activities as well as brain-based strategies in two LIVE 2 hr webcasts Tuesday April 8, 2014.

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Brain-Based Parenting 1:00 pm Eastern

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Self-regulation 3:15 pm Eastern

Practical research-based cognitive and motor activities to alert or calm the mind.

Live demonstrations of brain-based techniques you can use at home, in the office and in the classroom.

Live music with composer Nacho Arimany, co-producer of inTime with Sheila Allen and Alex Doman of Advanced Brain Technologies.

Apply the latest neurocognitive science to learning and behavior

  • Easy to implement high-energy activities
  • Activities you can do without any equipment at all
  • Step-by step instructions provided in simple never before seen worksheets
  • Strategies to help difficult children become more interested and invested in learning
  • State-of the-art resources, books and links

What is neurocognition?

Why do we need to move to think?

How and why music improves learning

How to use a ball to alert or calm the brain

How to work smarter, not harder

How to activate the brain and calm the mind for better learning and behavior

How to enhance rhythm and timing for better memory, learning and behavior

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Brain-Based Parenting 1:00 pm Eastern

Join us LIVE April 8, 2014 Self-regulation 3:15 pm Eastern

Here are three activities to get you started.

1. What’s in the bag ~ Hide n Seek in a bag, what could be more delightful! Have child collect five objects they like, put them in bag one at a time, allow child to explore outside of bag with hands to determine what is inside.

2. Roll and release ~ Teach mood modulation with slow medium and fast seated ball rolling.

3. Let’s not do it ~ Consider an action that your child needs to reduce and practice not doing it. “Hold on, let’s not do it.” “What can we do instead?”

Hope to see you there!

Get Your “Fit” On ~ 15 min workouts

The Olympics makes me think a lot about college, a time when I could work out any moment I desired. I would do aerobics at 8 am after dancing til 2 am.  I’d walk miles across campus every day, I think I got about four hours of exercise every day. It felt great!

Now, if I can find 15 minutes in between writing, cooking, driving carpool, cleaning up after the bunny, feeding the horses and walking the dog, I feel I’ve succeeded. I found a few 15 min workouts and thought I’d share them with you all. The goal is to do them in the am and pm, getting some heart-healthy movement throughout the day bringing the laundry up and down the stairs, chasing the kids around and if we’re lucky, getting a run in.

Track your workouts with our Daily Health Planner (click).

Download The Free Participant Guide with 30+ Recipes (click).

Ready to work out right now? Fitness Blender has many free videos on YouTube. Here’s a workout for all our #OlympicDads, moms and kids. Remember to get your yearly physical exam and speak with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Get your “fit” on!

My Daily Health Planner #OlympicMoms

About three months ago I started working out with my friend Dina 5 days a week and we feel great! Dina is approaching 50 and looks like she’s 30. In fact, she needs a new promo video cause she is totally ripped. Me, I’m still eating too much Pirate Booty at night but with all the recipes from our friends, my clean eating habits are improving:).

One thing that really helps us is our daily health planner, so I’m sharing it with you to use as well. Let me know how you are doing.

Olympic Moms Participant Guide FINAL DHP (full size download to print)

Here is the entire 12 page guide with recipes.

OM Health Planner


We’re Proud of You Too! #OlympicMoms #OlympicDads

Yesterday on my private Facebook, a mom of seven posted the most touching video about her struggle to manage her “demons” making her a healthier, happier, more available mom. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how brave and honest she was.  She told the story of how she has joined other moms in exercising, eating well and reducing her comfort habits, those that were not serving her well. We all have those, we understand. But most of us do not talk about them publicly in our bathrobes, crying in a closet, I’ll never forget that image, her honesty was inspiring. “I’m so proud of myself,” she exclaimed. “We’re proud of you as well,” I said aloud. As I watched her video, I wanted a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast but I went downstairs and had a green salad with grilled chicken, Kalamata olives, carrots and artichoke hearts. We have support and encouragement for you as well.

Inspired by the Olympics 15 experts joined together to provide meal plans, recipes and activities for family fun. You can download the Participants Guide HERE.

Recipes Week 1 #OM

For direct info from the generous experts click on their links.

Sue Atkins is a Parenting Expert and the author of Parenting Made Easy
www.sueatkinsparentingcoach.com @SueAtkins www.facebook.com/SueAtkinsTheParentingExpert www.youtube.com/user/sueatkins1

Gill Connell  is a Mum, Grandmum, Teacher, International Lecturer, Author and Consultant and founder of Moving Smart movingsmartblog.blogspot.com @movingsmart www.facebook.com/movingsmart www.pinterest.com/movingsmartnow/moving-smart

Amanda Frolich an expert in childhood physical development and the founder of Amanda’s Action Club www.amandasactionclub.co.uk @actionamanda www.facebook.com/amandasactionclub

Annie Fox, M.Ed is an internationally respected parenting expert, family coach and trusted online adviser for teens  www.anniefox.com @Annie_Fox www.facebook.com/AnnieFox.author  www.pinterest.com/annielfox www.youtube.com/user/AnnieLFox

Aviva Goldfarb is a family dinner expert and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online dinner planning solution for busy parents www.thescramble.com @thescramble  www.pinterest.com/thescramble

Lynne Kenney, PsyD is a mom of two, a pediatric psychologist, international speaker, author and media host www.lynnekenney.com @drlynnekenney www.facebook.com/DrLynneKenney www.pinterest.com/lynnekenney www.youtube.com/LynneKenney

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian, Mom and Founder of Real Mom Nutrition www.realmomnutrition.com @RMNutrition www.facebook.com/realmomnutrition  www.pinterest.com/RMNutrition

Lori Lite is the founder of Stress Free Kids, author of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide, www.StressFreeKids.com @StressFreeKids www.facebook.com/stressfreekids www.pinterest.com/stressfreekids

Kelly Loubet is a Social Media Strategist and Community Builder everydaychildhood.com @childhood www.facebook.com/KellyLoubet www.pinterest.com/childhood

Deb McNelis is an Early Brain Development Specialist and author of The Brain Development Series @braininsights Early Childhood Brain Insights Blog www.braininsightsonline.com  www.pinterest.com/braininsights

Beth Onufrak, PhD is a Child Psychologist and Parent Educator @drbethkids A Child In Mind Blog

EA Stewart, MBA, RD is Owner of Spicy RD Nutrition www.eastewart.com/blog/ @thespicyrd www.facebook.com/thespicyrd www.pinterest.com/thespicyrd/  instagram.com/thespicyrd

Amy Valpone is a Personal Chef and Marketing Consultant specializing in simple Gluten Free ‘clean’ recipes thehealthyapple.com @TheHealthyApple www.facebook.com/TheHealthyApple.com www.pinterest.com/thehealthyapple

Christy Wilson, RD is a Registered Dietitian, Mom and Nutrition Consultant specializing in recipes families love ChristyWilsonNutrition.com @ChristysChomp www.instagram.com/christywil74 www.pinterest.com/christywilsonrd

Wendy Young, LMSW is a mom of three, a Licensed Master Social Worker, Founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM www.kidlutions.com @kidlutions www.pinterest.com/kidlutions www.facebook.com/kidlutions www.youtube.com/user/Kidlutions

What is #OlympicMoms

For the next 14 days my blog will be dedicated to the Olympics. We were encouraged by a mom who wanted more play time, a better exercise plan and more whole food to create an international community of moms who could support one another for better health, fitness and family fun inspired by the Olympics.  I wrote to 15 international experts in food, nutrition, family & exercise and asked if they would share recipes, meal plans, fitness tips and children’s activities with us for FREE during the Olympics. The response was overwhelming. Recipes, stress-free living tips and more came pouring in. Thank you warmly to our experts.

We are all #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads who for 14 days will eat better, play with our children more and exercise daily in order to jump-start a year of health and wellness within our families. Anyone can participate.

Download our #OlympicMoms Participant Guide, from Slide Share, print out the Health Plan page and start sharing, communicating and lifting other parents up with your helpful eating, fitness and family fun tips. For all the expert content in one place visit our Social Hub. We like and appreciate dads as well, join us!

OM What is

Download it, view it, share it, it’s all Fun & FREE!

Play: It’s More Than Therapy ~ Join Us February 2014

PLAYScotland and England, here we come! Working on dates now for Play: It’s more than therapy. Next stop, Indiana February 4-7, 2014 PLAY Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Carmel, Evansville, Indiana. There is still time to sign-up call PESI 1-800-844-8260.

In this applied play therapy presentation we explore the current neuroscientific underpinnings of child development, communication, social-emotional skills, and behavior with an emphasis on how play therapy enhances executive function, metacognition and daily functioning.

Moving beyond theory and into practice, clinicians will learn the brain-based reasons why and how play therapy works. Reviewing over 20 play therapy tools and techniques clinicians will have the opportunity to create their own written play therapy methodologies with an ability to articulate what they do and why they do it, from the perspective of brain science. By delving into the meaning of narrative communication, social skill development and academic enhancement, we will broaden the landscape of therapeutic interventions in play therapy for ADHD, SPD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, anxiety, trauma and depression. Here is the ppt for download with over 100 books, resources, products and play concepts.

Dr. Lynne is bringing brain-based interventions to clinicians, teachers and parents worldwide. Is she speaking in your city?

Doc says ~ Don’t eat these 10 foods #Free printable chart

Guest author and natural food scientist Dr. Carol Kenney helps us understand why soda, sugar, and refined wheat diminish body and brain function. She provides this helpful printable to post on your fridge or take to the grocery store when choosing foods for your family. If you want a healthy brain and body, aim for the 80/20 rule, 80% of the time avoid highly acid-forming foods. They cause us to store belly fat which is bad for your health. Get our whole foods grocery list here as well. LINK.
Alkaline Foods

Specifically, try to avoid:

1. Refined sugar (and all products made from it candy, cakes, cookies etc.)
2. Bleached flour (white flour) The scoop on wheat.
3. Sodas (coke, rootbeer, sprite etc)
4. Bagels
5. Chips
6. Sugary cereals
7. Hot dogs and luncheon meat
8. Soy drinks
9. Bacon
10. Fast foods (they are cheap for a reason)

According to Dr. Kenney, the body is constantly striving toward balance. When we eat, breathe, walk, talk, jog, bend over, laugh, or simply sit and do nothing, the body is at work making hundreds of thousands of adjustments to maintain homeostasis. Our system fine-tunes to keep a host of factors, including body temperature, blood glucose, and the oxygen levels of the blood within safe ranges. For good health, the body must also maintain the blood and extracellular body fluids in a slightly alkaline range, a pH between 7.35 and 7.45, where a pH of 7 is considered neutral.

Maintaining a slightly alkaline condition is important for good health, but consuming alkalizing foods to balance those that are acid-forming does not come naturally to most of us. I believe three key factors are to blame:

First, we naturally favor acid-forming foods because they taste good to us. Acid-forming foods are generally those that have a sweet or bland taste, such as sugar, refined-flour baked goods, grains, and animal products. In contrast, alkalizing foods tend to be bitter, sour, or pungent, foods like dark leafy greens, lemons, radishes and onions. Our taste preference for sweet is nothing new. Nature programmed us to like “sweet” as a self-protection pointing us to safer foods in the environment, since sweet foods are generally non-poisonous.

Second, cheap, convenience foods and fast foods—sugar, refined flour products, and fried foods—which are largely acid-forming, are everywhere. Beyond convenience foods, we must also add the factor lifestyle—our “grab-and-go,” “grab-on-the-go” hurried living undermines home cooking, particularly the preparation of alkalizing foods like dark leafy greens and other plant-based alkalizing foods.

Third, because the brain runs on glucose and because our lives are over-filled with stresses and over-thinking, we often find ourselves running around on “empty.” When we “hit the wall,” we crave sugar and refined carbohydrates as a stop-gap to stoke and appease our brain cells to keep them working for us despite fatigue and stress.

To consume sufficient alkalizing foods in today’s world requires a conscious and conscientious effort. But, once we understand the role that alkalizing foods can play to prevent over-acidic blood conditions, a factor that is linked to chronic disease, it is easier to make such a commitment.

Here’s a simple list on the Top 10 Foods To Eat:

1. Leafy greens (2-4 cups a day) collard, romaine, kale, spinach, broccoli

2. Lemons, limes, apples, berries, avocados and oranges

4. Greek yogurt and organic kefir

5. Grass-fed beef (all you need is 1-2 ounces per serving forget the 8 lb steaks)

6. Pasture-raised chicken and Wild Salmon

7. Olive and coconut oil

8. Walnuts

9. All the colorful vegetables (color = vitality)

10. Ground flax seed and hemp hearts

Here are a few more lists, really eating a wide variety of whole foods (if it doesn’t rot our sprout do without) is the best answer, no one should stick to 10 foods, you should have hundreds, but if you’re wondering what to put on your grocery list here are a few more links.



Let us know what you love? Chia seeds? Turkey wraps?

Send us links, recipes, meal-plans and more. We’re listening.

The Stocked Pantry ~ Free Printable

Our girls are in culinary class this year, which means our kitchen is crowded. Yea! Even Olivia’s friends are starting to cook with me Saturday mornings. IMG_2406

The only challenge is I keep running to the grocery store. I mean really, apron on, hair in a pony, it’s not a pretty sight. So I researched pantry lists from several sources and made a master list. Each time we go to the store, we get 1-3 items in order to fill the pantry. You too, can have what you need on hand.

CLICK on the image, print out and share as you wish. Any items I’m missing let me know, it could become a really BIG list:).

The Stocked Pantry Dec 2013

Here are a few sites to inspire family cooking.

Top 100 Family Food Blogs ~ Babble





Other Pantry Lists:

Pioneer Woman Pantry List

Picky Eaters Pantry List

Sara Moulton’s Pantry List

Making meals together is a terrific way to connect with family. Eat and be Merry in your kitchen. Happy Holidays!

Experience Gratitude via @Happysuperfoods

Happy Family Logo June 2013The holiday season is a time to reflect and be grateful; grateful for the love of family, the comforts of home and the abundance of caring in your community. Here are five ways to experience gratitude with your children.

G — Get eye to eye. Gratitude is felt in a glance, a tender smile or a meaningful touch. Take the time to show your children they are appreciated and loved with meaningful moments spent eye to eye, on the floor playing or even at the kitchen counter baking or creating gifts for others, together.

R — Remember. We live in a fast-paced society where we run from one activity to the next. Take the time to talk about and remember experiences for which you were grateful. The time you sat outside and star-gazed as a family or helped an elderly person reach up to the top shelf at the grocery store for a cherished item. Remember holiday rituals with your grandparents or loved ones. Remembering brings you back to the moment with a smile.

A — Attitude. Model for your children an attitude of abundance not paucity. Too often we get caught up in what we want, not what we need. This limits our abilities to enjoy what we have, be it a warm meal, a cozy bed or a valued teacher. Living with an attitude of abundance leads to showing others we care, as we are full and ready to give.

T — Time. We can’t create more hours in the day but we can appreciate the ones we have. Taking the time to get up off the couch, play outdoors, turn off our incessant media and live in this moment of time lends to a full heart and closer relationships.

I — In Tune. Feeling, modeling and expressing gratitude with those you love fills your piggy bank of caring to last beyond the season. Being in tune with your children, listening with your eyes and hearing with your full attention models for your children being present in your relationships. Being in tune with your children takes you away from the stress of “have to’s” and into the moment of “love to’s.”

Tude As in Tuday☺. Live it, feel it, experience it and share it, gratitude. You’ll feel more alive, build better memories and raise more compassionate kids.

GRATITUDE — Live it now and for a lifetime, raising children who learn how to be present and mindful in the moment. Tis the season to say, “I adore you.” “I appreciate you.” “I am grateful to be here, with you right now.”

Happy Family Organic Super Foods ~ At Happy Family, we believe that Baby’s first bites play a vital role in the development of her future eating habits. We are committed to providing the best possible start for Baby’s palate and her growing body by including ingredients in our products that not only taste great but also have added nutritional benefits. With our complete line of products, we have your little one covered from first foods to school lunchboxes. Look for our smiling Happy Family logo, to find our full line of Happy products.

Top 10 Foods for a Healthy Brain

Eating well means thinking well. Some food have been shown to improve general brain health and others can help prevent or at least slow down the effects of certain brain diseases. That’s why it’s important to include these foods in your diet as often as possible.

1. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps fight the cell damage that can be found in Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Fish has plenty of omega 3, which help maintain a healthy nervous system, and iodine, to improves mental clarity.
3. Whole-grain foods (Teff, Farro, Bulgar) contain folic acid, B12, B6,which all improve in memory.
4. Blueberries have been shown to improve short term memory.
5. Blackcurrants contain vitamin C, for increased mental agility.
6. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which enhances memory and thinking skills.
7. Fortified organic cereals are a good source of B12, which reduces homocysteine levels that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Broccoli provides Vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function.
9. Sage is good for improving memory.
10. Nuts are a great source of Vitamin E, which improves memory.

Don’t forget your leafy greens, try to eat 4 cups of loose leaf spinach, kale and romaine lettuce daily.

Sources: Web MD, What Doctors Eat, Special to BB[KC] from CogniFit®

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