Category: Experts Corner

Let’s Get the Kids off the Electronics – at least for a little bit!

Some Fun Learning Activities…with Boxes, Junk, and Books
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

Right now, children and adults are on Zoom all day. And then, everyone is so exhausted that adults tend to allow children MORE screen time for games. STOP!

Here is a creative way to involve children with fun activities that involve books, creativity, and building, while promoting the “love of books and reading.”

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You Ate 54 Cow Brain Tacos in 8 Minutes?

An interview with the World’s Record Competitive Eater, Joey Chestnut
an exclusive feature compiled by Victoria Waller, Ed.D, with questions by Izzy and Sam, 6 years old

I will never, ever be surprised by what children’s passions are. I teach to their passions because when they are interested, they learn. For all parents and grandparents who are home with kids now and want a fun activity to do, find someone the kids are interested in, look up interesting facts about them on the internet and write them a letter. I’ve even had a child write Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic, and he wrote back.

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Being the Best Version of You at Any Age

We think this article is a must read!
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20 Realities You Must Accept Before You Can Truly Live Your Best Life*
1. People come and go.
As I grew older, I realized my circle of friends became smaller. You’ll be so close to one person today, and suddenly you aren’t talking anymore. It’s life. People grow apart rather than grow as a part of you. Accept that and move on. Bringing me to my next point:

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Carpe Diem…

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on where have all my years gone? They say that time moves faster the older you get. I never really believed that until I started getting older! I’m acutely aware that I have fewer years ahead of me than behind me and I want to savor every moment. How do I want to be and what do I want to do with my “one wild and precious life” as expressed by the poet Mary Oliver.

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Create Your Very Own Cereal

A great DIY project full of total fun…
an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller Ed.D.*

Everybody loves cereal. Many adults love healthy cereals, but kids love sugary cereals that their parents rarely buy! Usually it’s a “treat.” Here is a fun activity to allow your grandchild (or child) to create the cereal “they wish they could have.”

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School’s in Session — Coping with Distance Learning

It has been a challenging time for parents, grandparents, and children during the Covid-19 crisis. Children and adults feel the isolation from family and friends and the security of attending school. Distance learning has become the norm. Teachers are trying to figure out how to teach without having the children in school and parents have had to adjust to being 24-hour parents, a teacher, a friend, working from home, and keeping it all together physically and emotionally. Your adult children may have asked for your help as they work from home. Not all of us are in the same city and can help, but if you are close by and can assist, here are some good pointers both for you and your grandchild’s parents.

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How to Handle the Anger

We know as adults, anger is often a feeling one can’t escape. It’s an important dimension to seriously take a look at when it comes to children, and we think this is a relevant and urgent read. And, while we are ‘grandparenting,’ this article presents interesting assessments of the world of children and their behaviors. Whether we have already done all the ‘parenting’ years ago ourselves, we are never too experienced or the wiser to read more about such a subject. This is a great article to share…

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Great Advice!

Three ideas to keep in mind…*
A little bit of mindfulness can go a long way, and as a grandparent you have a choice to learn how to do exactly that and take stock of what is really important.

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

Positive thinking can be a challenge because our brains are wired to focus on negativity. By being in the moment and acknowledging good things as they are happening, we become more optimistic, resilient and confident. We actually can change our brains and our lives, and those of our grandchildren
…but it takes regular practice and commitment.

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What are your grandchildren’s thoughts on the pandemic?

an exclusive feature by Victoria Waller, Ed.D*

This is a great family activity and a good way to see how your grandchildren are feeling during this pandemic—and how YOU are feeling! For those of us who do not get to be “with” our grandkids, do this activity virtually. Simply ask the parents to help you with the set up, and then meet on Zoom or Facetime….

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