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10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids

Sophie Spoor

10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids

While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids take tests, learn new information, change schools, change neighborhoods, get sick, get braces, encounter bullies, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those friends. What helps kids in navigating these kinds of challenges is resilience. Resilient kids are problem solvers. They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions.  Resilience isn’t birthright. It can be taught. Lyons encouraged parents to equip their kids with the skills to handle the unexpected, which actually contrasts our cultural approach. “We have become a culture of trying to...


20 Phrases to Use When Your Child Doesn’t Listen

Sophie Spoor

20 Phrases to Use When Your Child Doesn’t Listen

“What do you need to remember?” Take a break from: “Be careful.” Example: “What do you need to remember when you play at the park?” or “Please move slow like a careful turtle when walking on top of that wall.” Explained: Kids often ignore when we say this same thing again and again. Instead, engage their critical thinking skills and have them re-state the important precaution. Or give them specifics on what you want. “Please talk softly.” Take a break from: “Stop yelling!” or “Be Quiet!” Example: “Please talk softly or whisper,” (said in a whisper voice) or, “I love...


Simple Ways to get Children to listen

Sophie Spoor

Simple Ways to get Children to listen

Introducing and teaching yoga to children is one of my favorite things to do. I love coming up with new and different ideas on how to actively and effectively engage children with yoga.  I want them to learn, be engaged, and have fun. As I am fully aware, an adult yoga class is not like a kids yoga class. Adults do yoga for many different reasons including all of the mental and physical benefits. Kids on the other hand, will definitely receive these benefits, but in the beginning their main desire to learn and try some new things and above...


How to get Kids to relax into Savasana

Sophie Spoor

How to get Kids to relax into Savasana

“Miss Sara, I can’t wait to do the “sleeping pose” again.”  Savasana often becomes the children’s favorite part of yoga class, which I think is incredible since it is the part of the class where they are not doing a thing. The children begin class so eager, excited, and full of energy. After moving and working their bodies in such good and healthy ways, they are truly ready for rest and relaxation. I tell my students that their bodies deserve this rest and that taking this time helps them repair and build the muscles they just worked. Please do not get the...


Parallel play and its importance for social and emotional skills

Sophie Spoor

Parallel play and its importance for social and emotional skills

Now I feel better when I see my toddler playing on her own, next to another toddler! "Have you ever been to a playdate or to a park with toddlers and noticed that two kids start playing side-by-side in the sandbox, without interacting? If the answer is yes, then you’ve witnessed what child psychologists call parallel play. For this blog, we’ll dive into what parallel play is and why it is important for your child’s development during the second, third, and fourth year of his or her life. Parallel play describes when two kids start playing alongside each other without...