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9 Healthy Tips for Back to School

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Healthy Tips to go Back to School [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Get back in a routine - bedtime, and hygiene Making sure kids are getting to bed on time will make mornings more manageable. A bath before bed can calm kids as well...

Top 5 Kid Friendly Activities For Summer 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Safe Summer Activities for Kids During the Pandemic By Sally Wadyka Top 5 Kid-friendly Activities for Summer 2021 - ChildWatch It’s finally summer, and after a year of being cooped up inside, we’re all more than ready to enjoy it to...

7 Best Yoga Poses for Kids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 7 Best Yoga Poses for Kids | DoYou Yoga really is for everyone and  Camille Dodson a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher shares these lifelong practices with her students every day, some of them being children! We are all about healthy...

Crafts for Kids

  • Krispy Snooker




 Rice Krispies

Candy Melts (green and dark cocoa)

Parchment paper

Wilton Sugar Pearls 


powdered sugar



  1. Unwrap two rice krispie treats or order the one’s i’ve recommended in the materials as they make for an easy ready made surface.  Otherwise, take two treats and use a rolling pin to flatten one of them. 
  2. Place on parchment paper, then cover it with green Candy Melts. I spooned it over the top, then used a spatula (non stick is ideal!) to smooth it out. Let the candy set. 
  3. Spread a puddle of melted Dark Cocoa Candy Melts onto the parchment paper, then dip the edges of the green rice krispies into the puddle.Cover the unflattened rice krispies with the dark Candy Melts. 
  4. Break a piece of spaghetti in half, then roll it in the puddle of dark Candy Melts. Dip the tip of one end into powdered sugar.
  5. When the candy has set, go ahead and assemble your pool table. 
  6. Put a huge glob of that melted Dark Cocoa and this will act as your “glue”  to attach the tabletop to the base. 
  7. Dip each Sugar Pearl into a tiny bit of melted Green and place it on the table. Lean the cue stick against the table.

Spring Break – Without the Break

Kids, teens, and college students in school are rapidly approaching what is known as Spring break. It can be up to 2 weeks off of school in some places. This is a time for kids to recharge and have some fun before the end of the school year crunch comes. 

But now with our new normal, it doesn’t feel like much of a break for them or their parents. There is no where to go because of the lockdowns still in effect in many places. Having a break from school doesn’t change the environment for those who are virtual students. Just means that they don’t have to log on the schoology that day. And those who attend school, spring break just


 means two weeks stuck at home doing nothing. 

So how can we make this an actual break for our student? It is a much needed time for them to feel relief from the pressures of their academics. 

If you are one of the many who is still in a pretty strict lockdown, I would suggest flipping your children’s routine and make things fun for as much of the two weeks as you can. Stay up late watching scary movies or have pizza and ice cream for breakfast, whatever will break up the monotony of the last year. 

They need this break. You need this break. We need this break.




Natures Vase

Take mom for a walk in a nearby park, forest or hiking trail and collect sticks along the way.  Assemble the twigs around a large can or vase, using a hot glue gun and placing them as closely together as possible.  Fill your vases with wildflowers and add a birch bark MOM label for the complete rustic gift that your kids will enjoy making for Mothers Day using natures tools from Mother Earth.


Floral Perfume

This homemade floral herb perfume is really simple for kids to make and Mom will love it. You need to gather some assorted flowers and herbs, and the kids can help you with this one.Use a spray bottle and choose your favourite essential oils to use while adding water and several drops to infuse your all natural, plant based scents for mom.

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And for everyone else, we urge you to read the CDC’s guidelines for hosting, travelling and staying safe.
Source: CDC

People with or exposed to COVID-19
Do not host or participate in any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household

Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

People at increased risk for severe illness
If you are an older adult or person with certain medical conditions who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone  increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.

When is Child Therapy Effective?

If a parent or guardian is not sure whether the child needs counseling or not, the list of symptoms below can be a good indicator. If the child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, coupled with the parent’s concern, it’s a good idea to take him or her in for an evaluation.

The following are symptoms that may indicate a problem that therapy can correct or help with:

  • Unwarranted aggression;
  • Incontinence;
  • Difficulty adjusting to social situations;
  • Frequent nightmare and sleep difficulties;
  • A sudden drop in grades at school;
  • Persistent worry and anxiety;
  • Withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy;
  • Loss of appetite or dramatic weight loss/gain;
  • Performing obsessive routines like hand washing;
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide;
  • Talking about voices they hear in their head;
  • Social isolation and wanting to be alone;
  • Alcohol or drug use;
  • Increased physical complaints despite a normal, healthy physician’s report;
  • Self-harm such as cutting (TherapyTribe, 2018).

In addition to these issues, the child may be dealing with:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness;
  • Constant anger and a tendency to overreact to situations;
  • Preoccupation with physical illness or their own appearance;
  • An inability to concentrate, think clearly or make decisions;
  • An inability to sit still;
  • Diets or binging behavior;
  • Violent acts such as setting fires or killing animals (Thompson Jr., 2010).

If parents decide to bring their child to therapy, they need to stay engaged throughout the therapy process.

Similarly, there are some suggestions on how to talk to a child about going to counseling. It can feel uncomfortable to both the parent(s) and the child to talk about mental health treatment, but following these tips can help make it approachable:

  • Find a good time to talk and assure them that they are not in trouble. Listen actively.
  • Take your child’s concerns, experiences, and emotions seriously.
  • Try to be open, authentic, and relaxed.
  • Talk about how common the issues they are experiencing may be.
  • Explain that the role of a therapist is to provide help and support.
  • Explain that a confidentiality agreement can be negotiated so children—especially adolescents—have a safe space to share details privately while acknowledging that you will be alerted if there are any threats to their safety

There are many effective forms of child therapy with evidence to back them up, including Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Family Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Organization Training 

Younger children may also benefit from Play Therapy, and older adolescents may benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

For More Mental Health resources visit our Mental Health Hub.

Social Health is at an all time confused state!


A truly interactive experience, KinderArt® provides an opportunity for parents, educators, artists, students and kids (ofkinderart course) to have fun while exchanging ideas, finding information, conducting research, and learning new things… all in one place.

The goal of KinderArt® has been and always will be, to make art lessons and educational information accessible to people around the world. In addition to the thousands of free art lesson plans, we offer printable activity pages, the art kitchen, educational links and articles, early childhood education resources and much more. Everyone who visits KinderArt® is encouraged to share their experiences, questions, comments and ideas. The result? A wonderful variety of lesson plans and educational tips.

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10 Ways to Boost your Child’s Academics  

  1. Read, read, read
  2. Use everyday experiences as teaching opportunities
  3. Know what your child is studying at school
  4. Don’t just look for A’s
  5. Take care of the basics
  6. Talk to your child’s teacher regularly
  7. What’s your child’s motivation?
  8. Allow your child to succeed – and fail – on their own
  9. Practice discipline and respect at home
  10. Praise and encouragement

Health & Safety

The CDC has recommended factors for school districts to consider as they start implementing reopening plans. Schools have a high risk of spreading the virus if they continue to offer full in-person classes, activities, and events. Students who are not distanced at least six feet apart, or with adequate safety measures, are at higher risk of getting infected. Some recommendations for schools as they decide on reopening this fall include:

  • Stay home when appropriate
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cloth face coverings
  • Signs and posters to educate students and parents
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
  • Being aware of communal spaces and reducing contact in those environments

Unplug Your Family

Spending too much screen time and not enough together with your family?  Here is this months “get unplugged” activity that will get everyone onboard with this year in a memorable way today and in the future to come!

Capture the moment

What if you made something to help your family remember the significance of this time in 2020, with a COVID-19 time capsule. Keep in mind that you don’t need to spend any money or make any special trips. What will really make it special are the stories you’ll tell along with each of the items years from now. 

Gather everything, put the items in a box, and then stick it in the attic or back of a closet to be forgotten. Years from now, you’ll have an amazing discovery to share with your family.

Some potential items to include: 

  • Lysol wipe
  • A couple squares of toilet paper
  • List of the shows you binge-watched on Netflix
  • Recipe for a dish you made using creative substitutions
  • Evidence of games or activities you did as a family, like a Yahtzee score card
  • Handprint tracing of everyone in the family
  • Description of the craziest or most out-of-the-box game or activity you created 
  • A letter describing how you’re feeling and what life is like
  • A list of questions. EG:the longest amount of time you went without leaving the house, or the number of stores that didn’t have toilet paper in stock.

Live Online Classes and Camps

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Kids in the Kitchen

You may have watched our Hip Lives child ambassador on our recent episodes of Kidz in the Kitchen and we may have to put a “what you don’t see” video montage together because although the food always turns out amazing,  we don’t always have a care-free easy time during the instructions time throughout.

Jaxon (10) has special needs.  He was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome and this genetic syndrome is certainly not textbook with every individual having attributes and symptoms from low to high extremes with some or all characteristics also combined in between.

For Jaxon,  impulse control (lack of) is very high and you can imagine how dangerous this could be in the kitchen or just bugger up the meticulous need for measurements to be exact when he may rush, dump, pour or toss an ingredient in haste or without self control/discipline.

This is why we are super hands on together and he is growing up quite domesticated, taking more time and patience to learn the right processes (in all aspects of life) and the importance of following instructions to a tee!

Hip Kids

Green Spaghetti

INGREDIENTS 4 large poblano peppers 1/4 c. packed cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish 1 small yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp. butter  1/4 c. low-sodium vegetable stock or water 1 lb. spaghetti 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed  Kosher salt Freshly...

Green Eggs & Ham

Dr. Seuss wants us all to try green eggs and ham and with this easy scrambled egg recipe we have no need not to. Skip the food coloring and use spinach and lots of fresh herb to give the eggs a green makeover.  INGREDIENTS 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 c....

Pork Salsa Fajitas

INGREDIENTS 2 tomatoes 1 onion 1 yellow pepper 1 lime 1 cup sour cream 4 tbsp mexican seasoning mix 1 tsp chipotle powder Pork cutlets Fajitas DIRECTIONS  Bake the pepper (cut into thin strips) at 450 degrees for 15 minutes Chop tomatoes into small chunks, mix 1 tbsp...

Healthy Halloween Pizzas

A healthy Halloween themed meal, coming right up! Whether you are a pizza loving Ninja Turtle or a zombie that has a sensational appetite, these hot pies are a sure hit. [penci_recipe]

Black Cat & Bat Biscuits

A spooky Halloween treat that kids are sure to gobble up faster than Ozzy Osbourne can down a bat. This recipe takes no time at all! [penci_recipe]

Apple Ladybug Treats

Apple ladybug treats only require four ingredients, are fun to make and a delicious snack to boot. Let your kids creativity soar while they drum together a healthy snack. [penci_recipe]