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Afternoon Angst: Top 5 Strategies for Creating Peaceful Playtimes

By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC

People may think that the time after lunch (and if you’re lucky after nap time) is a breeze. Everyone is fed and happy and the afternoon is a mix of strolling in the park and chalking faces with great big smiles. And while sometimes it does work out that way, sometimes it doesn’t.

Either the nap wasn’t in the plan, or lunchtime was a battle of carrots versus cupcakes. Whatever the case may be, even when we try our hardest, sometimes the unexpected happens and we are all out of balance. The kids are fighting. They can’t be soothed. You feel frustrated. Everyone starts to lose their tempers…you know the story.

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Calm Kids Make Peaceful Parents: Top 5 Ways to Wind Down

By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC

Life is so different for kids today than it was when we were young. We can all agree that school and sports are more competitive and the expectations for overachievement are greater than ever.

Between technology and over-scheduling, our kids can’t find themselves coming or going sometimes. So as the bar gets higher and higher for our kids, they have two choices: internalize the stress of modern childhood or find ways to cope with the world as we know it.

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