How to Limit Kids' Tech Use

No one cares more about your child's well-being and success than you do. In today's digitally-fueled times, that means guiding him or her not just in the real world, but in the always-on virtual one as well.

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Thought of the Day

A question we might ask ourselves is….

“IS THIS WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING?” 

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Assess what you’re feeling and ask yourself many times every day if you like what you're doing. If the answer is no, start noticing what you'd prefer. Thus begins the revolution. 

On your mark….
Get set…..


STOP!

What? Stop?

But it’s the holidays!!

Sure, you can do anything, but do you really have to do everything??

With a few small changes, it is possible to have a holiday experience filled with joy and cheer —

But taking care of yourself is the first step!

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Here are a few quick ways to take care of YOURSELF this holiday season...

1. Set boundaries with others — and yourself. Instead of thinking you have to do everything, could someone else pitch in?

2. Give yourself a break. Even 15 minutes curled up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea could give you just the recharge you need.

3. Be grateful. Directing more attention toward gratitude for the things that make your life wonderful is scientifically proven to make you healthier, more energetic, less anxious, and sleep better.

4. Breathe. Here is a quick meditation you can do in an instant. When you’re feeling stressed, breathe in as slowly as possible while thinking "I am". Then exhale just as slowly, and think "at peace”. Repeat as needed until the tension starts to melt—which likely won't take long.

And here are some more ideas…
30 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays  
https://bemorewithless.com/take-care/

Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

Better Together... Parenting Middle Schoolers

Are you noticing a shift in the personality or behavior of your tween or young teen?

Could you use help communicating and setting boundaries?

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Could you use help communicating and setting boundaries?

Introducing…
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS OF MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!

Parenting a middle schooler can be overwhelming at times and it can be easy to get discouraged. Please know there is hope and support and many practical strategies to help you parent in healthy relationship with your child.

This group will be a place to connect with others, gain support and ideas, and learn practical skills to help you navigate this
ever-changing developmental stage. 

Why feel isolated and alone when you don’t have to?

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Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Library Conference Room, 2nd floor
Space is limited and sign up is required. 
Please email your reservation by Wednesday, October 4.
eosutherland@gmail.com 

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Please note: Dates and times (day or evening) of future group meetings will be determined by schedules of the majority.