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Free 101 Emotional Fitness Course

I am offering  a free on-line 101 Emotional Fitness Course. Good for all and great for stressed out parents as well as a  great way to model emotional fitness for all.

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STAY STRONG

I believe with both my heart and my head that the more the above skills are promoted,  taught deliberately and as part of every school’s curriculum, the more likely emotional intelligence will rule emotions, and the more people so ruled, the greater hope for peace on earth.

Thank you for all you do, particularly if you liked, commented, or shared this post. Kindness and good manners to do so.

 Katherine

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My answer?  Nothing different. An extra hour would give me  more time to do as I want, but more importantly,  I am content with how I spend my days.  Are you?  If not you definitely need my course.

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NO TIME TO WORK OUT? YOU ARE A PARENT OR A COACH POTATO

Usually a Take a Break day, but this poster coach  is about a different kind of break meant mainly for couch potato parents who have hired help and for grandparents.   Take a break from sitting and Move Your Body.

Emotional Fitness Poster Coach offering Easy 5 4 3 2 1 exercises

Many of these can be done while sitting or lying in bed or on the couch.

Move your body is one of my 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises.  Granted  parents involved in daily physical care of a child under five, get almost all the exercise needed.  Others who get all the exercise needed  are those who have enough help to go to the gym. Then there are the celebrity parents  with their  personal trainers, nannies and cooks.

As children age, those of us who are couch potatoes any way need some pushing to move our body.

PARENTING advice THOUGHTS

Move it or lose it applies to bodies.  When I was young and unencumbered by several rolls of padding, I loved to run, skip, and jump. My body was light and I felt like I could fly.  No longer. My added weight enhanced my weight bearing exercises but reduced good feelings.

Ever notice how 80% of the joggers are thin?  Genes at work.  My family genes? Skinny minnies forced to eat when young only to morph eventually into chubbies.  I am chubby. Not as bad as I was on my two  minute Oprah appearance

I am now about thirty or forty pounds lighter then when on Oprah. Not so bad my doctor urges dieting, but not where I would like to be.  I did two things to let go of that weight. First I practiced healthier eating not dieting.

Notice I said healthier, not healthy. Tried to eat only what I loved, truly savor what I was eating, use substitution that offered fewer calories.

Then I  tried to tailor exercising to fit me, my life, and my schedule. Walking and gentle aqua-aerobics are my favorite.

I long to go horseback riding. Wish Colorado had a Therapeutic Riding Program for Old Folks.  I am on blood thinners so riding on my own would  be dangerous. Anyway, I digress. Back to caring for your body.  A must for parents.

Writing and promoting my eBooks (my newest children) means long hours at the computer.  That is what has had me doing some easy move your body  exercises.  That and beginning to feel my body rusting  more. This year has found colds and cold keeping me from swimming or walking as much as usual, so the rusty mounted.

Move your body Parenting Advice

As your children age, continue to move your body.  A daily, some say every other day,  exercise program needs to include five minutes each of   heart raising cadio, yoga type stretching, weight lifting, and weight bearing. The poster coach suggests ways to do all.

Never tried yoga?  The links on the poster take you to some instructional pages. Our YMCA has some great yoga classes for beginners. Take classes with your kids, even your teens if they do not object.  Tai Chi and other karate type courses are useful family classes.

Taking a class is a good way to motivate yourself, learn some exercise tools that you can tailor to fit you.  I took aqua-size classes at our Y, but now have designed my own 30 minute workout.

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Layering is a two-for-one tool.  How do you layer? When practicing one or another of my Twelve Daily Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises as you move your body, you are layering the two.   I use walking for Being with Beauty, swimming and walking for Thinking About What Matters.

Interested in learning more about Twelve Daily? Buy the book. The price is around the cost of a Starbucks latte, but longer lasting.

Remember, if you liked this like, comment, share with someone who needs support while staying strong.  Sharing and  caring strengthens you as well as others.

As usual for all you do to support me and others, thank you

Katherine

TWO DISCLAIMERS

The first: My advice is just that. Although based on what are called evidenced based practices, the is no guarantee it is the right advice for you and your family. Experiment, try my exercises, if they are not useful to you try another parent adviser.

The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments.   Life is to short to let problems you can avoid annoy or stress you.

NO TIME TO MEDITATE? YOU MUST BE A PARENT

Most parents are not willing or able to sit quietly for fifteen minutes let along an hour.    This blog post starts with an Emotional Fitness Poster Coach briefly describing the One Minute Meditation.

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Meditating the quick way: The One Minute Meditation.

Stressful moments visit parents day in and day out.  The One Minute Meditation, properly learned and practiced is key to staying in control. This quick introduction is enough for many, but others need more.  My newest eBook offers 22 self-soothing exercises as well as directions for how to  how to practice each exercise most effectively.

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Self-Soothing, Create Calm in Your Life

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Remember if you liked this like, comment, share with someone who needs support while staying strong.  Sharing and  caring strengthens you as well as others.

As usual for all you do to support me and others, thank you

Katherine

TWO DISCLAIMERS

The first: My advice is just that. Although based on what are called evidenced based practices, the is no guarantee it is the right advice for you and your family. Experiment, try my exercises, if they are not useful to you try another parent adviser.

The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments.   Life is to short to let problems you can avoid annoy or stress you.

CAN’T KEEP YOUR COOL?

Keeping  cool was a daily struggle for me as a parent, more so as a foster parent.  Not you? Lucky, lucky you.  For the rest of us feeling thermometers  are a must.

An Emotional Fitness Feeling Thermometer

An Emotional Fitness Feeling Thermometer

Parenting advice about keeping your cool

Notice this is a bit like a traffic light: green says okay, yellow says be careful, and red says stop.  You need to take your feeling temperature at the first hint of stress.  This feeling thermometer reminds you bring your self-soothing exercises into the picture before the feeling controls you.

Failing to bring your  self-soothing skills into play during the yellow light levels guarantees a negative feeling will  control you.  When negative feelings control, you end up doing something you regret. Using calming tools at the five or six level works best.  

For a variety of Self-soothing Skills that help you create calm in you life, consider buying my newest e-Book. The book details 22 self-soothing exercises, some you probably uses, but others that will be new to you.  Added value:  The book costs less than a Starbuck’s fancy latte.  Moreover, it lasts longer.

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Self-Soothing, Create Calm in Your Life

A parenting tip

Start teaching your kids to rate feelings. With the littlest ones, a three-step short  response to bumps and bruises starts the process.

  1. A minor bump but no tears – Not a bad one.
  2. One that leads to tears – Bad.
  3. Bruises and bleeding – Terrible.

By the time a child can speak you can post a feeling thermometer on the refrigerator and start talking about your own annoyance in terms yellow and red light clues.

Finally, if you hold family meetings and you should, start and end each meeting with a quick go round asking everyone’s feeling temperature.

my effort to reduce stress

An overload of social media increases stress. Ask me. My stress level is at a six or seven much of the time. That me more vulnerable to negative feelings.   To help my self and provide a different choice for my readers,   I am starting  newsletter. I will post a bit less and you can choose  to by-pass some or all blog posts.  A quick read, the newsletter will link you to the my popular blog posts of the two previous weeks,  add some news, poster coaches, jokes, and resources.

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STAY STRONG

Parenting was hard enough when I was raising my kids. Today’s parents are over-worked making it all that much harder.  Remembering what matters is perhaps the most important of all my Daily Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness exercises.  To stay in touch with what matters, think of a minute of what you would regret doing or not doing if you were to die a year from now.

As usual for all you do to support me, thank you.

Katherine

TWO DISCLAIMERS

The first: My advice is just that. Although based on what are called evidenced based practices, the is no guarantee it is the right advice for you and your family. Experiment, try my exercises, if they are not useful to you try another parent adviser.

The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments.   Life is to short to let problems you can avoid annoy or stress you.