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Helping Your Children Through the Waiting Room

“• Practice taking three deep breaths, the ones that fill your lungs all the way. The key is to practice so much when things are going well that your brain is wired to breathe deeply when you are in the waiting room

• Help your child wrap his or her mind around what’s going on… You can help your child by explaining the beginning, middle and end of being at the doctors’ office or another waiting room. Help your child understand when progress is being made and when the wait will be finished…

•Young children should be expected to sit still no longer than 15 to 20 minutes, and the younger the child, the lower the amount of time.

• Practice waiting room manners during everyday life. The key is to teach what is expected of your child by telling your child what he or she can do rather than what he or she needs to stop doing. (“Walking feet” instead of “Don’t run.”)”

Article: Thoughtful Parenting: Surviving the Waiting Room, Steamboat Today

Electronic Devices – Weapons of Mass Distraction

These WMDs can create a repetitive cycle of self sabotage. The distraction leads to avoidance of our feelings and lack of communication. Keep on doing that long enough and you may feel helpless, your fear increases and your world seems out of control.  Fear is a great motivator to spend more to feel safe.  Suddenly, you are a victim of life and circumstances, and you feel nothing can be done about it.  So what do you do?…Come back to the real world.  Connect with those around you and as parents, especially your children.

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Article: Weapons of Mass Distraction « Simplicity Parenting, Simplicity

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The Effect of Household Chaos on Children with Diabetes

Researchers found that there is a significant relationship between household chaos and the control of blood sugar for youths.  At a six-month follow-up, those that had more chaos in the home had worse control of glycemic levels. Researchers advise that children with Type 1 Diabetes should have their home environment assessed to determine how it may effect the stability of the child’s blood sugar levels.

Abstract: The Relationship Between Hemoglobin A1C in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes and Chaos in the Family Household, The Diabetes Educator

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