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Say Something Nice Day

Great job! Way to go! You worked so hard! I appreciate you! Simple phrases that can provide a great impact- be it to your children, spouse, employees, students, or anyone. Positive and encouraging phrases not only impact the person being told, but also those who say it. Think back to the last time you genuinely acknowledged or praised someone for their efforts- it probably made their day, as well as yours. Kind words and acknowledgment have been related to improved productivity in the workplace, increased compliance, and closer relationships.

Why say something nice today? Because today is National Say Something Nice Day! It’s a perfect day to make someone’s day a little brighter with a kind word, compliment and/or praise. Need ideas? Here are some links to sites that provide great examples of phrases and words to praise others.

 

100+ Ways to Praise a Child  http://www.speechtherapygames.com/freebies/waystopraiseachild.pdf

101 Ideas to Motivate, Recognize and Reward Employees That Cost Nothing (or Very Little)…http://www.512solutions.com/sites/default/files/PDF/free-resources/101%20WaystoMotivateRewardRecogniizeEmployees.pdf 

100 compliments ready to deliver right this minute
https://www.happier.com/blog/nice-things-to-say-100-compliments 

It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month- Get Active!

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, a great time to get active! During the month of May, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition challenges all adults to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Regular activity boosts physical health and increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life- including reducing your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer… AND regular exercise also provides mental health benefits including improving mood, promoting better quality sleep, increased energy, sharper memory and thinking, and much more!

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition general guidelines recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

Physical activity is for everyone! No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May and continue throughout the entire year! Here are 5 small steps you can take to increase physical activity during your daily routine:

  1. Take a walk! Whether it be by yourself, with a neighbor, coworker, with the family pet, etc. make time to take brisk walks regularly. Spending time outside can be relaxing and energizing; if spent with others, it can also create a great time to communicate and connect.
  2. Visit a local gym or fitness studio. Many studios and gyms offer FREE introductory classes and/or short-term trial memberships. Visit different studios and gyms to see which you like best. You are more likely to stick to a regular exercise routine if you enjoy the activity and format.
  3. Play! Let your inner child out and engage in physical play with your children, neighbors, nieces, nephews, etc. Kids love it when adults play games with them. From playing tag to Frisbee, there are many games you can play at a local park or even in your backyard.
  4. Avoid conveniences. Increase your physical activity by taking the stairs instead of using the elevator, parking further away from store entrances, when you run your errands walk between the different stores/stops, etc. You’d be surprised how small steps can make a big difference.
  5. Use technology. Download a fitness app or use a fitness tracker. There are many fitness programs with downloadable apps which can guide you in exercise and physical activity you can do from the comfort of your own home. Some of our favorites include the Couch to 5k and the 7 Minute Workout Challenge. Our office particularly enjoys incorporating fitness trackers. Many phones can track your steps and physical activity, or you can also buy a fitness tracker- we love our Fitbits! We use them to track our daily steps, and love competing with each other in challenges. We are better able to monitor our levels of physical activity (or lack thereof) and can be more intentional in taking breaks and walking to get our steps in and get moving.

 

Mother’s Day-Thank You

When I googled mother, the first definition that came up was “bring up (a child) with care and affection.” No mention of giving birth or gender, but rather reminding us the word “mother” embodies action. Mothers care, protect, unconditionally love and sacrifice. Mother’s give guidance, wisdom, and nurture.

We know many women identify themselves as childless. Some may have chosen not to have children for medical, family, career, or other reasons. Some may have wanted to have children but did not, despite their efforts, for many of the same reasons. For those that have longed to have children fill their homes, please know our wishes today are not intended to minimize your pain in any way.

We understand that for some, today may not be a “Happy” Mother’s Day. You may have lost a child or parent (physically or emotionally), and may be feeling sadness or grief. We walk beside you, with prayers for strength; hoping you can cherish your memories until you find joy again.

To all of you who are raising “your own” children or helping to raise everyone else’s….THANK YOU! For giving birth does not make someone a mother, but every child deserves to have one – and some children are blessed beyond measures to have more than one mother.

Give Big Kern Success!

On behalf of Learning Dynamics, Inc. we would like to send our sincerest thanks to all those who graced us with their generosity and giving spirit yesterday, during Give Big Kern. This was our first year participating in this 24-hour crowdfunding campaign involving Bakersfield non-profits. LDInc set a goal of raising $2,500 in donations, and we were able to surpass that with donations totaling $2,920! In addition, thanks to so many giving persons, LDInc placed in the top 10 (out of 90) organizations in the “Leaderboards,” in terms of highest numbers of donors!!!

For those who follow us on social media, you saw the plethora of posts and updates throughout the day and were hopefully inspired to donate and were also entertained. For those who are not yet following us, be sure to check out our social media pages for the full display of motivating, amusing, and creative posts. For those curious as to what the day entailed for the LDInc team, here are some highlights of the giving day:

– LDInc staff was up before the sun (5am!) at the downtown Bakersfield Liberty Bell, collaborating with other non-profits and community leaders, ringing in Give Big Kern day

-Throughout the day, LDInc staff worked diligently reaching out to potential donors, creating and posting social media content with updates, encouragement, and gratitude

-LDInc staff refueled at of some of our local favorite spots including Corner Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Flaming Skewers

-As the clock was winding down with less than 3 hours to go, a giving gladiator contacted LDInc and provided a $50 giving challenge. This provided a little extra motivation to push us to midnight and LDInc staff rose to the task by finding more than 4 new donors who donated at least $50 and nailed the giving challenge!

-At 11:59am, though fatigued from the long day, the team was celebrating and feeling so grateful for the amount of support and contributions that were humbly bestowed on LDInc. Our supporters are awesome!

As you can see, our first participation in Give Big Kern was a complete success! BUT, it would not have been possible without others. A most sincerest THANK YOU to everyone for their continued encouragement and support- whether it be through donations, motivation, and/or social media engagement. LDInc would not be possible without the generosity of our donors, kindness of our supporters, and business from our consumers. We will be putting the donations to great use- continuing to provide premier psychological and educational services to the under-served and in need!

With Blessings and Gratitude,

The LDInc Team

Expressing Emotions Activity for Young Children

Recently, it seems like there has been an increase in the number of parents that I have spoken to that have young children experiencing sadness, worry, and/or anger. While the details of each family’s story are different, many of these parents were unsure of how to talk about their child’s emotions with them.

There are many ways to talk with a child about their emotions. I have found the more engaging the and fun the process can be, the better. Just like adults, children do not always stop to think about what they are feeling. They may know they do not like what they are feeling, but not know exactly how to communicate their experience beyond that.

Below are two worksheets, one is more geared towards anger, and the other sadness or worry. These worksheets create an opportunity for children to think about what it feels like in their body when they are experiencing sadness, anger, and/or worry. This information can be helpful to both the child and their caregivers. Caregivers may also choose to share their experiences with these emotions with their child. This can help the child to see an example of how to talk about their feelings. It can also help them to feel less alone; seeing that they are not the only person that feels this way.

For young children that do not yet write, they can draw pictures in response to the prompts read or a parent can write in the responses the child tells them. Children that enjoy coloring, tend to be even more conversational when they color as they respond; or get to color when they are done. For children that do not like to color, make sure they know up front they do not have to color the picture.

What…Feels Like to Me (anger)

What…Feels Like to Me (worry/sad)

Like the clip art used in these worksheets? They are from Rossy’s Jungle