Oregon Symphony Story Time (Tigard library)

Wednesdays: January 8,15,22 & 28 

11:00 am-noon/ ALL AGES

Embark on a fun interactive musical storytelling adventure each week, featuring a variety of Oregon Symphony musicians and instruments.

Sponsored by Friends of the Tigard Library

Tigard Library   13500 SW Hall Blvd. Tigard, Oregon


Yoga for Better Behavior (yoga to help your kids with tantrums, to sleep better, etc.)

From Parents magazine http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/yoga-for-better-behavior/?rb=Y#page=2

mother and child doing yoga“Many poses are active and playful, which helps children cope with their emotions,” explains Helen Garabedian, author of Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Kids can start the mini routines at 18 months. The poses may help your child release extra energy, handle frustration, or relax before bed. He may behave better — and you’ll feel great too.


Tantrum Tamer: Donkey

This pose makes kids laugh, helping them forget their frustrations. Get on all fours, knees hip-width apart; hands shoulder-width apart, a few inches in front of shoulders. Lift hips up and back and straighten legs. Raise leg and hold for three counts; lower leg and switch sides.

Jumping Tree

Tantrum Tamer: Jumping Tree

Face your child and stand 2 or 3 feet away from him. Place right foot on the inside of left leg, then hold his hands. Tell your child to place his left foot on the inside of his right leg. Bend standing knee and lightly jump in place; switch legs and repeat for 10 to 30 seconds.

Flying Heart

Bedtime Soother: Flying Heart

Stretching and deep breathing instantly relax muscles and help kids wind down at the end of the day. Bring soles of the feet together so legs form a diamond shape. Rest hands a few inches behind butt, fingers pointing away from body. Lean back slightly, lift chest, and drop head back. Breathe in and out deeply as you hold pose for 15 to 30 seconds; repeat up to three times.

Falling Star

Bedtime Soother: Falling Star

Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart and raise arms out to the side, palms down. Tilt torso left and place left hand on or close to left foot. Reach right hand toward the ceiling; look up or straight ahead; hold for five counts. Return to standing position and repeat up to five times on left side. Switch sides.

Kissy Knee

Energy Burner: Kissy Knee

Yogis say this pose improves digestion, so it will give your little one an overall feeling of calm. Sit with right leg stretched out in front of you and left foot against inside of right thigh. Bend forward and make a smooching sound as you kiss your right knee. (Bend right knee if necessary to make it easier.) Slowly come back to starting position; repeat up to three times before switching legs.


Energy Burner: Star

These active moves can help kids blow off steam. Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart and raise arms out to the side, palms down. Teeter from side to side, switching feet, as you sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”; keep swaying until you’ve done the song three times.

Originally published in the April 2009 issue of Parents magazine.


Creando una Conexión Afectiva con su Bebé

Parenting: Attachment, Bonding, and Reactive Attachment Disorder

****Esta informacion fue obtenida de: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/parenting_attachment_spanish.htm

Por favor visite http://www.helpguide.org para mas informacion

La conexión afectiva es la relación profunda y duradera que se desarrolla entre usted y su bebé durante sus primeros años de vida. La interacción intensa que se crea al conectarse y unirse afectivamente con su bebé los une y crea una relación única que forma el desarrollo de su bebé. Es algo que la motiva a usted a poner mucha atención a las necesidades de su bebé –a levantarse a la mitad de la noche para darle de comer a su hijo o hija, a darse cuenta de cuando un pañal mojado necesita ser cambiado, y descubrir qué significan los diferentes tipos de llanto de su bebé.

El proceso de conectarse y de establecer una relación afectiva sucede naturalmente al cuidar de su bebé. Sin embargo, no siempre es fácil o sin estrés. Al principio, es completamente normal el sentirse insegura, con miedo, o desconectada. Sea que usted siente una conexión inmediata con su bebé recién nacido o se tome un poquito de más tiempo, hay muchas cosas que usted puede hacer para comenzar a crear una conexión afectiva segura con su bebé.

¿Qué es la conexión afectiva?

La conexión afectiva es la relación única entre su bebé y usted como la persona principal que lo cuida. Esta relación de conexión instintiva los une a los dos asegurando que las necesidades de su bebé vulnerable e indefenso sean satisfechas. En los años 90, una explosión en el aprendizaje y una mayor difusión de información reveló el hecho de que esta relación única, la conexión afectiva, es una factor esencial en el desarrollo social, emocional, intelectual y físico de su bebé.

La calidad de la conexión afectiva varía. Una conexión segura le da a su bebé una base óptima para su vida: el anhelo de aprender, hábitos saludables, confianza y el tener consideración por los demás. Una relación afectiva insegura, una que no cumple con las necesidades de su bebé de sentirse seguro y comprendido, lleva hacia la confusión de si mismo, y a tener dificultades de aprendizaje y dificultades para relacionarse con los demás.

La conexión comienza antes del nacimiento.

Durante el último trimestre su bebé está comenzando a absorber información sobre usted y el mundo afuera del útero. Usted puede sentir los movimientos del bebé, y su bebé puede oír su voz, al igual que sentir su estrés.

Es importante que usted se sienta relajada y apoyada para aprovechar al máximo la conexión en el presente y en el futuro.

Cyberbullying (resources)

“Cyberbullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.

Below are two great resource organizations to learn more about cyberbullying.

Stopbullying.gov   http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/

Stopcyberbullying.org     http://stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html



How to help your child with transitions

3 things to remember to make transitions easier for your child:

  • Children function best when they know what to expect. To offset transitional stress children need predictability.
  • Kids thrive on routine and if they know exactly what to expect it will make the transition easier.
  • In order to see the benefits of structuring transitions it’s important to stay consistent.


Family Violence Changes Children’s Brains

recent study in Current Biology explores the ways in which exposure to family violence changes children’s brains. Exposure to violence in the household includes physical abuse, which is experienced by between 4 and 16% of children, and intimate partner violence, which is witnessed by between 8 and 25% of children. The study used MRIs to compare the responses of children exposed to family violence with those of children not exposed to family violence when shown pictures of angry, neutral and sad faces.

When shown the angry face, children who had experienced family violence showed greater reactivity in both the amygdala, which moderates emotional responses and preparation for stress, and the anterior insula (AI), which works with the amygdala to anticipate pain, than children who had not experienced family violence. Although this heightened response may be beneficial when faced with an immediate threat, previous research links increased reactivity in these areas of the brain to several anxiety disorders.The authors suggest that this hypervigilance may limit a child’s ability to master certain social skills and may even predispose children to future aggression. The study did not include children with symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders, implying that there are neurological consequences of family violence even in children without mental health symptoms.

From: http://schubert.case.edu/en-US/SYN/9803/Templates/BlogDetailTemplate.aspx