meadow in summer

Downtime and Silver Linings

Loosen your bone, Wilma.

This was the quote on my calendar yesterday, “Loosen your bone, Wilma.”

This reference to Wilma from the cartoon, The Flintstones, was quite fitting as I was heading off for a short get-away to “loosen up.” A little change of scenery helps to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. I like to spend some time outdoors hiking.

After five months in Illinois, I’m flying driving to California Michigan. Wow, pandemic really changed my planning, lol, although the hiking part remains the same. Read more

playing soccer

Nighttime Sobbing? Daytime Behavior Challenges? 😵

Sobbing or acting out? Growth may be the culprit

The sun, warmth, and outdoors are the perfect catalysts for growth in your children.

With that growth comes two common challenges to being a parent — pain and dis-regulation.

As a parent, there is nothing more heart breaking to have a sobbing child in the middle of the night, “my legs hurt,” with little to offer for comfort other than Motrin.

Equally frustrating is the growing child who seems like they are out of control, going from zero to one hundred on the emotion scale in a nano-second.  Read more

running and walking shoes

Do Your Running and Walking Shoes Feel Great? Or Just Ok?

All the miles of walking and running has got you wondering if it’s time to get new shoes. I know, the shoes you have are so comfortable! It’s so hard to find a pair that feels right.

Despite all of the technology and expert advice at the sports stores, I find there are two, more basic traits which can be the difference between feeling ok and feeling great. Read more

UVC lamp

What’s the Odd Light in the Office?

UVC Lamps- What do they do?

UVC lamp

The coronavirus continues to be a concern and your safety is of utmost importance.

This UVC lamp (pictured) is a way we are going the extra mile for you.

Are you sensitive to chemical cleaners?

This space age looking lamp is another way we keep everything as sterile as possible without the residue of harsh chemicals. The UVC lamp also produces ozone for a one-two punch killing both surface and air borne pathogens. We use the lamp between uses of a room. Read more

4th of July

Holiday How To’s

So much to celebrate!

  • This great nation turns 244
  • You’ve survived three+ months into the Covid altered world
  • Summer is here, with full-on heat and humidity!

For some of you the holiday weekend is a time to kick back and relax, for others its a time to get outdoors on a trail. I’m re-sharing the most popular How To videos to support you in finding calm, or getting yourself put back together after a close encounter with the ground.

Happy Fourth of July!

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post-quarantine aches

Is Your Post-Quarantine Body Feeling Stiff, Tired, and a Bit Puffy?

As the weather warmed you emerged from corona quarantine.

Over the past few months, you’ve been coping with work and school transitions for yourself or family. The working from home thing meant stuck in a chair for hours. Your newfound baking skills have resulted to the infamous “quarantine 10/15/20” pounds.

As our clients have returned to Kinetic Konnections we find they have some common concerns. Feeling:

  • stiff from sitting so much
  • tired out, from lack of exercise and/or the extra 10/15/20 extra pounds
  • puffy from lack of activity or too much sugar and salt

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Learning to ride a bike

Is Your Child Struggling with Learning to Ride a Bike?

A positive outcome of the stay at home time has been a resurgence in bicycle riding.

Are you trying to teach your child to ride so they can enjoy the thrills of bike riding too?

For a child, a bicycle represents freedom.

The ability to get out and about on their own is a significant step in a child’s self-development. It is often a big element for their social development too.

Being able to ride a bike means the freedom to:

  • go out to explore
  • rendezvous with friends
  • exercise
  • be independent.

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joggers

Legs Talking Back with All the Walking and Running Happening?

Active time causing new aches and pains?

The weather is warming!

Your newly organized day has active time planned in.

You are out and about more. Great!

Your legs, however, are protesting. In recent weeks I’ve heard from people that their legs are not so happy with all the walking and running happening.
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organization using post it notes

Visually Organizing Our Days — For Ourselves and Our Family

Boundaries and organization to your day facilitate active time too!

Our newsletters have focused recently on ways to use movement to organize and calm given all the turmoil in the external world. This edition provides a tactical focus supporting a more structured, productive day, and calmer household.

It’s magical how much a visual plan makes for a smoother day for everyone. Erika, one of our Bridging Specialists and a mom of younger kids, and I share how we incorporate visual planning into each day. Read more

closet organization before and after

Security, Cleaning, and Organizing – Yes, They Go Together

Organization is calming to the senses, literally.

 

What’s with all the cleaning and organizing? Did Marie Kondo drop a new show?

The organizing bug finally got me. I’d avoided the big closet organizing project in my home office for over a year. I even explained to a friend via photos to show why it was complicated, thus overwhelming. Sound familiar?

To get started, I needed a plan, so I sat down and wrote out each step required. A week later I followed the plan — the hardest step was starting. Now, the project is mostly done. (See above before/after photo.)

The organized space seems to have freed space in my mind too! Read more