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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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

aslow's Hierarchy

Sometimes the Best We Can Do Is Survive

Bridging®-based Primal Movements for Survival

Most days it feels like all we’re doing is merely surviving. Sometimes that’s ok.

Every day I think I’m doing better, then some random news story throws me back into worry.

In the Maslow hierarchy of needs we find ourselves having our security challenged daily. Security is in the bottom zone of our most fundamental needs for existence. (A straightforward discussion of these concepts can be found at the VeryWellMind website)

All day long we are trying to work, and our kids are trying to learn. Yet, those skills are at the top of the pyramid! You can’t function well on tasks in the top of the pyramid without securing the foundation first. Read more

peanuts

It’s Been a Peanutty Year — Celebrating 18! 🎂

Eighteen years on this journey

Reflections …

I could never have imagined where this journey helping people overcome their movement and developmental challenges would take me. Such a long way from my earlier career in engineering and power systems! Surprisingly, there are so many similarities. The power system principles and physics are my go-to when I need to think through some unusual movement relationships.

At Kinetic Konnections we are always learning and understanding more about the physics of the body. These learnings are reflected in the evolution of the Bridging Technique. Over the years there have been distinctive phases of insight, and this past year was yet another. Read more

child's clothing

Dear Mom … I Know I Should Wear Socks

Early life traumas surface in some unsuspecting ways

Clothing sensitivity

It makes parents crazy when their children only wear one type of shirt and pants, or refuse to wear underwear or anything on their feet.

The emotional or behavioral reactions spiral downward quickly. The level of stress in the entire family is palpable. From an external perspective, family and friends may question parenting skills. It’s often a no-win situation from every angle.

  • Children find they are misunderstood by society at large and the professionals who are supposed to be supporting them.
  • Their parents are frustrated because traditional resources have had minimal success, and they are beginning to feel like they are inadequate parents.

This is the first in a series of the stories illustrating the frustrations typical of many children and the parents we meet. Read more