All posts by Christa Melnyk Hines

Dinner is Done, Now What?

13 Ideas for Post Thanksgiving Dinner Fun After all of the hours of prep work that goes into Thanksgiving dinner, it seems as if it’s gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here’s a bounty of activity ideas, big and small, for the entire family to enjoy after the big feast. Sign a pumpkin.

How Mindfulness Helps Kids Manage Stress

When kids are stressed, they ruminate about past problems and worry about future what-ifs. These negative thought patterns rob their ability to focus on the present. Because stress feeds anxiety, impulsive behavior and lack of focus, more schools are adopting simple mindfulness techniques that parents can also foster. Why are kids stressed? Academic pressures, overstuffed

Device-Free Time Fosters Better Connections

Free time spent unplugged can make a big difference in how our families feel emotionally and physically when it comes to nurturing our most important relationships. Here’s why: Increased self-awareness. Time alone or unplugged helps us pursue personal interests and develop more clarity about who and what we want in our lives. That sense of