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Happy Kids Podcast – Better Living Institute

In this light and often zany podcast, we share our good times with our grandkids! Parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the tips and tricks of creating happiness in planned activities that are simple and fun! Our podcast is guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter all-around to you and your family. Tune-in and learn something new, then share your ideas with us and we’ll give you a plug on a future show. All of our kids’ happiness grows by leaps-and-bounds when grownups provide activities that bring joy to life. The bonus is that these fun activities are neither elaborate nor expensive!

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We’re Going On a Treasure Hunt!

Kids love to play games and to win. Treasure hunts allow them the opportunity to win, either as individuals, or in a group. You can have a treasure hunt right at home, in your yard, or just about anywhere. And the different themes and styles to choose from are endless. Treasure hunts can be inexpensive. You don’t have to buy anything at all for a treasure hunt—all you really need are some slips of paper and something to search for. Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share tips and experiences for planning and conducting a fun and successful treasure hunt—listen in and enjoy! Links How to Make a Treasure Hunt for Kids: Your Ultimate Guide by Lisa Mason http://www.mykidsadventures.com/treasure-hunt-kids-guide/ How to Make an Amazing Treasure Hunt for Kids by wikiHow http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Amazing-Treasure-Hunt-for-Kids Printables: Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Hunt Games By Parents Magazine http://www.parents.com/holiday/easter/printables/printables-treasure-hunt-and-scavenger-hunt-games/ How To Plan A Fun Treasure Hunt by Joyful Daisy http://www.instructables.com/id/HOW-TO-PLAN-A-FUN-TREASURE-HUNT 32 Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids To Do by Jamie Reimer http://handsonaswegrow.com/32-ways-kids-can-go-on-scavenger-hunts/


12 Jul 2015

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Kids Love Puppets!

Puppets are enjoyed the world over by kids of all ages, especially since the fuzzy, stuffed-animal hand puppets are being sold. There are hundreds of different designs, sizes, and colors available. Most big-box department stores have them at a very reasonable cost. Puppets encourage kids to be creative and express themselves. They invent stories for the puppets to perform and many of these imaginary situations involve humor, drama, and their emotions. Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their love for puppets and how they are using them with a second generation—their grand kids! Links Puppets Help Children to Reveal their Deepest Feelings by Luz Cudjoe http://www.creativityinstitute.com/puppetshelpchildrentorevealtheirdeepest.aspx Puppets Talk, Children Listen: How puppets are effective teaching aids for kids by Christie Belfiore http://teachmag.com/archives/5618 Using Puppets in Child Care http://www.extension.org/pages/67243/using-puppets-in-child-care#.VZG7XvlVhHx The Importance of Puppets http://www.slideshare.net/kokilavaaninarayanan/the-importance-of-puppets


30 Jun 2015

Rank #2

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Kids Are Happy Rippin’ and Rompin’

It doesn’t really matter how kids move, as long as they move! It’s much easier to get them movin’ and rippin’ and rompin’ if they’re encouraged to do fun activities. All it takes is a little research, a little planning, and a little guidance. Once your kids see how much fun they can have, they’ll take over from there. Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share the games that they love to play with their grandkids and give tips to get them started at your house. Everyone benefits when kids are active—listen in and learn why. Links Children’s Exercise Guide: Why Kids Need Exercise by Anne Etra http://www.care.com/child-care-why-kids-need-exercise-p1145-q11533984.html Children’s Exercise Guide: Fun Indoor Exercises for Kids by Anne Etra http://www.care.com/child-care-fun-indoor-exercises-for-kids-p1145-q11533983.html 5 Ways That Play Can Change Your Day by the American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/ActivitiesforKids/5-Ways-that-Play-can-Change-your-Day_UCM_312479_Article.jsp


14 Jun 2015

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Happy Kids Have Healthy Self-Esteem

What is healthy self-esteem? It can be defined as feeling capable while also feeling loved. Self-esteem is similar to self-worth—how much a person values himself or herself. This can change from day-to-day and from year-to-year, but, overall, self-esteem tends to develop from infancy and it keeps developing throughout adulthood. Sometimes self-esteem suffers because a person feels judged as less than acceptable to others. This is why it is so important to instill a strong sense of self-value in a child; and to help them in realizing their value from an early age. However, it’s not our job to mold children into what we want them to be. Our job is to help them grow into what they are. We want to show kids that it’s okay to be themselves, with all of their strengths, and with all of their weaknesses. We want our kids to understand that all of us have things we are good at, and things we may never be good at, and that’s fine. We’re okay and worthy of love just as we are! Links Praise the Right Stuff by admin http://demo.parsipage.ir/9/2015/05/03/praise-the-right-stuff/ Wings: Helping Kids Soar—Developing Social and Emotional Skills Through Fresh & Fun After School Programs http://www.wingsforkids.org/mission Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem by Michelle New, PhD http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/self_esteem.html#


1 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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Kids Like Being Helpers

Kids are natural-born helpers. They want to contribute to their family and they “love” to be called “helpers.” However—most of all—they like to be asked, not told. So, instead of saying, “Go get that,” or “Pick that up,” say, “Would you like to be my helper?” Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their great tips to make children’s contribution around the house fun for all. When the whole family works together and appreciates each other, chores are not a chore!


30 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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Unstructured Play Helps Kids Feel Happy

Unstructured play can occur nearly anywhere. All it takes is kids, imagination, and some patience from the grownups. Kids at play are happiest when inventing their own games and re-inventing rules for old games. Free form play is a big part of growing up. The skills they learn from unstructured play on one hand and the joy they experience from it on the other help them become responsible, caring, enthusiastic adults who also know how to keep play alive in their adult lives. Learning to play well makes kids happy!

3 Apr 2015

Rank #6

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Music to Our Ears

“What’s that noise?” Wee ones come marching with instruments in hand—through the hallway, around the living room, into the dining room, on to the kitchen, around the island. Stomp! Stomp! Stomp to the beat! And, oh what a loud beat it is! Bill and Kira Van Ittersum share the gleeful experience kids can have creating their own first music in this fun-filled discussion. Kids are not bashful, but rather bold and daring in this endeavor! It’s high drama and major impact that they are intending, and with just the right thing to blow, bang, or strum, they are succeeding! Kira and Bill describe their actual assortment of musical things that they have on hand for their grandkids to play. They hope that witht a few simple, relatively inexpensive musical items of your own, your kids can also begin the journey of exploration that most kids naturally enjoy. Just a few dollars at a Mom-to-Mom sale or three can render you well-equipped to get kids started. It’s a smashing lot of fun for them—and you will love being their audience! Kira and Bill say, “Give it a try!”

16 Feb 2015

Rank #7

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Making A Vision Board With Kids!

Vision boards aren’t just for grownups! The positive gains that grownups get from making and then viewing their own vision board each day can be had by kids, too. In fact, kids can build life-long visualization habits by learning to make their own vision (purpose) boards at an early age. The earlier you start, the more fun they’ll have with the project. Vision boards help kids express their hopes and dreams in pictures, especially at a time in their lives when sophisticated language skills are still being acquired. This is a great time to begin discussing their likes and dislikes with them, leading up to helping them find out what they are passionate about. “How do you know you don’t like it if you never tried it?” is a great question to ask. Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum discuss this question and several others as they share their experience with “Vision Boarding with the Grandkids.” Links The Reason Vision Boards Work and How to Make One by Elizabeth Rider http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-rider/the-scientific-reason-why_b_6392274.html How to Create a Dream Board for Kids http://www.imom.com/how-to-create-a-dream-board-for-kids/#.VgMGEstVhBe By Any Means Necessary: Breaking Down & Building Up The American Dream (Several vision board examples.) http://teamroom308.blogspot.com/2012/09/vision-board-examples.html Gratitude Boards For Kids! http://makeavisionboard.com/vision-board-gratitude-board-for-kids/ Helping Kids Set Goals With Vision Boards by Heather Darling https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/2014/01/helping-kids-set-goals-with-vision-boards/


23 Sep 2015

Rank #8

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12 Steps to Competence!

Kids need lots of opportunities to find their strengths and learn to take safe risks. You also need to guide them in their decision making but, ultimately, let them resolve many things on their own. This is the way to raise strong, competent adults—people who can make a difference in their world! Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum discuss their twelve steps to raising competent children. See how many of these useful tips you are already using!


5 Sep 2015

Rank #9

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Funny Bone Books!

Kids not only do humorous things, but they are great humor barometers. When something strikes their funny bone, they will laugh and laugh without any reserve. They like to giggle and repeat silly phrases and exaggerate them over and over. Kids love funny, goofy stories that could probably never really happen. You may be surprised at the things they find funny—sometimes you may even be horrified! Listen in as Kira and Bill Van Ittersum share their grandkids’ favorite Funny Bone Books! Links The Monster that Stole My Underwear by Kate Clary Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin The Monster at the End of This Book (A Sesame Street Book) by John Stone Timmy Failure, We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis Game On Boys (which is silly and nonsensical) by Kate Cullen For Boys Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney Big Nate Series by Lincoln Peirce “Weenies” Series and Other Books by David Lubar My Weirdest School Series and Other Books by Dan Gutman Eddie Dickens Trilogy/Gressingham Series by Philip Ardagh For Girls Clementine Series by Sara Pennypacker Dork Diaries Series by Rachel Renée Russell Mallory Series by Laurie B. Friedman Dear Dumb Diary Series by Jim Benton Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary Super Fudge by Judy Blume


25 Aug 2015

Rank #10