Posts in Emotional Wellness
How to Handle Bullying

If you’re a parent, it’s likely that you’ve witnessed bullying at some point throughout your child’s life. It might have been something innocent like name-calling, or something more serious like physical violence. Nearly 33% of children in the United States report being bullied at school.  While being the victim of bullying can be emotionally challenging and potentially traumatizing, it’s not uncommon for victims to become the bullies themselves. It’s important to help your child process their experience if they are bullied, and instill  positive values to prevent the tables from turning.

Here are some simple steps you can take whether your child is the bully or the victim of bullying.

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Should Your Child Start Journaling?

Journaling can be a highly effective tool for improving mental health and processing difficult emotions. Unlike what you might see in television shows or movies, journaling is more than just venting or recounting the events of the day. Journaling is a tool to help children (and adults!) hash out how the events of the their day, or their life, affect them emotionally. It allows children to express themselves without fear of judgement or repercussions, especially since mom or dad will not be reading the journal.

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Help your Kids Develop Confidence and Self-Esteem

The terms self-confidence and self-esteem are often used interchangeably, but they actually have slightly different meanings. Self-confidence is developed out of a sense of competence. Mastering a skill like riding a bike gives a child a sense that they are capable, even if the process involves making mistakes.. Self-esteem is when a kid feels valued, accepted, and proud of his or her accomplishments. Both self-confidence and self-esteem play a big role in helping kids succeed academically, socially, and emotionally, ultimately allowing them to be better equipped for all of life’s challenges and obstacles. Here are a few simple ways you can help your child develop both self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Help Your Child Cope With Their Emotions Without Using Food

Children often have difficulty expressing complex emotions because they don’t have the language for it. As a result, they might express these emotions nonverbally by acting out, crying, or isolating themselves from social experiences. More often than not, these emotional expressions are undesirable within our social construct. As parents, we don’t enjoy seeing our children angry, sad, or lonely, and our instinct might be to find a quick-fix to mitigate the situation at hand by using one of our most readily available coping mechanisms: food.

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Moving Meditation: Practice Mindfulness on Your Bike!

If you’re like us, you love the idea of meditation, but just can’t sit still long enough to really reap the benefits. Most of us here at CYCLE Kids just can’t sit still. Most of us sit on exercise balls just to incorporate more movement while we are working at our desks! If this sounds like you (or your child), we have some good news. You actually don’t have to sit still in order to meditate.

Sure, there are benefits to sitting still, turning off all distractions, and spending a few moments with your thoughts, but you can actually achieve a lot of the same feelings of calmness, peacefulness, and rejuvenation from simply practicing mindfulness throughout your day, even when riding your bike.

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How to Help Your Child Have a Positive Relationship with Food

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we wanted to offer families a simple guide to helping your child develop a positive relationship with food. With conflicting health messaging at your child’s fingertips and confusing media messaging promoting elusive “ideal” body types, it’s more important than ever to help your children feel good about their bodies and their food choices. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

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Navigating Food Allergies in Children

Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy can certainly make normal “kid” activities (like school, birthday parties, and playdates) seem extremely stressful. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. One in 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, so you’re sure to find at least a few parents in your circle who can relate to what you’re going through. 

The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. And while some allergies don’t last forever (many children grow out of them as they get older), some might stick around for life. So, how can you make sure your child, family, and community knows how to address food allergies? Follow these simple steps.

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