Rachel Urbina

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When Social Media Becomes a Distraction

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Feb 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

It’s a common scene we are all too familiar with.  You can be in a restaurant, a shopping mall, on the sports field, in line at the grocery store, or even in your own home and you notice everyone’s head tilted down, their attention affixed to their smartphone.  Let's admit it, we’ve probably all been a part of a similar scene ourselves and heard the speech about the need to stop looking at our screens so much and start looking at each other.

More often than not, what has captured our attention (and the attention of our children) is a text or an email, a news story or a headline, or a funny video or photo of a puppy someone has posted on social media.  There is a very fine line between the convenience our smartphones provide for us and the distraction that they can so easily become.

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Topics: Internet Safety, Parent Involvement, Good Advice, Social Media

Good Study Habits for All Ages

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jan 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

 

When it comes to choosing what to do in their free time, studying is probably not at the top of most children’s list.  It’s most likely not even on their list.  Most children and teenagers spend around seven hours a day in school, and so their first instinct when they come home is not to crack open their math book and start plugging away at algebraic equations.  Yet studying is an essential part of maintaining good grades, being prepared for tests, and retaining all of that information that students need as they advance in their studies.  Whether your child is five or seventeen, here are a few helpful tips in teaching them to practice having good study habits.

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Topics: School, Homework, Study Habits

MEANING IN THE MANGER: Insight into Christmas’ Most Popular Scene

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

The manger scene is one of the most iconic scenes in the world. It is easily recognizable to people of almost every nation, tribe, and tongue, and though it is a subtle picture, it loudly speaks one word to all who behold it: Christmas.  Whether your nativity set is life-sized or miniature, brand new or passed down, let’s take a moment to pause and consider this well known Christmas scene.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective

Top 10 Christmas Activities for the Family in San Diego

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

There is no doubt that the Christmas season brings joy, excitement, wonder, and gratitude into our lives. However, sometimes the most wonderful time of the year is also fraught with long to-do lists, busy schedules, and stress.  While you may find yourself grasping for more time in each day, remember to take a minute (or two) to invest in the memories that will last long after the lights are taken down and the batteries on the toys run out.  If you are local to San Diego or just visiting for the holidays, here are a few festive things to do with your family that will keep you in awe and wonder this holiday season.

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Topics: Holidays, Family, Christmas, Fun

Falling for Fall: A Healthy Perspective of the Holiday Season

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Oct 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

As the holiday season approaches, do you find that looking at your calendar brings a sense of anxiety as you focus on the many to-do’s and get togethers that accompany this time of year?  Unfortunately familiarity with the holidays has the potential to breed a lack of appreciation for what they truly stand for.  As busy as this full and festive season can become, let’s look at a few ways we can change our mindsets into ones of appreciation and thankfulness this time of year.

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Topics: Holidays, Thankfulness, Perspective

Back To School Rhythm Without Singing The Blues

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Sep 13, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Congratulations!  You and your children have made it through the first few weeks of school. The schedules are filling up quickly and hopefully everyone seems to be finding the rhythm of their routines. Here are a few tips to ensuring you and your family experience a healthy and happy school year.

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Topics: Back to School, Family, Healthy Habits, Preparation

Encouraging Curiosity and Why it’s Essential

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Aug 28, 2018 4:40:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why your toddler’s favorite word seems to be ‘why?’ Have your older children lost their curious drive or do they no longer ‘care’ why something is the way it is? You may have even been told that ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ but let’s look at some reasons why curiosity should be encouraged and fostered in our children.

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Topics: Parenting, Child Development, Curiosity

Great Ideas for Beating Summer Boredom

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jun 12, 2018 4:00:00 PM

“Mom, there’s nothing to do. I’m so bored!”  Sound familiar? Parents would be millionaires if they had a nickel for everytime they heard that phrase come from their children’s mouths. Without the rigorous schedule of homework, sports, and after school activities, the summer can be open season for boredom to find its way into the minds of our kids and sour the sweetest summer day.

First of all, boredom is a choice that people make. They choose to discard all known options of occupying themselves and instead vocalize that decision to the person they believe can solve their problem. Children are masters at doing this, and often parents don’t want the battle so they cave to the demands of whatever is being asked of them. Here are some fun, creative, and mostly free suggestions to help your kids choose being busy over being bored this summer.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Summer, Boredom

The Benefits of Being a Benchwarmer

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Just hearing the term Benchwarmer may conjure up some unhappy memories for many. Maybe some of us have felt the frustration being a ‘reserve’ or bemoaned the thought of ‘riding the pine’ for another game. Being left-out is no fun, but the experience seems to be harder when it happens to your own child. Here’s some helpful insight we can pass on to our young athletes to help them to score even when they're on bench.

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Topics: School Sports, Helpful Tips, Character Education, Encouragement

How Parents Can Teach Math in the Everyday

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM

“When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Have you heard your children or someone else ask that question in regards to a math concept before? Unlike reading, writing, or PE, math is harder for children to recognize in day to day activities. Math is always there, whether they are counting the minutes until recess, the days until Christmas, or bargaining over how many pieces of broccoli they have to eat for dinner, children use math constantly though they may not realize it. Here are some fun and practical ways to sneak in some extra math practice in the everyday.

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Topics: Math, Teaching Math