Rachel Urbina

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Bravo! Supporting Your Child Through the Audition Process

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Nov 7, 2019 3:30:00 PM

From the moment children are born, parents naturally want to see them succeed at everything in life. As parents, we have a special and unique role to play in our childrens' lives as they navigate through the different challenges, successes, and failures that they will inevitably face. Academics, athletics, and social scenarios will all create opportunities for children to learn from and grow through. Finding the balance between being a supportive spectator and challenging them to reach outside of their comfort zone can be difficult at best. 

If your son or daughter has expressed interest in trying out for the school play, here are a few tips to help you both thrive (and survive) from the audition to the final bow.

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Topics: Parenting, Time Management, Encouragement, Good Advice, Fun, Perspective, Theatre, Arts

FINDING THE BALANCE: Teaching our Kids the Key to Winning With Multiple Responsibilities

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Oct 3, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The rigors and responsibilities of student life can take their toll on our kids.  Sometimes, especially when teenagers are involved, those overwhelming emotions can roll over onto the rest of the family as well! Between applying themselves to academics, participating in athletics, serving in student leadership, and attending social activities, the balance of it all can feel like it’s resting on a very fine point, ready to tip at any moment.

To ensure that you and your family maintain a healthy life balance, here are a few key points to remember as you help your student-athletes navigate through another year of academics and athletics.

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Topics: Athletics, Parenting, School Sports, Good Advice, Perspective

How to Be the Best Fan of Your Student Athlete

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Aug 27, 2019 3:30:00 PM

Sports are exciting, engaging, and entertaining. Most athletes spend hours training, practicing, and honing their skills so they can perform to the best of their ability. And it’s no secret that watching a live team sport event can bring out the competitive nature in even the most passive of people. This is especially true when it comes to parents watching their children play on their school sports teams. 

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Topics: Athletics, Parenting, School Sports, Good Advice, Perspective

Putting Procrastination in its Place

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM

 

“Mom, that’s not due until next week!”
“I’ll have plenty of time to work on that later.”
“Our teacher said the essay is due at the end of the quarter.”
“Do I have to work on that now? No one else is!”
“I’m so tired! Can I please wait until tomorrow?”

Have you heard anything like this from your children before?  If so, then congratulations because your family is completely normal!  Procrastination is the default setting for most people’s way of thinking and way of life, however, it’s not typically the best way to accomplish goals or achieve great things.  Like most life skills children will mimic what they observe, and so the task of teaching our children about procrastination and its downfalls rests upon our shoulders as parents.  Here are a few ways to help teach children to steer clear of procrastination and instead teach the art of accomplishment.

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips, Time Management, Procrastination

Finishing Strong: Teaching Our Kids the Benefits of Ending Well

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Mar 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Sometimes when we begin something, the excitement and newness of it all can carry us quite far, but towards the end, things can get tough. For our kids, the school year can feel much the same. Here are some encouraging tips for us as parents on how we can teach and encourage our children the challenges and the rewards of finishing well.

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Topics: Parenting, Perspective, Finishing Well

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