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How to ensure your children are happy and healthy

A healthy child is a happy child, parents play a key role in their children’s health. Here are five ways of raising a child who is not only healthy and happy, but of sound mind.

1. Reduce your child’s sugar intake. Excessive sugar intake can be harmful to your child and can cause health problems like obesity and even tooth decay. It is important to set lower guidelines for your children’s sugar consumption, which I know is not an easy task. Do not entirely forbid them, but try controlling it and that is why you need to be creative. Look for ways to encourage them to eat healthy snacks.

2. Make sure they get enough sleep. Lack of enough sleep in children causes forgetfulness, irritability, difficulties in understanding, and low motivation. Evidently enough sleep is a key factor for your child to succeed in school. Sleep promotes growth. You can also help your child to sleep by reading them a bedtime story, This will give them a conducive environment to sleep and they will also be looking forward to another bedtime story. Lack of sleep causes childhood obesity. Children need sound sleep to always have a sound mind.

3. Give them undivided attention. Spend time with your child as often as possible and if you have a tight schedule make sure you squeeze some time for your child. This makes them feel more important and loved, which raises their self-confidence, Having a one-on-one talk strengthens the bond between you, Use this time to know your child’s weaknesses and strengths. Give them undivided attention. No phones, no watching tv. Allow them to speak more and do not use this time to discipline them.

4. Teach them to manage their emotions. Teach you child how to manage their emotions and set limits on their feelings. Managing ones emotions is not easy even in adults and that is why we need to start nurturing them while they are still young, Start by making them understand all kinds of emotions like anger, laughter and that it is natural to feel them. They should know how to control their feelings and find a way to calm down without tantrums, You can suggest maybe blowing balloons, going to a quiet place, or drinking a glass of cold water or any other form of distraction to help them calm down.

5. Exercise. Regular exercise with healthy eating habits has many benefits both physically and health-wise, Obesity has become a serious problem in children, which comes with serious health problems. It is good to involve your child in outdoor games, Make this a routine and explain to them the benefits of regular exercise so that they may not see it as a punishment, but as a way of life.

These are the health benefits of physical exercise:

– Stronger muscles and bones

– Less likely to become overweight

– Stronger immune system

– Improved mental health

– Reduce the risk of becoming diabetic.


There are so many ways that parents can promote that their children be happy and healthy, but above all parents should involve themselves in their children’s activities because they are the holders of their children’s success.

Ways to Deal With a Bully

Hi guys, I hope you’re doing well. I’m going to talk about bullying today. It’s a really serious topic and I don’t take it lightly. The reason I’m talking about it is that I’ve heard recently from a family member that they were being bullied. Bullying can take many forms, whether you’re being isolated or called names or people are spreading rumors. I took some time to really educate myself on this topic and really make sure that I’m passing along useful tips to give you guys about how to deal with bullies.

The Bully Is Hurting and Wants to Share Their Pain

The thing to realize about a bully is a bully is just someone who is hurt. They are a person who is taking their frustrations out on you and it goes back to an old saying that says “hurt people hurt people.” That’s all a bully is, someone who is hurt who is hurting others. So anytime someone is purposefully hurting you or bullying you or hating on you realize that it has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with the bully and the hurting paying that they’re going through. Don’t take it personally and feel like there’s something wrong with you. If anything you should be flattered because the bully is going to pick on someone who they see as a threat. In essence the bully is saying “Hey, you have a lot going for yourself you have something that I admire so I’m going to pick on you and bring you down to my level.” That’s all it is. The bully sees something good in you so you can take that as a bittersweet complement. I’m not just saying that you should befriend them, get out of harm’s way. What I am saying is that it has nothing to do with you.

Find Someone To Talk To

Another thing that I suggest is to get a close support group so if you have a close friend that you can trust or a close adult or relative, talk to them. I understand the hesitation of talking to someone for fear of escalating the matters but if you can, find someone that you can really trust or who can walk around with you where the bully situation occurs.

Remember that violence never solves anything. Never pay back their hate with more hate. That’s only going to do two things.

Number 1: it’s going to make things worse. All they’re going to do is get more angry and come back at you more aggressively

Number 2: It brings you down to their level you want to maintain your character and maintain your integrity. If it’s a non-life threatening situation or if it’s not physical just try your best.

I know it’s hard, but try to live your life. Try to be happy so they believe that they can’t affect you and that they’re not getting to you. If there’s something that you love to do just keep doing it. Don’t stop doing what you love to do. Don’t ever let a threat of a person keep you from doing what you like to do. I don’t care if they’re isolating you, I don’t care if they’re discouraging you or calling you names you keep doing what you like to do. Show that bully that they are not affecting you. That’s all they’re after, is your response.. The good news is you will develop a thicker skin.

Don’t Stop Doing What You Enjoy

I got picked on when I was in school. People made fun of my nose. I remember this one bully in sixth grade they used to pick on me so bad I came home crying, I woke up crying. I hated going to school. Even here online, I get negative comments about my articles and about how I’m a loser. I will never let negative comments keep me from writing articles because I work to encourage you guys and that is what’s most important to me. Encouraging you guys means more than any negative comment that I can ever get. You can’t pay back evil by doing evil. You should only pay back evil by doing good.

Stand Up For Yourself

Now here’s when things get really difficult. As much as I’d like to say to just ignore the bully, there will come a time when you will have to stand up for yourself. Bullies are like predators. They smell fear they sense insecurities. To stand up for yourself you’re going to have to dilute the situation. You’re going to have to call the bully out. If they’re calling you names if they’re picking on you, turn this situation around. Stand tall, shoulders back. Say “I’m sorry, are you having a bad day?” Try not to get intimidated and don’t get angry or emotional because that’s what they want. Your greatest bet is to act unaffected. If it gets physical or verbally abusive or gets life-threatening get an adult involved immediately.

I really hope this helps you out. I’ve been through these situations before and this has helped me. Just remember it’s not you, it’s the bully and your best bet is to feel sorrow for them and to not take it personally.

Chicago Native, Brad Szczecinski to Visit Carpinteria Children’s Project

Brad SzczecinskiThis April, Carpinteria Children’s Project will be welcoming a special guest.  On Tuesday, April 17th, Brad Szczecinski will be visiting to offer a presentation about his fun hobby with raising chickens!  To learn more about his experience with raising chickens, check out this post.

Brad is a native of Chicagoland and has raised chickens for a number of years.  After learning about the practical application for raising chickens for fun and profit, Brad began his voyage in chicken-raising and quickly amassed chickens which he raises to this day.

On April 17th, Brad will be joining us for a discussion of fun and excitement!  Joining brad will be his wonderful assistant, along with several of his precious chickens.  Children will be given the opportunity to observe his presentation on raising chickens, along with asking questions towards the end of the presentation.

Tentative Schedule:

10:30AM – Children will be lead to the auditorium at 10:30AM to listen to Brad speak about his experience raising chickens, and tips for setting up your own chicken coup.

10:45AM – Brad’s presentation will begin.

11:30AM – Question and Answer Session

11:45AM – Assembly will end

Day of the Event

As we experience with many of our assemblies, to avoid any parking issues on the day of the event, please plan to arrive well in advance, and park along the streets (on the south end of the building).  Upon entering the building, please check-in with the front office and obtain a visitor badge.  In order to get your visitor badge, our secretary will need a valid driver’s license or ID in order to issue your visitor badge for the day.

About Brad Szczecinski

Brad SzczecinskiResiding in Evanston, Illinois just outside of Chicago, Brad loves to raise chickens in his suburban home along with his wife.  Brad is the CEO of Brad Szczecinski Consulting, in which he loves offering help to non-profit organizations.  His specialty is in planned giving.

Brad has a blog at in which he talks about, both, business and personal hobbies.  Brad enjoys listen to country music, playing with his dog, and of course, raising chickens!  When he isn’t enjoying his downtime, he is also an active member in organ transplant donor community, such as the Illinois Transplant Fund.

To prepare for the event, Brad Szczecinski recommends checking out some background information about raising chickens here.

Carpinteria Residents — We hear You!

Children are truly our future we must support one another and provide a environment where they can flourish in the world.

Our school district is continually rolling out new programs for the children in our district so they may have a brighter future, and though there are challenges ahead of us, we can always trust our teachers and our faculty for providing an environment that is supportive for our children’s future.

Each year we evaluate our curriculum to ensure that we are providing the most capable of our pupils so they can prosper in the world of not only today, but Tomorrow’s World.  With technology and improved instruction, we can always ensure that our faculty is provided the most resourceful tools and equipment to help our children thrive in the world.

We are always looking for new ideas and we are accomplishing our mission as our goals expand, and our district improves our existing programs.  With programs happening from kindergarten to 12th grade, our children are continually finding themselves more and more equipped with the right tools that colleges and future employers require of such people of the next generation.

Whenever you are questioning whether or not our district is providing adequate service to support our young people, you will know that our faculty is providing the most useful tools for the children in our district.  Whenever you are considering sponsoring our district or by providing your insights for our community, the people you are relying upon are well-suited and capable for providing and encouraging learning environment for students of all ages within our district.

Our district is continuously looking to improve our abilities to provide a warm and welcoming environment for students across our school system, and we know that our abilities to execute winning school programs relies on you.  If you would like to provide your own ideas and support feel free to contact us today

Direction for This Blog

The Carpinteria Community is wonderful, and we would like to highlight some of the figures in our community which makes this a wonderful place to live.  Our children continue to rise and be provided with unprecedented opportunities, and it’s residents like you, who make all the difference.

The direction for our blog will be two-fold.  Our internal team will provide you with updates within the community, and we will offer you an opportunity to provide your perspective by posting on this blog.

If you would like to get started, please contact the webmaster and tell us more about your ideal perspective to help the Carpinteria community.

And to send you off, here’s a little fun from our talent show last year (can you believe it’s been that long?!).  Do you remember this?