From Anger to LOVE, Consent to FREEDOM

Anger Management Workbook for Kids: 50 Fun Activities to Help Children Stay Calm and Make Better Choices When They Feel Mad

Author: Samantha Snowden MA
Forward by Andrew Hill PhD

Workbook

What I LOVE most about this book, is that it’s an engaging workbook filled with activities!!!
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I am absolutely BEYOND impressed by this workbook and cannot wait to start using it with my own kids…and myself…sigh. The thing is, is that my youngest struggles with some STRONG anger every now and then (literally getting lost in it),Β  while my older child struggles to understand why that kind of anger even is-which often leads to more arguments and more fighting. I definitely see this workbook as a very strong supportive coaching tool for my own family.
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The pages of this workbook are immediately safe, uplifting, calming, and most importantly FUN! There’s a nice consistent flow! Some writing activities include: recognizing emotions for what they are, drawing a photo of what “it” looks like, why negative emotions come up, what they look like, what they feel like, how strong the feelings are, the feelings that come up after reacting…..
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough-I mean, it’s serious yet FUN business! If action is not taken on the angry and/or sad emotions that come up,Β  there’s a good chance that those patterns will continue happening to the person experiencing them within their own UN-conscious state of awareness, which can get passed on and on on to future generations only to continue the suffering that comes with it all.
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To recognize emotions first and foremost is KEY! “Hey look! There it is!”
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So bust out those colorful gel pens for yourself, your child or pretty much ANYONE who might feel their emotions are running the show! Recognizing, disarming and dissolving negative programming while making it fun throughout the process!
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I’d like to personally point out here that I always remind myself that one is ever “broken” or “messed up”. We are simply addressing human emotions that come with conditioning and programming. Everyone has their own set. We are in a day and age where we can dissolve what doesn’t work and reprogram for what does!
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Now available at Amazon.com/AngerManagementWorkbookForKids

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Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education: Every Teen’s Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships

Author: Jennifer Lang MD

Consent

I admit that I will be giving this book to my pre-teen, although I really got this book for myself. It seems that in a world of a pre-programmed culture and being raised through the beliefs and actions of our own parents, this great little book could offer some fresh new insight for new generations EVERYWHERE! I really feel that this book will help even me have a better chance at someone my kids can feel confident to come to when they need some extra advice. In other words, this book could help us ALL to be on “the same page”, so to speak.
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I LOVE the feel of this book. It’s handsome with a look of trust and totally classy all the way! Inside? Yep, it delivers!!!
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So let’s talk about it! That’s how it starts out, talking about it. It goes on to relationships and communication. (Where was this book when I was a teen!!!!)
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It goes in to pressures, expectations, personal healthcare (thank goodness!), preventative measures (an especially fabulous chapter for females!!!), meanings of the words being used when it comes to anything having to do with the appeal of sex, and so much more. There is quite a lot covered in these chapters, offering great insight while getting straight to the point. Consent is giving me so much renewed confidence, which will be GREAT for when I talk with my own kids about anything sex related.Β  Funny thing is, is that my oldest will be receiving this book for Christmas…I bet he’ll wonder how I know so much about this topic!Β (I’ll just keep it hush hush for now!)
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So yep! Not just for teens! Great for parents to re-educate themselves with, or any adult just learning about what may not have been taught to them yet.
Consent. The New Rules of Sex Education. A+
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Available 12/11/18 at Amazon.com/ConsentTheNewRulesofSexEducation

Authors Amazon Page: Amazon/JenniferLangMD

Like Money, Candy is Energy

It was through the passion of my ego’s annoyance that inspired me to write about the experience of last night’s adventure. It was through the observer, my higher consciousness, that I decided toΒ write about the same experience and to release the painΒ I was choosing to experience.

Through this writing wasΒ when I discovered-or uncovered-the obvious. That like money, candy is energy!

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The story begins when my family went trick or treating. We had strolled peacefully through a few streets in our neighborhood while our kids gathered candy from the homes of strangers -ones who had made big candy purchases just to serve random people in costumes exclaiming, “Trick Or Treat!”…and of course adding the courteous, “thank you”, that comesΒ after the magical candy drop.

 
After our hourΒ or so of candy collecting and fun Halloween Decor visuals, we walked over to visit some friends whoΒ every year, pass out candy from their very own spooktacular decorated driveway.

 
It wasn’t long after we had arrived that our friends realizedΒ they were almost out of candy to pass out. Their street had never seen so much foot traffic on Halloween night.
My guess, is that it was because this year Halloween fell on a Monday night. People have to work, after all. I soon asked myself as I noticed the time, why the heck are all these kids and grown-ups still out walking around and gathering candyΒ so late?

 
It was my 10 year old Son who stepped up and graciously decided he wanted to share his own collected candy to save the night. We all kept asking, “are you sure?” He was VERY sure. Our whole party felt so much inspiration from his selfless decision.Β Our host was even so inspired that he went and presented a giftΒ to show gratitude for this boy’s beautiful act.

 
Love.

Ego.

My immediate experience of the moment was of course, witnessing the JOY of my Son’s act. He gaveΒ his candy away so lovingly and with so much care. He reminded me of a feeling. An authentic and pure experienceΒ inΒ the act of giving. Giving from the heart before EVER “learning” anything else.

I remembered what it felt likeΒ before I learned what it was to beΒ attached to “things”. Before fear and any sort of Β “lack of” mentality mind-set came to be. Through my own programming, the ego would have something to say about this one. It would be taking notes to wake me up with in just a few hours. I would soon beΒ teetering endlessly from JOY toΒ PAIN.

I fell asleep remembering the cute appreciative kids that my Son gave his candy to, but soon the ego would come wide awakeΒ with IT’S say in the matter, and itΒ was already remembering everythingΒ it didn’t like….

…everything like the witnessing of parents gathering candy for their 1-year old …and the other group with their newborn, admitting the candy was really for themselves. The ego rememberedΒ theΒ several cars desperately searching forΒ houses with lights still on. It seemed like they were searching for a candy lottery or something-in search of as much candy as they could get while they could still get it. They’d park…grab candy….say thank you, of course, and leave.

 
And there was my Son still giving his candy away…to them.

 
I was experiencingΒ feelings of pain within myself of what I judged as greed from others. It was all going over and over in my head-and in my heart, reminding me of how people feel about politics-the assumptions…the judgments…the expectations of others….IT’S ALL THAT SAME ENERGY! Why do I feel so sure about it? Because it FEELS like the same energy-festering and vibrating on it’s extremelyΒ low and dangerous setting.

My Son was not suffering for his kind act. I was.

Through writing this blog post, I would understand that through those who accepted candy from this beautifulΒ spirit of a kid, where accepting the candy for his benefit. TheΒ true and pure authentic JOY IN GIVING would awaken as the experience that this little guyΒ chose all by himself.

Lesson learned, Mom. All is well.

Fabulous Playground Happenings

Happy Spring of 2016!

The Hour Zero, featuring Lisa Mychols and Tom Richards have now released 2 songs: “See You Again” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” that are receiving nice feed back and pretty nice airplay (THANK YOU). We are hoping as we move forward, to get more acquainted with our amazing music scene again. In fact, that is the point of the Fabulous Playground.

We’ve had a pretty great month delving in to the subjects ofΒ mindfulness, healing the self and conscious Parenting. Our guests were absolutely amazing this month! You can find these blab conversationsΒ and more on the Fabulous PlaygroundΒ Youtube Channel or you can stay updated and inspired each week by following theΒ Angie & Elsie blabsΒ Facebook page.

We’ve also been making improvements on our recent Mychols & Friends musical blabs, where we’ve so far touched on artists and bands like The Church, David Bowie, Early MTV, Tiki-Surf, and The Hollies. These blabs are always found on our Fabulous Playground Channel at Youtube.com and you are always welcome to join in and actually participate with either a song (a cover or original) or just a simple share in to the discussion.

To really get the word out to our friends about these blabs, we are starting to make some “fun” invitational videos that we plan to post on Lisa Mychols’ Facebook page.

Continuing on, we hope to see this community continue to grow with more activity from YOU!

With tons of love,

Lisa & The Fabulous Playground Team