Importance of downtime for kids

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Importance of downtime for kids

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I want to say something about downtime for kids. Our kids are in a very fast past world, they have school, homework, sports, time with family hopefully; there is very little time that time for wonder, the creative when there is nothing planned and you can just go with how you feeling and where your minds want to wonder. For young children, that unstructured play is just golden. Children learn how to problem solve. They get to see where their creativity is and we rush them through their day. We don't have downtime and our kids don't have enough downtime, so think about it, step back, change your weekend plans, have nothing to do for a little bit and if you can go out to nature for some downtime you will all feel renewed and happier.

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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