2 hour drive Kid-friendly Catskills Getaway close to NYC: Yogi Bear Jellystone LazyRiver Park Trip (Gardiner, NY); Lake Minnewaska State Preserve; Coxingkill Split Rock Swimmimg hole; Mohonk Mountain House(New Paltz, NY)

A Kid friendly Getaway in the Catskills Region in New York State: We stayed in Gardiner, NY at Yogi Bear Jellystone LazyRiver Par — it was only about a 2 hour drive from NYC. We visited Lake Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Mountain House and Coxing Split Rock swimming hole. It was a great way to spend some time taking in the fresh air, spend some time taking in the beauty of nature, hiking, slowing down, playing and exploring.

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DaTerra Cucina Made in Italy 13 inch Wok and 8 Quart Dutch Oven Review and Giveaway

DaTerra Cucina Review of their non stick, lead and cadium free, PTAE and PFOE free, Made in Italy, anodized aluminum based Volcanic Ceramic 13 inch Wok and 8 Quart Dutch Oven! Also oven safe to 450F and dishwasher safe with silicone grip and glass lid and silicone seal.

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1-2-3 My Feelings and Me by Goldie Millar and Lisa A. Berger

1-2-3 Feelings for Me by Goldie Miller and Lisa A. Berger is a comprehensive and well thought out book on feelings. It can help a child navigate and be more aware of how they are feeling and provide ways in which they can categorize their feelings, share them, manage them and empower themselves through self-talk. A great book for school directors, principals, guidance counselors and teachers doing detailed unit on feelings in school or for those who work and interact with children as their profession, such as Child Life Specialists, pediatric nurses, pediatricians and hospital educators. This book can also be an asset to parents who want to better understand the details on feelings and how a child sees and experience, process, internalize and express their feelings.

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Temper Tamers Jar

These Temper Tamers Set Of cards by Free Spirit Publishing are a great for children to practice dealing with anger. The more often someone repeatedly practices listening, sharing and reflecting, the more a person makes it part of their lifestyle; and they carry on with these healthy habits of coping until they are adults. I also really like the order of the cards where the children get to first connect the card to self by sharing, then include tips on what to do when you come across angry feelings, a what would you do section to ask openly what you would do in a situation involving anger and act it out section to reiterate and practice what has been learned!


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Worries are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

Have you ever felt worried? What does it mean? How does my body felt differently when it is worried? Do adults worry too? How can I overcome this feeling? The breathing technique the author highlight in this book is brilliant, fun and relatable to many kids , “Breathe in slowly through your nose like you’re smelling cookies. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, like you’re blowing bubbles.” It honestly taught me a more visual and improved way to breathe in and out. Try it too! Smell those cookies and blow those bubbles!

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