How to Discover the Greatest Benefits of Free Printable Coloring Pages

Lots of psychologists and therapists “prescribe” these to patients for numerous factors, and numerous occupational therapists recommend them! I will likewise let you know that I practice what I preach, when I was laid up in bed for 8 weeks after major surgical treatment, I devoured adult coloring books. They have so many usages and purposes that many are not conscious of, beyond the obvious results of appeal and satisfaction.

1. Did you have any idea that the “prescription” of adult coloring stems all the method back to the late and great psychologist Carl Jung? Well it did. He was always ahead of his time. Jung utilized it thinking it would help his client’s gain access to their subconscious and new self-knowledge. We my little pony coloring pages now understand that numerous psychologists recommend this to clients as an alternative to meditation, as a means of relaxation, and as a relaxing tool. It can assist the private focus on the act of coloring detailed pictures for hours on end, vs. concentrating on intrusive and troubling thoughts.

For lots of, boredom, absence of structure, and stress are the greatest triggers they have. The time and focus that adult coloring takes assists the private get rid of the focus from the negative concerns and routines, and focus them in a safe and productive method.

3. These activities can help significantly with individuals with PTSD, stress and anxiety, and stress issues, as they relax down our amygdala. This is the part of the brain that controls our battle or flight response, and keeps people in an increased state of concern, panic, and hyper-vigilance, when it is active. Coloring and concentrating on this harmless and relaxing activity can actually turn that reaction down, and let your brain have some much needed rest and relaxation. This can be an exceptionally efficient and welcome outlet for these people.

4. Coloring likewise brings us back to a simpler time. An activity that can invoke the much easier and better times of childhood. A time when we did not have as lots of responsibilities, and might just do something since we wanted too, for the pure pleasure of it. To be able to use this time and these feelings is extremely cathartic and enjoyable. It can take you out of your present tensions and concerns for even a couple of hours at a time, which can have an exceptionally recuperative result.

It utilizes locations of the brain that enhance focus and concentration. Our frontal lobes are responsible for these higher level activities and functions of the brain, and coloring detailed photos activates all those homes. Believe of considering intricate color schemes, and using the brain to balance and make the photo visually pleasing.

6. Coloring makes use of both hemispheres of the brain, right and left. When we are thinking of balance, color options, applying colored pencil to paper, we are working on issue solving and fine motor abilities. We have actually talked a terrific offer about where they would be suggested by psychologists, however this is where they can very helpful for occupational therapy. Picture all the locations of retraining of the brain and skills training that can be achieved with coloring significantly challenging styles. The individual can begin on much easier items, and work their method up.

Doing healing artwork can assist minimize feelings of stress and anxiety and unpleasantness associated with prolonged medical treatments. The focus we position on the task at hand, and on a things can change negative and unhelpful thoughts from entering our minds. The action of acting and doing vs. observing is a powerful deterrent to focusing on physical or emotional pain.

Adult coloring books plainly help serve numerous functions that are helpful. They can be so much more than the color by number that individuals might be believing they are. They can be focused, therapeutic, peaceful, calming, issue fixing, and organizational. As you can see, they are highly effective for many factors, and the concepts behind them have stood the test of time, even if they seem like they are only the latest trend. Try one out and you might simply amaze yourself. If not, a minimum of you have something pretty to hand on your fridge!

Lots of psychologists and therapists “prescribe” these to clients for various factors, and lots of occupational therapists recommend them! They have so numerous usages and functions that lots of are not mindful of, beyond the obvious outcomes of beauty and satisfaction. A time when we did not have as many duties, and might simply do something since we desired too, for the pure joy of it. Adult coloring books plainly help serve many functions that are helpful. As you can see, they are extremely effective for numerous reasons, and the ideas behind them have stood the test of time, even if they feel like they are only the most current trend.

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Motherhood from the Inside | Yankee Texan Mom

I read somewhere that if those of us who are parents were honest about how much work it is to be a parent, others would be less likely to have children.  I’m inclined to think that might be true.  Most of the time the conversations about parenthood focus on the joys, the moments that are priceless and the reasons why we should savor every moment.  No one really ever talks about the dark side of being a parent.  More to the point, no one talks about the dark side of being a SAHM.


I should start by saying that I do love my daughter more than words could ever say and that I do love being a mom and stepmom.  I know how important this job is and I know that I am blessed.  That doesn’t mean that there are not down sides to the job and that some days I have to remind myself that I am blessed.


Yesterday would be a prime example of a day when I needed reminding.  I took Gwen to our town’s library for Preschool Story Time, then to McDonald’s for lunch and then we ran a few errands.  Gwen did not want to leave the library when story time was over.  She did not want to leave McDonald’s even though we had been there for nearly 90 minutes.  As the icing on the cake, she was determined to touch everything on the shelves at Dollar General and respond as if I were speaking a foreign language.  The last errand on the list was shelved until tomorrow.


By the time we were on our way home and she was fast asleep in her car seat, I was just thankful that she was sleeping.  I was grateful for a few moments of peace.  And when we reached our home, I transferred her to the bed and laid on the couch.  I knew there were things that needed to be done.  This blog needed my attention.  Areas of my house needed my attention.  Dinner needed to be started.  I did NOT care.  At that moment in time, I needed to lay on that couch, close my eyes and take a few minutes for Mommy.


The moments did not last long.  It was not fifteen minutes before my husband was walking in the door from work.  Sanity break over and time to start moving again.  That is the part that no one tells you.  Motherhood is basically an agreement to give a large amount of control of your life away.  It may be given willingly and the blessings you receive in return are plentiful.  Still, I do believe that every mom has those moments when they think that just five minutes alone would be a slice of heaven.  These five minutes might be spent in the most mundane ways.  Somehow taking a shower, using the bathroom in private and in peace, or reading a magazine article have become luxuries.  So many details that I took for granted, first as a single woman and next as a married woman, cannot be taken for granted any longer.


The crazy part is not that I wish for the five minutes of peace.  The crazy part is that when Gwen spends the night with her grandparents or goes to run errands with her Daddy, I am lost.  Even on those days when she is testing out the boundaries of being three, she is my favorite person.  Even on days fraught with her exertions of independence, she can bring a smile to my face like no one can.  I imagine that is how every mother feels about their child.  It is why we talk about the joys of parenthood and not the stress.  In this case, the good does outweigh the rest.

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A Showcase of History for Children |

As I wrote in an earlier post, Genghis Khan: The Exhibition has come to the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas.  Genghis Khan is a fascinating part of history and this exhibit is a treasure trove of education for our children.  This exhibition gives children a chance to see history behind a man who truly is a legend.  The exhibition started June 1 and runs through September 30.  This gives us all plenty of time to get the kids together and head on over to Irving.  It’s not often that an exhibition this large comes so close to home.


Special Events for Kids


Princess Mummy is one of the amazing pieces of history that you will see at Genghis Khan: The Exhibition now running in Irving, Texas.


Genghis Khan: The Exhibition features the largest collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever gathered in a single showing.  Of particular note, the exhibition features the recently uncovered mummy and tomb treasures of a Mongolian noble woman, nicknamed The Princess Giant because of her unusual height.  And, for the kid in all of us, the interactive aspect of the exhibition leads visitors through a life-size ger (traditional nomadic dwelling); and allows visitors to shoot a model trebuchet, create a Mongolianstyle hat and use computer touch screens to live out the lives of characters from the 13th century.  The Irving Arts Center also has the following kids activities scheduled during the exhibit.




  • Everyone Pays Kids Prices! Mondays, July 18, August 15 and Sept. 19  View Genghis Khan: The Exhibition for the special price of just $8 per person.


  • Family KhanDays: Saturdays, July 9, August 13, September 10 and September 24;  Create Mongolian-themed art projects to share with friends and family. Suitable for children of all ages. All supplies provided.


  • Trebuchet Competition: Saturdays, July 9, August 20 and September 24, 10 AM to Noon | Registration / Competition Rules Coming Soon; Build a model trebuchet using plastic blocks and compete for fun prizes in a distance shooting match. Three age groups – elementary, middle school and high school / adult. Pre-registration is required.


  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Silk Road: July 11-15 | 8 AM to 5 PM | Ages 6-12; Create Papier Mâché Mongolian masks; construct a ger and make your own felt; stylize your penmanship with Chinese brush painting and calligraphy; stretch out with yoga; and design stamps, mosiacs and mandalas.


  • Summer camp: History, Horses and Tribal Handicrafts: July 25-29 | 8 AM to 5 PM | Ages 6-12; Construct your own paper for cool new designs; choose colorful thread for fun weaving projects; paint real and imaginary animals inspired by the Mongolian beasts of burden (horses, camels, yaks and oxen); use recycled materials, fabric and found objects to design Mongolian-inspired costumes, headdresses and jewelry; and learn dance and battle strategy

The Need To Know Before You Go


We all know how important it is to plan ahead when taking the kids on an outing, so here’s a few pieces of information that will help.  As stated above, this exhibit began on June 1 and will run through September 30.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-8 p.m. Admission is timed and the last entry time is at 6:30 p.m. daily.


Tickets are $8 for children, groups and seniors (ages 55 years and above); and $12 for adults. Children under 2 years old are free. To purchase tickets contact the box office at (972) 252-2787 or visit www.KhanIrving.com. Strollers are permitted inside the exhibition.


It takes approximately 90 minutes to go through Genghis Khan: The Exhibition. There is a 5-minute film, 4 activity stations, interactive kiosks for character cards, and if scheduling allows, a live performance.  There is limited outdoor space available for having lunch on the grounds.  If you have large group, it is recommended that you call ahead.


Also, there is a Conquer Your Fears Sweepstakes running during the exhibit, so take a few moments to enter.

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Is Respect Earned or Deserved?

Recently a Facebook friend posted a Status Shuffle comment that got me thinking.  The post read as follows:



“People need to learn that in order to receive respect that they must learn how to give respect.”


My initial reaction was to “Like” her post and move on, but something in my gut wouldn’t let me just click and run.  My next thought was to post my thoughts about her comment, but it didn’t seem fair to hijack her comment with my soapbox.  So, here I am, 24 hours later and the thoughts are still running around my head.  There is a complete “chicken and egg” argument going on for me and I still am not sure of the correct answer or that there is one. 


I, like many others, have worked for that manager.  That manager that believes that once the word “manager” becomes a part of his title, he deserves your undying respect and loyalty.  If you’re truly unlucky, he doesn’t necessarily treat you with respect, but that’s not where his concern lies.  Of course, I believe that that is not the correct way to inspire confidence, loyalty and hard work from your team.  In those situations, I do think you have to earn your respect.  Anything more than basic respect should not come with the title.  And that is where my thoughts get going. 


What is basic respect?  Do you have to earn basic respect?  Is basic respect something that each of us as human beings should give to others as a manner of living?  If you’ve read any other of my posts, it will be no surprise that I believe that basic respect is a privilege that each of us should afford to each other as a way of living.  Words like please, thank you, you are welcome, and yes sir/ma’am, should be a part of our repertoire without even thinking.  The sad part is that they are not in too many cases and that is the beginning of the mushroom for me.  We’ve taught our daughter to have manners, but that’s just the first step.  She also sees us use our manners every day.  My husband is a born and raised Texan, so it’s nearly second nature for him.  On the other hand was raised in Massachusetts and it’s an effort sometimes.  That effort normally pays off and becomes more like second nature every day. 


So I’ve learned to be friendlier and to treat others as though I am happy to see them even if I am not.  What I have not learned is how not to go around the bend when someone treats me with little or no respect.  My other often said to kill someone with kindness, but she also knew how to fire back with her scorpion tail if she was pushed too far.  I was blessed with her gift of sarcasm but not always with restraint, so you can imagine my dilemma.  Recently I visited a local government office to pay a traffic ticket my husband had received.  It’s something I’ve done before for me and for him, so I know the drill.  I entered the office prepared not to be angry.  I knew it was not the fault of the employee behind the counter that we had  received a ticket.  However, the woman on the other side of the glass seemed to feel that she was a part of the punishment process in Rockwall County, Texas and made no secret of that.  I was treated poorly and could not get my simplest questions answered.  I wanted to tell her what I thought and although I did not, I know my face said things that would make some folks blush.  A week later, I still wish I had killed her with kindness.  I think my reaction played into her expectations.  She has a chip on her shoulder that she has earned and my attitude cemented it for her once again.  Maybe next time I can do better.

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