“Relaxation Classes” — for 5-year-olds?

Hi Folks! Got this the other day and had to pass it along. I agree with the writer: yoga and such can be good for kids. But there are time-honored alternatives, too.  — L. 

Dear Free-Range Kids: Oh lordie, you’re never going to believe this.   Just saw this posting and had to share.  Now, for the low, low price of $320, your FIVE-year-old can attend a series of eight classes to learn relaxation techniques.

First, full disclosure.  I DO believe that yoga and meditation are powerful and good techniques that people can use to manage stress and lead healthier and happier lives. Moreover, I have no doubt that five-year-olds have stress in their lives.  I have a five-year-old who worries that if he wears a raincoat to school the other kids will laugh at him.  He worries that his seven-year-old sister can read and he can’t.  He worries that his friends all have PSPs and he doesn’t.

So, yes, he’s got stress.  But THEN…he goes outside and plays.  And magically, he stops worrying about everything.  He’s too busy thinking about finding the best stick to use to dig up worms, or trying to figure out how many of his friends can fit on the slide without pushing the bottom person off, or running as fast as he can because he’s a “super-fast runner guy.” And, for the low, low price of hand-me-down sneakers and the occasional bruise, my five- year-old can learn an endless series of relaxation techniques — and even enjoy himself. — Maryland Mom

You Will Love This! Yay, Kid!

A five-year-old calls 911 when her daddy can’t breathe. Here’s the story, as seen on the Bonnie Hunt Show. A reminder to all of us:

1 – Teach your kids about 911.

2 – Remember what kids are capable of! They can rise to the occasion! (Let’s just hope the kid doesn’t get her own reality show and end up all weird.) — Lenore