In The Healing Properties of Pets
I discuss how animals help humans maintain
health and balance.
In Tips for Reading to Children I
invite you to read to a child (a relative, a
friend, a child in a pre-school) on a regular
basis, as well as providing children's books
directly to (or donating money so others can
provide them) to libraries, schools, day care
centers and families in low income
WE CAN ALL ADDRESS THE LITERACY CRISIS IN THIS
COUNTRY. Jumpstart is a national
early education nonprofit organization that
pairs caring adults with underserved
preschoolers in year long one-to-one
mentoring relationships. Visit www.jstart.org
to learn more about Jumpstart and events.
If you would like to make a contribution,
you may do so at www.jstart.org/don
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every day of the year.
A must for any woman
seeking to find her balance!
The Healing Properties of Pets
You may wonder whether it is worthwhile to
get a pet. You're not home all the time and a
pet would be one more thing to think about,
this is true. But floppy ears and a wagging
tail to welcome you is not the only thing
that makes having a pet appealing.
Whether or not you had a pet when you were a
child, you can open your heart to an
The returns can be beyond measure. Pets
provide companionship; improved physical,
emotional, and mental health and well-being;
connection; security; playfulness; laughter;
and exercise. Pets can be a source of great
comfort. Dealing with loss is more tolerable
because you will enjoy the pet's company and
feel less desolate. Older people with pets
are usually less lonely, more social, and
have fewer frequent doctor visits.
Pets helps you stay balanced as you
joy of taking care of another, observe the
way they take in the world, and become the
recipient of unconditional love. The research
on the positive therapeutic effects on
just validates what pet owners have always
known. If you live alone, have an "empty
nest", or have recently retired, having the
right pet companionship can save your sanity
while enhancing the quality of your life.
And if you have a pet and wish to help
others, consider entering a certified animal
therapy training program so that you and your
pet can enhance the quality of life for
children or adults in such places as
hospitals, schools, and day care programs
(adult or child.) You can discover more about
such programs by visiting sites as www.thegooddogfoundation.org
And have a look at Sarah Kershaw's New York
Times article, "Good Dog, Smart Dog," at: www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/weekinreview/01kershaw.html?scp=1&sq=good%20dog%20smart%20dog&st=cse.
The space between your pet and you is a deep
source of energy, love, communication and
care, and that goes both ways. In our busy
and stressful lives the human-animal bond is
becoming more meaningful. The testament is
the statistic that 62% of all homes in the US
own a dog, cat or horse. As Janet Marlow, of
"Follow the trail of an animal into the human
heart and you will find a better world."
Companionship comes in many forms. Do not
overlook the value of the human-pet bond.
TODAY Show (NBC)
Nov. 6th: 9AM: Secrets of Happily Married
Please check my website, www.drdaleatkins.com,
for the most current updates.
Center for Hearing and Communication
Nov. 4th: 6-7:30PM. Featured Speaker:
Finding and Keeping a Life in Balance.
50 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY.
Please visit www.chchearing.org
for early registration.
Read Dr. Atkins' chapter, "Family
Involvement and Counseling in Serving
Children Who Possess Impaired Hearing,"
in the new text, Introduction
to Aural Rehabilitation.
Edited by Raymond H. Hull, and published by
See Dr. Atkins' and Rabbi E. Mencher's article,
Are You a Buttinsky?, in Reform
Fall 2009/5769, pg. 8. www.reformjudaismmag.org.
There is also a complimentary discussion
guide offering thoughtful questions for
See Dr. Atkins' article, Sanity Savers for
a Balanced Life, in Black Tie Magazine,
Volume 7, Issue 1, pg. 64. www.blacktiemagazine.com
A Good Daily Habit
Many of us spend long hours in a particular
position and we may stretch unconsciously to
feel better. Why not include a regular
stretching program as part of your daily
routine? Stretching is important for people
of all ages, and can help lengthen your
muscles and make daily living activities
Benefits of regular stretching include:
reduced muscle tension, enhanced muscular
coordination, increased circulation of the
blood, and increased energy levels. As you
stretch repeat to yourself, "I can bend and
not break." Start a
program of stretching and give yourself the
chance for improved well-being.
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Tips For Reading to Children
Among the most valued and precious
experiences children can have is to be read
to by an adult. The act of sitting close to
someone you care about, feeling the warmth of
their arm around your shoulder, hearing the
lilt, rhythm, and tone of their voice, helps
to create a sense of safety, security, and a
love of books and reading. As a result of
these trying economic times, there is an
increasing number of children who are living
in poverty and in lower income situations.
Without books, children cannot develop the
pre-literacy skills they need to become
readers. By the time children are in
kindergarten, they do not have the basic
early literacy skills for life long success.
They enter school behind and they just don't
catch up. Access to age appropriate books and
early education programs are vital for
children to be able to learn to read. I am
grateful to Jumpstart for Young Children for
sharing their suggestions about preparing
children for success.
Our country is experiencing
a severe early literacy crisis. This literacy
gap affects children
from low-income households, primarily because
2/3 of these PRE-SCHOOL children do not have
age appropriate (or any) books in their
homes. About 10 million children have
difficulties learning to read. Of those
children many drop out of school. A
disproportionately high number of our youth
with criminal records have trouble reading.
Each of us can help to develop pre-literacy
skills (alphabet and print knowledge,
phonological awareness, name writing,
recognition of letter sounds, rhyming, and
developing a vocabulary) in all children.
Here are some tips for reading to children on
a regular basis, and making story time fun
- Set a Time
- Dedicate a specific time to read to a
child every day (bedtime, mealtime, bathtime)
which is best for you and the child.
- Read Aloud - Read aloud to
young children (from birth!).
- Encourage Discussion - As
children get older, talk about the pictures,
read rhymes, explain what the words mean,
identify objects, have fun with voices, have
the child touch, turn the pages, and hold the
book, with you and on his or her own. Ask
questions about what is happening on the page
and what the child thinks might happen.
- Extend the Experience of the Story
- Bring the characters into your life. If
the monkeys are baking cookies, why not do
the same? Explore and encourage making up
stories based on the child's own experiences
as well as those of the fictional characters.
"Serenity is not freedom from the storm but
peace during a storm."
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-
years of experience and focuses on living a
life, parenting, aging well, managing stress,
work transitions, family connections and healthy
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including:
Their Private Thoughts about their Private
Families and their Hearing-Impaired
OK, You're My Parents
Let Go of Anger and Create a Relationship that
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