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The JNP Project – children finding “Inner Awesome”

For the past year I have been working on an advisory board with a project called “The JNP Project”. This project is a movement promoting the understanding and education of self confidence, self esteem and character building for children. It will be done interactively with books, web resources, and more. There are lesson resources for parents and teachers and they align with Common Core State Standards for Grades 1-4. While I have been involved for the last year, there are also many people who have been involved across the world – all of whom have a passion for helping parents

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Humane Education – In Vieques, PR

I have just returned from vacation in Vieques, PR – a small island with much the same problems that many of the islands have, well really many areas have.  As a member of the Rotary, I attended a Rotary meeting, just as I did this past summer, to see one of their projects doing very well.  The local Rotary, along with other concerned citizens of Vieques started an education program for the students called “The Vieques Humane Education Program“. What is humane education? Humane Education allows people of all ages to understand the importance of living in a world where

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Girls “Kick It” at BLS

On January 10th, BLS girls had an awesome time “Kickin’ It“ at the all-girl Focus Group in preparation of the February 7th workshop! Register for the workshop by following THIS LINK or call Ms. Ariel at 410-263-0050   After a good warm up (including 20 push ups!), we split into teams for an obstacle course and a game of dodgeball. Then we circled up for a discussion of how girls fit into the martial arts world. The girls had awesome input about their feelings of being a female martial artist, what BLS could do to be more appealing to girls, and how they

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Holiday Gift Card Collection — Crunch Time!

Very recently, Balanced Life Skills has been contacted by two local Anne Arundel County Schools to support SIXTY homeless students this holiday season. BLS is proud to be recognized by local schools as a community of students and families that give & serve! GOAL: $40 in gift cards per student in the next TWO WEEKS. Due Date: Monday, December 16th by 5:00 pm WHAT TO DO: Purchase an extra $5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 gift card the next time you’re out getting gas, grocery shopping, or picking up presents from the following places: Visa Gift Cards American Express Gift

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What To Do With All That Candy in Annapolis, MD

Halloween is complete and all of our youngsters came home with more sugar filled treats in their bag than is good for them. Before you as a parent allow them to eat our normal “just one per day rule” – consider this about their health: High sugar intake causes blood sugar imbalances that lead to Type 2 diabetes. High sugar intake can lead to tooth decay, headaches & migraines, hypoglycemia and kidney damage High sugar leads to obesity. The body converts sugar to fat! Sugar is linked to immune system suppression and contributes to other diseases, like heart disease and

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