Best Tips For Choosing BackPacks For Your Kids

ID-10093588 2The countdown is on and for many children school will be starting in a few weeks! Hard to believe. Some summers seem to pass by more quickly, or perhaps as my children get older (and I do too!) time just seems to move at a faster pace. Parents have already started asking me about how to choose a proper backpack for their children, here are my top tips! 

Every September I have a ton of fun with the kids in my practice taking a look at their backpacks and chatting with them about how to adjust them and wear them properly – we make it fun and engage them in the process of understanding why it’s important to take care of their body. 

Choose a pack that is proportional to your child. Avoid the temptation to pick pack with the latest cartoon character, super hero, or princess your child adores and be sure to find one that fits. The bottom of the pack should sit no lower than the point where the low back meets the hips, and the top should  comfortably rest on their shoulders. Look for padded, adjustable straps can be easily adjusted to fit their frame.

Pack it Right! Fill the pack so that it weighs no more than 10% of the child’s body weight(grades K-8), or 15% of the teens body weight (grades 9-12)  Pack the heaviest items closest to the body, make use of pockets/compartments to distribute the weight, and pack any odd shaped or sharp items on the outside so they don’t dig into the back.

Wear It Well  Encourage your child to use both shoulder straps & tighten them so that they fit snugly enough so the pack sits on the shoulders. Remind them to avoid slinging the pack over one shoulder only, this causes the spine to lean and puts stress on the joints and muscles in the mid and lower back. If there is a waist strap on the pack, use it! It helps reduce the strain on the back by transferring some of the load to the hips. If the pack is exceptionally heavy, place it on a table or chair and lift it onto the body one strap at a time to avoid straining or twisting to pick it up.

A child’s backpack is a convenient, necessary item to transport their belongings to school everyday, but it’s also a common source of strain on young spines! Take a few minutes with your child and consider making a few changes to ensure it’s not doing any harm. If you still have questions be sure to get in touch and book your complimentary back pack check up.

ERM 022 Shannon Ballard: Mom Hacks | Pay Attention To The Little Things | Corporate Culture For Working Moms

IMG_2460Shannon wants to live in a world filled with endless creativity, non- stop outdoor adventures and an endless supply of red wine and dark chocolate.  Currently she is the Director of Brand Experience for a creative agency.   In this role Shannon works with clients to build dynamic brands and brings them to life in engaging and memorable ways through end to end customer experience strategies.

When Shannon’s not training for her next triathlon you can find her planning her next adventure with her dashing husband of 10 years,  jumping on the trampoline with her energetic daughter or answering the question “why” for  the kajillion time for her spirited 5 year old son.

On this episode Shannon discusses her experience on the roller coaster of motherhood, being a united force with her husband in parenting their children as individuals, and setting goals for themselves as a family unit.

Shannon also shared how dealing with an unusual viral infection from a travel experience challenged her health, but how the recovery process enabled her to create a support system, learn to ask for help, and shape her life in a more balanced way.  In an entertaining end to the show Shannon shares some hilarious mom hacks guaranteed to make you smile! Fun episode, check it out!

ERM 021 Dr. Andrea Ryan: Putting Your Marriage First | 5am Mom Time | 15 second Parenting Vacations

IMG_3042Dr. Andrea Ryan is is a Chiropractor and Essential Oils Educator & Distributor with doTERRA. She is a mom to three children, ages 3-9 and she works with her husband, Tom in their own Chiropractic office in Barrie Ontario.

Andrea’s husband is also her business partner, and on this episode we discuss the unique family and business life they have created for themselves, and how they prioritize their marriage while running their business and raising their children.

On this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Andrea also shares some of her struggles with her children, how she has learned to say NO, stay calm through the chaos, and take things in stride.  She shares the physical practices, daily rituals and rules for herself that that help her manage her busy life with greater ease.

Great ideas shared on this episode from another everyday mom who rocks!

ERM 020: Don’t Forget About YOU!

chiro-10aOn this quick episode Dr. Melissa Longo, host of Everyday Rockstar Moms shares her thoughts about why it’s so important for moms to make themselves and their health a priority, with some practical tips to evaluate your current habits and actions steps to make simple changes in your everyday life.

ERM 019 Dr. Kimberly Spares: Align Yourself With The Moment, Take Care of Yourself & Delegate!

FullSizeRenderDr. Kimberly Spares is a passionate mother, wife and Family Chiropractor. She is the mother of 5 year old twins, and this year will be celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary with her best friend and partner in life and business, Dr Brian Tresidder. 

During this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Kim talks about the way her experience volunteering in Africa challenged her to give back to the world, and how she manages to run two successful practices in Australia, while also mothering her twins and maintaining a strong foundation with her husband.  Kim also gets real about some of her challenges with parenting twins at various ages, and how losing her dad at a young age continues to impact her today. Kim shares amazing insight about being present with her children, and some tips she has gained from some strong mentors in her life.

Kim also talks about learning the valuable lesson of needing to take care of herself, how they set fun health goals as a family, and why she believes all moms should make their health a priority.

Kim is a warm soul with great perspective and inspiration for moms – check it out!

ERM 018 Karla Findlay: Shifting Priorities, Learning To Let Go & Dropping The Overachiever Mindset!

FamKarla works in municipal government, teaches fitness and yoga, and just added entrepreneur to her resume by launching a plant-based meal delivery service highlighting local, organic ingredients.

She lives with her supportive partner and hilarious 3-year-old son, and on this episode we talked about how motherhood has helped her stop trying to be an overachiever, and shift her priorities to the things that are most important in her life.

Karla shared how her struggle with infertility affected her as a women, but that when she was ultimately able to let go of the emotional weight, the experience helped her develop more patience, and learn to just roll with life a little easier.  Karla also talks about being an early riser and taking time to take care of herself, her supportive partner and how they continue to build their relationship, and some of the family rituals that keep them all connected.  Fun episode – check it out!

Chiropractic To Boost Fertility?

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As much as I love working with babies, it’s fun to help people make them too!

It’s always exciting for me when couples who have struggled with fertility challenges, and who have often tried numerous other therapies and sometimes invasive interventions in hopes of conceiving, are able to do so after consistent chiropractic care.

What’s the Connection?  Spinal misalignments (subluxations) cause muscle imbalances, joint irritation, inflammation, and early degeneration.  Most crucially, subluxations disturb the healthy mechanical and neurological functions in the body.

Subluxations in the lumbar spine and hips and can lead to dysfunction of the internal organs in the lower abdomen, particularly the bladder, bowels, ovaries, uterus, and prostate gland. Not limited exclusively to fertility challenges, other problems with reproductive health in both men and women such as menstrual irregularity, PMS,  menopause, and impotence and erectile dysfunction have also shown improvement and resolved with chiropractic care, and I’ve seen it over and over again in my practice. 

Doctors of Chiropractic correct spinal subluxations to restore proper motion and function within the body.  Many people find relief when we restore proper joint mechanics with spinal adjustments, and  when combined with other lifestyle changes and supportive therapies the results are dramatic. 

If you or someone you care about can relate to some of the symptoms above, you don’t have to continue to suffer!  Although this can be a sensitive subject for some people, and it’s not something always easy to talk about, I encourage you to seek out every option to support your body’s ability to heal. Consider finding a Doctor of Chiropractic who will do a thorough assessment, explain the results, answer all your questions, and get you on the path to healing.  

Help your body heal from the inside-out with  Chiropractic first!

ERM 017 Dr. Danielle Eaton: Leading By Example, Living Fully & The Pursuit of Freedom

IMG_0030Dr. Danielle Eaton is a Chiropractor in St. Louis, Missouri.  She’s also a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist.  Most of all, she’s a wife and mom to two little girls who are 5 and 2, and stepmom to a 13 year old step daughter.

Danielle is quite an accomplished woman! With a multitude of professional degrees, a teaching position at a Chiropractic college and a successful practice, she shares how after investing so much into her 10 year career and building up her private practice, she made the very big  decision to leave it all behind and focus on motherhood.

On this episode, Danielle gets candid about all the emotions that surfaced with that choice, how she worked through them, and ultimately how it has led her to now create a lifestyle that honours both her passion for her career and her passion for motherhood. Danielle also discusses her marriage, the tools she uses to keep herself connected to her values, and how she has learned to ‘enjoy the ride’ and live her life fully in every dimension.

Great insight on this interview today, check it out!

ERM 016 Jane Schnurr: The Sandwich Generation, Letting Go of Fear & Creating Memories

All images (c) TEMPO PhotographyJane Schnurr is a Business Coach for Entrepreneurs and has worked with a cross section of industries and business people across Ontario. In helping her clients, Jane draws on her 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner.  She thrives on helping overwhelmed and stressed entrepreneurs and senior executives make notable improvements and lasting changes to their business and personal lives.

She is also the single Mom of two beautiful young ladies! 

On this episode we talked about Jane’s experience as a single mom early in her life and how although many days felt like ‘mission impossible’  she was able to make everyday experiences memorable for her daughters and raise them into the women they are today. We also discussed how Jane’s experience of losing everything when she went through a difficult divorce but how ultimately that forced her to rebuild her life, think about what she really wanted, find her own power as a woman and become an entrepreneur.

Jane talks about her ritual of journalling and how it helps her to feel more grounded and connected to herself, how it helped her to trust her intuition more and let go of fears she had while her daughters were growing up. Now that Jane’s daughters are older Jane is able to shed some wisdom on how to she has been able to let go of expectations she had for her children and embrace the adventure of motherhood.

With an aging mother who was one of her strongest influences, Jane also discusses the challenge of continuing to nurture her adult daughters, while doing the same for her own mother. An inspiring story with lots of great wisdom in this show – check it out!

ERM 015: Can Women ‘Have It All’?

chiro-10aCan women ‘have it all’? We think so.

In this brief episode Dr. Melissa shares her thoughts and personal experience on the ‘having it all’ topic that often creates a lively debate among many women! She shares the consensus from many of the guests to date, what it takes to ‘have it all’ and a few simple, powerful steps you can take today to define ‘having it all’ for yourself and find a little more joy in your daily life.