Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Happy Holistic Mamas Monthly Meetup

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Hi Mamas- This is a free play/support group with information and resources that will help you and your child. Please note there are 2 different times:

9:45-10:30am Toddler group

10:45-11:30am Baby group

Both groups will feature Anna Netzel from Simple Bee, discussing postpartum mental health.

We will be meeting at Gymboree in Hawthorn Mall (Vernon Hills). This group is FREE! Come and feel free to invite your friends with little ones. Hope to see you there. Please note: you will need to enter through a main mall entrance. Gymboree is located on the 1st floor near the play area. Adults- please bring socks. This group will have monthly meeting the second Sunday of each month with a different speaker/topic. Next meet up will be Sunday, February 9th. Join our FB group for more resources and to learn about our upcoming events:

Happy Holistic Mamas

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC


Hi Mamas- This is a free play/support group with information and resources that will help you and your child. Please note there are 2 different times:

9:45-10:30am Toddler group with Carrie Cicciu-Singer, CCS Pediatric Therapy and Family Wellness, speaking about gross motor development and pediatric Physical Therapy for toddlers.

10:45-11:30am Baby group with Dr. Angela Marcotte, The Baby Doctor & Co, speaking about common pediatric Physical Therapy issues for babies.

We will be meeting at Gymboree in Hawthorn Mall (Vernon Hills). This group is FREE! Come and feel free to invite your friends with little ones. Hope to see you there. Please note: you will need to enter through a main mall entrance. Gymboree is located on the 1st floor near the play area. Adults- please bring socks. This group will have monthly meeting the second Sunday of each month with a different speaker/topic.

Next meet up will be Sunday, January 12th.

Join our FB group for more resources and to learn about our upcoming events:

Bottoms Up for Babies

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC


Go “Bottoms Up for Babies” and sip on spirits for a good cause! Join us for a fun evening at this unique venue with dinner, drinks and live music provided by The Lloyd Stephens Band! Throughout their building’s 100 year history, The Shanty Wadsworth has been a favorite gathering place for neighborhood locals to eat, drink and socialize. The newly expanded restaurant has also been featured on celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Food Network!

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Michele Vaughn, an accomplished author, public speaker, inspirational coach and leadership consultant who is also the CEO of Teen & Single Mother Resource Center, Inc. in Waukegan. She will share her inspirational story about being a teen mother and how overcoming a variety of challenges, like diaper need, helped her to become the successful woman that she is today. You don’t want to miss this! Tickets are $150.00 each and include appetizers, plated dinner and open bar for 3 hours. You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to attend the event. Reserve your tickets today!

All proceeds will support the diaper distribution program at Twice As Nice Mother & Child. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry provides over 350,000 free diapers to Lake County children every year. Parenting is challenging, but it can be even more difficult when you lack the necessities. Diapers are a basic need for children, as essential to their health and well-being as food, shelter and a parent’s love. Yet many families struggle to afford diapers and few resources exist to help them.

Diaper need, the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers, affects 1 in 3 families in the U.S. and safety net programs like food stamps and W.I.C. do not cover diapers. There are no state or federal programs to assist families with diaper need, so many families must often choose between buying diapers, paying bills or getting groceries. With more than 48% of the nation’s children under the age of 3 living in poverty level or low-income families, there are approximately 5.4 million children who could use help. We believe that all parents, regardless of income or circumstance, should have enough diapers for their children. Our diaper program helps to fill the gap by providing free diapers so parents can keep their children clean, dry and healthy.

Twice As Nice Mother & Child distributed 376,652 diapers to Lake County children in 2018 and this year we are on track to hit 500,000; however, that does not even come close to meeting the need. Although we give away diapers to those that need them, we purchase 60% of the diapers for our program. With just 15 permanent volunteers, we rely on fundraising events, diaper drives and cash donations to fulfill our mission of ensuring that every child has a sufficient supply of diapers. Donations do more than just put diapers on a shelf in our warehouse—they make a real and lasting impact in the lives of over 6,000 children across 31 zip codes in Lake County. Every dollar raised for “Bottoms Up for Babies” directly supports our diaper distribution program and the most vulnerable residents of Lake County.

Every child deserves to have enough diapers—and every child deserves to be clean, dry and healthy. Your support of this event will help us further our efforts to close the diaper gap in Lake County.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us at 224-637-1644 for more information.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
You must be 21 or older with a valid ID to attend this event.

What can I bring into the event?
Please bring your ticket with you to the event. You can present your ticket on your phone via the Eventbrite app or print it out to bring with you.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us via phone (224-637-1644) with any questions.

What’s the refund policy?
Tickets for this event are non-refundable.

FREE Postural and Backpack Screenings with Dr. Jade

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

School is quickly approaching and Dr. Jade Dellinger, DC at North Shore Pro-Active Health wants to make sure that your kids are happy and healthy! From now until September 13th we are offering FREE Postural Screenings as well as Backpack screenings. This free 10 minute appointment with Dr. Jade will demonstrate how to properly position your child’s backpack and assess their posture.

Call today at 847-362-4476 with any questions or email at [email protected] and to see how Dr. Jade can make this school year the best one yet!

Top Tips for Better Baby, Toddler, and Child Sleep

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

On Wednesday, March 6th please join Libertyville native and Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Dana Mihajlovic, for Top Tips for Better Baby, Toddler, and Child Sleep.

She will share her best sleep tips and tricks to get your little ones sleeping better, which ultimately results in increased sleep for your whole family! Also, bring your questions as Dana will happily answer any sleep challenges you’re currently experiencing.

The event is offered at 10:00 am and at 7:00 pm. There will be a minimum of 5 guests per time slot. If one time slot is not filled then all guests will be moved to the other.

This is also a child friendly event so do not hesitate to bring them!

Go to Eventbrite for your FREE ticket today!

For more information on Dana please go to :

Vitamin of The Month- Buy One Get One 50% Off!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Omega Pearls for Kidz

Clinical Applications

  • Provides Omega-3s for Kids in a Delicious Orange-Berry Flavor, Chewable Soft Gel
  • Supports Healthy Brain Development
  • Supports Mental Health and Cognitive Function
  • Helps Maintain Healthy Skin, Joints and Connective Tissues
  • Promotes Balanced Inflammation

Omega Pearls for Kidz are sourced from the world’s least industrialized coastline in Chile, where cold, fresh water provides the cleanest, most sustainable source of fish in the world. Omega Pearls for Kidz provide 105 mg of EPA and 185 mg DHA per 4 soft gels as natural triglycerides, the preferred form with superior absorption, in a delicious fruity-orange flavor. Vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols) is added to ensure maximum purity and freshness. In addition, this exclusive fish oil is enzymatically cleaned, vacuum distilled, and independently tested to ensure heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs are removed to undetectable levels.

Omega Pearls for Kidz provide omega-3 fish oil in easy-to-take chewable soft gel pearls for children’s health and wellness needs. While the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for adults is well-known, children also require adequate amounts of these essential fats for healthy brain development, vision, skin and joints and to support a normal inflammatory response.

Use Code: KIDZ at checkout for your half off item!

What to do if Your Teen is Being Cyberbullied

by Guest Blogger

With kids heading back to school we wanted to tackle a very important issue.  This week we are featuring a guest blogger, Kevin Stromberg, LCPC.  Kevin Stromberg, LCPC, is a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. Stromberg collaborates with those he works with to create a safe and therapeutic environment.

The world we live in today is much different than it used to be. Our social lives have moved online in a lot of ways. So has bullying.

Cyberbullying is a threat to our children’s mental and physical health. About 34 percent of teens admit to being victims of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullies use the internet, cell phones, video game systems, or other technology to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. They do this by threatening, excluding, spreading rumors or tricking their victims.

You can help your teen take steps to prevent cyberbullying before it starts. Also, be on the lookout for warning signs that your teen is being cyberbullied.

What do you do if a cyberbully has already invaded the comfort and safety of your home? If your teen is the target of cyberbullying, you can help with these tips:

  • Stay calm. Tell your teen that it’s not his/her fault if they are cyberbullied, and you won’t blame them or take away their computer privileges. (This is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyberbullied). Let your teen know you support them, and stay calm yourself.
  • Don’t respond. Your teen’s first response might be to retaliate, but that can make a situation much worse. Teach your teen not to respond to cyberbullies. Bullies are looking for a response and when they don’t get one from their target, many just move on.
  • Block the cyberbully’s access. Over 70 percent of teens said that being able to block cyberbullies was the most effective method of prevention. Show your teen how to block the bully’s messages. Most websites let you block certain users, and phones allow you to block phone numbers.
  • Save the evidence. Help your teen keep a record of all instances of cyberbullying. Print out messages, pictures and emails, save text messages, record screen names, and capture screen shots. Let your teen know that cyberbullies can often be traced, located and punished.
  • Report it to the content provider. If you don’t know who the cyberbully is, contact the website or service where the cyberbullying is occurring and make a report. Cyberbullying is a violation of the terms of service of any reputable service provider (websites, apps, internet, cell phone companies). Report cyberbullying.
  • Work with the school. If the cyberbully goes to the same school, seek the help of school administrators. Most schools’ bullying policies cover cyberbullying. If the bullying is based on race, sex or disability, contact the Office of Civil Rights as well.
  • Call the police. If the cyberbullying involves threats and harassment, or if you feel your teen’s safety (or the safety of someone else) is in danger, report it to the police immediately. Most states have laws related to online threats. If your local department is not helpful, contact county or state law enforcement officials.
  • Set up measures to prevent future issues. Monitor your teen’s online usage and behavior. Set up privacy controls on their online accounts. Tell your teen to never share passwords with anyone except you (not even friends), never give out personal information online, and never open emails from someone he/she doesn’t know or from someone they know is a bully.

Bullying of any kind has got to stop. Our kids have the right to feel physically and emotionally safe at school and at home.

Make sure your teen knows not to join in if he/she sees someone being bullied online. Stand up and tell others to stop cyberbullying. Get an adult involved. Be a friend to the person being bullied. Drown out the bully’s hurtful words with supportive, encouraging ones.

Is your child a victim of cyberbullying? Explore behavioral health resources, including counseling and programs for adolescents.

Kiddos and Chiropractors

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

By: Taunya Farr

Let’s be honest, having kids in school is a breeding ground for all kinds of germs.  It might seem as if you or someone you know always has a sick kid home with a cold, an ear infection, strep throat, etc.  I started bringing my kids in for Chiropractic care about a year ago.  Initially they were skeptical to have an adjustment but Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade quickly made them feel comfortable and I’m certain they giggled through most of their adjustment and it was over before they even finished talking about their Christmas Wish List.

Since then, I’ve noticed that my kids (ages 6 and 8) seem much happier, healthier and more calm from getting adjusted regularly.  If they happen to be coming on with something, I’ll bring them in and it seems that the adjustments help “kick” the ailment much more quickly.  Ear infections seem to be a thing of the past and my two children will actually ASK for an adjustment if they aren’t feeling well.

Since we see a lot of children in the office, I wanted to share the reasons most parents bring and trust their kids with us.

Top reasons Parents bring their children into North Shore Pro-Active Health:

  1.     Chronic ear infections
  2.      Improvement with ADHD and anxiety
  3.      Improve immune system
  4.      To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
  5.     Torticollis
  6.      Bedwetting and constipation
  7.      General well being
  8.      Help improve poor posture and Scoliosis
  9.  Help improve asthma and allergy symptoms
  10. Other health and behavorial concerns