Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Shunning Classmates Who Behave Poorly Versus Setting Boundaries

 


There are kids in every class who struggle more than their peers to behave appropriately. In preschool these are the kids that turn to biting, pushing and hitting to communicate. By the time they are in grade school, their inappropriate behavior often leaves them isolated by their classmates.

There are many reasons kids may lag in developing interpersonal skills. It may be due to growing up in a traumatic environment, having sensory integration issues, being anxious or some other factors. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Teaching Kids To Keep Themselves Mentally Healthy

 


You are likely doing an excellent job teaching your kids to keep themselves physically healthy. You’ve taught them to wash their hands before eating, to brush their teeth and to take a bath or shower. Maintaining a healthy body takes daily effort.

Maintaining a healthy mind also takes daily effort. How are you teaching your kids to keep themselves mentally healthy? 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Finding Solutions Versus Issuing Consequences


When your kids misbehave, how do you usually feel? Most parents report feeling angry, frustrated or embarrassed. When you're feeling like that it's easy to think of consequences that will make your children pay for their poor behavior. They won't dare do that again!

When you use punishment in response to your children's misbehavior, they usually learn to avoid getting caught in the future. However, they aren't necessarily learning how to develop self-discipline and make better choices. By focusing on solutions instead of punishment, you increase the chances that it doesn't happen again - even if you're not around. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Building Confidence and Finding Joy Through Creativity

 

 

What creative activities do your kids enjoy? When they are not on their digital devices or watching TV, what do they like to do?

Are they the artistic type who likes to draw, paint or make sculptures? Do they enjoy making up new dance moves? Do they like playing an instrument or recording their own music? Are they drawn to acting out make believe stories or creating plays with other kids? Do they love being outside designing obstacle courses or challenging jumps for their skateboards or bikes? Do they like baking or cooking?

Part of growing up is figuring out what you like to do and what you’re good at. When your kids find a passion and devote time to it, they build their confidence with their accomplishments. Trying out various creative activities will help them discover their gifts and talents.

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