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  • How Can I Help?  Shifting from Judgmental to Curious

    How Can I Help? Shifting from Judgmental to Curious

    How Can I Help? Shifting from Judgmental to Curious In the words of Whitney Houston, "I believe that children are our future…show them all the beauty they possess inside." All too often, the magnificence of individuality is overshadowed by a need to meet the status quo. When a child exhibits behavior that is "problematic" or "difficult," adults often assume the child is defiant. However, often, the child is unable to meet the requirements that are being asked of them. Instead of jumping to conclusions, adults should make an "aspect shift" and reframe how they look at behaviors. On her powerful graphic "Reframe the Behavior," Kristin Wiens, a Special Education Inclusion Coach, ....

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  • Quiet Parenting  Stopping the Cycle of Yelling

    Quiet Parenting Stopping the Cycle of Yelling

    Quiet Parenting Stopping the Cycle of Yelling Parenting can be one of the most rewarding responsibilities we ever take on. With that, however, comes the ups and downs of getting children to comply with what we say while being pulled in a thousand different directions. It’s no wonder why parents often resort to yelling when begging and threats are no longer effective. And while yelling is generally the result of needing things done urgently or when the parent feels disrespected, it is unproductive. This approach scares children and makes the parent feel guilty. To more effectively get children to comply, parents should first know their triggers and then plan to parent more calmly. ....

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  • Childhood Fears Developmental Expectations

    Childhood Fears Developmental Expectations

    Childhood Fears Developmental Expectations Children of all ages have fears, from babies to teens. And whether these fears are from real or imaginary places, they are nonetheless scary. Since our brains are wired to protect us, fears are a normal part of a child's development. Children will eventually outgrow fears but being knowledgeable about what fears are more common at certain ages will help parents navigate their children through them in the healthiest and most successful way. Having a plan to help children build bravery regarding their fears will help them learn to self-regulate and face other anxiety-producing events straight on. When we think of fear, we generally consider it to ....

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  • Playful Connection  Filling Your Child’s Emotional Cup

    Playful Connection Filling Your Child’s Emotional Cup

    Playful Connection Filling Your Child’s Emotional Cup Over the years, healthy connection levels between parents and children have decreased, leading to more challenging behaviors from children. Today's modern lifestyle has interfered with the opportunity for the parent-child bond to grow. This vital aspect of a child's life is essential for their emotional cup to be full, giving them healthy self-worth and self-esteem. To fill their cup, children need quality connection time with their parents every day. When they receive this, children will develop healthy self-worth and self-esteem and, therefore, approach the world with more kindness and compassion. The "emotional cup" metaphor ....

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  • The Power of Predictability

    The Power of Predictability

    The Power of Predictability As hectic as life is most days, parents are often more concerned with getting everything done instead of strategically planning out their day so that it is predictable for their children. Knowing what activities to expect each day and knowing how parents will respond at the moment is critical in helping children feel safe. The consistency in this will ease children's moods and minimize the chances of a meltdown. Therefore, parents should establish predictability in their daily routines to ensure children have the best chances of a successful day. When children are unsure of what to expect daily, they often become more anxious and, therefore, demanding their ....

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  • Teens Need Structure Too

    Teens Need Structure Too

    Teens Need Structure Too Most often, when we think of implementing structure into our children’s lives, it is because we have a newborn that needs a feeding schedule, a toddler that needs a nap schedule, or a child that needs an activity schedule. When children become teens, they are often left to implement their schedules. And yes, they are on the verge of asserting their independence so that it can be a challenge. However, not implementing structure for them can be counterintuitive and leave them “real world unready.” Therefore, parents must establish boundaries, rules, and structure for their teens to create life-long success habits. Adolescence is a period of ....

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  • Should I Worry?  Tuning into Teens’ Emotional Shifts

    Should I Worry? Tuning into Teens’ Emotional Shifts

    Should I Worry? Tuning into Teens’ Emotional Shifts As we approach the one-year mark of an ever-strong pandemic that has rocked our world, we are searching for ways to keep ourselves mentally and emotionally in check. For teens, this has been an even more difficult feat. Adolescence is already fraught with stress and moodiness but adding in the social isolation and fear have led to an even greater rise in anxiety and depression among teens. And while parents are doing their best to manage their own stress and provide for their families, alarming signs of depression in teens are being overlooked. Therefore, it is vital that parents are attuned to their teens “normal” ....

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  • Is Your Child Real World Ready?

    Is Your Child Real World Ready?

    Is Your Child Real World Ready? In recent years, parenting has undergone a shift and has become hyper-focused on the child. And while care, attention, and love are necessary for forming healthy attachments and helping children reach developmental milestones, an over-protective or coddling type approach can also hinder them. Rest assured, this parenting tactic comes from a place of love but to allow children to achieve autonomy, we must allow them the freedom to make choices and learn daily life skills. This will set them up for the most success in the future. It’s no doubt our world has changed, and our lifestyles are more hectic and fast-paced than ever before. Coupled with the ....

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  • Rapid Resets  Quick Ways to Calm an Emotional Flood

    Rapid Resets Quick Ways to Calm an Emotional Flood

    Rapid Resets Quick Ways to Calm an Emotional Flood As we know, children can lose control of their emotions for various reasons, and the behaviors we witness are generally unplanned. And since anxiety can look like defiance, adults often respond in counterproductive ways. When children are stressed, the amygdala, in the downstairs brain, is triggered, and the “fight or flight” response takes over. This hijacking of the brain makes it hard for children to be reached through conversation resulting in a disruption in the current environment. Implementing rapid resets can calm children and get their brains back “online.” When children are out of the zone, and their ....

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  • Nature and Nurture  Influencing Genes for Success

    Nature and Nurture Influencing Genes for Success

    Nature and Nurture Influencing Genes for Success Is it nature, is it nurture? That is the question. This age-old debate, in the world of psychology, has been a source of controversy for decades. At some point, all parents have toyed with thoughts of which one has most influenced their child concerning personality traits, abilities, etc. And while different psychology fields have distinct beliefs, studies have shown that this debate falls along with more of a continuum, with both views interacting. With this knowledge, we can engage children in programs that will nurture the expression of traits that will lead to success and happiness. In the nature versus nurture debate, nativists ....

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