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So You Want Your Child to Be Resilient…

So You Want Your Child to Be Resilient…

Is your child resilient? Do you want your child to be more resilient? A non-scientific definition: Resilience is the ability to recover or “bounce back” from loss, stress, or disappointment – setbacks that can cause someone to doubt his or her self-confidence and...

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Mindfulness – the Doorway to Empathy

Mindfulness – the Doorway to Empathy

Mindful - an often-used word. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it means "aware of something that may be important." Aware - feel or experience something Something that may be important. One of the most important things you can be mindful of: your child....

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Instinctive Reactions – Consequences and Alternatives

Instinctive Reactions – Consequences and Alternatives

When you were in high school, did you take that Parent-Child Relationship Skills course? I'm sorry - trick question. No such course has ever been included in a high school curriculum. Well, how about college? No? Any other course in your church or community or even...

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Get Back That Loving Feeling – 3 Simple Steps to Empathy

Get Back That Loving Feeling – 3 Simple Steps to Empathy

What every parent knows: unconditional love is the foundation. But child misbehavior can temporarily make it hard to access this love, much less express it. In its place, your instinctive negative reaction: frustration, fatigue, disappointment, discouragement, hurt,...

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Powerful Insight for Adults Who Mentor Teens

Powerful Insight for Adults Who Mentor Teens

Adults care a great deal about the youth in their communities. They want fewer kids to be at risk. They want more kids growing up to be strong, happy, successful adults. They're willing to be mentors to young people. And it’s important that they do because it takes a...

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The Game-Changer – How You Talk to Your Teen

The Game-Changer – How You Talk to Your Teen

Teenagers know they're growing up, and they don't like being treated like little kids. They need the wisdom and guidance of parents and other adults. But they hate lectures, sarcasm, put-downs, screaming, commands, threats, ultimatums, shaming, judging, and blaming....

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Are Young People Preparing for the Realities of Adult Life?

Are Young People Preparing for the Realities of Adult Life?

Studying well in school is important. Those 12 years - and university - are important. But along the way, a young person needs to learn many non-academic skills and strengths that are vital for relationships and a career. While some of this can be acquired from school...

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The Right Way to Praise a Child

The Right Way to Praise a Child

Self-esteem is how people see themselves - their perception of self-worth, who they believe they are. Low self-esteem can build from making mistakes, from not forgiving oneself, and from too much criticism from authority figures such as parents, elders, teachers, or...

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