7 WAYS TO DEVELOP GRIT IN YOUR KIDS

“Grit” has recently become a popular buzzword in parenting and education. It’s defined by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” According to Duckworth, grit is a better indicator of future success than IQ or talent. It’s a combination of determination, focus, passion, and resilience. It’s the ability to persevere in the face of challenges and …

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Humans are born with an instinct to survive at all costs. At times, this instinct may be shadowed by a desire to commit suicide. While most suicides involve adults, some suicides involve children. In 2006, there were 56 suicides involving children under the age of 12. This could be shocking to some as it may seem that innocent children are …

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SEVEN PIECES OF BAD ADVICE THAT WE GIVE KIDS

Like tour guides, adults guide children toward their adulthood, giving them answers and advice along the way. While most of the advice given to children is good, some of it is bad. This bad advice can often follow them into adulthood where they may struggle due to the advice that was given to them as children. To make matters worse, …

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WHY THE BEDTIME ROUTINE WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST WAY TO BOND WITH YOUR KID

Bedtime routines are wonderful for many reasons. They’re relaxing, and they help babies and young kids fall asleep. But perhaps most importantly, they are one of the best ways to bond with your child. Clinical psychologist Dr. Dawn Huebner says, “Too often, families have so much going on that bedtime becomes a frantic time of finishing dinner, squeezing in baths…It …

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HOW TO HELP YOUR GIFTED CHILD THRIVE

According to the National Association for Gifted Children, parenting a bright child comes with many challenges and responsibilities. As the parent of a gifted child, you are probably used to hearing them say schoolwork is boring or easy. While parents may listen to these statements and think they’re good signs, they can lead to future problems. Many gifted children struggle …

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FOUR REASONS WHY KIDS SHOULD PLAY SPORTS

Technology has become more prominent and our lives have become more stationary. While past generations played comfortably outside until the streetlights came on, today’s children are more likely to spend their childhood in the home as opposed to outside the home. Instead of playing kickball in the street, they are watching unboxing videos on an iPad. Technology is an amazing …

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IS HOMESCHOOLING A GOOD IDEA?

As your child inches closer and closer to beginning school age, do you find yourself wondering which schooling option is best for them? You’re not alone. The decision on whether to send your child off to school or teach them from the comforts of your own home has become more or less the norm as of lately. In the past, …

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7 WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN CIVILITY

Unfortunately, our children are learning that those who are uncivil seem to get ahead. Celebrity culture and political warfare encourage the opposite of civility. The ones who shout the loudest and are the most disrespectful appear to get the most attention. Those who are gentle and kind are not the ones in the limelight, but those are the attributes we …

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HOW TO HELP KIDS UNDERSTAND SCARY EVENTS

The key to helping kids understand scary events is first to recognize that is often impossible to understand. Even as adults, we struggle to wrap our minds around the reasons for natural disasters, mass shootings, or other devastating events. As parents, we have the challenging role of trying to help our children process these types of events. Take Care of …

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THE SECRET TO RAISING A CONFIDENT BOY

As parents, we start building our kids’ confidence from the day they’re born. This is an extremely important task, because confident children grow up to be happy and successful adults. Instilling confidence in kids is all about demonstrating that they are valued, loved, and accepted, as well as providing your child with opportunities to feel capable and competent. When it …

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RAISING A NARCISSISTIC CHILD

Raising a child who thinks too highly of themselves can be mentally taxing for parents. A child who thinks they are overly special and is obsessed with their own accomplishments, beauty, and personality may find themselves hindered later in life. According to research, close to six percent of the population may be dealing with this extremely self-centered mental illness. Parents …

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HOW TO TEACH MATH TO PRESCHOOL STUDENTS

No class fills more kids with dread than math. Children are puzzled by numbers, letters, and algebraic formulas that bear no resemblance to their ordinary lives. For many children, learning the fundamentals at an early age could help them to have a firm foundation for the future. This early education can negate the anxiety that math class provokes in many …

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HOW TO STOP KIDS FROM CURSING AND SWEARING

Many kids are picking up swear words and curse words from mainstream media, other children at school, and even from their own parents. According to some studies, more than half of all parents say their child has cursed right in front of them. Unfortunately, those colorful expletives tend to come out at the very worst possible moments. Teaching your children …

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME PHOBIAS

It’s normal for your child to have a healthy fear of something dangerous. Sometimes, those fears start to cross the line into irrational territory. When a small fear develops into an overwhelming phobia, it may begin to impede your child’s ability to live their daily life. Parents are often challenged by these fears and are stumped at how to help …

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HOW TO PARENT A CHILD WITH ENTITLEMENT ISSUES

Does your child take it for granted that they will receive every item on their Christmas wish list? It isn’t uncommon to watch parents wander through the grocery store with children who demand each item that catches their attention. Worse yet, many parents will put those items straight into the cart without a second thought. Children quickly learn to anticipate …

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