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7 ways to prevent holiday stress — for your children

Manage your own stress. Not only are you setting an example, there’s just no way to stop your children from sensing your stress and being affected by it. Try to be self-aware. Set aside time for yourself. Create code words that your partner and friends can use to let you know when you are starting to act snippy. Practice self-care. Get enough sleep.  As much as possible, keep routines the same. Kids do best when routines are predictable — and healthy. This is particularly true for sleep. As tempting as it may be to let kids stay up late and

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10 Character Traits to Promote in your Child

  A parent’s greatest desire is to see their children become productive, well-adjusted individuals, ready to take their place in society. Listed below are 10 key character traits that help children grow into happy, healthy, and productive beings. HUMILITY & GRATITUDEChildren should be taught to acknowledge the role of the mentors and role models who helped them achieve their goals. Learning to appreciate their current situation and those around them can go a long way in the quest for happiness. GRIT, DETERMINATION, ENDURANCEToday’s competitive world demands endurance. Fear and apprehension can dampen the learning process and diminish the courage needed to

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10 Tips on how to Build Confidence In Children

Self-confidence comes from a sense of competence. This arises out of achievements. Encouraging words can develop this confidence. Here are 10 tips to help build self-confidence in your child:      LOVE YOUR CHILD Unconditional love builds a strong foundation for confidence, your child needs to feel accepted and loved, beginning with family; extending to friends and schoolmates If you make a parenting mistake, hug your child and apologize     GIVE PRAISE WHERE PRAISE IS DUE Children measure their worth by what you – the parent – thinks so be realistic in praise, and reassure your child that it’s OK not

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent Kids

  Emotional intelligence (EQ) is made of self-awareness, empathy, social skills, self-regulation, and intrinsic motivation. Research shows that kids with high emotional intelligence tend to be more engaged in school, have better relationships, and earn higher grades. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be taught to children, starting when they’re as young as toddlers. Parents can help their kids cultivate these EQ skills by encouraging the following habits:       USE THEIR VOCABULARY TO IDENTIFY THEIR EMOTIONS High EQ children are good at labeling their emotions beyond just “good” and “bad.”  Use descriptive sentences, e.g., ‘I feel sad I cannot

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Supporting Children in a Time of Stress

In times of adversity and turmoil, stress evokes strong emotions and causes uncertainty. As parents, we are in the best position to help our children. The following tips have been prepared to provide broad guidelines to help parents in tough conversations. LISTENSome children want to talk about difficult situations and some won’t. Both reactions are normal. If they do want to talk, actively listen to their concerns, validate, and encourage the discussion. If they don’t feel like talking, don’t force it, but do check in. DON’T AVOID DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONSParents don’t want to cause anxiety in their children. This often results

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14 Ways to Build Leadership Skills in Children

Leaders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have large personalities; as a parent, you have opportunities to be a role model to your children and instill leadership traits in them.  Here are 14 ways to develop leadership skills: VOLUNTEER TOGETHER Spend time serving humanity together; teach them about the difference they can make when they volunteer TEACH COMMUNICATION & ETIQUETTE SKILLS Teach kids introductions, public speaking, debate, presentation and etiquette; a leader has the ability to build relationships, inspire others, and communicate effectively TEACH INTEGRITY AND RESPECT Lead by example: Let your kids see you praise people and

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