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Everything Your Child Needs to Know About Everyday Emotions

Categories: Parenting 101, Parenting Self-Care|

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify feelings in ourselves and others. It also involves knowing how to manage your emotions and appropriately respond to others. High levels of emotional intelligence enable us to build strong and meaningful relationships. Successful management of emotions has also been linked to improved physical health, better long-term mental health, and increased chances of success in a career. How can parents help their children develop this important quality? Daily Habits for High Emotional Intelligence Like other types of intelligence, emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned. Use these tips to guide your children to a better understanding of themselves and the people around them. Encourage [...]

How to Use Mindful Parenting for a Seamless Back to School Transition

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

The start of a new school year is filled with apprehension, excitement, and the heady possibility of mental and emotional growth. However, this excitement can quickly turn to fear, anxiety, and behavioral issues for some children. When little ones get stressed out, busy parents often find it difficult to find enough energy and emotional restraint to respond with loving guidance. If left unexamined, small problems that present themselves at the start of the school year can warp and grow into huge disruptions that endanger the long-term success and happiness of the child. Mindful parenting techniques are the perfect tool in the battle against the new school year blues. Using active listening powered [...]

3 Ways to Manage Yourself on Bad Days

Categories: Parenting Self-Care|

Stress is a fact of modern adult life. The energy needed to maintain a career, home, family, and social life can be difficult to gather some days. When your personal reserves are running low, your relationships suffer. In addition to a number of serious physical symptoms, stress contributes to anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression. When you’re overwhelmed with these emotions, the normal antics and issues your child participates in could be just enough to send you into an adult tantrum. It’s normal to encounter feelings of stress from time to time. However, it's important to know how to manage the effects so that your negative emotions don’t compromise your relationship with your children. [...]

Teenagers, Anxiety, and Screens: Two Challenges that Face Today’s Teens and How to Overcome Them

Categories: Parenting 101|

According to a recent study of 688 university students, over a third of participants reported feelings of fatigue, loss of sleep quality, and increases in anxiety and depression from overuse of smartphones. Younger people whose brains are still developing are at even more risk of negative effects from screen addiction. What signs should parents look for that their teen is suffering from anxiety? How can parents help their children overcome these problems? Symptoms of Anxiety The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 18.1% of the adult population in this country suffers from anxiety. Even though this condition affects millions of people, it is still misunderstood by the general public. These [...]

Child Therapy & Counseling for Kids

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4 Ways to Manage You and Your Child’s Emotions During the Fall Frenzy Autumn is a time of transition. Just as students are getting comfortable with the new school year, Daylight Savings Time disrupts our schedules. Unpredictable weather patterns, special events, and a steady stream of visitors further upset our plans. The constant changes stress all members of the family unit. Emotional management can help reduce the strain on parents and children. Transition and Change Change is hard for everyone. For children just learning to manage complex emotions, it can be even harder. Consistency and predictability in their daily routines help children feel confident and secure. When their regular schedule changes, children [...]

Parenting 101

Categories: Parenting 101|

10 Tips on Good Parenting Parenting involves a certain amount of discretion. There is no one standard rule for all children. Different children may need different levels of attention, expressions of love, and toughness. Suppose I was standing in a coconut garden and you asked me, “How much water per plant?” I would say, “At least 50 liters per plant.” When you go home, if you give 50 liters to your rose plant, it will die. You must see what kind of plant you have in your house and what it needs. – Courtesy of Huffington Post 1. A Child is a Privilege It is a privilege that this child — this [...]

Is Your Child Overscheduled? What to Do if They Are

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It’s no secret that American adults are overworked. US workers clock in a whopping 47 hours per week at their jobs, more than any other country in the world. Grown-ups aren’t the only ones putting in overtime. A recent survey found that 41 percent of respondents between the ages of 9 and 13 felt overworked. In an attempt to give their kids every possible advantage in the future, parents are filling the family schedule with lessons, sports, and other activities. This can be particularly stressful for children of divorced parents that share custody. Overbooked and constantly changing schedules cause stress, which can contribute to emotional and mental issues. Do you have an overscheduled [...]

How to Cultivate Compassion and Gratitude in Your Children

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Social isolation is a serious trend affecting today’s world. While high-speed internet connections give us the illusion of having more friends and acquaintances, statistical facts say otherwise. According to a recent poll, 72% of Americans experienced persistent feelings of loneliness. Loneliness is a precursor to clinical depression and can have adverse effects on physical and mental health. Young people who are still developing social skills are at higher risk of falling victim to this condition. Compassion and gratitude are important psychological tools in the effort against social isolation. What are compassion and gratitude? How do they help in the formation of healthy and mutually beneficial relationships? What steps can parents take to [...]

The Friction of the Parent-Child Relationship and How to Overcome

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Before having children, future parents often imagine their offspring will be more cooperative and relatable than those they see around them. Children are, after all, made by combining pieces of each parents’ personality, physical traits, and mental aptitudes. How could you not get along with a miniature version of yourself? The truth is that, while children may share certain traits and habits with their parents, they are their own people. Their decisions, motivations, and preferences can vary vastly from your own. This can contribute to friction in the parent-child relationship. This state of irritated disagreement occurs at all ages and for a variety of reasons. What causes friction between parents and children? [...]

Parenting Self-Care

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Are you a Helicopter Parent? – Some Convincing Reasons Not to Overprotect Your Kid   When our kids hurt, we feel it, too. Parents go out of their way to protect young ones from all forms of mental, physical, and emotional harm. But is this always the best choice? Emotional regulation is an essential life skill. Being too protective gives children fewer opportunities to practice emotional self-regulation. Despite good intentions, overprotective or “helicopter” parents may be robbing their children of the chance to develop resilience and healthy coping skills. How can you tell if your urge to keep your children safe may be doing more harm than good? What are the psychological [...]

Mindfulness Parenting For All

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Mindful Interventions: Do the interventions work? By Anthony Cupo Mindfulness has been gaining greater support and interest from researchers, clinicians, and educators. However, the effects of mindfulness practice among children are still understudied. Mindfulness derives from Buddhist practice and is described in the psychological literature as an intentional and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment (Kabat-Zinn,1990). We will look deeper into the meaning of non-judgmental awareness in future articles. For now, let us look at where mindfulness is going and where it has been. During 2012, over 500 scientific articles on mindfulness were published. This was more than the total number of mindfulness articles published between 1980 and 2000. Although this is [...]

Gearing up for the Holidays – Teaching Gratitude In the Midst of Consumerism

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The holiday season is everyone’s favorite time of year. All of the lights, food and festivities tantalize our senses and invoke feelings of playful merriment despite the cold weather. As adults, we know that celebrations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are about appreciating and enjoying the comforts of home and family. Young children, however, often don’t learn this lesson until much later in life. If asked, most children would say that holidays, birthdays and other special occasions are all about presents. This obsession with stuff can negatively impact a child’s emotional development. According to child psychologists, children who grow up believing material things will make them happy are more prone to depression, social pathology, and [...]