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Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores

Using chore charts and age appropriate chores
Chore charts. A quick search online will yield an almost limitless supply of colorful printables, ideas for positive rewards, and lists of age appropriate chores. However, even though there is plenty of information on the topic, most parents aren’t assigning chores.

Braun Research in reported in 2014 that while 82% percent of parents reported having done chores as children, only 28% required the same work of their own kids. […]

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child

Help for anxiety | Using Decision Making skills to help your anxious child
Anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat and one’s ability to cope with that threat. Throughout childhood it is normal to experience some anxiety about upcoming changes, unknown environments, or participating in a public presentation. Anxiety can even be motivating to prepare adequately for the future. […]

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids

Three things I learned when communicating with kids
The Skill of Effective Communication is used in all of the other skills taught by Smarter Parenting. This one skill can help you connect more effectively with your children, spouse, and others. It is not easy and takes a lot of practice, but will definitely be well worth the effort.

LEARN HOW TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION

These are the three things that I learned while using this skill with my family.
1. Eye Contact
You can engage more effectively if you look the person in the eyes. […]

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect

What is therapy | What to expect
What is therapy and what should parents expect from children going to therapy? We answer these questions below and provide suggestions for parents to help them find the best treatment for their child.

What is therapy
Therapy is a technique where a trained and licensed mental health professional works with an individual to resolve an issue involving mental health. The purpose of treatment is to heal a mental health disorder. […]

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids

How to keep kids safe online | 6 safety tips for kids
Internet access is available to children all around the globe. It can be a positive thing and also dangerous. Because most children are naive, innocent and gullible, most parents ask themselves how they can keep their kids safe while they are online.

Many children today are exposed to computers at a very early age. Mothers and fathers may not even be aware of the online dangers and how to avoid them.

There is much good to be found online. […]

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play

Reduce anxiety in children through Role-play
Anxiety in children is classified by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worrying about future events. This can manifest in physical, behavioral, and emotional ways making it difficult for your child to function normally in various environments. One way to help children cope with their anxiety is by preparing for the event they are worried about. Role-play provides the perfect opportunity to practice how to appropriately calm down before a situation occurs. […]

Help teens gain body confidence through communication

Help teens gain body confidence through communication

Help teens gain body confidence through communication
Negative body image is a topic that often troubles teens. Their awareness of it can have a significant impact emotionally and physically if not addressed correctly. Some teens become so consumed obtaining the perfect body ideal that they set unrealistic goals for themselves and forget what is healthy. So much money and time are wasted on poor body confidence.
When discussing difficult topics it is important to use the steps of Effective Communication as it allows your teen to feel like they are being listened to and not lectured too. […]

Improving school performance with Effective Praise

Improving school performance with Effective Praise

Improving school performance with Effective Praise
Not doing homework and poor grades are areas of contention for many families. Some children seem to excel at school without much effort. While others struggle to get their homework in and take tests. All children need encouragement and praise, but it is especially true of children who are struggling. To help your child improve grades, school performance, and their self confidence there are certain steps you can take. These steps are called Effective Praise. […]

5 Things to know about Trauma in kids

5 Things to know about Trauma in kids

5 things to know about Trauma in kids
When children are exposed to trauma, they usually look to their parents or caregivers for reassurance. These adults provide security and stability to help reassure their children of their love and support. A traumatized child will obviously affect the parents and cause pain for them also.
Parents do not normally have an understanding of the effects of trauma in kids. But, they can increase their understanding of trauma to help support their child’s healing, keep a good relationship with the child, and also help the whole family. […]

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