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The Most Important Life Skill to Teach Children: Self-Regulation

The Most Important Life Skill to Teach Children: Self-Regulation 7 science-backed ways to teach your child the all-important life skill of self-regulation.   There is one life skill that is the most important one to teach our children. To call it one skill, however, is a little misleading. It’s really a set of skills– a whole host of skills. At…

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How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious   A 10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it up, James goes ballistic, throwing papers and books around the…

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7 Ways To Teach Your Child About Kindness

7 Ways To Teach Your Child About Kindness   We all want to make the world a better place. And raising kind children is part of it. But kindness for kids doesn’t always happen by accident. We have to intentionally raise our children to be kind, and practice kind behavior daily. Studies show that kindness makes children happier, reduces stress,…

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Why a Focus On Mental Health Is Essential for Students Returning To School In The Fall

Why a Focus On Mental Health Is Essential for Students Returning To School In The Fall Mental health professionals hope the attention leads to lasting change. It’s been a school year like no other in recent memory — combining the challenge of remote and hybrid learning for millions with the agony and strain of a pandemic that has killed more…

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15 Ways To Make Reading Fun All Summer Long

15 Ways To Make Reading Fun All Summer Long While swimming, camping, hiking, and going to the park are some of the best activities kids can do in the summertime, reading can also be included in the list of fun activities that can be done in June, July, and August. Now we know that some kids don’t equate reading with…

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EQ vs IQ: Why Emotional Intelligence Will Take Your Kid Further In Life

EQ vs IQ: Why Emotional Intelligence Will Take Your Kid Further In Life Long gone are the days of taking IQ tests. Here’s why emotional intelligence is a better predictor of your child’s success. One day on the school bus, six-year-old student Martin Moran gave a toy car he’d brought from home to a boy with special needs. He had…

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10 Ways to Recharge During Summer Break

10 Ways to Recharge During Summer Break Ah…summer is almost here! As teachers, we know that the job isn’t really 8:00-3:00 with summers off, but if you are like me, summer is the time when SO MUCH of your life happens. I’m not too tired to see friends. There are no papers to grade. I WANT to do something. Summer…

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U.S. Schools Turn Focus to Mental Health of Students Reeling From Pandemic

U.S. Schools Turn Focus to Mental Health of Students Reeling From Pandemic As COVID-19 upended education during the past year, Pennsylvania middle school teacher Jennifer Lundberg often began her English lessons gauging the mental wellbeing of her students. Sometimes, she would turn the lights off and dedicate a few minutes of in-person class to walking the kids through exercises that…

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5 Qualities Kids Need to Follow Their Dreams

5 Qualities Kids Need to Follow Their Dreams Traits your child needs to make their dreams a reality. As parents and teachers, one of our goals is to help our children and our students achieve their dreams and to succeed in whatever path they’ve chosen. We know that listening to our kids while showing them care and respect can help…

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15 Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Graduation During COVID-19

15 Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Graduation During COVID-19 Whether your child is a high school senior or moving on from kindergarten or elementary, graduation is a major milestone. But celebrations may look different this year. Kids of all ages may struggle with disappointment over canceled plans. To support them, check out our pediatric psychologists’ advice for helping young people…

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The Flood Zone

The Flood Zone 1 in 6 children meet the criteria for a mental health disorder. By adulthood that number will double. By Allison Edwards     In 2019, the World Happiness Organization reported the United States was the least happy it has ever been. One of the reporters said, “By most accounts, Americans should be happier now than ever. The…

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Jenny Simmons Helps Teach Children (and Adults) It’s Okay to Say No

Jenny Simmons Helps Teach Children (and Adults) It’s Okay to Say No An interview with Jenny Simmons.     Saying No is hard work, even for adults. It can be tough to teach anyone when it’s okay to say no. Jenny Simmons wants to help children and adults know that you can say no, and it’s absolutely okay. We had…

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