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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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Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss

Helping Children Cope with Grief and Loss To help students cope with grief you need two important tools: your heart and high quality resources. By Laura Oathout, found on Music City Counselor     I’ll never forget the phone call from my best friend, my precious student DeShawn’s kindergarten teacher. She explained, through tears, that DeShawn and his sweet older…

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How The 6 Medal of Honor Character Traits Apply to Our Everyday Lives

How The 6 Medal of Honor Character Traits Apply to Our Everyday Lives Anyone is capable of exhibiting these six character traits, but sometimes character has to be developed.     Character has always been something that should be developed, observed and recognized. Whether you are a military officer faced with life or death situations or a child on the…

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Why “No” May be the Most Important Word in Your Child’s Vocabulary

Why “No” May be the Most Important Word in Your Child’s Vocabulary Learning to say no has valuable repercussions in many facets of our children’s lives.     Of course it’s annoying to hear a “no” when you ask your son to clean his room or your daughter to turn off the TV and get ready for bed. But despite…

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5 BENEFITS TO HAVING SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS

5 BENEFITS TO HAVING SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS School counselors are an integral element of the entire educational system. In addition to students, school counseling programs have a positive impact on several groups of people in the education system: students, parents, teachers, administrators and student services personnel.     School counselors are an integral element of the entire educational system….

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Black History is American History. We Should Teach It That Way.

Black History is American History. We Should Teach It That Way. Black students across the country are being robbed of the opportunity to see themselves in what they’re studying and experience the richness of Black history.     Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where we as a nation check off the proverbial box of…

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How Trauma Affects Kids in School

How Trauma Affects Kids in School Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who’ve been traumatized.   We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development,…

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things

7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things Here are seven strategies and activities we can use to raise children who aren’t afraid to tackle new situations, skills, or obstacles with confidence.   I’ll admit it: Growing up, I was afraid to try new things. I didn’t want to do anything that I wasn’t good at—what was the…

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7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude

7 Crafty Ways To Get Your Kids To Express Gratitude Grateful kids are happier, more compassionate and engaged. These simple projects can help them get in touch with their thankful sides.     Does your child express gratitude often? Being thankful and appreciative can alter your child’s perception of the world, their family and themselves. One study found that 12-year-olds…

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