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7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude By Kristin G.   With Thanksgiving now just weeks away, you probably want to use the season to teach your kids about gratitude. I know I’m thinking about it. Teaching it to our kids now will only help to reinforce it for when they are older. According to UNC Chapel Hill’s Raising…

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Behavior Interventions: Strategies for Educators, Counselors, and Parents by Amie Dean   How many times in your childhood were you told to stop being “bad?” Were you ever forbidden to hang around, date, or associate with certain kids because they were “bad?” Furthermore, what characteristics make children so “bad” that others are forbidden to have a relationship with…

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Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research   Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of meaning and priority. Far from a soft approach it can drive significant business results. You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything…

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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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