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10 ways to help children develop resilience

 

 

Parents often ask me, “How can I help my child to become more resilient?” Given that life is full of obstacles and challenges, teaching children to be resilient is important. Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back after an unexpected setback. 

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8 guidelines for managing screen use this summer

 

Parents should be concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using screens, especially during the summer months when kids look for easy entertainment to relieve restlessness and boredom. Studies have found 8- to 18-year-olds are using technology significantly more than the two hours per day recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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9 reasons to celebrate fathers

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano.

Fathers can be excellent role models for their children, and a father’s behavior can shape a child’s behavior from birth onward. Early modeling of their parents shapes a child’s view of the world and themselves in relation to it. And, therefore, a father’s ability to be a positive role model is essential to child’s internal sense of safety.

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7 ways to survive the promposal rush

 

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In 2002 when Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez, the web overflowed with descriptions of the event.

“It’s just a blanket, a quilt of rose petals, all over the whole entire house,” Lopez recalled. “So many candles, and vases, bouquets. And my song ‘Glad’ was playing … I walk in and I was just like overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting it, and I was just like ‘Oh my God.’” Step aside Jen and Ben because today’s teen prom proposals or “promposals,” as they’re commonly called, make Ben’s marriage proposal seem trivial in comparison.

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5 tips for crossing the end-of-the-school-year finish line

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Spring brings the best of times and the worst of times. It’s by far the busiest sports season and with graduations, proms, college acceptances, end-of-school-year deadlines and summer vacation planning, the days are filled to the brim. 

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Lessons from ‘A Mother’s Reckoning’

Seventeen years after the Columbine massacre, Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother, has written a memoir “A Mother’s Reckoning.” Dylan and his friend and classmate, Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 21 others before killing themselves on April, 20, 1999, during a school shooting at Columbine High School. “A Mother’s Reckoning” is Sue’s attempt to help parents recognize signs that a child is in trouble, signs that she failed to recognize in Dylan.

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Allowing kids to be kids

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Children and teens today are more depressed and anxious than those one and two generations ago. There is a growing body of research, including studies conducted by child development expert Dr. Peter Gray, that indicate that children are suffering from less time for play and more parental control, including being over controlled, over scheduled, and over rescued. 

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