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The importance of talking to children about racism

 

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Once viewed as controversial and perhaps even a topic to be avoided, today the topic of racism is widespread. Racism is discussed on the presidential campaign trail, it’s questioned in relation to police brutality, it’s displayed through surveillance video recording taken by your average citizen, and it’s even an argument behind the choices for this year’s Oscar’s nominees.

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Parenting with presence: Trust your own instincts

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Listening to Amy Cuddy’s new book “Presence (Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges)” highlights the importance of body language and the ability to display “presence” when parenting effectively. Cuddy defines presence as “the state of being able to comfortably express our true thoughts and feelings and values and talents and knowledge — so knowing who you are and being able to access that when you most need to.”

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10 Ways to be More Connected in 2016

If nothing else New Year’s resolutions offer people a moment of pause to consider how they can improve their lives in the coming year. As many of you contemplate what your resolutions will be, I urge you to consider choosing resolutions that focus on prioritizing connecting with others and modeling this for your children. Studies suggest that the most successful children are ones with the ability to show empathy for others and human connection is the foundation of empathy.

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6 tips for giving the gift of technology

Contrary to what you might think, screens are still the No. 1 holiday item on kids’ lists this holiday season. Trendy novelties, like hoverboards and drones, trail behind demands for iPhones, tablets, gaming systems and computers. And with homework requiring technology and the Web, parents often feel pressure to succumb to their child’s technology requests.

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Making sense of senseless violence

The violence that we read and hear about around the world today is impossible to fully comprehend and yet to help kids cope with it, we don’t have to really understand it. The incident in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday is the most recent event that hits home hard, showing how the world can be an unpredictable and unsafe place. The senseless and random violent acts that infiltrate our daily lives via the media leave many of us feeling helpless, insecure and fearful. It’s important for all adults to recognize that our reactions to these events determine how our children will react to them.

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This holiday is about connecting with family

For many, Thanksgiving has become more of holiday of indulgences as opposed to a time of savoring family moments and traditions. Thanksgiving originated as a celebration of gratitude between the Pilgrims and the American Indians. Two diverse groups joined together as a way of sharing their good fortunes and giving thanks to each other.

 

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Motivating children through purpose

Parent-teacher conferences are held this time of the year. This can be a stressful time for both parents and children. When parents attend these meetings and learn that their child is not doing well, they are often at a loss as to how to help their child improve.

 

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