Tips to Help Kids Manage Anger and Strong Emotions

Tips to Help Kids Manage Anger and Strong Emotions

How to Help Kids Manage Anger, Calm Down and Self-Regulate  Does your child have difficulty controlling his anger? Does he resort to using aggressive behaviors such as biting, hitting, spitting or fighting? Does he yell or quickly lose control? If so, you're not alone. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adolescents have experienced an anger attack that involved threatening violence, destroying property or engaging in violence toward others at some point in their lives. These severe attacks of...

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Teaching Problem Solving to Prevent Bullying

Teaching Problem Solving to Prevent Bullying

Why Problem Solving Can Prevent Bullying “Let’s flip a coin to decide.” “Everybody breathe a minute, then we can take turns figuring out a way to solve this.” “Why don’t we just both think of another choice?” Researchers have always recognized the benefits of kids learning to work together to solve their problems. After all, using problem-solving skills is one of the best ways to help kids and teens curb playground battles, deal with friendship tiffs, manage teammate squabbles and handle the...

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Depression in Young Children

Depression in Young Children

New study finds that young children can be depressed and why we must know the signs Producers from the TV show, THE DOCTORS, asked me to share the signs of depression in young children and what parents should do if they suspect their child is depressed. Here is my report. Preschoolers? Depressed? Impossible!! Well, don’t be too sure. A recent study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, shows otherwise. The research found that depression in young children is real and can be...

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3 Ways to Teach Kids Perspective Taking

3 Ways to Teach Kids Perspective Taking

Raising Kids to Think We, Not Me! The gateway to learning to empathize, accepting differences and understanding another's perspective is an emotion vocabulary. That's why the first of the 9 Crucial Empathy Building Habits in UnSelfie is Emotional Literacy. But when children can identify, name and understand different emotions, it's time to help children practice understanding other's feelings and thoughts. It's a critical step towards  accepting differences and learning perspective taking. ...

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5 Ways to Praise to Boost Kid Confidence

5 Ways to Praise to Boost Kid Confidence

Science-backed ways to use praise to boost confidence  "How do children construct views of themselves and their place in the world? Children's social relationships turn out to be critical. For example, children develop higher self-esteem when their parents treat them warmly. But they develop lower self-esteem when their parents lavish them with inflated praise." - University of Amsterdam, 2017  Science tells us that the right praise can boost confidence, empathy, perseverance, and character....

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10 Ways to Teach Children Emotional Literacy

10 Ways to Teach Children Emotional Literacy

Ways to Help Children Learn Emotional Literacy Your two-year-old looks at the tears in your eyes and gently pats your face. Your school-age child sees that his friend is sad and gently puts his arm on his shoulder and tells him, “It’s okay. It’ll get better.” Your tween notices that your father’s face seems strained: “Are you tired, Grandpa? Need a hug?” All these are examples of emotional literacy—the ability to identify an emotion in yourself or others. It’s the first, and arguably most...

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100 Ways Kids Can Practice Kindness

100 Ways Kids Can Practice Kindness

100 Fun, Simple Ways Kids Can Practice Kindness Every Day Kindness is contagious, needs just a small spark to ignite, and spreads quickly. Practicing simple, regular kind acts nurtures empathy, alters behavior, changes a culture, and transforms lives. Kindness is that powerful. Here are three key takeaways: First kindness is strengthened by seeing, hearing, and practicing kindness. The more our children see kindness the more it becomes contagious and something they want to be part of. Second,...

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Boosting Kid’s Friendship-Making

Boosting Kid’s Friendship-Making

Some kids just seem to make friends easily. They’re invited to birthday parties, attend the sleepovers, are chosen first for teams, and are sought after as everyone’s friend. If we could peek into their future, we’d see them continuing to succeed socially throughout their school years, as well as for the rest of their lives. Child psychologists find popular kids have one thing in common: they’ve learned the skills of social competence at an early age. Like most skills, the skills of friendship...

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25 Ways to Help Kids Make Friends and Thrive!

25 Ways to Help Kids Make Friends and Thrive!

25 Ways to Help Kids Make and Keep Friends to Thrive Everyone needs friends –– but especially kids. Of course, the prime reason a kid says friends are important is for fun and companionship. But the latest research tells us friendships are far more significant in our kids’ lives than we ever thought before.Kids need to know how to make friends. Resilient children are more likely to have the skills of social competence - and so they are more likely to thrive! Friends influence our children not...

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Cures for Parent Burnout and Stress

Cures for Parent Burnout and Stress

Tips I shared on the TODAY Show to reduce parent burnout and stress during uncertain times. Uncertain times are making us feel on edge. We're overwhelmed, anxious, concerned about our health, safety, finances and the future all while assuming more roles: parent, teacher, day care, cook, cleaner all while working at home. That’s why many parents admit that they feel burned out.  The TODAY Show asked me to offer ways to fight burnout. Parents sent in dozens of questions and I answered them with...

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9 Habits That Build Children’s “Empathy Muscles”

9 Habits That Build Children’s “Empathy Muscles”

Science-Backed Ways to Build the 9 Habits of Empathy  Did you know that teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than those 30 years ago? That is tragic news for our children and society. For starters, it hurts kids’ moral character, and leads to bullying and racism. Also it correlates with more cheating and less resilience. And once kids grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problems solve-all must-have skills for the global economy. It's time to...

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Do you know the signs of Autism?

Studies estimate that one in every 91 American children has an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Michele Borba shares signs of autism and provides resources for parents.

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A Parenting Guide to Distance Learning

Dr. Michele Borba shares a new guide that offers answers top parenting questions to help kids succeed with distance learning. The book is called The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman and others.

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Parent Mid-Year School Check-Up to Ensure Kid Success

Seven items parents should check now to improve their kid's learning success mid-year and counter a potential dip Mid-year is when parents alike have a good idea about how their kids are doing in school - which subjects are hard or easy and how they like their teachers. This is also a time of year when parents often overlook a few important aspects of their children’s school experience that can greatly impact learning success. That’s why now is the ideal time to do a mid-year check up with...

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5 Mistakes I’ve Made as A Parent

All parents make mistakes, but how fabulous it is when we actually admit them! That's why I love this article and it's written by one of my favorite children's authors, Trudy Ludwig. Her newest book, Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! is just plain wonderful. I highly recommend it!  Thank you, Trudy for once again writing a book that gives parents and educators a tool to help our children become better people! Thanks also for reminding us that we all make mistakes!! After admitting them, our next...

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7 Common Back to School Hassles and Simple Parenting Solutions

Though back to school should be exciting, parents often describe frantic mornings, hectic evenings, and plain bad memories. Homework wars…lost library books…last-minute assignments…missed buses…sleepy heads…forgotten lunches…missed breakfasts…late starts are just a few of the  common parenting concerns. The result: stressed parents...and stressed kids. But it doesn’t have to—nor should it--be that way. There are practical solutions to the most common back-to-school, and hot button parenting...

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