4 secret skills that kids need to succeed today

How to learn from failure Remember a major disappointment or failure from you own childhood? Trying out for a team or a group and not making the cut? Not getting included in a party invitation or missing out on a special occasion? Losing  a friendship or a loved one? Bet you remember the details of…

Read More

Five Ways to Encourage Creativity in Kids

Tapping into the Creative Spirit Wonder how to encourage children to be creative? Do you find students are more and more dependent on adults and technology for inspiration and ideas? Here are five ways to encourage creativity in  kids without breaking the bank: Play–Every kid (and adult) needs playtime.  Much of our modern day life tends…

Read More

Teaching kids to manage negative feelings

Kids and Self Talk A typical classroom lesson on recognizing feelings is useful and gives kids a common language for expressing their feelings.  However, it is a basic lesson and doesn’t really cover all the bases in helping kids manage feelings, especially negative ones.   What can we teach the child who needs anger management strategies or…

Read More

teaching kids about feelings

Body Language and Feelings A standard lesson that I taught every year as an elementary school counselor was recognizing feelings. It was a fun lesson. I’d bring in large cut outs of children showing mad, sad, happy or scared feelings and ask kids to guess how the child was feeling. We’d talk about body language and how…

Read More

5 gifts to make a child feel loved

Making the most of quality time What are your best memories as a child? What are the family times that you’d love to go back and live over and over? Bet it wasn’t the biggest, bestest birthday party on the block, or the most expensive present you ever got. More likely it was the heart to heart…

Read More

3 ways to teach your kids to be leaders

The follower vs. the leader mindset Is your child a leader or a follower? Do you worry that they will cave in to peer pressure? not be able to handle failure? Are you frustrated by their reliance on others to make decisions and solve problems? As parents and educators we all hope for a successful…

Read More