character development

Kids who develop resilience

The Story Behind Kid President Five years ago, Kid President took the world by storm. Over a million views on just his first video. Why?  What made him so engaging? Well, he’s funny, energetic, loves to dance AND has a good message. He encourages teachers to look for the awesome in students and he encourages students to…

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Helping children overcome fear

Three things we can teach kids about fear The child in my office was in tears.  Here was her story:  She was selected to give the pledge to the flag on the morning news station at school. This is a great honor and she was excited until the morning of the show, when  she suddenly…

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Seven Ways to Teach Children Empathy

What is empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand and feel what others feel.  It is putting yourself in another’s shoes. When my youngest daughter was little she watched the movie, The Fox and The Hound and cried and cried at the end when Todd was attacked by the bear.  That’s empathy! How do you…

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How to raise responsible, self-reliant children

Helping Kids Develop a Can Do Attitude I often hear teachers and parents alike lament that the students today have little intrinsic motivation and initiative. Certainly as a school counselor, I  often presented lessons on being responsible. When asked what it means to be responsible, children usually have a good idea. They would identify tasks like…

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4 Steps to Better Communication

Using Communication to Change Misbehavior In my last post, I wrote about connection, the first of the three steps taught in the Parent Encouragement Program by author, Kathryn Reynolds Lewis. The second step outlined in her  book, The Good News about Bad Behavior is communication. It is important to note that communication follows connection. How often…

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What every child wants…

Misbehavior and belonging In last week’s post, I discussed studies that indicate that children today are harder to teach and more difficult to discipline than in previous years.  Diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.  What is a parent or educator to do?  How can we cope? Before identifying some approaches to the problem,…

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