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49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child. It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments. 1. “Can you draw it?” Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with an outlet for their feelings when they can’t use their words.


Instilling gratefulness in a generation that thinks they deserve it all. 100 Books That Build Character. Every now and then a situation presents itself where I find myself looking for that just-right book to read to my class — one that will serve as an example of good character or act as a literary pep talk for my students.

100 Books That Build Character

It might be a book on caring after we’ve had an incident of unkindness, a book on fairness after an especially tough recess, a book on honesty after someone’s eraser collection goes missing, or maybe a book on perseverance to let a student who may be finding something particularly challenging know that it will all work out. I am fortunate to suffer from a first-world problem of having many, many books in my personal library, which means I often can’t remember which book may be the best for the situation at hand. (Okay, maybe that's just old age kicking in!) To solve my problem, I recently decided to go through my collection of books and organize them into categories using Scholastic’s Book Wizard.


Character. Growth Mindset resource and. Why do kids need to learn to struggle?

Growth Mindset resource and

As adults we all know the most rewarding experiences in life often involve significant struggle and sacrifice at some stage. Personally the greatest joys in my life have all come with some form of struggle… Being married. We are very happily married, but that doesn’t mean we are always very happy with one another. Being a parent. Mmunicrate worksheets. Sugar Aunts: Quick As A Cricket Activity Teach Empathy. Kids can have a difficult time with learning to be empathetic.

Sugar Aunts: Quick As A Cricket Activity Teach Empathy

Teaching kids empathy doesn't have to be hard. Empathy is an important part of social-emotional awareness and self-awareness. When we read our recent Book Club Play Date book, "Quick as a Cricket", the feelings and values each animal stood out. This book really hits on the self-awareness of a child as they see that each feeling in the book makes up a part of him. We thought that if this boy is feeling all of these emotions about himself, then others are too! 'YourKids' Teacher: Erasing Meanness. When my kids came back from spring break this week, they were greeted with shampooed carpets, new collaboration desk clusters, fully stocked common desks, rotated book titles, and one less fish.

'YourKids' Teacher: Erasing Meanness

I forgot to bring back Skittles, our classroom fish, who was still sitting on the entertainment center at home. It was very much a fresh start for everyone after the winter grind that brought long streaks of indoor recess, multiple rounds of state and district testing, and a consistent escalation of what my kids call "drama. " Ways to Create Open-Minded Children.

6 Tips for Raising Internally Motivated Children (& Why!) SENSORY ORGANIZING TIP OF THE DAY: BACK-TO-SCHOOL THE SENSORY WAY – MORNING ROUTINES. 11 Ways To Raise A Grateful Child — BonBon Break. “Thank you for making dinner, Momma.”

11 Ways To Raise A Grateful Child — BonBon Break

“Thank you for my new toy.” “Thank you for reading to me.” “Little Brother, thanks for the balloon. Thanks for getting my favorite color.” When I hear my boys say these things, unprompted by me, I feel…well…thankful. So, just how do parents raise grateful children? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. What do you do, to encourage gratitude and appreciation in your children? Check out these posts from Musing Momma: ABOUT ELLIE: Ellie is the editor of the Family Room at Bonbon Break and blogs at Musing Momma, where she shares honest and personal stories ranging from reflections on motherhood to tips for raising healthy and (relatively) well-behaved kids, and from research on child development to fun family activities. Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling. The other evening, dinner was approaching.

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

I poked my head out of the kitchen and asked ever so cheerfully for my children to put away their books and toys and start getting ready for dinner. “Uhm…uhm..” Was the general answer but I saw no real action. My request was…ignored. 22 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week - Has anyone else noticed how crazy easy it is to get overwhelmed with all of the things we want to teach and work on with our kids?

22 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week -

We see their struggles and insecurities, and we want to take each one head on. But for me at least, wanting to do everything usually leaves me doing a dozen things on a surface level instead of a few things wholeheartedly. At the beginning of the year, my husband and I decided to focus on just three things this year with our children. That way we wouldn’t get so distracted by all the shiny objects (taekwondo! Swim team! When we were brainstorming, the first thing to pop into my head was kindness. Simple kindness. These 22 acts of kindness may seem insignificant in the grand scheme. Mighty Mommy : 8 Strategies for Dealing with a Defiant Child.

When a child acts out and demonstrates defiant behavior, there is usually a reason behind it.

Mighty Mommy : 8 Strategies for Dealing with a Defiant Child

Whether it’s just looking for attention, testing boundaries, or frustration about school or social life, taking the time to understand why your child is acting out is often a big part of the solution. There are circumstances, however, when this behavior is the result of a more serious condition known as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or another more significant emotional issue. But in the absence of these, more serious ailments, the average child will most definitely test your limits while growing up. The following strategies have helped me with my own brood.