Emotions and Feelings

Debunking 5 Common Myths About Bullying – Parents Article

In recent years, the rise of cyber bullying has drawn attention to the many diverse forms bullying can take. At the same time, however, parents and teachers remain under-informed about many aspects of this harmful behaviour pattern. Not only does this make it more difficult to understand the trauma many children and teens endure, it limits our ability to give them helpful advice. This post is a follow-up to my post on preventing bullying published last year.Understanding Bullying: What It…

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The Trouble With Boredom or How to Help the Under-Engaged Child – Parents Article

With schools and extra-curriculum activities being completely shut down to prevent the spread of coronavirus, our children are locked at home and have to go through major adjustments. While talking to parents, I learned that most of them quickly gave up on screen time restrictions as they don’t want to hear constant complaints from their children about how bored they are. Yet, boredom is rarely caused by a lack of things to do.Have you ever wondered why some children can…

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How To Help Your Anxious Child Thrive at School – Parents Article

Anxiety is challenging to endure no matter where your child is. At school, however, it can quickly become intolerable. Many otherwise bright, ambitious children fail to achieve their full academic potential because the education system is not set up to meet their needs. If you have an introverted and worry-prone child, you therefore need to be proactive in preparing him (or her) to deal with the school environment.Understanding the Needs of the Anxious Child            Before you can help your child,…

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How To Nurture Your Child’s Inner Optimist – Parents Article

Failure is a normal part of life, but for a young child encountering it for the first time it can feel absolutely crushing. Most parents are already familiar with just how intensely kids experience defeat: they’ve seen their child refuse to ever ride a bike again after falling off a few times, for example, or heard her call herself “terrible” at sports after being unable to hit a baseball.             While it’s perfectly normal for children to hit a “wall”…

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8 Tips For Parents On How To Prevent Bullying In Middle School – Parents Article

            Though it may seem contradictory, the sudden increase in social awareness that middle schoolers experience makes them more prone to bullying. Children in this age group are so hyper-sensitive to social dynamics that they frequently become highly reactive, competitive, and critical. This isn’t a personality flaw; instead, it’s a sign that the brain’s limbic system is operating in overdrive. This causes teens to take uncalculated risks, aggressively seek social rewards, and experience emotions with particular intensity. It is, in…

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How To Teach Your Child Deal With Frustration And Prevent Meltdowns – Parents Article

Few things about children baffle parents and teachers as much as sudden meltdowns. Sometimes a child is generally caring, gregarious, and insightful, but the moment she becomes frustrated by a task, fireworks begin. If this only happens occasionally, it’s probably nothing to worry about. When it happens frequently, however, it can lead to problems with learning and socialization.            If your child struggles with chronic meltdowns, the first thing to understand is that they’re generally not as sudden and unpredictable as…

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How To Raise Compassionate Children In A Dangerous World – Parents Article

As most parents realize all too well, we’re living in violent times. From gang and terrorist activity to the prevalence of violence in video games and TV shows, everywhere we look today we’re confronted with aggression. Understandably, many parents find themselves worrying that it may not be possible to raise caring, compassionate children within such an environment.            While it’s true that, as a parent, you can’t protect your child from all of the negative influences he (or she) will encounter,…

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How To Moderate The Desire To Control Your Defiant Child? – Parents Article

            Other than seeing harm come to their children, what’s every parent’s worst nightmare? For most, it’s feeling out of control—that helpless, sickening feeling that arises when a child simply refuses to comply, no matter what you do.            The majority of parents only have to deal with defiant behaviour of this caliber occasionally, or as part of a normal developmental phase (such as the rebelliousness that accompanies the preteen years). For others, however, it’s an entrenched part of everyday life.…

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A Dead Deer Encounter or the Roots of Anxiety in Gifted Children – Parents Article

As I was driving my four-year-old son to a friend’s birthday party, a truck, stopped at the traffic light in front of us, had a four-wheeler in its bed with a newly-shot deer flopped over the seat and roped down to keep its carcass from sliding off. Immediately after taking in the lifeless body of the deer, my son became intensely emotional. “Mom, bring me home now! How can I possibly attend the birthday party after seeing this injustice?” His…

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How To React When Your Child Is Preoccupied With Fairness – Parents Article

Having a sense of fairness is a great virtue and a sign that your child has a strong moral compass. Sometimes, however, kids become obsessed with fairness to an unrealistic degree. Toddlers, gifted children, and children with ADHD are especially prone to this kind of behaviour. When left unchecked, a deep preoccupation with fairness can lead to excessive tantrums, arguments on the playground, and other social issues. If your child is obsessed with fairness, you’ll need to work on balancing…

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