Kids' Screen Time and How It Affects Their Behavior

June 22, 2022

Nowadays, children have easy access to screens and technology that can dominate their daily lives. But as convenient as it is to put your child in front of an Xbox, computer game, or TV, have you ever wondered how screens affect early child development?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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10 Essential Life Skills to Help Your Child Succeed

June 06, 2022

Children spend twelve years in school to prepare them academically, many going to college as a steppingstone for a career. As a parent, you want them not only to survive the challenging teenage years but thrive and succeed as adults. However, success is not just about being academically successful, career-driven, or financially stable, is it?

The concept of success is also attributed to fulfillment and happiness. Therefore, emphasizing academic performance to safeguard your child’s future is not enough. You must also focus on developing life skills.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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4 Ways to Comfort Your Child at Stressful Times While Building Resiliency

May 10, 2022

Stress is an inevitable part of life. As your child encounters new situations and people throughout their youth, they’re bound to feel a little nervous, frustrated, or angry. While stress can be hard for children and teens, they can learn skills to successfully navigate difficult situations with your help.

Estimated reading time: 3.5 minutes

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How to Raise Children with Emotional Intelligence

May 06, 2022

Whether you're dealing with toddler tantrums, a middle-schooler's meltdown, or the emotional darts of a teen, one thing is clear: it is up to adults to be stable figures for children to build emotional intelligence. But what are the essential ingredients to ensure that you cultivate emotional development and social intelligence?Many parents I talk to have the mistaken idea that they must be perfect parents to be good parents. The opposite is true.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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Comparison: Thief to Your Child’s Self-Esteem

April 12, 2022

We love our kids! And all every parent wants if for their children to be happy and successful. Sometimes we unintentionally do the opposite of what cultivates healthy self-esteem. For example, there’s hardly a parent in the world who hasn’t said something like this to a child in a moment of exasperation: “Look at your brother—he jumps right on his homework after school! Why do I always have to nag you to get yours done?” “Your sister’s a whiz at math, but all you want to do is draw.” Or “Stop giving me attitude! Can’t you just be polite like your brother?”

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Why Teens Vape and How to Help Them Break the Addiction

March 31, 2022

The idea that smoking is cool may have skipped a generation or two, which should have impacted the tobacco companies and caused a major hit to the industry. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case—thanks largely to the rise in vaping, especially among teenagers.

According to a 2019 survey, an estimated 5 million teenagers regularly use e-cigarettes. Up to one million use them every day. Cigarettes may no longer be cool, but e-cigarettes or vapes have taken their place. Learn about the dangers of vaping and what you can do to support your teenager.

Estimated reading time: 3.5 minutes

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Parenting Support for Children and Teens: How to Put a Stop to Cyberbullying

March 15, 2022

This morning, a friend of mine shared a social media post about a 12-year-old boy who had just died from suicide. They attribute some of the boy’s discouragement to bullying, though I’m unsure if it was online or offline. The timing was uncanny as I was writing this article. It stopped me in my tracks.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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How to Help Your Teen Break Their Cell-Phone Addiction

March 08, 2022

Parents across the nation are increasingly aware of the dangers of phone addiction and excessive screen time. In younger children, this addiction can be remedied somewhat simply by having an honest conversation about screens and by taking away screens after your child has used up their allotted time.

However, for teenagers, cell phone addiction is harder to break and usually more entrenched than it is in younger children. That’s because today’s teens have grown up in the iPhone age, and much of their social life is conducted through social media apps on their phones.

Estimated reading [...]

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The Waiting Game: Teaching Patience to Children

February 17, 2022

You are probably familiar with the impatience of children of all ages. “Mommy, how much longer?” or “Daddy, why do we have to wait?” or “Can we go home now? I’m bored.”

These are just a few murmurings from an infinite well of questions coming from my little girl. Whether we’re at the grocery store, doctor’s office, or simply in the car driving, she lacks patience. But I don’t blame my little one… everything was instant when she was a baby! They cry, we come. They’re completely dependent on us. So it’s understandable when young children have difficulty waiting. After all, their brains are [...]

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How to Teach Your Teen to Set Healthy Boundaries

January 27, 2022

Boundaries are important for everyone when it comes to maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. As a parent, you’re in a unique position to showcase that importance to your teenagers. By modeling and teaching your teen to set healthy boundaries now, you can set them up for better personal health and stronger relationships in the future.

Estimated reading time: 4.5 minutes

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