All Blog Posts Tagged 'skills' (18)

The Importance of Fathers in Their Children’s Lives

If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.

Families First,…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Teaching your child another language - code

I often wish that I knew another language so that I could speak it all the time to my son and he could pick it up. (Yes, I know I could make this happen, but I can only handle so many personal challenges in a year.) I am grateful that he is learning Spanish in school, and I am super proud of him when he speaks it. It is something I want him to keep up with.

But beyond…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Learn a New Way to Get Your Kids to Help With the Laundry

Do you have a laundry basket full of clothes?  If so, grab your toddler or young child’s hand and take them into the laundry room with you.  Did you know that  you can teach them how to help with the laundry?  Most children are eager and willing to help their parents with new things.  Have your child take the sorted laundry from the laundry basket and they can…

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Added by Christy Garrett on September 25, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

How to Turn Laundry Into a Learning Opportunity

As a mom, I know how quickly laundry can pile up especially if you have children in your house.  This morning I asked toddler to help me pick up the laundry so that I could start a load of laundry today.  After we completed got the laundry sorted and a load of laundry started, I had a fantastic idea popped into my head and I wanted to share my…

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Added by Christy Garrett on September 11, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Midnight Milkshakes, Blanket Forts, and Other Family Fun

One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family.  I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids.  National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family.   It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day. 

An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Preventing or Decreasing Long-term Problems in Children

Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional.  May is Mental Health Awareness month.     Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues.  Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday.  There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom.  I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly.  Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break.  Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world.  This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Stress Coping Skills

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Added by Joanie Winberg on February 26, 2013 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Growing Friendships in The Classroom

 

One of the topics I am asked about often is social skills.  The importance of social learning for all children, but especially children with hidden challenges & special needs cannot be emphasized enough.

 

In many of my adaptive yoga programs I've observed not only the 'bringing together' of mind and body, but also the bringing together of friendships, some unlikely on the surface at first, but then watching them growing spontaneously out of small groups sessions,…

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Added by Barbara Gini on September 28, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Thought on Happiness

This past year or two I've been thinking a lot about religion and spirituality. Matter of fact, lately I've been dreaming of listening in on a theoretic "end of the world" forum-of-world-thought. Well, I kind of just made that name up. But you get the idea. I want to sit down and listen to everyone who has a vision of all this massive change taking place worldwide and simply hear dialogue. It's the English major in me. I want all the colorful characters, the momentous stories. I want to line… Continue

Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 14, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments

The importance of meeting milestones on time

Should you be concerned if your baby is not meeting her developmental milestones on time? For the most part, the answer is yes. While there is a time range for baby development that is considered normal, if your baby does not meet those time frames, you should take action. I'll tell you why. Babies are born with billions of neurons. Not all of them are activated, and many will "die off". There is a window of opportuntiy during development that is…

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Added by Nancy Konigsberg on October 27, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Positve Thinking And What It Can Do For You

I used to be a positive thinker! I didn't know to be negative, really. That was a couple decades ago, though.

Then, along came adulthood.

With adulthood came marriage.

My marriage was not the best marriage. It could have been and should have been a great marriage. But, for some reason, the sweet man I married turned into someone not so sweet.

With my husband's put-downs and all the ugliness of our marriage, I began to think…

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Added by Robin Meritt on August 5, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

She's not making the cut and it's all my fault.

I'm going to make a small confession that I didn't even realize until a few days ago that it would even BE confession. I also realize that I'm sure in my past entries, I probably sound really neurotic. And I am. I don't argue for one second that I'm not and I do apologize for that. Although, if I ever met a mother who didn't have a slight case of neurosis I would probably immediately try to make her my BFF and emulate her entire life in an attempt to make my own a little easier. I wouldn't call… Continue

Added by Maryanne Vandermark on July 3, 2010 at 9:25am — No Comments

Good Parenting Discipline Tactics - Gets Results

Discipline is an area that is commonly known to parents as the place where

we seem to make the most mistakes. I mean let's face it, when you are

overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, and sometimes even fed up being a parent, you

are expected to make an immediate decision that requires clear, concise,

sensible fair discipline rules. Result based discipline tactics will help parents

not get entangled in discipline traps that cause much frustration and repeat

offender…

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Added by Michel Jayne Bigardi on March 29, 2010 at 7:26am — No Comments

Think of Me as Steven Covey's Go-To Girl

An excerpt of a post on using "highly effective communication skills" to get my baseball glove back from a guy who just doesn't want to cooperate.



...Having authored several New York Times best sellers on effective communication — How to Win Friends and Influence People with the Overuse of Vowels; How to Talk to People So They Give Your Stuff Back; How to Stop Obsessing and Start Living; The 7 Habits of Highly, Highly, Highly Effective People; and… Continue

Added by Amy Musing on October 8, 2009 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Got Skills?



My Grandmother had an old saying. She used to say ‘Shut the hell up and stop complaining’



She also said Get the hell out of my way, I’m missing my program



Kidding. Well maybe not. I guess the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.



Why are we talking about my grandmother?



Oh, right….’Learn to type and you will always have a job’.… Continue

Added by Melyssa on September 28, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Friendliness in an Unfriendly World

August 14th, 2008



On a typical afternoon I often find myself pushing my son in his stroller as we buy our groceries, go to the bank, pick up our dry-cleaning and shop at the local stores on our busy street. Sitting in his front row seat, meandering through the crowd, my three year old happily says “hello”, “hi” and occasionally “nice dog” to the many people passing by. Sadly, I have to report that few will reply, or say hello back or acknowledge his attempt at being… Continue

Added by THE BIG AGOO on August 15, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

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