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Be S.M.A.R.T

Consider applying these five principles offered by Jen A. Miller in the NYTimes when setting goals for your or your child's behavior. The article relates to New Year resolutions but can be applied to all those things we wish to target for change in ourselves or our children. A word of advice in applying these: BE KIND; we are all works in progress. SMART Specific: Set concrete, clearly defined goals with specific points of success. Measurable: Whatever the goal is, find ways to measure progress. Achievable: Aim high, but within reason. Your goal should be a stretch, but something you could actually achieve. Relevant: Find a goal that matters enough to you that you’ll be motivated to stick wi

Three Principles to Help Your Family Thrive

Helping your family thrive is a big job. It's a mix of increasing resources and decreasing adversity while building resiliency that promotes confidence, competence, and the ability for you and your children to "land on your feet" in challenging and overwhelming circumstances. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University suggests three critical principles necessary for families to thrive: reduce source of stress, strengthen core life skills, and support responsive relationships. These areas for focus are well supported by strong evidence in the fields of bonding and attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and the science of brain development. We know that brains develop best under

Lying

A thought provoking take on one of the most frustrating behaviors our children can exhibit . . .

The Power of Imagery

So many of us as parents and helpers of children are concerned about the levels of anxiety our children experience. This effects their health and wellbeing and undermines confidence, school performance, and relationships with family and friends. Anxiety, unaddressed, can accumulate into a toxic mix of thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviors that follows your child around like Pig Pen's dust cloud in Charlie Brown. The good news, though, is that the normal anxieties we feel day to day can be effectively countered with interventions that bring balance to the nervous system. This includes physical activity, engagement in stimulating challenges or projects, physical touch, and sat

 

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