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Social media, teens/tweens, exams & first jobs

Social media, teens/tweens, exams & first jobs

At around the time your teen is old enough to get their first job (usually High School) they are undergoing many changes, physically, mentally & emotionally. Added into the mix of the challenges facing them is the “always” on technology that comes with the use of mobile phones, iPads and computers.  To help prepare your teen for the stress of study/exams and jobs it is important to plan early. Making a few changes and encouraging a respectful family environment will provide your teen with confidence, and at the same time, it teaches your other children the importance of respecting other ...

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Teaching my child about respecting personal space in 3 simple steps

Teaching my child about respecting personal space in 3 simple steps

We all have our boundaries. The parameters that we put up to give people distance.  As we begin to establish comfort levels, those barriers are knocked down.  Comfort levels work the same way universally whether we are talking about adults or kids.  Teaching kids about personal space, or boundaries, can come more easily to parents if you know how to relate.   1.     Empathize with them Not all kids come with open arms, ready to accept strangers into their lives. Some kids are shy and take months to warm-up to a new person.  Accepting your child’s comfort level is your ...

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How to keep your children safe online

How to keep your children safe online

Our children are constantly online; the online world is often a foreign place for parents, and can be a little daunting. We all want to trust that our children are doing the right thing online; acting in an appropriate manner, not tormenting or intimidating others and being respectful but the sad and shocking truth is that this isn’t always the case. Two out of five young people are bullied online. This statistic is far too high and it is our responsibility as parents to do everything in our power to ensure our children are safe online. Take some time becoming ...

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Kids not getting along with others? 10 ways to encourage them to treat everyone better.

Kids not getting along with others?  10 ways to encourage them to treat everyone better.

I like to think I am one of those people who treats everyone with the same respect and care irrespective their beliefs, preferences, choices, backgrounds or looks.  And more than this, I like to think I am modelling this behavior so that my children will do the same. The question I ask myself is, “Am I modelling these behaviors? And how successful am I in instilling these values? If you could have a camcorder on your shoulder and review your daily behaviors would you stand tall with pride or want to curl up from embarrassment? Our children observe us every ...

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