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Teaching Your Child about Losing Gracefully

Teaching Your Child about Losing Gracefully

Teaching Your Child about Losing Gracefully Let’s face it, losing is never a pleasant feeling.  Everyone wants to win at whatever it is that we set out to do.  Its just as adults, we have learned how to lose and learn from the experience.  The ability to learn learn from losing  is a difficult but important lesson to learn.  Teaching your child about losing gracefully will help them cope with failures as adults.  Teaching our children to lose with dignity is a lesson that will last them a lifetime, Once learned they will develop the ability to reflect and learn from this experience as time passes.  When teaching your child about losing gracefully, keep these thoughts in mind. Being Respectful of the Winner Teach your child to consider others when they are in the middle of strong emotions.  Acknowledge to your child that you understand their feelings about losing.  Let them know its normal to be disappointed but its not acceptable to lash out angrily and be alone when they have lost a competition or something else that was important to them.  They need to learn the importance of being a team.  Children need to learn from the person who won and be supportive of the winner. Considering the Others Who Did Not Win Teaching your child about losing gracefully means teaching them to remember all the others who also did not win. Everyone might be feeling discouraged and disappointed, but they should use this opportunity to have a healthy perspective to change the way everyone feels. If your child’s sports team has lost several games, your child could...
Teach Your Child to Become a Successful Leader

Teach Your Child to Become a Successful Leader

Teach Your Child to Become a Successful Leader Learning how to teach your child to become a successful leader is an important.  Its easy to want the benefits of leadership but learning how to be a leader takes time and discipline.  Instilling qualities of being a successful leader into your child will keep them build confidence and it builds character. Leaders are incredibly important in our society.  There isn’t anything wrong with being a follower, however too many people follow everyone else and don’t cultivate their own beliefs and opinions.  Leadership enhances the ability to develop your own choices based on your own values rather than just following along with the norm.  Below are some tips to teach your child to become a successful leader. Learning to Follow Being a leader is a position that stands out to many individuals because they do not like to take orders, and they may feel that being the one giving orders will solve this problem. However, being a successful leader also requires knowing how to follow the lead of others.  Let your child know that if they want others to follow them they should model this by putting themselves under the wisdom and direction of another person. Learning how to follow helps to keep kids humble and to remember the needs of others. Letting Others Shine When your a kid, its easy to forget that sometimes, being in charge makes us forget that there is a time and a place for everyone to shine. Remind your child that as a leader, they should let others share their skill set.  A great leader...
7 Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

7 Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

Having homework for most parents is a reality.  As parents having to help your own kids with their studies at home can be a challenge.  Especially if your child has a long school day in addition to any outside activities.  But there is hope!  Using these 7 tips for helping your child with homework will make homework time easier. 7  Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework 1. Set aside a specific time to study. The biggest challenge might be sitting down and getting started.   Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter when you choose to have your child complete their homework,  what is important is making sure it is done.  Try to be flexible in getting the work done.  You can have your child complete their work after school, or maybe if your child does better in the morning you can get up earlier and have your child complete their homework in the morning before school. 2. Set aside a place. Kids study better if they have a certain place where they can work. It doesn’t have to be exclusively set aside for studying—it can be the kitchen table—but if possible it should be the same place every night. 3. Provide adequate supplies and keep them where they are easily found. Nothing wastes time like a search for a pencil or paper. Ask them to write down what they need to do before they begin. This will help them focus. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment when they cross something off a list. 4. Eliminate distractions. Some homes are just naturally loud. To the extent that you can, create a quiet space....
4 Easy Steps to Stay Focused

4 Easy Steps to Stay Focused

4 Easy Steps to Stay Focused Concentrating at times can be difficult for adults and kids.  In a world with so many distractions, we find ourselves distracted when we are trying to focus.  Learning how to focus is simple when you use these 4 easy steps to stay focused.  Let’s take a look at 4 easy steps to stay focused. Understand the Project Being distracted or losing focus isn’t because your child is wasting time.  For instance, if an assignment or project doesn’t make sense, they may not be able to concentrate.   Being confused or uncertain about a project can cause distraction.  Having a friend assist with the project can help eliminate confusion or making arrangements with your child’s teacher in the morning, after lunch, or after school to clarify the project.  Understanding the project will help your child stay focused. Eliminate Noise During homework time establish a place in your house specifically designed to get homework and projects completed with no distractions.  In a world filled with multi tasking, its easy to feel comfortable with the televisions on, phones nearby, but its distracting and will cause your child to become distracted and to lose focus. Remove all distractions, both electronic and human, to help your child stay focused. Plan Breaks Have a sense to how long your child’s project or homework assignment is and plan breaks accordingly.  If your child is sitting too long on a particular project they will become distracted.   For that reason, set an alarm to go off routinely during the homework session or project. If your child is working on an assignment...
How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities

How to Balance School and Extracurricular Activities Today’s kids are busier than ever learning how to balance school and extracurricular activities.  Homework alone can make for a full day.  When you add  extra-curricular activities, time becomes even more limited.  Learning how to balance school and extra curricular activities is key to productivity. Being involved in activities is important for kids to learn about teamwork, socialization, making friends, and developing interests, but it can be overwhelming. Of course, this doesn’t mean that children shouldn’t get involved extracurricular activities.  However, its important to explore interests outside of school in a balanced way.    Here are a few tips that will help you learn how to balance school and extracurricular activities. Limit the Number of Activities Many kids today are doing several different activities which keeps them busy.  Experiencing all of the different opportunities is great, but you may need to limit the extracurricular activities to one or two each semester, or even throughout the entire school year.   Putting a limit on the number of extracurricular activities will also keep your child’s grades from slipping. Teach your child how to put some thought into each activity. They should pick one thing that they really love, or perhaps something they’ve been very interested in trying. Then, once that activity ends, they can move onto something new. Being involved in only one activity at a time doesn’t require so much of their time, or your time, taking the pressure off. This leaves time to get things done outside of the activity, such as school work and family chores, but equally as important, time to...
How to Keep Your Kids Active

How to Keep Your Kids Active

How to Keep Your Kids Active Learning how to keep your kids active in todays world comes with challenges. Kids today are highly engaged in technology in the form of smartphones, tablets, iPads,  and video game systems.  Companies continuously develop new technology that is more alluring than the previous gadget Children today are growing up in a completely different world than it was 20 years ago.   Cell phones are given to kids as young as second grade, many teens who would rather text than talk, and video games are more realistic than ever.   As parents, it’s important to create a balance so that your kids aren’t spending too much time using technology and in front of the television.  In this new generation its important to know how to keep your kids active. Create a routine – A daily routine can help your child get more focused.  Talk to your child about getting on a schedule and let them be involved in creating a routine that works for all of you.  Limit the amount of time your child is in front of the television, or using technical devices and keep it.  Make a trip to the park or a walk outside part of your daily routine.  If it’s too cold outside, try locating indoor gyms.  You can play a game of tag, or a sport such as basketball, or swimming. Be the example – Parents can set an example for their children with their an active daily routine.   If your child sees you exercising or spending more time outside than in front of the television will model...