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10 Tips for Managing Childhood Stress

Stress is not all bad. Eustress is positive whereas distress is negative. Eustress, or positive stress, has the following characteristics: Motivates, focuses energy. Is short-term. Is perceived as within our coping abilities. Feels exciting. Improves performance. In contrast, Distress, or negative stress, has the following characteristics: Causes anxiety or concern. Can be short- or long-term. Is perceived as outside of our...

Self-Esteem Develops As We Listen to Our Children

Listening to emotions is a fundamental step of problem solving. Problem solving is an essential skill to learn for a child’s self-esteem. They need to feel lovable and capable and this will develop as you problem solve together. Solving problems is not just logical. Solving problems is emotional as well. Trying to avoid your children’s emotions if they are difficult for you to handle, will make it more difficult...

Daniel Goleman Talks About the Origin of Emotions

From the 6seconds website: Since the 1995 publication of Daniel Goleman’s international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, a global movement has developed to bring “EQ” into practice in businesses, schools, and communities around the globe.  How did it start, what does it mean – and where is it going? From American Express to Avon, businesses have begun to embrace the concept. Jack Welch was...

Create a Family Where Everyone is Encouraged to Sh...

A successful family is a family where growth has the highest value. Growth has more value than what is accomplished or the final “product.”  This means that we encourage challenging our weaknesses without judgment. When we can’t change them, the other family members take up the slack and don’t continually ask, “Why did (or didn’t) you do that? Many people value Marianne Williamson poem...

4 Lessons About Emotions in the Movie “Insid...

Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids By Jason Marsh, Vicki Zakrzewski | July 14, 2015 | 1 Comment This is the post on the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley shared with you by Cynthia Klein, Family Success Coach, www.bridges2understanding.com, 650.679,8138. blog http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/four_lessons_from_inside_out_to_discuss_with_kids The new Pixar film has moved viewers young...

“Just Do Your Best” is Another Form of...

As parents realize that pressuring children to get all A’s is stressing them out too much, they have shifted to saying “Do your best” instead. I propose that “Do your best” can also cause kids to feel pressured to meet their parents’ high expectations. Here is why I say this. When parents tell me that they just expect their children to do their best even if it getting B’s on their report card, I think to myself, I don’t...