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4 Lessons About Emotions in the Movie “Inside Out”

July 16, 2015

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....

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“Just Do Your Best” is Another Form of Pressure for Kids

June 25, 2015

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...

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Mom Can Now Reduce Son’s Upsets – Age 10

June 12, 2015

My husband and I are working with Cynthia and I learned that I was a part of my 10 year-old son’s outbursts. So, rather than trying to change him, which I would tried doing through arguing and yelling which never worked, I’m working on changing...

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Suicide Rate of Our Youth is Rising

June 5, 2015

kidsdata advisory    The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | June 4, 2015 Survey: One in five 9th graders in CA considered suicide The percentage of students in California public schools who reported suicidal ideation within the past year is disturbing—nearly 1 in every...

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Boost the 4 Qualities of Self-Esteem in Your Family

May 12, 2015

 Only if children’s basic emotional needs are filled, can they learn to like and value themselves.  For this reason, understanding our children’s needs is the first step in creating the proper climate for healthy growth and development.  These needs can be grouped into four basic...

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8 Ways Parents Maintain a Sense of Connection with Kids

April 25, 2015

Listen with curiosity not judgment. Avoid communication blocks such as unwanted advice, commanding, placating,and interrogating. Respond to an upset child with empathetic tentative observations. Know  your child and have realistic expectations. Emanate warmth and gratitude. Focus on the positive rather than areas that need improvement....

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Madeline Levine, Phd. Focus on what really matters

April 3, 2015

by Madeline Levine, Ph.D. Remembering What Really Matters March 31, 2015 I was asked to write this blog on “grit.” A concept I mostly endorse and a word that simply annoys me. Of course hard work, persistence and diligence are good character traits. Although educator...

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Parent to Parent Listening Guidelines by Hand in Hand

December 18, 2014

I learned from Patty Wipfler, who created Hand in Hand Parenting the invaluable skill of having an adult listening partner. In order to be able to listen to our children, we need a way to release our own feelings that get in the way of...

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Parents Interrogating Kids Doesn’t Get Good Results

December 16, 2014

“Why did you hit your brother?” “Well, Mom, I’m feeling jealous that you spend so much time with him since he was born. I feel neglected and I resent you so I take out my hurt feelings on him. I’d be happier if you didn’t...

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How Parents Can Fix Broken Communication with Their Kids

December 10, 2014

Let’s say you gave unwanted advice to your child about homework and your child responded with hurtful comments like "I hate you. Why are you so mean? Leave me alone. I didn’t ask for your help. You don’t understand. I hate my life." You realize...

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