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Raising Happy Children: Promote Optimism & Resilience

By Ashley Maturo & Amy Kostak.

All children are born with personality traits that remain relatively constant throughout their lives. Some kids are more sensitive or more withdrawn. Others are born more active or more persistent.

But two traits that can change, with a little help from parents, are optimism and resilience. Optimism is a positive outlook and hopefulness; resilience is the capacity to effectively bounce back from challenges. These traits are key components of happiness. The good news is that happiness is a skill that you can teach your children.

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My Child Has Trouble Connecting: How Can I Help?

For parents of children with ADHD or Autism Tue, Feb 27, 2018 . 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM EST Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the foundations of your child’s social life, but parents often struggle to strengthen these capacities in children. During this live, online class you will gain practical skills that will help your child …

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Potty Training: Are WE Ready?

By Amy Kostak, CFLE.

Virtually all books about potty training emphasize that toddlers have observable signals of readiness. One facet of readiness – which is usually overlooked – is the development of a cooperative parent-child relationship.
Potty training may seem like it’s just about your child, but it’s equally about you.

Before you begin the toilet training process, ask yourself three questions:

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How to Stay Calm When Your Child Is Stressed Out

By Brynn Rosadino.

Are you ever overwhelmed by your child’s challenging behaviors?
Do you struggle to stay calm as your child escalates?

If you said yes to either of those questions, you are not alone.

Human beings are built to reflect each other’s emotions. When our children display intense feelings and behaviors, our brains naturally mirror those emotions. We start to feel stressed, angry, fearful, or overwhelmed just like our children.

When a child escalates, it is important to remain a calm center for that child. Though it may not always come naturally, we can learn strategies and coping mechanisms to help during these stressful times. 

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Connect with Teens: 5 Steps to Better Communication

By Amy Kostak, CFLE-P.

The teenage years are crucial to a person’s healthy development, but they can be daunting to parents. While teens are seeking more independence, parents are grasping for connection. This disconnect can result in a lot of frustration. Luckily, we have some strategies that parents can use to improve their relationships with their teens.

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Blending Traditions: 5 Steps to a Peaceful Holiday with Your Blended Family

By Brynn Rosadino.

With the holiday season approaching, stress tends to be at an all-time high. Handling this stress alone can be difficult enough. But when you add the new dynamics of your blended family, the holidays can seem downright impossible.

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5 Positive Ways to Discipline Your Kids

By Ashley Maturo.

As a parent, you know how frustrating it feels when you can’t get your kids to stop misbehaving. No matter how many times you have tried to get them to settle down, they just don’t seem to want to listen. Punishment may seem like the easier solution but there are other, more positive ways a parent can get their child to cooperate that don’t involve the timeout chair. And you may have already noticed – punishment doesn’t improve behavior in the long run.

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Sibling Jealousy: 3 Ways to Help Older Siblings Connect with the New Baby

sibling rivalryBy Amy Kostak, CFLE-P.

Your older child was so excited about the new baby. But, now that your baby has arrived, he is uncooperative and sometimes acts like a baby, himself. Meanwhile, you’re trying to control your youngest as she starts to throw tantrums and learns the word “no.”

This scenario is all too common, but there are simple tools you can use to increase your children’s compliance and decrease your stress.

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My Child Has Trouble Connecting: How Can I Help?

PRESENTER: Aaron Weintraub, MS  Does your child have trouble connecting with others? Are you unsure about how to help? Thu, Nov 16, 2017 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EST Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the foundations of your child’s social life. Parents often struggle to strengthen these capacities in children. During this live, online class you will …

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