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Friday, October 15, 2021

8 WAYS TO HELP KIDS DEVELOP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Check out these 8 Ways to Help Kids Develop a Positive Attitude

A positive outlook can be the key to success in life. Those who focus on the opportunities around them, rather than the frustrations or setbacks that may come their way, are more likely to become thriving adults. This article will provide you with 10 ways to turn a kid's eye toward the positive. As a parent, you can use the following tips to inspire kids to be happy and successful.


1. Help Them Give And Receive

One of the most powerful ways to foster a positive outlook is to teach children that they can always help others and that others can always help them. Children learn that every day by helping their parents, teachers and other family members in their daily lives. Helping others is not only a valuable life skill, but it's also good for social development. It teaches the ethics of sharing and working together for common goals, such as giving and sharing friendship, life lessons and material possessions. 


2. Encourage Their Interests

Encouraging a child's interests is another way to foster a positive outlook. Introduce them to books like animal books for kids, toys, games and other things that suit their unique likes and dislikes. You can also find positive role models to inspire your kids to pursue their interests. Ask relatives, friends, neighbors, teachers and other adults to share stories about their accomplishments—in school, sports, the arts or another area of interest. Encouraging your children's interests will foster a positive outlook and encourage them to get involved in activities that offer them excitement and joy.


3. Help Them Find The Silver Lining

Some days are just plain hard. When kids have a bad day, help them understand that everyone has their good days and bad days. Adopt the attitude that every day is an opportunity to improve yourself. Encouraging your children to take responsibility for their actions is an action-oriented approach to life. Help your children find the silver lining in every situation by occasionally reminding them of their accomplishments or giving praise when they make positive accomplishments. You can also still be encouraging when you're not feeling well by helping them think of the bright side of situations.


4. Be Positive

One of the most important things to do to encourage your children is to be optimistic about everything. Your kids will almost always pick up on your negativity if you are down in the dumps or angry most of the time. So encouraging them with positive comments will motivate them to be confident and happy when around others, making it easier to have a positive outlook.

 

5. Teach Them The Value Of Education

Kids need to learn the value of education because it will serve them throughout their lives if they decide to pursue higher education. Encourage your children to accomplish their schoolwork by setting a positive example. Be sure they understand that education is essential because it can lead to a better life and that their hard work will pay off in the long run. It is also a good idea to let them know that you will be proud of them no matter what they choose as a career.


6. Listen To Them

It is important to show them the same respect and attention you would give anyone else. Make sure children understand that you are interested in them as people, not their accomplishments. Listen to them, be there for them when they need you and tell them that they are important.


7. Teach Them To Be Self Reliant

Many kids fail to develop a positive outlook because they can't seem to achieve success without you or your resources. Therefore, it's important that you encourage them to achieve all of their goals on their own and that they continue to learn valuable lessons from failure. In most cases, their lack of initiative means that they weren't ready for the next step in life.


8. Be Realistic

Encourage your children to have a good outlook by being realistic about the things they want. For example, you do not want to encourage your child to have an unrealistic expectation that she can get her grades up overnight or that you will be able to take her on a five-star vacation that costs a lot of money if you can't. It's important to educate your kids on how realistic certain things are while encouraging them to try their best and work hard for what they want.


Always remember that it's not always easy to make your kids happy. It's also important to understand that many kids tend to focus on their problems and insecurities more than their strengths when they are young. However, with an optimistic outlook, it will be easier for them when they are older and will deal with any possible setbacks in life. Encouraging your children in everything early on will help them develop a positive outlook that can help them during their entire lives.

 

 

 


Guest Author Bio

I'm Andrea Gibbs Born, raised, and still living in New York. I'm a work-at-home mom with a background in business development, strategy, and social media marketing. I'm a blog contributor at Computer Kids Daycare in Belle Park, Texas to motivate and educate other parents about how they can get their children ahead of the game in school.




 










 

 





Thursday, October 7, 2021

HOW TO RAISE SMART AND SUCCESSFUL KIDS

The early childhood of your kids sets the foundation for their upcoming life. To raise intelligent and successful kids in the 21st century, you need to concentrate on their character building apart from their academics. But how do you begin with that? Well, here we are sharing 5 character skills that are most important to learn for your kids:
 
  1. Curiosity
Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”. Being curious is a virtue that starts all kinds of discoveries in the world. It makes your kids ask questions and seek reasons which in turn enhance their overall knowledge and intelligence. It also keeps them humble. To keep the curiosity alive in your kids, ask them various questions. Try to teach them something new every day and take them to new places.
  1. Social Awareness
The human being is a social animal. To co-exist with other people, we all need to learn social skills like communication, empathy, cooperation, etc. These traits help in your kid’s school performance and earn them good friends. Some kids are born with an outgoing personality. But no need to worry if your kids are somewhat reserved. You can raise social and smart kids by arranging more play dates and regularly taking them to social gatherings.
  1. Responsibility
First of all, they should learn to take their own responsibility. You can also call it being independent. This quality comes in handy when they leave home for higher education and live on their own. Sense of responsibility makes people successful in studies, work, and personal life as well. To make your kids smart, aware, and responsible, let them make some small decisions and teach them to be accountable for their actions.
  1. Self-control
Self-control and discipline prevent your kids from going in the wrong direction. They can make the right choices even in stressful situations. Although teaching a character skill like self-control to kids is an “easier said than done” job. Kids act without thinking. They scream and cry to get what they want. You need to be strict with them in such scenarios. However, you should also reward them later for resisting their temptation for positive reassurance.
  1. Open-mindedness
Open-mindedness is to think beyond your own opinion. Kids must realize early on that people all over the world think and behave differently. Open-mindedness is a quality that doesn’t let your kids assume and judge people in general. That means they can be free of any prejudice and can easily fit in any social circle globally wherever their life path takes them. Also, inculcate a growth mindset in your kids to make them unafraid of any challenge.
 
Parting Words
All these character skill lessons first come from parents to kids. Be patient and resilient in teaching these life lessons to raise a well-rounded, successful kid in all aspects of life. You can also enroll your kids in online new-age skills classes to enhance their creativity, communication skills, and growth mindset.
 
 
Guest Author Bio:
Samidha Raj works as part of the content marketing team at PlanetSpark, a platform that provides online classes to K8 learners on "New Age Skills" like English Communication, Public Speaking, Grammar, Creative Writing, Debating, etc. She is passionate about empowering the youth by educating parents about the importance of 21st-century skills. In her free time, you can find her watching documentaries or animated movies and organizing game nights (board games are her thing)!
 
 
 

 

Friday, July 2, 2021

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

 

G R A T I T U D E๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

As we go about our lives, we need to recognize that we each have the power to be the "medicine" for someone else.  We have the ability to inspire and motivate others through our work and our actions. We also each have a responsibility to live our best lives.๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’• 
 
God sometimes puts us right where we belong and places people in our path to motivate us and help us move in the right direction.

This is where my journey is taking me - to inspire, to motivate, to empower and to help change people's lives in health and wellness through mind, body & soul! It is okay if there are haters out there - this path is not for everybody and not everyone has to be a cheerleader, just don't be someone who depletes another person's energy.  I have learned that if I can help just one (1) person feel better or start them off on their own business journey, then I have already made a difference and that matters. ๐Ÿค—

Thank you to ALL of you who support me, trust me & allow me into your lives, computers, phones and FB feeds to give you value & and share information and inspiration with you ๐Ÿ’Ÿ every day. ๐Ÿค—

With that said, I would love to share this journey with YOU too, if you also want to change lives, help heal the world one drop at a time and inspire others, then feel free to reach out to me, DM, or comment below, so you can have a founding spot with me, I'll personally mentor you and get you the all tools you need to set you up for what's coming in JULY 2021 and beyond!๐ŸŽ‰ .... It will blow your mind in the health and wellness space!

Why wait? Message me and let's chat! It's time to start making a difference! ๐Ÿ‘‘ 
 
Repeat this affirmation after me: "Life is always saying 'yes' to me! I deserve more and am willing to give back in return! I am happy and grateful for all that I have in this moment and all that is yet to come!"

The day is coming when you'll smile and say: "This is the blessing I've been praying for." Thank you, The Universe/G-d/Source.  I AM GRATEFUL!
 
 
 
 





Wednesday, June 30, 2021

HOW TO CALM DOWN YOUR DOG DURING FIREWORKS

 

Do You Have a Dog? Remember that when the 4th of July rolls around, sometimes our pets can get very frightened at the loud
booming sounds of fireworks.

Whether it is fireworks, thunder or anything that might make your dog nervous or anxious, I can help you with #5 to help calm them down.

8 Tips How to Calm Your Dog Down during Fireworks? 
 
1. Walk them during the day or at least before the sunsets to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
2. Make sure to close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks. Maybe put on the radio if you can to drown out the outside noise.
3. Put the TV on to mask the firework sounds.
4. Put your dog in a quiet space where your dog can feel in control, whether it be their kennel (cage) or a bedroom.
5. Give your dog CBD. This can help calm down their anxiety and can help them get through a few hours a little more calmly.
6. Try, if possible, to stay close by and provide reassurance.
7. Try to distract your dog as much as possible.
8. Try to pet or massage your dog to make him/her feel more relaxed.

If you choose to give your dog CBD, try to do it at least 30 minutes to one hour BEFORE the fireworks are scheduled to begin. All you, have to do is add a few drops to your pet's food or water.  The CBD pet tincture is unscented and unflavored.

Remember that more dogs go missing after being scared by fireworks, than any other time.



To order CBD for your dog, visit: MY DOG NEEDS CBD.
 
 

Monday, June 28, 2021

KIDS AND SPORTS

KIDS & SPORTS - The keyword in playing a sport is PLAYING! The moment your child is no longer playing (watching from the sidelines, dugout, bench etc…) or not having fun…that is the time to re-evaluate why you even started! Not everyone joins a team sport to be a professional.  Sports should really help your kids get exercise, make friends, develop physical skills, learn all about teamwork and my favorite, improve their self-esteem!


When kids play team sports, it should offer not only some life lessons but it should (could) be an outlet for building lifelong friendships, releasing stress, getting in shape, respect, discipline, empathy, learning to win and lose and above-all, about loving who they are whether they win or lose…

Sometimes along that journey, if they are lucky and work hard, they grow into better athletes (but sometimes not and that's okay too!)

Did you know that "over 70% of youth athletes drop out of sports before they enter high school. The reasons according to the kids themselves: Too much pressure to win, poor coaching, being forced to “choose” and specialize in a single sport at too early of an age, too expensive for parents, team/club politics, etc." (Source: Kids Out and About.)


Regardless, being part of a team and playing a sport (whether recreational, travel, or in school,) should not be a task or a chore, unless of course, you and your child have decided that they are going to pursue sports professionally or at least in college, and then it becomes like a full-time job. Otherwise, playing sports should be about PLAYING and having fun, even when it’s difficult and it should be about learning to work together as a TEAM, making friendships, regardless of where they play at.

We should teach our children that making friends should not be based upon skill levels but human levels. Just because a kid is a great athlete, doesn’t make him/her a great person. Building and maintaining a friendship goes way beyond the field, court or ice…especially if they have friends who have decided to no longer play.

Not every kid is going to be a Messi, Simรณn Biles, Michael Jordan, Gretzky and so on. They can try along the way, but without the unnecessary pressure from parents. We can teach our children to be their best selves, but not while living out our dreams vicariously through them. It must be their passion and ultimately their choice, as they get older. (And of course, I am not referring to a 4 or 5-year old kid, who just started playing optimist soccer or baseball!)

Ultimately, we need to let our student athletes (and children in general,) learn, develop, have fun, and enjoy making memories and teach our kids to make friendships based on human connection, not who they play for or don't play for or if they are popular or not.  It has never been easy to find real and loyal friends but in today's world, it seems an even harder task.  

It is up to us as parents to set a good example and be there for our children unconditionally.

Some day, we will wake up and there will be no more games, meets, or events to go to, whether by their choice or by time.

 



Remember, that the GIFT OF LIFE is TIME!  Make the best of it. ~LR๐Ÿ˜Ž❤

Thursday, June 3, 2021

WHY THE RED STRING ON THE LEFT HAND?

You may have seen someone you know or maybe even yourself wearing a red string on the left hand.  If you wear one, chance are you know why.  If you don't know exactly what it means and why, this post is for you!  Some people like to wear a red or ruby string on their left hand as a kind of lucky charm. It is a custom used to protect one from the evil eye (a.k.a. "stink eye.")


The practice is prominently thought to be related with Kabbalah, (a mystical form of Judaism) and in strict types of Judaism, although many other cultures use it too, such as in: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Ancient Chinese legend and a few others.  In more recent years, it has become more mainstream. The red string can be worn as a display of confidence, luck, strength, and/or protection. While a few societies have somewhat varying views in regards to the red string, they are comparative in that they see the wearing of red string as a positive thing.
 
There are many cultures with this tradition but the one that resonates with me the most is the one used in Kabbalah.
 
In Kabbalah, the red string is worn on the left hand as a symbol of protection and is derived from the old Hebrew writings, when Rachel, the mother of Joseph, attempted to conceive for quite a long time without success for many years, until she finally had Joseph. She eventually died during labor with her second child, Benjamin.

Her biggest wish was to protect her child from evil, and because of this she is remembered as a sacred mother figure. Along these lines, a ceremonial custom was created in which a red string is tied around Rachel's burial chamber multiple times to inject it with the energy of security and good karma. "In the wake of opening up the string from Rachel's burial chamber, it is then cut into arm band estimated lengths and tied onto the wearer's left wrist while recounting a petition for security. It is accepted that the arm band will at that point protect one from evil." 
(Kabbalah .com)
 
Since not everyone can visit Rachel's burial chamber to fold the red string over, it became custom to take the red string and tie it onto the left hand while tying a knot 7 times while setting an intention. "Wearing the red string is not just a tool to keep us from getting the evil eye from the outside, but it is also a reminder for ourselves to not give evil eye to others." (Kabbalah .com)
 

But WHY the LEFT HAND? 
 
The advantage of wearing it on the left hand isn't on the grounds that it is better than the right side. From a Kabbalistic perspective, the left addresses the desire to receive
 
According to the chakras of the body, the "left arm is involved with the future or energy coming toward you and your physical body."  The energy from the left center determines what incoming energy you are able to connect with and use. "It literally chooses what you want to use to create your every moment and pulls energy up the arm so you have the necessary energies to create change..." By placing the red string on the left hand, you are, in a sense, protecting your energyThe color red addresses the desire to receive and the left addresses desire to receive in this way. 

So if you want to protect your energy, check out some of the red strings available:
 

 

 




Monday, May 31, 2021

15 WAYS TO FOSTER COMPASSION IN YOUR CHILD


According to Psychology Today, the ideal age for kids to learn about compassion 
is between five and seven years old. To ensure that your children can develop the necessary 
empathy, they must begin learning about kindness at a young age.
 
 
 

There are many ways you can teach your kids how to be compassionate, including guiding them  

with useful phrases like "I am sorry" and "I care." Children also need physical activities to develop 

their sense of empathy. 

 

These activities need to be interactive and have the child constantly contributing to 

the task.

 

 

Activities to Help Foster Compassion in Your Child


1. Art Projects

Many art activities can be created for kids during the learning process of empathy. 

One of these art projects is a finger painting picture called "The Circle of Compassion."

The circle generally has the child grouping together all the rainbow colors in one place--

that way, when you're coloring in, you're bringing the colors together. Bring a child into 

this project with you, help you color in the group of colors, and then tell them what the 

project is about.


This visual art project is a fun way to get children thinking about compassion. Showing 

this sort of imagery to children and explaining it is an excellent start toward developing 

understanding. The more they can connect with empathy, the more likely they will exhibit 

it in their daily actions.

 

 

2. Color By Numbers

Another productive way to teach children about compassion is to use a color-by-number 

book. It can be fun and encourage the child to think about what colors go well together. 

Some colors you may want the child to notice are blue, yellow, red, and orange. You can 

also find books showing how all the colors go together, which will help in encouraging 

your children to show compassion by using other colors.


3. Sculpting

Sculpting is another excellent art activity that can help teach kids about compassion. 

For example, you can use clay and let the child shape a picture of something that he or 

she knows or sees, like a bunch of people sitting together in peaceful harmony. It will 

give your child away to show compassion when he or she sees something similar.


4. Finger Painting

Another great way to encourage children to exhibit compassion is to get the whole family 

involved in finger painting together. It can be done with any homemade picture and is a 

great way to teach empathy to children.

 

 

5. Writing Letters

Another way to teach children about compassion is to have them write letters on how they 

feel for others. Explain that the letter should be from them but written for someone who 

needs someone to listen or help them out. It helps children see life from someone else's 

point of view, which allows them to understand what it means to be compassionate toward 

another person.


6. Singing

Singing is a great way to encourage your children to feel empathy for others. You can 

allow them to choose songs they want to sing and then help them understand what the 

song is about. If they're singing "I care," for example, discuss with them that they are 

showing compassion through the music. It will allow children to learn empathy in a fun 

and engaging way.


7. Games

Another effective way of teaching children about compassion is by playing games with 

them that teach them about it in an educational way. You can ask them to color a match 

or make up a new game that teaches compassion. To make sure that children learn the 

lesson about kindness, you'll need to explain it after playing the game.

 

 

8. Make A Movie or Book

To help your child learn what compassion is, you can have them read or watch a movie 

about it. It will allow children to connect with empathy in a fun way while also teaching 

them about how they can contribute to their community to help out those around them.


9. Writing Poetry

Another great way to teach children about compassion is through a poem. You can ask 

the child to write a short poem that leads him or her about compassion for others. They 

can also write a book of poetry that they enjoy while showing the child how it is similar 

to how they would feel if it were their brother or sister who was in trouble.


10. Talk To Children About Compassion

To help your children understand compassion, talk to them about it in everyday 

conversations. You can explain to them the concept of empathy and learn about it in a 

fun way. You can also teach them points of reference for compassion, such as their feelings 

for others and the times they have helped someone out. It helps children understand what 

compassion is and what they can do to be compassionate.

 

 

11. Tell Stories

Another effective way to teach empathy is by telling stories. You can use it to teach 

compassion and how people can help each other out. You can also encourage your 

children to write stories for you that they feel similar to charity. For example, children 

can write their version of "The Three Little Pigs" while showing them what the story 

is about. They can then explain to the child what they did to help the wolves in the story, 

which will make their reading lesson about compassion more enjoyable and valuable.


12. Talk About Needy People

Another powerful way to teach kids about compassion is to talk about different people 

who could use it. You can talk about children at school who may be feeling sad or lonely, 

or even talk about older people in the community who do not have many friends. When 

you speak to your child, ensure that you are always cheerful and kind in the conversation 

to show your child how they can treat others with compassion as well.


13. Have Children Write What They've Done For Others

Another effective way to teach children about compassion is to have them write down 

what they've done for others. For example, you can tell your child that they should write 

down what they did for a friend who felt sad or even asked them to mention what they 

did for a teacher when they felt angry. It will help children understand another person's 

point of view and how it could relate to their own, which will help them become more 

empathetic in the future as well.


14. Make Kindness Bracelets

Another great way to help teach children about compassion is by making them kindness 

bracelets. You can have your children make up a list of all the things they like to do for 

others and then tie them together with a bracelet. It will allow children to wear their kindness 

around their wrist in a fun way while also teaching them what being empathetic is all about. 


15. Make an Empathy Jar

Another powerful tool for teaching compassion to kids is by making an empathy jar. 

You can take a clear glass jar and write down a variety of different emotions on sticky 

notes. Then you place each letter on the inside of the jar representing how that person is 

feeling, which will help teach kids about different emotions. You can then explain to them 

why people feel those ways and teach them how they can be empathetic towards those 

feelings.

 

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to help your child become 

more empathetic. It will allow your child to understand better what being empathetic is all about, 

which will enable them to be more kind and compassionate in the future. With that being said, 

the above methods are just some of the many ways that you can teach your children about 

compassion. 

 

 

 

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