New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults. Making resolutions with your child can be a fun exercise that provides great insight into your child’s goals and dreams.
To start the conversation, consider discussing the things that your child has done well during the past year and build from there. What can your child do today that he or she was unable to do a year ago? Ask your child how he or she was able to achieve this success. Was it by putting in a little extra work or effort throughout the year?
Then, ask your child what he or she would like to be able to do a year from now. Help your child to formulate an action plan to show how to work toward accomplishing the resolution.
The holiday season can be a most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be a time of stress-induced, anxiety-filled moments. If you experience stress, you know how important it is to take a moment to breathe and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
We’ve rounded up seven tips for coping with holiday stress, to help you stay happy, healthy and energized:
You started planning and decorating for the December holidays way ahead of time. Your family remarks that you’ve been listening to holiday songs every evening for two weeks straight. Your enthusiasm for the season is apparent to everyone who knows you – and even to people who don’t.
However, how much do you know of the history and meaning behind the holidays? Test your knowledge by answering these trivia questions.
Your children are in the living room playing when you hear one exclaim, “That’s mine!” – followed by sounds of scuffling and then crying. It can be frustrating to continuously have to tell your children to share with one another, as well as with other children. But it’s worth the effort.
Sharing is a critical social skill that can help your child build relationships later in life. Being a role model and showing your child how to share is the best way for them to learn this important skill.
Teaching a child to be grateful can be one of the hardest concepts that you have to instill as a parent. Children are not born grateful; it’s something that they learn over time.
Learning gratitude allows children to become sensitive to other peoples’ feelings. A grateful child or young adult has empathy for people less fortunate and are able to put themselves in another person’s shoes.
Not only does teaching your child gratitude give him or her necessary life skills, but a 2003 study conducted by the University of California at Davis found that grateful people are happier and have lower levels of depression and stress.
Wondering how to teach a child to be grateful? The holiday season presents a great opportunity. Here are six ways to instill gratitude in your child during the holidays: