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  1. #151 How to Love Being with Your Kids? Dive Deeper. — by Dr. Laura Markham 
    We’re on the home stretch of our Spring-Cleaning for Your Psyche series, in which we’ve focused on taming our inner critics and becoming more mindful. Why does this matter to our children? We all know that the negative voice in our heads makes us worse parents. Learning how to manage our minds and moods helps us respond in a way that calms, rather than escalates, any situation with our child.

    True, our kid may still behave badly. But now we have a choice about how to react. Your Child’s Action + Your Reaction = the Outcome, which is the kind of child you’re raising.

    The good news is that we can all learn ways to tame our inner critics and make our minds easier to live with. We’ve been talking about those strategies for the past few weeks.

    The even better news is that there are ways to give our minds mini-vacations. Even a small amount of time with a quiet mind replenishes us, like water when we suddenly realize we’re parched. Our intuitive natures take over, allowing us to make wiser, more compassionate decisions. Scientists say that even a small daily break from our conscious minds can create physiological changes, enhancing our functioning and happiness all day long.

    Today’s strategy is Bypass your Inner Critic by Diving Deeper.
    How to Love Being with Your Kids? Dive Deeper. — by Dr. Laura Markham

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  2. #152 How Parents’ Love Helps Kids Thrive — by Maryam Abdullah 
    That moment when your baby meets your reach to pick her up and molds to your body as you hold her. When your preschooler calls out to you, emphatically pointing at the crescent moon he discovered, and you join him in looking up at the night sky. Or when your fifth grader catches your proud gaze in the audience of other parents during her elementary school graduation ceremony.

    According to emotion scientist Barbara Fredrickson, these small moments are when love happens between parents and their children.

    Her research highlights that positive emotions like love, joy, and gratitude help us grow and become better versions of ourselves. While she used to think that all positive emotions were equally helpful, she has come to realize that love might be unique.

    She now calls out love as especially beneficial for our health and growth. Apart from slowing down aging, love broadens our awareness of others’ needs and increases our feelings of social connection and oneness with others. Children who have early loving relationships with their parents grow up to be more compassionate adults.

    We interviewed Fredrickson about how love grows between parents and their children and why it is important for children’s development.
    How Parents’ Love Helps Kids Thrive — by Maryam Abdullah

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  3. #153 Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you... — by Catherine M. W. 
    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” – Catherine M. Wallace

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  4. #154 Mindful Parenting: Give Yourself Space to Choose to Respond — by Mitch Abblett 
    Putting space between you and your reaction allows you to respond with kindness—both to your children, and to other parents.

    In any moment as parents, we can choose to react or let it go. I’ve witnessed moments of mindfulness when parents I was working with held their tongues instead of lashing out, and when colleagues lean in toward angry parents, and distasteful situations calling for avoidance.

    Growing up, it was that moment when my Assistant Scoutmaster gave up a Saturday afternoon to sit and watch blue-jays and finches flit about the branches in the woods behind my house, and with enthusiasm and presence helped me earn my coveted “bird study” merit badge. His setting aside of his own concerns to prize what looked to be valuable in me rippled forward in such a way that I wrote to him many years later to tell him about the impact his simple act of giving had on me. “I am now a clinical psychologist working with at-risk kids,” I told him. “And you taught me a lot about what it means to help a kid hang in with something that matters.”

    When we’re not stuck in autopilot patterns of doing and behaving, we can more readily give to others, which brings its own joy.
    Mindful Parenting: Give Yourself Space to Choose to Respond — by Mitch Abblett

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  5. #155 5 Parenting Tips to Raise Your Children for Success — by Jack Canfield 
    Success is no accident, it takes hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

    For parents, success is something that children should be encouraged to achieve. However, in order for children to be successful, they must first be given the tools and habits that they need to benefit from the advice and words of wisdom from their parents.

    Here are five parenting tips that will give you the guidance that you need to help your children be more successful in their current and future endeavors and it can improve your relationship with your child.
    Number 1 is to Set Goals. Here are the rest complete with discussions of each.

    5 Parenting Tips to Raise Your Children for Success
    — by Jack Canfield

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  6. #156 “Let Come to Me the Little Children.” — by Teacher Prolotheos 
    This is one of the 11:11 Progress Group Messages but it is so specific to parenting that I felt it should be included here.

    Teacher Prolotheos: “Being a child is a necessary and important period in the development of a human being. However, it is transitory. It is not meant to stay; if a person seems to indefinitely remain a child as the years pass, you know that something is wrong. The first and most important connection of a child when it comes into the world is with its parents. In fact, adulthood entitles human beings to bear children and that may become an important factor in the very parents’ own development towards maturity. Still, God-conscious parents know that a child is given to them, and that, before it being theirs, it is a child of God. To parents and to society were given the privilege of co-operating with God’s raising of a member of God’s family, the Kingdom of God. To do this well, parents and society must pay attention to three important characteristics of human beings while they are children:
    The three important characteristics discussed are:

    • Be Aware of Their Fragility
    • Be Aware of Their Naivety
    • Be Aware of Their Potentiality

    “Let Come to Me the Little Children.” — by Teacher Prolotheos

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