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  1. #121 The Power of Gratitude in Parenting — by Carla Naumburg 
    Carla describes how the realization of the value of gratitude started. Then she goes on to enumerate these five areas in which she finds it particularly valuable for her before giving us an excellent mnemonic to remind us to use gratitude in parenting (and everyday life for we non-parents).

    Five Ways Gratitude Can Make Parenting Easier

    Gratitude has become one of my go-to responses to difficult parenting situations, and not just during mundane or unpleasant tasks. Here are few other times:

    1. When I’m completely exhausted and just can’t deal.
    2. Whenever my girls get sick or injured, my thoughts start spinning.
    3. When I’m anxious about the future.
    4. When I can’t help but imagine the worst.
    5. When I’m distracted.
    The Power of Gratitude in Parenting — by Carla Naumburg

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  2. #122 How to Teach Your Kids about Their Inner Critic — by Hazel Harrison 
    Have you ever heard your child say something like: “I’m not good at this,” or “I’m so stupid,” or “It’s all my fault,” or even “I shouldn’t have even tried.” Perhaps some kids don’t say these things out loud, but maybe they refrain from doing certain activities or speaking up in school because they’ve already convinced themselves that they’re not good enough. Over time, these behaviors can grow into what we all have come to know as the inner critic.

    For kids, however, I like to refer to the inner critic as “The Critical Critter” to take some of the weight off. Exploring self-critical thoughts can often feel like heavy, exhausting work, so using a playful approach can help children bring a certain amount of lightness to balance out the heavy work of noticing unhelpful habits and challenging them or approaching them differently.

    The character of the inner critic as “Critter” helps children understand when they are being too hard on themselves and also the crucial lesson that thoughts are not facts. Just because we think we’re rubbish at something doesn’t make it true.
    How to Teach Your Kids about Their Inner Critic — by Hazel Harrison

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  3. #123 Kayla's 3D Rollercoaster — a video by Zena Levine Gay 
    This guy deserves a Father of the Year award! (if there was one...)

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  4. #124 Mindful Parenting: the Gift of No. — by Rebekah Tayebi 
    A scene I have often encountered in family work is a teenager asking permission for something from her parents.

    When they say, “No,” she responds with tears, threats, and emotional distancing.

    As I witness these interactions, I inevitably watch parents squirm in their seats. They begin to question themselves, and caving in becomes a menacing parenting impulse to manage. I’m on the edge of my seat at this point—will mom and dad hold the boundary?

    It’s undeniable: saying no is hard.
    But, why is saying no so hard?
    Mindful Parenting: the Gift of No. — by Rebekah Tayebi

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  5. #125 How to Encourage Independence in Your Daughters — Jennifer Landis 
    Raising independent young women in modern society is a mixed bag. You have the patriarchy, politics and body shaming on one hand and feminism, community and body positivity on the other, among other fun yin-yang considerations in a girl’s upbringing.

    Girls should be nice but not too nice, and feisty but not too feisty. Being a girl means walking a tightrope of contradictions. How “modern” is modern society, anyway, with that kind of thinking? A girl needs to walk her own path, and that’s tough to do — even today. Here’s how to encourage independence in your daughters.
    How to Encourage Independence in Your Daughters — Jennifer Landis

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  6. #126 12 Things to Teach Your Children Today to Build a Better Society Tomorrow — by Alice 
    If you’re a parent or plan to become one in the future, there are some things you have to keep in mind and teach your children since a young age.

    Why? Because if you raise a child who cares about society, perhaps this world will become a better place to live in. Teach your children real values to make sure they don’t spend their lives pursuing superficial and fake things.

    Here are some life lessons you have to teach your children today in order to help build a better society tomorrow.
    You might think these are simple bits of good advice but I thought they were worth thinking about. Here are the first two...

    1. Never take a good and honest person for granted. Like ever!

    2. Having a partner in your life doesn’t complete you
    12 Things to Teach Your Children Today to Build a Better Society Tomorrow — by Alice Yoon

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  7. #127 All You Need Is Love (And a Little Practice) — by Dr. Laura Markham 
    We all know that every child deserves unconditional love from his or her parents. So the question is, when we’re disappointed in our kids, when we’re angry at them, do we withdraw our love? Most parents would say “Of course not! They know I love them. I’m just mad right now! How will they know I’m serious if I don’t get angry?”

    But ask any kid, and they’ll tell you that when Mom or Dad is angry, the child fears he’s no longer loved. If this happens often enough, the child cooperates less and less, hardens her heart to the parent, and eventually looks to the peer group instead of the parents for love. Not what any of us want for our children.

    But parents are human. When kids act out, we often get angry! So how do we insure that our child still feels our unconditional love? The secret is managing our anger so we stay connected with our child while we set limits. When you think about it, that’s the only way to guide your child without punishing, because connection is what helps children WANT to cooperate.

    Not easy, right? But do-able. And it gets easier with practice. Here are your three strategies to stay connected while you set limits.
    All You Need Is Love (And a Little Practice) — by Dr. Laura Markham

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  8. #128 The One Thing we should all be Teaching our Children.— by Tela Kayne 
    Standard education ensures that my children learn everything the state thinks they should know—mostly reading, writing, and arithmetic.

    Even student-driven models of learning and homeschool education put a strong focus on academics and tangible applications of knowledge.

    I understand that, in today’s world, my kids need to graduate with a certain level of book-based intellect.

    But who is teaching them to be mindful?
    The One Thing we should all be Teaching our Children. — by Tela Kayne

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  9. #129 Raise your children to be happy, healthy and complete — by Ariane De Bonvoisin 
    Parents today are overwhelmed with demands on how to raise their kids. We want the very best for our kids. We want them to be smart, athletic, healthy, kind, happy, polite, disciplined, creative and more. We want to give them everything! And before everything, we focus on getting them into good schools so that they can have the best possible education.

    Kids on the other hand, are growing up bombarded by technology, needing to compete in every way, comparing themselves with others, trying to be perfect and please their parents, wanting to fit in. As a result, they are often anxious, stressed at a very young age, display behavioural issues, have little self esteem and are simply not happy.

    So, from the parents whose intention is so sincere, to the kids who are trying to keep up on all fronts, what needs to change? What is missing?

    We need to look at the whole experience of raising our children as a spiritual one, where having conscious kids go out in the world is more important than anything we can teach them. Here’s why raising them as conscious individuals is the best gift you can give to your children.
    Raise your children to be happy, healthy and complete — by Ariane De Bonvoisin

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  10. #130 How to Be a Strength-Based Parent — by Lea Waters 
    The power of strength-based parenting

    Psychologists have identified two broad categories of strengths: talents and character. Talents are performance-based and observable, including things like abilities in sports, music, art, IT, and problem solving. Character strengths are personality-based and internal, including things like grit, curiosity, courage, humor, and kindness.

    By learning how to shift your attention to your child’s strengths (the clean part of the window), you can override the negativity bias, clean the dirt, and prevent the problems from getting blown out of proportion—all while building up resilience and optimism in your children.
    How to Be a Strength-Based Parent — by Lea Waters

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