The Best of Confident Parents’ Halloween Posts…

The Hidden Treat of Halloween; Practicing Perspective-Taking

“There is more to the Halloween experience than just candy and frights. Children are encouraged to be someone or something else for one night a year. Halloween gives them a chance to think and feel from another perspective. The skill of perspective-taking is one that has been found to assist in problem-solving, communication, multi-cultural understanding, empathy and academic performance.

But how does perspective-taking relate to all of those aforementioned critical life skills? When do children begin learning to take another’s perspective? And how can parents encourage the development of these skills?”

Helping Our Children Deal with their Fears

“Understanding fear and how it impacts our children can help us be more responsive and empathetic parents. We can learn how to raise kids who are courageous. We can learn a lot from a study done at Virginia Tech with expert scholars who have had a 60-75% success rate in tackling severe child phobias.” Check out these simple steps that promote resilience and courage with kids in the midst of their fears.

Can You Figure Out these Illusions?

Check out this series of illusions and see if you can figure them out! Happy Halloween fun!

Fear — And the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Parent

Want to read a short scary story? This one’s for parents’ eyes only and it is indeed fiction (though it may be true to life!). Meet Janie and Mercury Jones and learn how their friendship helped them confront the ghosts of the past and by doing so, become better parents.

Halloween Cooperative Games – Online and In-person!

Yes, these have been tested in classroom after classroom and the results = laughter and giggles! Try out one or all of them this Halloween!

The Importance of Fear and Sensitivity; And Resisting the Threatening Allure of Zombies

How do we, as parents, develop a healthy relationship with fear so that we can model and practice courage and resilience with our children and teens? Check out these reflective questions to ask yourself!

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