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Helping Your Family Deal with Back to School Butterflies and On Thrive Global Today!

“Everyone has butterflies when they are starting something new. Just make sure you visualize them flying in formation and you’ll be fine.” – My Dad, David Smith from a Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course If you are a parent, you are likely… Read More

Confident Parents, Confident Kids Turns Five!

We’re celebrating five years of Confident Parents, Confident Kids! Help us celebrate by answering a few questions about your experience with this site so that we get your views on ways we can improve! It’s a short eight-question survey that shouldn’t take… Read More

Preparing Siblings for a New Baby

“I hope she cares when the baby is here because I keep telling her about it, and she doesn’t seem to react or connect with the fact that a baby in on the way.” “My son is super excited about the birth… Read More

Teaching Young Children About Anger

“That’s mine!” Sophie heard her daughter scream at her younger sibling from the next room. As Sophie turned her attention to the unfolding scene, she saw her upset child swipe a doll out of the hands of her sister and hit her… Read More

The Courageous Act of Making New Friends

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” – C.S. Lewis The need and desire to make new friends can arise in children’s lives anytime whether your child… Read More

Coaching – A Tool for Raising Confident Kids

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. – Roger Lewin Coaching can be a powerful way to help our children become more self-aware, understanding their thoughts and feelings and how they impact their behavior choices. It… Read More

Stop, Think, Go! Practicing Problem-Solving

If you have a problem, don’t muddle through. Here’s a simple rap about what to do. Stop, calm down before you act. You’ll think more clearly – that’s a fact. Say the problem and how you feel. Set a positive goal (and… Read More

Children’s Independence – Cultivating Competence

“How can the sun always be on fire? Where does the fire come from?” asks E, my five-year-old son. “I don’t know,” I say. “Good question.” “Papa Dave will know. He’s tall so he knows everything,” asserts E. At all ages and… Read More

Developing Family Guidelines for Fighting Fairly

How can you establish boundaries for arguing with family members? Don’t miss discussing and signing the pledge at the end of the article!  After some happy outdoor play, I heard my son E run straight up to his bedroom and slam the… Read More

Telling or “Tattle Telling”… Is There a Difference? – on NBC’s Parent Toolkit

A parent wrote to the Parent Toolkit team asking them about her challenge in understanding how best to support her five-year-old. This parent poses important questions about how to react to a young child “telling” on the mistakes of other children but… Read More