How do you teach your children self control?

The purpose of the blog is not only to send out helpful strategies and ideas for parents on ways to teach social and emotional skills, it is also to promote dialogue around those issues so that parents are contributing to this important conversation. To that end, please respond to the following question. Send your response …

A Truly Good Morning

I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, ‘This is gonna be a great day!’ –      Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire, 1996 Do you consider yourself a morning person? Are you someone who loves to get up bright and early and has energy and vocal cords that work by the break of …

Happy New Year!

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850 Confident Parents, Confident Kids wishes you a happy new year! We are spending this holiday season with family and friends but …

What Can I Do about Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body. –       Elizabeth Stone And this is the very reason why the events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have shaken us all to the core. Because it is our very exposed heart …

Wisdom from Mister Rogers – “Look for the Helpers”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are …

Sending my love to families in Newtown, Connecticut

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle Onassis My heart goes out to all in Newtown, Connecticut and particularly the families effected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I am sending out my candle of light to you in this time of darkness. No …

Holiday Marathon

This is it! Don’t get scared now! –          Kevin McCallister, Home Alone, 1990 This morning I woke up with nervous butterflies uncontrollably circling in my mid-section. I dreamt that I had entered a race but in the midst of many familiar faces, could not find anyone who knew the starting location with only a few …

On Edutopia

Thanks to Maurice Elias, Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, Author of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and Edutopia Blogger, Confident Parents, Confident Kids is featured today on Edutopia, the George Lucas Foundation’s website. Check out the blog article below and then, check out this excellent website with loads of valuable resources. Photo credit: aSIMULAtor via flickr …

On “What’s Hot” Radio Show

Confident Parents, Confident Kids was featured yesterday on the radio talk show What’s Hot on Cincinnati’s 55-KRC. The feature is ten minutes long. Skip the first five minutes to get right to it! Check out the podcast. //

A Grateful State of Mind

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. –          Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do sleep better at night. Psychologists have done research on gratefulness and found that it …

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