Tag: Social and Emotional Skills

New Family Guide – Helping Parents Promote School Success

Guest Post by Lori Thomas, Academic Development Institute At the Academic Development Institute’s School Community Network, we believe all parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them. However, as parents ourselves, we also understand that everyday life can get a little overwhelming, and we all need some help and encouragement along …

The Mindful Kids Peace Summit

On the anniversary of the Parkland school tragedy, tweens, teens, and the parents and educators who love them are speaking up and making a difference!  Join us for this free, online event – The Mindful Kids Peace Summit – February 11-15, bringing together over 50 expert speakers including Jennifer Miller of Confident Parents, Confident Kids …

On NBC Parent Toolkit… “Make Your Hopes for Your Kids Reality with Social and Emotional Skills”

Research partners, Shannon Wanless, Associate Director of Research in the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh and Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ Author Jennifer Miller share findings from their latest study on the direct alignment between our hopes for our children and our parenting with social and emotional skills on NBC’s Parent Toolkit. …

Essential Conversations to Prepare Children for Life

By Guest Author, Jenny Woo “What are the most life-defining pieces of wisdom and memories that I could leave with my children and be in peace knowing that I have prepared them for life?” I’ve been pondering over this question nonstop. With the sudden passing of yet another friend, I felt the looming urgency to …

Parents Using Coaching Strategies to Raise 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 while understanding their thoughts and feelings and how they impact their behavior choices. It can also give them valuable practice in problem-solving and responsible decision making. …

How Do You Teach Your Child To Be A Responsible Digital Citizen?

by Guest Writer, Ruth Dearing If only I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked this question! It’s a big question most parents have, and unfortunately, there is no simple answer. There are lots of factors to take into consideration that work together to help a child become a responsible digital citizen, and …

Appreciating Our Child’s Influencers – Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Teachers, Coaches

What would our family life be like without teachers, coaches, and loving relatives? Whether we refer to other caring adults in our child’s life as our village or not, he or she has a community of adults who act as influencers. These individuals are either unpaid or underpaid for the critical roles they play in …

Learning from “Building Powerful Learning Environments From Schools to Communities”

All parties – schools, families, and community members – share the responsibility for building trust. But those who hold the official power within schools and classrooms have to set the tone and lead by example. -Arina Bokas, Building Powerful Learning Environments From Schools to Communities In both roles – as a parent and as an …

On NBC’s Parent Toolkit… “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice… Here’s What To Say To Your Kids”

It’s difficult to hear the phrase “Say something nice” without finishing the sentence, “or don’t say anything at all.” I caught myself muttering these words recently as I watched a scene unfold from the cover of my porch. Two kids, around 10 or 11 years old, were walking past on the sidewalk while my neighbor …

“The Power of Play” – NBC Parent Toolkit Twitter Chat Coming Soon!

Did you know that play is an essential part of how kids develop social and emotional skills? Find out how and what you can do to support it. Mark your calendar! Let’s talk about “The Power of Play!” I’ll be discussing the impact of play on kids’ cognitive, social and emotional development and my colleague, …