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    How to Build Confidence in Kids: Self-Esteem Activities for Kids & Teens

    Have you been wondering how to build confidence and positive self-esteem in your kids? There are lots of easy ways for parents and educators to help children boost their confidence. There are also plenty of self-esteem activities for kids and teens that are fun and engaging.   Building positive self-esteem and confidence is important to the child and teen development. It helps them become more emotionally resilient and cope better with stress and life challenges.  But, how can we build confidence in our kids? Self-esteem activities for kids can help us with this task. But, in order to identify the best way to help your child/teen (or student), it is important…

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    Yoga for Kids: Tips for Beginners, Books, Benefits and Other Resources

    Are you running out of ideas for fun, interesting and beneficial activities for kids? You may need to consider all the benefits of yoga for kids. If you are looking for some tips on how to start teaching yoga to your kids, recommendations of beautiful yoga books that will get them excited or just want to know a bit more about yoga benefits, this post is for you. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India. In the Eighties, it became very popular as a system of physical exercise in the Western world. Nowadays, it is widely recognized that its benefits go far beyond…

  • Special Needs

    A Sensory Gifts Christmas List: Super Cool Gift Ideas for Sensory Seekers and Avoiders

    Are you a Mom or a Dad to a kid with sensory processing issues? I´ve just started my “hunt” for Christmas gifts that can provide my son with a nice dose of sensory stimulation. So, if you are also looking for sensory gifts, keep on reading. It´s actually been quite fun. I´ve been pleasantly surprised to find quite a number of fun and cool gifts that may make it under our Christmas tree this year. I´ve prepared a long Sensory Gifts Christmas List with all the “runner-ups”. And I have also added a few of the presents that have been real “hits” for us in the past (just in case…

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    Anger Games: 14 Super Fun Ways to Learn Anger Management Skills

    Anger is a topic I´ve touched upon in several of my posts. I´ve shared with you a comprehensive review of the best tips for anger management with kids, a selection of anger management activities, and printables to help recognize the signs of anger. But, is there a better way to build coping skills and emotional self-regulation than through play? Anger games are a great way to turn a really serious topic into an enjoyable activity. So, let’s take a look at some anger management games for kids that we could include in our coping skills toolbox. In this post we´ll read: Why play is important when learning a new skill…

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    Autism & Head Banging: How to Prevent it / Minimize Harm

    Kids with autism or special needs may show a wide range of challenging behaviors such as property destruction, physical aggression towards others and, quite often too, self-injurious behavior. One of the most worrying self-injurious behaviors (SIB) for parents is head banging. Head banging, hitting the head with a fist, banging the head on the wall or floor are all different manifestations of the same behavior. For us parents it is an extremely overwhelming situation: fears of brain damage and for their general health and safety frustration over our inability at times to understand what is going on helplessness over our failed attempts to help them doubts about whether our actions…

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    Emotions Chart: How to Use a Feelings Thermometer Effectively

    Have you considered using an emotions chart or a feelings thermometer to teach your child about emotions? Being able to identify, label, express and manage feelings play a crucial role in children’s social and emotional development. Understanding how people feel, they are able to respond appropriately and engage in meaningful relationships. And when they are able to express their feelings, us parents can guide them or help them to solve problems or develop coping skills. Some kids find it difficult to identify, label or express feelings. And this is when tools like an emotions chart or a feelings thermometer become very useful allies in our parenting job. (Disclosure: We are…

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    Anger Management for Kids: How to Calm an Angry Kid

    Trying to turn your angry kid into a calm child? You may need some good tips on anger management for kids. Being a parent is never an easy task. And our parenting job gets even harder when kids struggle with challenging behavior, anger issues, lack of impulse control or underdeveloped coping skills. The underlying reasons may be varied, but there are a number of strategies that can help our children develop coping skills, improve behavior and appropriately express their anger. The advice I will be sharing on anger management for kids can be split into two big categories: Tips that focus on us, parents. Advice that will revolve around our…

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    Behavior Charts: How to Easily Track Behavior Like a Pro

    Toys flushed down the toilet. Books torn Dolls broken. Random tantrums. Have you ever been so desperate with your child´s behavior problems that you just had to look for professional help? I have. And I also felt a bit disappointed when my very detailed horror stories didn´t get us that non-existing magic recipe that would fix our behavior issues. Instead, I was sent home with some homework to do: behavior charts. And more specifically, I had to track behavior with an ABC chart. It´s been years since that first psychologist visit. And I have done lots of behavior tracking since then. Different behavior problems have arisen at different ages. I now…

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    Music Therapy for Autism: How to Improve 18 Valuable Skills

    My son´s special education unit has just added a new resource: music therapy for autism and special needs. I have to admit that music therapy had never made it to my short list of autism activities and resources. While it sounded like a cool activity, my son is extremely sensitive to noises. He has a love-hate relationship with loud musical instruments. He explains it like this: “They scare me and I love them at the same time”. As excited as I was about music therapy for autism, I immediately realized I was clueless about how it could help my son. So I got in touch with our music therapist, asked…

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    Happy First Day of School: How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues

    Are you already fearing the back-to-school blues? I am. This year, we escaped the southern hemisphere winter and travelled to sunny Spain to see family for the summer holidays. Can you imagine what it means to plunge back into winter without the mild months of autumn to help us ease into it? But, no matter how awful it feels to leave the holiday period behind, there are a number of things we can do to make sure our kids have a happy first day of school. So, let’s dive into my “happiness” back-to-school checklist and try to understand back-to-school blues a bit better. Post Index: -What do we call back-to-school…