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Top 5 parenting posts from our coaches and contributors
Parent from faith not fear
Like all loving parents, my instinctive desire to protect my kids is hardwired into my psychological DNA. Yet, I also know that unless we are willing to let our children risk failure, rejection and disappointment they can never build the courage, resilience and grit to thrive in the bigger journey of life. – Margie Warrell
Teach our kids how to understand the brain
Sometimes our brains can become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, sadness or anger, and when this happens, it’s confusing, – especially to children. So giving children ways to make sense of what’s happening in their brain is important. It’s also helpful for children to have a vocabulary for their emotional experiences that others can understand. – Dr Hazel Harrington
10 ways empathy will transform you child’s life
Empathy is a funny word that can be confusing to understand. At best many see empathy as being a wishy washy concept that has something to do with other people’s feelings. The Oxford Dictionary defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Given there are so many benefits for your child (and for you!), then I am sure you may be wondering what are some simple steps you can take to help your child to develop their connection to empathy. – Katrina Cavanough
Teach your kids to handle failure
As parents, we’re wired with an inbuilt desire to protect our children from the harder realities of life – whether the sting of rejection or the disappointment of failure. But left unchecked, that primal instinct to protect can keep up from equipping our kids with the skills to handle life better. Add to that our own un-mended childhood scars, and it only amplifies our desire to steer them away from situations where they might acquire their own. – Margie Warrell
8 ways to encourage a growth mindset in kids
Of all the topics I’ve written about over the years, how to foster a growth mindset in our children is probably the one that has generated the most positive feedback.
And this is the piece that has had the biggest impact on my parenting. – Sarah McKay