Parenting Gift: How to Teach Kids Gratefulness

 

 

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Teach The Gratitude Review to Your Child

 

The power of gratitude shapes positive thoughts. Upbeat thinking promotes a happier heart. If you’d like to raise an optimistic child, consider The Gratitude Review as a bedtime activity. It’s so easy.

The Simple Method for Increasing Gratitude:

At bedtime ask, “What happened today that you’re grateful for?”

Give your child time to think. Make sure it’s something that’s completely positive. If she says,

“I had fun playing soccer during recess but when it was over…”

The word ‘but’ tells you something unpleasant is about to follow. Help her practice finding pleasant events that started and ended with a satisfying experience.

This Bedtime Exchange Helps Parents and Children:

  1. Develop closeness.
  2. Discuss positive daily events.
  3. Share happy feelings.
  4. End the day on a joyful note.
  5. Sleep with happy memories.

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Parenting Solutions: Turning Pessimistic Kids into Positive Children

OPTIMISTIC KIDS LOOK FORWARD TO PLEASANT EVENTS. How can you instill this practice in your children? Each day ask your child to make a "Morning Forecast."

If your child smiles a lot, chances are she’s a positive thinker. But if she pouts, her gloomy face, down-turned lips, and sullen frowns reveal her darker thoughts. Can you help her change? Certainly!

In today's article, you’ll find 5 toxic thinking behaviors to overcome, 6 behaviors to promote in yourself, 7 positive activities to teach your kids, and a children’s poem to discuss with your youngsters.

As you can see, The Morning Forecast is so easy. The other activities are easy too. Why not find out more ways to promote positive attitudes in your loved ones? If you do, your child will be happier, make more friends, and be able to influence others in good ways. Your family will benefit too. What have you got to lose? Why not turn your moody kid into a happier person?

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Moody Kids Have Darker Thoughts

 

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The Positive Child: 18 Top Parenting Tips and Tools

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How Parents Raise Kids with Positive Mindsets - 5 Fun Activities

 

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Does Your Child
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PARENTING HAPPY CHILDREN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. Today we've created a new 4-minute YouTube Video with 5 powerful ways to teach your child positive thinking.  They include these simple fun activities. Share them with your children:

  1. The Morning Forecast
  2. The Gratitude Review 
  3. The Family Compliments
  4. The Smile Experiment
  5. The Bright Side Discussion

Why Is Raising a Positive Thinker Better than Raising a Negative Thinker?

  1. Positive children attract friendships. Negative kids repel them.
  2. Kids who are positive feel happier.
  3. Children with happy mindsets tend to look for positive solutions.
  4. Unhappy kids tend to pout and hold onto resentments.
  5. Positive kids encourage others.

I bet you can think of even more reasons to raise children with cheerful attitudes.

Now is a great time to introduce these parent/child activities. If you do, your child might make new friends and enjoy this school year more than ever.

Watch this video. Copy the transcript below it. Start using these parenting strategies today.

 

How Parents Raise Positive Kids – 5 Top Parenting Tips

 

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You CAN Raise a Positive Child!

 

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Parenting Honest Kids: 7 Top Benefits for Truthful Children

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Honest Discussions Help Kids Build
Character

 

WHEN PARENTS DISCUSS THE VALUE OF TRUTHFULNESS, youngsters understand why honesty is so important. Most children have told lies and already know that lying causes pain. As the parent, you can remind your child of 3 painful problems they may have experienced.

3 Dishonesty Problems:

  1. Being distrusted
  2. Feeling guilty
  3. Worrying about being caught

Ask your child, "Can you think of more problems that telling a lie can cause?"

Today’s gift shares 7 positive outcomes when children tell the truth. Use them for your parent/child discussions too.

Sample Questions to Ask Your Child:

  1. Can you remember a time when you told the truth and it felt good?
  2. Do friends trust you? Why?
  3. Why does a clean conscience help you sleep?
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Honest Kids Sleep Well

 

Your Parenting Gift:

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How Parents Raise Kids with a Healthy Conscience - 5 Discussions

 

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Help Your Kids Think about Honesty 
 

Discussing dilemmas is a powerful way to help kids to think about right and wrong. With dilemmas, your child has the chance to pretend someone else has the problem and come up with a solution.


In today's parenting gift, you'll find 5 child dilemmas to ask your child. 
His task is to think of answers that would help kids in the dilemma have a clean conscience. Listen well. Have fun with the problems by asking some questions of your own.

Here's an example:

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Bonding with Parent and Child Discussions

 

Your best friend lied to your friends about his dad being a millionaire. Most of the kids knew it wasn't true and are calling him a liar. Now he's embarrassed and doesn't want to face them.

  1. Will you remain his friend? Why?
  2. What's the best way for him to correct his lie?
  3. Why is being truthful the best policy?

Of course, you can ask whatever questions are best for your child. Remember, your goal is to help him think clearly and choose honesty.

Download your gift and add it to a 3-hole binder to use whenever you need it.

Pick it up at: How Parents Promote a Healthy Conscience by inserting the word: DILEMMAS

 

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Parenting Gift: 10 Honesty Mottos Help Kids' Self-Talk

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An Honesty Mindset Helps Children

 

CHILDREN, WHO ARE SCARED TO TELL THE TRUTH, MAY FEAR PUNISHMENT. The talk kids have in their heads can influence them to do right or wrong. When children tell lies, their self-talk may be defensive. For instance, they might say, “I don’t want my dad to be mad at me,” or “I’m afraid I’ll get punished.”

Complimenting kids for being honest may encourage them to be truthful. Consider using praise over criticism and punishment.

Another way to promote an 'honesty mindset' is with slogans that get repeated often.

Encourage your elementary-age child to pick a favorite slogan from our list to repeat often when he’s tempted to lie. Better yet, ask him to make up one of his own by asking, “What words might help you to choose honesty over lying?" 

In this parenting gift, you’ll receive 10 self-talk mottos, to start with, like:

“My heart feels best when my words are honest.”

“My truth is like gold when my honesty’s bold.”

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"I feel best when I'm honest."

 

Pick up these sayings and add them to your 3-hole binder to use when they’re needed.

Go to Honesty Mottos and insert the Code Word: MOTTOS

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Empathy Training for Kids - 8 Simple Parenting Discussions

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Kids Understand Feelings When Parents Help


THIS PARENTING GIFT HELPS CHILDREN EXPERIENCE EMPATHY. It includes 8 discussion questions for building character through friendly chats.

Consider discussing a new question once each week because it will give your child time to reflect and practice caring skills. Dinners, car rides, and bedtimes are perfect for these discussions. Use words like:

1. Would you explain a little more? 

2. I like how you think.

3. How did you come to think that way?

4. Do you have any examples?

5. How do your thoughts match your actions? 

Don’t lecture your child on what to think. Rather, find out what he thinks and why. Accept his ideas without arguing. You can add your thoughts later by also answering the questions in today's gift.

Remember, if you force your ideas, your child may get stubborn and rebel against them.

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Friendly Chats Help Kids Care about Others

 

Pick up 8 Discussion Questions: 

Insert the code word EMPATHY at KidsDiscuss.com and start building character today. 

Imagine your feelings when your child cares about others and treats them with respect. You'll know you're parenting well and that your discussions are powerful.

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Parenting Tips - Caring Kids Learn Charismatic Skills

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Parents Can Teach Kids Social Skills

CHILDREN  WITH SOCIAL SKILLS AND CHARISMA AREN'T BORN THAT WAY. To be charismatic takes charm and you can teach it.

We're not talking about popularity, manipulation, or vanity. We're talking about the true inner charm that cares about others. It will help them grow socially too.

If you model charm to your children, they can learn it from you. There are 3 things all people want that come under the Umbrella of Attention. Give those to others and you'll have charisma.

Use Sincere Eyes, Smiles, and Words with:

  1. Approval by looking for the good in your children and telling them what you see.
  2. Appreciation for the good things they do. "Thank you for..." or "I like the fact that you..."
  3. Affection using a touch, hug, pat on the back, kind word, kiss, or whatever is appropriate.

This is called the Triple A Formula. It is the best way to give what your child and others crave and that is, Attention.

Be a great listener. Hear what your children are saying. See how they're acting. Then try to understand how they're thinking and feeling.

Don't tell. Ask.

"How are you feeling?" Again be a great listener and repeat in your own words what they said. Here's why:

Charismatic listeners help others feel a real connection with them.

You want that with others and, especially, with your children.

Use these 3 tips, Approval, Appreciation, and Affection, as you ask your children the 6 parenting discussion topics in the following YouTube video. They will help your children develop the social skills they need to become the charismatic leaders of tomorrow.

Click on Socially Smart Kids - 6 Parenting Discussions with Children

 

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Charismatic Children Lead with Caring

Feel free to copy the discussion topics from the transcript below the video. Please leave me a comment too. I would love to hear from you.

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The Emotional Child - How Parents Help Kids' Feelings

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           How Parents Help Kids with
          Out-of-Control Feelings
 

DEPRESSED CHILDREN, ANGRY CHILDREN, FEARFUL CHILDREN OR ANY OVER-EMOTIONAL CHILD CAN BE HELPED. Today we'll offer a simple parenting technique you can teach. 

This method uses your child’s imagination to handle out-of-control emotions.

First your over-sensitive child draws his very own emotion meter. Then he closes his eyes and visualizes moving the needle from poor (out-of-control) to fair, to good, and then excellent.

It’s fine if he doesn’t reach excellent because “good” emotions are good enough. The emotion meter can help children who are sad, angry, guilty, or anxious. Upset parents can use it for their own feelings too. 

Watch this short slideshow presentation (only 12 slides) and copy the easy instructions below the slides. Then share it with your child when he is in a good mood. Practice it with him several times.

Ask him to let you know when he used it by himself to calm his emotions and feel better.

Remember to use it on yourself too and you'll never have to feel stuck in a bad mood.

Click on The Emotional Child and get started.

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How Kids Think Smart When Parents Help

 

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Parents CAN Guide Their Child's Intelligence

GETTING KIDS TO THINK CLEARLY CAN BE LEARNED. Making mistakes can be positive. Self-talk can motivate. But how?

Today's brief slide share presentation offers parents 6 big ideas with18 ways to encourage children to appreciate their powerful brains and use them well.

Why not have fun helping your child use her brain effectively? Asking the right kind of questions will get her thinking. You'll find out how she solves problems. From there you'll able to correct thinking difficulties and help her appreciate her brain power.

Getting kids to exercise their brains is easier than you think. When you listen well to their answers and praise their good ideas, your youngsters will grow.

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You CAN Boost His Intelligence

 

Feel free to copy the script below the slide presentation. Add it to your binder and use it when needed.

6 Powerful Parenting Tips - Smart Attitudes, Questions, and Slogans

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