As human beings, we are often predisposed to pay increased attention when situations are not unfolding as we had hoped, rather than noticing when they are. Within the parenting space, this frequently translates into acknowledging and addressing children’s negative behaviors rather than offering feedback and praise when children are making positive choices. Unfortunately, when parents focus exclusively on addressing negative behaviors, this pattern can undermine the quality of the parent-child relationship while communicating to children that it is their missteps, rather than their successes, that warrant the attention of people in their lives.
Whether it’s a best friend moving across the country, the addition of a new sibling, or the switch to a new school, change will touch every child’s life. And according to multiple studies, how a child deals with early change can predict future success. Per the recent Education for All Global Monitoring Report, children who successfully cope with transitions in their early years - say, the transition to Kindergarten - are more likely to sail through transitions later on in life. That’s because feeling successful in an early transition can influence whether kids will approach the future with dread or self-assurance. Read on for tips on how to raise kids who can navigate life’s twists and turns with confidence and care.
As Albertans brace themselves for more tough economic times ahead, many parents are dealing with increased stress and anxiety relating to job security, job loss and family finances. Alongside mounting parental distress, however, come concerns about the mental health and emotional well-being of Alberta’s children.
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