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Teach Your Child About the Use of Foul Language

July 21st, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Every child tests the boundaries of acceptable speech at one time or another while growing up. Most of us can remember experimenting with select words and being corrected and possibly punished for it. Is today any different? No. Kids are still using words that shock and dismay us. The only difference may be that they […]

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Teach Your Child the Importance of Appreciation

July 16th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

The word “appreciation” means really seeing something for what it is- an awareness of how special, how lucky, how unique, how blessed, how big, wonderful or awesome something is. Appreciation is a recognition not based on comparison, but based on the intrinsic value, character or immensity of a thing or state itself. Some people are […]

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Teach Your Child How to Be a Good Guest

May 5th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Children usually love to visit the homes of friends and family. Being in new surroundings and enjoying special activities and time spent together is exciting. That’s one reason why kids need to learn proper visiting etiquette – so they will be invited back! Being a good example is the most effective teaching tool, but taking […]

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Teach Your Child How to Be a Good Neighbor

April 9th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Being a good neighbor is very nearly a lost art! Teaching kids to deal with neighbors in a kind, friendly and safe way is still important, however. The world can be a lonely place. Having someone close by that will look out for you and that you can do the same for is becoming more […]

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Teach Your Child to Behave with a Babysitter

April 9th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Whether putting your child in the care of a babysitter is an occasional thing or an everyday occurrence, you will feel much better leaving him or her if you know they are behaving while you’re gone! Teaching your child to behave for the sitter will involve: Selecting the right caregiver Developing a good understanding and […]

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Teach Your Child About the Golden Rule

April 8th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Raising kind and thoughtful children does not happen by magic! Children are quite naturally self-centered and must be taught how to behave and how to deal with others. One of the most meaningful principles of good human interaction is the “Golden Rule”. This is not a religious principle, but there is a version of this […]

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How to Give and Receive a Compliment

April 7th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Giving and receiving compliments belongs to a class of social skills involving graciousness. Teaching your child how to give and receive a compliment will help them to appreciate others and to feel appreciated as well. Sincerity is the key to giving compliments. Voicing your favorable perception or reaction to someone or something is usually best […]

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Teach Your Child to Understand Talent

April 7th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

John Fleming and Jim Asplund in their book “Human Sigma” speak of talent this way: “When we talk about ‘talent’, we mean those natural tendencies that exist deep within us. These are the aspects of our personality or behavior most resistant to change.” Put like this, our natural talents are fixed- perhaps even given. Helping […]

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How to Teach Your Child About Motivation

March 26th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Motivation is that inner drive that inspires us to action- to make plans and follow through with them, based on specific elements of our self-concept. Getting positively motivated and staying that way engenders the energy behind positive action. We take for granted that motivation is an inborn trait and that some folks are motivated and […]

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Teach Your Child About Procrastination

March 26th, 2008 by Nick Ramsay

Procrastination is a fancy word for not doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done. We have all put things off and know first hand the damage procrastination can do. People procrastinate for many reasons. Not knowing where to start, how to break a job down into manageable parts, or how […]

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