Friday, September 17, 2010

Children and Self Esteem

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It's often been said that children learn what they live. So if you're looking for a place to start helping your child build positive self esteem and self value, then you should show them your positive sense of self and strong self esteem. Be positive when you speak about yourself and highlight your strengths. This will teach your child that it's okay to be proud of their talents, skills and abilities.

Your child also benefits greatly from honest and positive praise. Find something about them to praise each day. You could even give your child a task you know they can complete and then praise them for a job well done after they're finished. Show your child that positive acts merit positive praise.

When your child's feeling sad, angry or depressed, communicate openly, honestly and patiently with them. Listen to them without judging or criticizing. They may not fully understand why they feel the way they do, so the opportunity to communicate with you about it may be what's needed to help them sort through a difficult situation. Suggest positive behaviors and options as solutions, and make sure to leave that door of communication open so they know the next time they feel badly, they can come to you for help and know that you won't judge or punish them for how they're feeling.

Teach your child the importance of setting goals and developing a plan to meet that goal and complete that task. Small projects are the best to start off with in the beginning. Ensure that it's an appropriate task for your child, and not too complex. Don't only give praise at the end of the project, but praise their accomplishments during the project as well.

Most importantly, tell your child "I love you" each and every day - many times throughout the day, in fact. When they've behaved badly, remind yourself that it's not them you don't like, only their behavior. Tuck short, sweet notes in their lunchboxes or coat pockets, or even send them a card in the mail. Soon, they'll learn to say "I love you" just as easily and honestly in return.

-Taken from the Greeting Card Newsletter
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Average Person

UFO Sighting in Melbourne!Image by Podknox via Flickr
Let’s talk average for a bit.

· The average person lies about 4 timers per day.

· The average person says the word “Like” 90 times per day.

· 46% of men say they make the bed each day.

· Over half of all Americans ignore this common safety procedure, not washing produce.

· On average this item will be handled twenty times before it’s purchase. Greeting Card.

· 3 out of 4 people do this on their first day of vacation. Turn around to get something they forgot.

· This happens to the average person three times a month. Get your picture taken.

· 4 out of 10 Americans do this although it is dangerous. Eat raw cookie dough.

· About 33% of us have worn a price tag to work.

· This happens every three minutes somewhere on earth. A UFO sighting.

· The average person keeps one of these for 7 years. Couch or sofa.

· 34% of women do this everyday. Take a nap.

· According to one study, once you begin, the average argument lasts 25 minutes.

· 27% of adults have done this in their lives against their will. Take Piano lessons.

· 42% of people admit this will cause them to form a negative opinion about someone. Sweat stains.

· During your lifetime you will consume about 2.5 gallons of pool water.

· It takes the average woman 20 seconds to walk down an aisle in the grocery store.

· The average cost of a pregnancy is $7,539.

· The average Sumo Wrestler weighs 280 pounds.

· 82% of children have been dishonest with their parents about brushing their teeth.

Just a few little AVERAGE things I thought you might like to know.

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