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Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters

Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters The statistics are alarming. The rates of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing among our youth. More kids report feelings of loneliness. Teens who spend more than three hours a day on an electronic device are 35% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor. Girls, in …

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Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

By age 10, many children already have social media accounts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, even though these sites require that users be 13 or older. If you’ve spent any time on social media, you know that it can have an influence on mental wellbeing–both positive and negative. While many of us …

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Recommended Reading for Enhancing Social Skills & Mindfulness in the Digital Age

People in the fitness industry like to say if you “don’t use it, you lose it.” We need to flex our muscles or we grow weak. It’s no different when it comes to our social skills. For kids this is especially true. They are only just beginning to develop the skills to interact with others …

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How to Lead the Way Toward More Civil Conversation

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Theresa I’m sure you’ve noticed—we appear to be mired in a polarized, poisonous conversational environment right now. Somewhere along the way, many of us have forgotten how to discuss our differences in a way that’s thoughtful and …

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How Unstructured Time Alone Fosters Communication Skills

Whether you want to become a stronger, more intuitive communicator or you’re trying to raise one, time spent alone and unplugged from the rest of the world can make a big difference. Here’s why: Time spent in solitude helps you develop more self-awareness. When you feel a strong sense of self-reliance and independence, that confidence comes through …

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Strike a Pose: A Simple Way Anyone Can Inspire Confidence

Welcome back to my monthly series on building self-confidence to enhance relationships and strengthen communication skills. Uncertainty holds many of us back from joining new groups of people, networking or reaching out to people we don’t know well. Whether you’re headed into a job interview, preparing for a presentation or getting ready to meet with …

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14 Ways to Raise a Skilled Communicator from Babyhood and Beyond

A survey conducted by Pew Research found that 90 percent of American parents believe that developing strong communication skills is one of the most important skills kids will need to learn in order to succeed in today’s world. Whether you have an infant or an older child, here’s how to make sure your budding connector …

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Is Teasing Bullying?

“Oh, honey, you know I’m just teasing you,” I said, smiling as I ruffled my then 6-year-old’s hair. He was miffed that I was gently ribbing him about the Dennis the Menace cowlick in the back of head and how we needed to go and get him a haircut. “Teasing isn’t allowed at school. It’s …

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5 Networking Mistakes Moms Make

Networking. For many of us, the word alone is jarring, like icy fingers crawling down the spine to unlock a nauseating flutter of butterflies into the stomach. As an introvert I know exactly how hard networking can be, which is one of the reasons why I wrote my book Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a …

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5 Questions to Ask Your Hyperconnected Kid

Kids are naturally impulsive. Part of the reason boils down to basic biology. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is in charge of planning, decision making and moderating social behavior doesn’t fully develop until we’re 25 years old. (That explains a few things, doesn’t it?!) Living in a plugged-in society, instant gratification is more the …

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