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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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Creative Connection Tip: Host a Craft Party

How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out?  I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the …

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But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence

But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence The most difficult part of going to a social gathering where you won’t know anyone is managing the awkward small talk. That alone pushes most people to just stay home. But making face-to-face connections is an important way to …

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How Dining Out Builds Communication Skills

Eating out offers a communication skill-building opportunity for kids. Kids acting up in restaurants results in bad press from time to time, but don’t let that deter you. While it won’t necessarily be relaxing for you (that’s what date night is for, right?!), taking your children out to eat periodically is an enriching experience that helps them learn important communication …

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Socially Skilled? It’s not always a dog’s life

Believe it or not, we can learn a couple of things about improving our confidence from our animal friends, especially more social species like dogs. This is Dexter. Unlike many dogs I’ve owned, he won’t come running up to you  happily wagging his tail. He has social anxiety. He does one of two things when …

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4 Secrets of a Skilled Networker

I used to have a co-worker who had the uncanny ability to light up a room the minute she entered. There was a positive energy in her personality that attracted people to her like hungry birds to a winter feeder. Some people just seem to have an innate ability to connect with others, feeding their …

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A Series on Nurturing Communication Skills in Your Child

Teaching children how to engage in conversation is just as valuable a skill as basic manners. Without learning boundaries in conversation and the rules of engagement, a child can grow into an adult who frequently interrupts and dominates conversation with little concept of non-verbal cues or regard for others, or on the opposite end of …

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How Not to Get Spooked by Party Conversation

Photo courtesy digitalart. As someone who has done her fair share of moving around, I’ve had to learn how to approach people I don’t know to start making connections. Networking events used to give me heart palpitations and a stomach-twisting gut-ache. And, attending events where I didn’t know a soul was scarier than getting chased …

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