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Kids Nowadays: From Entitled to Grateful - Preschoolers, Part 2

Teaching children is not an easy task. It takes repetition, being fully present in the moment and willingness to invest the time in each child's unique growth and learning. Teaching gratitude to pre-schoolers, who by nature tend to be "self-centered, " is more complicated and takes way more than merely teaching habitual "thank you." Despite being complex and challenging, it is vital for children to learn and practice acts of gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion which has been positively linked to human well-being. The studies have shown gratitude helps decrease anxiety, depression, improves sleep, builds empathy and helps with the overall school performance. As a positive emotion, the benefits of gratitude continue to be recognized and researched in the field...

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Kids Nowadays: From Entitled to Grateful, Part 1

"I can't get over how entitled kids are nowadays. They don't seem to appreciate anything, " I am sure if you have not said this yourself, you must have heard someone else say it before. Parenting and raising emotionally resilient and grateful children are more of a challenge today than ever before.   

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What does brushing your teeth and gratitude have in common?

In early 1900 very few Americans brushed their teeth.   "When the government started drafting men for World War 1, so many recruits had rotting teeth that officials said poor dental hygiene was a national security risk. " (The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg).  While toothpaste was available at the time, it was rarely purchased as hardly anyone was brushing their teeth.  At the same time, with the national economic growth, there was increased exposure and consumption of processed, sugary foods. Claude Hopkins, one of the most prominent advertisers at that time, turned Pepsodent "into one of the best-known products on earth, and in the process, helped create a toothbrushing habit that moved across America with startling speed."    How?  He created a...

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3 ways to Practice Self-Love starting NOW

Life is messy for all of us...whether you struggle with health issues, financial, parenting, finding the right partner, being a caregiver for an elderly parent or someone with a disability, family strife.... whatever it is, often we may find ourselves in the state of overwhelm and feeling lost. It gets lonely and we feel isolated. 

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