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Is My Child Being Bullied Or Teased?

As a parent or grandparent, you want to shield your child from danger, from physical pain and from emotional trauma. However, it is sometimes difficult to do. Whether or not your child is homeschooled, in school, or on the internet, they can be subjected to bullying. But have you ever wondered whether or not you are being overprotective? That, perhaps, the “bullying” is simply “child’s play” and your child is just being teased? Before we address this question, let us first define bullying. Bullying can take two forms - physical and psychological (which can include verbal harassment) (Shariff, 2007).... read more

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A Dog's Purpose (from a 6 year old)

 

The following was emailed to me from my friend Larry.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good... read more

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How Do I Know If My Child Has Low Self-Esteem?

 

Children will deal with a seemingly stressful situation in their own way, but low self-esteem is primarily experienced in situations in which the child feels they are sure to fail. At times, children will hide their lack of confidence entirely. In other situations, the children will indirectly voice their lack of confidence through comments, such as “I always do this wrong”, “I am so stupid”, or “I’m sure I am going to fail”.  As a parent, it may be difficult to discern if your child is simply frustrated or if it is a deeper, underlying... read more

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How Can I Help My Child Deal With A Bully?

As our previous blog post outlined, bullying can take a psychological or physical form. Bullying can include, but is not limited to, physical violence, name-calling, teasing, and threatening. If your child is being targeted, there are steps that you can take to help your child cope.

The first is a proactive approach. Before your child begins school, it is important to work with them to ensure that they have high self-esteem and self-confidence. This will make sure that they feel capable of standing up for themselves if a situation arises that involves them being bullied. Having open... read more

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Funny Things Kids Say About Love

 

Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some of the funniest quotes I found on the internet.

"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long." -- Glenn, age 7

"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life." -- John, age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful." -- Manuel, age 8

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard... read more

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Childhood Anxiety On The Rise

Childhood anxiety is undoubtedly on the rise, but it is unsettling to note that recent statistics have indicated that 5%-20% of children suffer from this condition (NDNR, 2008). But what exactly is anxiety? Medically speaking, anxiety is an internal mental state of concern, apprehension, and uneasiness. Young children may experience anxiety regarding a number of experiences, including toilet training, the first day of school, moving, or meeting a friend for the first time. A major contributor to childhood anxiety, however, is when the child’s life lacks structure, boundaries and is unscheduled (NDNR, 2008). Homeschooling offers an option. It allows... read more

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Sharing Christmas With Those In Need

With Christmas quickly approaching, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping and gift giving. However, this holiday season, we would really like to focus on some great ideas that can bring you and your child closer together.

Giving to those who are in need helps teach your child the importance of giving back. Donating to the food bank, visiting the elderly, or volunteering at a local shelter are all great ways to get involved. Or, make it a New Year’s resolution for you and your child to... read more

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Hip Homeschool Moms

Read my latest review from Hip Homeschool Moms! Two moms reviewed The Magic of Think and the Stone of Courage Activity/Audio Book.

http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2013/12/the-magic-of-think/

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Are Anxious Children At Risk Of Being Victimized?

According to researchers at the University of Victoria, depressed and anxious children in first and second grade were more likely to be victimized by third grade. On the other hand, aggressive first graders were susceptible to depression and anxiety by the third grade. 

Bonnie J. Leadbeater, a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria who led the study states, "Children's early mental health problems can set the stage for abuse by their peers. Just as some children learn to read with greater difficulty than others and require extra assistance when they begin to lag behind their peers,... read more

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Rockabye Butterfly

I just received a great review from Rockabye Butterfly! Check it out at:

http://www.rockabyebutterfly.com/2013/10/the-magic-of-think.html

The Magic of Think curriculum includes a Mentor's Guide, an Activity/Audio Book with songs, stories, games, lessons and activities based on social and emotional learning, and a 10 song music CD. These items can be purchased together or separately.

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How Can I Tell If My Child Is Stressed?

As parents, stress is often considered to be a part of life. With bills to be paid, a home life, social life, and a career, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, sometimes we forget that even though childhood seems carefree, there are many events that can place stress on a child. Pediatrician Michelle L. Bailey says that the first step in determining whether or not your child is stressed is by asking them directly. This will help you find what sparks the stress in the first place. For example:

·      What does the word “stress” mean... read more

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How To Dress For A Billionaire’s Gala

 

It’s my first time as a guest to a billionaire’s gala. Ah, the excitement, the thrill and the questions going through my mind! For instance, what should I wear? The dress code is “Black Tie with Miniature Medals.” What does this mean, you ask?

For an evening event such as this, a miniature medal is worn on the left side above your heart, according to the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Guide. The miniature is identical to your full-size medal but at three-quarter scale. If it is mounted with miniatures of your other decorations, arrange according... read more

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