Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:53

Self-Control

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Self-Control is the ability to recognize feelings, thoughts and impulses, and act on them in appropriate and healthy ways. It is the ability to act the right way at the right time. Self-Control can be one of the most difficult skills for children (and adults) to master. It takes time and practice. Below you will find resources you can use at home to better understand self-control, and help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Self-Control: What it Means for Kids

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/common-challenges/self-control/self-control-what-it-means-for-kids?_ul=1*16p48gl*domain_userid*YW1wLXpEV0k3LWdBRFNUamZKcFJjTmRnUlE.

Helping Your Grade School Child Gain Self-Control

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/common-challenges/self-control/helping-your-grade-school-child-gain-self-control

Activities:

Games that Teach Self-Control

https://www.familyhconline.com/teach-children-self-control/

Breathing Exercises

https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids

Managing Anger

https://copingskillsforkids.com/managing-anger

Videos:

Just Breathe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVA2N6tX2cg

Sesame Street: Self-Control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0YDE8_jsHk

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Teaching Self-Control to Teens

https://www.boystown.org/parenting/article/Pages/teaching-self-control-to-teens.aspx

Helping your High School Child Gain Self-Control

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/common-challenges/self-control/helping-your-high-school-child-gain-self-control

Activities:

Breathing Exercises

https://www.6seconds.org/2018/08/12/three-breaths-for-lowering-your-cortisol-level/

Videos:

Helping Teens Learn Self-Control

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sLWG8oseao

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:50

Organizational Skills

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Organizational Skills are the skills a person needs to help them use their time, energy and mental capacity wisely. Organizational skills allow us to stay focused on different tasks, and help us to achieve our goals. Organizational skills are important to helping students be successful, but often do not come easily. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Help Your Child get Organized

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/child-organized.html

10 Tips for Helping Students with AHDH get Organized

https://www.verywellmind.com/adhd-and-organization-at-school-20810

Activities:

5 Games to Help Kids Learn How to Organize

https://sabrinasorganizing.com/5-games-to-help-kids-understand-how-to-organize/

5 Family Activities to Improve Organizational Skills

https://learningworksforkids.com/2013/09/5-fun-activities-to-improve-organization-skills/

Videos:

Bernstein Bears and the Messy Room

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMEcMMOVBKE&list=PLG5r6Le1OQyaPSETGuZKNmlfm_L31Kibb&index=2&t=0s

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

How to Help your High School Student get Organized

https://www.verywellfamily.com/help-high-school-student-get-organized-3545335

How to Teach your High Schooler Organizational Skills

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/teaching-organizational-skills/at-a-glance-7-ways-to-teach-your-high-schooler-organization-skills

Activities:

Tools and Tips to get Your Teen Organized

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/teaching-organizational-skills/tools-and-tips-to-help-your-teen-get-organized

Apps that Help with Organization

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/special-needs/are-there-apps-that-can-help-my-teen-with-organization-and-routines

Videos:

Planning and Organizing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AKAuRby7n8

How to be Organized for School, College, or Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88MjoZalHpM

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:50

Prioritization

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Prioritization is managing time well. When we prioritize effectively, we understand the importance of doing the things we NEED to do before the things we WANT to do. Prioritizing includes working hard, staying on task, and saying no to things we don’t have time for. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Teaching Your Kids Time Management

https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-teach-your-kids-time-management-skills-4126588

Teach Kids to Prioritize will Make Their Life Easier 

https://www.moms.com/teaching-kids-to-prioritize-why/

Activities:

6 Easy Ways to Teach Time Management

https://flintobox.com/blog/child-development/teach-kids-time-management-skills

Top Time Management Apps

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/top-time-management-apps

Videos:

Put First Things First

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mNpceWM4js

Pokey and the Spelling Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5lq5wTafhw

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Help Children and Teens Learn to Prioritize their Lives

https://www.supportforstudentsgrowthcenter.com/help-children-teens-learn-prioritize-lives/

How to Teach Time Management Skills to Teens

https://www.verywellfamily.com/teaching-time-management-skills-to-teens-2608794

Activities:

7 Time Management Techniques for Teens

https://student-tutor.com/blog/time-management-techniques-for-teens/

Videos:

The Jar of Life-Put Important Things First 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0hqBIugr7I

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:50

Goal Setting

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Goal Setting is the process of thinking about what you want to happen in your life, and making a plan for how to make it a reality. When we set goals for ourselves, we have a clear vision in mind and make a specific plan for how it can happen. Research has shown that SMART goals are important. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. Setting SMART goals can help students achieve their dreams, and be in control of their future. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child.

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

7 Steps for Teaching Kids how to Set Goals

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-teach-kids-perseverance-goal-setting/

Successful Goal Setting for Kids

https://www.melbournechildpsychology.com.au/blog/successful-goal-setting-for-children/

Activities:

7 Fun Goal Setting Activities

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/5-fun-goal-setting-activities-children

Goal Setting Activities

https://kidengage.com/blog/2019/01/fun-and-engaging-goal-setting-activities-for-children/

SMART Goal Worksheet

https://www.timvandevall.com/wp-content/uploads/smart-goals-template.pdf

Videos:

Goals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGd0gq5Fgjc

How to Write a SMART Goal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4IU-y9-J8Q

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Golden Rules for Goal Setting

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm

Goal Setting for Teens

https://www.teensmartgoals.com/goal-setting-for-teens

Activities:

Goal Setting for High School Students (activities)

https://positivepsychology.com/goal-setting-students-kids/

SMART Goal Worksheet

https://www.timvandevall.com/wp-content/uploads/smart-goals-template.pdf

Videos:

Achieve More by Setting SMART Goals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA53yhiOe04

A Guide to Great Goal Setting 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzj83QCMft8

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:50

Self-Efficacy

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Self-Efficacy refers to a person’s feelings, beliefs and perceptions regarding their ability to be successful at something. In short, self-efficacy is self-confidence. Self-Efficacy goes hand in hand with having a growth mindset. When a person has a growth mindset, they believe that their brain is constantly growing and evolving. They believe that with practice, motivation and hard work they can succeed. With self-efficacy, we have confidence in our abilities, and know that we are capable of growing, changing and doing better. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child.

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Self-Efficacy: How to Foster in Children 

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1964&language=English

How to Develop Self-Efficacy in Children

https://www.yourtherapysource.com/blog1/2018/05/21/how-to-help-develop-self-efficacy-in-children/

Activities:

25 Ways to Build a Childs Confidence

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/child-confidence

10 Activities to Build Confidence

https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/blog/10-activities-kids-help-build-confidence/

Videos:

Sesame Street Confidence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctNg0DgMa-o

Growth Mindset- The Truth About Your Brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8FX2sI3gU

Importance of Self Efficacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW5v6PQ5PEc

Sesame Street: Power of Yet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Building your Teens Self-Efficacy

https://www.mentalhelp.net/blogs/building-up-your-teen-s-self-efficacy-part-ii/

Self-Efficacy in Adolescents- A Helpful Guide

https://youaremom.com/parenting/self-efficacy-in-adolescents/

Activities:

6 Ways to Promote Self-Efficacy

https://edu.stemjobs.com/self-efficacy-yes-i-can/

Videos:

Importance of Self Efficacy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW5v6PQ5PEc

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:50

Grit

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Grit is the ability to show perseverance and passion for long-term goals. When you have grit, you have determination and motivation to keep going despite failures or difficulties. Having grit allows us to accomplish our goals, and to pick ourselves up and keep going when setbacks arise. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

How and Why to Teach Kids to Have Grit

https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-parents-can-teach-kids-grit-4126106

Grit: What it is, Why Kids Need it, How You can Foster it

https://afineparent.com/building-character/what-is-grit.html

How to Raise a Kid with Grit

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/social-skills-for-kids/power-defeat-how-to-raise-kid-grit.html

Activities:

9 Activities to Teach Grit

https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/activities-grit-resilience-children

Videos:

Kid President Pep talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o&list=PL4Fgbxj8w1xc_y2BN_TsL13y3RDSEUOhw&index=1

What does Grit Look Like?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNmvWd40TiI

Raising an Olympian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=420p7kb0Y78&list=PLwBheMYfFQzFku2oWqOPGCkecgb_wRUyK&index=2&t=7s

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

5 Plus Ways to Develop Grit

https://positivepsychology.com/5-ways-develop-grit-resilience/

Why Teens Should Start Developing Grit

https://yourteenmag.com/family-life/communication/grit-teenagers

Activities:

Character Lab

https://characterlab.org/playbooks/grit/

Videos:

GRIT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWctLEdIgi4

Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H14bBuluwB8

The Power of Grit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXE2mwZfmIc

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:49

Resilience

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Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from a problem or a setback. It is the ability to “bounce back.” When we are resilient, we are able to mentally and emotionally cope with difficult situations in a healthy and positive way. Resilience is the process of adapting well in stressful and even traumatic situations. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Kids

https://www.psycom.net/build-resilience-children/

Building Resilience

https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/building-resilience#:~:text=Resilience%20is%20the%20ability%20to%20cope%20when%20things%20go%20wrong.&text=Giving%20things%20a%20go%20or,have%20been%20bent%20or%20stretched

Building Resilience in Kids: What it Means and How to do it

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/empowering-your-child/building-on-strengths/building-resilience-in-kids

Activities:

Building Resiliency in Children

https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-in-children/

Videos:

A Lesson on Resilience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKpBJjsZ7EE

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Building Your Resilience

https://www.apa.org/topics/resilience

What is Resilience?

https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-resilience-2795059

Building Resilience: The 7 C’s

https://parentandteen.com/building-resilience-in-teens/

Activities:

25 Resilience Activities and Worksheets for Students and Adults

https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-worksheets/

Videos:

What is Resilience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcbTmw1Y48I

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:48

Accountability

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Accountability 

Accountability is taking responsibility for our actions and outcomes. When we are accountable, we realize that all actions have consequences (both positive and negative) and we accept our role in those consequences. When a mistake is made, being accountable means doing what you can to fix the problem and make amends. When we are accountable for our actions, trusting relationships can be built with family, friends, and teachers. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

How to Help Kids Create a Culture of Personal Accountability

https://www.parent.com/how-to-help-kids-create-a-culture-of-personal-accountability/#:~:text=The%20best%20way%20to%20teach,be%20accountable%20for%20one's%20behavior.

Activities:

Games for Teaching Someone how to be Accountable

https://classroom.synonym.com/games-teaching-someone-accountable-12146054.html

Videos:

Accepting a Consequence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcMOfn4QJyQ

Rosa Learns to be Responsible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRIKMysO1gU

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

8 Ways to Instill Accountability in Teens

https://middleearthnj.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/8-ways-to-instill-accountability-in-teens/

How to Create a Culture of Accountability in your Home

https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/how-to-create-a-culture-of-accountability-in-your-home/

Activities:

Lessons on Accountability for Teens

https://healthfully.com/1006369-lessons-accountability-teens.html

Videos:

How to Develop Personal Accountability

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de2HlZpDQ-w&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 14:48

Decision Making

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Decision Making is an important life skill that children need to develop in order to become healthy and functioning adults. Children need to know how to make their own decisions and understand that every decision comes with a consequence, both positive and negative. Decision making should be taught as a deliberate process beginning with identifying the problem and thinking about what the desired outcome is. Decision making also includes; gathering information, brainstorming possible solutions, assessing the consequences to those solutions and picking the best choice. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child. 

Resources for Young Children:

Information:

Teach Your Child How to Make Choices

https://www.familyeducation.com/life/decision-making/teach-your-child-how-make-choices

Best Guide for Teaching Kids the Decision-Making Process Steps

https://www.kiddiematters.com/problem-solving-activity-free-printable/

Activities:

Fun Activities to Teach Children About Decision Making Skills

https://mom.com/kids/4887-fun-activities-teach-children-about-decision-making-skills

Decision Making Techniques for Children

https://www.familyeducation.com/life/decision-making/decision-making-techniques-children

Videos:

Innoventure Jr: Making Decisions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlmEfeC1DO4

Zen Den: How to Make Goo Choices- Mindfulness for Kids (Trailer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cxt_Ki4GSo

Resources for Adolescents:

Information:

Tips and Activities to Help Kids Develop Decision Making Skills

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/tips-and-activities-to-help-kids-develop-decision-making-skills/

Steps to Good Decision-Making Skills for Teens

https://www.verywellfamily.com/steps-to-good-decision-making-skills-for-teens-2609104

Activities:

5 Problem Solving Activities for the Classroom 

https://resilienteducator.com/classroom-resources/5-problem-solving-activities-for-the-classroom/

10 Ways to Teach Your Children to Make Wise Decisions 

https://www.allprodad.com/10-ways-teach-children-make-wise-decisions/

Videos:

Help Children Make Good Choices: Decision Making Skills (SODAS Method)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-SeO-aT2i8

Making Tough Choices with Kid President

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdsCUExLE-Y&t=233s

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