Posts Tagged: Social Skills and Peer Relationships

What Is the Origin of Bullying and How to Handle It

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The word bully has become a big topic in recent years and there is a lot of different information on how to handle it. With increasing technology and the school environment, children deal with more opportunities for bullying every day. Bullying can start from several different places. If a child is experiencing aggression at home, […]

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5 Social Skills that Every Kid Needs to Master Part II

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Blog Social Skills are crucial to success. Without social skills, none of us would make it very far in life. In my last blog, I touched on the first skill: Initiating Conversation and Listening Attentively. In this blog, I will tackle the next two skills from my list: Managing One’s Emotions and Sharing/Compromising. #2: Managing […]

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5 Social Skills that Every Kid Needs to Master Part I

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We are living in an increasingly digital world. As a result, social skills that were so easily developed 20 years ago are becoming less and less natural to our children. Rather than going around the neighborhood to see who wants to play, kids are meeting up online to play Fortnite or some other videogame. Rather […]

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How to Encourage Social Skills with your Children

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The phrase “social skills” is how we describe interactions in relationships that can be verbal or nonverbal behaviors that communicate our thoughts and feelings. Verbal expressions can be a statement by the child of “I don’t care” or constant talking about a subject without asking the listener their opinion. Nonverbal expressions can be little eye […]

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Bullying in Middle School

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We often hear this word being thrown around but what is bullying really? Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may […]

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Why Your Kids Should Be Allowed To Tell You No Sometimes

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One of the skills I end up having to teach almost all the kids I work with, no matter their presenting problem, is assertiveness. An anxious child may be too afraid to express how they feel and be passive in uncomfortable situations. A child with big emotions may also feel afraid to express how they […]

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How to be a Good Friend

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Friends are important. Especially when you are in your pre-teenage and teenage years friendships can become a vital social connection and place to safety figure out who you want to become. Listen and empathize—Ask about what is going on in the other person’s life and listen when they share. It’s important to try and empathize […]

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Back to School Blues

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It’s that time of year! School is back in session! Excited students shuffle down the hallway in new shoes, hands gripping the straps of their new backpacks. School supplies are new and crisp, waiting to be put to use by busy teachers and studious pupils. Sports teams are starting back up and athletes are more […]

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