Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Teaching Kids Boundaries With Peers

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Teaching Kids Boundaries With Peers
Help your little one learn about personal space, negotiation and other social skills

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Watching your child play with her peers can be an eye-opening experience. Is she sharing with others? Respecting her peers’ boundaries? “Being able to keep good boundaries with peers is essential for developing healthy self-esteem and friendships,” says Raquel Lefebvre, Vermont-based licensed psychologist. Help your child foster healthy friendships by teaching her about appropriate boundaries with role playing and activities that will enrich her understanding of herself and her peers. Continue reading

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Children to Learn From Failure

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Teaching Children to Learn From Failure
Tips to help your little one deal with a set back

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Ever wonder why some children throw in the towel as soon as things get tough while others get right back on the horse and try again? The fear of failure can stifle one child’s progress while motivating another.

“Failure is an opportunity for a child to build their resilience muscles,” says Ingrid Kellaghan, founder of Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago. Learning to deal with failure, rejection and challenging situations shapes a child’s personality and opportunity for growth. As his parent, you have the power to teach him how to get back on the horse and continue to ride along on this important journey. Continue reading

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Teaching Children About Being Considerate

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Teaching Children About Being Considerate
How to help your little one learn compassion

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It’s tempting to scold your child for forgetting to say please or thank you, but many parents don’t realize that their children may not have learned considerate behaviors yet. If not, it’s time to give them the opportunity to show off their sweet and caring sides to family and friends. “Providing opportunities for children to learn considerate play are integral to kids learning these behaviors,” says Melody Brooke, family therapist in Richardson, Texas. By modeling considerate behavior and showing your child how to empathize with others, you will be molding his character for the future. Continue reading

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Teaching Children to be Good Listeners

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Teaching Children to be Good Listeners
Tips to help your little one pay attention to others

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Your little chatty Cathy probably shares every detail about her day with you on a regular basis. She talks about her friends, her toys, her wishes and her wants with excitement and enthusiasm. However, once the chatter stops, does she really listen to you and others? “Developing the ability to listen allows a child to learn not to see only their perspective on things, and to be open to connecting to others on a more intimate level,” says Melody Brooke, a family therapist in Richardson, Texas. Before children can really connect with others, it’s important that they are taught the skills to be good listeners – at home, at school and in social settings. Continue reading

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Teaching Kids About Feelings

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Teaching Kids About Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviors
Play ‘The Feelings Game’ and other ways to learn about emotions

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It’s natural for your child to act out when she doesn’t quite understand what she’s feeling. Her thoughts and feelings naturally contribute to her behavior — so teaching your child about her thoughts, feelings and behavior is key to her development and self-awareness. Continue reading

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