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April 26th, 2010

I’m Not Invited To The Party

Picture this scenario. Your 12 year old daughter comes home from school, is hysterical, and between sobs announces she wasn’t invited to a party she desperately wants to attend. Or, imagine this situation. Your 9 year old son, who isn’t the best athlete in the world, is not invited to a sports birthday party. You’re not sure if he knows about it, but you’ve heard through the parent grapevine about the party.

In fact, between 10 and 13 percent of all children experience some form of social rejection. Parents can help significantly when a child or teen is faced with being left out. In the hypothetical case of the 12 year old girl who was excluded, first let her express her fears, disappointment, anger, and doubts. Don’t act judgmental, be overly critical of those who rejected her, or blame her. Later, try to help sort out her contribution, if any, to the situation. Help her critically examine the group who excluded her. And finally, explore future options, such as other friends and acquaintances as well as school and community activities she can join, but overlooked. Don’t insist she take any steps rights away. Your job is to plant seeds, so she can evaluate them when she is ready.

In the case of the 9 year old boy who wasn’t invited to a sports birthday party, it may be a conversation you never have with him, especially if he has no knowledge of the party. Certainly, if he brings it up, listen, be supportive, and help him problem-solve possible solutions.

Very often when children experience social rejection, it is a blow to kids‚Äô self-esteem. There is a brand new way to help restore child confidence, especially when young people receive a social wound. Children and teens, in grades K-12 can quickly learn essential confidence activities and skills, by using the Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit for Kids. Self-esteem activities children require such as recognizing their unique attributes, handling mistakes, recovering from criticism, and dealing with change are just a few of the strategies in the Tool Kit. These skills are precisely what are needed in the face of social rejection, to protect children’s self-esteem from further damage. The Tool Kit comes in an Elementary School Edition, which would help the 9 year old boy not invited to the sports party. The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit also comes in a High School/Middle School Edition, ideally suited to help the 12 year old who was left out.

April 14th, 2010

Emotional Skills Help Children Get Ready for Sleepaway Camp

Parents often imagine the many wonderful opportunities that await their child at sleepaway camp. New friendships, water sports, healthy competition, zip lines, performing on stage, canoe trips, singing at campfires – the list is endless. All of these activities can lead to increased self-confidence, one of the principal goals of the sleepaway camp experience.

Some children adjust to summer camp like a duck to water. For other children though, nagging doubts begin to creep in their minds in the months before camp starts. Some children may express concerns about their confidence, such as, What if I have no friends? Maybe I won’t be good at anything. I hope the kids in my bunk don’t make fun of me. Other children may worry, What if I get homesick? or What if I feel scared at night?

It’s not just first time campers who question their confidence or feel afraid when they go away to camp. Even seasoned campers can have setbacks and fears.
Parents too have their own concerns and may wonder how their child will be able to handle saying good-bye, deal with the first few nights away, or remain strong on visiting day.

There is a new way to get ready for the ups and downs of camp by giving children skills to keep kids self-esteem steady as well as lessen anxiety in children. The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit for Kids helps kids become experts in child confidence by teaching strategies to handle mistakes responsibly, get through critical comments from others, recognize one’s own strengths, and deal with imperfection and embarrassment. The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids helps kids think in strong and accurate ways, challenge and take charge of worries, and stop rehearsing negative thoughts and fears. These are only a few of the confidence activities and worry-fighting strategies in our Tool Kits. They are exactly what are needed to help children in grades K-12 have a successful sleepaway camp experience.

The activities for children and teens in our Tool Kits have won prestigious parenting awards because they are fun, easy to learn, and quickly help child confidence grow and anxiety in children diminish. At the end of the summer, parents want their child to say, This was the best summer ever! Give children powerful emotional life tools to make this happen.

April 5th, 2010

I Hate How I Look: A Concern Even For Young Kids

In this age of extreme makeovers and a hyper-focus on physical appearance and thinness, it is not surprising that body image concerns affect children as young as 6 or 7. Many believe the media, with its emphasis on physical perfection, contributes to the increasing concern about outward appearance in much younger children. For years, anxiety about body image has been common among teenagers, and is sometimes linked with more serious problems, such as eating disorders, compulsive exercising, and an inappropriate way of bulking up.

Now it’s not just teens that need attention, but elementary school children as well, including both girls and boys. Many parents wonder what they can do to help their children feel comfortable in their own skin. For starters, if your child is overly focused on their appearance, discuss realistic ways of being active and eating balanced foods to keep bodies healthy. This helps kids achieve their own personal best. Pay attention how the issue of attractiveness and weight is addressed at home. Make discussions about peer relationships a routine part of family discussions. Sometimes kids are teased by other children about having a big nose, or being fat or too skinny. This can be especially hurtful and a reassuring discussion with a parent can be invaluable.

Many parents make the connection between children who are overly worried about their appearance with a lack of kids’ self-esteem. There is a new approach to boosting child confidence. The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit for Kids, developed by experts, teaches 20 powerful tools to keep children’s self-esteem steady and strong. The confidence activities are easy to learn, uses language kids understand, and are presented in a sleek, appealing design. Tools such as Finding Your Hidden Treasures, helps kids discover what makes them special. The Trying Trophy tool, reminds children that effort is what really counts. Children learn to focus on the positive, instead of absorbing the negative, and find effective ways to deal with both internal and external criticism. The self-esteem activities children learn helps kids when self-confidence dips with concerns about attaining physical perfection. The Tool Kit comes in two editions, one for elementary school children ages 5 to 11, and a more sophisticated version for high school and middle school kids, ages 11-18.

It’s hard growing up today. The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit, gives kids in grades K-12 strategies to deal with mistakes, criticism, imperfection, and embarrassment – all tools necessary to work on inner beauty.