How Do I Help My Shy Child? (Assets 5, 10, 17-19, 33, 38)

Most of us have shy moments. Just as with adults, shyness can leave a child feeling awkward and embarrassed. When it’s severe enough it can be painful and debilitating. Sadly, shy children leave many of their thoughts bottled up—thoughts that could help them connect...

Becoming a Better Parent by Checking In (Assets 2 & 11)

As moms and dads we all have weaknesses and imperfections. One of the best ways to identify points where we need improvement is to check in with the people on the receiving end of our parenting efforts – our kids. Getting feedback is a great way to become a better...

Bursting Our Negative Thought Bubbles (Assets 32 & 40)

We’ve all seen cartoons where what’s going on in a character’s mind is portrayed in “thought bubbles.” That’s a great visual representation of what’s happening inside each of our brains. Like many people, my thought bubbles can get filled with negative stuff,...

Words Kids Use to Cope (Asset #37)

Children deal with confusing or painful situations by trying to make sense of them. Some of the words they use to understand difficult circumstances include “what if,” and “I wonder.” They will also use “should” and “could” to create order when they have little...

Dad’s Superpowers (Assets 2, 26, 17-19, 31, 35, 38-40)

As a young boy, the influence my dad had on me was unequaled. I can still picture him telling stories, playing with us, working hard to provide for us, laughing, and correcting us. He didn’t have just abilities – he had superpowers. Like moms, dads bring their own...

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