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Helping Children Feel Safe & Secure

We all want our children to feel self-confident, but what can caregivers do to help children feel good about themselves? Well, it turns out, one of the biggest things caregivers can do, is provide their child with the opportunity to build a secure attachment. “Attachment” refers to the relationship a child has with their primary caregiver. When an attachment is healthy (or secure), this bond can help a child feel safe even when they are out exploring the world away from the caregiver.  The cool thing about attachment is that a child can actually internalize the feeling of safety and security that the parent offers them, so they can carry those feelings with them wherever they go. This is their...

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4 Ways to Help Your Child Build Self-Esteem

Self-esteem refers to a person’s beliefs about their own value and worth. In early childhood, having positive self-esteem is critical as children begin to explore the world. They need confidence in themselves in order to explore new things.  Self-esteem shapes what decisions we make, the types of activities we try, and how we respond to set-backs. Negative self-esteem is not considered a mental health diagnosis on its own, but is often a factor in anxiety and depression as well as relationship difficulties. On the other hand, when people feel positive about their worth and value, they can navigate challenges in their environments, feel happier and more fulfilled in their lives and relationships.   The deep beliefs we hold about ourselves and...

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Raising Our Future Leaders with Empathy

A new way, a new strong. Emotional Courage is about noticing and expressing your own feelings, and listening to others’ emotional expression, even when that’s hard to do. It stands in contrast to the old “tough guy” model, emerging as a new path for parents and burgeoning leaders in the community.

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Connected Heart-to-Heart

NEW CREATURE! Otter supports Family Bonding… and there really couldn’t be a better time for family bonding, transition, and acceptance than now in this current environment. With so much change to family routines, this sweet Otter’s story reminds children that we are always connected to those we love, whether they are near or far away.

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