7 Ways to Encourage Autonomy

“From a little spark may burst a mighty flame.”  Dante

Encouraging AutonomyOur children are unique individuals with their own character, temperament, feelings, tastes, and dreams.  Encouraging autonomy leads to self-determination and independence.

Parents can provide opportunities for children to make choices and take on responsibility from a very young age. Teach, then step back and allow them to explore, make mistakes, and learn from their mistakes.

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Developing A Culture Of Service

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi  

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Service is giving to others; considering other people’s needs as important as your own.  Service involves anticipating the needs of others and thinking of ways to serve them–helping people just because we care and for no other reason.  Performing a job with the spirit of service can elevate the most mundane of jobs into a rewarding experience.

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Helping Children Handle Anger

“Anyone can become angry – that’s easy.  But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not easy.”  Aristotle.
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Children often have a difficult time managing their anger, and adults aren’t always sure how to react.  Too often we are reactive, which in turn fuels the anger, and very little gets resolved.  Here are a few suggestions that have worked for me when addressing anger, meltdowns, or tantrums.

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