Try This When Kids Don’t Want to Practice

Staying consistent with any practice can be hard. Kids will often avoid practicing when the importance of what they are doing is unclear, when practice becomes difficult or frustrating, or when they get bored. Here are a few scripts to try when your child doesn’t want to practice. Choose any that seem like a good

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Teach Kids Grit: The Do’s and Don’ts

“It’s not that I am so smart,” Albert Einstein said, “it’s that I stay with problems longer.” While this statement is clearly humble, Einstein was onto something: It’s often our ability to stay with problems that leads to real breakthroughs. Of course, sticking with a problem isn’t the only thing that matters. As Christine Carter

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How to Help Kids Be More Courageous

“I became more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for. First, a little and badly. Then bit by bit, more and better.” — Audre Lorde Courage is when we choose to respond with integrity and love, even when we’re scared. It’s often confused with brazen, fearless risk-taking, but in fact,

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How to Practice Strengths-Based Parenting

Every kid is worthwhile exactly for who they are. This is the core of strengths-based parenting, which encourages kids to know themselves and develop their unique gifts. As psychologist and author Lea Waters writes, “Strength-based parenting is not about ignoring or unrealistically turning a blind eye to the downsides; it’s about where you place your

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Teaching Kids to Give: Dos and Don’ts

We all want our kids to learn to be generous, especially during the holiday season — both for the well-being of others and their own well-being. As Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, professors of psychology, say, “People who spend money on others report greater happiness. The benefits of such prosocial spending emerge among adults around the

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How to Talk to Your Kids About a Faith Shift

If you’ve experienced a faith shift, you know it can be painful, regardless of whether or not you still participate in religion. You might find that you no longer align with traditional views of women’s role in religion, LGBTQ+ individuals, scripture and authority, or something else entirely. Whatever the specifics, you’ve upended your deep-seated beliefs

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Ways to Teach Kids Humility

Humility sets the stage for learning and growth. The origin of the word comes from the Latin “humus,” which means “of the earth.” In humility, we see our origins as deeply rooted in the earth and part of a larger whole. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves or making ourselves small and weak so

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combative preteen girls

How to Help Combative Pre-teen Girls

We asked our Instagram followers for their parenting questions, a few of which centered on helping kids navigate and talk about big feelings. Here is one of those questions, followed by insight from Uplift team members Amanda Suarez, school psychologist and certified conscious parenting coach, and Jon Ogden, curriculum designer and writer. My pre-teen girls roll their

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oversensitive 5-year-old

How to Help an Oversensitive Child

We asked our Instagram followers for their parenting questions, a few of which centered on helping kids navigate and talk about big feelings. Here is one of those questions, followed by insight from Uplift team members Amanda Suarez, school psychologist and certified conscious parenting coach, and Jon Ogden, curriculum designer and writer. How do I help my

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