New Year’s Resolution for Parents – Help Your Kids Build Self-Confidence!

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Self-confidence is one of the most important factors for success. Without confidence, kids (and adults!) will not have the courage to continue their pursuits in the face of challenges. Some people are naturally self-confident ? it?s something they?re born with. But there are plenty of people with incredible talents who lack the natural self-confidence others have. How do you build self-confidence, then? And how do you help your kids to do the same?!

Unfortunately, the best form of self-confidence comes from experience. So how do you gain confidence without experience? Easy ? start small! Achieve small wins in your personal life and encourage your kids to do the same. Set small goals, then build upon them as you go, remembering to look back and congratulate yourself on  your strengths and past accomplishments.
To get you started, here’s a first small step. Head on over to Biz Whiz Academy and check out their beginner & advanced goal planning guide made just for kids! Don’t forget to use coupon code kmail to receive 20% off!

Add comment December 18, 2014

#Selfie.

The #selfie movement is here to stay. Everyone from President Obama and the Queen of England, to Katy Perry and Brad Pitt, to good ol’ regular folks all around the world, the selfie has quite literally bombarded social media. We’ve perfected the way we take them, making edits and getting the right lighting or just tossing the photo completely and starting over if the end result isn’t flattering.

 

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There are many positive points to a selfie. When people comment or like the selfie- its flattering! We all love compliments and need approval from our loved ones which feeds our self esteem- even if for a brief moment.

Selfies can also feed into an obsession…always needing approval.  This can come across as very narcissistic, especially on social media.  Extreme selfie posts can also affect relationships and intimacy IRL.

Teens who have social media account should be reminded to only post selfies they’d be comfortable showing family, and to NEVER take a selfie while driving.

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If you or someone you love falls into the category of over selfie posting try a couple of these suggestions-

  • Try cutting back on the amount of selfies posted, maybe limit it to one or two a week.
  • Focus on turning the camera to the world around you!  Find creative ways to share your day rather than finding ways to creatively share your face.
  •  Instill boundaries with all social media accounts
  • Never selfie while driving

 

For more articles dealing with the Selfie- check out these sites

Daily Lounge 

Teen Vogue 

Uknowkids Selfie Tip sheet

 

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Add comment December 15, 2014

Teens: Jump-start Your Babysitting Business this Holiday Season!

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The holidays are the perfect time to start a babysitting business! Parents need time away from their kids to go shopping for gifts, plan and prepare for holiday meals and to take a well-deserved break during the busy holiday season.

You can take advantage of this need by providing your highly valued babysitting services. Learn how to make the most $$$ this winter.

Use promo code kmail during checkout to receive 20% of the Biz Whiz Academy Babysitter Biz Plan. This Biz Plan is not complicated, as it is made just for kids and teens so you can make real money real quick!

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Add comment December 9, 2014

Make Something Special- Crafts, Food, and Parties!

The Holiday’s are in full swing so its time to break out the paints and glue and get creative, make a tasty treat, and throw a party!

The kids are going to be out of school soon, so put their creative minds to work.  Try making some of the crafts in the links below to give as gifts to neighbors or loved ones!  This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids that half of the fun during the holiday’s is gift giving.

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Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments 

Puffy Paint Window Clings                                                   

Candy Snails

Sock Snowman

kid_cooking_1Next, its time to eat something tasty.  Cook up a storm with your kids this holiday season.   Use this time as a a great way to teach your kids simple kitchen techniques that will carry them into adulthood.  And what better time than during the holidays?!

Homemade granola

Salted dark chocolate peanut butter cookies

Stovetop Mac and cheese

Pumpkin pie puppy chow

Party

Its party time!!!!!!!  Winter is the perfect time to throw a party for all of those people you care about. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday’s, gathering family and friends in your home for a fun meal and games is a perfect excuse for a party!  Here are some fun ways to get started.

How to plan a kids party

 Glitter mustache photo props

Snowman toss game

Christmas scavenger hunt

Tis the season to share love, good food, and make forever memories.  However you choose to celebrate the season, do it with those you love!

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Add comment December 8, 2014

Write an Email to Santa- Using KidsEmail!

It’s that time of year again, and our kids’ wish lists to Santa Clause may as well be a foot long, or two, or three.  Our little ones love to write to Santa- and now its so easy!  Just have your kids compose a wish list, letter, or whatever they want and send it to  santaclause@kidsemail.org right now!  And be sure to watch for a response!

This is a great time to start using Kids Email.   Kids are emailing friends and family – and Santa – on all kinds of devices, like smart phones and tablets, so keeping our young and internet savvy kids safe- is a top priority!

 

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What We Love about Kidsemail: With KidsEmail parents are able to receive a copy of all incoming and/or outgoing email that is sent to/from their child. Plus, parents can easily monitor their child’s contacts.

What we love most about Kidsemail: The price to try it: FREE!!  And just in time for the holidays.  Put Kidsemail  on your favorite devices before the holidays, OR, put them on the devices they’re getting FOR the holidays.

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Add comment December 1, 2014

Step-by-Step Resume Writing Guides for Teens

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A teen’s first job is a valuable learning experience about punctuality, organization, time management and how to get along with other people. When applying for jobs, teens will quickly learn that you have to stand out amongst the competition to get noticed and to get that interview – and our friends at Biz Whiz Academy can help with their step-by-step guide made just for teens!

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Add comment November 30, 2014

Teaching Internet Etiquette

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“Say please.”

“Say thank you.”

“Cover your mouth.”

“Be nice.”

“Treat others how you’d like to be treated.”

“Use your manners.”

Every parent has had to correct their kids in one way or another when it comes to manners and how to treat others.  There’s a certain underlying etiquette in our society when it comes to manners and behaviors when around others.  We’ve moved on from caveman grunts and groans and have adapted a modern approach to dealing with others…well, most of us have anyway.

But when it comes to the internet, some of us still have caveman tendencies.  Technology has moved above and beyond what I ever thought possible.  Just a short 10 years ago there was no way I’d ever thought I could watch movies on a phone or have my kids download game apps or connect with old friends via social networking.  The rapid rise of these amazing abilities like forums, boards, and social networking hype, we seem to have lost touch with decency.  Internet bullying has become extreme as well. Our internet manners and etiquette haven’t quite caught up to our technological advances and we should be staying ahead of the game.  It’s our responsibility to teach kids that their internet life will follow them in real life (IRL) and there’s certain do’s and don’ts when interacting with others online. Enter netiquette- the online etiquette.

  • When a website has a list of rules, obey those rules.  There’s a reason the rules are in place and obeying the rules and regulations gives those visiting that particular site the best possible experience. Plus, not adhering to the rules can put your use of that site at risk.
  • Spell check everything written.
  • Do not use all caps.  This indicates shouting.
  • Honesty is the best policy, both IRL and online.
  • Never ever give out personal information online.  There’s never a good enough reason to give location updates or give out phone numbers online.  Make sure kids using the internet understand this rule especially.
  • Don’t send texts or emails late at night.  It can wait until the next day, especially if its not an emergency.
  • Only shop on sites that are secure.
  • When posting pictures, make sure its nothing that will haunt you for the rest of your life.  Everything that is posted online DOES NOT DIE WHEN IT GETS DELETED.
  • Just be yourself.  If you wouldn’t say it to someones face, just don’t say it at all.  Your online reputation is just as important as IRL.
  • The Golden Rule applies online too.  If you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.
  • Always re read everything before posting and if it violates any rule, don’t post it.

We need to realize that our online persona may as well be our “in real life” persona..  Aks yourself and your kids some questions before hitting the send button-  “what kind of person do I want to be online?” or “is this how I really am?” and “would a college or future employer find me honest and credible?”

Netiquette is now a part of modern parenting. Its important to raise a generation of internet respectable kids and make this thing called “technology” safe and enjoyable for all of us.

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Add comment November 24, 2014

Tools to Start a Kid Friendly Business

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With the holidays around the corner, kids and teens will soon enjoy a welcomed break from school to spend time with friends and family. This year, challenge your kids to do something unique over the holiday break by giving them the tools to start a kid-friendly business!

Biz Whiz Academy, a youth entrepreneurship company, offers business ideas and step-by-step startup guides with tools (called Biz Plans) that are made for kids ages 7-11, 12-15 and 16-19, featuring different businesses in each age group. Young entrepreneurs benefit from:

increased problem-solving and decision making abilities

increased interest in attending college as it becomes more relevant

enhanced self-esteem and ego development

increased belief that attaining one’s goal is within one’s control

(source: US Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/entrepreneurship.htm)

Visit bizwhizacademy.com before December 31st to receive 20% of your order by using coupon code kmail.

A very valuable gift to give this holiday season!

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Add comment November 19, 2014

Are You Guilty of “Oversharenting?” Ummm- What?

Have you ever noticed on your social media accounts like FB or Instagram, there are some people who post picture after picture and video after video of their kids?  Maybe they do it to keep extended family in the loop of every little triumph the child reaches.  Or maybe the parent just needs extra validation through “likes” and they end up over sharing their children.

I think its fair to assume that we all have those “friends” and maybe, just maybe, we’re guilty of doing it ourselves.

“Oversharenting”  is the new term to describe such parents, meaning-  over sharing daily activities and photos of babies/toddlers.

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There are risks to “oversharenting” your kids, and these risks can be quite serious.

~By sharing too much information, the parent creates a digital footprint for their child way too early; before the child has any control over what they want shared.

~Social Media companies have rights to your photos and videos.  In the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Facebook says-

For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

~People steal images all of the time. There’s no guarantee “Friends” won’t share or save and image you’ve posted, even if you’ve set strict privacy settings.

~Pedophile websites, advertisers, and blogs have been known to steal uploaded images from all forms of social media as well.

Sharing information has never been faster, especially with social media.  While the convenience of posting everything about our children is a handy way to keep grandparents connected, there’s  always those individuals who will abuse the latest upload.  Be cautious and very selective when posting.  Remember its just not a picture, its your child.

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Add comment November 18, 2014

Sexting and Your Teen

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Add comment November 17, 2014

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