Self-Esteem Tools & Activities for Kids, Literacy Development, Holidays with a Disabled Child (#17)

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What We Learned:

Sometimes it’s easy to notice when kids feel good about themselves and when they don’t. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the article, “Self-Esteem for Kids: 30+ Counseling Tools & Activities”. It’s a detailed, science-based exercise that will not only help you increase the compassion and kindness you show yourself, but will also give you the tools to help your children show more compassion for themselves. Here are some of the practical activities to create a flexible, growth-oriented mindset:

  • Create a box of memories
  • Design affirmations
  • My ‘love letter’ to myself

(Read the full list)

What We Watched

Babies usually begin to say their first words anywhere from 9 months to 18 months. This is a great time in your child’s life and as they begin saying their first words, encouraging their sounds, speaking to them regularly, and reading to them will make sure to encourage their language development. Babies are listening in utero, and once they’re born, they’re communicating through eye contact, facial expressions, crying, smiles, and touch. Learn how children learn to develop the skills necessary to promote language and literacy early in their life.

(Watch it here)

Great Advice We Read

The holidays are packed with fun, food, festivities and for some of us, stress. For families with special needs, the unfamiliar sounds, smells and visitors can sometimes be disruptive but there are some ways to make it easier for you and your child to navigate the holidays and winter break with a little more joy.

SWEEPS is an acronym created by Lisa Lightner that you can put in place with your family to make your holidays run smoother. One thing that sticks with me the most is the last letter S. It stands for “Say No. Don’t overextend yourself or your family. Learn to say no without guilt.”

(Full article here)

This Week’s Article

7 Tips for Creating Work-Life Balance as a Working Parent Working parents make up a large percentage of the workforce, with parents accounting for about 40% of workers. Experts estimate that roughly 90% have one parent who works outside the home, and for 62% of families, both parents work outside the home. Parents face many challenges balancing work and life, and unfortunately, COVID-19 has made the lines between work and home life more blurry than they ever were before. Read more.

Helper of the Week

Laura Grossman Therapy is a queer-identified therapist specializing in individual and couples therapy for adults and parents who identify as LGBTQ+ and those who are wanting to build more joy and confidence in their lives and relationships. Individual and couples therapy can aid in sculpting the life and relationships you crave. She works with my clients to engage in the deep tasks of self-discovery, healing, and growth. She approaches each individual and couple’s needs with a delicate blend of compassion, non-judgment, and acceptance.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

P.S. Deal of the Week — The Stress Buster!

Make no mistake: The only way to be a better mom is to take care of yourself, first”- Allyn Miller. A stressed mom is an unhappy mom. All that responsibility can often leave moms feeling overstretched and stressed out.

How can a mother relieve stress? Think about engaging in stress-relieving activities like a quick stroll, exercise, or a discussion with loved ones. Remember that harmful behaviors can be challenging to modify because they often develop over time. Concentrate on altering a single behavior at a time. Consider joining a step-by-step course, a community for overwhelmed moms looking to finally find the “pause.

The Stress Buster will unlock what’s blocking your joy and keeping you from being the calm mom you know your child. Inside this easy-to-follow course you’ll learn the exact strategies to get control of your emotions so you can help your child with theirs. To learn more about The Stress Buster, click here . At the link, you will see the next steps to join and DE-STRESS.

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