3 Tips for Raising Confident Kids

As a parent, one of your top priorities is raising children who are confident and independent. Navigating parenthood is tricky, and there is a fine line between protecting your kids and sheltering them from the realities of the world. Here are three tips to help you raise confident children.

1. Encourage Them To Embrace Their Passions

Everybody has a passion, and encouraging your kids to pursue hobbies they truly enjoy is a good way to boost their confidence. It doesn’t matter how useful a certain hobby seems to be when it comes to finding a job; with the right grit and confidence, your child can turn nearly any passion into a rewarding career.

Take Danny Sexbang as an example. He turned his lifelong passion for music and comedy into a successful career as a stage performer. At first glance, his passions don’t seem helpful for building a thriving career, but with the right support, he did just that. You can help your kids in the same way by helping them find role models and encouraging them to follow their passion instead of fixating on limitations.

2. Give Them Space To Make Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes; it’s a natural part of life. Your kids are no exception. The good thing about making mistakes is that they teach us valuable life lessons and often shape our character. We just need the space to remedy our mistakes to the best of our abilities.

Our natural instinct as parents is to step in and fix our kids’ mistakes. While this habit often solves the direct issue, it does nothing to boost confidence or prepare your children for the real world. When your kids make small mistakes, take a step back and try to let them resolve the issue before you intervene. Obviously, you may have to intervene for major mistakes, but it is best to show your kids that you trust them to handle mistakes and love them even when they mess up.

3. Let Them Be Independent

It’s hard to give kids space to be independent when we just want to protect them from the world. However, giving your kids age-appropriate responsibilities is a great way to prepare them for the world. Giving them space to accomplish their chores on their own timetables is helpful for teaching time-management skills.

However, the most important thing to teach kids is independence, so it’s crucial to give them space to thrive as they get older. Start with small tasks such as requiring your teen to notify his or her job when a sick day is necessary. Let your teenagers attend routine doctor visits alone. Give older kids the opportunity to stay home while you run to the store for 15 minutes. If you show your kids that you trust them to make good decisions, they are more likely to meet your expectations.

Many people struggle to navigate parenthood because someone always thinks your tactics are wrong regardless of which parenting style you have. Raising confident, independent kids should be your ultimate goal. These three tips can help you accomplish this task.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Great Careers Offering Job Stability for Moms

It’s not always easy to predict what the future will look like. When it comes to job stability, you can’t really guarantee which skills will be in demand. However, there are plenty of skills and roles that will pretty much always be popular. For some roles, there are never really enough people to fill them, so having the right skills and experience can mean you always have some level of job security and stability. Even the jobs that have more competition can still help to make it easier to stay in work. If you’re looking for job stability as a mom, there are lots of options you could consider.

Tech Jobs

Jobs in tech are often pretty sought after, especially because some of them come with pretty high salaries attached. Of course, some of the roles with the highest salaries are also based in regions with high living costs, which can offset it somewhat. But you don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to find a great job in tech. Tech skills are in high demand and are only becoming more so as we rely on technology more and more. Whether you decide to be a software developer, a web designer, or an IT technician, you could find that there are plenty of jobs out there for you.

 

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Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine and related fields are always going to have lots of roles that require skilled workers. Some skills might be more in demand than others but many roles experience shortages because of high demand and lack of supply. Some specialist roles can come with excellent salaries, although many careers in medicine can be demanding too. One of the popular options for moms is to get a diploma for dental assistants. Dental assistants are usually in demand and entrance into the career is relatively easy. Salaries are typically decent too, so you can benefit from both job stability and good pay.

There’s a huge range of careers in medicine and related fields at different levels. You don’t have to be a surgeon or even a nurse to work in medicine. There are many different jobs that involve working directly with patients, from therapists to patient advocates. Then there are just as many options behind the scenes, including lab workers, administrative roles, and support staff. Some jobs are obviously easier to get into than others, depending on what qualifications you need.

Animal Care

It’s not just caring for human health that could offer you a secure job. If you’re interested in animals, you could also find a career that provides you with security and stability. Becoming a vet takes a number of years, but the reward for studying hard is a good salary and plenty of demand for your skills. Another option is becoming a veterinary nurse to provide support to vets. The path to becoming a vet nurse is shorter but it can still offer you plenty of opportunities for work and the chance to work with animals on a daily basis too. Other jobs working with animals can sometimes be plentiful too, ranging from dog daycare workers to animal trainers.

Engineering

If you’re willing to consider a career that would require you to go back to school, engineering is definitely a good field to consider. Engineers are skilled and knowledgeable, which is why they tend to be in demand. There are different types of engineering too, so you can find a field that works for you and that offers the best job prospects. While some types of engineering jobs might involve traveling around, parents can look for roles that will keep them closer to home. You might imagine engineers as being out and about and working onsite a lot. However, many of them mostly work from an office.

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Legal Professions

Just like we’ll always need people to look after our health, we’ll always need people to keep the legal system going too. There are many careers related to the law and the courts. Of course, there’s the option of being an attorney if you’re prepared to go to law school. But there are also various other roles that could be a good choice for anyone who’s interested in the law. You could consider a career as a paralegal or legal secretary, a court clerk, or perhaps a police officer, probation officer, or another option related to the law and justice.

Financial Roles

People will always need people to help them take care of their money too. While many people can manage their personal finances on their own, there are plenty of times when they will want to turn to a professional for help. There are many different roles in financial services that can help individuals and businesses to manage their money. You could consider training to be an accountant, a tax advisor, a debt counselor, an investment broker, a financial advisor, and much more. If you have a head for numbers and finances or you’re good at giving advice, you might consider a career involving finances.

Education

Teachers are often in short supply but they’re always needed. What’s more, some teachers are eventually given tenure, securing them a stable job. Becoming a teacher of students of any age could help you to find a job that works for you. Teaching often works well with parenting because you can fit it around your schedule. Although it can be a lot of work, you can do much of it outside of the classroom. One of the types of teachers that is often in demand is special education teachers. They need a specific set of skills for working with students with more complex needs.

Choosing a new career path can be tough, especially if you’ve taken some time out of work. But if you’re looking for stability and job security, you could find that you have more options than you think. Consider what your needs are, as well as what skills you have and what you’re interested in to help you find the right path.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Three Ways To Feed Your Family Healthier Food

Are you trying to eat healthy but having trouble getting your entire family on board? If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

Many hurdles might stand in the way of better behaviours, ranging from stress and hectic work schedules to budget limits and limited food availability.

Furthermore, family members might not always agree on what to eat.

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Parents who adhere to a specific diet may eat differently from the rest of the family. Meltdown prone toddlers may refuse to eat while crossing their arms in disgust at mealtimes. Teenagers may avoid family supper by stopping at the drive-through on their ride home.

It is feasible to get the entire family on board with healthy behaviours with a combination of thoughtful planning and a willingness to be flexible.

Here are some easy ways to make the family eat healthier: 

You Don’t Need To Be Perfect 

Despite what social media may well have you believe, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eating healthier. This means that your meals don’t have to be costly, complicated, time-consuming, or photogenic. Instead, be realistic and do your best to assist your family in making healthy choices. Furthermore, by removing the pressure to have a flawless diet, you are more likely to find a healthy style of eating that works for your family. For example, a nice vegan pizza is bound to go down well. 

Don’t Have Off Limit Foods

While some foods are undoubtedly more nutritious than others, it is critical to cultivating a good relationship with food by avoiding words like “bad” or “off-limits.”

Furthermore, being overly restrictive might lead to stress and tension during mealtimes.

Don’t consider any meal off-limits. All meals, in moderation, can fit into a healthy lifestyle. Consider using the terminology ‘always foods’ and sometimes foods.’ Fruits and vegetables are usually a good snack option, while birthday cake is only served on special occasions.

Make Sure Meal Planning Is Simple

Meal planning is an excellent time-saving method because you just have to go food shopping once or twice a week. Choosing which recipes to create, on the other hand, might be difficult. While there is a time and place for testing out a beautiful new Pinterest recipe, it’s best to stick to simple meal ideas during the week.

One approach to speed up the process is to plan meals around what you already have on hand. Using what you have on hand not only saves you time and money, but it also decreases food waste.

Another suggestion is to make meal preparation a collaborative activity by having a sheet of paper or a whiteboard board in the kitchen to keep a running list of food ideas to which the entire family can participate. Tired of preparing the same dishes week after week? Revisit old cookbooks that may be collecting dust in the basement or attic and save recipes that you’d like to make as a family.

These three tips should help feed your family healthy meals easier. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below. 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Your Mental Health

Talking to a doctor about your mental health can be hard, but you can use this practical guide to know what to expect and get the care you need. Mental health should be taken as seriously as your physical health, so you should be able to approach your doctor with confidence. 

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Finding The Best Doctor For You

You can change doctors whenever you want. You might think about changing to a new doctor for a few reasons:

  • It might be more convenient to find a practice that offers specialized services, such as for postnatal depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. Phone the practice to ask what they offer.
  • If you feel that you have a bad relationship with your practice or do not get along with your doctor, you might want to look for another practice in your area which offers better or more friendly service. You can look for reviews online to find a practice who might suit you better. 

 

You can ask the receptionist at the practice if there is a doctor with a specialist interest in mental health, and ask to see them instead of your usual doctor. It might also be possible to ask to see a male or female doctor if that makes you more comfortable. You don’t need to tell the receptionist why you want the appointment. If they ask, tell them you would prefer not to say. 

How long you will have to wait for your appointment will vary, and will depend on how busy the practice is. If you need to see someone urgently, then you might be able to arrange an emergency appointment through the reception. If you want to see a particular doctor, then you may have to be prepared to wait until that person is available. 

Preparing For Your Appointment

Before your appointment, it might be helpful to write down what you want to talk about to make sure don’t forget anything that you want to bring up. Take a few minutes before your appointment to write down a quick list of the things you want to bring up. 

Write down any symptoms of how you have been feeling, and how your mood is affecting your daily life. Make a note of any key personal information that might be useful for your doctor to know, such as upsetting events from your past or current stressful events. 

Make a list of your medical information, including any other physical or mental health conditions that you have, and the names and amounts of medications, herbal remedies, or supplements that you take. You can take a friend or family member with you for support if this would make you feel more comfortable. 

 

Write down some questions you want to ask, such as:

  • What type of mental health problem might I have?
  • Why can’t I get over this problem on my own?
  • How is this illness treated? 
  • Will counseling or psychotherapy help?
  • Are there medications that could help?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • What can I do myself?
  • Do you have any printed material that I can have?
  • What websites do you recommend? 

 

As well as the questions that you have prepared, don’t be afraid to ask more questions if there is anything that you don’t understand. 

During Your Appointment

A typical doctor’s appointment is around ten minutes long, which a lot of patients (and even doctors) feel is not enough time to communicate everything that you need to. You can ask to book a double appointment if you feel you will need more time to discuss what is worrying you. 

Try to be as open and honest with your doctor as you can. They will ask questions to get a clear picture of your health, so give them all the details about your symptoms. Use the notes that you have prepared to help you if you need them. 

Opening up about your feelings can be hard to do, especially with someone that you don’t know. However, remember that doctors are trained to deal with sensitive issues in a professional and supportive way, so there is no need to feel awkward or embarrassed. Everything that you tell them is confidential unless you are worried that you might be a danger to yourself or others. 

Your doctor might make a diagnosis and can suggest some treatment options that might help you, such as a prescription for medication, making a referral to a talking therapy service, referring you to a specialist mental health service, or giving advice on maintaining your own wellbeing.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Understanding Digital Marketing and How It Can Help Your Business

Nowadays, advertising for commercial purposes has shifted from print and television to the digital age because of cultural changes. Almost everyone these days has a digital imprint, whether they’re casually using e-mail to interact with family or are a member of a social media site to keep up with their favourite celebrities and athletes. Consequently, how can you leverage digital advertising to benefit your company?

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Social media is here to stay, so embrace it!

Social media is something that a large number of people use to interact with one another and to keep up with current events. Numerous social media platforms have altered our interactions with one another and our reactions to the news. This may be a great method for companies to connect with their customers on a more personal level. Promoting your products and services to the general public as well as those who follow you directly is easier when you leverage social media platforms as a form of free advertising. So sign up for these online social networks and, if you don’t already have one, set up a website for yourself. You may then cross-promote across all of your online characteristics.

Make Use of a Professional Agency

Because of the rapidity with which technology evolves, navigating the digital world may be challenging. Some companies, especially smaller ones, may find it difficult to keep up with something that is essentially a twenty-four-hour job in and of itself. Consequently, it may be worthwhile to consider hiring a performance marketing agency that can help you with all areas of your company’s internet presence. It’s good to have them on board, whether you opt to hire them on with a formal contract in place or if they just help you with odd hours here and there. It’s also beneficial to have the assistance of those who are well-versed in digital marketing, especially if you don’t have much previous expertise.

Press Releases Can Be Used To Your Advantage

Sending out press releases is a good idea if you’ve accomplished something noteworthy or if you’re introducing a new product or service that you believe merits media attention. Because there are so many unique networks and organisations out there, it’s really worthwhile to set up contact lists that you can use to distribute them to various recipients.

Focus on SEO

You should be familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) when it comes to your website. The better your website is optimised for search engines, the more effective it will be in promoting the products or services you are attempting to provide. The SEO on your website is yet another area where it can be worthwhile hiring an expert, however there are a few actions that you can do to boost the ranking of your website on search engines on your own. Condensing images and increasing the performance of your website are both excellent tips. In addition, you should be providing new material on a regular basis to increase your website’s visibility on Google.

The digital world is always evolving, and although it may seem like you’re always one step behind, it’s important to stay on top of things so that you can take advantage of the best possibilities to advertise your company online.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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