As our children get older, we hope that they can rely more on their own skills and judgments. However, if they are used to someone doing things for them, they may be less apt to try things on their own even if we believe they would be successful if they did. So what should we…

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This month we will focus on the powerful word; “self reliance.” Self reliance is all about a balancing act; knowing how much to help in order to build confidence and when to let go to build independence. We want to give children enough freedom to encourage exploration and critical thinking without pushing them too fast…

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After being asked about my view of positive body image “VS” health last week, I’m reissuing a slightly updated part of my article from July of 2010 in response. This conversation has been around for as long as I’ve been working in this field and certainly came into full view when I was writing my […]

The War on Obesity: Positive Body Image vs. Health? is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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Dear Dr. Robyn, I often think my family lacks some of that “all for one and one for all” spirit.  It’s more like “what’s in it for me” kind of spirit. How can I get my kids to  work together as a team? — Gina C., Newton, MA Dear Gina, The family really is the…

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This month we will focus on the character concept, “teamwork.” Successful, collaborative teamwork can shorten the time, divide the effort, and increase the morale of a group who are working towards a common goal. Great teams accentuate strengths, compensate for weaknesses, and bring out the best in every member.  Goal-getting just seems easier. Perhaps that’s…

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A lot of attention gets focused on what it takes to be successful.  This month we’ve been focusing on the Powerful Word “Perseverance.”  In a previous post, I discussed how I believed that perseverance was the glue that held everything together in achieving your goals and becoming successful.  That’s certainly true, but what happens once…

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The other day, I was asked for some ideas regarding “family rules.” Below is an example of 10 rules to get you thinking of what you’d like to post on your fridge and discuss in your family meeting.  However, I encourage you to ask your children to contribute to the family rules as I’ve continued […]

Family Rules: Top 10 Rules To Post on Your Fridge is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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