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Assertiveness Skills for Kids

Words of Wisdom for the Introverts in the Classroom

Katie Hurley | Posted 08.30.2015 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Introverts might not love to stand in front of the class and recite poetry, but that doesn't mean that they don't have a lot to say. In fact, the opposite is often true.

No Means No -- Especially When it Comes From a Child

Meg Stone | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Meg Stone

It may seem harmless or even polite to insist that a child hugs or kisses an aunt or grandparent when she is obviously not comfortable. But when we do this we risk socializing children to endure touch they don't want.

4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Assertive responses are particularly effective in countering bullying because the child who masters this type of direct, emotionally honest communication demonstrates that a bully's attacks will be answered in a fair, but formidable way.

What Does Assertiveness Have to Do with Stopping Bullying?

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Unlike the aggression that underlies bullying, assertive behavior does not depreciate or cause harm. Rather, assertiveness is a healthy way of defining personal boundaries.

Are You Two At It Again? Why Sibling Rivalry is Good for Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.19.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Whether in times of war or periods of peace, there is one thing sibling relationships have in common: Siblings can be each others' very best teachers.

Hidden Anger: How to Confront Passive Aggressive Behavior in Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Do you ever feel like parenthood has got you engaging in the same conversations over and over again? Too often at our house, we have a recurring exchange that goes something like this...

Four Rules for Helping Your Child Stand Up to Bullies

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Parents who teach their kids how to stand up for themselves are particularly effective in countering bullying. Teach your child these four rules for using assertive communication to stand up to bullying behavior.

Helping Kids Make Smart Choices for Expressing Anger

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It's one thing to write about helping kids make smart choices when it comes to expressing anger -- it's another thing to watch an emotional situation play out right before your eyes.

3 Strategies to Teach Kids How to Express Anger Effectively

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.23.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

For children, this challenge is doubly difficult; kids don't want to get in trouble for expressing themselves aggressively, but they often lack the skills for communicating assertively.

Bullyproofing: 3 Strategies to Teach Your Child How to Stand Up for Herself

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Bullies often target kids who they believe will not stand up for themselves. The more a bully confirms that he can pick on his target unchecked, the more he will do it.