NOVEMBER 2008 E-NEWSLETTER

In this Issue:

  • What is a Parent Investor?
  • The Real Benefits of Having Social Skills
  • Ask Dr. Andie
  • What's New

What is a Parent Investor?

Parents are true investors when it comes to their children - and not just financially. The definition of a Parent Investor from the book, The Best Investment, is "a parent who invests, time, energy, commitment, and knowledge in guiding their child through life on a daily basis". A parent invests in ensuring their children are safe and healthy, are on task regarding school work, planning extracurricular activities, carpooling, and so much more. That's a lot of investing!



If a parent is going to invest so much in a child's life, it is far more important to be a meaningful one. Being a meaningful parent is to thrive to create significant, purposeful impact on a child. By following the Seven Most Meaningful Parent Investor Strategies explained in the book, The Best Investment, parents have the opportunity to create a strong foundation of social skills for their children that can offer life-long success.

The Real Benefits of Having Social Skills

Social skills are those skills that create the ability to be able to interact with others on an interpersonal level. Here's how these powerful social skills can create an investment of life-long success for children:

  • A key social skill of being able to recognize and identify one's emotional states helps children perform better academically. By teaching children to deal more effectively with their feelings especially fear and anxiety, it helps children focus and concentrate better in the classroom and perform higher in tests.
  • Utilizing the social skill of being able to communicate one's feelings appropriately, increases the child's power to relate to others. The ability to be able to tune into one's own emotions, and communicate them in a non-threatening manner, helps children learn to be empathetic to others, enabling them to connect and have more friends.
  • Learning the social skill of optimistic thinking enables children to be better equipped to face any life challenges. Whether it's dealing with the downturns that occur on a playground or with difficult family issues, becoming skilled at looking at situations from the "cup half-full" perspective, allows children to deal with stresses in their lives more successfully and increases a greater state of well-being.

Ask Dr. Andie

Questions can be submitted through the website and if possible, will be answered either in the Q&A section or in the Power2Relate Newsletter.



Question:
My son just started a preschool program and is in a classroom with other three and four-year-olds. The other day he came home and said that he was angry at another boy in his group but he didn't actually seem angry when he talked about it. Do you think he doesn't quite understand what this emotion is?



Answer:
Many children may hear the words that depict the basic different emotional states such as happy, sad, scared, angry, surprised, and disgust. They hear them during normal conversations between adults, in TV shows, and in stories that are read to them. But hearing them, even using the words in conversation doesn't necessarily mean they really understand them. One great strategy to help your son really comprehend and identify emotions, in this case feeling angry, is to use a mirror to show him what his face, body, and voice sounds and looks like when he is angry. If he can identify the emotion in himself, he'll be able to recognize those emotional states in others.

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