Motivating our kids can be a struggle! We know best, and we want to get our kids to care about certain things for the good of their futures. Despite our efforts, it sometimes seems impossible to mold their priorities. After a certain point, our attempts at motivation may even backfire, resulting in a push-pull dynamic. […]

Flexibility is of the most valuable skills you can teach your kids. What do we mean by flexibility? The first definition, according to, is, “capable of being bent, usually without breaking,” and the second is “…adaptable.” While “adaptable,” is a great synonym, the “without breaking” part of the first definition serves a purpose as […]

It almost seems as if social development and gossiping/spreading rumors go hand in hand. Why do people do it? Is it to establish some sort of social dominance over the person you are gossiping about? Is it a way to get attention and boost self-esteem? Is it an attempt to strengthen the relationship between you […]

If you are a parent, particularly the parent of a child who is struggling in some way, you’re probably doing everything you can to give your child every last ounce of your effort, attention, and energy. We want to tell you that you are amazing for everything you do! …  And we want to tell you […]

This week, Connect Us held a workshop called “The Social Diet,” presented by relationship specialist, Dr. Stacy Goresko. The four-hour seminar covered a broad range of topics pertaining to children with social deficits.  Often, these children have difficulty managing behaviors.  One of many take-away messages  was a set of strategies for handling children in a […]

For the past few months, we’ve been testing out a new program at a middle school.  Since our programs are normally targeted at kids in preschool-5th grade, this was experimental.  After weeks of strengthening their bonds through fun, collaborative group activities, we sat our 6th-8th graders down and just… talked. We asked them for their […]

Surprisingly, many teachers withhold their opinions about students from the parents. While academic grades speak for themselves, how do we get an evaluation of our kid’s character? Don’t parents want to know how their kids act in class? How they treat other people, and how other people treat them? Apparently, unless it’s positive, many parents […]

In the past several decades, parenting approaches have shifted. We’ve gone from ‘children are to be seen and not heard” to ‘children are the center of the universe!’  The fact that Millennials (those born between 1980-2001) are referred to as the “Entitlement Generation” and “trophy kids” raised by “helicopter parents” pretty much says it all.   […]

The cycle of bullying is a developmental process; it begins with what we are teaching and modeling at home. For many kids,  disrespectful behaviors tolerated at home are likely to be perpetuated at school.  Therefore, the foundation for potential bullying is  set very early in childhood.  Kindergartners are still developmentally incapable of premeditating bullying/bully with […]

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