• Resilience is not an inherent human trait and can be built through experiences. Here are a few things by Helene Goldnadel that you can teach your child to develop resilience in them:


    Decision Making and Problem Solving: Problems arise and decisions need to be made at every stage of our lives, no matter what the age. With a nimble mind, a child is more open and receptive to grasping these concepts and learning the skills. When the child is faced with a problem and needs to make a decision, encourage them by helping, supporting and guiding them to find a solution instead of providing them with a ready fix. This will also create a sense of confidence in the child.


    Discipline: It is normal for children to make mistakes, even when they try their best not to. In these situations, try to focus on teaching rather than punishing them. Encourage your child to see the learning they got from the mistake and nudge them to understand a better way of doing the same thing. Teach them the appropriate actions of apologizing when wrong. Discipline can be instilled in a compassionate way and avoid denigrating the child for their mistakes.


    Self-Worth: This trait can be instilled in a child by constantly appreciating them for their good work and by re-affirming to them each time that they are doing their best they can. Self-worth is very important in times of distress and the ability to draw on the strength from within will equip your child to be resilient in face of challenges.


    Healthy Competition: Applaud your child on their success but also teach them perseverance in times when they do not succeed. Encourage them to be participants and teach them that each child is good at something (they might not be the same things). Encourage them to do their best and teach them to appreciate the efforts of their peers thus instilling a sense of healthy competition.


    You can choose a number of multi-sensory reading programs that teaches phonemic awareness, phonics strategies and other skills for reading and spelling. While developing auditory processing skills, students of all ages learn how simply the English language code actually works. At the same time, the parent learns how to support the child's new skills at home. At-home practice applies the new auditory processing and phonics skills, so your child will gain confidence and be able to read at his or her grade level.


    Also read: Helene Goldnadel on Developing a Positive Thinking Attitude in Your Child

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  • Autism symptoms can be hard to diagnose as autism itself covers a wide spectrum of symptoms. It is a neurological disorder that affects the way a person interprets the things around them. It affects them on a behavioral, social and communicative level. Sometimes the first symptoms are visible right after birth, but it most cases it takes till the ages 1-2 for it to become more evident. Though there are different levels of autism, there are some common traits or a checklist of symptoms to be aware of in your developing child.

    Here is a brief autism symptoms checklist of the most common traits discussed by Helene Goldnadel.

    Impairment of social interaction. Simply put the child has problems interacting with those around them. They often have marked delays in the use of non-verbal behavior or body language such as eye to eye contact, facial expressions ( they often look at the world around them with a blank expression), body posture and gestures regularly used in social interactions. They may also have delays or inability to develop peer relationships appropriate for their age or mental development level. As a young child they also do not seek to share enjoyment with others. While other children will take you by the hand to show and share their accomplishments the autistic child lacks this.

    Impairments or delays in their communications skills. The autistic child will often lack or have a delay in their language skills. This is not accompanied by them making up for their lack of speech with hand gestures or other ways of communicating. They also tend to have impairment in being able to hold a conversation or start a conversation with another person. Characteristics of autism can also include a repetitive use of language (only saying certain phrases).

    Repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. Characteristic of autism is a preoccupation of specific interests. For example that of an obsessive compulsive disorder. The autistic child is also inflexible in schedule. Little changes in routine cause an autistic child extreme distress. Their routine is very specific in its rituals and timing.

    Delays in at least one of the following areas. If any or all of the following are present you may have an autistic child (onset prior to age 3). Delays in social interactions, language used in social interactions and or lack of imaginative play.

    This is just a brief autism symptoms checklist, if you child displays a large number of these it is imperative that you follow up with a doctor. Early intervention is the best possible way to prevent or minimize the impairment your child may have from autism. You as the parent are your child best advocate.

    Also read: Unlocking Your Child's Potential

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  • How would you feel when you find out that your toddler found his way up the stairs? Would you find it amusing to see your child managing to open the oven door? Let's face it. No matter how vigilant we might be, our children are bound to get into some kind of trouble every now and then. However, the "level" of danger that they get themselves into is our main concern.

    Making home safe for a child takes some planning. Child proofing your home may start from the time your newborn baby comes home from the hospital, until the time your child complains that you're treating him like a baby. By then, he would have been wise enough to flee from the kitchen and avoid cleaning the dishes. Well, making home safe for a child does not really mean that you put on safety gates or fences till your child reaches puberty. Actually, parents would know when it is safe to let him wander off anywhere in the house.

    Helene Goldnadel says that the most common mistake that parents make is to underestimate the development of their children. Some parents never expected their children to have already learned how to go up the stairs until they fell down the steps. Had the parents anticipated the development of their children, they would have installed gates to keep them off the "risky" areas of the house.

    Making home safe for a child should not mean that you confine them in spaces that would not allow them to explore and play. No matter how thorough your childproofing is, there will eventually be instances of tumbles and falls. The important thing to remember is that no amount of childproofing can take the place of parental supervision. A child-safe environment cannot be measured by the presence of child gates, fences, and other child-safety equipment. Childproofing is not a one-time deal. It is a continuous process. It is constantly monitoring your child's development so you can implement the proper measures according to what he is capable of doing.

    Kids are naturally playful and curious. Thus, it is downright harsh to lock them up in places that will not allow them to express themselves. Making home safe for a child means educating him regarding what is safe and what is not. Parents should make sure that they build a good relationship with their children so that there will be an open line of communication. This way, kids will believe their parents more and the things that they have to say. Parents who have a deep understanding of their children will find it less difficult to figure out what they're thinking, making it easier to keep them safe.

    Also read: Helene Goldnadel on Autistic Behavior Child

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  • Many of us know that children whose parents are actively involved in their school and other activities tend to more well-adjusted, happy and healthy than those whose parents are not. They also tend to excel in school, in play and other extracurricular activities.

    When Your Child Needs You, Stand Up and Be Counted?

    Helene Goldnadel believes that parents who get themselves involved motivate their children to do well in school. Such involvement enhances the child's cognitive development. It also fortifies the bond between parents and child. Parents in turn feel fulfilled from their parenting chores. The enhanced personal and academic progress of the child raises the parents' self-worth. The whole process is therefore mutually beneficial for both parent and child.


    So it comes to a point where parents need to ask how they may be able to productively help and get involved in their children's activities. Parents are hard pressed finding time for activities away from domestic chores, school, and work. Making quality time for extra involvement in children's activities is therefore a challenge. You need commitment and careful planning to be able to provide your child with whatever amount of support--given your availability--you can give him.


    There are lots of entry points where you can be of help to your child. Begin by knowing what interests him. You might, for example, think of joining a fundraising drive at your child's school, only to find out later that your child is more passionate about his scouting activities. When this happens, try to relate to and network with other Boy Scout parents for scouting-related activities.


    You may also think of skills, abilities and talents which you can contribute to the parent-child partnership. Do not force yourself to volunteer for an environmental advocacy campaign in your child's school for the sake of getting involved if this is not your cup of tea. You will not be happy with this work and your child will notice it. He will not be happy with it either. Instead ask around where your abilities might be of help to the school. The point is to make your involvement a truly positive experience for you and your child.


    Your getting involved can go a long way for your child. It gives him self-confidence, keeps him away from misbehaving or running into problems. The wonder of it is you also derive satisfaction and other emotional benefits from seeing your child in great shape.


    Also read: Basic Needs of Every Child Discussed by Helene Goldnadel

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  • Parents desire their child to be healthy and be physically fit. It is quite normal when a child puts on weight as he/she grows in stature over the years. The problem arises when the child is overweight and begins to develop health issue - it is then a real cause for concern for the parents as the child is at risk of being obese. Child obesity statistics shows that obesity in the youth is becoming a grave problem in the west.

    The child is considered obese when his/her weight crosses the limits of the healthy body weight. Statistics show that obesity leads to a mixture of health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol among children and puts their health at risk. One of the major reasons of child obesity is the imbalance between the calories gained and the calories exhausted during activities and the basal metabolic rate.

    Very often, statistics and facts about child obesity also show that it is the result of family, psychological, nutritional and physiological factors. Very often, the child is obese because they follow the eating habit patterns of their parents. In some cases, both the parents are obese and it is genetically inherited by the child. Being a couch potato is another reason for most of the children to become overweight according to statistics.

    As per the research conducted by different scientists, child obesity can be hereditary. Sometimes hormonal disorders can also lead to child obesity. Many times, you come across children who overeat out of excitement or as comfort food. Some even eat to kill their boredom and stress. Statistics show that obesity in children has become a health issue not only in developed countries, but also in the developing countries. The statistics and facts of child obesity are alarming, and they cause major health concerns for children as they grow to become adults.

    Few years ago, an overweight child will be seen as being well fed and looked after by the parents, but today, it has become a cause for concern, as being overweight could lead to inviting chronic disease and the child could be obese. Child obesity statistics show that this problem can develop in to life threatening problem for the child over a period of time. So remember, as it is well said, "Prevention is better than cure". As parents, always remember do not over feed your child when they are full; this will only make them obese.


    Also read: Make Your Child More Creative By Boosting His Visual Development

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