Parenting & Relationships

Social skills and manners for children

Teaching manners and social skills to children (c) Judy Helm Wright aka Auntie Artichoke Are you embarrassed when your teenager shovels his food, or your toddler eats with her fingers? What part do manners play in the social skills necessary to be a confident adult? Manners have a purpose People who behave in a polite […]

What is the school’s role in Cyber-bullying?

Cyber bullying: What is the school’s role in this? Students who are afraid and nervous about being bullied can not concentrate on learning. If technology is a boon, it can be a curse as well. School districts globally are beginning to understand there consequences for allowing bullying in any form to go during school or […]

Encourage Positive Friendships-Have a “Go-To-House”

Make Your Home the “Go-To House” Encourage Positive Friendships © Judy Helm Wright aka Auntie Artichoke— As parents and caregivers (lots of Aunties and Uncles out there) we want to encourage positive friendships with the children we love. We also like an orderly house and a minimum of noise and confusion in our house. Sometimes […]

Positive Friendships & Self-Esteem

Positive Friendships & Self-Esteem © Judy Helm Wright Parents, teachers, caregivers, coaches and other caring adults are concerned with how to teach values and self-esteem to the children in their lives. They wonder how to foster positive friendships and discourage those that have a negative influence. From the moment of birth, our children are […]

Teach Acceptance-Build Confidence

Teach Acceptance-Build Confidence ©JudyHWright   We all have weaknesses that are hard to accept. Parents, teachers and caring adults see areas that need improvement in children and want to help them build confidence.  The trick is to build confidence and acceptance without criticism and breaking the spirit. As I have mentioned in previous articles […]

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem = Success in Life

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem = Success in Life © Judy Helm Wright Success in life, friendship, business, family dynamics and spiritual growth has self-confidence and self-esteem at the foundation.  People who have a confidence in their personal worth seem to be magnets for success and happiness everywhere they go. As parents and caring adults you […]

3 Self-Esteem and Confidence Messages

3 Self-Esteem and Confidence Messages © Judy Helm Wright Self-esteem and confidence is the most important contribution that a parent or loving adult can make to the life of a child.  The messages received in childhood can build or destroy the self-esteem of a child and they carry over into all interactions as an […]

Raise a Confident Kid to be Competent and Capable

Raise a Confident Kid ©Judy Helm Wright When children have a good relationship with significant adults in their formative years, it will impact and enhance their entire life.  When caring adults strive to make kids feel understood, valued and wanted they become confident and self-assured. As confident kids feel supported and loved, they do […]

How to Build Self-Confidence In Kids

How to Build Self-Confidence In Kids © Judy Helm Wright I am entered in a  Ultimate Blog challenge and so rather than work on two (or ten) important projects, I decided it  would be fun to repurpose an eBook I am writing for Kindle and Amazon. It is titled 77Ways to Build Self-Confident  Kids […]

Why Children Lie and Blame Others

Why Children Lie and Blame Others © Judy Helm Wright Helping children develop morality, responsibility and that inner compass of integrity is our goal.  While lying is a normal aspect of growing up, it should not be ignored or tolerated with indifference. Study the pattern of your child’s lying.  Be pretty sure you understand […]

Raising a Resilient, Responsible Bounce-Back Kid

RAISING A RESILIENT BOUNCE BACK KID © Judy H. Wright, How does your child handle disappointment? What happens when they don’t win the game, election or friend? Do they want to quit the team when they are not chosen for play? Do they assume responsibility for their choices and decisions? Can they bounce-back when […]

Friendship and Community

Friendship and Community Friendship has been described as the springboard to every other love and relationship in life. Communication and interaction skills learned with friends spill over into all connections in life. Those who have few friends or support networks also tend to have a diminished capacity for sustaining marriages, work, and neighborhood relationships. How adults manage […]

7 Steps to Raise Resilient Kids

7 Steps to Raise Resilient Kids (c) Judy Helm Wright   Resilience in life means that you and your child can bounce back from adversity.  It could be traumatic like a death in the family, or as trivial (to you) as not being asked to play during recess. Resilient kids have been shown in […]

What is Child Exploitation? Innocent Videos-Perverted Vewiers

Hello from Montana, I want to share a letter I received recently and my response. I had written an article on child exploitation five years ago.  As you know, written words stay viral forever when published online. So I had to really ponder how to respond. I want to share portions of the letter (I […]

The Importance of the Family Day Out

The Importance of the Family Day Out   If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that family life can be very stressful. From the school run to finding activities over summer holidays, family life can be non-stop. And that’s exactly why it’s so important to find ways to wind down, de-stress, and […]

Soothing Techniques For Self-Care

As an empowerment coach and life educator, I teach families about the importance of self-soothing rituals and calming techniques for each member of the family. If you have been a parent, you will remember the methods you developed to sooth a fretful baby or toddler.  You knew what worked and what would just make the child […]

What Makes a Family?

To be a biological parent requires a single act of sex, or even a test tube or petri dish.  A joining of sperm and egg does not a family make.  How you were created is less important than how you were nurtured. Parents and mentors come in all sizes, ages, sexual orientation and skills.  Many children I […]