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10 From GEM: 10 Ways To Raise Down-To-Earth Kids


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10 From GEM:
10 Ways To Raise Down-To-Earth Kids

The key to raising down-to-earth kids is that parents are down-to-earth themselves and well-grounded in the values that are important to them. As number 1 in the slideshow indicates, you will have to start with yourself. Beyond that, children will ultimately make their own choices. However, there are things we can do to guide them to make decisions that are sound and responsible. The task is not easy, but it’s not impossible. Read on for 10 actions you can take to raise down-to-earth kids.

9. Teach Kids How To Manage Their Emotions

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Photo Credit: Daniel

People who have control over their emotions can manage their behavior. This little gem was discovered on Facebook (with apologies for the lack of credit) and can be a great discussion point with kids: “Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn't mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift called....self control!”

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