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All Kentuckians are mandated reporters. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, call the Child Protection Hotline.

1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331

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Positive Parenting and the Seven Essential Life Skills for Children!

Think about some words that describe what life is like today. What words come to mind? Did your words reflect the challenges of living in a complicated, distracting world? Did you think of words that describe feelings of being rushed, time starved, of having too much to do and not enough time to do it? Did you focus on the uncertainties, the changes that ricochet in our economic systems, or the validity of relationships in a diverse and unpredictable world? Did you focus on the moments that give you pleasure, large and small?

Life today can be all of these things – complex, distracting, fast moving, 24-7, and stressful. It is also joyful and full of exciting possibilities. We know that if it is that way for us, it is only going to be more so for our children. We all want the best for our children, but how do we help them not only survive but thrive, today and in the future? (Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky, 2010)

Understand these seven essential life skills for children and learn how parenting and child development intersect with this helpful
resource from Zero to Three.

1. Focus and Self-Control
2. Perspective-Taking
3. Effective Communication
4. Making Connections
5. Critical Thinking
6. Taking on Challenges
7. Self-Directed, Engaged Learning

When parents nurture children with intentionality it provides a gateway to building lifelong tools. Check out Mind in the Making and utilize Skill-Building Opportunities to turn challenging behaviors into skill-building moments.