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Not even mom is an island
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Because great minds don't think alike. 
Not even mom is an island

Even the best moms & dads...

...can't meet all their children's needs all the time. Psychologists constantly remind parents that the best way to help their children develop into strong, independent adults is to teach them self-awareness: know their strengths, their needs, and when to ask for assistance. Helping children help themselves may be the hardest job for parents, but it is essential for your child's successful transition towards independence. Healthy self-awareness comes with maturity and lots of nurturing. You can read more about helping your child develop a healthy self-awareness here.

On this special weekend, we remind you that the most effective parents have the self-awareness to know when they need to seek help. Experience goes a long way in addressing parenting struggles. So when you're facing a difficult situation, don't be afraid to turn to others who can guide you. Here are suggestions of when and whom to ask for help. Unfortunately, we need to remind you that while the hardest step might be acknowledging you need someone's help, finding the just-right help for your wonderfully unique but struggling offspring is not always easy. Anticipate trial and error. Be prepared to say "this person isn't helping" and try someone or something new. But never ever give up hope. With perseverance you will find your child the help he or she needs.
 

Know when it's time to seek help?

Emotional
Feelings of worry and fear are part of every child’s experience. These feelings  are typically temporary and manageable. However, when fear, shyness or nervousness cannot be overcome, they need effective intervention. When your child refuses to do activities that he previously enjoyed or fails to carry out normal routines, it's probably time to take action. Click here to get started.
Learning
The sooner parents throw out pre-conceived notions about how they expect their children to develop academically, emotionally or physically compared to peers or siblings, the happier everyone will be. However, if you suspect your child is NOT developing in an age-appropriate way you want to consult an expert. Every bit of research shows that the sooner any type of learning problem is identified and addressed, the better the long-term outcome. Our learning experts describe the early warning signs by subject here.
Social
Never underestimate the potential impact social issues can have on a child's overall development. Unaddressed social issues can spiral into both learning and emotional problems. Sometimes children don't want help from parents, so consider asking an empathetic older cousin, sibling, or neighbor to help with activities such as role playing. Other suggestions available for Mindprint subscribers.
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