Heidi Smith Luedtke

New Year’s Resolutions for Teens

These improvement goals can be positive growth opportunities. Here's how parents can help with New Year's resolutions for teens in four areas: weight, money, grades and friends.

How Parents Can Show Kids What Grown-Up Love Looks Like

From listening and hanging out to holding hands, giving compliments and even being happy to help out, here are 12 ways to show children what emotional maturity in relationships looks like.

How to Encourage Optimism and Positive Thoughts in Children

Parents can help kids develop more resiliency and the mental durability they need to weather the small stuff – and life's bigger challenges down the road.

The Practice of Gratitude: 30 Ways to Give Thanks

Savor the positive experiences in your life and appreciate the things you have all year long.

How to Help Your Child Overcome Fears

Whether it's the boogeyman, insects or costumed characters, kids have all sorts of fears. Start helping children overcome fears they have with these tips.

Four Skills Smart Kids Need to Succeed That Go Beyond Books

Grades aren't all that count. Parents can help children nurture a growth mindset, investigative approach, emotional intelligence and self-expression, too.

7 Tips for Finding Help for Single Parents

Solo moms and dads can't do it all alone, but asking for help can be hard. Here are seven steps to ask for and find help for single parents.

What's Killing Creativity in Kids?

Why is pretend play, open ended fun and artistry on the decline with children? And what can parents can do to nurture it at home and beyond?

9 Tips to Help Kids Overcome Social Anxiety

Is your child shy or nervous around others? Here are nine things you can do to help them overcome social anxiety.

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

And keep them, too. Here are four ways parents can help support young kids through the ups and downs of friendship.

The Importance of Parents Admitting Mistakes to Teens

Admitting you're wrong is difficult, but teens need to hear parents admitting mistakes. Here's why it's healthier for everyone.

Using Praise to Build Kids’ Confidence – Without Overdoing It

Boosting your child's self esteem is important. But it's a delicate balance for parents. Here are five tips to help you create buoyancy in your children.
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