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Safety-Net Parenting: February, 2015
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"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money."
            -Abigail Van Buren

Love it, love it, love it! Ms. Van Buren hit the nail right on the head. Being a good parent is not about buying for our kids. It's about giving of ourselves, of our time. There are so many ways to do this: helping with homework, going to the beach, playing soccer together, discussing dreams, going to her dance recital.

Safety-Netters know that when we spend time with our children, we are giving them a gift that money can't buy. We also learn about their passion, and start to give them opportunities to make them into strengths.
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Want your preschooler to find her passion?

Little ones need lots of opportunities to discover the world, to find their niche, to learn what they love and to see what they have a knack for. So, for preschoolers, encourage imaginative play. That means, go with their ideas. No squashing their imagination. Your son wants to play “Space Adventurer”? Then be his first lieutenant. Your daughter pretends she’s a professional golfer? Then, be the crowd that “ooohs” and “ahhhs” as she makes that 20-foot putt.
Play encourages emotional growth and sparks the brain’s creativity. It also helps you to see what excites your three-year old (her passion) and allows her to discover her own strengths. Letting your child take the lead in play opens doors for her own possibilities, while giving you a snapshot of where she might end up.
Keeping a strengths journal can be beneficial down the road. Jot down the things that she plays, as well as the topics she talks about the most. My daughter, Grace, would lie in bed at night and call me into her room to tell me ideas she had. Her mind would take her to her passions right before she went to sleep. These are the ideas for the strengths journal.

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Cecilia Cassini is the 15-year old fashion designer to the stars. Learn how her parents helped her discover her passions early on.

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