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Alison Block
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Most parents would feel proud if they thought they had the “perfect” child. But few look at the downside of perfectionism and how striving for it can hurt children. In today’s competitive environment, children cannot just be perfect on paper, amassing a large digital resume good grades and extracurricular activities. They need to have real skills to navigate the ups and down of teacher demands, changing friendships, emotional stresses, and job competition.

You can start empowering your children now to avoid the anxiety caused by ‪perfectionism‬ and raise wonderful, talented children who are resilient, happy, and take responsibility for their own actions. I discuss six strategies for parents in my latest blog post: http://dralisonblock.com/letting-go-of-perfect-how-perfect…/

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The ‪#‎holidays‬ are a difficult time for people who have faced the loss of a loved one. In my own life, this month marked the one-year anniversary of my mother's death. On my blog, I reflect on the importance of making family time together count by asking questions and learning family stories that can be passed on, not forgotten: http://buff.ly/1Od3F7P

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As the holiday season approaches, I am struck once again by how many people feel they must be the perfect host and gift giver. That got me started thinking about perfectionism and how the need to be perfect is one of the many stresses people put on themselves.
This month, I dive into recognizing the warning signs of perfectionism. Next month, I'll cover how perfectionism hurts children and how you can let go of it for good. http://buff.ly/1Qfo64b ‪#‎perfect‬ ‪#‎perfectionism‬ ‪#‎perfectionist‬

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Join me for "Letting Go to Let Them Grow: The Relationship Between Anxiety in Our Children and Parenting Style," November 9, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. This event is free, but registrations are suggested. http://bit.ly/1KXLobC

All parents worry about their children being happy and productive. But with academic pressures, social pressures, and different personality styles, it is no surprise that we see anxiety in our children and teens. Learn about what you can do as a parent to modify your own style and give your child a greater chance to have good coping skills, less worry, and more resilience.

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We all #lie sometimes. Whether it's early 'get a good impression' lies, lies to hide flaws, lies of omission, lies to avoid conflict, or monster lies, understanding why we lie in our #relationships and developing the necessary #self-esteem or #communications skills to be truthful are key to stopping the behavior.

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Today is ‪#‎WorldSuicidePreventionDay‬. Today is about speaking up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely. It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. It is about being self informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, contact your local suicide prevention hotline, or visit https://www.iasp.info/wspd/

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Do you have an untapped skill? Are you using your #personal intelligence to its highest potential? Psychology Today can help you look within to answer these questions.

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Interesting! A couple, who had been married for more than two decades and raised two kids, found themselves squabbling over lots of small things, but didn’t want to get divorced. Separate living areas seemed to have save their marriage.

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Parents have a better chance of controlling their children’s addiction to texting and gaming if they set aside family times for putting down devices.

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Naps aren't only good for children. A short nap could reduce impulsive behavior and improve the ability to withstand frustration. 
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