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The Simple Acts

Posted on General, Parenting March 11, 2018 by Mary George

In the recent weeks the pervasive undercurrent of anger and hatred in our country has bubbled over yet again. It is ugly. It seems that we are now living in a culture of declining compassion for others and an unwillingness to compromise. In our world of needing “likes” rather than understanding another’s perspective, have we lost this compassion? How do we get back to reaching out to others in need? Let us teach our children that kindness towards others makes a difference and that simple acts can make a change and create a more caring, safe, and understanding world. 
Begin the conversation with your children as to what they think being kind to another means. Ask them how they can be kind to someone in their daily lives. After having these conversations, make it a routine at dinner every night to ask what act of kindness they did that day. Creating this repetitive action helps it become part of their thought process causing it to stick with them. Do not hesitate in offering suggestions to them either such as:
 – smile and say hello to someone new
 – ask someone to sit with you at lunch that you do not usually sit with
 – if you see someone alone at recess ask them to play or join your team
 – find something in common with a classmate that you do not know very well 
The more tangible situations that we can point out to our children as to why showing compassion and kindness is important, the greater the possibility of better world in our future. 
—Mary & Claire
**My Remarkable Self® is available to facilitate private workshops for parents and / or students on a a variety of topics in your school, work place or home.

Better Person

Posted on Affirmation, General, Parenting, Self-Esteem January 1, 2018 by Mary George

Every year we give you our thoughts as to making resolutions for ourselves and our children. This year we were excited (and a bit surprised!) to see a recent poll that “being a better person”tops the list of most people’s resolutions for 2018. But what does does “being a better person” actually mean? To us, being a better person means looking inside of yourself and determining what values are important to you and what will make positive change for you as well as others.
It has been proven that virtues such as gratitude and giving improve our overall well being and satisfaction both within our lives and for others. Empathy, compassion and acts of kindness – the Golden Rule – also fall into this category. Maybe if we all worked towards embodying these virtues our present society would become more a positive, kind environment. Just imagine how teaching and developing these values in our children could change the world! At My Remarkable Self we strive to teach these invaluable life lessons in every class, workshop and presentation that we give. In addition to working with our students, we work with parents, educators and community groups and give them tools to help our children and ourselves navigate our ever changing world.
So as you look forward to 2018, think about what it takes to help us and our children be better people. I can tell you that my word for the year (see last year’s blog) is “better!” Happy New Year!!
Here are our workshops that are tailored to meet the needs of a school, corporate, community or private group. Please reach out to us today! 
Navigating Technology & Social Media with Your Child
Mother/Daughter Relationships
Communication & Your Child
Self-Esteem & Leadership*
Stress & Transitions
Friendship and the Power of Words*
Teasing & Bullying*
Kik, Snapchat and Insta – What do you know about Social Media and being a responsible digital citizen?*
Shattering the Glass Ceiling (aimed for high school girls grades 9-12)*
Taking Care of Me – Puberty & Hygiene (for both boys & girls)*
* Specifically aimed for students, can be tailored according to age.
–Mary & Claire
**My Remarkable Self® is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses.**