5 Ways to Communicate Better!

Everything involves a form of communication. It may be verbal or non verbal, but we are always sending and receieving messages. As part of the Kids Now​ program we teach our kids how to properly communicate so they can achieve their goals and improve their relationships with others.

 

Here are our top 5 communication tips we can all use 

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From Self Acceptance to Happiness!

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

George Orwell

At Kids Now we love quotes. They are literary treasures that give us clues on how to live a good life. This quote by George Orwell in particular is very good because of its simplicity and how related it is to what we focus on in our program.

It is very important to be able to accept one’s self with the good, the bad, our strengths and our weaknesses. It is not an easy task and it will be a work in progress for the rest of our lives, but the sooner we start talking to our kids about self acceptance the easier it will be for them to reach their own kind of happiness.

When we can accept who we are our level of self-esteem rises, and as a result we stop being so hard on ourselves.

Here are our top 3 tips on how to begin our self acceptance journey:

  1. Pay attention to how many times you judge yourself and write it down. Beside it write down a good quality about yourself to counter act the negativity. This is a good way to start taking away the power from our inner critic.
  2. Take the time to celebrate your favourite strength with a treat, a bubble bath, or any other way that will make you feel good! We often don’t recognize our strengths and just focus on our weaknesses.
  3. Forgive yourself for your shortcomings and from past mistakes. We tend to stay in the past and replay our mistakes which prevent us from moving on and accepting ourselves for the amazing people we are.

If you have more tips please share them in the comment section!

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Knock knock… who’s there?

                        As you think, so shall you become.   ·  Bruce Lee

The mind is very powerful and can effect our behavior and outcomes. We can choose to think in a positive way that will build our character and enhance our potential OR think negatively and feel like we are not good enough and unlikely achieve our dreams.

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Happiness is inside you!

Every time we turn on the TV or check our social media feeds, we are exposed to so many images of what our dream life, body, career,  should be.

We take these images and messages in and then we doubt ourselves. We may even believe (especially our kids) that without these things, we will never be happy. But the truth is that this is all a lie that brands have paid a lot of money to promote. As parents, teachers and caregivers it is our responsibility to counter balance this with a sense of reality and help manage our kids (and even our own) expectations of what happiness is.

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Technology to help report bullying

We live in an age where everything is swipe away. Virtually, there are countless apps (some useful and others not so much) to assist you in whatever you can think of. Thanks to the TCDSB, there is one more app to download, but this one can be a life saver for many youth. Bullying ranges from physical to virtual, but most often youth feel unsafe or uneasy to report a problem. Continue reading

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Thank you Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37!

Thank you Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37!  Your renewed support of the Kids Now self-esteem and leadership programs has helped Kids Now deliver 20 programs in the fall/winter of 2016/2017, and another 20 programs this spring. Our programs this school year will empower over 400 Edmonton middle school teens with important life-skills.  Your support directly helps youth to build their self-confidence, deal with peer pressures and bullying, manage everyday stress and set goals for a great future ahead! Continue reading

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Kids Now in Edmonton hearts Federated Co-Operatives Limited

Federated Co-Operatives Limited is, once again, supporting the Kids Now after-school self-esteem and leadership programs in Edmonton during this school year in the Fall and again this spring. Thanks to their support, the youth participants in all programs are receiving snacks during each of their 12 sessionPrograms.

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Community Matters Teaming up with Kids Now to Help Youth


CIBC’s culture is deeply rooted in a strong tradition of coming 
together for causes that impact all of us, especially, Kids, Cures and Community.

And just like Kids Now, CIBC cares about nurturing, educating and investing in the health and well-being of Canada’s children and young adults so they can build a better future.

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Kids Now at TIFF!!

Thanks to our wonderful partners Icon Vision Media and xocial, Kids Now is following the path to the Red Carpet at TIFF.

Kids Now and xocial (pronounced soh-shuhl) have created a 15-second campaign ad that will play on huge mobile digital screens in various locations at TIFF during the entire festival (September 8 to 18, 2016). We’ll be in front of thousands of film goers as they wait in line to buy tickets or stake out celebrities!

TIFF attendees and people following TIFF in the media (both social and traditional) can join the Kids Now #LoveThySelfie TIFF campaign and complete simple, fun and meaningful challenges that encourage positive self-image and earn them “social points”.

The campaign is hosted online at xocial .

Check out our fun 15 second spot now.

The campaign ad “You’re a star. Just the way you are.” builds on the success of the hugely popular #LoveThySelfie Campaign, launched by Kids Now in the summer of 2015 that inspired thousands of people and celebrities across North America to post a selfie, share it and encourage others to join in.  By teaming up with xocial, Kids Now is rewarding the efforts of the “everyday stars” who earn points in our #LoveThySelfie TIFF campaign.

This campaign will then be promoted in our Kids Now Fall mentorship programs, where our young teens will also join in on the fun as one of the many ways to build self-esteem, self-awareness and confidence.

About xocial – xocial is an online community that connects people and organizations to causes they care about, then inspires them to take action.  It’s a simple and fun way to make a difference in our communities. Using xocial, you can measure the impact of your efforts. Build your XO score and show off your good side!

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Arbonne Empowers Young Teens

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THANK YOU to the Arbonne Charitable Foundation for their grant to support the Kids Now self-esteem and leadership mentorship programs for young teens. Their grant was used specifically to support the costs to reprint the Mentor Manuals.

Since 1999, the Kids Now free after-school program for middle school youth has been designed as a turnkey operation. The Mentor Manual is a comprehensive binder that each mentor uses to guide them step-by-step through each of the 12 weekly modules.

Led by our trained volunteer mentors and in collaboration with school boards and participating school principals, each of the 12 modules run immediately after school and are comprised of:

– Module 1 Introduction

– Module 2/3 Building self-confidence and self-esteem

– Module 4/5 Goal setting

– Module 6/7 Developing communication & relationship skills

– Module 8/9 Resolving conflicts, dealing with bullying, harassment and peer pressure

– Module 10/11 Managing stress and improving mental well-being

– Module 12 Conclusion, certificates and celebration

The Arbonne Charitable Foundation’s mission is to provide support for programs and opportunities that promote the development of confidence and self‑esteem in teenage girls and boys.  Arbonne is empowering the next generation to live confidently, dream big, and to believe that ‘Change Starts With Me”

On behalf of our youth participants, mentors, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, THANK YOU again.  Read more about the Arbonne Charitable Foundation here.

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