November 2011 - Volume 58
  Helping Children and Adolescents Succeed Socially!
The Social Skills Groups   Spread APPRECIATION this holiday season

Social Skills Groups are held at:
The Social Skills Place, Inc.
310 S. Happ Rd, Suite 201
Northfield, Illinois 60093

Date and times:

Elementary School
Monday's 4:30PM-5:30PM
Thursday's 4:30PM-5:30PM

Middle School/Jr.High
Wednesday's 5:30PM-6:30PM

High School Group
Tuesday's 5:30PM-6:30PM

Parent Group
Wednesday's 1:00PM-2:30PM
Wednesday's 7:00PM-8:30PM

Susan Stern, MSW, LCSW


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Appreciation is a powerful tool.
When we appreciate in our lives, we attract and allow more of the good things to come into them.  Focusing on the love that you give to the world will bring more love into your life. Appreciating your good health, your home and your family will attract and allow more of these things.  Appreciate your children, and in turn they will appreciate you. They turn to us for guidance, so remember, that which you think and feel will manifest in your life.  We are our children’s teachers so we must be thoughtful about our people skills, our thoughts and our behaviors.

Teach your children and model good manners this holiday season.

Prior to attending a holiday gathering:

  • Set expectations with your child.  Tell them:
    Where you are going, what is going to happen, who is going to be there, how many people will be there, and how long you will stay.
  • Again, prior to the holiday gathering set expectations of what you expect of your child.  Be specific about the types of behavior you will expect. When they present any little positive performance notice the behavior and praise them, and acknowledge their efforts. “I notice that you are cooperating with your sister and brother.”  You will see how this will produce more positive behaviors in them.
  • Keep in mind that your child does not wish to be embarrassed any more than you would, so try to help correct an unacceptable behavior in a private place and time.
  • After the holiday occasion talk openly and share in conversation with your child.  Review how your child did at the gathering.  Discuss what went well and perhaps how next time you can all improve.  Be specific.
  • Emphasize the positive. You do not want your child to dislike the holiday occasions due to hearing from their parents how they messed up in the area of social skills or behaviors.   Guide them gently with reassurance. They want to do well and be successful.
  • Model good social manners and skills. Children observe and learn from parent’s people skills and manners.  No kidding.  They will model you and not necessarily listen to you preach.

And remember,
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Oprah Winfrey

Have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

Susan Stern, LCSW is the founder of The Social Skills Place, Inc.

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