Breaking The Cycle
Words, Actions and Attitudes:
What We Are Passing Down to Our Children

You may not know it, but your day-to-day behavior, from the way you drive to the tone of your voice, is shaping the way your child will act for the rest of his life. Children are like sponges: they absorb everything a parent does and incorporate what they see into their own lives. The summer issue of MASK The Magazine Breaking the Cycle: Words, Actions and Attitudes: What we are passing down to our children will examine toxic and negative behaviors parents exhibit and can potentially pass down to their children, while offering suggestions on how to break the cycle. “The question isn’t whether your child will emulate you; they will,” says Audrey Krisbergh, director of The Center for Parenting Education in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. “The question is which behaviors will they imitate. Through role modeling, you have the ability to influence your children’s development in a positive way.”

Whether you have a Pre-K, elementary, middle school, high school or college student, Dr. Shefali Gandhi, a licensed psychologist in Scottsdale, offers an age-appropriate guide in the “Making The Grade” section on how to model positive, healthy ways of living and how to break the cycle of toxic behavior by changing what we pass down to our kids. This section provides resources and tips on what parents can do, as well as conversation starters to begin a healthy dialogue with your child.

From cover to cover, MASK The Magazine is packed with parenting advice on the power of our words and tips for effective role modeling from medical doctors, clinical psychologists, professors, and professionals, as well as moms, dads, and high school students. In the Student Awareness Tools section, students share their perspective on how their parents’ choices have impacted their own choices, and they share personal stories of how their parents’ behaviors have influenced them.

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The summer issue of MASK The Magazine is filled with timely and trending information – from the latest social media trend, “The Tide Pod Challenge” that teens across America are trying, to need-to-knows on health, prevention and connection.

MASK The Magazine also reminds us to build in some quality family time this summer in the “On the Road” section that features the best of North Carolina beaches, and the “Things We Love” section that highlights the picnic perfect hybrid cooler. Readers will also learn seven cool summer things to do, guaranteed to keep kids interested, engaged and learning.

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