We try to teach our kids to always be themselves and try their best at the things they love and to try new things even if they are scared. Many times my daughter has come home with a smile after doing something she thought she couldn't. Like when she was shy to sign up for the girls dance club at school - she's on her third year this year!
As my oldest daughter is hitting Tweenhood hard, with new experiences, roles and responsibilities - it can be downright scary. She fell in love with Monster High about four years ago, she got her first Draculara doll for her birthday that year. The message with these dolls is that everyone is great the way they are no matter what and everyone has their own unique story.
Monster High Haunted is coming to DVD on March 24 and its a movie that deals with just that - the movie follows our favourite Monster High ghouls as they travel to a parallel ghost world and discover Haunted High - an all ghost school shut off from the monster world. If your child is preparing to head somewhere new, going through a transitional phase, or is participating in a sports team or other activities where they may meet new friends, here are some good tips from our friends at Monster High to help our tweens along.
Be Yourself, Be Unique
I think this one can go for both kids and adults, sometimes when you are entering something new it can be overwhelming and can make us feel like we can't find someone with common interests. It's best to always be yourself and stay positive. Eventually you will find someone who will appreciate you for who you are and one day maybe you will be the best of friends. If you pretend to be someone you're not, it will come around and haunt you in the end!
Patience is key.
It takes time to get used to new people and new surroundings, being patient can pay off. If your child feels anxious or nervous, being patient is a good way to help calm things down and be able to get used to things easier. Good things take time as they say.
Embrace your imperfections and embrace your individuality.
A great way to get to know others and your environment is to get involved and participate. Encouraging your kids to be as engaged as they can be will give them the opportunity to branch out, learn new things and meet like minded individuals. Talk to them about ways they can go above and beyond to get involved with new friends!
I know as my kids grow, we will face many times where they will feel unsure. Even as an adult I often have my moments when I am unsure. Communicating and letting them know we are here for them no matter what is the foundation to helping them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
If you have a little ghoul who loves Monster High like mine does, check out the Monster High YouTube channel! There are some great videos on there which I think kids can really relate to.
To learn more about Monster High visit the official website here!
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