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Every parent wants their kids to feel good about themselves — and with good reason.Studies have shown that confident kids experience benefits ranging from less anxiety and improved performance in school to increased resilience and healthier relationships.As a psychotherapist and author of "13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do," I've seen many parents engage in strategies they believe will build their children's confidence.But some of those strategies can backfire, creating a vicious cycle where kids struggle to feel good about who they are. As a result, parents may find themselves working overtime trying to boost their children's self-esteem.Here are the seven biggest parenting mistakes that crush kids' confidence:1. Letting them escape responsibilityWhile you might think chores w
Smart business owners recognize the value of good content. Not only does it attract website traffic and boost a company's rankings in search engine results pages, compelling content engages, informs, and persuades their target audiences.A robust content strategy ensures that your content will produce measurable, meaningful results, helping your business grow.To create an organized and intentional content strategy that aligns with your company's main goals and objectives, start with these four steps:Conduct keyword research to ensure that your content strategy addresses your target audience's search queries for both core and long-tail topics.Research and invest in formats that engage your audience; share content strategically to boost your strategy's effectiveness.Invest significant staf...