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Best Traits to Nurture in the Year of the Monkey

January 15, 2016

Posted in: Parenting Resources

Year of the Monkey

As the first month of the New Year begins, many wonder what the year 2016 has in store for them. If you follow the Chinese Zodiac, it might tell you all you need to know about your future in 2016: the Year of the Monkey.

The Year of the Monkey will start from the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8, 2016 and last to Jan. 27, 2017. The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. (source)  The strengths of the Monkey include personality traits of enthusiasm, self-assurance, friendliness and an innovative spirit.

Here are the best three Monkey traits you can nurture in your child, whether they were born in the Year of the Monkey or not:

1. Always upbeat, Monkeys are considered minor celebrities in their social circles thanks to their sparkling wit and sharp mind.

Nurture a strong wit: The Monkey is naturally curious, but so are most children. Leverage their curiosity about various topics and interests to encourage their desire to learn and share their new knowledge with friends.

2. Monkeys are the original party animal. Charming and energetic, Monkeys crave fun, activity and stimulation.

Nurture a boundless enthusiasm for fun: Swinging from one tree to the next, Monkeys naturally know how to have a great time with friends. Channel their pent-up Monkey energy into a family project they can have fun with.

3. Fun and exciting, Monkeys can be carefree and full of energy. They are ready to try anything at least once.

Nurture a happy-go-lucky spirit: Monkeys are always on the prowl for a pleasurable activity, but they also face the normal disappointments and worries of life that feel all-consuming sometimes. Slow down at home and help your Monkey stop and smell the roses, or even indulge in a guilty pleasure from time to time so they learn to let go of stressors.