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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 14:51

Parent Talk Tip: "You Did It"

One important function of families is that of support and encouragement without judging, evaluating, rating and ranking the efforts of one another.

Sara spent an hour one Saturday afternoon tossing a small beach ball at a plastic basketball hoop her fatherhad brought home from a garage sale. Her first efforts missed the hoop by several feet. None of them hit the backboard. Her father stood by, retrieving each shot and returning the ball to her for another attempt. He also made descriptive comments after each shot. His Parent Talk was deliberate and focused. He gave supportive comments that were limited to describing what happened.

Published in Children/Parenting
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 13:11

Emotional Intelligence:

What Is It, Who Has It, and How to Get It

First, realize that although each of the following children are all bright, they have not developed the emotional skills necessary for success in these life situations. Such skills, many of which we often take for granted, thankfully can be taught, and have most recently been coined emotional intelligence (EQ) by Daniel Goleman in his best-selling book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

Published in Children/Parenting
Monday, 19 April 2010 18:22

Change in Parenting

Many of our thoughts about parenting are outdated. Used by others before us, they have been passed on as worn-out hand-me-downs that no longer fit the time, the place, or us as uncommon parents.

Published in Children/Parenting
Sunday, 11 April 2010 09:38

Grace-full Parenting

Have you noticed more than a hint of anger creeping into your parenting style? Do you parent more with your vocal chords than with your heart? Then, you may need the gift of grace-full parenting. It holds children in a state of grace, even as they are held accountable for their behaviors. It communicates love and caring while simultaneously implementing the discipline strategies called for.

Published in Children/Parenting
Thursday, 11 February 2010 19:47

The Language of Learned Helplessness

Not many parents set out to raise a thirty-year-old Nintendo player who sprawls on the couch all day sucking up pizza and diet Pepsi. Yet many parents actually subvert their positive intention of raising responsible, confident, fully functioning children. They do it by unconsciously using Parent Talk that allows and encourages helplessness.

Published in Children/Parenting
Saturday, 26 December 2009 19:27

Making Yourself Dispensable to your Children

Are you at all interested in raising a thirty-year-old Nintendo player who lies around your house all day eating cold pizza and sucking up Diet Pepsi? Probably not. If you’re like many of the parents who attend our parenting workshops, creating a thirty-year-old video game player is not high on your list of parenting goals. You are probably more interested in raising a responsible, caring, conscious youngster who, somewhere between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, is capable of leaving home and living successfully on his or her own.

Published in Children/Parenting
Sunday, 13 December 2009 21:20

Our Kids as Guides to Inner Consciousness

A parent can gain all kinds of information from inner and outer sources regarding the multidimensional aspects of their children and yet when it boils right down to it, unless that information makes their daily interaction with that child more conscious, then maybe it wasn’t really that helpful.

Published in Children/Parenting

What does it mean to be present with a child or with anyone for that matter? On one level it starts with the ability to give our focus to who we are listening to. It is the ability to pay close attention to what is happening right in front of us. Listening, focus and attention are all key words when discussing being fully present, but there is something beyond those words.

Published in Children/Parenting
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 12:06

9 Tips on How to Help your Child take Medicine

Maybe your child needs to take a common aspirin. Or perhaps he has been diagnosed with depression/anxiety and been put on Zoloft by your doctor. He could be eight years old or sixteen. Regardless of age or type of medicine prescribed, what do you do if he refuses to take it? How do you get a strong-willed child to take his medicine when he is determined not to take it?

Published in Children/Parenting

If there's something close to a secret to help kids be more successful, perhaps it's this: Kids work hard when they want to work hard, and this happens when they are motivated to do so by some positive internal goal, and not by fear or because they are worried about disappointing others. They work hard because they value hard work. Instilling kids with values like this is the first step on the long road to real success. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to make this happen. Here are five ways to put your kids on the path to extraordinary:

Published in Children/Parenting
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