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16Nov, 2011

Connecting with your Pre-teen-Teenage Child: Notice the good things they try do. Don’t wait for them to be in People Magazine!

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Do you have trouble talking with you preteen-teenage daughter or son for sustained amounts of time?  If you answered yes then let’s look at possible options to have conversations for a sustained amount of time. First, catch them being good.  Many parents had communication with their parents based on what needed to be done,  what you were doing wrong and what you needed to do better.  When you did well, you likely received praise for an A grade on a test, a great project in art or a significant victory […]
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11Aug, 2011

Tips for the beginning of the school year: Parents You Can Do It!

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The school year for children is upon us.  If you find your nervous energy gaining momentum stop and take a deep breath.  I have some points you might want to utilize in your thoughts and parenting approaches to get the full benefit out of your parenting approaches to your children; and, in particular in respect to homework.  Do not use the word grounding when your child spends a few week day nights procrastinating and comes misses deadlines for homework.  The word grounding to a child means-“Prison”.  My contention is that this […]
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23Jul, 2011

Celebrate Parents’ Day

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Parents’ Day Consider the effect parents have in the life of children.  The commitment and nurturing support of parents has a profound impact on the development of children.  Celebrating Parents’ Day on the fourth Sunday of July is an opportunity for families to talk about the positive experiences they have with parents and parenting.  Families may include many relationships including biological, foster and step families.  Parents’ Day can also recognize other significant people who take part in the raising of children in some families.  According to the National Parents’ Day […]
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14Jul, 2011

Minding Your Children

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One of my pet peeves is parents who do not mind their children. As a parent, I am constantly watching my two-year old son when he is around other children.  If he takes something that does not belong to him or pushes someone, I am quick to take care of the situation and apologize to the other child for what my son did to him or her.  I avoid making excuses for my son’s behaviors.   At the mall, playground, and even at church,  I’ve noticed some parents are off […]
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6Jul, 2011

Keeping Your Children Involved!

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When the time comes to enroll your child in an extra-curricular activity consider the positive aspects it provides:   Team sports help with socialization.  It may be an opportunity to make a friend they can do things with outside the team practices and games.   Music helps with creativity.   Drama helps with self expression.   Increased self esteem occurs over time as your child becomes more competent at the particular activity.   And, as you review each of these activities the positive attributes noted are not exclusive to each activity.  […]
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