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|Posted on March 7, 2010 at 5:38 PM||comments ()|
A. Teenagers and their push for independence can be a tough crowd to begin with, then add hormones and PMS. Ugh!
One of the things I would suggest is working with her to take specif...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 1, 2009 at 6:33 AM||comments ()|
A. Here are my three favorite Time Management Tips:
Plan each day. Planning your day ca...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 2:05 AM||comments ()|
A. I love the analogy that one of my mentors, Beth Sutton, has told me. Think of you and your family in a boat driving down a river. The river starts to rise and the water overflows the banks. Now your job is getting all the water back into the river. Uhg! Now think of the water rising again and instead of letting the water go over the banks, you build the riverbanks higher and higher, no water goes over the banks, and finally the river is no longer rising and returns to n...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 2:02 AM||comments ()|
A. We utilized the Bradley Method for natural childbirth. Healthy Babies. Healthy Mothers. Healthy Families. Without the side effects of drugs given during labor and birth. Bradley classes teach families how to have natural births. The techniques are simple and effective. They are based on information about how the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can work with their bodies to reduce pain and make their labors more efficient.Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:38 AM||comments ()|
A. With potty training, being consistent is 100% the key to faster success. When a baby is strongly resistant to wearing diapers (around 18 - 24 months typically), switch to training pants during the day (not night time, that comes later) and DO NOT go back to diapers during the day - no matter what your plans for the day are. If you go back and forth between diapers and training pants, you'll delay the success by perhaps a year or even more. Be obser...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:22 AM||comments ()|
A. A little one who's nap time has arrived can be seen in their non-verbal ques: they are rubbing their eyes; twiddling/stroking your or their clothes, hair or skin; playing quietly; etc., before they make the verbal cues: whining and crying. Busy little ones may resist heading to the bedroom. Ask them if they would like to be carried to bed or walk on their own to bed. Give them to the slow and even count of 3 to decide. If they can't decide, then tell them you wil...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:20 AM||comments ()|
A. We use Enki Education. It's an education with a unique blend of Waldorf, Montessori and United Nations Schools, grounded in Child Development and the Arts. www.EnkiEducation.org
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:17 AM||comments ()|
A. Start by being consistent. By being inconsistent, you will be teaching them something that you do not want to teach. It is better to break this cycle before your "No" means nothing at all. You can break this habit by biting your tongue and not saying "No" right off the bat.
Do this by first taking a breath. Then...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:16 AM||comments ()|
A. Help them understand why you have chosen the family rules - there is no I in Team! Teach them to respect the family rules and teach them to respect others, including you and themselves, by teaching them good listening skills and dialog skills. This includes having family rules that are enforced:
- no sassing back,
- no talking while someone else is talking,
- use words that are respectful ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:01 AM||comments ()|
A. Does it seem that no discipline seems to help?? Sleep problems? Teeth grinding? School problems? Hyper? Non-stop talking?
The latest research shows that artificial colors create inattentiveness and hyperactivity i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:58 AM||comments ()|
A. Natural, real life consequences. The choice is to do/ finish the task or if the child does not do it and the parent has to do it, then not only does the child not get paid their allowance, but the child pays the parent for doing it. Other choices for consequences may be no TV, games, friends, or something of the sort. Grounding time varies based on age and gravity of situation.
All FAQs answers are copyri...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:35 AM||comments ()|
A. For teens, give them appropriate and earned freedoms based on their maturity levels. Boundaries need to stay in check around study habits, sports practice, helping the family with household tasks, maintaining good family dialog and listening skills, anger management skills, and being a good role model for younger siblings, among many other areas.
Mutual love and respect goes a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM||comments ()|
A. When a parent holds a child responsible for something that is not in their ability to be responsible for, the parent undermines the child's confidence and self-esteem. As an example, pushing over-achieving sport performance, academic performance or artistic performance, beyond their age development is sometimes downright traumatic. A child can make decisions about competition and perfectionism that are very unhealthy and have a whole adulthood carrying around that bagg...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:20 AM||comments ()|
A. A child needs to know where it's boundaries are and that those boundaries are there consistently. We also must give our kids appropriate, developmentally correct, responsibilities for their age, beginning as young as preschool. As kids grow, they become more responsible for their time management and for more adult duties and decisions, and yes, sometimes a child does need to fail and face natural consequences (but not unsafe consequences) in order to learn. By doing th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:19 AM||comments ()|
A. I can help you and your children break out of old thoughts, old habits, old beliefs, old behaviors, and old ways. As a parent mentor and coach, I help you start right where you at, one baby step at a time.
Problems can grow into bigger problems quickly as children grow and are more influenced by their peers and media.
As a role model for your childr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 8, 2009 at 12:11 AM||comments ()|
A. There are over 105,000 parenting books at Amazon.com. Americans love parenting books, but books can only bring us so far in our understanding, and they take time to read, digest and implement. Hands-on experiential, interactive learning opportunities are how humans learn best. But where and how? Suddenly we find ourselves feeling like we are the lone ones, not sure if we'll find acceptance of our fledgling attempts to make changes. What you could really use to feel ...Read Full Post »