Parenting

Avoiding Family Feuds

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Avoiding Family Feuds

Avoiding Family Feuds Have you ever wished parenting was easier?  Children struggling with classes, forgetting, or refusing to follow household rules and expected behaviors, and open disrespect  is frustrating for all parents.  We may feel this will never improve but often with some changes in the way we communicate we can change the situation. Avoid yelling and screaming. Take a few seconds to regain control before you begin speaking with your kids.  If all discipline needed was screaming, things would have changed long ago. Don’t assume your child understands your directions....

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Communicating With Your Kid

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Communicating With Your Kid

I was chauffeuring my kids one day listening to radio news. The newscaster announced the average American parent spends 3 minutes each day communicating with their kids. I was horrified. 3 minutes? I knew I was doing a much better job than “THOSE” parents and decided to monitor our communication to prove this. I paid close attention for the next week while I communicated with my kids. What I found was that I was talking to my kids more than 3 minutes each day, but it was focused on directions “hurry up and get in the car”, “do you have your homework done?” “stop aggravating her.” So lots of...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Respect is an interesting concept. I often hear complaints from parents, teachers and school administrators, and legal officials that today’s teens don’t respect authority. Parents bring adolescents to my office complaining that their teen refuses to listen to rules and curfews, argue with them, and curses and calls them filthy names. For me it’s really very simple, why would they respect anyone? If we look at the trends in our nation, respect has been missing for decades. Our legislative body does not and has not respected our elected president. Respect means that I may not agree with you...

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When Recess is My Favorite Subject

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Remember recess? The sound of the bell announcing that you could leave for recess and running, RUNNING! out to the playground for 20 minutes of unadulterated play. Pick-up games of touch football, red rover-red rover, tag, jumping rope with taking turns jumping in, swinging as high as you dared, kick ball, and climbing on monkey bars. Always dreading the inevitable bell announcing the end of playtime and the needed return back to the classroom. I remember those beautiful fall and spring days, watching out the window from the classroom, wondering when the time would ever come so we could get...

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Random Acts of Kindness

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Many years ago while my children were little, my family and I were having breakfast at a hotel buffet. Anyone with young children knows the challenges of helping younger children in a buffet line, their own struggles for independence, the forgotten items needed to complete the meal, and the inability to eat as a complete family unit due to staggering of food arrivals and start times. Buffets were even more difficult for my family because my kids were special needs kids. We attracted a lot of attention at times. My kids were louder and needed more attention and assistance at times. At times I...

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Econ 101

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A national clothing retail chain made news with their new line aimed at teens and tweens; thongs with controversial messages on them “dare you”, “call me” and “feeling lucky”. These messages should not have shocked anyone. Take a look around any clothing store or any mall filled with teen girls and you will find hundreds of T-shirts filled with images such as cherries across their chest and descriptive and sexually suggestive and inviting words on both shirts and across their bottoms on short-shorts and sweat pants. Hip hugging jeans are the style, complete with the ability to see back...

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