parenting

Creating Summertime Family Fun

Personality Style Counts! Summer vacations are upon us! How do you plan your child’s activities for the summer? Is everyone off to camp or spending the day at the local pool? Are you visiting local parks or exploring a museum? The unstructured days of summer sound heavenly, but sometimes the end result falls short of the…

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Ten Engaging Questions to Ask Your Child

Asking Questions that Make Kids Think As a school counselor, I often talked with parents who were concerned about their inability to engage their children in meaningful conversations. They’d ask, “What did you do at school today?” and get the standard response:  “Nothing.”  They’d learn from other parents or the teacher about significant events or…

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Stressed out?

You deserve a break today… Wonder why so many children today are anxious, unmotivated and stressed out? Could it be that the opportunity for play is rapidly becoming extinct? Every day in every way we are all about being productive and busy. Schools are increasingly  focused on academics and data collection (even in preschool). No…

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three steps to managing anger in children

How to calm an angry child Have you ever been faced with calming down an angry child? What is the best approach? How can we teach children to manage strong emotions like anger? Brain Chemistry  Anger control is best understood through thinking about the brain chemistry involved. Adults and children often think of emotions such…

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Parenting the Strong-Willed Child

Develop Leadership Skills In a favorite comic strip, a little boy tells his Dad, “You’ll never be as smart as me Dad.  Back when God built your brain…he was using older technology.”  Pretty clever, huh?  Probably hits home for many parents like me who rely on younger children to tweak their websites, blog posts and download all…

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Why you can’t motivate kids…

How to inspire children to love learning Practice the piano. Do your homework! Clean up your room! Follow directions without reminders. How much of your time as an educator or parent is spent trying to motivate your students or children? What if someone told you that trying to motivate someone doesn’t work? What if there…

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