Barriers to Communication

We go through life doing our best to be understood. But lets face it, it can be difficult. So many people coming from so many different walks of life. Each person having their own experience filter which has the ability to distort a message. The best we can do is be aware of the challenges of effective communication and do our part. As parents we do a little more by teaching our kids.

May 11th, 2017|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Barriers to Communication

Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Parenting

Have you ever thought of how self-fulfilling prophesy affects your parenting? First we have to define self-fulfilling prophesy, because I have a suspicion that not too many parents have stopped to think about it. Which is too bad because it could change the outcome of many negative experiences for the better.

May 10th, 2017|Categories: Social Skills|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Parenting

Out With the Old

One of the great things about any good behavior modification system is that you can watch the undesirable behavior slowly correct itself. With games like Vlinder you often see change occur quickly. Please note that it takes time for it to have a lasting affect. Poor habits do not form over night, nor do the remedies. Once you choose negative behaviors that you want to focus on, it is important not to overstimulate or overburden the child. Pick one at a time that you can slowly integrate into your plan.

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Behavior, Behavior Management, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Out With the Old

Enough is Enough

How can you tell if you are overindulging your children? That is a tough question. For some, giving what you didn’t have as a child is overindulgence. It doesn’t really matter who is right. I think parents generally are pretty intelligent people and know when they are going overboard. What matters is a pattern of overindulgence can be harmful for your child. Not being able to recognize negative consequences leads to poor coping strategies.

April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Enough is Enough

Memory Lane

As the years moved on, my grandmother was diagnosed with what we now know is Alzheimers. I never made it into the living room to hear her stories and it is something that puts a lump in my throat, even now some forty years later. So today I’m doing my part for the next generation to make sure this doesn’t happen to them. I want to help facilitate a chat that your child can have with grandma or grandpa that gets the grandchildren past those two “living room doors”…

April 9th, 2017|Categories: Childhood, Family, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on Memory Lane

Is Your Child Really Sick? Are They Trying to Tell You Something?

Does your child fake being sick to get out of going to school? Recently I have been confronted with this challenge. I wish if they are going to get sick they would get a good old dose of the flu, it takes the decision making out of the equation. A fever means staying home quietly with a good book. It’s more concerning to me when my child delivers a performance, feigning illness to avoid the classroom. What is he really saying?

March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is Your Child Really Sick? Are They Trying to Tell You Something?

Finders Keepers – A Mother’s Search for Reasonable Rewards

Kids are given so many “things” nowadays. It seems as though when it comes to Birthdays and Christmas I’ve run out of gift ideas because of all the giving that I’ve already done. I know I’m not the only one. So when it came to creating my behavior modification program it was important to me to find rewards around the house that involved time spent with family, friends, and other social ingredients.

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Behavior Management, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finders Keepers – A Mother’s Search for Reasonable Rewards

Good Bye Legos

When is it time to say good bye to legos? My sons haven’t played with them in years, they are gathering dust on their shelf and they desperately need the space…and yet I find myself asking again when do we box them up and put them away? I’ve been researching this topic for some time. Projects to do with old lego sets. Revamping old lego sets. Setting your lego set. Restoring your lego sets, donating, storing…, etc. In all of this time I realize that I’m putting forth this effort because I’m having a difficult time letting go of a “phase” my children went through. Plus…it has been replaced by the video game phase…and I see no end in sight.

March 5th, 2017|Categories: Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Good Bye Legos

Helping our Children to Understand One Emotion at a Time

It is important to identify one’s emotions. All the more reason for parents to make sure that they are allowing their child to have and to experience their emotions as they occur.

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: anger management, Behavior Management, listening|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Helping our Children to Understand One Emotion at a Time