"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Good Behavior is not Magic, It’s a Skill: The three Skills every Child Needs for Good Behavior

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet When you have a child who acts out and is disrespectful or disruptive, it’s easy to compare him to the so-called “good kids” who never seem to get into trouble or give their parents grief. Many people feel hopeless about the possibility of ever teaching their child to “magically” become the kind of well-behaved […]

Anger as a Weapon: Does Your Child Point the Gun at You?

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet From young children to teens, we explain why your child is in trouble if he or she uses anger and acting out behavior to control others. When children use anger to get what they want, it can feel for all the world like they’re pointing a loaded weapon at you. As a parent, you […]

Should you Negotiate your Childs Curfew?

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet There are times when your thirteen year old may seem like a seasoned litigator, and your kitchen feels like a courtroom. Kids are surprisingly adept at negotiating, and sometimes it’s hard to “beat them at their own game.” It’s important to teach kids how to negotiate because it’s a necessary life skill, and it […]

Low Self Esteem in Kids Part I: Forget what you’ve Heard, It’s a Myth

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet Is your child struggling with low self-esteem? As a parent, it’s tough to stand by and see our children feeling like they don’t “measure up” or can’t handle things as well as their peers seem to do. Here we debunk the myth of focusing on children’s feelings at the expense of teaching them how […]

Motivating the Unmotivated Child

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet Getting into the back-to-school routine can be hard for everyone in the house. In the morning, parents are faced with groggy kids who won’t get out of bed and get ready for school no matter how much you nag, bribe and scold. Homework time can be even worse, with nightly fights and accusations echoing […]

Do You Parent with Your Wallet?

November 20, 2009 by  
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Tweet What kid doesn’t love it when Mom or Dad spends money on them? When you can afford it, buying things for your children is fun. But there’s a point where we buy things for our kids for the wrong reasons: to win their allegiance or simply to get them to stop screaming. Where is […]

Teen Behavior: What to do When Things Get Violent

October 12, 2009 by  
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Tweet What do you do with teen behavior like this? He has punched holes in the walls, is mouthy, violent, aggressive, makes his sister cry and steals her Mp3 player. When parents have to deal with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or just simply violent teen behavior, that they do not know where to turn. Let […]