Posts Tagged 'parenting'

Talking to kids about tragedy

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Many parents feel that they would like to protect their children from the darkness that is in the world right now. There is wisdom in limiting their exposure, especially to repeated scary-sounding news stories on TV, Radio, or computers.

But it is important that you be the one that helps them learn how to handle their questions, fears, and uncertainties. Kids today are exposed to far more information than previous generations. The internet puts the most traumatic images and stories right ...

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Parenting

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Feel like you cannot get through to your kids? Like they just don’t listen?
Are you fantasizing about sending your kids away?
Are you tired of the power struggles? Are your efforts at discipline creating more stress and anger in your home?
Would you like to have that nice balance between being a parent first, and a friend second?
Is your relationship or marriage suffering because of parenting issues?

There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ parent. Parenting is not ...

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Communication Skills

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  • Do you feel like people just cannot seem to get what you are saying?
  • Do people often tell you that YOU don’t get what they are saying?
  • 80% of our messages are non-verbal (eye contact, body language, facial expression).
  • Of the 20% that is verbal, we can learn to be mindful of which words work best for our message.

Communication skills are about how to listen and how to be heard, not just how to talk. Communication is a cooperative process; in other words, while ...

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Co-parenting

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Ever see a divorced couple that seems to get along great and wonder how they do it? It’s effective Co-Parenting. There are skills that can be learned to cultivate a friendly co-parenting experience that benefits everybody, especially the kids! It can be tough in the beginning, but this is normal. Learn more about how to create a friendly vibe between you and your ex-.

Some ground rules to start with:

  1. NEVER use your children as pawns to accomplish your agenda
  2. NEVER put your ...
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Adaptation

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Acknowledge, improvise, adapt, and overcome. The Marines’ slogan is “Improvise, adapt, and overcome.” I add”Acknowledge” because it is implied in improvisation; if you’re going to improvise, you must first recognize what it is you are improvising in response to. This is an exercise in mindfulness.

Standing up in the face of adversity is a skill set that can be learned. There can be so many distractions though; don’t ignore them. Manage them. Leverage them.

Acknowledge, but don’t dwell

To acknowledge your circumstances ...

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Family Dynamics

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  • Dread going home at the end of the day? Do you find reasons to stay away?
  • Recognize that sinking feeling when you pull up and see that your spouse is home?
  • Are you more irritable with your loved ones than usual?
  • Feeling isolated in your family? Does your home feel like a prison?
  • Do you know what you want your family to feel like, but not sure how to get it there?

Family provides us with our first lessons in how to live and love. ...

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