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Positive Discipline and Your Teen

Positive Discipline and Your Teen

It is no secret that the teen years can be challenging. Raging hormones, the drive towards independence, restrictions, misunderstandings, and raised voices are common. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Keep in mind that the word discipline means “to lead” or “to teach”. Successful discipline can be achieved by concentrating less on punishment [...]
Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline

Oftentimes when we hear the word ‘discipline’ we think of punishment. However, the true meaning of discipline is disciple, which means to lead or guide. If we want our children to grow into responsible, caring adults then we must lead them in that direction. Children need a consistent, positive approach to become emotionally mature. What [...]
Nothing but “No!”

Nothing but “No!”

Saying “no” is a toddler’s way of asserting independence by making choices. If this is one of your child’s favorite words, you might want to try some of these ideas: Give choices rather than telling the child what to do. When giving choices ask questions that have options rather than simple “yes” or “no” answers. [...]
Managing the Strong-Willed Child

Managing the Strong-Willed Child

Some children seem to be born willful. As infants they are difficult to comfort. When they become toddlers they are disagreeable about everything and refuse to cooperate. Tantrums may be a daily occurrence. As they move through their school age days arguments are frequent and defiance is the norm. There is no doubt these children […]

Let’s Not Argue

Let’s Not Argue

All parents and their children will argue at some point. Back talk, whining, begging and arguing are some of the most frustrating behaviors to deal with as parents. But like most negative behaviors the best defense is a good offense. Learning to prepare ahead of time for arguments can be the simplest way to avoid [...]
Keeping Pre-Teens Out of Trouble

Keeping Pre-Teens Out of Trouble

Keeping Pre-teens Out of Trouble It is sometimes difficult for parents as our pre-teens start moving towards independence. We have become accustomed to our children depending on us for everything and may feel rejected as they begin to spread their wings. We may even feel somewhat fearful; is this the beginning of constant rebellion and [...]

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