Author Archive | Shirin Sherkat

New Years Resolution - Create Happy Kids

New Years Resolution

“The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.” ~ Benjamin Spock

Whether you are a single parent or part of a parent team, you always want the best for your kids.

There is no better way to give your children the best than by being a happy parent.

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Teaching your child independence

Independence in Children

Tired of repeating yourself with your kids?! Do you feel tuned out by them!??

Give effective reminders that work! Never have to repeat yourself over and over again, AND get your kids to comply! Want to know how??

Use Simple & Visual reminders. Here are 2 important facts:
FACT 1: Kids are visual learners
FACT 2: The easiest way create independent kids, is to provide them with visual reminders rather than constant verbal ones.

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Teach a child to be responsible for his choices

Responsible Children

All families have 2 common goals, with regard to DISCIPLINE, they want their kids to:

Learn the difference between right and wrong
Learn accountability & take responsibility for their actions

Punishment vs. negative consequence: What is the difference between natural consequences and punishment?

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Image of Father and Son Negotiating

Talking With Children

There are many teachable moments in your kids’ lives when you can prevent them from making poor choices. At the very least, it is possible to successfully talk with your children and negotiate alternatives with them. To accomplish this and decrease power struggles, you need tools – most importantly, the power of negotiation! As a parent, YOU are in charge. Here are 5 secrets to remaining in control:

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Child watching TV

Motivating Kids

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ~ Robert A.Heinlein

If “not being heard” is the number one complaint of most parents, the “lack of motivation” has to be the number two!

I have often heard parents say, “I have to ask my kids a million times to get them to finish something.” Although a “million” may be a slight exaggeration, the feeling of frustration is real.

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Children want their parents to listen

Listen to Children

“A child seldom needs a good talking to as much as a good listening to.” ~ Robert Brault

In all the years I provided parent training for families, I would often ask kids, “If you had a magic wand and you could change one thing about your parents, what would it be?” or “If you had a magic wand and could make your parents do whatever you wanted, what would it be?”

Almost consistently, they have told me they would make their parents listen to them and hear them better.

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