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Decision Making for Kids

Following directions, respecting the rules and following through with their responsibilities are your basic wishes when it comes to defining “compliance” for your kids.

Every day your kids face choices: to behave or misbehave (and to comply or be non-compliant). If your kids are busy making good choices each day, then they won’t have time to make poor choices!

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Kids Getting Bullied

Getting your kid to talk to you about a problem can be challenging, especially if they are being bullied.

You feel frustrated that your kid won’t share what’s going on and you can’t help him/her with the problem. You may even fear for his/her safety.

What is an effective way to encourage your kid to talk about problems?

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Guest Speaker

My mission is to honor children and empower parents with proven, road-tested and simple parenting techniques that reduce struggles and add more joy for every member of the family.

I have been a guest speaker for parenting workshops, conferences, schools and parenting groups, and would enjoy the opportunity to speak to your audience.

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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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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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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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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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