This job of parenting is so tricky. But, every moment of inappropriate behavior is a wonderful window of opportunity to teach! Often, it is the best time to teach a child that being with other people is a privledge. Thus, if their behavior is rude, they temporarily lose that privledge. Let's say a child is being rude by whining. Often, the child whines, alot, the parent talks about how rude whining is, the child continues to whine, the parent then scolds, threatens, screams..
When it comes to kids, it seems to me that our job as adults, is to help them figure out who they are and then give them the tools to be successful with whatever qualities they were born with. To achieve this, I believe we should teach them to respect themselves and each other. Respect = compassion, acceptance, awareness & self-discipline = Kindness The early years are when children develop their self-image. They develop this image from the information they receive, mostly f
I overheard some parents chatting in the dentists office about how hard it is to get their young children to brush their teeth. They discussed a few ideas that included bribes and threats and alot of tears. Thinking about all the things we need to teach our children, all the ways we mamage behavior. i thought, hmmm, there are just some things that are non-negotiable. Personal hygiene is one of them because it is crucial to healthy life. This what I would do if my child was f
I am a mother and a teacher. I have been raising children and teaching kids for the past 25 years, and during that time I have seen certain behavior issues arise again and again. After many years of helping parents* address these issues, I have some insights I’d like to share in this blog. Parenting is not an easy job. It is a job that requires consistency and selflessness every single day. Successful parenting, I believe, requires a balance of love, communication and guidanc