Addressing Sibling Conflict

• • • • • Parenting Tip September 26, 2013 Addressing Sibling Conflict When kids fight it’s best to work with them separately because each child needs a specific plan for dealing with the other. Furthermore, trying to train them at the same time often results in resistance or even allowing kids to gang up

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When Giving Instructions, Consider the Timing

• • • • • Parenting Tip September 21, 2013 When Giving Instructions, Consider the Timing An important step in a good instruction routine is to consider timing. Parents who realize that a child needs an instruction must stop and think of the best way to present it. Ask yourself, “How can I communicate this

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When Children Resist Instructions

• • • • • Parenting Tip September 17, 2013 When Children Resist Instructions When a child continually demonstrates resistance to instructions, then it’s time to decide whether you need to emphasize relationship more or you need to discipline for a lack of responsiveness. Sometimes we take our children for granted, order them around, and

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Teens Need Relationship

• • • • • Parenting Tip September 10, 2013 Teens Need Relationship Getting physically close to your child is important when giving instructions, especially with teenagers. Teens need relationship whether they’ll admit it or not. In fact, the stronger the relationship, the less likely you’ll get resistance. Sometimes young people resent having to share

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Giving Instructions

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 29, 2013 Giving Instructions The word “instruction” comes from the words “in” and “structure” and basically means “to put structure into.” When someone comes on the scene and gives instructions, that person brings structure to the situation and helps people know what to do. Dad or Mom

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When Kids Want to Fight

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 23, 2013 When Kids Want to Fight When children are unhappy they look for ways to draw their parents into a fight. Kids know just where your buttons are and how to push them to make you angry. “Dad wouldn’t do it that way,” or “You never

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The Unmotivated Child

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 20, 2013 The Unmotivated Child Unmotivated children are generally passive, cooperative, flexible, easygoing, and accommodating. These children may be easier to get along with because they lack the drive of strong-willed kids, but parents also struggle with these children at times. They may not have the fortitude

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Teaching Children to Wait

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 14, 2013 Teaching Children to Wait Patience is a virtue but few preschoolers understand what that means. Young children want it now and resort to all kinds of attention-getting tactics to get it. Badgering is that tenacious way children ask the same question over and over again.

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Retraining the Heart

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 9, 2013 Retraining the Heart It’s amazing how transparent children can be when you take time to actively hear what they have to say. After listening for a while, it’s often possible to identify some key thinking errors that perpetuate the child’s problems. Take some time to

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Parenting Insight You Can Use Now

Parenting Insight You Can Use Now Developing internal motivation in children is one of the fast tracks to help them toward maturity. Unfortunately, too often parents use external motivators to get their kids to move forward. “If you get your homework done then you can go out and play.” “If you clean your room then

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