Consequences: Change Your Words To Change Behavior (Part 2)

Want to learn how to impose consequences without  being “the Bad Guy”? Here’s another simple language tweak that can have a big impact on behavior. We already talked about the simple language tweak to Eliminate Bribes by using three simple words to encourage responsibility and promote compliance with rules. But what if that technique doesn’t …

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Bribes: Change Your Words To Change Behaviors (Part 1)

Do you offer bribes to your child to get good behavior?  Parents often feel guilty about “using bribes” to get their children to comply with rules. I hear it all the time. They will say, I bribed my kid with video games to get him to take his medicine. Or, I bribed my little ones …

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My Ex is An Alcoholic? Should My Child Still Have Visits?

Managing parent and child visits when drugs or alcohol is involved can be tricky. Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse is a factor in over 30 million homes (according to Narc-Anon). And, too many of those homes involve children. If you are dealing with a spouse or an ex that has a drug or alcohol problem, …

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Parenting Anxiety and the Danger of "What If" Thinking

Are you an anxious parent? Do you constantly worry about  your children? Are you afraid to let your child experience failure, hurt, or disappointment? You are not alone. Anxiety in children is on the rise. It seems to be directly related to a trend in anxious parenting. Anxious Parents Do Too Much For Their Children …

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Praise for Kids That Actually Helps

Praise is supposed to be good for kids, right? What is wrong with saying “Good Job?” Well, nothing in particular, I guess. The wrong kind of praise can actually cause anxiety and lower self-esteem.  It can actually decrease motivation.  The right kind of praise can create lasting character traits that build self-esteem and the intrinsic …

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The Power of 30 Minutes of Play

30 minute play sessions are one of the most powerful ways to improve the parent child relationship.  And doing so just 30 minutes  once per week is enough to see dramatic results.  You can learn how to transform your relationship with your child into supercharged, therapeutic level play by taking some guidance from play therapy …

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