November 21, 2017

Building Self Confidence in Children: Secrets and Shame

Building self confidence in children is an animal unto itself. Partly, because we as parents have some responsibility in doing it and partly, because they do too. Self confidence starts at an early age. Not to be confused with selfishness, it is where our children feel they are good enough in the eyes of people […]

Can “Scared Straight” Work on a Daily Basis?

Remember the program that we saw as teens called “Scared Straight”? It was about teenagers who were in juvenile detention that had meetings with adults currently in the prison system. The adult prisoners minced no words in explaining how they had wasted their lives and how these teens were wasting theirs too. And they used […]

Out of Control Kids: Is this Normal?

One of the questions every parent asks when their children become teens (and start acting like teens) is “is this normal teen behavior or are they out of control kids?” So the best place to start to answer this question would be to determine a basic list of “normal” behaviors. “Normal” Acting moody and secretive […]

“Whatever” and “I Hate You” – Dealing with Child Attitude

You have heard it, right? The child attitude – you have just finished a well thought out, and even if you must say so, great parenting talk and bam the “whatever” is dropped. Or seemingly worse, they use the mother of all insults, “I hate you”. Now what do you do with this child attitude? […]

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