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Twenty (20) Ways to advance your Parent-Child Relationship.

Twenty (20) Ways to advance your Parent-Child Relationship.

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Experts agree that the best way for parents to improve a child’s behavior is to begin to change their own. Insisting that the child is wrong thus expecting the child to make all the change is a sure-fire way to create a disconnection and a power struggle. The ultimate goal of the parent and child is to build and maintain a lasting connection.

The following strategies and techniques that can help maintain a healthy relationship between parent and child, and mindset changes that will improve the behavior of our kids are:   Continue Reading

Dear Parent: Know Your Emotional Self

  Michael Mendizza’s book, “Magical Parent-Magical Child,“ states:“There is a direct, unmediated neuro-connection, a direct pipeline, between the heart and the brain.  The brain informs the heart of its general emotional state and the heart encourages the brain to make an intelligent response.” As adults, it is vital to explore and know our emotional self. Whether or not… Continue Reading

Thank You For Your Service!

 “U”S.A. begins with “U” Thank you for your soldiering And your courage to serve. Thank you for your ‘Pledge of Allegiance” To the country you preserve. Thank you for your patriotism Honoring God, Country and Family. Thank You for helping to keep us free, As you follow your journey with dignity. Thank you for being… Continue Reading

Plea[se] see that I graduate.

Plea[se] see that I graduate.

Dear Mom and Dad, Most of the time when I say want to quit school it’s because I’m not having any success with learning and I’m not getting along with the other students. I might come up with a lot of different reasons – I hate school; my teacher doesn’t like me; nobody cares; I… Continue Reading

How well do you know your child?

What is your child’s nickname in school? What embarrasses your child the most?   These are just two of the 16 questions addressed by the Canadian Child Care Federation in a study to determine how well you know your child. The study suggests that no matter how much time you spend with your children, there… Continue Reading

Question: Are Children born naturally defiant?

If I had an answer to that question I’d, first, have to ask myself if I was born naturally defiant.  I don’t believe so.  As a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother,I can say, over the years, I’ve had plenty of defiant moments. Was I born that way? Some words synonymous with defiant are ‘disobedient, insolent,… Continue Reading

Supplies for School

New beginnings. New clothes, new schools (maybe), new teachers, new school supplies. We scramble around these last few days of summer making sure our kids are well prepared for school. The day of, we make sure the hair is combed, teeth are brushed and the kids are on time. This, often, becomes second nature for… Continue Reading

Emotional Abuse

It pains me to write about child abuse but if my article will save one child from the trauma of emotional abuse, it will have been worth it.  All abuses are ugly whether they are physical or emotional.  Unfortunately, we can’t see the scars of emotional abuse as readily as we see the scars from… Continue Reading