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Conflict, Feelings and emotions, Mistakes yours and theirs, Setting limits, Tips & Tools

Contributed by Melanie Miller, M.Ed., Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and School Counselor

Back talk, eye rolling, the glare, the, “Oh mom how can you be so stupid look”…. As our children grow older, their vocabulary has grown and their words, attitude and eye rolling can dig a little deeper. The next time the disrespect comes your way consider this…

Why Kids do it: • Maintain dignity: think they have been treated unfairly and “need” to defend themselves, • Claiming and testing their power (who am I really?), • Don’t know how to respectfully disagree, • To connect with you, • …

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Gratitude and Generosity

Connection and love, Routines, Tips & Tools

Contributed by Jody McVittie, MD, Executive Director, Sound Discipline, Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and Parent Coach

As the leaves begin to turn vibrant colors and then fall we enter the season of short days and longer nights. It is also, for many of us, a season of holidays and traditions. It can be both exciting and stressful for families. Now, before things start moving really quickly is a time to pause and think about what you might want to remember. Traditions are important for families – partly because in the ritual “doing” we come to a place of finding …

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Why Kids Lie and What to do About It

Growing Responsibility, Mistakes yours and theirs, Mutual Respect, Tips & Tools

Contributed by Melanie Miller, M.Ed.

Lying is one of those behaviors that can certainly bring up a lot of strong feelings in parents. Understanding why kids lie and what we can do as parents to decrease lying, and promote honesty, can be a welcome relief! The following information is from a TV interview with Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Dodi Blomberg (www.dodieblomberg.com) and the book Positive Discipline A-Z; 1001 solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems by Jane Nelsen Ed.D. et.al.

Why do children lie? ➢ They feel trapped ➢ Are afraid of punishment ➢ Scared of rejection ➢ Feel threatened ➢ Think …

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Children….From Challenge to Gift

Connection and love, Tips & Tools

Contributed by Melanie Miller, M.Ed.

What are the current challenges or problems that you’re now facing with your children?  Make a list of them.  Does your list include whining, attitude, homework hassles, morning routine struggles, sibling conflicts?  Relax, you’re just like every other parent.  If you were to compare your list of problems with all the parents in your neighborhood, you’d probably have very similar lists!  Nice to know you’re not alone!

Now, fast forward several years…to when your child is graduating from high school and (hopefully) leaving home!  What are some gifts or qualities you hope they will have? …

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