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Strategies for Setting Expectations: Insights from and for Parents

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 6 hours 57 min ago

By: Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain

Setting expectations for our kids is an ongoing challenge for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to communicate what we expect. Yet that doesn't necessarily go far enough.

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Tip of the Day September 30

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Teach children to be responsible for their own behavior and to be considerate of others.

Tip of the Day September 29

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Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.

Tip of the Day September 28

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Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.

Tip of the Day September 27

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Remember your goal and purpose: you want to raise a child who succeeds in life. Knowing where you’re headed often helps you deal with the day-to-day routine.

Tip of the Day September 26

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Help your children find inspirational, positive role models.

Tip of the Day September 25

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When a disagreement occurs, work through only that problem. Don’t pull in other issues that may be bothering you.

Tip of the Day September 24

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Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.

Tip of the Day September 23

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If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Tip of the Day September 22

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Even though disagreements are not fun (and can make your life more difficult), they mean that you’re raising a child who can make his or her own decisions.

The Power of Place: One Last Thought on Moving

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 11:14
Is our new city changing us? Or would we be changing anyway, simply by virtue of growing up, getting older, and evolving in our lives?

Tip of the Day September 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Banish pessimistic phrases from your home. Instead of kids saying, “I can’t do it,” have them say, “I’ll figure out how to do it” and “I can do it.”

Tip of the Day September 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Keep a sense of humor about parenting.

Weekly Quandary: Talking Racism and Sexism With Children

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 14:08
Parental silence on gender roles and racial differences won't lead to race-blind and gender-neutral children. That doesn't make racism and sexism any easier to talk about. How does your family do it?

Adopted From Russia, Just Days Before the Ban

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:53
From a visa arriving hours before a government shutdown to staying one mile away from the protests in Red Square against American families adopting Russian children, there were plenty of chances for this adoption to fall apart.

Tip of the Day September 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 08:34

Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?

Not Just Unhappy: Signs That Your Child May be Depressed

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:32

By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger

Unfortunately, depression in children is real. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that 5 percent of all children suffer from depression.

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‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:05
My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a "tragedy waiting to happen."

Tip of the Day September 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-09-27 08:34

Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.

A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 11:43
I wanted the video of my 4-year-old talking about equality to be shared. But when it was stolen and shared by strangers, the experience changed how I think about posting images of my children online.
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