Parenting with an Agenda It has been my experience with most parents that they would never attend a meeting without an agenda or go grocery shopping without a list; but, they continue to parent each day without a plan.Often, as parents, we fail to plan the journey. We are excited about the birth of our children, delighted to have the frenzy of the labor behind us. But, we leave the … [Read more...] about Parenting with an Agenda
Unhappy Children are Very Difficult to Motivate We have four basic needs beyond our physical condition. Certainly we all need food, shelter, and water, but that is not the kind of need I am talking about. In addition to those physical needs, we also have psychological needs. They are Love, Power, Fun, and Freedom. We need these every day. If you are not meeting these needs daily, then you … [Read more...] about Unhappy Children are Very Difficult to Motivate
No One Likes the Bad Guy Allowing Your Kids to StumbleWhen my children leave to go out into the world, I want there to be no really big surprises – at least no bad ones! I want them to look around and say to themselves – “Yep, this is exactly what I was expecting!” There are definite life lessons we must learn, and the earlier in life you learn these, the less they cost.I believe that part … [Read more...] about No One Likes the Bad Guy
Speak Your Child’s Love Language You have probably been exposed to, in some way or another, Gary Chapman’s Love Languages. (If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend it.) I have used this tool in numerous situations when dealing with people of all ages. I would like to show you how you can apply the genius in this system to your own family.In his book, Chapman explains that … [Read more...] about Speak Your Child’s Love Language
Happiness: Are you lacking? It shows! One of the things that many parents suffer from is a lack of happiness. You may not think that others can see it, but it shows. I work with parents and adults all the time who feel that something is lacking or that they wish they had other skills, traits, abilities, or things. Is this you?I have learned that the answer to this problem is to handle the … [Read more...] about Happiness: Are you lacking? It shows!