LOSER: Constructive Relating or Destructive Criticism

March 26, 2010 by  
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Last week, a 6th grade teacher in a North Carolina Middle School, deemed one of his students a ‘Loser’ and put his comments on her school paper. The teacher, Rex Roland, insisted that he was ‘just joking,’ and used this kind of language to ‘relate to the students.’ His supporters said that he likes to joke with students and that’s part of his teaching style. Well, writing ‘loser’... 

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Is Discipline the same as spanking?

March 25, 2010 by  
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Radio Series Update: Is Discipline the same as spanking? Another great show, thanks to my wonderful host, Michelle Wargo on www.heartbeatradiousa.com. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘discipline’? If you are like most parents, the word conjures up ideas of correction and punishment. However, that is only one part of the equation! Actually, the purpose of discipline is to teach. What... 

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Hannah Montana All Grown Up?

March 24, 2010 by  
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There was story in Sunday’s Parade Magazine, subtitled, “Miley Cyrus says goodbye to Hannah Montana.” The now 17 year-old Miley began her career at the age of 12, and proceeded to be branded as the Disney Channel’s character, Hannah Montana. In this article, she talked about how much other people had been dictating her life, and was pushed onto a path that was not her own. Here... 

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Make Drive Time Special

kids in car

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of where and when to have conversations with your kids: My favorite time is driving in the car…home from school, on the way to a sports practice, going grocery shopping. It really doesn’t matter. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children. You have a captive audience! I know, it’s usually spent telling them to leave their sibling alone,... 

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The Importance of Dinner Conversation


Radio show update: Today we wrapped up the communication topic on my radio series, discussing some of the times, places and methods of talking with your kids. Dinner time as a family can be a wonderful time for everyone to share about their day, or anything else they might want to talk about. It can be a time to get to know some things about them that you usually don’t take the time to discuss.... 

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What Kids Would Tell You…If Only You’d Ask!

Talk to your kids...and listen!

Radio series update: What Kids Would Tell You…If Only You’d Ask! This week, we explored conversations you don’t need to have with your kids! Think about this: When’s the last time you had a conversation with your kids? I don’t mean, “How was school?” or “What do you have for homework?” or “Did you clean your room, brush your teeth?” I mean an honest to goodness conversation... 

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Cherish The Moments As Well As The Milestones


Last Friday, I had the honor of meeting a fellow child advocate. Not only is he passionate about kids, but about every moment in life. John St. Augustine is a former host and senior producer of Dr. Oz’s, Jean Chatzky’s and Bob Green’s shows on Oprah and Friends Radio. Recently, he has left these shows, and is now promoting his newest book, “Every Moment Matters”. He asks a very poignant... 

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Kids Are From Krypton; Parents Are From Pluto

Mom and her appreciative children!

Update from heartbeatradiousa.com: The comments are streaming in—parents love this new show! Today we talked about ways to listen—in order to keep the lines of communication open between you and your kids. Here’s a brief summary: There are many times that we hear the words, but don’t listen to the meaning. Or we attend to words, but not body language, tone and what isn’t being... 

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Get In Touch With Your Kids’ Perspective

Once upon a time in India, six blind men came across an elephant. Each of the six examined a different part to determine what an elephant was like. The first man examined an ear and thought an elephant was like a fan. The second man examined the side of the elephant and thought an elephant was like a wall. The third man examined elephant’s tail and thought an elephant was like a rope. The fourth... 

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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are From Pluto

W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking?  Radio Series Update:  As I mentioned last week, I am doing a new parenting series, called “Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto.” It’s on heartbeatradiousa.com every Thursday at 1:30 EST. You can listen by live stream or WRHB Heartbeat Radio for Women. This week, the title of the segment was W.A.I.T.—Why Am I Talking? As you might guess, we... 

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