Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

How was your Mother’s Day? Lovely, I hope. Filled with flowers, hearts and good behavior from the kids? How is your day today? Still full of hearts and flowers…or back to the same old, same old? Do your days go something like this?: “Johnny, did you hear me?” “I hate you!” “How many times do I have to tell you…?” “Whatever…” “Apologize to your sister!” “I wish... 

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What Are You Doing Right?

May 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Discipline, Parenting

Having fun with your kids in the park!

Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto: Radio series update May 6: When’s the last time someone told you that you were doing a great job? How about that you are doing a great job being a parent? We all need to feel good about ourselves, and about what we are doing. In the midst of trying to raise kids, you might find yourself just focusing on what you have to do, what you didn’t do, what... 

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Use the rod…Spoil the Child—The Spanking Controversy!

May 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Discipline, Parenting

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update April 29: Did you know that kids who are spanked on a regular basis are more likely to have low self-esteem, depression, lower grades and consequently lower paying jobs? Spanked kids are more aggressive when younger, tend to grow up to spank their kids, learn not only that it’s OK to hit when angry, but it’s also permissible to... 

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Is Anger OK?

April 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting

Teach your kid that anger is okay!

Radio series update April 22: Last week we discussed the importance of getting in touch with your own anger, and ways strategies for dealing with it. This week was all about your kids…why they get angry, how they deal with it and what to do about it. Because kids basically get in trouble for ‘being angry,’ most think that anger is not OK. In other words, it’s bad to be angry. Your job is... 

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Managing Your Anger As a Parent

April 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Discipline, Parenting

Angry Mom

Radio Series Update April 15: What’s so wrong with being angry? A look at anger from the parents’ perspective. The last couple of weeks, we have been discussing how parents sabotage their own authority, by allowing themselves to be doormats, being inconsistent and not following through with what they say. We also noted that while the topic of this segment series is discipline, we haven’t even... 

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My Kids Really Know How To Push My Buttons!

April 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Discipline, Parenting

Kids can really push your buttons!

Radio Series Update April 8: “My kids really know how to push my buttons!” As the title suggests, this week we recognized that your ‘buttons’ are your particular emotional hot spots. If you think back, some of your ‘buttons’ may very well be the same parental buttons you pushed when you were a kid. How your parents responded to certain behaviors of yours, is how you learned to respond... 

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To Spank Or Not To Spank–That Is The Question

You have probably heard this old Mother Goose rhyme: There was an old woman who lived in a shoe She had so many children she didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread, Then whipped them all soundly And put them to bed. Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative of “Old Woman In A Shoe” from Jordan Riak: There was an old woman Who lived in a shoe. She was a kindhearted... 

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Giving Teens A Chance: Is Curvy The New Skinny?

Thin is not in at Paris Fashion Week (as seen on ‘omg! from Yahoo’) After many years of international criticism over the apparent unhealthiness of the skinny models chosen to walk the runways at the fashion world’s most elite shows in New York, Milan, and Paris, designers seem to finally be coming around to the idea of diversity in who models their clothes. While the ethnic diversity... 

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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto

Radio show update: Stop Shooting Yourself in the Foot! Today’s show focused on some of the major ways that parents undermine their own authority. Before you can effectively discipline your kids, you need to assume a position of respect and authority. However, most parents, particularly moms, have the tendency to sabotage themselves in the following ways: Parents tend to feel that it is more important... 

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LOSER: Constructive Relating or Destructive Criticism

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Education

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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