Summer With The Kids: Attitude Is Everything

May 20, 2010 by  
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A day at the zoo

“Kids are from Krypton: Parents are from Pluto” Radio series update May 20: School’s getting out:  Is that a good thing?  What I find is parents fall into one of two categories:  those who are thrilled to have the kids home, and the others who dread summer and can’t wait for school to start again.  For some, summer is a friend; for others a foe.  Same event; different responses. ... 

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2010 by  
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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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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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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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Make Drive Time Special

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!

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

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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