A Parent’s Tool Box: The Compass

  We might think the compass  useful if we have run away for awhile and decide to find our way back home! Use: The compass will encourage you to check in on the direction you are going and also help you to reorient to your True North. It will help when you get lost in…

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A Parent’s Tool Box: The Level

When you are off balance did you ever notice how the children’s behavior spirals downward? Use: To check in and make sure you are in balance. The following ideas will help you cope and find and maintain balance. If you find yourself overly busy make sure to reflect on your choices and    counterbalance with more…

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A Parent’s Tool Box: Screw Driver and screw

If the only tool you have is a hammer, then you might see many situations as a nail. Explore these other suggestions to see if you might enhance your tool box and also create more effective ways to parent your child. A Parenting Tool Box Screw and Screw Driver We might think  using the screw…

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The Language of Encouragement !

Tired of saying “Good Job!” and ready for some new ideas to encourage your child? Come join me on Wednesday, March 22,2017 from 6:30- 8:30 PM at the Fort Colllins Senior Center to learn ways to give positive feedback that encourages cooperation and builds self esteem. Call 221-6644 to register.  

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6 Steps to Deal with Separation Anxiety

    Thanks to a participant in an ongoing Parenting class for submitting the following question: “Everyday when I drop my 3 yr.old daughter off at daycare, she screams, cries, clings to me and is experiencing separation anxiety. What can I do to make drop off easier for both of us?” As a Montessori teacher…

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10 Characteristics of Positive Discipline

There are many moving parts to effective discipline and if you have been trying out Positive Discipline you may be surprised at the steep learning curve. Hopefully this list will help you to gain a little more clarity and direction. 10 Characteristics of Positive Discipline   Views problems and challenges as opportunities for the child to learn.…

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10 Simple Tips to Positively Impact Your Parenting

  When you want your child to listen, be sure to maintain eye contact.Since 80% of communication is nonverbal you want to be sure that your child is getting the message you are sending.   Be firm and consistent. This means you say it like you mean it and follow through with what you If…

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BRAVING: V is for Vault

  Anything of great value should be kept in the Vault. The sacred trust we build with our children has several aspects to it. What’s in your Vault? The first time I heard the term Vault when referring to keeping someone’s confidences was on a Seinfield episode a few decades back. The term seemed to…

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Upcoming Parenting Workshops with Lois Olson

A series of Workshops is available over the next three months. Where: The Fort Collins Senior Center, Fort Collins, Colorado When: Two Wednesdays a month from March through May  6:30 -8:30 PM Cost: $20.00 per person/ per workshop 03/09/16: Nurturing Your Child’s Self Esteem 03/23/16: The Language of Encouragement 04/06/16 : Effective Discipline 04/20/16: The…

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Why Being Accountable Makes You a Better Parent

How to be better parents? When we are held accountable for a job or position we’ve opted to take on we are being serious and committed. Parenting is beyond doubt a job where being accountable can pay off in big ways. Definition: Obligation or willingness to accept responsibility; taking into account one’s actions; answerability. Brene…

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