More on Encouragement

Compare and Contrast the following: Which is a more positive and effective communication? Praise is a reward. Teaches the child that pleasing others is important. Develops a dependency on external validation. Praise focuses on the product not the process. Praise is general like “ Good Job!” Praise uses words that judge like “ You’re a…

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Encouragement vs. Praise

Learning how to talk to kids is one of the most important parts in discipline. The manner on how you talk to your children teaches them how to communicate with others. Very often we can underestimate the power of our words and as a result, miss great opportunities for clear and positive communication.  Imagine the…

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When Challenged, Consider These Ideas

As a parent, it’s hard to keep yourself contained and composed when your child is in the middle of a tantrum. Experts say there are strategies on how to deal with toddler tantrums.  Every parent is different and so is with their children. There are traits that are difficult for some parents while others find…

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Qualities of “Good Enough” Parenting

On raising healthy and well-adjusted children, there’s no such thing as perfect parenting. However, there’s this ideology that revolves around on how to be a good enough parent to your child. Primarily, there are sets of qualifications if you’re interested. It looks as if these past few years have been a huge one for parenting…

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Probably Not Perfect but “Good Enough” Parenting

In order to parent positively it’s important to honor the progress you make as you go along. I’ve met some people who pride themselves on being perfectionists.  To me this seems a great burden to place upon oneself. It can also keep one focused on all the things that are wrong and nothing that is…

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Holding Reasonable Expectations

When you are a new parent there is a lot of “on the job” training that occurs.  Even if you have had a second child, what you learned with the first may not be enough to smooth out the wrinkles of parenting. Most people will tell you that their children are very different from each…

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