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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R is for Reliability: Strengthening the Parent Child Bond

To strengthen parent child bond with our children it is important to say what we mean and mean what we say. Promises need to be kept and our words need to carefully spoken so the child can respect the intrinsic reliability of them. Have you ever known someone who said “We should get together. I’ll…

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How To Discipline Children: Reactive or Proactive?

  Many parents wonder how to discipline children. What is effective? What will solve the problem? There are two approaches discussed here. The reactive approach is the old paradigm. The proactive approach builds relationship and a strong bond. Reactive:  Done in response to a problem or situation; reacting to problems when they occur instead of doing…

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10 Questions To Build Good Parenting Skills

Good parenting skills are built over time. There are many ways to proactively support your child. Children learn what they live and the more aware you are of the values you are modeling the greater impact you can have in passing on beliefs and behaviors that support a healthy life. Good parenting skills are developed…

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Good Choices For How to Discipline Your Child

When it comes to deciding on how to discipline your child, it’s good to remember that there is a lot of good options for you to choose from. Even the most seasoned parents and well behaved kids can have rough days. The idea that everything should be going smoothly is often just an idea divorced…

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Kids and Chores

Good parenting solutions help children learn life skills. After reading a recent newspaper article about the value of children doing chores I thought it would be wise to post some ideas about this. Good parenting skills should include helping your child to develop life skills. In the Montessori classroom children as young as three eagerly…

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