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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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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Teaching Your Child to Cope

Without a doubt there will be days when emotions run high and challenges seem plenty. During that time it’s wonderful to have a trick bag of coping skills at your disposal. If you’re asking yourself the question, “how to cope with stress?” There are fun ways to defuse and bring calm to mind and body…

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Parents! Use Your Words!

Language is a powerful tool and it is well known that the child understands much more than she can communicate. The brain is hard at work cataloging the meaning of words and gathering new concepts via context and experience. It is wise if you are a hands-on parent in this regard, talking through daily routines…

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