How To Be An Encouraging Parent

How To Be An Encouraging Parent

Family Communication, Help By Age & Stage, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Tweens 10-12 years
One of my favorite parenting tools, and one of the pillars of parenting with Positive Discipline, is encouragement. “Treat a man (or child) as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man (or child) as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” - Steven R Covey Encouragement: Holding the Container To me, encouragement is holding space for others to discovery, explore and show up as their best versions of themselves. “Holding space” is the way that we show up in the relationship, how we sit, how we listen, how we respond. We are always “holding space” – just some of the time we are more intentional about it than others… I love what one of my class participants…
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Social Media + Tweens: Why we’re taking it slow…

Social Media + Tweens: Why we’re taking it slow…

Family Communication, Tweens 10-12 years
I have a 12 year old. Like most kids this age she is ready and waiting for our big conversation about WHEN she will be allowed to have an Instagram account. She finds it really annoying that I won’t let her use SnapChat. And, can’t believe I won’t get her an iphone, especially when all the other kids have one… Yeah, I know I’m not alone here. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone and my Facebook and, well, I think I may just need to get on the Instagram bandwagon because, you know, everyone is on Instagram. But I don’t want my 12 year on it. And I feel good about that. I recently found myself talking about how I do let my daughter know that all of…
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How Goal Setting with your Tween can Build Connection

How Goal Setting with your Tween can Build Connection

Parenting, Teens 13-18 Years
Goal setting is something that it really important to me. I think I love goal setting because is it an opportunity to get a big picture look at where I am at and dream big for where I want to be. I am all about action, and goals are the action we take to live the life we want. As we head in to this New Year, I am finding myself really wanting to support my (almost) 12-year-old daughter in setting some goals. It’s not so much the goals that I want her to focus on, but rather that process of taking stock and looking ahead. Now, my daughter isn’t always super game to go along with all of my warm and fuzzy, relationship building shenanigans… So I knew that…
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