Teaching Children to Cover their Mouths Before Coughing

Recently, I observed a parent tell their child to cover their mouth when the child coughed. No big deal. Here is the issue though: in about an hour time frame she told him 15 times. Not once did the child cover his mouth. He simply ignored her. What went wrong? Why could she not teach … Continue reading Teaching Children to Cover their Mouths Before Coughing

Homeschooling Parents: Teaching Responsibility

Aside from building a strong relationship with the child as I wrote about previously – when homeschooling, mom can teach her children to take responsibility for their own problems. This is so important for all parents to teach, whether they are homeschooling or not. The ability to take responsibility for your own actions without blaming … Continue reading Homeschooling Parents: Teaching Responsibility

Sometimes Love Doesn’t

I’m reading a great book called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. Bob outlines how to love people through what you do, not what you say. As a Christian, this hits home because, let’s face it, throughout history Christians’ words don’t match up to their actions. I also think that part of the reason this message … Continue reading Sometimes Love Doesn’t

Back to School Parenting: Problem Solving

Parents can develop their children into responsible adults by helping them work through problems instead of just giving them a solution. Kids must learn to solve their own problems. Throughout this process, parents will grow a stronger bond with their children/teenagers. Video: Teaching Children How to Problem Solve Can you think of some times when … Continue reading Back to School Parenting: Problem Solving

Parents Can Be Their Child’s Emotion Coach

I just attended an Emotion Coaching workshop given by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute in Seattle. The tools I learned are a great addition to my parent coaching toolbox, and I was impressed by number of parents in attendance considering that it was an eighty degree day in Seattle … Continue reading Parents Can Be Their Child’s Emotion Coach

How to Talk With Your Upset Child/Teen When They Expect You to Give Them a Solution

Here is a question I received when I spoke at a conference recently: “How best do you work with an older kid/teen when they are getting upset and they want you to give them a solution?” There are a few Love and Logic® tools that are useful: First, Always Offer Empathy Empathy helps to connect … Continue reading How to Talk With Your Upset Child/Teen When They Expect You to Give Them a Solution

Responding to Disrespect from your Child

I had a parent email me this week with this situation: “We have run into something knew with our 5 year old.  Lately when we ask her to do something, she replies with something like  “I will not” or “I never will.”  Usually she is kidding. She will say it with a smile on her … Continue reading Responding to Disrespect from your Child