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4 Ways to Make Natural Consequences Work

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At Empowering Parents, we’re often asked about appropriate consequences. But in many cases, the most effective consequences require you to do nothing at all. Most of us learn nicely from our mistakes or missteps. If we drive too fast, we might get a ticket – an expensive lesson. Our children are no different. They learn well... Read more »

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Chronic Negativity in Kids: 4 Survival Tips

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Let’s face it, we all have bad days. And sometimes kids seem to have never-ending bad days! Nothing ever seems good enough or makes them happy. Kids can get stuck in negative patterns, especially during certain stages of development. Here’s how to deal with chronic negativity at home. 1. Know that Negativity is Part of Normal Development... Read more »

The Gift of Unhappiness

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When I was eight years old, my friend was invited to a neighborhood birthday party and I wasn’t. There was ice cream cake and the promise of a piñata. I was devastated. My parents could have asked the neighbors to invite me. They could have sent me along to the party uninvited. They could have come... Read more »

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Coach Advice: Stick to the Facts

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As a parent coach (and a mother), I remind myself and others to “stick to the facts” when parenting in difficult situations. What is "Stick to the Facts?" "Stick to the facts" is shorthand for focusing on your child’s behavior - not the way that behavior makes you and your child feel. Why Should I "Stick to the... Read more »

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Build Your Parenting Team

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Imagine a crowd cheering you on each day as you parent your kids. They encourage you, support you, and maybe take over for a bit when you need a break. As parents, we need all the support we can get. That’s why I talk to parents about “building their team.” Who can be your cheerleaders? Who... Read more »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Earlier this week, we wrote about celebrating success with your family. But what if things suddenly seem to be getting worse? Don’t panic. Setbacks are a normal but difficult part of the change process. With a good plan, you’ll get through these tough times and back to celebrating more success. Here are some tips for when you... Read more »

Are You Doing Better Than You Think?

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It’s easy for parents to skip over some accomplishments and jump right to the next thing – the undone dishes, the afternoon homework battle – but learning to identify and celebrate your family’s success, even if it’s small, can really help to create positive momentum and lead to lasting change. Maybe this is the first morning... Read more »

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