Parenting Tips

28 Dec

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Why not start the year by setting an intention to spot your child’s strengths? Everyone has their own individual unique strengths inside them (24 to be exact!). This year set an intention to spot your kid’s strengths and let them know when you see them using them. This strengths-based approach helps your child build resilience and be more confident. Start by learning more about the 24 character strengths by completing the VIA Character Strengths Survey with your family....

07 Dec

Dave’s Deep Dive on Discipline

Senior Parenting and Engagement Specialist Dave Brewer shares his thoughts on discipline, rather his Natural Strength Parenting™ approach to learning… So, here’s the question right?!? How do I get my kids to do what they’re told, be kind to others, tell the truth, be responsible, respect their elders and do it all in a timely fashion with a smile on their face? Sound familiar? Well, here’s my surprisingly simple suggestion; Catch them in the act of being good. Behind that surprisingly simple solution...

03 Dec

Family Holiday Survival Guide

Your Family Can Survive the Holidays This Year. Here’s How. You can already feel the tensions rising at your house. Each day is colder, darker, and shorter than the last. The leaves have just finished falling from the trees, but your son is still wearing cargo shorts to school every day. Your neighbor’s perfect Christmas lights are already up and come on automatically at 6:05 every night while you’re still polishing off the Snickers left over from Halloween. The holidays...

26 Nov

How to Go From Power Struggles to Powerful Solutions

Parents want an effective technique that shifts the power struggle to a more positive interaction so that both parent and child can feel less frustrated. This proactive approach teaches accountability and gives the child an opportunity to feel confident in their decision about how to manage their own behavior, a skill any parent wants their child to have as they mature. Here is the 5 step approach that you can use no matter what the situation or your child’s age. The...

19 Nov

What is Discipline, Really?

What is Discipline? By Guest Blogger Connie Harrison, Senior Parent Educator, Beech Acres Parenting Center The dictionary has several definitions for the word “discipline”. These include; training to follow rules, a set or system of regulations, and punishment. As a parent, what are you describing when you are talking about discipline with your child? Is it punishments or consequences? Is it compliance with rules or your expectations of acceptable behavior? Or is it something else entirely? Humans are born without the ability to...

12 Nov

Changing The Outcomes Of Conversations With Your Children

Changing The Outcomes Of Conversations With Your Children This might sound all too familiar: You begin a conversation with your child about an expectation or a request and it’s met with an explosive response or a refusal to do what you’ve asked. If you are like many parents in this situation, you may react to your child’s defiance with a reactive response of ‘how dare you speak to me that way’ and then follow up with a consequence. Often, this is...

12 Nov

Discipline

Discipline means to ‘teach or train’, it is all about learning. Natural Strength Parenting™ can help you approach discipline in a manner that is intentional, strength-based, and mindful. By taking a proactive approach to discipline, or any other parenting challenge, you can get to the outcome you desire. This month we will be providing unique insights into discipline from our parenting experts. Topics we’ll be covering include, Changing the Outcomes of Conversations with Your Children, Powerful Struggles to Powerful Solutions, and What...

31 Oct

Bullying Is Serious. We’re Here To Help.

Bullying can be very serious and can affect your child’s mood, self-esteem, and academic performance. But there is hope… If your child is suffering, let them know they are not alone. Tell them that bullying is unfortunately not uncommon and that it is not their fault. Children can feel helpless when being bullied so it is important to point out their strengths and how they’ve used them successfully in other situations. To help keep their confidence from diminishing, brainstorm some ways that they can use...

26 Oct

How You Can Help Your Highly Sensitive Child Manage the Strong Personalities of Others

By guest blogger, Sharon James, Senior Parent Educator, Beech Acres Parenting Center Playing on a team or interacting with a group of kids who have strong personalities can be difficult and stressful for children of all ages. It can be particularly tricky for a highly sensitive child. Highly sensitive children may demonstrate some of these qualities: incredibly perceptive very inquisitive prefers quiet play over play with others often labeled ‘shy’ or ‘highly emotional’ quick to react feels their feelings deeply, especially rejection and criticism of others or...

21 Sep

Tips To Get Your Family Back Into A School Routine

Back to School, Back to Routine Now that school is back in session and the summer is winding down, are you having trouble getting your family back into a routine? The transition from a lazy summer of riding bikes, lounging by the pool, playing video games, and hanging out with friends to a busy school schedule full of homework, practices, and early mornings can be a tough one. Here are some tips to help get your family back on track. Use Mindfulness...