Showing posts from February, 2013

10 Things You Can Do to Stop Your Child's Addiction

It’s like a drug, they can’t get enough.  They’ll mysteriously forget about homework assignments just to get it.  They’ll fight you tooth and nail not to lose it.  It’s one of the biggest issues that reduces cooperation for many parents and if they could, they would pass up sleep and food just to have more of it.  What I’m talking about is entertainment media for children, and it is highly addictive.  It’s also referred to as SCREEN TIME and it exists in the form of video games, television shows, computer usage and the Internet, and it must be controlled, supervised and allowed in moderation.  If parents would just understand and implement this, they would get a bonus of more cooperation from their children.  Chores would be done as planned and homework would be completed as agreed. I was hired as a parent coach by a family recently.  At our first meeting, they listed the top five challenges they were experiencing with their oldest child.  This 1o-year-old was not coming to the

A Valentine-A-Day for Your Children

Just in time for V alentine’s Day , here are 8 tips you can use, one each day leading up to the big day, for demonstrating love to your children.    Using a family meeting, have everyone create a craft project that represents love to them.   Provide a wide selection of construction paper and craft supplies and allow your children to create whatever comes to mind.   Put the creations on display for everyone to see and enjoy, and photograph them to look at for many years to come. Compose a poem about your child or describing how much you love her. Print it off on special preprinted paper with a border that can be purchased at office supply stores. Frame it and hang it on your child’s bedroom wall. You could even include the child’s picture or her foot or handprints if you had them done earlier. Sign it and read it to her nightly. Have a movie night with your kids, complete with big pillows to snuggle up with and a big bowl of popcorn. The one difference in maki