affirmation

Motivate. Model. Practice. Praise.Proactively grow skills without demands and threats

“Uhhh! If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, that is NOT OK!! Why do you keep….” (hitting your sibling/sassing me/making a…

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Turn Name-Calling into Connection

“You’re dumb!”“No, YOU’RE dumb!”“Well, you’re a loser!”“I know you are, but what am I?”“You’re a butthead!” “MOMMMMMMMMM!!!!” Name-calling between children is a challenge for many…

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The Awesome Thing About Your Kid’s Misbehavior…

The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes…

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Advice for Dads3 Things My Father Wished He Had Known

Dear Dads, We are a big deal.   Our kids look up to us in a unique way. They need our affirmation and approval. Statistics show…

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Is Your Child Entitled to a Trophy?

A young mom queried me intently after our talk on Entitlement in kids. “What do you do about the culture around us that guarantees that…

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The Secret to Effective Discipline

We all want to parent our kids well, and especially to feel confident as we discipline our children. But many parents, in their efforts to…

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How to Find the Good… Even in Misbehavior!

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute – if there is any…

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Should My Kid Get a Participation Trophy Just for Showing Up?

One former NFL player, James Harrison, sent out an Instagram message regarding his two sons receiving “participation trophies” even though they didn’t win anything. Harrison, the…

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Build Kids Up with Nourishing Affirmation in 30 Seconds

  Kids need encouragement. But not all affirmation is created equal! Some affirmation is empty — like popcorn or cotton candy — but nourishing affirmation…

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Affirmation: The Struggle to Stay Positive

“Stay positive.” It’s almost a cliche at this point. But the parenting truth behind this oft-spoken statement is that kids need constructive affirmation and encouragement…

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