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Positive Disciplince Class in Paris

What I love about leading Positive Discipline parenting classes is that we all know we are not perfect and, for a moment at least, we put those masks down and decide to get real.

And laughing helps us learn. 

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Do as I SAY or as I DO ?

For the first time in twenty five years I was in the US on October 31, Halloween.  To my amazement (horror) so many houses in lovely neighborhoods were decorated (trashed).  Netting that gets soggy with rain was strewn across the neatly trimmed bushes.  Skeletons "decorated" the lawns which garden service companies had recently raked.  I understand that it was intended in fun; to me it looked dirty.

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Hammer or Humor? Positive Discipline for Parents at the ACP

boy with hammerHere's an article written about the upcoming Positive Discipline class in Paris for the Spire magazine.  Many thanks to our sponsor, the American Church in Paris, for their enthusiastic support and for their great humeur (French for humor, spirit, attitude...). 

Keep on reading for a little laugh at myself, which led me to the springboard of new learning and family flourishing.

Sign up for the class:  First session on October 6 from 9:00-11:00 is free

or read the flyer for the full details.

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10 Ways to Connect with Kids...of ALL Ages

We humans, both parents and children, are wired to experience intense emotions and engage in logical reasoning.

Beware:  every emotion does not always generate clear thinking!

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No Feedback = Stuck in the Muck without Realizing It

How can one change?

- The "establishment”? 

- My child?  

- Me?! 

Have you experienced a less-than-optimal situation and wanted to help it evolve only to be told, “This is the way it is.  PERIOD.”

I have.  Twice this week!   Each instance is characterized by the absence of feedback.

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Positive Discipline Blunder = My Birthday Gift

I have just returned from three day training with Positive Discipline founder, Jane Nelsen.  We learned to focus on teaching our children the life skills we soooo deeeeeeply desire to pass on:  integrity, responsibility, humor, problem-solving, respect....  You know them too.

Jane Nelsen regularly asks,

"How did we come up with the CRAZY idea that parents should make kids feel worse in order for them to be better?!"

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Go for the Prize & Score HIGH !

Gold Medal Men SkatingRecently, I gathered the children for a something-has-to-change discussion. These occur when I realize that Mom and Dad suffer the negative consequences for our children’s inattention. “The kids need to feel the pain to change,” thought I. Needless to say, my sons resisted. “It’s not fair, Mom. You’re giving us another punishment.”

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Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character...in You and Your Kids!

Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character...in You and Your Kids!  by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
The kids do the wrong thing (AGAIN) and it drives mom and dad CRAZY...and then guilty for getting angry. Turansky and Miller help parents view anger as a positive tool:  to identify what triggers a child's specific problem area (ex. annoying behavior, lying, not following instructions, and bad attitudes).  They outline practical routines to help kids improve in these areas...and thus to thrive in their relationships.  Their insights are refreshing: Phew! There is a way out of this emotional mire.

Read more about Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller.

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Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children

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by Jo Frost

Meet Supernanny Jo Frost, a modern-day Mary Poppins here to rescue today's beleaguered parents with her no-nonsense rules--not tips, not advice, but rules--for consistently managing one's offspring. By setting and keeping clear boundaries, she sets the stage for parenting to be more of a "joy" and much less of a… She doesn’t do wrestling matches.  Supernanny is firm. It’s how she loves…and loves her work with kids.  Peppered liberally with British wit.

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The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are

Birth Order Book:  Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Leman by Dr. Kevin Leman
He's funny and the subject is intriguing. Birth order affects personality, marriage and relationships, parenting style, career, and children! Whether at home or on the job, birth order powerfully influences the way people interact with others and the world. An "ah ah" book that helps parents identify character traits common to oldest, youngest, and in between.
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