4 Parenting Mistakes a Mom Inadvertently Made with Her Daughter

I was at a friend's house listening to her 9-year-old daughter play the piano. Her mother piped in and announced that she was going to play the other part of the duet. Her daughter raised her hand and said "You are not included!" Mom reacted by reprimanding, "That's not nice. You shouldn't talk to me like that." As you can imagine, things didn't go well from here. This all came down in less than 2 minutes. How did this mom get here? Here are 4 common mistakes parents make: 4. She didn't ask permission to join in the duet. This is especially important for our strong willed children. Asking permission models respect and gives them an appropriate way for them to have control over their lives wh

3 Steps to Teach Your Child Self Advocacy Skills

As my daughter interviewed the Dean of the Athletic Training Department at a potential college choice, I found myself uncomfortably looking down at the table, at the floor, or out the window. I was doing everything I could to avert the eyes of the Dean as she tried to engage me in the interview process. She must have thought I was extremely rude at that moment. Much later, after the interview, she confided she had never been interviewed by a potential student before. Usually the parents had done the interview and frequently the student wasn't even present. She had been quite impressed with Brianna's ability to advocate for herself. (Proud mom moment!) My daughter had prepared an extensive a

6 Tips to Get Your Child/Teen/Spouse to Listen

Have you found yourself thinking or saying, "Are you listening to me?" I know I did. Did you know that listening is not an innate skill? It is a skill that must be learned. Guess where children learn how to listen? Yep...from us! Here are 6 steps to help your child listen: Get on their level when speaking to them. Don't yell from across the room or tower over them. Make friendly eye contact BEFORE you speak. Be clear and concise. Children become "parent deaf" when we talk excessively. Ask your conversation partner to repeat what they have heard. Gently make any changes to what they may have missed. If you are wanting them to agree to something, set your child and yourself up for success by m

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