Category Archives: Parenting

HOW TO TALK TO A CHILD ABOUT DEATH

Death and Dying: Talking To A Child About Death, Part One Talking to a child about death is one of the hardest tasks that you will ever undertake.  The child’s loved one may have been a grandparent, a friend from … Continue reading

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HOW TO PRAISE YOUR CHILD

Positive Parenting Requires Appropriate Praise–With Just The Right Tone of Voice The tone of your voice is very important, “SuperNanny” Jo Frost believes. You should have at least two voices that you use with children: the Voice of Approval and … Continue reading

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WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR TEENAGER ABOUT DRUGS

Talking To Teenagers: Use “I” messages One expert, Dr.Robert Schwebel, offers this advice about parenting teenagers, which the whatyousay panel believes is valuable when you talk with your child about any serious topic, not just drugs: “Begin by expressing your … Continue reading

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HOW TO TALK TO A DISOBEDIENT TEENAGER

WHAT TO SAY TO A DISOBEDIENT TEENAGER My daughter is 13, going on 17. She’s tall, beautiful, and generously endowed. Her father and I strictly forbade her to have a Facebook page.  Recently I discovered by accident that she had … Continue reading

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POSITIVE PARENTING: COMMAND BUT DON’T EXPLAI

A Parenting Tip From John Gray, Ph.D., author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” What to say to a child when she resists your wishes. Parents make a mistake when they justify their commands with explanations.  If … Continue reading

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What To Say To Your Child About Divorce or Death

Use Questions When You Talk To Children About Divorce or Death, And Then Listen, Really Listen We found excellent advice in an article written by Earl Grollman, D.D.    The following post is adapted from that article. When explaining divorce , … Continue reading

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Encouragement and Praise

How To Encourage A Child, And Why “The encouraging attitude communicates, ‘You are capable–go ahead and try.’” “It is important to understand that encouragement means helping our child to meet his goals and not our goals….At times people do not … Continue reading

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PARENTING: NEVER GIVE UNDERSERVED PRAISE TO YOUR CHILD

Never say to your child…”Great job” if your child did not do a great job. That’s the advice of Yale Professor Amy Chua.  “Never give unearned smiley faces.” Chua, who’s the mother of two, and author of author of the … Continue reading

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WHAT YOU SAY WHEN YOUR CHILD REFUSES TO OBEY YOU

Q.  My 12-year-old daughter sometimes defies me when I tell her to do something.  On a few occasions she has confronted me and told me, “I’m not going to do it, and you can’t make me.”  She looks me in … Continue reading

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