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Media Rules for Kids from Challenge Success at Sta...

Media Rules This article is from the Challenge Success website in the section for parents. These are the main points made at the parent education event that they mention below. Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Our Fall 2016 parent education event, Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age, explored how adults and kids can maintain balance, safety, and positive relationships in the...

Give Allowance at the End of Your Family Meeting

Life can seem so busy and everyone in a family has different schedules. This makes having a family meeting very challenging. However, unless connection and discussion time is made a priority, the distance between family members will increase and parental influence will decrease. You’ll be running after problems rather than proactively solving problems. So, make a family meeting a priority. It just takes you insisting that...

How Do I Limit Electronics Use on My Children Duri...

Are your kids learning the values you want them to learn when they are playing video games, texting, or snapchatting? Your answer may range from, “No”, to, Sometimes”, depending on the amount of time spent on their devices.  I propose that we work together to limit our children’s electronics use so they can spend more time doing value creating activities. With little or no homework in the summer, kids can gravitate towards...

Parenting Education Classes at Parents Place in Pa...

Sign Up Now! Palo Alto Parenting Workshops   Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (3rd trimester – Preschool) Wed., July 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM  Best Friends—Worst Enemies: Navigating Peer Relationships  (Preschool/Elementary) Thu., July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM That Makes Me So Angry! Child Anger (Preschool/Elementary) Tue., July 18, 7:00 – 9:00 PM “Do I Look Fat?” Girls’ Body Image and Self-Esteem:...

Q: What’s the quickest way to create family ...

A: The quickest and most direct road to family harmony is through holding family meetings. Today, July 7, 2017, I opened my historic Family Meeting binder and I found an envelope. I had labeled it “weekly chores” and inside were small pieces of paper with chores written on them by my daughter, (except for the special kitchen cleaning chore which I wrote.) I am so touched seeing her spelling and handwriting at age 5 and the...

How Do I Stop My Kid From Arguing When I Tell Them...

An arguing child is one of the most annoying behaviors that parents experience. Rarely are you asking your child to do something unreasonable. You might be asking them to put their dishes in the dishwasher, clean their room, or even take a shower. To figure out what you can do differently to stop the arguing, start by asking yourself these questions to figure out what you are doing that isn’t working. Do I sound like...