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Q: What’s the quickest way to create family harmony and cooperation in my home?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Q: What’s the quickest way to create family harmony and cooperation in my home?

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 pages of notes in the binder that we all wrote at each family meeting. I will forever hold onto this keepsake. I don’t...

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How Do I Stop My Kid From Arguing When I Tell Them to Do Something?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

How Do I Stop My Kid From Arguing When I Tell Them to Do Something?

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 I’m asking rather than telling by using statements like: Would you please… I would like it if you … Do you believe that...

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How do I get children to help with chores during the summer?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

How do I get children to help with chores during the summer?

Summer is a great time to teach your children the importance of everyone in the house doing chores. Notice I said “teach” not “get your child to”. There is a big difference in your attitude and approach when you teach your children versus expecting your kids to do chores without training. Without training, you probably feel frustrated because you end up nagging which leads to resentment building up and bad feelings by everyone. So, let’s rephrase the question to: How do I teach (train) my children that everyone in the house is responsible for...

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Parents and Children Cooking Together Class

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

Parents and Children Cooking Together Class

Meenakshi’s International Cooking with Kids—4 sessions (for parents with children 2 – 8 years) Wednesdays, July 12 through August 2, 2017 4:30 to 5:30 PM During this program, children and parents or other caregivers will learn about the origin of cuisines and food sources. Each class will include songs, stories, and delicious vegetarian, kid-friendly, easy-to-make recipes from a different part of the world. All the ingredients will be fresh and we will be responsive to any identified food allergies and adjust our recipes.   4...

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Naturopathic Tips to Ease Childhood Stress and Improve Focus by Dr. Marie Rodriguez

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Guest articles | 0 comments

Naturopathic Tips to Ease Childhood Stress and Improve Focus by Dr. Marie Rodriguez

Doesn’t it seem like life only gets busier and that there is more and more information coming at us all the time? There is too much information out there to take in and process! The human nervous system has never had a physiologic ‘upgrade’ to be able to handle this level of over-stimulation. As a result, a lot of us feel overwhelmed, anxious, and have difficulties concentrating and sleeping well. Because the nervous system isn’t fully developed until age twenty-five, the impact of our modern lifestyle is felt even more deeply by children and...

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Parenting class about Risky Behaviors by Teens at Parents Place

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

Parenting class about Risky Behaviors by Teens at Parents Place

Romance of Risk: Helping Teens Stay Safe (Middle/High School) Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Participants discuss roadblocks to communicating with teens on critical topics such as smoking, drinking, sexual behavior, and drug use. Learn effective strategies for how to listen and support teens to make responsible decisions regarding risky behaviors. With Susan Stone, BSE. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. REGISTER HERE > ©2017 Cynthia Klein, Bridges 2 Understanding, has been a Family Success Coach since 1994. She works with...

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Parenting Class: Mindful Motivation

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Organizations Information | 0 comments

Parenting Class: Mindful Motivation

Mindful Motivation: How to Motivate Your Child From the Inside Out (Preschool/Elementary) Thursday, June 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Wouldn’t it be nice if your child cooperated for the sake of it and not for the carrot at the end of the stick? In this workshop, Rachel will share her unique system for motivating children from the inside out. You’ll learn the top 3 ingredients you need to raise a self-driven adult, plus you’ll get practial tools for helping your child stay confident in any circumstance … all without...

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How to Melt the Wall Between Parent and Child

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Parenting with Emotional Intelligence | 0 comments

How to Melt the Wall Between Parent and Child

Parents become very frustrated and worried when their children no longer share their thoughts, feelings, or events in their lives. A wall develops and yet it can be melted. The length of time required to melt the wall depends on how deep the divide between parent and child has become. The good news is that your perseverance can create a reconnection. Some walls are thin. With these walls, as soon as you start the reconnection process, which I will discuss below, you can melt the barrier quickly. As your child opens up, reconnection is gained....

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Ally Parenting Book Table of Contents

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Cynthia's Book Excerpts | 0 comments

Ally Parenting Book Table of Contents

Ally Parenting: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Transform Conflict Into Cooperation By Cynthia Klein – Available now at many online book sellers. Search for Ally Parenting- Cynthia Klein to find soft-cover, $20, and eBook, $9, formats to purchase.   Table of Contents Introduction to Ally Parenting……….1 How to Use This Book: A Quick-Start Approach……..7 The Step-by-Step Solutions Guide……….11  Section 1 – The Ally Parenting Approach – Your Parenting Role Ask the Right Questions to...

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Family Meetings Build Cooperation and Family Unity

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Cynthia's Book Excerpts, Parenting Effective Discipline | 0 comments

Family Meetings Build Cooperation and Family Unity

When you hold regular family meetings, you establish family values of connection, unity, mutual respect, support, and creative problem-solving. If weekly meetings are too much, then set aside time to meet every two weeks. As a result of your sustained efforts, you will build a family in which problems are discussed, each person feels heard, and adventures are planned because you made family meetings a high priority. In my family, I insisted on family meetings even though my daughter often resisted and my husband wasn’t focused on them. Since...

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