Use a Gentle Tone When Clearly Stating Expectations to Kids

Feeling criticized and judged is often a big trigger that causes kids’ emotional outbursts. When talking with parents about their children’s outbursts, reluctance to cooperate, and outright negativity, I find that parents are unaware of how they have contributed to their child’s reactions.   An important Independent Living Skill in the emotional maturity category is…

Kids Need Appropriate Time Alone

The unhealthy or negative approach to the goal of Withdrawal is Undue Avoidance. The healthy or positive approach is Appropriate Avoidance. A key feeling you may have that alerts you to the unhealthy approach is a feeling of Helplessness.   I’ve spoken with parents whose children have become so discouraged and their self-esteem so low…