Purposeful Parenting Tip: If you start something, finish it.
“Finish your shot!” “Follow through!” These are the words I hear often at my children’s basketball games from the parents in the stands. For those of you with children in this sport, you know that these commands are instructing the kids to not just throw up the ball and move on, but rather to see it through to either ensure it goes in or to rebound the ball and try again. In short, don’t give up. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Teach your child to acknowledge their feelings but not to give in to them.
“I don’t feel like it.” How many times have you or your child said those words? “Why didn’t you do your homework?” “I didn’t feel like it.” “Why didn’t you clean your room?” Same response…”I didn’t feel like it.” For many of us, kids included, we pay a lot attention to our feelings. People are always asking us how we are feeling. We base important decisions on a feeling. Guess what? It’s time to rethink this. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: The shortest word in the English language is “No”.
Recently my daughter came home with paperwork regarding tryouts for her middle school play. She was very excited and wanted to learn more about the play’s characters so she could determine which one she should try out for. I explained each of the characters and gave a suggestion or two into which ones I thought she might enjoy the most. What happened over the next week surprised even me. Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Even Adults Get Squeamish. No Need to “Suck It Up” All the Time.
Last night, my daughter lost a tooth. In the scheme of all the worldly happenings, this is not newsworthy. Except that we pulled it out together. Yikes! Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Be grateful for free time.
Today, both of my children were out of the house by 7:00 am. My son is normally out at this time to catch the bus. My daughter, who had a field trip, was picked up by her father who was chaperoning the trip. I closed the front door at 7:05 am and stood for a moment in the silence in the wee hours of the morning. What to do now? Continue reading
Purposeful Parent Tip: Encourage your children to push through their
“How do you do it Jennifer?” While I do get asked this question alot, I remember the first time I heard it. It was from a colleague of mine during a lunch meeting after I had just published my baby journal, My Life. She had seen me through the challenges of my full-time job, a divorce, getting my MBA (while going through a divorce), and starting a small business. “You exhaust me!” she commented. Continue reading