behavior

Negative Thinking, Positive Thinking and Parenting – Parents Article

Your Internal Tape DeckDo you remember tape players (perhaps even the 8-track tape variety)…those magical, wonderful contraptions that allowed us to listen to music on tape before the advent of walkman radios, compact discs, MP3 players, digital downloads and the like?These outdated devices allowed us to stop, rewind…and play certain parts of the tape over and over, at will.  Now, imagine that you have a tape deck in your head. This particular tape deck provides a running commentary on your…

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Why Is My Child’s Behavior Prickly? – Foster Parents Article

When our child’s behavior becomes off-putting, or prickly, it’s often hard to remember that it’s an indication of something bigger going on with them. Remembering this, however, can change how we approach our children… Blackberries are ripening in Indiana. The warm, rainy summer has left our crop of berries abundant. Behind our barn on the east side of our property the blackberry bushes grow wild, twisting and climbing, weaving their way over old tree stumps and hiding the fresh fruit behind tall weeds.…

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Is It Disobedience Or Survival? – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email We are excited to kick off a brand new season of The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Beginning with this new season, we are also featuring the show on YouTube. Check it out.. Click Here To Subscribe To Our YouTube Channel For the next several weeks we are asking the question, “Is it disobedience or something else?” The reality is, children who have experienced significant trauma display behaviors that can often be misinterpreted as…

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In Defense of Mom Jeans, No Matter the Size – Parents Article

Do You Own a Pair of Mom Jeans? Oh, no!  The dreaded mom jeans!   Do you own a pair?   I do, and here is why I’m proud to “rock the mom jeans”!   They aren’t size 5, or even a size 10, although “mom jeans” do come in those sizes and some of my best friends wear them!  These mom jeans are filled with legs that have stood the test of time. The Legs in These Mom Jeans Have: ~ Helped build tents,…

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Maybe You Just Need a BB Gun | RYAN NORTH – Foster Parents Article

Our kids love spending time with their grandparents. I remember thinking that a weekend with my grandparents was just about the best thing ever when I was a child. Kayla has childhood memories of spending time every summer with her grandparents. It’s a rare child who doesn’t love their grandparents. Kayla’s parents and my parents both live close to us so we can easily accommodate our kid’s frequent requests to spend time with them. Our two oldest daughters spent the…

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Change Your Habits: 5 Tips for Success – Parents Article

Affiliate links are used in this post. If you click through and  purchase through our link, we receive a small percentage of  the sale to help us offset the costs in running our blog. Thank you! Change Your Habits Have you found yourself trying to change habits, year after year, only to find your progress is stalled before you turn the calendar page to February? It’s sad, but true, that most resolutions (which are typically habit changes) are never seen…

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Calm Down: Family Style – Parents Article

Calm Down: Family Style Looking through the archives, some of our popular posts on helping calm things down still ring as true today as they did when I wrote them a few years ago.  We’re serving it up here, family style. Pick what you’d like and take an extra helping, if it pleases you. See what works best to calm things down and get your zen on in your home. Breathe. Release. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.  Doesn’t that feel better already? …

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A Mindful Parenting Moment for Challenging Times – Parents Article

Mindful Parenting Moments for Challenging Times Challenging times. We all have them. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. I know this as truth from the sheer fact that we are all human. No exceptions. Period. So, since we’re all going to have rough patches, we might as well find something we can do to lessen their length, as well as their impact upon us. Two Minutes to Calm Here’s a two minute video excerpted from The Joyful Parent 4-week Online Course.…

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Stop Raising Your Voice, Stop Raising Your Blood Pressure – Parents Article

Stop Raising Your Voice, Stop Raising Your Blood Pressure It’s easier said than done, right? You wake up with the best intentions, promising yourself it’s going to be a calm, relaxing, stress free day…then BOOM…it happens. Things get a bit harried, the bickering starts, then the whining, then the screaming…until, you’ve reached your limit and start yelling in frustration yourself.  Then the guilt sets in. You start feeling bad that you “lost it”. You start feeling like you fell short…

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Gather Round the Family Dinner Table: Why It Matters – Parents Article

Gather ‘Round the Family Dinner Table When was the last time you had dinner with your family? I’m not talking about a dinner you grab while on the go in your car.  That doesn’t count. I mean the real, sit-down type of dinner where you can look into each other’s eyes and talk about your day. It is the meal we often gloss over because we work late, the kids have sporting events or we get tired from daily activities.…

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