Happy Parenting: 5 Top Tips for Mom with Puzzle

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Happy Parenting Bonds!

Raise happy kids! It’s a challenging, tiring, and priceless journey. Take your parenting tools kit. Fill it with 5 great skills.

Now picture this: you’re super tired and your kids are fighting. Will you do your best parenting, or will you explode?

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Being a mom without taking care of yourself is like navigating parenthood on exhaust fumes. Let's dive into five game-changing tips. They can transform your parenting experience and, in turn, bring joy to you and your children's lives.

  1. Self-Care for Moms: Recharge Your Batteries

Moms, ever tried calling your child with a dead phone battery? It's frustrating. Now, imagine parenting with low emotional batteries. Self-care is the solution. Just as a phone needs charging, moms need to plug in and recharge too.

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Mom's Recharging Her Batteries

 

Sip a cup of tea. Listen to music. Enjoy a bubble bath. Be with nature. Self-care rejuvenates you. When you're fully charged, you're better equipped to handle the energy and noise of parenting.

 

  1. Detective Mom: Unleash Your Inner Problem Solver

Parenting is a bit like being a detective. Put on your detective hat and unravel the mysteries behind your child's tears. Your hunches may lead you in unexpected directions, and that's okay.

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Detective Mom Understands

 

Be flexible, listen with an open mind, and ask questions. Can your child solve the problem independently, or does a comforting hug do the trick? Your detective skills pave the way for creative problem-solving and strengthen your parent-child bond.

  1. Empathy Brings Sunshine into Their World

Imagine a perfect sunny day – warm, comforting, and just right. That's the empathy you provide your child. Focus on them with warmth, listen attentively, and share a kind smile.

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Empathy Works!

 

Your truthful and gentle perspective creates a connection that bonds you both. Empathy is the sunshine that brightens even the cloudiest parenting moments.

  1. Consistent Parenting: The Secret to a Good Hair Day

Consistency is the conditioner in your family's routine. Like a good hair day, it smooths out the tangles. Set strong yet fair boundaries and stick to them.

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Inconsistent Boundaries Cause Snarls

 

Your boundaries prevent family snarls and allow life to flow more smoothly. You are the conditioner that keeps the family dynamics in check.

  1. Positive Reinforcement: Boosting Growth Is Like Climbing a Tree

Positive reinforcement is the boost your child needs to climb the tree of life. Encourage their journey with specific praise and recognition. “Paul, you wore shoes with grit and climbed with confidence.”

Acknowledge their cautious decisions and watch them glow with satisfaction. “You thought well before each step and reached your goal.”

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Boost with Specific Praise

 

Your words become the echo they carry through life. Your words encourage them to take risks and grow. Your voice saying, "Good climb," resonates in their hearts.

Happy Parenting Conclusion:

Parenthood is an adventurous ride filled with twists and turns. While challenges are inevitable, these five tips are powerful tools to navigate your journey smoothly.

Recharge your batteries through self-care. Solve problems creatively by listening and asking questions gently. Offer empathy like sunshine. Maintain consistent boundaries. Provide positive reinforcement. Become the architect of your children's happiness.

With these tips, you'll not only stop many snarls but also illuminate the path to a joyful family life. Cheers to happy parenting!

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Self-care is about taking the time to care for yourself. Be the best version of yourself for you and your loved ones. In this puzzle, find your way to loving self-care.

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Positive Parenting: 5 New Tips to Help Your Kids

 

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As we enter the New Year, it's the perfect time to reflect on our parenting methods. Let's set positive intentions for our children's growth. One crucial aspect to consider is the development of thinking patterns. Just as a plant needs sunshine and water to survive, your child needs a positive mindset to bloom. Let's examine five toxic thinking habits and how we can help our children overcome them for a brighter future.

 

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Turn Her "I Can'ts" into "I-Cans."

 

1. The 'I Can't' Dilemma: Is your child trapped in the grip of "I can't" thoughts? This self-limiting belief can slow her progress. She may resort to the easy way out when faced with challenges, saying, "It's too hard." 

The antidote? Encourage her to take small steps and celebrate each achievement. By fostering an “I Can” mindset, she'll realize that every effort contributes to success, no matter how small.

 

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Teach Him that Failure is a Steppingstone to
Success.

 

2. The Mistake Magnifier: Does your child magnify mistakes and stop trying?  Giving up could seem easier. Perhaps he fears failure. The fear of failure can shrink growth. It’s important to emphasize that mistakes are stepping stones to success.

Mistakes help us. Mistakes tell us what doesn't work. They say, "Stop repeating my errors. Try something else." Help your child view errors as ways to learn and grow. Show him how to break down problems into easy steps. You'll be helping him overcome his fear of failure. By accepting his mistakes, he can try new ways. He can start on a journey of continuous growth.

 

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Turn "I'll Never Understand This" into "I Am
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3. The Generalizer: If your child uses sweeping words like "all," "every time," "always," and "never" in negative statements, she might be falling into the trap of generalization. Generalizations exaggerate and are rarely true. Challenge her exaggerated statements by asking her, "Is, 'I'll never understand this really true'?" or is it an exaggeration?" Help her recognize that using such words leads to discouragement.

Teach her to drop her sweeping statements. Then focus her attention on breaking problems into smaller bits. By encouraging clear language, you guide her toward a more positive and realistic view of herself, her problems, and the world.

 

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Teach Him to Recognize the Truth in Your Compliments.

 

4. The Compliment Problem: When your child rejects compliments and turns them into personal criticism, it could be a sign of fuzzy thinking. Perhaps he's convinced himself he's not good enough.

Make sure your praise is specific and something he cannot deny. "Doug, I like how you wash your sheets and make your bed each week." Then teach him to accept your approval with a smile. You'll be turning his negative thoughts into honest beliefs about himself. His self-esteem will grow. He'll start to become a clear thinker too. 

 

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Avoid Promoting Helplessness by
Doing Her Work for Her.

 

5. Mountain or Molehill: Does your child turn everyday chores into mountains? She may even try to prove she is helpless. She needs to face her tasks.

Empower her with honest praise whenever she completes a small responsibility. Use specific words to help her realize she can do things for herself. "I like how carefully you dried and put the dishes away." She will want more of your approval and rely more on her abilities. Keep teaching her more age-appropriate tasks and compliment her with specifics when she achieves them. 

Boosting Positive Mindsets: You are invaluable in shaping your child's attitude. Changing negative thinking into positive mindsets isn't an overnight process but it is worth the effort.  Don't give up.

Here are three puzzles for your child  to unscramble and discuss in fostering positivity this New Year:

  1. Unscramble this word, KIMSATES, and discuss how it can help you grow.
  2. Unscramble this word, SMTEIDNS, and discuss why a positive one is important.
  3. Unscramble this word, LEBOPSRM, and discuss why these help you think.

 
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Answers to the 3 Puzzles:

  1. Mistakes
  2. Mindsets
  3. Problems

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Joyful Moments To Make Your Christmas Spirit Bright - 10 Easy Ways

 

 

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Our Christmas season is here, and it's a time for joy and togetherness. Let's make it extra special by keeping things simple and easy. Here are ten ideas for parents and kids to enjoy the Christmas season. These ideas can be applied to all religions and spiritual beliefs.

Breathe and Relax: Take a moment to sit and breathe. Close your eyes and feel your breath. It helps you feel calm and happy. Try doing this with your child—breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy the peace together.


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Breathe in Peace Together

 

Nature, Music, and Art Fun: Walk outside and enjoy nature. Listen to music that makes you smile. Look at pictures or draw something fun. These simple things can bring happiness to your family.

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Nature Fills Hearts

 

Sunshine and Sunset Magic: Look at the sunshine on the trees in the morning. In the night, gaze at the sunset and stars. Talk with your child about how big and amazing the world is. It's a simple way to feel connected to something greater.

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Feel Connected to Something Greater

 

Love for a Little Flower: Find a pretty flower and look at it closely. Notice the colors and shapes. Talk about how even the small things can be beautiful. It's like finding joy in the simple moments of life.

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Treasure Beautiful Flowers

 

Rainy Day Freshness: After the rain, step outside. Take a deep breath of the fresh air. It's like a new beginning. Show your child how rain can make everything clean and happy.

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 Smell the Air After a Rain

 

Happy Music Time: Play Christmas music that makes you happy at home. Dance or sing along with your child. It's a simple way to have fun together and make joyful memories.

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Dance with Joy

 

Hum or Sing Along: Encourage your child to hum or sing their favorite tunes. It's a way to express joy without words. Join in, and let the music be a happy part of your day.

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Make Music Together

 

Art Gifts from the Heart: Encourage your child to create something special and give it to someone you they about. It's not about being perfect; it's about sharing joy and love.

 

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Make Simple Gifts from the Heart

 

World's Beauty Talk: Talk with your child about how beautiful the world is, even when things are tough. Share stories of kindness and good things from your own life. It helps your child see the world in a positive light.

 

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Enjoy the Beauty Surrounding Us

 

Creation and Loving Spirit Talks: Have simple talks about how the world was made and the love that's all around us. It's like talking about the magic of life. Let your child share their thoughts too.

 

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Talk about the Magic of Life

Christmas is about making moments count, even with simple things. These ideas are easy for parents and kids to enjoy together. Remember, joy is found in the little things; you can create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy the Christmas spirit with your loved ones, and may your days be filled with happiness and warmth.

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Our Christmas season is here, and it's a time for joy and togetherness. Let's make it extra special by keeping things simple and easy. Here are ten easy ideas for parents and kids to enjoy the Christmas season. These ideas can be applied to all religions and spiritual beliefs.

Breathe and Relax: Take a moment to sit and breathe. Close your eyes and feel your breath. It helps you feel calm and happy. Try doing this with your child—breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy the peace together.

 

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Nature, Music, and Art Fun: Walk outside and enjoy nature. Listen to music that makes you smile. Look at pictures or draw something fun. These simple things can bring happiness to your family.

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Nature Fills Hearts

 

Sunshine and Sunset Magic: Look at the sunshine on the trees in the morning. In the night, gaze at the sunset and stars. Talk with your child about how big and amazing the world is. It's a simple way to feel connected to something greater.

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Feel Connected to Something Greater

 

Love for a Little Flower: Find a pretty flower and look at it closely. Notice the colors and shapes. Talk about how even the small things can be beautiful. It's like finding joy in the simple moments of life.

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Treasure Beautiful Flowers

 

Rainy Day Freshness: After the rain, step outside. Take a deep breath of the fresh air. It's like a new beginning. Show your child how rain can make everything clean and happy.

 

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Enjoy The Smell of Air After Rain

 

Happy Music Time: Play Christmas music that makes you happy at home. Dance or sing along with your child. It's a simple way to have fun together and make joyful memories.

 

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Dance with Joy

 

Hum or Sing Along: Encourage your child to hum or sing their favorite tunes. It's a way to express joy without words. Join in, and let the music be a happy part of your day.

 

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Make Music Together

 

Art Gifts from the Heart: Make art together. Create something special and give it to someone you care about. It's not about being perfect; it's about sharing joy and love.

 

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Make Simple Gifts with Love

 

World's Beauty Talk: Talk with your child about how beautiful the world is, even when things are tough. Share stories of kindness and good things from your own life. It helps your child see the world in a positive light.

 

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Talk about Life and the Beautiful World

 

Creation and Loving Spirit Talks: Have simple talks about how the world was made and the love that's all around us. It's like talking about the magic of life. Let your child share their thoughts too.

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Talking about the Magic of Life

Christmas is about making moments count, even with simple things. These ideas are easy for parents and kids to enjoy together. Remember, joy is found in the little things; you can create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy the Christmas spirit with your loved ones, and may your days be filled with happiness and warmth.

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Christmas is about making moments count, even with simple things. These ideas are easy for parents and kids to enjoy together. Remember, joy is found in the little things; you can create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy the Christmas spirit with your loved ones, and may your days be filled with happiness and warmth.

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Mastering Concentration: 2 Parenting Techniques for Homework Success

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How to Concentrate, Focus, and Achieve

Is homework time turning into a daily battle with your child? It's not a clash between you and your child; rather, it's an internal struggle within their mind to concentrate. We understand the challenges of maintaining focus, and that's why we're here to share two effective strategies with you.

Imagine your child, let's call him Jonas, eagerly yearning for video game adventures while his homework languishes in his backpack. Here's what you can do:

The Homework Station:

Create a designated homework haven away from tech distractions.

  1. Organize supplies within easy reach - computer, paper, pencils, and pens.
  2. Be nearby to offer support and guidance.
  3. Set a consistent homework time each day.

Concentration Technique - The Tent and The Torch:

Assist Jonas in crafting a positive affirmation to combat distractions. For instance: "My torch is in hand. Let my mind expand." or "First homework, then my video game." Then, guide him through this visualization:

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First Homework, Then Video Games

 

  1. Close his eyes.
  2. Envision the study space as a protective tent, illuminated by a small flashlight (the torch).
  3. Direct the torch's focus onto the homework.
  4. Prioritize tasks and re-visualize when distractions arise.
  5. Recite the affirmation to dispel disruptions.

Practice this technique together daily until Jonas internalizes it. The Tent and The Torch not only enhances concentration but instills valuable self-discipline, paving the way for future success.

The Focusing Technique - The Puzzle List

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Now, imagine your daughter, Maria, who despises homework even more than Jonas but adores her cell phone. Here's a tailored approach:

  1. Discuss homework as a puzzle with a list of tasks.
  2. Guide her in creating a puzzle list for her essay, breaking it down into manageable pieces.
  3. When tempted by her phone, encourage Maria to touch the part of the puzzle list she's working on and recite her chosen affirmation.

4 Sample Affirmations:

  • First homework, then my cell phone.
  • My phone I resist. I'll work on my list.
  • My homework’s in hand. Let my mind expand.
  • I am diving right in. Let the learning begin.

Conclusion for 2 Concentration Techniques:

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Her Well-Deserved Reward

 

Both Jonas and Maria are on a journey of self-discipline, the cornerstone of success. Jonas's Tent and Torch shield him from distractions, while Maria's Puzzle List keeps her on track. After completing their homework, both can enjoy well-deserved rewards—Jonas with a video game and Maria with her cell phone.

Learning to concentrate is a lifelong gift. By guiding your children to develop this skill, you set the foundation for their future success. Start today!

Puzzle Time:

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Tongue Twisters for your family to say 5 times as quickly as possible:

  1. Kids with grit get a kick out-witting clever quirky homework.
  2. Cleverly crafted assignments create capable, confident kids.
  3. Happy homework helpers help heroes here at home.
  4. Homework habits help me show that I make my skills grow.
  5. Sunny students seek success through their steady homework.

 

 Short Video Reinforcer: How Parents Motivate Children's Brain Power (just 1 minute, 13 seconds)

 

 

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Empowering You to Parent with Heart - Effective Communication - 3 Ways

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Parenting with Heart: Your Joyful Journey
 

Dear Parent!

Your heartfelt love creates an incredible journey with your child. It's filled with joy, laughter, and love. But let's face it, sometimes communicating with our children can be a challenge. We've all had those moments of not understanding their feelings and struggles.

Parenting Struggles:

We get it. Talking with your child can be tough. Balancing everyday life while staying tuned in to your child's world isn't always easy. Distractions, impatience, and finding the right balance between listening and guiding can hurt effective communication. But remember, you're not alone on this journey.

 

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Parents Face Challenges.
 

 

But don't worry! This post is here to help you overcome those struggles and strengthen the deep connection with your child through the power of parenting with heart by 'listening with heart.' 

Practical Tips for Listening with Heart:

  1. Be a Safe and Non-judgmental Parent:

Be a safe space where your child can freely express themselves. Here's how:

  • Look them in the eye.
  • Show open body language.
  • Give them your undivided attention.
  • Remember the 70/30 Rule: Listen 70%. Speak 30%.
  • Be open-minded and caring.

This builds trust and encourages your child to share their thoughts and feelings.

  1. Confirm and Empathize:
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 Understand Your Child's Feelings

 

Support your child's feelings. Use phrases like:

  • "I understand how you feel."
  • "It's okay to feel that way."
  • "I'm sorry that happened."
  • "You seem happy."
  • "What's making you smile?"

By speaking in these ways, you show care and understanding.

Quote from a Child Therapist:

Dr. Haim G. Ginott, a respected child psychologist, once said, "Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression." Your empathetic listening can leave a lasting positive impression on your child's emotional well-being.

  1. Strike the Balance:

Listening with heart doesn't mean being a passive listener. Your child looks up to you for guidance and support. Find the right balance by setting clear boundaries and expectations. Here are three guidelines:

  • Be Respectful: Listen without interruptions, giving each other time to express thoughts and expectations. Expect respect from your child too.
  • Pay Attention: Show you value the conversation by giving your full attention and removing distractions.
  • Encourage Positive Behavior: When children feel heard and confirmed, it encourages positive behavior. It helps them develop a powerful sense of self-worth. It also leads them to healthier relationships and decision-making.

Remember, offer gentle guidance without imposing solutions, and let your child explore their thoughts to find their answers.

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"I Can Choose"

 

These guidelines empower children to engage in discussions, fostering understanding, respect, and effective communication. Follow these tips. Your children will share their thoughts and build a stronger relationship with you.

Remember, setting clear boundaries with children is an ongoing process that requires consistency, open communication, and understanding. It helps your child develop structure, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others.

Based on the content of this blog, here is a little quiz:

 Which of the following is NOT a practical tip for "listening with heart"?

  1. a) Show open body language.
  2. b) Use interruptions to guide the conversation.
  3. c) Listen 70% and speak 30%.
  4. d) Be open-minded and caring.

Answer: b) Use interruptions to guide the conversation.

Listening without interruptions is essential for "listening with heart." The other options (a, c, and d) are positive and effective strategies for connecting with your child.

Conclusion:

By acknowledging the struggles and challenges of parenting, you can take steps to overcome them. "Listening with heart" is the key to a deeper connection with your child.

Embrace the practical strategies we've shared, create a safe space, affirm their emotions, strike the balance between listening and guiding, and explore creative avenues for communication.

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'Listening with Heart' Helps Her Bond with You

 

       Please listen - only 1 minute and 11 seconds.


 

Now, go and strengthen that special bond with your child through the magic of listening!

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15 Engaging Car Chats for Your Family Vacations

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Car Talk: Building Memories on the Road

 

Family vacations are an excellent opportunity for meaningful conversations with your children. Engaging in conversation starters allows your kids to express their thoughts. They give you a chance to understand their perspectives. Likewise, it provides a platform for your children to hear your thoughts as well.

In this blog post, we will explore a family's car chats. Use them to make your family vacations memorable and enjoyable for everyone. Pick up our fifteen conversation starters with your special code before you go.

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Timing Family's Thoughts

 

Kickstart your conversations with a little friendly competition. Set a timer and allocate a specific duration. Two minutes for each person to speak is good. The rule is simple: "No Interrupting!"  These two techniques ensure that everyone gets a turn to express themselves.

Fact: Research shows that active listening and effective communication within families can strengthen bonds and enhance understanding.

Quote: “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox

First Conversation Starter:

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Making Memories Together

 

Encourage thoughtful responses. Urge your child to think before they speak. This prompts the child to take a moment to organize their thoughts before starting the timer. It helps develop their communication skills and encourages mindful expression.

Metaphor: Just as a sculptor meticulously shapes their creation, let your child carefully sculpt their words before sharing their thoughts.

Quote: “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” –John Wooden

Second Conversation Starter:

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Using The Power of Visualization

 

Stimulate the power of visualization by asking your child to imagine their response before speaking. This technique allows them to tap into their creativity and promotes imaginative thinking. It adds a fun twist to the conversation, making it engaging for everyone involved.

Conversation Tip:

If a member wishes to choose a previous person's topic, time them for two minutes to provide equal speaking opportunities. This fun twist adds a touch of excitement and ensures everyone's ideas are heard.

Quote: “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” –Barbara Bush

Third Conversation Starter:

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Fostering Family Communication and Interest

 

Reflect on your earliest memory and share why it has remained significant to you. This question allows Mom to take a nostalgic journey, reminiscing about a special moment from her past. The family gets to learn something about Mom they never knew.

Quote: “Family gives you the roots to stand tall and strong.”

Fourth Conversation Starter:

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 Uniting Families through Shared Stories

 

 

Explore what Dad loves most about the family and why. This prompt encourages Dad to express his appreciation for the unique qualities and bonds shared within the family unit.

Are you going on a family trip, enjoying a car ride, or spending a cozy night at home? These conversation openers can create a warm and engaging atmosphere within your family. Remember, the key is to have fun and cherish the moments spent together.

To make our fifteen conversation starters (below) easily accessible, consider placing them in an envelope, a glove compartment, purse, or a backpack. Why? To ensure they are within reach whenever a conversation inspiration strikes.

Enjoy our enhanced conversation starters. Explore the enriching conversations that await you!

Conversation Starters Conclusion:

Utilizing conversation starters during family vacations can create cherished memories and foster meaningful connections. They give each family member an equal chance to express their thoughts. These conversation starters enhance communication within the family unit. So, make sure to pack the free conversation starters below for your next trip or even a cozy night at home. Remember, a happy family vacation is all about having fun together.

Fact: Engaging in regular family conversations has been linked to improved child development and overall family well-being.

Quote: “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.” –Lee Iacocca

Don't miss out! Visit www.KidsDiscuss.com and enter the code "CAR" to download all fifteen conversation starters for free. Also, feel free to comment and share this post with your friends on social media.

You might also like to learn more about travel benefits for children from my friend, John Bramer:

Family Travel: The Positive Developmental Impact of Travel on Kids

https://www.loveholidays.com/holidays/family-travel-child-development/

It's an easy delightful read and matches our ideas nicely.

With warm wishes,

Jean Tracy

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This Mom Can't Listen - 5 Harmful Mistakes, 5 Easy Solutions

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Why won't this daughter listen?

Parents, who cannot listen, are the worst communicators. They cannot teach effective communication because they don’t practice it. 

Hey there! Are you someone who argues instead of listening to your child? Many parents do. Yet, listening is your most important parenting tool. Don't worry, if you decide to, you can always improve it. There are some habits you might have to brush aside before becoming a good listener.

Today I will share:

5 listening mistakes to avoid

5 simple listening habits to increase

1 simple formula for being your child's best counselor

3 fun listening activities for your family. 

5 Harmful Listening Habits to Avoid as a Parent:

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Do you ever:

  1. Interrupt your child?
  2. Discount your child's opinions?
  3. Dismiss your child's feelings?
  4. Criticize your child?
  5. Lecture your child?

Don't be overly concerned because here are 5 easy listening habits that you can use right now. They'll quickly improve your listening skills.

5 Listening Habits to Learn, Practice, and Model:

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Father and Son Communicating

 

  1. Look your child in the eye.
  2. Focus on what they are saying.
  3. Remember the key points.
  4. Repeat those points in your words.
  5. Ask questions to better understand your child.

By practicing these skills, you'll become a better listener. You'll be teaching your child good communication skills too. 

Become Your Child's Best Counselor:

Do you know why counselors are loved by their clients? It's because they are good listeners. They practice the 5 good habits. They also include the 70% Law of Communication, meaning, they listen 70% and speak 30%. As a parent, strive to speak less, listen more, and appreciate your child's thoughts and feelings. As you progress, notice how your relationship with your child strengthens. You'll become your child's best counselor too.

Here are 3 activities to make 'listening' a priority in your family: 

3 Activities for Family Listening:

  1. Post a ‘Listening Habit of the Week’ on your refrigerator. Practice that habit in your home and outside your family. ‘Catch your children being good’ with a compliment when they listen well. 
  2. The Morning Forecast: Tell your child, “Name something you’re looking forward to today.” The Evening Review: Ask, "What are some things you are grateful about today?"
  3. Create free time each day and turn off technology. Use this time to discuss both your day and your child's day. Practice the 70% Law. 

Make 'Listening' a priority in your family. Listening Works!

 

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Turn Your Sad Child into a Happy Thinker – 5 Easy Steps

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"Nobody likes me."

 

This sad boy talks to himself constantly. He tells himself self-pity thoughts. Find out how to help him.
People talk to themselves a lot. Often, they’re not aware of what they tell themselves.
When their thoughts are happy and healthy, they feel strong and positive.
When their thoughts are sad and filled with self-pity, they feel weak and miserable.

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You CAN help your child choose how to think.

 

How can you help your child become

a strong happy thinker? Here’s how:


Pick up your free Happy Thinker Exercise at https://www.KidsDiscuss.com  Insert the code word - THINKER and download your gift.



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How Children Learn Goal-Setting with Positive Self-Talk

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Children CAN learn to control their self-talk.

Lou Tice, speaker, motivator and founder of the Pacific Institute, taught the 3 parts in goal-setting. He said that good goal-setting starts with the thought, then the picture, and then the emotions that go with them. When we put them altogether, they become our self-talk. He said  "Control your self-talk and you control your life."

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Speaker and
Motivator

Many years ago, I viewed a film in which he taught goal-setting. Immediately, I saw its value. I knew I could teach this technique to adults and children in my counseling practice. The following is an example:

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I can't.

Fearful Negative Self-Talk

  1. The thought - “I can’t give my book report in front of the class.”
  2. The picture – the class is making fun of me.
  3. The emotion - fear

When we say, see, and sense it altogether and keep recycling it, it becomes our painful reality. As Lou Tice said, “We move toward our pictures (the pictures in our head).

We don’t have to think negatively. We can control our lives with positive self-talk. We can teach our children to set goals with positive self-talk too. But how? I'll show you soon.

Brave Positive Self-Talk

  1. The thought - “I am giving my book report with confidence.” (Use “I am” as if it is happening now.)
  2. The picture – The class is listening and smiling. (Look at what you would see, not yourself – see your class.)
  3. The emotion - confidence.
  4. Finally, put the positive thought, picture and emotion all together in one moment and do it each morning and night. This is the way to set goals, be successful and create a happier life.

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We can control our destiny by controlling our self-talk. Let’s instruct our minds to create positive pictures with positive self-talk using this simple method.

This video shows you how:

 

                                                        

 

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Goal-Setting - How Parents Teach Kids Successful Attitudes

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Is this what you want your child to yell?
"I can't set goals!"
 

Parents, give up resolutions! They don’t work because something is missing. Neither you nor your children can reach your goals without it. Today, I will:

  1. Show why resolutions are broken.
  2. Apply what a great leader understood.
  3. Share a 4 minute video showing you and your children the way to achieve goals.

It’s not that you don’t want to achieve your goals or that you’re not strong enough to make them happen.

5 Reasons Resolutions Are Broken:

  1. Losing interest in the goal.
  2. Forgetting about the resolution.
  3. Breaking the goal once and then giving up.
  4. Breaking it for a good reason.
  5. Breaking it at a party or because of a teasing friend.

William James, (1842-1910), the founder of American Psychology, stated:

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”

 

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William James, 1842-1910

A good resolution includes altering attitudes. Positive attitudes are the foundation for good resolutions. They include clear vision, emotions and the words that describe them.

For example, envision these attitudes:

  1. To embrace exercise rather than dread it -

“I am exercising with vim and vigor.”

  1. To choose healthy foods over unhealthy foods -

“I am eating delicious fruits and vegetables.”

  1. To focus on math rather than give up -

“I am seeing how to problem solve and multiplying with ease.”

  1. To become outgoing rather than shy -

“I am smiling and acting friendly at school.”

  1. To choose patience over impatience -

 “I am looking at my child with loving eyes.”

 

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Resolution: "I am looking at my child with loving eyes."

 

William James also said:

“It’s our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task that will determine its success.”

Resolutions can be challenging tasks. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need them to improve our lives. Attitudes are the missing piece at the beginning of solid resolutions.

Don’t give up resolutions! They can work.

Today’s simple method gives you and your children an effective way to develop the attitudes to make your goals come true.

Watch this video now:

How Parents Teach Children to Set Smart Goals



Parents CAN Teach Children to Set Goals

 

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