Gift: 10 Signs of Sarcasm Loving Parents Must Stop!

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Does Your Sassy Child Disturb You?

A SASSY CHILD CAN GAIN POWER OVER HIS PARENTS. Such power, if it becomes a habit, will hurt him now and in the future. His tone, words, and body language signal to others he's self-centered, angry, and in control.

No parent enjoys hearing her beloved child bellow out, "Do it yourself!" or roll his eyes when she asks for help.

Has your child sassed you with "Duh!" as if you were stupid. If your youngster smirks or tells you to "Get a life," it can hurt. This sassy behavior can be changed.

Today, you’ll receive a parenting gift with 5 common sarcastic things kids say and 5 examples of rude behavior. If your child is treating you with disrespect, keep these lists in your 3-hole notebook to refer to when you need them.

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Sassy Behavior Video: Stop Kid's Sarcasm with 10 Parenting Tips

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Rude Behavior - Don't Accept It!

 

Many children use sassy behavior to get their way. If your child is rude to you and you want to stop it, watch our brief video, Sarcastic Behavior: 10 Positive Parenting Tips. Here’s one of the solutions:

Parenting Tip # 8

Tell your child exactly what to do to replace the sass.

“Repeat what you said but say it with respect.”

 For instance, she could answer:

  1. “I’m sorry for saying, ‘Do it yourself.’ I’ll set the table right now.”
  2. “I'm sorry I rolled my eyes when you told me to do my homework. Next time I’ll ask, ‘May I do my homework after dinner?’”
  3. “I shouldn’t have said, ‘Give me a break,’ when you asked me to carry in the groceries. I’ll get them now.”

Accept your youngster’s apology if you feel it is sincere. Otherwise, let her know that it still sounded rude and to try again.

If your child is younger, role-play the sass and then the better behavior. If she likes to draw, have her draw the sarcastic behavior and then the respectful conduct.

When she uses polite manners, be sure to compliment her. This may increase her politeness and decrease her disrespect.

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Parenting Gift - Self-Pity Poem to Improve Positivity in Kids

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 Poem for Kids - 'Self-Pity Isn't Pretty'

Do you have an over-sensitive child? Does she feel sorry for herself way too often? How can you help her get off the 'pity potty?'

Let her know when bad things happen some self-pity is okay. It's the habit of holding on to 'poor me' thinking and recycling the thoughts over and over that will weaken her spirit and bring her down.

Tell her "Being upset is normal. Try not to repeat the thoughts that hurt you." You might add,

"Miserable thoughts may soothe you at the time but will harm you when you make them a habit. They are like “10,000 nasty trolls.” They can follow you into adult life and make you a very unpleasant person on both the inside and outside.”

Our parenting present today is my poem, 'Self-Pity Isn't Pretty.' It includes the problem and solutions. Ask your child to draw, memorize, or clip out and post it in a place where it will remind her to:

“…Choose to rise above self-pity,

With a “CAN DO” mind that’s pretty.”

 

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Gift ~ How to Help Your Child Think Optimistically

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You Can Help Your Child Become a Happy Thinker!

HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP A POSITIVE SPIRIT is the greatest present you can give. When children make a habit of daydreaming about sad, angry, or anxious thoughts, they become weaker physically and emotionally.

Method for Experiencing the Difference between Positive and Negative Thinking

Ask your son or daughter to extend their arms from their sides outward (like airplane wings). Then ask them to think of a happy time while you press down with some firmness (not too much) on their arms. Next ask them to extend their arms again and tell them to think about a painful event in their lives. Press down again.

What happened? Were your kids stronger with the happier thoughts? Most people are.

Use this strategy to ask him what he learned. Then explain the power of positive thinking.

Today’s Happy Thinker Gift

Today’s present includes a special exercise for bringing your child’s mind back from negative daydreams to the present and then focusing on something positive. It's a simple 5-step process. Go through the steps with him as often as he needs. Each time you do, you will be taking advantage of your parenting privilege - guiding him toward better thoughts and feelings. You'll feel great about it too.

Be sure and download this gift. Add it to your binder to use whenever you need it.

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Hopefully, he’ll make this easy 5-step process a habit and become a "Happy Thinker" all because you showed him how.

 

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Moral Stories: Teaching Kids Values the Fun Way

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Teaching Good Morals and Values Is Fun!

STORIES WITH MORALS AND VALUES SHOULD COME FROM REAL LIFE.

Years ago when I taught 3rd grade, a girl I’ll call Thelma took her classmates’ school supplies, candy, and toys and hid them in her desk. Child after child came to me saying, “Someone stole my…” I thought they just misplaced their things until the classroom candy can was emptied almost as soon as I filled it. Candy was a great motivator for good behavior and for hard work in those days.

One day items began tumbling out of Thelma’s desk. Nearby kids shouted, “There’s my..."

Thelma's situation became one of the stories in my e-book, Character Building on Back Talk Street and in the short video below.

First, watch the video.

Second, go to my article, How Parents the Kids Discuss Morals and Values, with its step-by-step details showing how to use the 5 Goal Questions.

 

 

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It Includes:

15 discussion stories

The 5 goal questions for each story

 Letters with problems and answers

 Activities between parents and children

 Puzzles, mazes, and word finds

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6 Parenting Tips: Building Respect between Parent and Child + Video

 

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You Can Build Respect between You and Your Child!

DISRESPECT AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES go together like hand and glove. If you've ever heard a child yell at a parent, "I hate you!" or a teen sass his mom and call her the "B" word, you know it hurts. You also know there's something in the family that needs fixing.

Parents with disrespectful kids need to ask themselves, 'What can I do to turn my children from disrespect to respect?"

Today, I'll share a parenting skills article with:

1. 5 disrespectful behaviors to change

2. 7 easy ways to build respect in your children 

3. A brief YouTube video about turning disrespect into respect.

If your children are sassing and treating you poorly, there are things you can do.

First, Check your own behavior and look at what you can change.

Second, you need to decide what you will change.

Third, you need to make the change.

Changing Difficult Behaviors Can Include:

  • Modeling what you want more of
  • Becoming firmer
  • Avoiding harsh words and deeds
  • Choosing kindness
  • Being consistent

Begin by watching the video,

"How Parents and Kids Respect Each Other."

Next, you'll be directed to the full article,

"Conflicted Families: Turning Disrespect into Respect"

 

 

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  • 5 Disrecpectful Behaviors
  • 5 Healthy Character Traits
  • 7 Ways to Build Respect

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How Kids Can Make a Difference - 7+ Great Ideas

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STORIES RULE, WHEN KIDS RESOLVE TO DO GOOD DEEDS, they follow the message today's parenting expert and author, Miriam Laundry, shares in her new book, I Can Make a Difference."

This book promotes what children need for a healthy character - a caring heart and a thoughtful mind. 

Your Kids Will Love This Storybook Because:

1. It begins in your child's familiar setting - the classroom.

2. The teacher, Mrs. Ruby, gives each child a positive task.

3. The task makes her students think about how they could make a difference.

4. The story gives the reader more than 7 ideas for doing good deeds.

5. The 3-T Formula at the end of the story is perfect for great discussions.

6. This beautifully illustrated book ends with a special pledge every child can take.

Two Suggestions for Using This Book:

First Idea ~

I suggest parents and teachers read it with their elementary age children and pause to ask them:

1. What do you think Alex's teacher wanted her class to learn?

2. In the beginning of the story did you think Alex was kind of selfish? Why?

3. How did Alex's class help him see his good points?

4. Can you name some ways Alex and his classmates made a difference?

5. What good deeds could you do to make a difference?

Second Idea ~

I encourage parents and teachers to ask their children to create a simple list of what they could do to help others. Post those good deeds on the bulletin board or refrigerator as a reminder. At the end of class time, at dinner time, or at bedtime ask, "How did you make a difference today?" This daily practice could create a healthy mindset in your children.

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As I read this book with my grandkids, I asked them the questions and learned special things about each child. They even brainstormed more ideas for making a difference.

Books like Miriam Laundry's will help your children look beyond themselves and show them how to care about others. Because of its terrific message, Miriam's book rules!

Let's THANK Miriam Laundry for making a difference by writing this book. Her story will help your children build a healthy character.

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4 Ways to Discuss Bullying and Teach Empathy + Video

GETTING KIDS TO DISCUSS BULLYING helps parents teach empathy.  If you’re

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like most parents, you don't want your child to purposely hurt others. You don’t want your child labeled, ‘Bully.’

Today, I'll share:

  • 5 reasons it’s hard for bullies to stop
  • 4 ways to discuss bullying with your kids and
  • 6 questions to help your children think about empathy

You’ll find my short YouTube Video below to help with your discussions.

Bullying Is Hard to Stop When a Child Is ~

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In listening to the video, I suggest you:

  • Stop it when a question is asked
  • Discuss it with your child
  • Listen more than talk

You'll find out if your children are taking on your positive values. If not, be creative. Ask more questions to help them think wisely. Try not to criticize.

When you hear good ideas, give them praise. They'll love your attention and approval. You, in turn, can take pleasure in listening to their developing minds tell you what they really think.

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Character Building: Teaching Empathy - How Parents and Kids Discuss Bullying

 

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Brain Power : 6 Ways to Help Your Child Watch TV and Thrive

You've heard the warnings, "Television is bad for your child!"

You work Meme TV Strategieshard while your child watches lots of television. You worry about his brain. Will it be influenced by harmful TV shows? "What can you do? 

Today we'll share some research, 6 parenting tips, and a short YouTube video.

Parenting Advice from Research: 

1. Create consistent rules.

2. Follow routines.

3. Schedule a regular bedtime.

4. Read to children often.

5. Take kids to the library.

6. Teach youngsters their colors, shapes, and alphabet before kindergarten.

7. Avoid TV for children less than 2 years.

By doing the above you'll be setting the stage for raising successful children. But as your kids get older they'll tend to watch more TV. Could it ruin what you've taught?

You don't want your youngsters watching shows that poison their minds. You wish the TV producers would keep bad material off the air. But everyone says it's your responsibility to monitor what your kids watch. Is there anything you can do besides locking your TV in the trunk of your car or taking it to the dump? After all, there are great programs too.

You want your children to play, make friends, and have fun. Such healthy activities boost their brain power. So where does TV fit in?

6 Ways for Your Child to Watch Television and Develop Brain Power:

1. Limit TV time. Say, "Homework and chores first then TV." Encourage playing outside with neighborhood kids too.

2. Choose the programs that enrich their minds. Check the TV guide each week and find entertaining educational programs for them to watch.

3. Discover television shows that help your child with her research project or help excite her passion about saving whales, sharing her allowance with a child in another country, or something else.

4. Mute TV commercials and ask your child, "What do you think will happen next?" In this way you'll be influencing his thoughts.

5. Switch or turn off objectionable shows; the ones that promote violence, disrespect, and sex. Explain to your child why you don't want them to watch the inappropriate material.

6. Ask questions that promote thinking, listen, and then give your opinion. In this way, you'll be promoting your positive values through healthy discussions.

If you'd like 137 more ways to help your child succeed in school and in life, pick up your copy of Parents as Teachers

 

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You'll receive 137 ideas to help your child succeed from birth to 9 years.

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Parenting Teenagers: Tempting True Tales with 7 Tips and Tools

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Are you the parent of a teenager? If so, you'll profit from the tips, tools and stories of our parenting skills author, Dr. Parnell Donahue. As a pediatrician he interviewed many teens in his book, Tools for Effective Parenting. Today he'll tempt you with his tales and help you with his tips and tools.

Tools for Effective Parenting opens with Luke's health evaluation. Dr. Par, is the ideal doctor for all young people. He cares for both their physical and emotional health. In this book, he chats with Luke and other teenagers and enlightens us on their thoughts and values.

You'll learn the important questions he asks to get them talking, how he listens, and the stories he shares.

Read to find out:

. How Claire, the grunge girl, shocked him with her take on religion
. Why Rafe complained when Dr. Par questioned his moral compass
. Why Marc's comment, "If you sleep with dogs, you'll get fleas," made him chuckle

Beside the many inspiring stories flowing throughout this book, you'll receive helpful parenting tips at the end of each section.

7 Parenting Tips and Tools from Dr. Donahue:

1. Let your children know what values you live by.
2. Be responsible for your own behavior. Don't make excuses.
3. Tell your children the truth.
4. Model the behavior you expect your children to follow.
5. Love and respect your partner. Even if you're divorced be respectful in your words and deeds.
6. Eat together and chat together.
7. Consider getting a family pet to care for and love. (From pages 73-74)

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Parents who say, "Don't do as I do. Do as I say," weaken their parental authority. Without following the above tips and tools don't be surprised if your teenager ignores your words or disrespects your actions.

By living the tips and tools, you'll be authentic, real, and a model to look up to. Don't be surprised if you're respected too.

Dr. Par's true stories, lessons, and tips are satisfying to read and easy to remember. That's why Tools for Effective Parenting holds so much value for parents everywhere.

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Let's THANK Dr. Donahue for sharing his knowledge and respect for parents, children, and teens.

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