This podcast will help all parents with kids of all ages to learn how to decode the mysteries and challenges of being a parent in today's challenging times. We will concentrate on practical parenting approaches that you as a parent can use right away! There are tips and tricks as well as plenty of real life stories to help you see that you can make a difference in your family's life in simple yet noticeable ways. In order for your kids to change, you need to change first! The ripple effect is real and lasting. Enjoy the ride!
39 - Bad Teachers and How to Deal With Them
In this podcast I cover a few things. First, what do bad teachers look like? How do they behave? Next, what can you do about it as a parent and, lastly, what can your child do about making it through the year in once piece having learned what they need to.
Three types of bad teachers:
Fluffy - ones that are nice but don't teach the material
Boring - ones that put you to sleep they are so uninspiring
Mean - ones that yell and are just plain mean; they might have favorites in the class and spend all their time with them; they might get mad at kids who don't understand
In the podcast I go over a step-by-step approach on what to do. Read the transcript listed below if you'd like more details.
1 - Wait and See while doing research
2 - Communicate with the school
Start with meeting the teacher and discussing the issuesIf needed, escalate to a combo meeting with the principal and the teacherIf your lone parent concerns aren't addressed then gather together a group of parents to go collectively to meet with the administration3 - Teach your child ways to cope with the bad teacher
encourage them to approach the teacher and ask for helpaugment their learning in whatever way makes sense - online, tutors, study groupsbe there! empathize! love them through itJulie Plagens at Mom Remade's article:
FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE
38 - Parenting Pressure and Lazy Kids - What Healthy Pressure Looks Like
In this episode I talk with Dr. Weisinger about their approach of transforming harmful parental pressure into healthy pressure. He has just released a new book with Dr. Christopher Thurber, The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self. This book provides a roadmap for parents to engage in healthy pressure with our kids, ways that will help them grow and succeed instead of stifle and crush them.
We, as parents, often struggle with kids who we think aren’t trying their hardest and we want to push harder. We know they can do more. It’s a natural instinct to push but in today’s world it seems like we can go too far and wind up doing more harm than good.
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37 - Annoying Kids and How to Handle Them
Do you have a kid who is always seeking attention? They are pulling on you, saying “Mommy, mommy, watch me!” Or maybe they try to one up anyone just to make themselves look bigger or better than others. Maybe they’ll even make things up to do that?
In this episode you'll learn why your kids are acting that way and how to bring new skills into the mix so you can work with them in a positive way so they go from annoying to adorable.
Take a listen!
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FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE
36 - Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and other Executive Function Issues
In this episode Mary interviews author Elaine Taylor-Kraus from ImpactParents about her new book: The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More
This guide gives all parents a guide in how to best help their children overcome their challenges in healthy, loving and practical ways.
Whether or not you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, Asperger’s, any other executive function issues or you’re just worried that your child is out of step with their peers, please listen in for some great advice on how her book can help you in your journey. Personally, I think we all have complex kids and can learn from Elaine’s wisdom.
She also discusses her parenting class that is a combination of online learning and coaching sessions called Sanity School that is a great compliment to her new book.
35 - How to Teach Kids to Apologize
In this episode learn how to get to the heart of your child and teach them how to apologize.
Learn how to:
1 - Wait till the emotion has passed
2 - Brainstorm with your child to encourage ideas of how the apology can work for them
3 - If their hearts won't melt then allow consequences of their poor decision to not apologize guide them to make better choices.
Did your parents ever force you to apologize? Did it really make you feel sorry? I’m guessing that, like me, you probably just felt worse, felt embarrassed and it made you even more mad at whatever/whomever caused you to be rude in the first place.
Apologies are really important, however; what we want is for the heart of our kid to change, to have them understand that their behavior was unacceptable and caused hurt in another human being. In this podcast are some ideas that might be more effective at changing your child's heart instead of just forcing them through the motions of an insincere “I’m sorry.”
See TRANSCRIPT HERE.
34 - Life Skills for Teens
In this episode we’ll talk about how to get our older kids, teens and tweens, to experience the bigger picture stuff and expose them to some of the messiness of life in a loving, supportive environment where they might even mess up some. Everything from chores they should know how to do on their own to handling money, cars and how to get a part time job. I’ll talk about planning vacations in addition to how to handle routine paperwork and cooking. It’s sort of a laundry list of items I think any parent should consider when training your kids for the future.
Here's a list of topics that are covered:
Filling out forms
Getting a part-time job
Keeping track of time
Car driving, care and maintenance
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