Parenting Tips & Skills

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What was your best Christmas as a kid? Was it the one where there was a lot of stress about a perfect meal elegantly served-on time-to a perfectly dressed family? Or was it the one where the dog pulled the turkey off the stove and dragged it away through the dog door? There was no perfect meal that day. Everyone rolled with the punches. They rolled up their sleeves and worked together in the kitchen to salvage a makeshift meal.
The beauty of that memory is not in perfection and organization, but in remembering the joy of being together and doing things together. It was the laughter. It was one of those days when the choices were to laugh or to cry, so you all laughed it off and enjoyed one another. It brought you all together in a different way.
Holidays are times for enjoying one another. We are not suggesting that you purposely feed the turkey to the pets, but we strongly suggest that an imperfect day with little stress will create better memories of loving relationships.-Jim Fay
Fortunately, kids who go back and forth between Mom's house and Dad's can grow into healthy adults…if their divorced parents can avoid getting sucked into the trap of trying to control what they can't.
Far too often divorced parents waste tremendous amounts of energy…and create unnecessary tension…by trying to control the "ex."
Since kids are designed to test the security of limits, they often feed right into this trap by saying things like, "Dad lets me."
Smart parents know that kids are capable of adjusting to different styles of parenting, and that children will eventually…as adults…come to respect the parent who is the healthiest.
When their child says something like, "Mom gives me candy before dinner," these wise parents don't call their ex and accuse. They don't complain about their ex in front of the child. They don't get angry. They just smile and answer, "You noticed that your parents are different. I allow desert after dinner."-Dr. Charles Fay
"Tania, I've got to tell you how shocked I was the other day when the teacher at Brett's new school called me." Deanne was on the phone with her friend.
Deanne explained that with her move, Brett changed schools, and she was ready for a lot of calls from teachers. He had many problems at the last school and she was just dreading the calls from his new teachers.
Deanne's husband left the family and it seems to have brought out many bad behaviors on Brett's part. His teachers just kept calling with bad reports and requests that Deanne do something. "I've had to miss so many days of work that I'm worried about losing my job," Deanne mused.
"Tania, can you believe that his new teacher called and told me that Brett was having a problem but she didn't want it to become a problem for me? Her concern for me was so refreshing that I immediately knew that Brett was in good hands."
"We worked out a plan and after that I told his teacher how much I appreciated her approach. She told me that it was all part of what they had learned when their principal helped the staff develop a Love and Logic School Culture."
"Brett's teacher told me that since they had developed the new school culture she no longer dreaded making calls requesting parent help. I was surprised when she said that teachers are just as uncomfortable with these calls as the parents are to receive them."
In this story, Brett's teacher used a simple, yet effective statement: "We have a problem and I don't want it to become a problem for you."
A parent's version of this would be, "Let me tell you what I've been hearing and I don't want it to become a problem for you." Or, "Here’s what I've been hearing, and I'd like to get your thoughts on that."
I hope this gets you off to a good start the next time you need to make that call.-Jim Fay
"I'm not doing that! You can't make me!"
Have you ever heard this from a student…or your child at home?
Success in this situation rests entirely on resisting the urge to rely on power and coercion to force kids to do what we want. Listed below are some tips:
  • Sidestep the power-struggle by delaying the consequence. It's okay to let children think they've gotten away with something in the short-term…if that'll buy you time to handle it well in the long-term.
  • Calmly say, "No problem. I love you (or respect you) too much to fight with you about this. I'll take care of it."
  • Put together a workable plan. Get some help from other adults if you need their ideas or support.
  • Allow empathy and logical consequences to do the teaching.
One mother commented:
My teenager refused to do the simple housework chores I asked her to do. Instead of fighting with her, I simply told her that I loved her too much to fight with her and that I would take care of them. I hired a professional housekeeping service to do it for her. Then I taped the bill to her bedroom door. She refused to pay the bill, so I had another chance to say, "I love you too much to fight with you about this. I'll take care of it." Later that week I calmly said to her, "This is so sad. Do you remember that new outfit you wanted? I had to use that money to pay the housekeeping service."
This mother understood that sometimes we have to allow kids to be upset in the short-term…so they can learn to lead happy and responsible lives in the long-term.-Dr. Charles Fay
As Mom walked out of the teacher's room after a long discussion about Jake's lack of motivation and failure to do homework, she told Jake to put on his coat.
"I don’t have to. It's not cold," he snapped.
"I mean it, young man. You listen to me!"
"Oh, all right, I'll do it, but you're a retard!"
"Don’t you talk to me like that. You show a little respect, young man!"
Turning to the teacher, Mom asked, "What do I do with this kid?"
A wise observer would probably think, "Homework is the least of this family's problems. Here is a mother and child who appear to have very little respect for each other. That problem needs to be cured before anything else."
Jake's teacher empathized with Mom and told her about having some of the same problems before learning about Love and Logic. She told her how she was tempted to try to solve all the problems immediately but started to make progress when she tried to use only one skill at a time.
She told Mom how she started dealing with back talk by refusing to react. Every time her son said something nasty she simply said, "Bad decision. I'll have to do something about that after I cool down." That was her mantra.
After cooling down she waited for him to ask for something. When he did, she delivered her other mantra, "I'm happy to do the things you want when I feel respected," and he didn't get what he wanted. He hated the fact that she always said the same thing.
The teacher went on to say that for a while, those were the only changes she made with her parenting. But it got her off to a great start and life changed for the better.
Learn more about these techniques on the audio CD, "Oh, Great! What Do I Do Now?" Listen to the story about Little Johnnie several times and become an expert at dealing with nasty kids.-Jim Fay
It came from the backseat. It crept up while we were on the phone. It wasn't a monster, but something much more menacing - kids arguing.
Have you noticed that kids pick the worst times to start bickering? Few things can be as annoying or draining for parents. What options do we have when kids argue with each other? How about:
  • Whether we are physically present to hear it or not?
  • How much we charge to listen to it?
  • How we react?
  • What we model?
What statements can we make in these situations to help keep the problem of arguing on the kids' shoulders where that problem belongs?
Some parents try this one:
"It sounds like you guys are having a problem - and it will be interesting to see how you solve it."
And if they don't solve it?
Parents can solve the problem - perhaps by "charging" the kids something to put back the energy it took to listen to that fighting. Some parents charge $1 per minute to listen to arguing in the car (or other situations in which the parent can't "escape"). Other parents charge by offering some of their own chores for the children to accomplish to put back the drained energy.
Many parents using Love and Logic techniques have success empowering their kids to solve problems and resolve conflicts (on their own) rather than reacting with anger and frustration in the moment. And when the kids don't resolve things wisely, it costs them something.-Jedd Hafer
Helping unmotivated kids is one of the most complex challenges we face as educators and parents. Therefore, giving a quick and easy solution in less than 300 words would be impossible…and downright irresponsible.
In approximately 99% of cases, the child's lack of motivation results from far more than simple laziness or a conscious desire to act out. The roots of apathy go far deeper, into feelings of frustration, anger, hopelessness, lack of control, or loss. The majority of these feelings lay at the subconscious level, where they wreak havoc on a child's ability to engage in higher-level thinking tasks, such as sustained attention to detail, problem-solving, memory, perseverance, and self-control.
This is why punishing children for getting bad grades usually backfires. Since they are already feeling bad about life, how is making them feel worse about it going to get them motivated to succeed?
In my new book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I teach a variety of alternative strategies for getting at the roots of apathy…rather than making it worse with anger, lectures, threats and punishments. At the core of what we teach is the importance of loving kids for who they are…rather than who we want them to be. Yes! The healing process begins when we end the power struggle by saying, "We will love you no matter how well or poorly you do in school. Your grades are your grades…not ours. That's why we are no longer going to fight with you about them. Just let us know how we can help."-Dr. Charles Fay
Has someone ever said to you, "Just try it, it's easy!" and then you found-out the task they coaxed you into trying was painfully difficult? Did this leave you feeling exceptionally capable or downright stupid…and embarrassed?
When this happens to the average adult, it doesn't take long for them to conclude two things:
  • This person who's trying to help me is nuts…and definitely not to be trusted!
  • Why should I try if I can't even handle the easy stuff?
Quite frequently I overhear well-meaning parents and educators using the "Just try it, it's easy!" approach in an attempt to urge a reluctant child into trying something they're afraid of. When the child finds the task easy, all is right with the world. When they don't, they're confronted with the pain of seeing that they might be so slow that they can't even do something really, really "easy"!
How often does this need to happen before our kids lose faith in our word? How often does this have to happen before our children lose faith in their own abilities? Are you willing to take this sort of risk with your kids?
In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I teach a far safer approach. Experiment with asking your child:
A lot of kids find this kind of challenging. Would you try this and let me know what you think?
If you hear, "It's too hard. I can't do it," smile, pat them on the back and ask:
Aren't you glad that I don't believe that?
"Aren't you glad that I don't believe that?" represents an exceptionally powerful way of communicating to your children that they have what it takes to succeed. Delivered in question format its effectiveness becomes supercharged. Remember: Questions create thinking. Statements create resistance.
You may also experiment with asking another question:
And…aren't you glad that I'm going to love you the same even if you have to work really hard to figure this out?-Dr. Charles Fay
These are weekly updates that I receive from Love and Logic. They are not my ideas, but we live by them. If you would like to learn more about raising responsible children please, feel free to visit Trust me they are amazing!!

I know a loving mom who does just about everything to make sure her kids are happy every second of the day. If there isn't the type of food they like in the fridge, she runs to the store to buy it. Whenever the newest electronic device comes out, she makes sure they're the first to own it.

Of course, she refrains from requiring any chores out of them, because she knows they work hard at school. Besides, it upsets them when she asks them to help.

Unfortunately, and unintentionally, mom is stealing from her children. They are two of the most miserable human beings on earth. They walk around; actually they sit around most of the time, with scowls on their faces. Because mom has stolen their self-esteem and gotten them hooked on stuff, nothing seems to bring happiness or contentment. Everything is "stupid" or "boring."

When we train our kids to believe that getting stuff is the key to happiness, might we be stealing their lifelong joy and sense of fulfillment? In our book, From Innocence to Entitlement, we teach that true contentment comes from earning things rather than being showered with them.

To protect your children from this type of insidious theft, experiment with the following:
•The next time your child wants something, ask, "How do you think you might earn that?"

•Instead of taking on the problem of affording the item, say, "You may have that as soon as you can afford it."

•Give them some ideas about how they might earn the required cash, and give yourself a pat on the back for not giving in.

•Notice how proud they are when they earn things through good old-fashioned perspiration.

-Jim Fay

Now this one I swear by! We were those parents! Always buying, spending more than we should (or could) at Christmas time, only to be left wondering why our kids didn't appreciate anything we were doing?? wth? Well, because we GAVE it to them! You are constantly hearing these parents talking about their "lazy" kids, or kids that are still living at home not going to school and no job...ummmm but they are living the life at home? Why would they leave? They get "stuff" without any work going into it. Give your child life skills, so that when they are adults, you have instilled in them the value of hard work and the pay off! -ME
These are weekly updates that I receive from Love and Logic. They are not my ideas, but we live by them. If you would like to learn more about raising responsible children please, feel free to visit Trust me they are amazing!!

If you've ever spent time around kids, you've certainly heard, "This is boring!" or "I'm bored. There’s nothing to do."

In days gone by, most parents had extremely simple, practical, and effective responses to such whining:
•"Here’s a rake."
•"Here’s a dust cloth."
•"There are a lot of weeds that need to be pulled."
•"I guess I haven’t given you enough chores to do."
Is that really legal? Could it really be so simple? Is it really okay for us to expect our children to assume personal responsibility for coping with dull times?

Absolutely! Since life is sometimes boring, doesn't it make sense that we allow our children to practice handling it, instead of constantly rescuing them by providing exciting and fun activities?

In our book, Love and Logic Magic: When Kids Leave You Speechless, we show how to give our children the gift of knowing how to turn boredom into industry. Yep! Boredom can lead to creativity and achievement when we respond to complaining about it in some of the following ways:
•"What are you going to do about feeling so bored?"
•"Some kids decide to go out in the yard and clean up after the dog."
•"Some kids decide to dust the furniture."
•"Some kids decide to read a book."
•"Sadly, some kids decide to go to their rooms and stay unhappy about it."
•"I love you. Good luck."
Do you want your children to grow up believing that it is somebody else's job to keep them entertained and happy? Or would you rather raise youngsters who know that the best way to feel good is to do something good?

-Dr. Charles Fay
These are weekly updates that I receive from Love and Logic. They are not my ideas, but we live by them. If you would like to learn more about raising responsible children please, feel free to visit Trust me they are amazing!!

Choices are magic. My grandson, Ferris, was bemoaning the amount of homework he had to do in kindergarten. Frankly, I think the kid had a point. What ever happened to childhood? Anyway, Ferris was sort of tripping over the line from protest into rebellion: "I'm just not going to do this homework. It's too much! I quit."

My son put his hand on his child's shoulder and said, "I understand, Ferris. Just go in tomorrow and tell your teacher it was too much and that you decided to quit." And then my son and I walked off. About twenty minutes later we passed the dining room table again and Ferris was hard at work on his homework. It was almost completed. And my son, with a grin, said to me, "Dad, this Love and Logic stuff is just too easy."

-Dr. Foster Cline

Trust me I know alot of people, including me, that their first reaction would be to handle this in a totally different way! But try it, I did, and applied to many other situations, and it Works! There is nothing in it for me for you to try it, I just strongly suggest that you at least give it a try!! -ME
These are weekly updates that I receive from Love and Logic. They are not my ideas, but we live by them. If you would like to learn more about raising responsible children please, feel free to visit Trust me they are amazing!!

You're talking to a friend or your spouse and suddenly, almost without warning, you feel it; the twinge, the quickened heartbeat, the feeling of exasperation and defensiveness, and the intense desire to strike out.

Striking out, however, is a lose-lose proposition. Like dominoes falling, arguing leads to more arguing which leads to more arguing, and before you know it, a fight erupts.

Intimacy, or "into me see," is dangerous business, not for the faint of heart. Allowing another person to see the real you takes courage. The risks are having your feelings hurt. The rewards are having someone close to you.

One of the many challenges of relating is the dreaded argument. We've all been there, done that. Can you remember the last time you were having a cordial conversation with a friend, colleague, or mate, and suddenly almost without warning, tempers flared and harsh words were spoken? You didn't plan it. It just happened!

What if there was a tool you had ready to use in such a situation? Would you use it? I’ll bet you would. The next time you're in a situation where you feel attacked and want to lash out, I want you to try this experiment:

1.Stop! Yes, I know this sounds simple, but I want you to practice it. Stop! Rather than say anything, or do anything, I want you to simply stop.

2.Look. Take a moment to look around you. Notice where you are and what is happening.

3.Listen. What is being said? What was it that got you ramped up? Were you accused of something? Did someone talk about you in an unkind way? What happened?

4.Step back. Take a break. Breathe. Create a bit of distance between you and the other person and the tense situation.

5.Set a boundary. Tell the person, "I care about you too much to argue with you." Now give yourself some time to process what is happening. Let them know you will talk to them about the situation once you feel comfortable again.

Love and Logic Relaters maintain control over themselves, not others. They know they cannot stop another person from saying or doing anything, but they can control themselves. The next time you're in a tense situation, stop, look, and listen. Pay attention and from that position make healthy choices about what you want to do. You'll be glad you did.
-Dr. David B. Hawkins

This is also a wonderful way to set an example for your kids about how to deal with confrontation and heated situations (: -ME

Tips for Win-Win Parent Teacher Conferences

One of the toughest challenges faced by today's teachers involves working with Helicopter Parents. While they do it out of great love, these parents cripple their children by hovering over them and rescuing them from the consequences of their actions. Unwittingly, they also sabotage their children's learning by criticizing teachers for expecting too much out of their kids.
We've seen countless Helicopter Parents transformed by skillful, patient teachers. In his CD set Putting Parents at Ease, Jim Fay…my dad…teaches a variety of tips for building relationships with such parents so that everybody wins. Listed below is a sampling of these tips:
  • Remember that parents who look angry and resistant are usually hurting inside.
  • When we remember this, it becomes much easier to avoid becoming defensive or angry ourselves.
  • The most powerful skill involves listening and allowing parents to vent about their frustrations…before sharing our ideas.
  • "Tell me more." "What would you like to see here?" or "How long have you felt this way?" are great responses to show parents how much you care…and to get them talking.
  • Share your ideas only after making sure that the parent is ready. Asking, "Would you like to hear my thoughts on this?" is a good way of showing respect and testing to see if they are ready to listen.
NOTE: These ideas also work great with angry spouses!

-Dr Charles Fay

Different Parenting Styles
I know of two dads with different approaches to bringing up their kids. One dad has already bailed his boy out of jail twice for being in the wrong place with the wrong kids, doing the wrong things. He has lectured his boy on the problems he has created and what’s going to happen if he doesn’t straighten out.
The other dad had a discussion early in his son's life, "You know, pal. My grandpa had a rule about never getting a lawyer and bailing his kids out of jail. My dad had the same rule. It's become a tradition in our family. I think I'm going to have the same rule so that we can maintain that tradition. So if ever you find yourself in jail, don't take it personally if you don't get bailed out. It's the family tradition."
Which parent gave his son a special gift of love by meeting the child's need to think about consequences?
Which parent met his own need to feel in control?
Which parent is in for increasing problems with his youngster?
Which father has the best kid in the long term?
We all know the answer.
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible.
-Jim Fay
*DISCLAIMER I am in no way affiliated with Love and Logic, I am merely a parent that has been blessed with learning about it, and want to share the great info with fellow parents looking to raise responsible children!