The Four Steps to Avoiding Holiday Conflict: Parenting Edition

Um…so how did “Holidays, Round 1” go for you? I like to think of Thanksgiving as the first round of dealing with all those lovely holiday triggers that can come from being around people who know us so well…including all of our pressure points!

Did you hear anything like, “I just don’t understand why you would let your son/daughter do that…”, or “If that were me, I wouldn’t let my son/daughter talk to me like that…” Everyone wants to know how you’re doing, but it just sounds like a string of questions, opinions, and judgments!

AHHH…not so fun…You probably found yourself sneaking into the kitchen to stuff another piece of pumpkin pie into your mouth to keep yourself from doing or saying something that could start another round of Family Feud!

Family time can bring out the best and the worst in all of us…I get it. However, it’s also an opportunity to step back a little and...

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The Four Principles of Positive Parenting

Parenting is HARD! There – I said it!

Yep, sometimes it can feel like a downright disaster! I’m here to tell you that no one comes through this experience unscathed. Without planning to, I personally traveled down the road with all the potholes and dead-end signs. I am a parent, a step-parent, and a grandparent, and I have come to learn that creating an environment of communication and connection is essential to maneuvering your own bumpy road. You know what? I still don’t have all the answers, but I will tell you a little secret…I discovered a way for parents to unlock their own greatness and truly help their children discover their own. While I can’t give it all away, I can give you the four most basic skills to make it a little bit easier! 

Consciousness: If you’re reading this, I bet you’re saying “Well, I’d have to be conscious to even be here!” While I totally agree with that, I’m talking about going a...

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What are the WORDS?

Kids watch and listen to EVERYTHING we say and do! In fact, they almost always pick up on the things we DO more than what we SAY. Ever wonder why that is? Well it’s actually pretty scientific. Research has shown that 75% and 90% of communication is non-verbal. With kids, that sometimes can show up in a wide array of behaviors, but not necessarily an explanation of what they’re feeling.

And even on the best of days, communication can fall apart in the blink of an eye. This happens especially when our kids misbehave. We might interpret it simply as bad behavior, but what if it was more of a “clue” about what’s REALLY going on with them?

Communicating with kids who are growing and learning how to live in this messy world can be like translating a foreign language, but there is Good News! You CAN learn to speak the language, or at least understand it!

Here at Game Plan Parenting, we get to the heart of communication – learning their language and...

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