"This is something we do often in our home. Whenever we ask a child to do something and he or she responds with "I'd love to!" then a pom pom goes in the jar. When it's full, we go out for frozen yogurt. We don't do it ALL the time, but it's an investment in a habit that has resulted in sweet responses (even without the yogurt). -April" I think I need to try this!
10 Ways to make a difference in a teens life. Must read!
8 Tips: Teaching Stranger Danger
As parents, we want to train our children to be lifelong givers. Not only will it impact many lives, but it will give them so much blessing and fulfillment in return! Here are five ways we’re seeking to teach our children to be givers...
Helping Your Daughter Deal with Mean Girls: Excellent article about preparing our girls for what is to come. Not giving band aids, but training their hearts and their character.
Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child (the best resource I've read/seen in a very long time.) Really!
Give the jar to someone with 1 heart already in it. Tell them that every time they find a heart, they should be reminded of how much you love them. Then be sneaky and hide hearts in random places. Once the jar is full, it will act as a reminder of how much they are loved...or better yet, empty it and start over! :) Cute idea
Over two generations in my family, this effective method has stopped whining in its tracks. Read now to learn how to stop your child’s whining!
instead of saying "don't argue with me" say..."I know you want my answer to be different, but it will not change." Brilliant! I need to make a cheat sheet & laminate it!
Bully-proofing your kids - Starting when their son was 3, psychologist Tammy Hughes and her school psychologist husband started teaching him. At night, they'd say, "Tell me three good things that happened to you today." This helped him make the distinction between events and his feelings about them. Once he had that mastered, they added, "Tell me three good things that happened to someone else (lesson: the world includes me and other people, their feelings and actions)." Next they asked...