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Weekly Tips

Weekly tips that help boost the power of your influence. To read the tips, click on the pictures and please consider sharing your thoughts.

Parents try to spur desire from the outside. We’re conditioned to anticipate our kids’ needs, and sometimes our desire to take care of our kids overshadows their ability to feel their own pull.

People do things to have things; why else would anyone do anything? -- And -- Both reward flavors are necessary to pull a person through the challenge of getting what he or she wants.

Happiness is a comparison - being unhappy teaches you about being happy.

Your Reflection - It's found in your child's behavior and attitudes. Your children look like you and sound like you, but it goes beyond physical features or defining gestures. Your child’s attitudes and habits are also a reflection of you, because your child imitates what she sees you doing.

Keeping it real means that everything that happens after is real, too. Click the image to see this week's tip and then share your ideas and experience.

Feelings are just so … um, so … hard to describe. It takes practice and mature language skills. The ability to influence our kids is at risk when we rely on their limited language. Click the image to read the tip and access a blank body outline.

As we seek to protect childhood, let’s make sure to protect a young child’s need to experiment with identity. Click the image to read the tip and then consider sharing your experience.

Create a game out of making a change and model it after sports (hint, the NFL adds half time to rest and regroup.) Click the image to read the article. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Readiness is a subjective decision that's hard to explain to your kids. Click the image to read the article. Please share your thoughts.

5 Questions that will help your kids make the right New Year's Resolution. Click the image to read this week's tip and please share your thoughts.

Tip of the Week - Recognize Strengths -- it's both humbling and inspiring the first time your child is better at something than you are.

Crime & Punishment - "If you can't do the time, don't commit the crime." --Barretta By helping our kids understand how to create their options, we're helping them connect their actions – past and present – to their options – present and future. Click on the image to read the tip and then please consider sharing your thoughts.

Knowing what NOT to do solves a problem, knowing what to do instead creates a solution.

Evaluating choice -- here is what we discovered.

Tip of the Week - Evaluate Choices We promised to teach our kids how to think for themselves. Encouraging him to clarify his needs and desires before comparing his options makes good on that promise.

Accountability Cop-Out / It's easy to fall back to, "It's not MY responsibility to remember YOUR homework." But is that REALLY true? Click the image to read this week's tip and please consider sharing your comment.

Asking the Right Questions - We promise to teach our kids how to love and be loved. By demonstrating the ways in which the right questions are asked, we are demonstrating how to express genuine care for another and make good on the promise. Without knowing about his life, your REAL question can't be answered.

Time To Go - The wisest choices are based on personal desire. It can be easy to misinterpret desire for obligation. If we continue to intervene, how can anyone know which is which? Click the image to read this week's tip and please consider sharing your thoughts.

Heroes clarify and define the values we choose for ourselves. Parent-heroes shape a child's character.

Avoid Debate Bait - Ever get sucked into a debate you later wish you hadn't had? Happens to me less and less these days.

Mulligan! Getting to restart a conversation that's veered off track. Click the image to read about the reset button and please consider sharing your thoughts.

“How was your day?” won’t cut the mustard any better than Q about homework. Perhaps it’s time we updated the way we debrief the school day with our kids. Click the image for a suggested starting point and please consider sharing your ideas and feedback. Word Count 420

Time is Money - Ever feel like charging your kids for wasting your time? YES!!! This week's tip is about teaching your kids to value your gifts. Click the image for the tip and please consider sharing your thoughts.

There are health benefits to those you appreciate. Click the image to find out how and why. Please consider sharing your thoughts.

A fun way to short circuit the habit of harsh judgment. Click the image for the Game of 10 What Ifs. Please consider sharing your thoughts.