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February 2014

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  • How to Be Your Child or Teen's Emotion Coach: 5 Simple Steps

    Emotion coaching helps kids learn how to manage powerful emotions and turns would-be power struggles into learning opportunities. Whether or not you know it, your children already sees you as their emotion coach. So here are five steps to start honing your coaching skills:

    1. Listen. Pay attention to... 
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  • Why Your Child or Teen Needs An Emotion Coach (And Why You Are the Person for the Job)

    At a recent workshop I asked parents to share something about their children that they were really proud of - not in terms of accomplishments, but in terms of behaviors they have been working on. This distinction is important.

    You no doubt feel proud if your child makes the honor roll or sinks the winning basket in an important game. These are indeed accomplishments. Sometimes,... 

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  • Parents: Try Starting at the End and Working Backwards

    "Respectful. Caring. Intelligent. Courageous. Hard working. Empathetic. Confident. Humble. Kind."

    One of my favorite ways to start a parenting workshop I facilitate on limits and consequences is to ask parents to close their eyes and envision their children-turned-adults. "What kind of people do you hope your kids become?"

    To be clear, when I ask this question I am not... 

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