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Jean Tracy
I love sharing my counseling secrets from over 20 years as a child and family counselor.
Interests: family brunches, writing newsletters, designing parenting products, and gardening, babysitting grandchildren, public speaking club, reading club
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Parents Can Teach Kids Social Skills CHILDREN WITH SOCIAL SKILLS AND CHARISMA AREN'T BORN THAT WAY. To be charismatic takes charm and you can teach it. We're not talking about popularity, manipulation, or vanity. We're talking about the true inner... Continue reading
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Socially Smart Children Enjoy Friendships! KIDS NEED FRIENDS! Youngsters who boss, brag, gossip, or are shy prevent the friendships that could help them grow. Parents can teach children how to make friends by using fun discussions. But teaching isn’t telling.... Continue reading
You are so right, Carol. The culture keeps changing, too much is expected of teachers, and parents try their best to keep up with after school activities and lose time to teach their children how life really works. Parents can find time to teach their kids the things they need if they keep at least one dinner a week free for the family, use the time before bed to talk with their kids, or discuss important ideas with their kids on the way to appointments. My hope is that these tips and tools help parents do just that.
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How Parents Help Kids with Out-of-Control Feelings DEPRESSED CHILDREN, ANGRY CHILDREN, FEARFUL CHILDREN OR ANY OVER-EMOTIONAL CHILD CAN BE HELPED. Today we'll offer a simple parenting technique you can teach. This method uses your child’s imagination to handle out-of-control emotions.... Continue reading
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Whining Kids Can Speak Nicely! If your child whines and complains, he's normal. Many children learn to beg in that shrill voice that grates on a parent's nerves. They use that voice because you're powerful, they're weak, and it works.... Continue reading
You're welcome, Carol. I hope these steps for parents to take help them overcome conflicts and solve problems.
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These Communication Skills Help Stop Fights! When parents fight, kids hurt. They wonder, 'Are Mom and Dad getting a divorce?' You can stop the worry with a simple communication process. It is best used on a regular basis to solve... Continue reading
Hi Carol, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I appreciate your sharing these mottoes.
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PARENTING GIFT: SMART SELF-TALK FOR KIDS POSITIVE SLOGANS ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO DO THEIR BEST AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL. Imagine a way to promote brain power in your kids. Jingles, slogans, and mottoes do just that. They become well-traveled paths... Continue reading
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Parents CAN Guide Their Child's Intelligence GETTING KIDS TO THINK CLEARLY CAN BE LEARNED. Making mistakes can be positive. Self-talk can motivate. But how? Today's brief slide share presentation offers parents 6 big ideas with18 ways to encourage children to... Continue reading
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ENCOURAGE PERSISTENCE IN YOUR CHILD Parenting is tough when your impatient child gives up and you're worried about his attitude. How do you turn a losing mindset into patience and determination? In this brief parenting slideshow you will find 6... Continue reading
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Your Child Is Smart! RAISING BRIGHT STUDENTS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. Can your child mentally exercise his brain to grow smarter? Or is his brain stuck with the intelligence he was born with? Today research tells us that kids... Continue reading
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HELP YOUR CHILD THINK WITH 6 INTELLIGENT QUESTIONS The discouraged child, who compares himself to others, may think, “I’m not smart.” He may even give up without trying. But he doesn’t have to. When the bright child is asked, “Why... Continue reading
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FUN DISCUSSIONS WITH KIDS PROMOTE FAMILY UNITY! Praise or criticism, which motivates kids to do their best? Too much criticism often makes people bitter not better. Research advises us to give 3-6 compliments for every negative comment because kind remarks... Continue reading
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THIS SLIDESHARE PRESENTATION SHOWS PARENTS EXACTLY WHAT TO DO Many busy parents want fun-loving activities for building character and raising caring children. This brief SlideShare gives parents an easy way to teach kids to notice the good in each other.... Continue reading
You are so right, Carol. When you think about it, most people want the Triple A Formula: Attention, Appreciation, and Approval. Thanks for your comment.
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SHARING COMPLIMENTS PROMOTES FAMILY LOVE! If you want to encourage family unity, give genuine praise. Here's a weekly practice that each family member can easily do. Once a week each parent and child puts his name in a small box.... Continue reading
Thank you, Carol. You're so right. School is the second place to encourage character. Home is the best and first place. Thank you for commenting.
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CREATE A SOLID FAMILY FOUNDATION When children feel like they belong to a loving family team, they experience inner security and confidence. Today's parenting gift shares an easy bonding activity. It helps family members develop a strong foundation with solid... Continue reading
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DISCOURAGED CHILDREN FEEL PAIN A parent can become a critical judge when he feels tired, cranky, and frustrated. If a child hears the thunder of criticism often enough, he'll begin to believe that's who he is. When he believes the... Continue reading
Thank you, Carol. When you know someone who criticizes themselves often, you may be seeing their parents words acting like a "Critical Judge" inside their heads. It's tough to change and it can be done.
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HONEST FAMILY COMPLIMENTS RAISE SELF-ESTEEM If your family spirit needs a boost, and you're not sure what to do, consider this article with its 30 positive parenting tips. Parents are powerful because their words can increase their child's confidence or... Continue reading
Thank you, Carol. Respect works so much better than entitlement.
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FIND OUT THE EASY WAY TO RAISE A CARING FAMILY! Sincere words, a smiling voice, and eye contact are 3 ingredients you can easily use to create caring in your child. Your words, whether harsh or loving, will be replayed... Continue reading
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IS YOUR DISRESPECTFUL CHILD A "TAKER?" If your child appears conceited and arrogant and you are worried about his future, you have good reason to be concerned. Who will treat him with respect when he is disrespectful? Who will love... Continue reading