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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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You CAN Become Your Child's Confidant! YOUR CHILD NEEDS YOU TO BE HER CONFIDANT. She needs to be able to share her deepest thoughts and feelings with you. Why? Because thoughts rule! Coupled with feelings, thoughts drive kids to act.... Continue reading
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You Can Prepare for Answering Your Child's Questions! WHEN YOUR KIDS ASK ABOUT THE DIVORCE, are you ready to answer? What will you say? After all, you might be pretty upset about divorcing your partner and then having to tell... Continue reading
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Today's Family Meetings Differ from Yesterday's MAKING FAMILY MEETINGS FUN! If you grew up with family meetings, chances are they hurt your feelings. Often good-meaning parents used them to scold kids. They hoped these sessions would help their children improve... Continue reading
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Raise Happy Kids. Teach Friendship Skills. SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING FOR YOUR CHILD Years ago as a child counselor, I observed a 12-year-old girl in her classroom. Besides an awkward self-conscious walk and no eye contact, she refused to answer her... Continue reading
Thank you for supporting Annie Fox's answers, Dr. Par. She is truly wise and so are you. Your additional questions to help a child open up even more are so valuable.
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Friendship Problems and How Teenagers Can Solve Them! The Difficult Friendship Problem I asked my friend, Annie Fox, to discuss involves suicide. It's a tough subject to talk about but Annie said, "Yes." I asked Annie because she is launching... Continue reading
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You CAN Help Your Child Concentrate! 6 CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS STRATEGIES FOR YOUR CHILD I remember a student who stared into space during class. His mind definitely drifted to something other than math. Perhaps your child experiences a similar problem.... Continue reading
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POSITIVE BRAIN POWER HELPS YOUR CHILD ESCAPE DARK FEELINGS! If you're concerned about your youngster's painful emotions and the thoughts that fuel them, keep reading. Then watch the YouTube Video below for an important discussion with your child. Has your... Continue reading
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GETTING KIDS TO DISCUSS BULLYING helps parents teach empathy. If you’re Buster Billy Needs Your Child's Advice. Discuss the Video. like most parents, you don't want your child to purposely hurt others. You don’t want your child labeled, ‘Bully.’ Today,... Continue reading
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IF YOU WANT YOUR FAMILY TO BE A TEAM for learning, fun, and chores, keep reading. Today I'll share 3 reasons chore lists are good for kids, a short cartoon video, and 5 discussions questions to get your children thinking.... Continue reading
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You've heard the warnings, "Television is bad for your child!" You work hard while your child watches lots of television. You worry about his brain. Will it be influenced by harmful TV shows? "What can you do? Today we'll share... Continue reading
Hi Dr. Par, You made so many wise statements. 1.Starting family discussions early will help when kids becomes teenagers. 2. The idea of chatting in the car is excellent. 3. When it comes to family conversations, turning off technology is a must. I hope that families of teens, pick up your excellent book, Tools for Effective Parenting with its stories, tips, and tools. Readers will find it on Amazon.com.
You're so welcome, Roxanne. I appreciate your comment.
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When Parents Listen Well, Kids Will Talk GETTING YOUR KIDS TO TALK IS EASY when you read our parenting tips and watch the short video below. It doesn't take an expert to figure out why some kids won't talk. It... Continue reading
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Children Leap for Joy When They Find Your Loving Notes Your Child's Self-Image Is Important to You. You want her to feel confident and believe in herself. Is there a simple way to increase her self-worth? Certainly! Today I'll share... Continue reading
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If You're Raising a Lonely Child, could learning Friendship Skills help him? Certainly! Lonely Kids Don't Have Friends Now you can coach your child on how to make exactly what he needs - FRIENDS. Imagine your child complaining, "I don't... Continue reading
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Parents Who Love Kids "Just Right" HOW TO PARENT WITH LOVE AND CONFIDENCE is the subject of our parenting skills author, Dr. Robin Berman. In her book, Permission to Parent, Dr. Robin says, "Lasting bonds are forged through a combination... Continue reading
Hi Carol, I'm so glad you like this method for teaching kids goal-setting. I've used it on myself, my children, and my counseling clients and am pleased with the results. If you choose to use it with your parents and their children, let me know the results. With warm wishes, Jean
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Goal-Setting Can Overcome Fear! Now parents can teach kids how to set goals in 3 simple steps. To show what I mean, I made a YouTube video which I'll share below. It includes some of the following: Imagine this boy... Continue reading
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Raising Your Daughter's Confidence Is your girl's self-confidence related to your confidence? Yes! If you're a mom, have you ever asked yourself, How can I get my daughter to, 1. Raise her hand in class? 2. Stop worrying about looking... Continue reading
Thanks, Dr. Par. Deborah is one of my favorite early childhood education experts.
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How Can the Win-Win Box Help Parents and Kids? TEACH YOUR KIDS PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS when you're tired of being in the middle. Remember the last time your kids were fighting? How did you feel? If you felt like this... Continue reading
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Help Your Baby's Brian with Fun Activities Promoting early childhood brain development with simple games is the best gift we can give to our children. If you're the parent of a toddler or care for young children, you'll love learning... Continue reading
Hi Dr. Sally, Counselors know the power of open-ended questions. They're not hard to use. Now parents can easily use them too. What's interesting about such questions is their ability to build trust and closeness. Best wishes on your talk on "Parenting Tips with Dr. Sally" about open-ended questions and their importance. You are a true expert.
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How Would You Answer Questions about the Divorce? You've said, "We're divorcing." Your child's heart is pounding. She looks at you with intense eyes and asks the questions you've been dreading. Is your divorce sparking questions you’re not ready to... Continue reading