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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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WE CARE FOR EACH OTHER Gossip and Looking for the Worst in Others Meet Alexa and Tony. Both are gossipy 10 year-olds. They like bad-mouthing the kids in their 5th grade. It helps them feel superior. "He thinks he's so... Continue reading
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"There's Something about Love that Builds Up and Is Creative." Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted his four little children (and all people) judged by the "content of their character," not "the color of their skin." Dr. King believed in love... Continue reading
Thank you, Dr. Par. I love your idea. I am thinking about how to increase happiness. Your technique certainly fits with what I'm looking for. I think I will use it and give you full credit, of course. I appreciate the time you took to share this great idea with me and my readers. Warmly, Jean
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How the Family Makes His Dream Come True August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. He told the crowd he wanted his four little children to be judged by the “content of... Continue reading
I totally agree, Ryan. I have taught it to many adults, as well as children, in my counseling practice. It works! Thank you for commenting.
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Set Goal Is this what you want your child to yell? "I can't set goals!" Parents, give up resolutions! They don’t work because something is missing. Neither you nor your children can reach your goals without it. Today, I will:... Continue reading
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Mojo Mindsets Helps Kids Succeed Achieving goals is easy when your child creates a mojo mindset. Just be sure his goals are realistic. Tell Your Child: Pick one goal like – I am getting a good grade on my next... Continue reading
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Help Your Child Become an "I Can" Kid. I can’t kids feel sad, weak, and fearful. They don’t want to try. They fear failure. They say: I can’t It’s too hard. I don’t know how. I don’t want to. You... Continue reading
Thank you, Carol. With school starting, goal setting can be extremely valuable for making friends, passing tests, and feeling confident. Dealing with COVID in a balanced way could be a goal too.
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You can teach your child how to choose winning feelings. Healthy character building teachers children to choose their thoughts. Your kids can choose their feelings too. Inside you’ll find 2 ways to help your children choose winning feelings and build... Continue reading
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How to Help Your Child Reach Goals Goal setting with pictures fit together like fun and laughter. Both end with feelings of joy and contentment. Yet many grown-ups don’t experience this. They fail to turn their dreams into goals. Don’t... Continue reading
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How Moody Kids Become Happy Children Your sulking child won’t talk. You ask yourself: Is she mad at me for saying, ‘No.” Did her brother tease her about the pimple on her chin? Has her best friend dumped her for... Continue reading
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The Emotion Scale Works Parenting kids with out-of-control emotions is difficult. If you’re frazzled and your emotions flare up, I have a solution for you and your children. Out-of-Control Tempers Before I tell you more, here are 3 questions: Are... Continue reading
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Good Questions Help Kids Think Parents, positive attitudes about people differences begin with you. Because what you think transfers to your children. What they think will continue down the family line. You can expand your children's attitudes now. It's natural... Continue reading
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How Diverse Families Make Friends Our Melting Pot Culture is filled with racial and ethnic treasures. When we extend a hand in friendship to one another, opportunities flow-in. But it can be scary. Cross Cultural Invitations Extend a Hand with... Continue reading
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How Families Conquer Loneliness and Create Hope Like a ghost, the unseen virus threatens everyone. It isolates kids from their friends. Parents sense the deep loneliness invading their children. They feel it too. The news exposes violence in the streets.... Continue reading
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Help Your Kids Give the Gift of Love Parents, Now Your Child Can give Loving Holiday Gifts with No-Cost Coupons. Today’s parenting giveaway is a set of gift-giving coupons for kids. Your youngster can give them to whomever he or... Continue reading
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The Truth Sets Kids Free Who can you trust? Who's telling the truth? Today the truth is hard to know. You want your child to be honest, but how? First, go back to your childhood. Remember a time when you... Continue reading
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Disorganized Kids Need Routines A disorganized child lacks the inner self-discipline needed for solid learning. A youngster who lives in a chaotic home may feel scattered and have trouble focusing. A daily routine at home can help. Attention Span –... Continue reading
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How Parents Can Motivate Kids with Good Questions It’s not difficult to raise smarter children. But many parents use the wrong tactics. They don’t know praising kids for goods grades and criticizing them for poor grades can backfire. Why Praise... Continue reading
Thank you, Carol. I was a tattler too. Lots of time I'd start a fight. My brother would get mad. We wrestled. Then I run in the house and tattle on him. But my mother was smart, she punished me instead by sending me to bed. I still like naps. Thanks for sharing, Carol.
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You Can't Plug Your Ears to Tattletales. Frustrated parents dread tattling. The squeals from crying kids disturb peace, upset nerves, and demand attention. You can’t plug your ears and hope it will go away. You must act. But how? Today’s... Continue reading
Thanks back to you for commenting, Carol. I think tattling happens in most homes and it can be so annoying for parents. My hope is that these questions help parents deal with it effectively and kids become 'helpers' not 'hurters'.
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Listening Is the Key to Stopping the Tattling Parents yell, “Stop Tattling!” Listening to tattling is like scratching a swollen mosquito bite. If you listen to it over and over, it will get worse. Tattling becomes your child’s habit. Screaming... Continue reading