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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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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
Yes, these are Twilight Zone-like days, Carol. Thank you for your positive comments.
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Is your tattletale kid driving you crazy? Do you know why your child tattles? Today, we will share 4 big reasons kids snitch, 3 important questions to ask, and simple ways to stop the tattling and keep your sanity. Some... Continue reading
Thanks, Carol. It's hard to model calm behavior. I agree. That's why I hope parents practice this technique and calm themselves before teaching it to their children. I also agree, too much fast-talking breathless news is disturbing and can put us all on edge. You are so right is saying, "limit it-a lot." I appreciate you're taking the time to comment, Carol. You're the best.
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Conquers Fear in Parents and Children Imagine fear invading your mind like a virus. It infects your mind with thoughts. It’s all you can think about. Will I get sick? Will my kids get sick? What about my job? So... Continue reading
It has been said, we move toward our pictures, Carol. I believe it. If we keep an optimistic picture in our mind we go toward it because our thoughts and feelings reinforce it. Gloomy people have gloomy mental pictures. They're thoughts and feelings reinforce those pictures. They're unpleasant to be around too. Let me know about the picture you drew, Carol. Love your support.
I agree with you, Carol. Doing too much for kids without teaching them to do for themselves is a great disservice. We make them weak and entitled.
Indeed, these are stuck-at-home days. Family members can easily irritate each other. I hope worried, over-worked moms find help in this blog.
You are so supportive, Carol. You motivate me. Let's hope chore cards motivate families.
Ah shucks, Carol. Many thanks for your support.
You're right. We are now shutin Coronaville. Keeping love strong will be more difficult for some. I do hope this gift helps make life easier.
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This Drawing Technique Helps Kids Overcome Fear The coronavirus scares your child. “Mom, are we safe?” “What do you mean?” “Will we get sick too?” Disaster news is everywhere. TV, newspapers, social media and even billboard reminders are appearing in... Continue reading
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When Permissive Parents Bribe, Kids Are The Boss Permissiveness, parenting without structure and guidance, and over-negotiating rules and chores hurt your authority. Your kids are injured too. How Permissive Parents Harm Kids Without parental structure and direction, your kids won’t... Continue reading