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    Saturday
    Dec032011

    Free Parenting Discussion Group every month in the Greater Seattle Area

    Saturday
    Nov122011

    Styles of Parenting – Is it ever too late to change your parenting style?

    Thursday
    Nov032011

    Responding to Disrespect from your Child

    Monday
    Oct242011

    How to Use PRIDE Parenting Skills to Develop a Deeper Relationship with Your Child.

    Here is a great tool to help you connect with your child on a deeper level:

    P.R.I.D.E. skills open up doors to increase relationship and control when you are interacting with your child on a daily basis. These PRIDE skills are a component of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) which is a form of therapy developed by Sheila Eyberg for children ages 2–7 and their caregivers.

    PRIDE is an acronym that stands for:

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    Tuesday
    Oct182011

    How young is too young for a cell phone?

    Monday
    Oct172011

    What Type of Parent Are You?

    Wednesday
    Aug192009

    The school year is coming!

    As parents our lives seem to be focused by the school calendar. Although I was always very happy for my three daughters to be with me all summer in June, oh the freedom of the summer by about August 20th or so I was ready for the routine of the school year. So, that routine is coming. That means the familiar stresses of getting kids out the door ON TIME  with lunches and back packs in hand is at your door step!

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    Sunday
    Apr192009

    What happens about 3 weeks after you apply a new parenting strategy? The "Last Kick." Here's the serieo: Your child had a difficult time at first with the new responsibility but then obeyed, i.e. stayed in their room for "time out" etc. But then about 3 weeks later...the behavior is back with a vengeance. This is known as the last kick. It is your child testing the limit that was set. So what to do? Be consistent! This tells your child that the limit set still exists. The good news is that the behavior should not show it self again, yeah!

    Also, remember to have fun with your kids: 90% of the time your job is to communicate with, laugh with and celebrate with your children. Yes, 10% is about all the Love and Logic strategies we learn, but it is all for the 90% of great times and the outcome of responsible adult and great relationship now and in the future!

    Have great week!

    Tuesday
    Apr072009

    Today I taught a class and a parent shared about how well a typical parenting moment went when he applied his new tools of Love and Logic. As he described getting his son up and dressed for the day, he said "I didn't do it my old way...you know tell him to up, hurry up and get dressed, instead I gave him choices of shirts and sock colors, it worked so well!" This is a great example of how choices can neutralize power struggles. If you have a success story, please share, if you have a struggle, please share...we are all in this parenting groove together! Have a great day...it is sunny is Seattle!

    Sunday
    Mar292009

    Upcoming Class for Parents of Teens

    Two upcoming classes:

    1. A 6 week Love and Logic classes geared towards parents of teens hosted by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Tuition is only $10 to cover the cost of the book.

    When: Mondays beginning April 13th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
    Where: Snoqualmie Valley Hospital (http://www.snoqualmiehospital.org/about_us_directions.php)

    Space is limited, so sign up today at http://www.impactparenting.com/!
    Questions? Call Liann at 425.890.2081 or email: liannsmith@yahoo.com

    2. A five week Parenting with Love and Logic class is geared towards parents to be equipped to help the every day struggles of raising preschoolers. Issues will be addressed such as potty training, how to discipline a toddler in public, stop tantrums in their tracks, make the transition to preschool go well and have more fun everyday with your preschooler!

    When: Wednesday Beginning April 22nd from 9:30-11:00am
    Where: Kidz Bounce in Preston, WA right off I-90 3 miles from Issaquah

    For directions to Kidz Bounce: http://www.kidzbounce.com/directions.asp
    Parents learn while the Kids Bounce! (3 years and older)
    See www.impactparenting.com for more information

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