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How to build optimistic teens who thrive!

How to build optimistic teens who thrive!

 (Most of the Time) Positive,  caring  communication  is  a  powerful  ally  in  an  adolescent’s  confused  world.  As challenging as it can be for those of us living and working with adolescents, it can make all the  difference  between  your  adolescent  feeling  optimistic  and  thriving,  or  feeling disengaged. Every  adolescent  will  make  a  dumb  decision  at  some  point  during  their  bumpy  ride  to adulthood – sometimes  the  mistake  will  be  serious.  What  really  matters  is  how  we  as parents  or  people  who  work  with  adolescents  support  them  to  overcome  a  negative experience. We need to help them recognise: It was not an OK ...

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Which of 4 teen types are you raising?

Which of 4 teen types are you raising?

There is a surprising reason behind your teenager’s behavior. When you understand it, struggle between you can disappear—and cooperation and mutual respect can take its place. You just need to learn which Type of teenager you’re raising. Every child is unique. In my decades in the personal development field, I’ve discovered that people (and teenagers) naturally express one of four dominant natural movements. I call these the 4 Energy Types. Knowing which Energy Type your teenager naturally expresses can help you see where they’re coming from, recognize their priorities, and resolve conflict. So which Type of teen are you raising? ...

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Effective parenting tips

Effective parenting tips

“Parenting is the toughest job.” “No one said it was gonna be easy.” “Parenting doesn’t come with an owner’s manual.” We’ve all heard them before—the quotes that sum up the challenge of parenting. But they really don’t help much, only state the obvious. The responsibility of being a parent is one of the most rewarding, yet, frustrating, humbling, and challenging pursuits we will ever engage. As a father of four, I have had much practical experience. Being a father has helped me learn much about my children, but perhaps more importantly, it has helped me to understand the importance of ...

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Help! Get my kids to listen & act, not fight me.

Help!  Get my kids to listen & act, not fight me.

Help! I’ve turned into my mother! Well it’s school holidays and the more the days go on, the more I find myself saying (yelling – let’s be honest) those age old phrases that our mother’s used to yell at us. It starts out with – I don’t care who started it, both of you just stop fighting!, Which is usually followed by – Go to your room, you are having 5 minutes time out! To which I usually get the reply – NO! and the result is me picking up the party in question, walking them to their room, sitting ...

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