How To Master Ninja Parenting Tricks and Skills Like a Boss.

Get your TLP Survey done picIt’s the world’s best kept secret… hiding in plain sight.

And it’s making you more than just a little angry.  It’s too big an issue, too important… means too much to so many…the proverbial elephant in the room that’s so big, we just assumed it was a hairy wall and the room was supposed to be THIS small!

Downright crazy!

Every blog, every magazine, every online advice column on parenting hints at it. But no one comes out plain and just tells it like it is.

I’m not talking about those mommy blogs that promote freebies mind you. I’m talking about outfits that talk about how to parent… how to teach kids the important life skills, attitudes, values and habits that will make them win at this thing called life. [Read more…]

Why Is This So Hard?

You just can’t win.

Happens every frickin’ time.  Just when you thought things are finally turning around, something else again.

She’s being rude and argumentative to every request you make. What’s a parent to do in a situation like that? You don’t have time for this!  Back in the day, she’d get a taste of your belt. [Read more…]

Why Building Better Relationships Is The Most Worthwhile Goal For Any Year

So instead of “resolving” to do anything, how about seeing, in minute detail, what it’s going to be like by the end of the year with the kids? The laughter, the playing, the fun, the hugs, great school grades… all of it.

There’s a lot we have to talk about on this. I thought I’d start here. Tell me in your comment feedback below the video what you think about where I’m going with this:

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Using Communication Skills–Are You Shooting Your Parent-Child Relationshop In the Foot?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Here’s a story in my work-life that happens way too often:

I use all the tools I can muster to get a teenager to talk to me… often after days of building a relationship and getting him to trust me.

Finally, I get him to open up about the issue that landed him in my office.  Then I go through my little spiel about the one person in the world that really has his best interest at heart, and would go to the ends of the world and back for him.. his parents.

See… anytime a responsible parent still has influence  on how the child or teen thinks, things don’t go far wrong. But more often than not, the reply breaks my heart. [Read more…]

The Unseen Bug In Our Parenting Culture

Where would the cat fit?
Where would the cat fit?

Over the last thousand years or so we developed parenting traditions suited for their times. If you look closely, these traditions served our societies well in days gone by, and some still do.

Many of them however, no longer have a place in modern society. We need to ‘upgrade’ those traditions. After all, parenting is the means by which society passes its way of life to future generations. For something as important as that, we cannot afford to let it become outmoded.

In my experience, outmoded parenting practices is the unseen ‘bug’ in our cultures. They create untold mischief as families try to raise their children.

It’s time for a “reboot.”

Join us on Blogtalk Radio at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 24th as we discuss this most important topic for raising children in the information age.

Here is one example: Discipline

It is helpful to acknowledge that the parent-child relationship is like all other relationships.

We enhance all relationships through bonding experiences and skillful communication. We also damage them through negative communication or painful experiences.

Most of us can relate to this easily. It simply makes sense.  No one goes around “making friends and influencing people” by talking down to them or hitting them. Right? However, that  bug in our culture programs us to approach children in a totally different way.  In fact, we throw what we know is wise completely through the window.  The bug says to us, “children are “less than equals. We must talk to them and treat them as such.”

So we “discipline” them with negative communication.. and painful experiences.

“D-uh!”

This insistence on what I call a “subservient mindset” is a problem. It influences us to preach one thing and practice something else.

So log in to the radio program for more.. then lets start the discussion.We can do that using the comments below, or on Google+ or on our Facebook page.