How To Help Teenagers Resist Peer-Pressure And Listen to You Instead

“Are you seriously trying to get me to believe my boy isn’t doing well in school because he doesn’t get the motivation from home, Mr. Davis? I can read between the lines you know. It’s not that complicated. He’s just following those no-good friends of his. It’s as simple as that.” Low-hanging fruit Twenty years […]

The Six Most Powerful Motivators For Schoolchildren To Do Their Best

1. The student was led to make her own choices The power of choice has huge influence on motivation. After having ambitions to finish with high grades and getting in to a good college, there was a young man back in the 1970’s who spent his last years of junior college wasting a lot of […]

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

True story: 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 Unseen Bug In Our Parenting Culture

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 […]

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