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Parents-Need a Break from the Break?

I remember many school break where I ended up needing a break when the kids (finally) went back to school.  It is exhausting trying to keep them entertained, not fighting, and fed, never mind repairing the damage of kids in the house for too long..  I felt guilty for these feelings.  I love my kids.....

Why is it so hard?  Because you have buttons, and your kids know how to push them.  When your buttons are pushed, you revert back to a fight or flight response.  We all do.  It's the science of the brain.  So what can you do differently?

Realize that a misbehaving child is a discouraged child.  "A child needs encouragement like a plant needs water," said psychologist Rudolf Dreikurs.  What does encouragement sound like?

"You figured it out for yourself."

"How can I help?"

"Let's work together."

"You can decide what is best for you."

"I have faith in you to learn from mistakes."

Helping your child go from discouraged to encouraged will help them grow up to be self-reliant and resourceful adults.  And, it feels great to watch them beam from their accomplishments.

If you would like to learn more about the Positive Discipline model, and how to raise respectful, resourceful and responsible children, check out our upcoming class schedule at www.positivedisciplinewesternct.org.   .

Classes fill up, so register early!

Positive Discipline of Western CT promotes and encourages the development of life skills and respectful relationships in families, schools, and businesses in our local communities. We will provide classes to parents, caregivers, educators, and youth development workers, teaching how to raise a child using Positive Discipline skills.


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