coaching, goal-setting, homework, Working with teens

Your teen and you: No 2 – Creating a win-win study agreement.


Create a study agreement that both you and your teen are happy with. Following on from the last post......I have some further ideas to increase your chances of success when you negotiate with your teen, about anything really, but in this case the amount of study they are doing. I talk again about the importance… Continue reading Your teen and you: No 2 – Creating a win-win study agreement.

coaching, homework, Working with teens

Developing a respectful relationship with your teen


If you want to develop a more adult relationship with your teen, the next few posts are particularly for you. Be brave and plan to rock the family boat now. There is no better time! While you hold most of the purse strings you can create consequences that affect your teen quite easily. It becomes… Continue reading Developing a respectful relationship with your teen

coaching, homework, Working with teens

Positive Discipline 5: When it all goes wrong it’s severe consequences time.


When it all goes wrong - severe consequences step in. Severe consequences are for when your child’s negative behaviours continue beyond acceptable limits after other consequences have been used consistently, and after two strong warnings. Severe consequences are not punishments! Some or all of these consequences happen immediately and are non-negotiable; but at no point… Continue reading Positive Discipline 5: When it all goes wrong it’s severe consequences time.

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Positive Discipline 4: Clinching a fair deal


Many family coaches waste valuable energy and coaching time because they either listen to their child too much and feel powerless and exhausted by the excessive arguments and discussion, or they are afraid of losing control of the coaching situation, so don’t listen enough and their child feels powerless. The positive discipline approach means you… Continue reading Positive Discipline 4: Clinching a fair deal

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Positive Discipline part 3: First steps in seizing control respectfully


Positive Discipline: How to stay respectful and seize control. An important strength of positive discipline is that you can respond quickly and assertively and with confidence when your child behaves badly. Before the positive discipline approach you may have reacted emotionally when your child wasn’t cooperating with you, or refusing to work with you, and… Continue reading Positive Discipline part 3: First steps in seizing control respectfully

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A positive discipline approach part 2: Fair agreements and consequences


A definition of consequences I like is, ‘something that follows as a result’. We create our own consequences in our lives. An excellent example of this for yourself as a parent is the positive changes you can create in your life when you focus on what you can change rather than what is beyond your… Continue reading A positive discipline approach part 2: Fair agreements and consequences

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A positive discipline approach: How to be respectfully firm with your child


A positive discipline approach. I believe that it is up to us as the parents to discipline our children so they can learn to discipline themselves. To do this well we need to act tough, stay respectful and remain consistent with them and I encourage you to remain respectfully tough while consistently expecting high standards… Continue reading A positive discipline approach: How to be respectfully firm with your child

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Reading – how to help your child read well and with pleasure


Check out this blog by a mother of 9 titled  'raising children is not a default chore is inspiring. As parents living in a society with many pressures brought to bear on us to be so much more than good parents, we need all the inspiration we can gather to stay focused on remembering what… Continue reading Reading – how to help your child read well and with pleasure

homework, Working with teens

Negotiating homework: Part 3 – How to


The negotiation steps to gain your child's permission to read at home more often: These negotiation steps are written for a younger child but can also be used to negotiate anything with your teen, from driving your car, to completing all homework at high school, to studying more regularly for exams. 1. The soft sell:… Continue reading Negotiating homework: Part 3 – How to

goal-setting, homework, Working with teens

Negotiating homework with your teen: Part 4 – How to still negotiate when it is hard


How to be a shrewd negotiator with your teen. When agreement about homework is not easily reached, sit back and listen more closely. Deeply understand what your teen is saying and doing before you open your mouth to speak. When/if they become unhappy with the deal you are negotiating at any point... stop talking and… Continue reading Negotiating homework with your teen: Part 4 – How to still negotiate when it is hard