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Conversations Guiding the Struggle

By Hyde School faculty member Lori Hobart, LCSW As a parent and a faculty member I have the unique opportunity to see the time, commitment, and extra effort our faculty give on a regular basis. Last week the power of this amazing group of people took on a deeper meaning. My son Greg ran into [More…]

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Feeling alone with parenting challenges? Why it’s worse for parents of teens.

By Guest Blogger FERN WEIS Parenting Coach www.yourfamilymatterscoach.com Working with parents of teens, especially when their child is ‘off-track’, they often share how alone they feel. Somehow it’s very different from the challenges of parenting a toddler or elementary school child. There is a unique sense of isolation when things go awry during the teen [More…]

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Divided We Stand: 5 Tips For Parents to Navigate the Post-Divorce Road with their Children

This week we are pleased to bring you a follow-up guest post by Randi Levin, building on her post from last week, “What Your Teenager Wants to Tell You About Divorce.” Divided We Stand: 5 Tips For Parents to Navigate the Post-Divorce Road with their Children by Randi Levin, CPC The “D” words…divorced, divided, detached. [More…]

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What Your Teenager Wants to Tell You About Divorce

This week we are pleased to bring you a guest post about what we can learn from our children about the impact of divorce on them, first posted on Fern Weis’ site, Your Family Matters. Randi Levin, a Certified Professional Coach, speaks from her heart and her own experience as a child of divorce. Fern wrote: [More…]

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When Being a “Bad Guy” Leads To Good

By Guest Blogger Hilary Jacobs Hendel  www.hilaryjacobshendel.com  | Sometimes the best approach for a parent is to give children choices. For toddlers and elementary school children, negotiating an end to an activity by offering “We can leave the playground in five minutes or ten minutes. Which do you want?” gives a child a sense of [More…]

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A Short Course in Human Relations

The author of this is unknown, but it directly relates to family life: The most important six words: “I admit I made a mistake.” The most important five words: “You did a good job.” The most important four words: “What is your opinion?” The most important three words: “Would you please…” The most important two words: “Thank you.” The most [More…]

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Parent: “How Can I Break The ‘Bad Parenting’ Cycle?”

This was a parent question we recently received. If you have a question you would like answered, please email me directly at phardy@hyde.edu. The question makes me wonder how “bad” this parent thinks they are?  And what do they mean by “bad parenting cycle?” (The difficult part of having questions sent in is that I [More…]

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A Horse Video Reveals How To Motivate Kids

This article was originally published in the Huffington Post. Why do American students lack so much motivation? “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” reflects the teacher’s primary concern when motivating a student. Consider this short video. VIRAL VIDEO: This horse doesn’t really understand how water works, until he [More…]

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Always Feeling Like I Have To Have An Immediate Answer

Thanks to those of you who answered the parenting survey, it gives us material to bring the Biggest Job 10 Priorities into practical, everyday use. From the section on “biggest parenting challenge,” someone wrote, “Always feeling like I have to have an immediate answer or consequence.” Our response to this is: “You don’t!” I wonder [More…]

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Tips from Parents

We share some more good advice from fellow parents of teens. Do you have advice to share? Email me at phardy@hyde.edu and we will include your tips in future articles. Show them your support.  “Encourage and support your children.  When they fail, don’t dwell on it but on the contrary ask them what they learned [More…]

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