Parenting Tips – The Value of Storytelling As Part of Education and Family Life

There are numerous writings of very reputable people talking about the many benefits of storytelling, not only in child education, but in family life. What I am presenting here is a personal assessment of the points that I consider most important, with special emphasis on those that are not usually mentioned, but which may be helpful.

The greatest benefit of education, no doubt, is the ability that has a story to convey values. Perhaps we have not consciously made good on it, but if you think, most values more firmly rooted in our own personality came to us from the hand of a story: in “The three little pigs”, for instance, we instilled the importance of working well; “The tortoise and the hare” were showing us that constancy and modesty had borne fruit, and “The cicada and the ant” made us see that it was more profitable to be working than being a laggard.
This is not accidental. Every story, including tales, has a logical argument that unites the different parts, making them much easier to remember.

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Following Directions – Practical Parenting

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Practical Parenting in the Treatment of ADHD

By Robert William Locke

Medication for ADHD is now coming under a more critical examination by wised up parents. That has caused the pharmaceutical companies to redouble their efforts in presenting a biased and less critical view to serve their business purposes. They have even launched profiles on the social networking scene and are poised to present their views of ADHD. But practical parenting in the treatment of ADHD is much more challenging and difficult than getting a doctor’s prescriptions for psychostimulants which are still based (believe it or not) on amphetamines!

Parents do not want their kids on ‘speed’ but instead are looking for other types of ADHD medication which are safe and free of risks. One such treatment is a homeopathic one which can alleviate some of the more pressing ADHD symptoms like restlessness and lack of focus and restore balance to the troubled child’s mind.

There are lots of experts now who are playing down the role of medication as the only possible treatment of ADHD and advocate a combination of behavior modification combined with proper attention to nutrition and exercise. Behavior therapy basically means acquiring practical parenting techniques which can be applied to the treatment of ADHD without compromising their children’s health or their own mental sanity !

First question on practical parenting concerns how you respond or react to a child’s bad behavior. Have you ever considered that this is a symptom of something wrong in the child’s subconscious which we will probably never understand. Punishing the child rather than explaining why it is wrong and what the consequences of such behavior can be, is often the easy but wrong way out.

What messages are you conveying when you have to deal with bad behavior? Are there consequences in place and are you able to separate the child from the behavior? Concentrate on why something is wrong instead of calling the child ‘naughty’ or other uncomplimentary names.

Practical parenting involves being able to deal with your own anger as well as the child’s. What are you going to do to stand back from that situation ? Time out may be one solution but there are lots of others.

Practical parenting also involves such issues as support during homework, breaking tasks down, setting up routines, especially pre bedtime routine, supervision of media exposure and how you can protect your child .

These are just a few of the techniques that parents can learn when they decide to adopt behavior therapy in the treatment of ADHD. Once you have mastered these techniques, you will be able to deal with defiant kids, teenagers who are out of control and beginning to lie and steal not forgetting argumentative and aggressive teenagers as well.

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3 Parenting Tips – My Child Acts Helpless

By Jean Tracy

Could 3 parenting tips turn your “I-can’t” kid into an “I-can” child? You bet. Look inside for 3 parenting tips you can use today.

Whose fault is it when your child acts helpless? If there’s a person who treats your child like a prince or princess and does too much for your child, tell that person to stop. They’re making your child, weak, dependent, and helpless.

Why Kids Act Helpless

Your Sally wants to get out of chores. She whines, “It’s too much! You make me do everything!” You can’t stand your princess being upset, so you make the bed and put away most of the toys while

Sally drags her feet. Since the whining worked, Sally will whine again to get out of chores. Rescuing your child is a great way to teach helplessness.

Your Sam hates homework and cries, “It’s too hard.” He goes to you, Dad, and makes a big fuss. You can’t stand the crying, so you grab the homework and yell, “Get out of here!” You just want peace and quiet. Sam learns that crying works. You do the homework and he runs out to play. Rescuing your Sam is a super way to teach him how to move through life without trying.

When your child whines, cries, or complains and you or someone else runs to the rescue, your child learns to be helpless. He’ll use those tactics over and over.

How do you break the cycle of helplessness?

First Parenting Tip – Avoid doing for your child what your child can do for himself

Why? When you or someone else jumps in to rescue, you’re telling your child, “You’re right. You can’t do it. You’re helpless. I’ll do it for you.” You’ve taught him to give up easily, become a whiner, and drown in a sea of helplessness. Sadly he may never know the good feeling of accomplishment.

Second Parenting Tip – Use the technique, “First this, then that”

When Sally wants to watch TV, say, “First clean your room, then you can watch TV.

When Sam wants to eat a snack, say, “First do your homework, then you can make yourself a snack.”

Don’t let crying and whining break you down. Be respectful and firm when you use, “First this, then that.” Be consistent too.

Third Parenting Tip – Use your eyes to see and your tongue to encourage.

Remember your child wants to feel loved and respected just like you do. So use your eyes to see what your child is trying to do well. Be encouraging when your child tries. Your child will love your words and be more willing to try more things.

How to encourage your child to say, “I can!”

When your child is whining, crying, and trying to get you to do his responsibilities say words like:

You’re good at figuring things out.

You have a big, strong brain.

You can do it.

I know you can because you’ve done it before.

I believe in you.

Some parents say, “I’m not going to baby my child with such praise. She should just do what I tell her.”

To those parents I say, “If what you’re doing isn’t working, what have you got to lose by trying these parenting tips?

Conclusion for Turning Your “I-Can’t” Kid into an “I-Can” Child

Don’t let your child drown in a sea of helplessness. Rescue less, encourage more by following these parenting tips -

Avoid doing for your child what your child can do for himself.

Use the technique, “First this then that.”

Encourage your child’s positive efforts.

Be consistent, firm, and kind in your efforts. If you do, you won’t be complaining, “My child acts helpless!” You’ll be building character instead. You can do it. I know you can.

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