The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That REALLY Works! – Post 3 (by Ashley Stevens)

Misbehavior results in negative outcomes. Dr. John Rosemond, the author of The Well-Behaved Child, calls this the ‘Backatcha Principle,’ meaning when you do something bad, something bad will happen to you sooner or later. We recognize this as adults after seeing consequences for some of our poor choices, but our kids’ consciences are not yet fully developed. The author convincingly argues that…

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The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That REALLY Works! – Post 2 (by Ashley Stevens)

One of the most important components of effective discipline is providing the child proper leadership, which Rosemond covers in the second chapter of the book, ‘The Seven Fundamentals of Effective Discipline.’. Effective leaders say what they mean and mean what they say. They “Let their, ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and their ‘No,’ ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37), as Jesus tells us at the Sermon on…

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The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That REALLY Works! – Post 1 (by Ashley Stevens)

“Without a doubt, the single biggest source of frustration, stress, anxiety, confusion, resentment, and guilt for today’s parents is their children’s misbehavior.”This is the opening thought from Dr. John Rosemond, author of The Well-Behaved Child. The book provides step-by-step instructions for seven approaches and is a workshop-in-a-book, of sorts, to help deal with a variety of discipline problems.Before he dives into the…

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The Soul of Discipline Post 3 (by Elizabeth Wells)

Writing about The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance – From Toddlers to Teens, by Kim John Payne, M. Ed., I am reminded of how wonderful the parent-child relationship can be.But even the best relationship is tested during the teenage years, and Payne's corresponding third phase, The Guide.  The emerging young adult is developing and…

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The Soul of Discipline Post 2 (by Elizabeth Wells)

The full title of this book by Kim John Payne, M. Ed. is The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance – From Toddlers to Teens. It absolutely resonates with every parent's desire for warmth, firmness and calm regarding discipline.Payne's premise is "the right support at the right time." First, he details the three phases of…

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The Soul of Discipline Post 1 (by Elizabeth Wells)

Discipline. For many, it evokes negative feelings of an unspoken ensuing punishment. Isn't discipline something that happens when your kids disobey?Not exactly, according to Kim John Payne, M.Ed., author of The Soul of Discipline. It was recommended by another author, Dr. Brene Brown, as a means for parents to remain calm and authentic in the face of discipline challenges.It sounded like a…

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The Whole-Brain Child Post 4

Applying these Principles to Myself! Some days I get so focused on a few areas of life where I’m struggling  – menu planning, sticking to a budget, making friends in our new community – that I actually feel like I’m a failure as a wife, mother, and sometimes even as a person. The authors of “The Whole-Brain Child” would say I’m stuck…

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The Whole-Brain Child Post 3

Upon reading my previous post you may have concluded that “Whole Brain” principles are like magic beans. After all, my preschooler’s fear of dogs disappeared in a matter of days! Well, let’s just say that applying them to teenagers is a whole ‘nother ball game…As is to be expected, conversations with my teenagers tend to revolve around the same one or two…

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The Whole-Brain Child ~ Post 2

Earlier this spring, an initially friendly little dog nipped my two-year-old’s finger at a Little League game. I scooped my daughter up right away, comforted her and she stopped crying fairly quickly. Since the small mark on her hand disappeared the next day, I soon forgot about the episode; however, the mark on her memory did not vanish so quickly.Weeks later at…

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The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. ~ Post 1

I was first introduced to “The Whole Brain Child” several years ago, in the height of my frustration and disillusionment as a parent (see Why Book-a-Month under the Start Here tab). Although the authors do an excellent job translating the latest research in neuroscience via illustrated comic-style panels and engaging narratives of real parent-child interactions, the concepts still overwhelmed that “younger me.”I…

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