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Guide to Effective Parenting

With the unique approach in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Guide to Effective Parenting,” you’ll learn how to handle these same situations with a much more positive outcome. You will learn techniques that will change your home life forever. You’ll be happy. And, when you’re happy, your kids are happy.

Here are even more examples of the things you’ll learn:

  • How to get your kids to do things like homework, brushing their teeth, and cleaning their room – without a battle.
  • How the way you express anger can be harmful to your children and how a 7-word sentence can help avoid the damage it causes.
  • How to teach your kids to respect your own personal boundaries.
    …and so much more!

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Teaching Children About Food

I grew up in a time where ALL our meals and foods were home prepared and cooked and we never ate out. When we got together with family and friends, the meals were ALWAYS home-cooked. I was taught the love of cooking through my mother and other women in the family.  The foods we had, spoiled more quickly but they were not filled with a proliferation of additives and preservatives as foods are today. Sugar was not a main part of my diet growing up, except for on rare and special occasions. I think I first drank pop when I was almost 10 years old.

I had an inborn desire to learn how to cook and was blessed to have what were then called “Home Economics” classes. The foundation for my love of cooking and basic life skills were instilled by the two teachers I learned from in junior high and high school. I learned about food selection, preparation, preservation and many other necessary life skills. My mother always supported my desire to cook and experiment in the kitchen. This developed into a love of cooking and entertaining. Sadly, with budget cuts everywhere, Home Economics/Family Studies classes have been cut everywhere. For the most part, parents and families today are not in a position to teach these things to their children.


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“Quiet Time” Mindful Exercises For Children

As a teacher, I have practiced mindfulness exercises with students for about 15 years. One of my favourites is “Quiet Time”. In today’s busy world, full of never ending busyness and stimulus, there is very little focus on, or time for stillness or quiet time. And yet, I have found that once introduced to “Quiet Time”, not only do students like it, they ask to do it again and again.

Telling them to sit back in their chairs with spine straight, meets with “yeahs”.

The breath is always what is focused on first. Deep breaths in and out….holding then releasing. I then choose any number of visualizations, guided imageries, and or affirmations to focus on…or simply allow silence and stillness.

Sometimes combining this time with journal writing or reflective writing is also very  powerful. It helps the students to integrate their own experience and insights.

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Aug 15, 2012

I'm a teacher, mother, grandmother. I spent many years being a camp counsellor and program director. I trust that by visiting here, you will rediscover much of the parenting wisdom already inside you – and be committed and willing to refocus your energies on raising a more happy, mindful, thriving family.

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