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Children that Bully
By Melody Shuman
Punishment vs Discipline
Posted: August 14, 2017
Raising strong willed children are not for the faint of heart. Today's strong willed child is tomorrows CEO. I appreciate you allowing me a moment to process what I want to say. First, congratulations on being the parents of an opinionated child, your job will be challenging but rewarding. To have a daughter that has no fear, the ability to openly express herself, well that is wonderful!!!! To have her be disrespectful, or rude. Not acceptable. I agree. So I thought we would first start with a discussion about discipline -vs-punishment.
See good behavior is a learning process for children, and we are their road map. Children usually behave per their own emotions and impulses. At the same time, being a parent is also a learning process and sometimes we rely on our own emotions and impulses to teach. Usually that means we divert directly to punishments when a child misbehaves, missing a crucial opportunity to teach them. With that said, I am going to break down how to teach good behavior through discipline vs. punishment.
Warning signs your child may be a target of bullies.
Posted: August 08, 2017
Warning Signs your child may be a target of bullies.
• Your child comes home missing things or his property has been damaged
• Has injuries he can’t or doesn’t want to explain.
• Has not interaction with other kids after school.
Back to school Tips for Parents
Posted: August 07, 2017
Back to School Tips for Parents
Summertime is coming to an end, and with that comes all of the back to school anxiety and jitters that are common amongst children. Your child may experience common physical effects of anxiety associated with back to school time including symptoms from stomachaches to sleeping problems. They will also experience emotional stress from the fear of making new friends, meeting new teachers, fears of being bullied, pressure of making good grades, and worries of being unpopular. With that said, it important for parents to first remember that these physical and emotional feelings are very common, and even the most well-adjusted kids are bound to feel some sort of pressure when they return to school.
The question becomes: what can parents do to help their children cope with the physical and emotional stresses associated with the back to school season? In this article, I will provide you with some tips that I’ve shared with parents in the past that have deemed to be very helpful.
Haters are going to Hate
Posted: August 03, 2017
Haters are going to hate
I love my teenagers. I mean seriously, they are some of the best people I know. But every so often I hear, "Mrs. Rueckert, this person said...." fill in the blanks. Now first instinct is to be shocked, or to pat them on the back. Or better yet try to deflect their hurt feelings but instead I tell them something that inspires me. I thought of all the inspirational things I should say like, “ seize the day, follow your heart”, but we have heard these things over and over again, you can buy a poster with these sayings on it. I decided to be more real with them. So Here is my little piece of wisdom. As you grow up you will find more frequently than not, “Haters are gonna hate” so don’t allow yourself to be affected by haters and don’t become a hater. Ok there it is my nugget of wisdom. On the surface it seems rather shallow and meaningless advice, until you realize what haters really mean. Haters is an acronym for Having anger towards everyone reaching success.