Behavioral Strategy: Avoid the Grey Areas and Deal Only with Black & White

Written by Dr. Charles Sophy

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It's not always easy to talk to your kids—but it's always important. Consider this: if we don't talk with them -- and answer their questions -- they'll get their facts from someone else. And we'll have missed an important parenting opportunity.

When responding to questions posed by your child, whether it’s a question aboutrepparttar tough issues or a question about attending a sleep over or eating a cookie before dinner, clarity isrepparttar 141896 name ofrepparttar 141897 game. If a child asks a question,repparttar 141898 very least we can do is answer it, and answer it precisely. The amount of uncertainty produced by "maybe" is very oftenrepparttar 141899 catalyst forrepparttar 141900 conflict.

Here are some essentials to assist you in becoming more accomplished in talking to your child:

- Always respond to your child - Strive to understand your own feelings regarding their request or question - Reply with a definite yes or no - Clarify your reasoning - Offer themrepparttar 141901 methods and/or means to achieve their request - Be conscious of their reaction(s), anxiety usually precedesrepparttar 141902 outburst

Remember: We all, young and not so young alike, find relief in knowing where we stand.

Dr. Charles Sophy currently serves as Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He also has a private psychiatry practice in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Sophy is the author of the “Keep ‘Em Off My Couch” blog and provides real simple answers for solving life’s biggest problems. To contact Dr. Sophy, visit his blog at

The Fathers Day Celebration

Written by Angela Renee

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Fathers Day - Honor Suggestion! Make every effort possible to have a peaceful family day and for dinner everyone can share with dad why he is so special to them. For example mom, you could lead with "I am glad thatrepparttar kids have you as a father, we made a great pick." And assistrepparttar 141895 smaller children - ask them did you enjoy for example playing with dad? And if they say yes, tell them to tell him.

Fathers Day - Honor Suggestion! Give him a free day from his life responsibilities and duties by pampering him. Men also need breaks or down time to renew from life! And please don't pitch a fit if he decides he would like to spendrepparttar 141896 rest of his last few Fathers Day hours withrepparttar 141897 guys - hopefully respectful hours. Pamper him on this day.

Honor allrepparttar 141898 fathers in your life by letting them know how you feel! Remember this old saying, "action speaks louder than words?" Well, nothing beats words and action with meaning fromrepparttar 141899 heart.

Angela Renee enjoys giving moms the tips they need to succeed in every aspect of their life. Do you want more tips to help you with every area of your life? Well visit today. Ask us a question, signup for our rss feed and newsletter to never miss out on the information you need again.

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