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Blended Families: Does it get easier?

For most of us the answer is yes.
But it helps to plan mindfully.

One definition of a blended family is a family consisting of a couple and their children from this and all previous relationships. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? However, as 40% of US families know, it can be far more complicated. Not just how we spend Christmas, but day to day complications may arise associated with confusion and hurt feelings in both children and adults. This live online parenting class will focus on raising your awareness about the kinds of internal and external struggles many blended families face and identify approaches that can ease the difficulties for both adults and children.

Monday, April 24
8:15 – 9:15 PM EST

Price: $20.00 USD

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Money and Kids: Raise Financially Responsible Children

Many of us had to learn the hard way about managing money, credit and planning. Some of us are still struggling with these issues.

Whether you are a fiscal wizard or a beginner, you can teach your children essential financial literacy. The skills you teach your children today will help them develop habits to enrich the rest of their lives. Understanding the nature of money, what it can and cannot do, and how to make it work in your life are all learned skills you can help children acquire right now. Join our live online parenting class on April 22 to learn more about raising financially responsible children.

Saturday, April 22

9:15 – 10:15 AM EST

Price: $20.00 USD

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Parenting Teens: Power Struggles or Effective Discpline

The teenage brain assesses risk differently and teens get bored more easily. These are just a few of the changes taking place in your adolescent’s brain that might make discipline and safety a lot more challenging. This live online parenting class will provide parents with important information about teen brain development and practical strategies to help teens stay safe and thrive.

 

Tuesday, April 11

8:15 – 9:15 PM EST

Price: $20.00 USD

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Positive Discipline for Peace at Home

  • Is your child spending too much time in “time out”?
  • Are you concerned that you are too strict or too easy?
  • Do you sometimes think there must be a better way?

 

Monday, April 3
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EST

Price: $20.00 USD

 

Kids raised with “firm and friendly” discipline are more confident and cooperative.

During this live online parenting class, you will discover myths that keep parents repeating the same behaviors that don’t work and can even increase misbehavior. This class provides evidence-based, straight-forward strategies that effectively increase and sustain child compliance.

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How do I teach my child self-control?

Some people think that if I can just be “strong” (have enough determination or self-discipline) I won’t eat that chocolate cake and I will be able to lose weight. Or I will get my taxes started instead of turning on the TV or I will put away my phone and go to bed on time.

Self-control is the capacity to inhibit our impulses because we can think clearly enough to compare the value of an immediate reward (the chocolate cake) versus a long term gain (like losing weight or feeling better). Self-control also involves using our thinking brain to compare immediate rewards to long term costs. (If I hit my little brother, I will end up in time out.) I often hear parents wondering out loud about why their child repeats a certain behavior that leads to a high cost outcome for the child (isolated in another room away from family due to misbehavior) or fails to get the child a reward they seek  (not going to the park due to failure to get ready).

In these cases, we fail to recognize some basic facts about how brains and bodies work.

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