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The Purposeful Parent: A family plan for digital devices-‘Screen Smarts’

I am a digital immigrant.  I do my best to fit in and access the many benefits of the fast paced, ever changing technological world.  However, teenagers and tweens find the sound of my digital talk to be hilarious! Evidently I have a crazy accent! I’m not alone. Parents approximately 35 years and older will […]

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The Purposeful Parent: Hocus Pocus—They Flipped the Focus

Sometimes children and adults use manipulative strategies to avoid responsibility. Today we are introducing one such trick which uses ‘slight of mind’ to quickly switch the focus off of one person and on to another. We refer to this mental magic trick as ‘Flipping the Mirror.’ When a person is confronted with changing a behavior, […]

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The Purposeful Parent: Psychologically Based Myth Busting for Parents

Myth #3—  Parents should reward children for good behavior. False. Punishment and rewards are simply opposite sides of the same coin.  Both are forms of manipulation and both are responsible for teaching children that control lies somewhere outside of us rather than within.   —Much like punishment, rewards can give the appearance of changing behavior for […]

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The Purposeful Parent: Why Don’t You Just Ask Me?

Let’s begin with a fun quiz for Purposeful Parents! In which hand does the statue of liberty hold the torch?On a standard stop light, is green on the top or bottom?On which side of an open book are the even-numbered pages, left or right?In what direction does water drain in your bathroom; clockwise or counterclockwise?Grumpy, […]

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