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Five Positive Parenting Resolutions for 2016

Michele Borba Five Positive Parenting Resolutions for 2016

We all want to be the best parents possible. As parents, we are always learning something new and trying new things to raise the best children we can. Michele Borba has been an inspiration to many of us while on our journey of raising young children, and she graciously shared these five positive parenting resolutions for 2016.

Parenting Resolution #1: Increase Quality Family Time
Try This: Identify the time & place each day your child is most receptive to listening and you’re available – and plant yourself there. You don’t need a lot of time, but you do need “uninterrupted” time with your kids without electronics. Research also says kids are most receptive to us five minutes before they go off to sleep. So use that time to convey your love for your child during a bedtime ritual.

Parenting Resolution #2: Create More Positive Morning Send-offs
Try This: Parents say that mornings generally are the most stressful time of the day, and the place where they are most prone to yell or get angry. To help, identify your one reoccurring stress trigger and then create a simple solution. For example, if your kids complain they can’t find their homework (and miss the bus trying to find it) put a “box catcher” by the door. They put their backpack with their homework at night – not in the morning.

Parenting Resolution #3: Stop Being “The Negotiator”
Try This: If you find you’re always stepping in between sibling to solve battles teach simple strategies so they can work out their own problems. Teach your kids to use a stop watch or set the oven timer for three minutes. Each sibling knows they have equal time and when the timer goes off the “shared object” is passed to the other sibling who sets the same time. The timer reduces squabbles, keeps things “fair” and takes you out of the loop.

Parenting Resolution #4: Wean Kids Off Rewards
Try This:  If your kids always need your approval or expect a reward for positive behavior, just change your pronoun from “I” to “you.” Instead of saying “I am really proud of…” switch to “You should be really proud of … (name the accomplishment).” That simple change used consistently builds internal motivation and weans kids from needing your approval and being praise-a-holics. Not only will you save money but you’ll also boost your child’s self-esteem.

Parenting Resolution #5: Focus on The Positive
Try This: In a bit of a negative rut around your kids lately? Time to focus on the positive. Start a Family Kindness Box (an old shoebox with a slit cut in the top will do). Then encourage your family members to look for others doing kind, positive things. Write or draw noteworthy deeds and slip in the box. Read those notes during the family meal or once a week at breakfast. Kindness really is contagious and the secret to turning activities into habits is consistency!

Dr. Michele Borba at St. Mary’s School
Thursday, January 28
6:30 pm
St. Mary’s Gymnasium – 7 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656.

You’re invited to hear from renowned parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba at St. Mary’s Parent Speaker Series on Thursday, January 28, at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo. At the free, community-wide event, Dr. Borba will share her tried and true advice for helping children and teens navigate social relationships in our ever-changing world.

Dr. Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Throughout the evening, Dr. Borba will offer practical, researched-based parenting advice culled from working with more than one million parents and educators worldwide. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn from the award-winning author and NBC contributor whose work has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, CNN, Good Housekeeping, and New York Times!

To RSVP for this can’t miss evening, please email [email protected]

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  1. Absolutely love your stress relieving protocol for dealing with everyday life when raising a family. You have wonderful simple examples to follow and easily apply to your life.

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