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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Skillz 6  Consistency

    Parenting Skillz 6 Consistency

    Your child needs to know that no matter what happens, you are always going to be a consistent parent. Maintaining consistency means that you are going to be patient, connected, adaptable, and edutaining with your child all the time so your child knows what to expect from you and you know what to expect from them. Here are some pointers on parental consistency:
    Do not sway in how you react to your child day to day, even if your child makes mistakes or has a temper tantrum. Instead, strive for a consistent approach in your parenting and especially in how you react to and resolve these types of situations.
    Be Predictable. An inconsistent parent may yell at ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Skillz 5  Edutainment

    Parenting Skillz 5 Edutainment

    In our 5th and final post in the Parent Skillz Series we address the concept of Edutainment. It is well known that when we learn something we best understand it and concretize it in our knowledge when we play with it. Men will play with their work shop tools, women will play with a new hair style, and of course children will play with their toys to discover all of the facets of that toy through imaginative and creative interaction. Be the parent your child needs you to be. They need you to be in their world. That means interacting and playing with them on their level to prompt them through the tasks and chores they don’t want to do. Mary Poppins sang, "A spoonful of sugar helps the ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Skillz 4  Prompting

    Parenting Skillz 4 Prompting

    Prompting for Success
    Our 4th part in our parenting skillz series asks the question, "How can you set your child up for daily success?" One of the most effective ways to do this is to focus on prompting instead of punishment. Here’s what you need about prompting your child toward good behavior and decisions: 1. Friendly Competition
    One of the ways to prompt your child toward good behavior is to create a simple competition where you dare them to turn a negative behavior to a positive one. If your child is fidgety and doesn’t sit still or tends to be disruptive, for instance, create a friendly competition or prompt that steers them to better behavior. To have them sit ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parent Skillz 3 Patience

    Parent Skillz 3 Patience

    As we continue our 5 part parenting skillz series, our 3rd post begins by encouraging you to take a few extra seconds when responding to poor behavior. This demonstrates compassion, empathy, and self-control on your part. Sometimes all you need to do is think about responding in the most patient manner to help re-direct your child. A few seconds can make a big difference. 1. Ask, Listen, Explain
    Patience helps you to establish better solutions for difficult moments with your child. If your child has a temper tantrum, for instance, take a few seconds to calm down before reacting. Then, ask questions to help determine what is really driving the behavior. Listen to what they ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parent Skillz 2 - Attunement

    Parent Skillz 2 - Attunement

    This is the second part of our Parenting Skillz Series. Attunement
    Do you ever feel like you can read your child’s mind? You know what they are going to do or say next because they have had the same reaction before? This is attunement. Improving your attunement skills will allow you to create a more patient and understanding relationship with your child. 1. Modify Your Child’s Behavior Be attuned to your child’s anxieties and try a creative approach that allows them to focus on positive behaviors and interactions instead of their anxieties or stresses. If you are attuned to the fact that your child has anxiety about going to school in the morning, for instance, ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parent Skillz - Connection

    Parent Skillz - Connection

    This is the first in a 5 part series of posts focusing on parenting skillz. One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is establish a connection with your child.
    In fact, children need connection more than anything else. Here are a few ways that you can begin to build a great connection with your child: Daily Interactions:
    1. Make one-on-one connections with your child. Instead of asking a question from across the room, take an extra 15 seconds to walk to your child, get down on their level, maybe tap their shoulder or touch their arm, and ask the question. Chances are they will engage right away (instead of ignoring you) and answer you because you ....

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  •  in Kenner - Yonsei Martial Arts Academy - Parenting Tips 2019  Over Committed Children

    Parenting Tips 2019 Over Committed Children

    As parents, we want what’s best for our children. The reality is that today’s children are pushed to their limits with extra-curricular activities by well-meaning parents. With that said, I’ve put together some details about how over-committing children are retroactive for their development. For starters, let’s look at why we tend to over-commit our children: 1. We feel we need to fill up our children’s schedule so they aren’t just sitting home watching television or playing video games. 2. We want to give our children what they want, like when they beg to take soccer with their friends. 3. We try to keep up with other ....

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  • Parenting Tips 2019 Mindful Tips for When Your Child Does Not Want to Attend Class

    Mindful Tips to Use When Kids Don’t Want to Attend Class
    Kids are not naturally self-motivated. When your child’s mindset is not in the right place, even the most fun activities can be a struggle to get to. With that said, here are some strategies to help you work around lack of motivation when trying to get your kid to class.
    Be attentive to what your child is doing in the moment he/she is supposed to get ready for class. If he/ she is playing or having fun with a friend, then be ready for a battle. With that said, have your child participate in a chore or task that’s not as much fun around 10 to 15-minutes prior to getting ready for class.
    Be attentive to your own ....

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  • Parenting Tips 2019 Punishment vs Discipline

    Punishment vs. Discipline
    Good behavior
    is a learning process for children, and we are their roadmap. 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. Let’s compare the two words and what they really mean:

    Punishment – means to inflict pain or suffering as a penalty.

    Discipline – ....

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