Here’s the main thing about motivating teenagers: Our primary goal should be supporting teens to become self-propelled – or driven by their own internal motivation. This means helping them figure out what is important to them, what kind of life they want, what they want to accomplish, and how they can get themselves to do what they perceive to be in their own best interest. Maintain a Positive, Empathic and Respectful Relationship One of the … read more...
One of the best things we can do as parents is to role model appropriate goal-setting behavior for our children in our own lives. If we don't act proactive in our own lives, both personally and professionally, that speaks louder than any lesson we give our children. Set Specific Goals Goal setting involves taking a good look at what we value and what we want to pursue, and then creating specific steps to get there. The research … read more...
A recent Washington Post “On Parenting” column counseled a baseball-coaching dad whose 9-year-old son was whining, interrupting and throwing tantrums during practice and games to reconsider coaching his son. How sad. Allow me -- a mother of two boys who played recreational youth baseball for a total of 16 years and whose father, my husband, was their parent-coach for nearly all of those years – to suggest some alternatives. What is a whiny, … read more...
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