• According to the dictionary, the definition of discipline is a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity. In my work with parents of late, I have found myself having to clarify this definition.  There is nothing inherently negative, harsh or coercive about this definition yet many

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     I was fortunate recently to have seen the movie “Bully”.  My first reaction was to be excited at the opportunity but that sounds funny, doesn’t it?  How do you get excited to see such a tough movie.  But I am glad I did.  The screening was set up especially for educators and

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    Are Helicopter Parents becoming a thing of the past?  I sure hope so.  Last spring I received an email from a parent asking about their child’s grade on a test.  The parent wanted to know what their child could do to improve their grade.  Right now you may be thinking, “That is not so

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    I would like to think that I follow all of the advice I give the parents I work with but that would be a ridiculous lie.  Today I was tested yet again and actually felt mildly successful.   I often discuss the perils of the helicopter parent (see earlier blog) and remind parents I work with that

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    http://www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/ I had the pleasure to view a screening of “Neurotypical”, PBS’ groundbreaking documentary filmed from the perspective of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Director Adam Larsen interviews and documents the lives of several individuals with the

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    I have to admit that recently, my 12 year-old son asked me to put my phone away at the dinner table.  Ouch!             But seriously, we have all seen the internet memes where teens walk around like zombies, staring into their phones, not looking or interacting with each other.  Smart

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    Yes, what NOT to do.  We get so involved as parents in our to do lists that I thought it would be important to remind everyone that there are definitely things we want to AVOID! DON'T email your kids' teachers every day.  Now some kids have special needs and require a more consistent

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    or some reason we have come to equate discipline with harsh, loud responses to behavior.  Not the case.  Discipline is simply the system you create to relay expectations to your child.  You don't have to yell. In fact, you shouldn't yell, it doesn't work.   Discipline works best when it is

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