Tag: Power struggles

Parenting Lessons from Aikido: Managing Power Struggles with Skill

“Thank you for what I am about to learn,” or “Arigato gozaimasu” (ah-ree-gah-toe go-zah-ee-mass) my son along with ten of his teammates respectfully utter with a bow and prayer hands as they begin a lesson in Aikido. As a Star Wars’ fan and appreciator of “the force,” Aikido seemed to align well with my eleven-year-old’s desire …

Involving Our Kids in Household Responsibilities – At Each Age and Stage

Don’t Miss the Developmentally-Appropriate Responsibility Chart! It’s a Sunday afternoon. Mom and Dad have decided that at ten years of age their daughter, Molly, could be taking more responsibility for her contributions to the household. They attempt to set the stage. Mom puts out a snack for family members. She grabs a clipboard, paper, and marker …

Household Responsibilities – A Defensive Conversation and a Productive Conversation…

And Tools and Tips! It’s a Sunday afternoon. Mom and Dad have decided that at ten years of age their daughter, Molly, could be taking more responsibility for her contributions to the household. They attempt to set the stage. Mom puts out a snack for family members. She grabs a clipboard, paper, and marker to create …

Refreshing Home Routines for the School Year

It’s Just Another Day. Slipping Into Stockings, Stepping Into Shoes, Dipping In The Pockets Of Her Raincoat. Ah, It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. – It’s Just Another Day, Paul McCartney “Do we really have to go back again?” …

The Mask of Anger

Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You just have to make the choice. – Jim Butcher, White Night Yesterday, the teachers at E’s school decided to have …