Monday, October 19, 2009

Parenting Discipline Tip. Learning How to Identify and Access Child's Misbehavior

In the book on parenting, one of the missing chapters in all manuals and probably one of the most sought after chapter in times of need for parents is, "Parenting Discipline."

As an educator for 19 years, I have had many parents question my motives, debate my structure, and argue my decisions. However, most of my parental office visits or parental phone call center around parents asking for parenting discipline help. Sounds contradicting, but the reality is that no one teaches parenting discipline techniques to new or experienced parents, ever!

Through my many years in serving as a building principal I am offering parenting discipline techniques to you. I have identified dozens of specific children attitudes and put together a list of those behaviors for you. My experiences through trial and error will allow you to immediately improve your parenting discipline success by being able to identify and access specific child misbehavior. By pinpointing the child's observed or expressed behavior, you will be better equipped to respond with intervention to the specific behavior, thus teaching your child the appropriate response and behavior.

Some of the behaviors that I will be writing about for the parenting discipline call to action include; agitator, angry, attention demander, bully, complainer, con artist distractor, foul mouth, hater, the influencer and many more.

Parenting discipline is close to my heart as a result of the number of parents who have reached out to me for help. I am not a clinical behavior specialist, I am a principal who has worked with thousands of children on a daily basis. I have seen good behaviors, I have seen not so good behaviors, but I have never seen a child who wants to be bad, period!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bullying Education: What Is Bullying Anyway

The start of the school year is just around the corner, thus it's time to reach out and provide bullying education to parents of school age children. The latest research shows that more than half of all children are, at least on occasion, directly involved in bullying as a perpetrator, victim, or both. And many of those who are not directly involved witness others being bullied on a regular basis. No child is immune - kids of every race, gender, grade and socio-economic sector are impacted. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As parents we have the power to help reduce bullying by providing bullying education at home. By providing children with a bullying education program at home, we can reduce the number one school related student issue, bullying.

In providing a bullying education program at home, parents must first understand what bullying is. Bullying is another name for harassment. Bullying can be physical-one or more students hurting another. More often, bullying is verbal and includes persistant threatening, teasing, ridicule or talking about another person and sending insulting messages by phone or computer e-mail (cyberbullying).

In my 9 years serving as a building principal, I have heard parents tell their children to strike back at bullies. This is not the core of a quality bullying education program. Usually, that creates more problems than it solves. In a quality bullying education program, parents need to know what to do if their son or daughter is getting bullied at school. It is my goal to help all of the parents of children who have been bullied by providing a bullying education program to use at home.