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An Important Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me

My bike crash happened in slow motion. As I went down, I had an extensive internal chat: “Argh, those people I wanted to pass were so slow!” “Why can’t I get my feet out of these clips?” “I hate having my feet clipped in!” “Dang it, I’m going to crash. I could get hurt. I …

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Standing Up to Teen Defiance

Siblings and rivalry go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise that 14 year-old Preston taunts and pesters his younger brother, Kyle. Recently, Preston refused to stop pestering his brother and was provoking him by throwing things, hassling him and doing anything he could to elicit a response from his brother just for entertainment. This was much …

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Discipline that Makes Cents

Tax Unwanted Behavior At a parent coaching session recently,  a single dad talked about a real world solution to his parenting dilemma. He charged a tax to his children when they displayed unwanted behavior and paid them a bonus when they displayed positive behavior. What appeared to be a simple solution proved to be a …

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Empty Threats Make Weak Parents

A father had no less than a gaggle of children in the grocery store… Granted it was a Saturday, granted they were in the toy isle, and granted he was alone. I watched him try to corral all of his kids for about five solid minutes – he would get two listening and then another …

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