We must speak up about abuse

We must speak up about abuse

We must speak up about abuse
In the last couple of days the phrase #MeToo has flooded social media with men and women speaking out against the sexual abuse they’ve suffered. It’s been both inspiring and saddening to see how many people have experienced sexual abuse in some form.
Which is why I was so incredibly angry when I saw some advertising a t-shirt on Facebook that said, “wooden spoon survivor.” The shirt is meant to be a joke that even though their parents “disciplined” them with a wooden spoon they still turned out ok. […]

The power of praise

The power of praise

The power of praise
The power of praise is often overlooked. It’s something we know we should do when working with children, and it’s talked about frequently, however, making a conscious effort to praise more than correct is not usually our first response in teaching our children. Smarter Parenting suggests that praise should be given 4 times more than consequences or correction. Through the many years of applying the Teaching-Family Model we have learned that praise is more powerful than the best negative consequence. […]

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