2014 May

The Strong-Willed Child

A pastor at a church we attended when we lived in Westlake, OH once said that “raising teens is like trying to nail jello to a tree.”  I invite you to listen in as I get a few things through my head!!

In dealing with a strong-willed child experts say that increasing communication strategies increases relationship quality.  They suggest questions to and not to ask…

Relationship Building Questions
1.  Do you want help with that?
2.  Does this frustrate you?
3.  Is that what you meant to do?
4.  What can I do to help?
5.  Is that what you wanted?
6.  Do you know why I want you to do that?

Relationship Destroying Questions
1.  Why did you do that?
2.  Why do you feel that way?
3.  When are you going to learn?
4.  What were you thinking?
5.  What’s the matter with you?
6.  Why can’t you just do what you are told?

No need to raise hands.  I have enough hands in air for all of us!

I have found the examples in the book series Parenting Teenagers with Love and Logic helpful in explaining many relationship dynamics I did not know about or learn.

Staying Hydrated

Warm summer days are just around the corner!  And that means it’s time to beef up your water intake.  What is suggested is half your weight in ounces (i.e. 100lbs = 50oz water per day).

I recently read that phosphorus-laden sodas are the #1 source of calories in the US and in many cases the main source of fluids!

The average American drinks a staggering 56 GALLONS of soda each year – a surefire way to ensure health problems, including an increased risk of kidney stones.  And even more hair-raising…children as young as five years old are developing kidney stones with soda consumption being the major contributor to this disturbing trend.

This gives the term “getting stoned” a whole new connotation!!


…that Idaho Balsam Fir Essential Oil is grounding, stimulating to the mind, and relaxing to the body?

Simply inhaling Balsam Fir is shown to reduce cortisol levels by 40%!  This might be just what the doctor ordered once those kiddies start hanging around the house every day with the start of summer vacation!!

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