Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Stop the Power Struggles and Get Kids to Listen!

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Tired of tantrums? Yelling? Kids talking back?

At this point of the year our routines are usually out of whack, kids are totally overtired and cranky from vacation and unstructured days and too many new people, and I am totally exhausted. This means that nobody is on the their best behavior (including me).

One of my favorite things to do is regroup a bit and attend Amy McCready's FREE Positive Parenting Solutions webinar. In the new year I always find that I am setting a new goal to once again STOP the power struggles with my kids and be a more effective and kind parent.  



Amy's Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Yelling, or Reminding webinar is one hour long and focuses on teaching parents the following things...


  • WHY kids REALLY misbehave (and why it’s probably NOT what you think!)
  • How YOUR personality may be actually FUELING the misbehavior (Yikes!)
  • The 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences so your kids will listen to you the FIRST TIME you ask!During the training Amy also shares a powerful resource of training tools that help de-stress your life, stop the nagging and whining, create happier, healthier kids – and a YOU that never has to YELL again!


I love this quote that Amy has shared in trainings I have attended before... "If you don't correct your contribution to the behavior, you're not going to be successful in the long term. Misbehavior is a two way street. It is not just the child's problem." In our family's case lately I know that how I AM responding to behavior is not working and is exacerbating the problems.




Each webinar is ONE HOUR long and you just watch it on your computer. Amy does the talking and is on camera and you can type her questions if you have any that come up. I love grabbing some chocolate, putting on my pjs, and jotting notes on a notepad (or Amy's printable guide) during the session. 

Here are a few favorite quotes I jotted down from a recent webinar:

"Misbehavior is just a signal that your child is asking for help."


She also reminded us right at the beginning of the training that...

"If your kids don’t get enough positive attention from you every single day they are going to get your attention through negative behavior. "


I totally agree with these points and can't wait for Amy to go through her detailed overview of why kids misbehave and how to use the 5 R's of fair and effective consequences!

   

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions, just in case you have some...


How does this webinar work?


Well, first make sure you have SIGNED UP! Space is limited, so don't wait till the last minute to sign up.

Next, make sure you check the time zone converter to make sure you know when the webinar is happening for you. I always write the webinar down on my calendar and set an alert 10 minutes before it starts so I don't forget about it too.

After that, make sure that the computer or device that you are using to help you view the webinar is working and is compatible. Make sure your device has a speaker so that you can hear the information. Watch your email for a note from Amy explaining more technical things about logging in.

On the day of the webinar, sit back, relax, and log in early. I love to grab a diet coke and a bag of chocolate and cozy clothes. I'll be there to welcome you and we can chat in the online chat about your kids and parenting challenges. If you have kiddos running around, still join in. Catch what you can while you listen and deal with kiddos at the same time and then at the end of the session you'll receive a url to the video link so you can rewatch too. Your spouse can even watch it again with you!
Just in case you didn't catch this already... you don't need to go anywhere for this webinar. You just watch from your own home, or even on the go if you're not home but have computer, phone, or tablet access. No webcam is needed. You see Amy but she doesn't see you. You just need to have a speaker.
During the webinar you'll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even type questions and she'll try and include them in her presentation. Parents RAVE about this session. I'm already making my list of questions and am excited to join in and get some tips for our crazy little family!

Where do I watch the webinar?


Just in case you didn't catch this already... you don't need to go anywhere for this webinar. You just watch from your own home, or even on the go if you're not home but have computer, phone, or tablet access. No webcam is needed. You see Amy but she doesn't see you. You just need to have a speaker.

During the webinar you'll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even type questions and she'll try and include them in her presentation. Parents RAVE about this session. I'm already making my list of questions and am excited to join in and get some tips for our crazy little family!

How long does the webinar last?



The webinar is 1 hour long.


Is this a FREE webinar?


YES! The webinar is free for any parents, caregivers, grandparents, counselors, etc. who feel that they need additional tools to help children learn and develop their behavior in positive ways. During the webinar Amy also shares about additional tools that she offers via her Online Positive Parenting Course, which is a paid course. I am an affiliate with Positive Parenting Solutions. Some links I share are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I receive a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks for your support in this way!

Why not punishment? I think kids need to be punished if they are doing something wrong.


A lot of parents think that, but I don't and neither does Amy. Amy spends time during the webinar session answering this question and explaining why kids misbehave and how to get them so that they misbehave less often. She also explains when to use consequences. She shares the 5 R's of respectful consequences and how to implement them.

I can't make this session! When can you offer it when it works for me?


Amy is constantly adding new sessions. If the sessions posted don't work for you, don't worry! More sessions will be added soon!

Find additional Training Sessions here.



Have any additional questions?


If so, post them in the comments on this blog post or over on Facebook and I'll try and answer them as best I can.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear about your biggest parenting challenges. What do you need help with right now from Amy?

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