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Five Tips for More Grateful Kids

“Oh, what fun” … queue the holidays. ‘Tis the season to be thankful – right? Yes.

But raise your hand if you’ve ever cringed at the “how do I tackle my kid’s holiday wish list” scenario it invokes! We’re all in, right?

We’re all on board with the holiday tradition of saying what we’re grateful for around the family table, yet we wonder how we’ll get through the “I wants” and “I gotta haves” that the holiday season inevitably brings.

We hope to instill an attitude of gratitude this season – to give thanks for the blessings and wonderful things we have. We’ll talk to our kids about children who go without. About kids who don’t have enough to eat or shoes on their feet or a place to lay their head. And sometimes we see the glimmer of understanding, and then, poof – the spell is broken by the latest, greatest video game or hot new fashion must-have.

Don’t despair. There are some absolutely doable strategies for cutting through the distractions and fostering gratitude and mindfulness in your family, not just through the holidays, but all year around.

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7 Strategies to “Table” Picky Eating – Without Picking a Food Fight

Do any of these mealtime classics ring a bell? Vegetable shaming? Feeding Fido? Flat out refusing to eat?

I hear you. As a busy working mom with two sons who had “discriminating tastes” when they were younger, I know all about “picky” problems and mealtime meltdowns.

Ready for some drama-free dining?

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We asked 1,843 teens what they lie to their parents about… here’s what they said.

From award-winning Youth Speaker and Teen Expert, Josh Shipp

We are thrilled to welcome Josh Shipp to Positive Parenting Solutions!  Josh is a renowned expert on teens and teen solutions. In celebration of his new book, we asked Josh to share his latest research on teens and lying.

Most parents wish they could somehow get inside the mind of their teenager. 

As someone who has worked with thousands of teens and parents for over a decade, I have a direct line of communication that allows me to ask some tough questions. With so much in the news recently about the issues teens have been grappling with (from suicide to cyber bullying), I wanted to know what teens are actually thinking about these topics. So I asked our online community of 13-18 year olds and 1,843 of them responded.

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A Life-Changing Tip for Smoothing Transitions so You can Actually Put the Groceries Away

We are thrilled to welcome Dayna Abraham to the blog!  Dayna is a long-time friend of Positive Parenting Solutions.  She offers helpful and practical advice for kids who have sensory processing differences and intense emotions. In celebration of her new book, we’ve asked Dayna to share her best tips to help kids through tough transitions. Enjoy!

It happens every time. We’ve been out with the family on a nice outing and on the way home I decide to stop by the grocery store for a few things for dinner. Everything seems to go perfectly well until we get home and then magically, my son, my sweet loving, hugging son, suddenly turns into this massive ball of frustration.

He needs me for everything.

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Six Summer Sanity Strategies for Parents

This is it. That time of year when it hits you – summer’s in full swing and there’s no school reprieve. Let the “what do we do NOW” chants begin.

There is hope, however, for getting through the “dog days” of summer without losing your marbles, your patience or your temper. Let’s take a look at some fun strategies to help you keep your cool and make some terrific memories with your kids this season.

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3 Questions Your Child Wants Dad to Answer

(And How You Can Help Him Answer Them)

We are thrilled to welcome pediatrician and best-selling author, Dr. Meg Meeker, to share her wisdom about the important role fathers play in a child’s life.

When I was 8 years old, my father took me to work with him on Saturday mornings to Mass General Hospital in Boston. I would sit at his gigantic desk, spin in his chair and when he finished, we would walk to a pastry shop and have a snack. He ordered coffee and I drank hot chocolate. As I look back, it feels like my father took me every Saturday, but truth be told, he probably only took me four or five times. But on those Saturday mornings, I felt important and loved.

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