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September, 2009 Archives
“And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:4 When I was 12 I fell in love and all I wanted was to kiss her on the mouth. One day I did and it was sweeter than I imagined. That kiss made me excel at baseball, but going home at dusk was a short-lived glory for I knew when I got home I would have to pass my stepfather who would be drinking. “Where you been?” he growled as I came in. “Playing baseball,” I answered,… Read more.
Twitter has made me a better writer. When you have only 140 characters, you learn how to communicate in fewer words. After more than 13,300 tweets, I’ve taken this one step further and now unconsciously condense all of my thoughts into fewer words. All of my written materials, blogs, website copy, etc, are now shorter, punchier and more concise than they were pre-Twitter. My most powerful tweets all started out as something so much bigger, longer and more complicated. I edit and condense continually. Recently I was moved to offer assistance when some peeps whined about how helpless they were… Read more.
Thanks for all of the personal emails to my last post on religion. Seems like it brought up a lot of beliefs for quite a few folks. In the last week I came across something very interesting that I wanted to share with you. In focusing on the 90% where all religions seem to agree, I went to the core of each religion- to the Golden Rule… Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Interestingly enough, each major religion says pretty much the same thing….. (listed in alphabetical order) Brahmanish: This is the sum of duty:… Read more.
Choices are all around us. Sometimes the choice is easy, sometimes it is not. Even when we have to choose between bad and worse, there is still a choice. Our life experience, good, bad and indifferent, is made up of a series of choices. Our circumstances, or childhood, or life thus far is simply a series of events that got us to where we are today. What we do with those experiences and how we use them to make us stronger is what’s important. Many times people will look back at their life and their circumstances and say they were… Read more.
I want to tell you about my friend, “Jon.” Jon hated his father for years because he abandoned his family when Jon was only five years old. Jon resented how his mother was almost never home, and when she was home, she was too exhausted to be a “proper” mother to him and his younger siblings. Jon thought it was unfair that she had had to work so hard, and that he had to take care of his younger brothers. He hated the poverty in which he grew up, and he blamed it all on his absent father. He carried… Read more.
There are two things we typically don’t talk about- politics and religion. Yesterday I received an email from a friend out of the blue, telling me in a harsh way that unless I adopt the same religious beliefs he has, I’ll never be happy. Funny thing is, I haven’t talked with this friend in months, and even more interesting- I am happy! Because his chosen religion has brought joy to his life, his way of loving others is now sharing these beliefs with them. His religion teaches him that it’s his job to reach out and convert others to his… Read more.