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Corey’s 3 Strategies to Create Family Harmony in Only 3 Months

June 28, 2018

I'm a divorced mom of a 9 year-old daughter and 7 year-old son. I contacted Cynthia for private parenting coaching due to challenges with my 9-year-old daughter. My daughter often complained about her younger brother and needed constant validation that I loved her just as...

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Listening with Empathy Leads to Daughter’s Optimistic Thinking

By Corey, Mom of 7 and 9 year olds. My daughter, Beth, is 9 and very strong-willed which can lead to intense emotional outbursts. I tend to try and take away her hurt feelings. I’m going through a divorce and my Child’s Advocate has advised...

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How to Melt the Wall Between Parent and Child

April 24, 2017

Parents become very frustrated and worried when their children no longer share their thoughts, feelings, or events in their lives. A wall develops and yet it can be melted. The length of time required to melt the wall depends on how deep the divide between...

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Parenting Communication Blocks Quiz

January 28, 2017

Keeping Lines of Communication Open Practice Lines of communication can be opened or closed depending on the listener’s response to the speaker. When we listen beyond the words to the feelings and thoughts the speaker may be trying to express, we can build a bridge...

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Highly Sensitive Child Parent Questionnaire by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.

January 26, 2017

I think Elaine Aron's book is wonderful and I encourage you to buy it if you have a highly sensitive child. Her questionnaire below will help you decide. By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. author of the highly sensitive child – Helping our children thrive when...

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Finding Solutions with Your Kids Using the Collaborator Parenting Role

July 22, 2016

Finding solutions can be challenging. Maybe you don’t know how to start the process, or your children won’t respond, or even if you do develop a plan, their enthusiasm wanes quickly, and you’re left feeling discouraged. You can successfully solve problems together when you pick...

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The Art of Listening Between Parents and Children for Cooperation

June 16, 2016

In the summer issue of Parenting on the Peninsula magazine, my article, The Art of Listening Openly, is published. Most parents just don't know how to listen without giving advice, commanding, placating, interrogating, distracting and other communication blocks. I invite you to read the entire article....

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Uncooperative Daughter Becomes Helpful and Loving – A Mom’s Story

May 26, 2016

I'm a mom of an 11-year-old girl. Because of parenting challenges, I came to Cynthia for private parenting help to learn how to reduce my daughter's jealousy of family members, to understand each other better, and to eliminate rude interactions. Even though, this is a...

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10 Tips for Managing Childhood Stress

January 20, 2016

Stress is not all bad. Eustress is positive whereas distress is negative. Eustress, or positive stress, has the following characteristics: Motivates, focuses energy. Is short-term. Is perceived as within our coping abilities. Feels exciting. Improves performance. In contrast, Distress, or negative stress, has the following characteristics:...

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Self-Esteem Develops As We Listen to Our Children

December 12, 2015

Listening to emotions is a fundamental step of problem solving. Problem solving is an essential skill to learn for a child's self-esteem. They need to feel lovable and capable and this will develop as you problem solve together. Solving problems is not just logical. Solving problems...

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