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I was sitting at a ball game this spring behind a dad and his 5-year-old son, Alex. How did I know his name was Alex? Because I heard it multiple times during the national anthem!
“Alex! Stand up right now!” Alex did not stand up.
“I mean it, you are old enough to stand up, now stand up!” Alex actually yawned!
“How many times do I have to tell you, Alex!” You guessed it, Alex didn’t budge.
Then I heard dad say “I mean it, this is the last time, Alex!”
Well, it wasn’t the last time. This little exchange between Alex and dad went on throughout the entire song, and, needless to say, Alex never did stand up. Eventually, he lost interest and ran off to play. Dad was visibly frustrated.
As parents or caregivers of children we often feel powerless when a child pulls us into a power struggle. We ask other parents things like “How do I get my kid to listen?” or “She never does what I want her to do, how do I get her to help out?” or “I’m so tired of yelling, how do I get them to listen without having to yell!”.
If you run into a Dunn County parent who has participated in “Parenting the Love and Logic Way™” you probably have gotten a few ideas to these questions! Love and Logic® parents utilize Love and Logic® techniques to:
• Get their child to listen the first time!
• Avoid unwinnable battles!
• Build lasting relationships – even with their teen!
• Raise the odds that their child will make wise decisions and resist peer pressure!
• Help their kids learn from mistakes instead of repeating them!
• ENJOY parenting!
Are you a stressed out parent? Do you want to find out other tools to help achieve these same results? Do you want to have fun not fight with your kids more often? Are you a professional who works with kids and want techniques to help you manage behavior and build relationships? Consider attending one of many Love and Logic opportunities happening in the Chippewa Valley! UW-Extension’s Family Living Agent, Kristen Bruder, has been trained to facilitate Love and Logic in the community and partners with a team of highly trained facilitators to bring families and anyone who works with kids the Love and Logic philosophy! Over 350 parents, professionals, caregivers, foster parents, teachers, grandparents, and administrators have participated in this six-week opportunity! We would love to introduce you and your family to Love and Logic! Your kids will thank you for it (eventually!).
Join our team for six weeks of laughing, sharing, and ideas you can use immediately with kids of all ages. There are still openings for the upcoming series: Applied Data Consultants on the West side of Eau Claire beginning October 1 and concluding November 5, 2013. For more information and to register visitmaximizingfamilies.org.
Class sizes are limited and they fill up fast! If you have questions about Love and Logic or parenting in general please contact me! Thanks for reading!
Family Living Programs provides statewide leadership to promote education, resources and partnerships that create an environment where families and their communities can thrive. Today’s diverse families form the foundation of these strong Wisconsin communities. For more information on ways to support your family, contact Kristen Bruder at the Dunn County Extension Office.
Kristen Bruder is the Family Living Agent for the Dunn County UW-Extension, Menomonie office. She and her husband are parents to 3 children and enjoy the outdoors and finding new adventures with her family. She can be reached at 715-232-1636, Kristen.email@example.com