Family New Year’s Resolution, Behavior Tweaks to Get Kids to Listen, What Teens Wish Parents Knew (#23)

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Wishing you and your family health, happiness, and prosperity for 2023. This year will be extraordinary and filled with insights and support that you’ll need to connect with your children in a way that allows each child to thrive.

Here is your weekly Monday Mashup, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends.

Blogpost We Read

Families who make goals together keep goals together. They can be fun and sure to benefit your entire household. Making resolutions as a family will help you attain your goals more quickly since everyone will encourage you. Your objective should be clear, measurable, and achievable in a reasonable amount of time. Here’s a roundup of the resolutions from Today’s Parent that you and your family should make:

  • Focus on quality, not quantity
  • Say no to sarcasm
  • Don’t forget date nights

(Read the list here)

Tips We Like

Children frequently have trouble focusing, but when given a task they perceive as challenging, they are much more likely to quit before giving it their best. Tweaking your approach will help your child pay attention. Parents.com listed ways that may aid in maximizing your child’s ability to listen and minimize your frustration:

Excerpt:
“It’s important to establish routines so he knows what’s coming next. If he always takes a bath before storytime, remind your child that he can only spend ten minutes in the tub if he wants to read his favorite book.”

(Read here)

What We Watched

Our children go through so much unimaginable change as teens. Getting your kids to open up is all about knowing what questions to ask. More importantly, their answers will help us become better parents and ultimately create a deeper, more meaningful bond with our kids. FLEXTALK interviewed four teens, asking them seven things they wished they could say to their parents. Here are 3 of the talking points:

  • Admit when you’re wrong.
  • Don’t dismiss my feelings as “just being moody”.
  • Affirm once in a while.

(Watch it here)

This Week’s Article

Adventures in Exclusive Pumping for Twins
When the babies were born at 36 weeks, one baby was in recovery with me, Dani, and the other baby was in the NICU for the duration of the time we were in the hospital, Gaby. Thankfully, she had a very quick recovery and we were able to go home together on day 5 postpartum. Read more.
 

Helper of the Week

Amy Joy Parenting Coach is a mom of two and a former special ed teacher. She can help with discipline problems, with parenting neurodivergent kiddos or kids with sensory processing issues, or if you have any questions about how your little one is doing in school.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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