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Alison Astair has been shared in 20 public circles

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Becky Collins17,256Entrepreneurs & Freelancers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-07 05:03:53447001
Margie D Casados25,491{ Connecting with Circles }This is my "Thank You Circle":)Thank you everyone for all your contributions, shares, and smiles:)))These G+ friends are so awesome.  Each gifted, talented, sharing with enthusiasm  encouragement and inspiration.Authors, Photographers, Artists, Google+ Original Thinkers, Google+ Sharers, Amazing People..:)))They have continuously delivered, great content and are very active on Google+:)Many have been active since the beginning of Google Plus..Just want to share, and say "Thank you" for all you do:)Some very awesome people who have been so encouraging and inspiring..+Chris Lang +Denis Labelle +Deise Lemos Almeida +Delcour Eric +Daniel Stock +Vincent Dale +Victoria Generao +Tazein Mirza Saad +Gabriel Tanaka +Trever McGhee +Alison Thurston +Ali Adelstein +Victoria Polna +Cesare Riccardo +Cavalier Zee +David Amerland +2013-05-14 19:14:59320652442
Margie D Casados25,095{Connecting with Circles}This is my "Thank You Circle":)Thank you everyone for all your contributions, shares, and smiles:)))These G+ friends are so awesome.  Each gifted, talented, sharing with enthusiasm  encouragement and inspiration.Authors, Photographers, Artists, Google+ Original Thinkers, Google+ Sharers, Amazing People..:)))They have continuously delivered, great content and are very active on Google+:)Many have been active since the beginning of Google Plus..Just want to share, and say "Thank you" for all you do:) #connectingwithcircles   #connectingwithpeople   #circlesharing   #circles  2013-05-09 15:21:0230919821
Profectum Foundation43A great group of people helping advance awareness for those on the #Autism spectrum.   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  If you would like to be added to the circle just share the circle and give us a +1.  Thanks 2013-05-03 13:12:36305001
Margie D Casados24,351{Connecting with Circles}This is my "Thank You Circle":)Thank you everyone for all your contributions, shares, and smiles:)))These G+ friends are so awesome.  Each gifted, talented, sharing with enthusiasm  encouragement and inspiration.Authors, Photographers, Artists, Google+ Original Thinkers, Google+ Sharers, Amazing People..:)))They have continuously delivered, great content and are very active on Google+:)Many have been active since the beginning of Google Plus..Just want to share, and say "Thank you" for all you do:) #connectingwithcircles   #connectingwithpeople   #circles   #circlesharing  2013-05-01 16:48:21300231126
Peggy Dolane0I'd like to build my ADHD community circle. Will you share and add your favorite peeps, then pass it on?  Thx.2012-11-29 23:08:5440000
Carlos Rosario0Circle Of Entrepreneurs - Local And Online MarketingThese are people that are interested in #SocialMediaMarketing   #PPC   #SEO   #LocalMarekting   #SEM   #GooglePlus   #Marketing  Make sure you don't spam this #SharedCircle  .Instead, engage and share ideas.Add them to your circle, and reshare.2012-11-16 06:22:57102000
Karen Elaine27,963I haven't done a circle share in foeva! I thought I'd share some super cool, super smart, super entertaining ladies with you ... this my friends is my Cool Chicks circle.2012-08-23 21:13:0722824227
Mrs. T. Davis0Hello Everyone, Just wanted to share our group with you. Coupon Lovers is a circle of women and men who love great deals, and coupons. Check us out for weekly deals and steals! Have an Awesome Day!2012-08-06 17:34:37501112
Alister Macintyre7,169Here by request of one of the people in it, is my main circle of people who share G+ Tips from time to time.  It includes both people who generate them, and people who use them.  Also see this other related circle. https://plus.google.com/u/0/108007903544513887227/posts/XfV7Xek2XK3  People are in one or the other or neither.  Drop me a comment if you want to be in one of these circles.2012-06-13 03:13:14184102
Stuart Duncan1,403Autism Month - Autism CircleSince it is April, better known to many of us as #Autism Awareness Acceptance Month, it's a great time to share my primary circle, simply called: #Autism This circle consists of autistics, parents of autistic children, experts, therapists, autism pages, teachers and more.Some people in this circle do not talk about autism much at all, some talk about autism on occasion while others talk almost exclusively about autism. So keep that in mind when/if you add this circle to your circles.2012-04-12 19:22:28490002
Sivan Rehan5,190+Mark Smith This is my Parents circle.+Ryan Moore , you were also interested at one point..If anyone wants to join this circle, please let me know. I didn't edit it in a while so if I forgot you , just tell me and I will re-share it after editing.2012-03-14 13:33:561202709
Alister Macintyre4,949+rahul roy Here is my main G+ circle for G+ Tips. it includes both sources of tips, and people who like to receive them. I have not posted many tips recently, but if people are struggling with something, ask, and maybe we can help.2012-02-27 23:47:31179113
Rob Gordon13,043Entrepreneurs & Freelancers. This is my circle for self described Entrepreneurs and Freelancers - which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. As I said before, I don't want to pretend that this list is definitive or even close to being complete. There are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and there are many circles of entrepreneurs that have already been shared - these are just the ones I have curated in my own circle. This probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed as it is almost impossible to go through everyone's profile. Just let me know if I have inadvertently left you out - I will be posting this in the circles database sometime soon. Feel free to reshare, but as with any shared circle, I do recommend some discretion in adding a circle of this size to your stream. This one might be a little different in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrety entrepreneurs" that are common in other shared circles here- though there are a few. For the most part hese are real small business owners or people or with an entrepreneural mindset, and there are lots of smart people here. #entrepreneur #smallbusiness2012-01-06 22:47:1539942514
Stuart Duncan865The #Autism CircleThis circle continues to grow and I will continue to share it as time goes on.This circle includes all parents, autistics, pages, professionals and more that are somehow affected or involved with #Autism.If you are not in this circle but should be, please let me know, as well as your link to #Autism please.Let's continue to make the #Autism community stronger, together.2011-12-28 14:47:484411124
Cameron Wright2,927This is my "parents" circle. When I'm unsure of the best course of action, or maybe if I'm "sharing too many photos of Hunter" this is my default group to turn to. Thank you all for your suggestions, tips, stories, and support. It has made my life much "easier." Thank you all and Happy Holidays.2011-12-25 15:01:4954601
Kathy Morlock9,356This is very strange because I did share this, but it says people have not been included in your shared circle. Only Google+ users can be shared. WHO THE HECK ELSE WOULD I BE SHARING.. +Lisa Bimmerz (my fav) & +Debi Vaught-Thelin belong in there, if they aren't.. Please let me know if you are usually shared in this circle and are not here. +pio dal cin said he put my name in his circle and mine and a few others disappeared... Google should get their "stuff" together... I love you all, I'll share who was missed tomorrow... my circle is over 425... of people I really love and enjoy... I'm sorry it was messed up. In fact google has been so SLOW tonight I'm going to sign off... I'm THAT ANNOYED.. Love you all..2011-12-13 03:18:063751005
Shannon Jennings0Parents CircleHey everyone, here's my Parents circle. This is merge of my Mommy and Daddy circles. Credit goes to the following gals for their circles, as well as some of my own:+Elizabeth Norton's Social Moms circle+Sivan Rehan's Parents circleI have 50 other moms and dads that I haven't included because I can't tell if they are still using G+ as there are no recent public posts. I opted to not add them to these shared circles in case some people are reaching their circle limit and don't have room for "inactives".Please let me know if you want yourself added to these lists.Link to Mommy sub-circle: http://goo.gl/NEhWNLink to Daddy sub-circle: http://goo.gl/Ko0Qd2011-11-08 18:25:391151626
Shannon Jennings0Mommy CircleThis is my Mommy Circle.Credit goes to the following gals for their circles, as well as some of my own.+Elizabeth Norton's Social Moms circle+Sivan Rehan's Parents circleLink to my Parents circle: http://goo.gl/dZbm6Link to Daddy circle: http://goo.gl/Ko0Qd2011-11-08 18:23:3784324
Alister Macintyre43Here is my circle of G+ TIPS = both people who share them, and who like to receive them. I have a smaller related circle, which I will share in a moment. (Check my profile, since I might not do precisely same circles of delivery.)I added some people to main circle because they were apparently new to G+, asking a lot of questions.Also see comments explanation which I am about to add.Alister Macintyre shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 17:51:181521304

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2011-11-25 17:14:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

TIP: If your child carries around a blanket that’s getting pretty raggedy, you may want to cut it into smaller and more manageable pieces! As your child gets older, you can cut it down a little smaller each month. Some kids have a harder time transitioning totally away from a blanket so this method often works to reduce the size! Some children just need the security of a little piece that they can keep in their pocket.

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2011-12-04 19:05:36 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2011-12-30 15:04:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

DO YOU LIKE TO SLEEP IN A LITTLE ON THE WEEKENDS?

If they’re still too young to be out of bed before you’re up:

• You can put a clock radio on in their room and tell them that when the music comes on, they can get up and come to get you.
• Make up a small basket of wake-up toys. Put together things that can keep your child occupied for about an hour. A surprise in the basket, like a new box of crayons is fun. Check your local dollar stores so you can put in a little something new among the other toys each week. Try to rotate different toys each week so it doesn’t get old! When you go to bed at night, just place the basket on the bed so the surprise is there in the morning. That, along with the waiting for the alarm clock music may buy you an extra hour!

If your child is old enough to get out of bed without you:

• Make it easy for your child tofix himself... more »

DO YOU LIKE TO SLEEP IN A LITTLE ON THE WEEKENDS?

If they’re still too young to be out of bed before you’re up:

• You can put a clock radio on in their room and tell them that when the music comes on, they can get up and come to get you.
• Make up a small basket of wake-up toys. Put together things that can keep your child occupied for about an hour. A surprise in the basket, like a new box of crayons is fun. Check your local dollar stores so you can put in a little something new among the other toys each week. Try to rotate different toys each week so it doesn’t get old! When you go to bed at night, just place the basket on the bed so the surprise is there in the morning. That, along with the waiting for the alarm clock music may buy you an extra hour!

If your child is old enough to get out of bed without you:

• Make it easy for your child to fix himself a basic breakfast. You can set out a bowl and spoon at night along with plastic containers of a few favorite cereals. Get a small plastic pitcher and put in the milk your child will need. Make sure to put it on a shelf in the refrigerator that he can reach. It’s even more exciting for your child to have a coloring book and box of crayons next to their plate too!
• Kids are quite adept with remotes these days! Let your child know that after breakfast they can watch a video “quietly”!
These ideas could buy you an extra hour on the weekend. It may not sound like much to some but it really does feel like a gift! Your child may just love the independence in the morning too. There will still be lots of time for making a big family breakfast together!___

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2011-12-28 18:17:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

TIP: If you’re having trouble getting your child to brush their teeth, make up a funny story to tell them while they’re brushing. You child will be so excited to brush!

TIP: If you’re having trouble getting your child to brush their teeth, make up a funny story to tell them while they’re brushing. You child will be so excited to brush!___

2011-12-27 17:12:55 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2011-12-19 17:53:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hope some of you can join us. It doesn't matter what age your child is, I'm sure that you have something to share too!

I've been asked to co host a radio show this week and will be talking about the above topic. All shows are recorded to hear at any time or you can also call in with questions or comments during the show. Hope you can join us!___Hope some of you can join us. It doesn't matter what age your child is, I'm sure that you have something to share too!

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2011-12-19 17:52:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Just wanted to share this article I just had published!

I just had an article published in "Sweeten Your Words" magazine. The title is "Your Child's Honesty Can Really Sound "Rude" During the Holidays"___Just wanted to share this article I just had published!

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2011-12-19 17:52:10 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Pretty funny!

WATCH WHERE YOU KEEP YOUR MARKERS!___Pretty funny!

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2011-12-04 19:05:36 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2011-12-04 18:05:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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PARENT QUESTION: Hello Alison! Do you have any tips for kids who complaint everyday about going to school. My daughter (age 8) never used to be like that, but lately she has the worst attitude about going to school, and the mornings are the worst. She doesn't complain about anyone bothering her. Her teacher seems very nice. I just don't understand why she's acting this way, she just keeps saying she doesn't want to go to school. Is it just her being lazy? Any advice will help! Thanks a lot!!

ANSWER: Kids who were always happy going to school and suddenly seem to change always do cause a great deal of concern for their parents. Sometimes asking kids directly about anyone is being mean to them, won’t give you a true answer. Kids will frequently say “no”, because they don’t want more questioning from parents. So parents then are still unsure if that is the truth!

Sometimes if there is something going on with another child bullying or being mean, kids don’t want to tell their parents because they don’t want them going to the school or their parents will simply tell them to “stand up for themselves” or “tell the teacher” (which isn’t really helping).

Talk to your child by telling her a story from when you were younger and what happened when someone was mean to you. Create stories about friends and “being in the middle” and ones of mean kids too. Even if you have to be “creative” with your story, it will open a door so that your child will feel that you understand because you’ve “been through it too”. If you do this occasionally with different things that she’s experiencing in her life, she’ll feel that you two are more connected. If there is nothing going on with friends or bullies, then it could be simply a stage that she’s going through because it commands attention.

If you feel that you have more or less ruled out bullies and problems with friends, think about her academics. Is she having difficulty in school? Are there areas of learning she’s having problems with? If that’s the case, she may need extra help. Sometimes kids say the wrong answer in school and a few kids laugh. That can be something that can happen and a child can decide that “they are done with school”! A teacher may not have even noticed something like that. She can get good grades but still have the wrong answer occasionally and one laugh from other kids can make her not want to go back!

If you feel that the friends and bullies situation is under control and that there is no academic issue involved, it can be something as simple as a lot of attention was gotten from you the first time she happened to say it. When a child has always been happy to go to school and one day they say they don’t want to go, parents often show much more concern! Kids pick up on that so quickly and realize how much power and control that one statement has! Then they simply start using it every day so that the discussion is aimed around them.

Since she’s been doing this for a while, think of all of the time and attention that has been given to her. She says she doesn’t want to go to school, you ask what’s wrong. She says it again, then you answer. Your conversations in the morning probably are exactly the same day after day. You don’t get much of an answer other than she doesn’t want to go! All of the “morning attention” is not the kind of attention that you may think of because she probably gets lots of attention. But it’s the kind of attention that gives her the power to control the conversation.

If you feel that you have more or less ruled out bullies and problems with learning, then I’d take this approach. Sit down and tell her that you are always there to help her and if she has a real problem you will always be there to help her. Then tell her that you are very tired to having to say the same thing every morning and have to hear her say the same thing back. Tell her that it’s gotten boring and that you aren’t going to answer it anymore. Then tell her that when it happens (every time she says she doesn’t want to go to school), she will lose 5 minutes of TV or computer time after school. (Just jot down tally marks when she says it so you have a record of time lost. You don’t want to even comment at that time because the idea is of having you not respond at all. If she’s not getting dressed and it’s time to leave, drive her to school in her PJ’s. She’ll freak out about that one! If you do drive her, then park in the school lot so she can change. Let her know that the next day, you won’t be pulling over, and she will go into class in her PJ’s. Once she sees that you mean it and that there are consequences for her behavior, it will stop!

You know what type of consequences will work (i.e. if it’s removal of privileges such as the TV or computer time) or maybe she would love to even play a game of UNO with you after school if she has a quick and positive morning getting ready for school. Some kids respond more quickly to things they will lose and others respond to earing a privilege. You know your daughter!

I hope this helps you! So sorry for the few day delay in answering.___PLEASE JOIN ME ON MY PARENT COACH PAGE!

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2011-12-04 18:05:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Provide lots of sensory experiences for your baby and child (touching, seeing, hearing smelling and tasting.) These experiences build the connections that build your child’s brain! When your child has different experiences, and they are repeated over and over, those brain connections become stronger! Those connections shape the way your baby feels, thinks, behaves and learns!___PLEASE JOIN MY ON MY PARENT COACH PAGE!

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2011-12-02 17:32:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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TIP: You can create a “scavenger hunt” for so many different things. It can keep your kids’ minds occupied at times when you know there could be difficult moments. For example, make up a list of different things that your child may see in a restaurant (before you go in). When they are getting extra hungry and the food still hasn’t come, pull out the list! Let them look around and try to find some of the things (you don’t have to walk all over) that you can possibly see from your table.___PLEASE JOIN ME ON MY PARENTING COACH PAGE!

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2011-12-02 17:32:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Try to PREVENT PROBLEMS! Avoid situations that will cause trouble such as trying to run one more errand when it’s already past lunch time!___PLEASE JOIN ME ON MY PARENTING COACH PAGE!

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2011-12-01 15:20:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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ARE YOU AND YOUR TODDLER HAVING DRESSING TROUBLES?

Even if you had positive dressing memories when your child was younger, there comes an age when they just can’t sit still! If you keep your child busy and keep things “upbeat” it won’t take as long as having your child take off and run around the house!

Here are a few things to try:
• Get at eye level with your child! If you dress sitting on the bed, at a changing table, or the floor, eye level just promotes more cooperation!
• When you look at your child, talk or sing! You can play the “dressing game”: “Put your right foot in, put your left foot in and shake them all about!”
• Keep special toys that are interesting to your child in the room when you get dressed. Don’t let them play with them at other times, because they will just lose interest in them. Sometimes a calculator at a dollar store is fun because they love pushing the buttons!
• You can play the body parts game, “Where’s mommy’s mouth?”
• If you have a window they can stand in front of while you dress, that often helps by being a great distraction! Ask her what she sees outside!
• The Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush song was one that I used when dressing my kids. Just use the song’s tune and Sing about the sequence of what you’re doing. “First we put on our underpants, our underpants, our underpants.” You can teach about colors too. “Next we put on our red shirt, our red shirt, our red shirt.”

Toddlers just love to play “chase” when it’s time to get dressed. Although that’s lots of fun when you have time, there are going to be times when you don’t! If they get in that habit of running to be chased before you can dress them, you’re often setting yourself up for some misery!! There are times that you need to get out for an appointment or some days where you just don’t feel well. Kids get into habits pretty quickly, so I’d change it up a great deal. You be the one to choose what’s going to happen but make it something special after you get them dressed. You can make it a chase, a peek-a-boo, a tickle session, etc. Whatever it is, make it fun!___PLEASE JOIN MY PARENTING COACH PAGE. JUST CLICK ON PARENTING COACH BELOW (IN BLUE). THANKS!

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2011-11-29 15:26:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2011-11-29 15:04:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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CONSEQUENCES CAN BE CHOICES

As your child is getting a little older, they can make the choice to control their behavior. It’s really an important part of development when a child can make the choice herself. For example, if you’re sitting and eating dinner together and she is using a behavior that isn’t appropriate at dinner time (i.e. bothering a sibling, playing with her food, etc.) you can say: “You may not poke your sister at the table. If you continue doing that, you will have to go to your room for the rest of dinner. It’s your choice.”

Continue dinner and if it happens one more time, send your child to her room. Don’t give “one more chance”. Don’t be tempted after 10 minutes to go in and tell her that she can rejoin you. Carry through on what you said! When dinner is over you can have her come to the table to finish her dinner alone. There is a good chance that the behavior won’t happen again for a while (or at all) because she saw that you meant what you said.

There are important lesson for a child to learn here. Actions do have consequences! And she is responsible for her own behavior!___PLEASE COME JOIN ME ON MY PARENTING COACH PAGE! JUST CLICK ON PARENTING COACH (IN BLUE) JUST BELOW. THANKS!

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2011-11-27 17:08:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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GUILT
Sometimes parents feel so guilty about what they’re doing as parents that they try to make up for the mistakes in one area by being too lenient in another area.

If you’re working long hours or are taken out of the home for another reason (i.e. sick friend or parent) or are separated or divorced or are too tired to play or have just had a new baby or…………the list goes on!

That guilt that you feel often allows you to tell yourself that letting them watch all the TV they want or letting them have more junk food than you know you really want to give them is really OK. It’s a “patch” for them having to experience some upset or pain. Their whining and demanding either makes you feel sorry for them or frustrated with them.

As hard as it feels at times, some of the “struggling” that your child experiences is something that they just have to go through. It’s part of life and part of growth. It’s what makes us stronger, more understanding, patient and resilient.
It’s normal to feel guilty about things at times. It’s also normal for your child to feel frustrated and upset too. Allow them to experience that and learn how to cope with life’s changes. If it’s difficult for you to not give in to the guilt, think of some adults that you know that are whiny, rude and demanding! Do you ever wonder how they got that way?___PLEASE JOIN ME ON MY NEW PARENT COACH PAGE. JUST CLICK ON "PARENTING COACH" BELOW (BLUE PRINT).

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2011-11-26 16:33:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Give your child gentle reminders about what you expect. For example if your child is putting off getting their homework finished. Remind him that his favorite TV show is on at 8:00 and he needs to have the homework done before that time. As children get a little older, they have to learn how to manage their time. When kids know what the expectations are, it gives them a chance to be successful.___Please join me on my NEW Parenting Coach page. Just click on the Parenting Coach in blue! Thanks!

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2011-11-25 20:12:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Sometimes putting your hand gently on your child’s shoulder when you speak is a great way to focus their attention on you. Something as simple as that often is a strong indicator to your child that you’re serious about what you’re saying! (Don’t squeeze or use pressure!)___Please join me on my new Parenting Coach page. Just click on Parenting Coach written in blue.

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2011-11-25 17:14:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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TIP: If your child carries around a blanket that’s getting pretty raggedy, you may want to cut it into smaller and more manageable pieces! As your child gets older, you can cut it down a little smaller each month. Some kids have a harder time transitioning totally away from a blanket so this method often works to reduce the size! Some children just need the security of a little piece that they can keep in their pocket.___Please join me on my new Parenting Coach page! Just click the words Parenting Coach in blue!

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2011-11-25 17:14:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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TIP: When you’re asking children to do something be specific! For example, “Please put away all of the cars on the floor” is much more clear than “Clean up that mess.” Even though you know what you mean, kids don’t see their cars all over the floor as a “mess”!___Please join me on my new Parenting Coach page! Just click the words Parenting Coach in blue!

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2011-11-23 17:35:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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TIP: As a parent, teaching your child values is really one of the most difficult jobs that you’ll do. The qualities of honesty, kindness and giving to others aren’t the easiest concepts for your kids to understand. Being a role model yourself will help your child learn these character traits. As they get bigger, they’ll understand your “verbal” lessons too.___Come join me on my new Parenting Coach Page!. Just click on Parenting Coach (in blue) below. Thanks!

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2011-11-23 17:33:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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DO YOU HAVE “DRESSING” WARS?
From what comes as wonderful sign of independence and interest in choosing her clothes a morning battle can begin!
The “choosing” can quickly turn into a power struggle and lots of attention. Things that seemed cute in the beginning (like changing her mind) wear off quickly! A few minute activity of choosing clothes can turn into a half hour battle of wits!
If you’re already in that stage you can get it to stop. If you haven’t hit it yet, then you can avoid it.
Give your child a few minutes to choose. If it looks like a “delaying tactic” beginning, tell her that you will choose if she doesn’t give you her choice now. OR you can get a bell timer and put it on her bureau. Set it for two minutes. Tell her that when the bell rings that if she doesn’t have her clothes, then it will be your choice. You will probably get a screaming tantrum the first day but when she sees that you mean what you say, she’ll make a much quicker choice the following day!___Come join me on my new Parenting Coach Page!. Just click on Parenting Coach (in blue) below. Thanks!

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2011-11-23 17:33:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Sometimes children get “lost in the shuffle” during the preparation and day of a holiday. Everyone is busy getting ready and it seems that kids often start acting out even more. They can feel the rushing around and possible tension. Even though some things may take a little longer with children, having them help and feel included often helps to reduce the problem behavior. Some pretty special memories and traditions of helping prepare are worth the extra time!___Come join me on my new Parenting Coach Page!. Just click on Parenting Coach (in blue) below. Thanks!

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2011-11-23 17:32:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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TIP: It’s not a good idea to point or shake your finger in your child’s face. Regular hand gestures add emphasis to your words while pointing a finger in your child’s face will only frighten anger or intimidate him. If you’ve been doing this then try to stop by holding your hands behind your back while you talk. If you’re conscious of doing it that’s a step forward in changing it!___Come join me on my new Parenting Coach Page!. Just click on Parenting Coach (in blue) below. Thanks!

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2011-11-21 12:19:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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DO YOU HAVE “DRESSING” WARS?
From what comes as wonderful sign of independence and interest in choosing her clothes a morning battle can begin!
The “choosing” can quickly turn into a power struggle and lots of attention. Things that seemed cute in the beginning (like changing her mind) wear off quickly! A few minute activity of choosing clothes can turn into a half hour battle of wits!
If you’re already in that stage you can get it to stop. If you haven’t hit it yet, then you can avoid it.
Give your child a few minutes to choose. If it looks like a “delaying tactic” beginning, tell her that you will choose if she doesn’t give you her choice now. OR you can get a bell timer and put it on her bureau. Set it for two minutes. Tell her that when the bell rings that if she doesn’t have her clothes, then it will be your choice. You will probably get a screaming tantrum the first day but when she sees that you mean what you say, she’ll make a much quicker choice the following day!___COME JOIN ME ON MY NEW PARENTING COACH PAGE. JUST CLICK ON THE "PARENTING COACH" IN BLUE!

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2011-11-19 17:13:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Whenever you take your children out to a restaurant, ask for a window seat! There are so many things for them to see that will can be perfect distractions when they’re getting a little bored. Depending on where you’re dining, it can be fun and educational too!___Please join me on my new Parenting Coach page. Click the words Parenting Coach in blue below!

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2011-11-18 13:43:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Sometimes you’re so busy doing things “for” your child that you don’t have much time left to do something “with” him. He’ll enjoy your time more than anything else. Sometimes cutting back on some after school activities gives you more time to spend together than just watching him from a distance.___Please connect with me on my new Parenting Coach page. Just click Parenting Coach (in blue) to take you there! Thanks!

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2011-11-18 13:42:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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5 GUARANTEED “Pre” TANTRUM BUSTERS!
If you can just feel a meltdown coming, try these few things. Often this can stop a tantrum before it starts!
1. Go outside and listen to the birds singing!
2. Get a big pillow and have him punch it!
3. Start singing a song~fairly loud! (Even singing very quietly works too).
4. Start being silly and dance around.
5. Pull out a jar of bubbles and just start blowing them (not in his direction).

Sometimes just a change of scenery or change in behavior of the person around him may “shift” the mood! Be creative! This usually doesn’t work if the tantrum has already begun!!___Please connect with me on my new Parenting Coach page. Just click Parenting Coach (in blue) to take you there! Thanks!

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2011-11-16 12:22:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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TIP: As difficult and exhausting as bedtime can be (especially if you have more than one child), you need to stick with your routine. If it’s a story, a drink of water, and lights out, don’t vary that and don’t let your child try to manipulate this time! They’re tired, but don’t want their day to end either. Once your kids know that you’re not varying what you’re doing (like adding “just one more story”), they’ll stop asking. The end of the day is just that! You need the break as much as they need the sleep!___Please come and join me on my new Parenting Coach page. Just click on "Parenting Coach" (in blue) below. Thanks!

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2011-11-16 12:00:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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TIP: To take away some boredom, “host” and art exhibit! Have every family member draw a picture and then hang them just like a typical art exhibit with a card under each picture saying the name of the picture and the name of the artist. Hang them where everyone will enjoy them!___Come join me on my new Parenting Coach page!

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2011-11-16 12:00:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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TIP: The holidays are getting close so it’s time to “thin out” some of the toys that you have to make some room for new ones. If your children are old enough, it’s important to teach they about caring and sharing with other children. Have them sort through their toys and decide what they no longer play with and would like to share with others. You can contact local charities, churches, temples, hospitals, etc. to see where you can take your children to make their donation. They’re never too young to learn how to give!___Come join me on my new parenting coach page!

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2011-11-16 11:59:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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TIP: The holidays are getting close so it’s time to “thin out” some of the toys that you have to make some room for new ones. If your children are old enough, it’s important to teach they about caring and sharing with other children. Have them sort through their toys and decide what they no longer play with and would like to share with others. You can contact local charities, churches, temples, hospitals, etc. to see where you can take your children to make their donation. They’re never too young to learn how to give!___Come join me on my new parenting coach page!

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2011-11-16 04:04:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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PARENT QUESTION: How do you handle 1 ½ year olds hitting when they are on play dates?

ANSWER: When he's hitting is go to him, use a FIRM tone of voice, a little louder than you normally talk and say, "No, hitting" then quickly remove him to another area of the room. Often the firm tone of voice that is louder and the quick removal really have an impact. It has somewhat of a startling effect on a child. You need to use a monotone voice (but louder) with no facial expression. The more it looks like you’re reacting, the more he may enjoy the behavior.
Keep an eye on him to see if there is any pattern with a particular child or particular type of incident. If he's not verbal, then you will have to do the talking. I'm sure he can't ask to play with a toy or take a turn, but you have to tell him that when so and so is all done, it will be his turn. Then keep your eye on the toy and show it to him when the other child is done. Often they have no interest in the toy at this point but it's a method of teaching him that it will happen (he'll get the toy) and he will have a turn. Usually the child is engrossed in something else by that time, but it's still beneficial to do that. Good luck! Let me know if he tantrums and I can give you some information on that too.___Join me on my new parenting coach page. Just click on Parenting Coach (in blue) for my new page!

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2011-11-16 04:01:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

TIP: To adults, this may make little sense but sometimes just writing a sign saying “Monsters Keep Out” and posting it on your child’s bedroom door is all they need to feel safe from monsters!

TIP: To adults, this may make little sense but sometimes just writing a sign saying “Monsters Keep Out” and posting it on your child’s bedroom door is all they need to feel safe from monsters!___

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2011-11-15 15:02:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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TIP: A way to help your child control some of the whining in the grocery store is to tell her what you expect ahead of time. Tell her that she can choose one item (cereal, snack or chips). Let her know that if she is whining in the store that her item will go back on the shelf. If she wants to carry the package around the store with her, that’s fine. Actually it’s a constant reminder for her. If the whining starts, do not give more than one warning (if at all) before putting her special choice back!___Please come join me on my new page! Click on Parenting Coach Alison Astair (written in blue).

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2011-11-14 21:47:29 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Not all of us feel this way!

___Not all of us feel this way!

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2011-11-14 21:40:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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TIP: If you are a parent who needs to travel for work, it’s a good idea to write a little note for each day that you’re gone. That way your child can open the note and feel the connection when you’re not there. You can write things that you’ll be doing that day or even things that you can do together when you are home. They don’t have to be long; just a sentence or two! Those notes can really be a bright spot in your child’s day!___If you haven't already, please join my on my new Parenting Coach page. Just click the words in blue (Parenting Coach Alison Astair to go to my new page. I will eventually only post parenting information on that page. Thanks!

2011-11-14 16:57:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm moving my posts to my Parenting Coach page. If you're a follower or are new, you will need to click on the words in blue, Parenting Coach Alison Astair, to be able to follow. Thanks!

I'm moving my posts to my Parenting Coach page. If you're a follower or are new, you will need to click on the words in blue, Parenting Coach Alison Astair, to be able to follow. Thanks!___

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2011-11-14 16:07:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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IS YOUR CHILD GOING THROUGH THE TATTLETALE PHASE?

First of all, it’s normal for kids from ages 3-5 to tattletale! At that age, there are no shades of gray. Everything is just right or just wrong!

The good side of tattling is that your child is showing her moral compass—that she knows right from wrong. The difficult part of it is that they don’t know how to deal with situations themselves and can’t resolve conflicts on their own. This is where some teaching begins!

Kids this age don’t have the judgment of what is safe and what is not safe. They see it more as right or wrong! They may not see that their sibling climbing up to get a razor out of the medicine cabinet is unsafe but they know it’s wrong. But then they see the same “wrong” when their sibling took a doll out of their hand. Wrong is wrong to them!

Before you reprimand your child for tattling, find out what’s going on! Sometimes the tattle may help another child from hurting themselves so you want to praise them for doing the right thing. This would include telling them that it’s important to tell a grown up when someone is doing something dangerous. This is all “teaching” them when it’s important to tell someone. To them the razor situation may not have appeared dangerous, but it definitely was wrong! They will slowly learn what’s dangerous and important to tell you about.

Tattling can also happen when a child is really puzzled about another child’s behavior. Some children aren’t sure of what to do when another child pushes them or pulls a toy out of their hands. So what may look like tattling, may just be asking for help. More teaching here! This is the time to empower them and give them the words to say (asking for the toy back, or taking turns or even playing with it together). This is the beginning of learning how to problem solve. As this skill builds, what seems like tattling will decrease.

It’s important that your child know that they can come to you with a problem and you won’t ignore it!

There are always some children who tattle and have a “motive” behind it! Sometimes it’s for attention and other times it’s to “look good” in the eyes of an adult! Children of this age also tend to exaggerate their story and you may end up unfairly disciplining another child.

If your child is tattling frequently, the easiest way is to hear what they have to say and then ask, “Are you telling me this to be “helpful” or “hurtful”?” Often, after realizing that they aren’t getting the attention that they want for tattling and they have to answer for it, it often starts of diminish.

The tattling stage can last for about a year, but during that time you’ll be teaching problem solving skills, what’s dangerous and what’s not and some other moral lessons along the way!___I'm slowly transitioning my posts to my new Parenting Coach page! Please join me there by adding me. Click on the words in blue, Parenting Coach, next to my picture. Thanks!

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2011-11-14 00:26:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2011-11-13 18:32:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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TIPS: Being a supportive and encouraging parent shows your child that you understand your child’s emotions. It takes lots of time and effort!! But those actions promote a positive sense of self-esteem, heighten your child’s development and most important, build a healthy relationship between the two of you!___Come and join me on my Parenting Coach page my just clicking on those words below. Eventually, I'll only be posting on this page!

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2011-11-13 16:27:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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TIP: Slow down a little to get back in sync with your kids! Life goes by so quickly and we’re all so busy. Sometimes you just need to cancel a few things and spend that time with your children. Change takes time and they need some of that real quality time once in a while! Enjoy!___Please join my on my new page!

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2011-11-13 16:24:35 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Funny!

TRAINED TO STEAL....hahahahah LOL...___Funny!

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2011-11-13 16:23:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

TIPS: Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out what kids are upset about! They aren’t that articulate! After all, not even adults can express their feelings all that clearly, so don’t expect your child to just explain their internal feelings! Sometimes you just have to go through cycles of discovery. Try to stay patient in the process!

TIPS: Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out what kids are upset about! They aren’t that articulate! After all, not even adults can express their feelings all that clearly, so don’t expect your child to just explain their internal feelings! Sometimes you just have to go through cycles of discovery. Try to stay patient in the process!___

2011-11-13 16:09:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

For all of my old followers, please click on Parenting Coach to "RE-FOLLOW" ME here! I'm going to post on both pages for awhile but am trying to move everyone to this new page! Thanks!

For all of my old followers, please click on Parenting Coach to "RE-FOLLOW" ME here! I'm going to post on both pages for awhile but am trying to move everyone to this new page! Thanks!___

2011-11-12 15:36:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For Parents who have been following my tips and short articles, I have a new page specifically devoted to this. Please click on the words Parenting Coach next to my picture and you will be directed there. Please circle me there because I will be slowly moving all content to this page. Thanks so much!

For Parents who have been following my tips and short articles, I have a new page specifically devoted to this. Please click on the words Parenting Coach next to my picture and you will be directed there. Please circle me there because I will be slowly moving all content to this page. Thanks so much!___

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2011-11-11 15:09:43 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

TIP: When it comes to discipline, the “One size fits all!” definitely doesn’t apply to small children! Some easy going children respond well to calm reminders or even a warning. Other children may need stronger limits; if you give in once, they’ll take advantage of it later. Just know your child!

TIP: When it comes to discipline, the “One size fits all!” definitely doesn’t apply to small children! Some easy going children respond well to calm reminders or even a warning. Other children may need stronger limits; if you give in once, they’ll take advantage of it later. Just know your child!___

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2011-11-11 13:39:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I've moved my parent coach page to the new Google pages. If you've been following me before, please click on the link so you can keep following me! It's like starting all over! lol

I've moved my parent coach page to the new Google pages. If you've been following me before, please click on the link so you can keep following me! It's like starting all over! lol___

2011-11-11 01:34:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm notifying the following that I have that I have started my Parenting page. Please come over to visit and add me to continue getting parenting tips, ask parenting question and read short articles. Thanks!

I'm notifying the following that I have that I have started my Parenting page. Please come over to visit and add me to continue getting parenting tips, ask parenting question and read short articles. Thanks!___

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2011-11-11 01:25:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2011-11-10 22:47:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Does anyone else wish that you didn't have to "start all over" when making a new business page? Any hints on how to get your old following to your new page?

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