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Ah, money! We work hard for it! We want our kids to value and handle it responsibly! What to do when we're met with, "I want that!" and, "Can I have that?" How many times did your parents remind you...and how many times have you repeated their admonition...that money doesn't grow on trees, you know! I hear a lot of parents complain that "kids today are so entitled," but the truth is, our kids are only as entitled as we teach them to be.

This card's instructions suggest having a "discussion where each person gets to voice feelings and thoughts on an issue. Brainstorm solutions and choose one everyone can agree to. Agree on a specific time deadline. If agreement is not followed avoid judgment and criticism. Use nonverbal signals or ask, What was our agreement? If agreeement still is not follwed, start again at step 1."

Ok, Positive Discipline Tool #2: Act Without Words. This tool says, "At times the most effective thing to do is keep your mouth shut and act." I can't change anyone else's behavior.

Ok, the Positive Discipline Tool card I'm going to focus on this week is the 3 R's of Recovery: RECOGNIZE the mistake with a feeling of responsibility, not blame; RECONCILE by apologizing; RESOLVE by working toward a respectful solution.

I'm going to take on a personal challenge, inspired by Brad Ainge, co-author of the book Positive Discipline Parenting Tools, CEO of Empowering People, and son of Dr. Jane Nelsen, author, and co-founder of Positive Discipline Association.

Two years and 10 months. That’s the age at which my son finally mastered potty training. That doesn’t sound too bad until I tell you that I started trying to get him to use the potty when he turned 2.

According to Jaci Russo, founder of Social Nation U, I’m a technology immigrant and my children are technology natives.

In other words, I’m of a generation that remembers life before we had computers and digital technology at our fingertips every waking moment. My kids, who are in their early 20’s, never knew life without computers.

It’s a tough world out there. When a child has been the target of unkind words or behavior, it’s easy for parents to jump straight into protective mode.

Sometimes, parents and teachers get so caught up in the seriousness of a mistake and how it needs to be corrected, that we leave kids’ goodness out of the discussion.

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