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More parenting pearls from VIP Saturday seminar

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One of the key tasks for parents that we discussed at VIP Saturday was how we can show our kids how to live life well. This starts with how we approach our parenting.

Here are five ideas that will help you set the right mood for your kids. 

1.If It's Not Fun… Make It Fun! Humour is a great way to help everyone in your family decrease their stress, increase their mental and physical health and make your "home" a desirable place to live.

2. Practice Gratefulness… NOT Cynicism! Gratefulness opens up our hearts, minds and possibilities whilst cynicism shuts down our minds and closes doors for us and our children. Practicing gratefulness can be awesome fun too!

3. Good Intentions Are NOT Enough! Children learn what they live by the example we set everyday. Be not afraid that our children won't always listen to our attempts at teaching… be more afraid that they are watching and listening to EVERYTHING we say and do!

4. Be Willing To Change YOU and not them! If we are not getting the outcome we want then it's up to us to change the way we are parenting. Demonstrating behavioural flexibility takes effort on our part but we know that are children are worth it!

5. Teach Resilience NOT Helplessness! Great families have useful language and frameworks to explain the ups and downs of life so everything can eventually be viewed as a positive! "With all this manure…there has to be a pony in there somewhere!"

VIP Saturday is now available on DVD.

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