Parent Newsletter #95

October 14, 2010

Welcome! This is a free parent newsletter offered to you by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen families and improve parent communication skills (including our own) by helping parents learn practical, usable verbal strategies for raising responsible, caring, confident children.


In This Issue

  1. Quote
  2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
  3. Bumper Sticker
  4. Article: 12 Ways to Make This Parent/Teacher Conference the Best Ever
  5. Parent Talk Tip: What Have You Said to Your Children Today That Communicated Peace?
  6. Coming Attraction: Parent Talk Essentials 


1. Quote:

"Just stop everything for one moment, and smile."
 
Neale Donald Walsh 


2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation

What if you focused today only on what your children do right? Could you play this game of selective noticing and enjoy it?


3. Bumper Sticker

Noticed on a red Ford Escape in Two Hills, Alberta, Canada:
 
Books Are Hindrances
To Persisting Stupidity


4. 12 Ways to Make This Parent/Teacher Conference the Best Ever

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
It's parent/teacher time. Yes, it's time to go to school and talk to the teacher directly about your child and how he or she is responding to the curriculum, the teacher, and his or her peers. Whether you’re looking forward to this opportunity or not, there are some important things to take into consideration to help make this venture to school a productive one.  Consider the following guidelines when participating in parent/teacher conferences.
  1. Talk to your child ahead of time. Get her input. Does she have a favorite subject? A least favorite one? What does she like best about this teacher? Ask if there is any topic she would like you to talk about with this teacher. Make sure she knows before you head to school that you and the teacher are meeting with her best interests in mind. 
  2. Plan ahead. You probably have ten to twenty minutes at best to meet with your child's teacher. To make sure those are productive minutes, make a list of the questions you want to ask and the information you would like to share about your child's hobbies, interests, personality, etc. 
  3. Set priorities. Keep it simple. Pick one or two questions that are most important to you. Zero in on one thing you most want the teacher to know about your child. You will not have time to explore a long agenda. If you have real concerns about the education process, the teacher, your child, or the discipline policy, it's best to schedule a private conference at a later time. 
  4. Manage your mind on the way to the school. Re-mind yourself that this trip to school will be for the benefit of your child. Make a BE choice. How do you intend to BE during this conference? Choose to BE helpful, curious, interested, informative, friendly, or collaborative. How you choose to BE will structure the tone and tenor of the conference. Your BE choice will greatly influence the end result. 
  5. Prepare a friendly opening. Thank the teacher for preparing for this meeting. Tell him something nice your child said about him. Tell him you know this is a busy day for him and how much you appreciate how hard he’s working for the benefit of his students. 
  6. Listen. One of your main purposes is to gather information about the teacher, the school, and, most importantly, your child. You can't get that information if you do all the talking. This teacher  has important information to share with you. Be sure you hear it. Write it down if necessary. 
  7. Ask your most important question. It might be about academic expectations or behavior. It could be finding out how your child will be evaluated and if and how test results are used as part of the instructional process. You could ask about your child's learning style, the teacher’s homework policy, or the discipline policy. You will NOT have time to get all your questions answered, so lead with the most important one first. 
  8. Remember, no one knows your child better than you do. If you have information about how your child learns best or what interests him, share it. 
  9. If the teacher has a problem with your child, do not get angry, apologetic, or take things personally. Ask for examples of the problem the teacher is sharing. Ask what has been done so far. Ask what steps will be taken next. Ask how you can help.
  10. You will not have time to develop an action plan if your child needs help academically or behaviorally. Schedule a follow-up conference so you can discuss specific steps that will be taken by you, your child, and the teacher.
  11. Share your appreciation at the end of the conference.  Tell the teacher specifically what you liked about the way the conference was conducted.
  12. Debrief with your child as soon as possible. Alleviate any anxiety she might have about the conference by sharing what was discussed. Do this while the information is still fresh in your mind. Ask for her reaction and opinion about what was discussed. Share any plans you have that will impact her life. Tell your child the nice things her teacher said about her.
Preparation is the key. Use the 12 guidelines above and prepare to have the most productive parent/teacher conference ever.
 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free Uncommon Parenting blog. To obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your parenting needs, visit their website today: www.uncommon-parenting.com.


The Only 3 Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need.

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5. Parent Talk Tip: What Have You Said to Your Children Today That Communicated Peace?

"How can we both get what we want?"
 
"Is there a way for the two of you to work it out?"
 
"Can you settle that peacefully?"
 
"Think peace."
 
"Touch each other gently."
 
"I wonder what would happen if you chose kindness."
 
"What other choices are there besides hitting?"
 
"That’s physical violence. In this family we practice peace."
 
"Choose to be peaceful and see what happens."
 
"Can you think some peaceful thoughts about that?"
 
"Is it time for the two of you to go to the Peace Table?"


6. Coming Attraction: Parent Talk Essentials

We're getting close. Parent Talk Essentials: How to Talk to Kids about Divorce, Sex, Money, School and Being Responsible in Today's World is now in layout. In a couple of weeks it will be at the printers. Six weeks after that we will have it in our storage facility and begin shipping out copies.
 
Check out the new cover.
 
As soon as Parent Talk Essentials goes to press, you will receive our special prepublication offer. This offer will be dramatic and priced so you will want to get this valuable resource in your hands immediately. You'll see. Stay tuned.


Chick Moorman

Contact Chick at:
 
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
e-mail  ipp57@aol.com
www.facebook.com/chick.moorman

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CHICK'S WEBSITE.

Thomas Haller

Contact Thomas at:
 
989-686-5356
www.facebook.com/thomas.b.haller

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THOMAS' WEBSITE.

Copyright

Copyright 2010 Chick Moorman Seminars and Thomas Haller Seminars, all rights reserved. Share this with your circle.
 
 
 
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New Parent Workshops
Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman are now offering new two-hour parent programs based on their forthcoming book, Parent Talk Essentials: How to Talk to Kids about Divorce, Sex, Money, School and Being Responsible in Today's World. 
  • Dealing with Divorce: Helping Your Child Through This Important Transition
  • How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex: Beyond Now or Never
  • Raising Money-Wise Children: Rich or Poor
  • Parenting for School Success: Achievement, Homework, and a Positive Attitude
  • Raising Responsible Children: Fostering Self-Responsibility, Self-Discipline, and Self-Motivation
Currently booking fall and winter programs. Affordable sessions are available now. Do your school, church, or community a real favor. Get the ball rolling. Talk to your school PTO, church group, or community program planner. Plan one or a series of sessions for the parents of your community.
 
Both Thomas and Chick have extremely busy schedules. Call today to ensure your place on one of their calendars.
 
Thomas Haller 
989-686-5356
 
Chick Moorman
989-543-5059
E-mail ipp57@aol.com

Timely Articles
Have you seen these timely articles from past issues of this newsletter? If not, click on the link and gain some valuable information that will help you help your children to have the best school year ever.
 


The Parent Talk System Training of Trainers
July 27 - 29, 2011
Quality Inn & Suites
Ann Arbor, MI


The Uncommon Parenting Blog
Learn to parent like no other so your children can grow up to be like no other.
 
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Book of the Month

Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children

by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman

Hardcover, 200-page book ($24.95)
 
Maybe you haven't heard about it, read about it, or figured it out yet, but there is a powerful principle at work in your parenting or teaching life. The Attraction Principle is helping you create your own family or classroom reality. Now, with this exciting book, you can teach the Attraction Principle to your children.
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Twitter
Yes, we have both begun to twitter, having sent out over 250 timely tweets already. 
 
Thomas B. Haller is now on Twitter. Instead of following what I am doing throughout the day, I invite you to follow what I am thinking. To join me as I tweet my thoughts, go to: www.twitter.com/tomhaller
 
Chick Moorman is now on Twitter. To sign up for timely questions, short but raging rants, bursts of inspiration, and random thoughts and observations on parenting and teaching, follow the link. Why not be the first on your block to initiate regular contact? Go to: http://twitter.com/ChickMoorman 

Facebook
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Schedule
Oct. 15 - Columbia, SC
Keynote: Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers presented by Chick Moorman, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The South Carolina Montessori Alliance Conference. For information contact Karen Kuse at 803-767-2241 or email karenkuse@aol.com.
 
Oct. 16 - Columbia, SC
Keynote: The Sounds of Spirit Whispering presented by Chick Moorman, AM. The South Carolina Montessori Alliance Conference. For information contact Karen Kuse at 803-767-2241 or email karenkuse@aol.com.
 
Oct. 16 - Columbia, SC
Good Praise/Bad Praise and Eliminating Negative Behaviors presented by Chick Moorman, Concurrent Sessions. The South Carolina Montessori Alliance Conference. For information contact Karen Kuse at 803-767-2241 or email karenkuse@aol.com.
 
Oct. 23 - Dearborn, MI
The Teacher Talk System - Part Bpresented by Chick Moorman, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Pen Eyhe Administration Office. For information contact Margaret King Ahmed at 313-478-6508.
 
Oct. 26- Midland, MI
Parenting for Student Achievementpresented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Midland Public Schools, Eastlawn Elementary. For information contact Bonnie Westervelt at 989-923-7120.
 
Oct. 27 - Midland, MI
Parenting for Student Achievement presented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Midland Public Schools, Plymouth Elementary. For information contact Bonnie Westervelt at 989-923-7120.
 
Oct. 28 - Grand Blanc, MI
The 6 Best Parenting Strategies You Will Ever Needpresented by Thomas Haller, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Grand Blanc High School East Auditorium, 12500 Jolly Rd.  
 
Oct. 28 - Midland, MI
Parenting for Student Achievementpresented by Chick Moorman, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Midland Public Schools, Plymouth Elementary. For information contact Bonnie Westervelt at 989-923-7120.
 
Oct. 30 - Dearborn, MI
The Teacher Talk System - Part Cpresented by Chick Moorman, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Pen Eyhe Administration Office. For information contact Margaret King Ahmed at 313-478-6508.

Links
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