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Parent Newsletter #132
April 29, 2015
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 - Spring Cleaning for Parents
5. Parent Talk Tips
6. Poster Perspective
1. Quote
"Let your children experience a farm, a skyscraper, a fire engine, a campground, or a foreign country. Let them smell a flower, look for birds, feed ducks, or bake cookies. Help them find a four-leaf clover, shuck corn, wash a car, or open a savings account. Whatever you do, do it together."
∼Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Parent Talk Essentials
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
Welcome challenges today. Know that they have arrived for everyone's benefit, yours and your children. Remember, the real teaching is in how you react to the challenge, not in what you do about it.
3. Bumper Sticker
Spotted on a Chevy Malibu in Manchester, NH:
4. Spring Cleaning for Parents
By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman
Rake the yard. Clean out the garage. Go through closets. Donate unused items to charitable organizations. Wash windows. You know the drill. It's called SPRING CLEANING.
But what if Spring Cleaning took on a new twist this year, one that would benefit your children greatly? What if you cleaned the cobwebs out of your mind? What if you wiped away all the limiting beliefs that keep you from becoming the parent you always wanted to be? What if you cleaned up a broken relationship, mended a mental fence, or re-minded yourself about the importance of your role in your child’s life? This spring might just be the ideal time for cleaning up your responsibility as a parent. Consider the ideas below.
Reawaken your curiosity. Clean out your present expectations and your knowing of why your children do things. Return to wonder. Be fascinated by what they do. Let yourself be awed. Allow your curiosity to bloom this spring.
Eliminate judgment. Judgment keeps you from seeing your children clearly. If you judge a child as lazy, you are less likely to see ambitious behavior. If you judge her as uncaring, you will have difficulty noticing her benevolent acts. Clean the lens in your eyes by reducing the number of judgments through which you perceive your children.
Be out of your mind. Use silent times to wash old and useless thoughts from your mind. Resist the urge to over analyze parenting issues. Stop thinking and cluttering your mind with incessant chatter. Listen to your heart. Follow your intuition. Pick parenting strategies that have your heart in them.
Appreciate the moment. The best present to give your children is to be fully present when you are with them. Throw out thoughts about the future and the past when you interact with your children. There is only one moment to see, feel, express, learn, grow, or heal with your children. This is it. Pitch the rest.
Clean up your schedule. Every child in the world spells love T-I-M-E. Adjust your priorities. Pick through your list of social and business activities. Get rid of old obligations and habits that prevent you from investing time with your children.
Apologize and begin again. Spring is the time of new beginnings. Do you need to begin again with one of your children? Do you need to make amends? If so, tell your children what you learned and what you intend to do differently from now on. Then follow through.
Cut down on talking. Reduce your need to explain, lecture, moralize, rationalize, and convince. The first step towards love is to listen. Give your children the gift of your presence by hearing rather that telling, by acknowledging instead of convincing, by understanding rather that jumping to conclusions.
Rework truth. Cleanse your mind of the notion that there is ONE truth. You know your truth. Allow your children to find theirs. Model for your children how you live your truth. Support them in their efforts to find their own truth and encourage them to trust it.
Fix it up. What parenting concerns need to be fixed in your home? Do you need to fix a relationship, the use of the TV and the internet, or a reoccurring stress? Fix your mind first so you are tuned into fixing problems rather than fixing blame. Maintain a solution-seeking mindset as you fix it up this spring.
Give yourself a perception check.  Remember, you can choose to see any parenting situation differently from the way you are presently seeing it. Perception is always a choice. Clean up your mind by asking yourself, "Is this way of seeing this problem the one that brings the most light and love to the situation?" Use springtime to enlighten your parenting perceptions and actions.
A thorough spring cleaning of your parenting style could make your home sparkle. It could be like a fresh coat of paint that brightens the exterior and the interior of you and your children. It might work like the cleansing combination of adding energy and love to a bucket of soap and water. Brighter, cleaner, healthier family relationships could well be the result of your spring cleaning this year. Happy cleaning.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The Abracadabra Effect: The 13 Verbally Transmitted Diseases and How to Cure Them. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish free Parent and Educator Newsletters. To subscribe to the newsletters or obtain information about how they can help you or your group meet your parenting needs, visit their websites today: or
5.  Parent Talk Tips
Parent Talk Tip #711: Today tell your kids about your love for their mother. Today, tell your kids’ mother about your love for her.
Parent Talk Tip #88: An effective apology tells what happened, the effect it had on others, what you learned, and what you will now do differently.
Parent Talk Tip #287: Replace "Why did they do that?" with "Why might they have done that?" Help kids realize we don't know others’ motives with certainty.
Want more?
The Parent Talk Tip Collection: 730 Practical Verbal Skills to Help You Raise Responsible, Caring, Conscious Children By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller eBook - $7.95
6. Poster Perspective
Chick Moorman
Contact Chick at:
1-877-360-1477 (toll-free)
Thomas Haller
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12 Reasons to Attend Our Summer Trainings
1. You could help more adults learn to speak in words that nurture, uplift, and inspire.
2. You could be the one that helps them learn to hold children/students accountable for their actions without attacking their spirit or personality.
3. You would be blessing yourself with the opportunity to become one of a growing cadre of people who are committed to making a difference in the lives of parents and/or teachers.
4. You would learn how to teach others to set appropriate limits and make controlled choice work for them.
5. You would be gifting yourself with an important chance to network with a powerful group of people who are thirsty for learning new ways to affect the lives of people in their communities/schools.
6. You would be the person responsible for helping adults learn to praise in ways that help children develop a strong internal sense of self-esteem.
7. You could be a part of an electric energy. There is something that happens during these three days that is not easy to explain. It happens every time. It will happen again this summer in Bay City, MI. We call it "the creation of spiritual space." Somehow, the sum total of what participants bring to the workshop, share with others, and take in creates an atmosphere of connectedness. A sense of family develops. We touch spirits, bump souls, and connect with something larger than our collective selves.
8. You could deliver skills that help adults learn to use language that promotes independence while reducing learned helplessness.
9. You would still qualify for the early-bird discount.
10. Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller rarely get to present together, so this is one time during the year that they treat themselves to each other's presence in the front of the training room. It will be synergistic as they play off each other, combining the unique perspectives of an educator (Chick Moorman) and a psychologist (Thomas Haller) focused on the same goal: helping participants learn the verbal skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of others.
11. This is a "long after we are gone" moment. The people that are being trained this July will pass these important verbal skills on to others long after we have left this planet. We like knowing that they will take the skills they learn, infuse them with big parts of themselves, and share them with others for generations. The summer trainings are getting closer and we are getting pumped just thinking about it.
12. You have your own personal reason to be a part of one of our summer trainings. You know what it is. That reason alone is enough to make a summer training in Bay City, MI, worthwhile.
Sign up today. Each session is limited to 25 people. Details follow:      
The Parent Talk System Facilitator Training
Training - July 16 - 18, 2015
Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, Michigan 48706
The Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training
July 20 - 22, 2015
Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center
2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, Michigan 48706
The Parent Talk System Facilitator Training Via SKYPE
For those of you who live in distant places or find you are unable to travel to Michigan during the dates above. Check out the one-on-one SKYPE training with Chick Moorman.
Seminar Schedule
May 5 - Saginaw, MI
Parent Talk: Words That Empower, Words That Wound presented by Chick Moorman,  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. For more information contact Janice Anderson at 989-399-4851.
May 8 - Rochester, MI
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Contact Bureau of Education & Research (BER) at 1-800-735-3503 or
May 16 - Mt. Pleasant, MI.
The Heart to Shape a Mind presented by Thomas Haller, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Mid Michigan Community College, Mt. Pleasant Campus. For more information contact Marni Taylor at 989-433-2962 x 320 or email mtaylor@giresd.netClick here for the flyer.
June 15 - Gaborone, Botswana
Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 16 - Gaborone, Botswana
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 18 - Francistown, Botswana
Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
June 19 - Francistown, Botswana
Motivating the Unmotivated presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. For information email
July 16 - 18 - Bay City, MI
Parent Talk System Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information contact or
July 20 - 22 - Bay City, MI
Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information contact or
Media Schedule
Thomas on television answering viewer questions:
Relationship Matters – Every Monday at 9:15 am on WNEM TV5 Better Mid-Michigan
Family Matters with Thomas Haller Fridays at noon, Saturdays at 8:45 am, Sundays at   7:45 am and 8:45 am on WNEM TV5. Also streaming live at:
To view Dr. Tom's previous Family Matters segments, CLICK HERE.
Thomas on the radio answering questions and discussing hot topics:
Every Thursday morning at 7:30 am on CARZ 108FM – Streaming live online
Listen to Thomas on The Thomas and Valerie Show on or on
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