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  1. #161 How to Help Your Kids Understand Forgiveness — a video by Greater Good Science Center 

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  2. #162 Honesty, Anger and Parenting — by Dr. Laura Markham 
    “Dr. Laura…I think we as parents need to be honest about our own anger, disappointment, sadness about our child’s choices…”

    I agree completely. We need to be honest about our own feelings — with ourselves! We need to notice our emotions as they come up, take responsibility for them, and work through them.

    Because the truth is that every parent sometimes feels rage toward his or her child. Stuffing those feelings doesn’t help anyone.

    But that does NOT mean that we need to “dump” our upsets on our child in the name of being honest. That’s not acting like a grown-up. It’s not coaching our child to be his or her best self, either. In fact, when kids follow that modeling, it looks like tantrums.

    So unless there’s immediate danger — in which case you need to remove a child from harm’s way — I recommend that parents try to avoid relating to their children when they’re angry.

    Does that mean we aren’t being honest, truthful and authentic? I don’t think so. Let’s take this one step at a time.
    Honesty, Anger and Parenting — by Dr. Laura Markham

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  3. #163 When You’ve Had a Tough Day as a Parent… — by Tyler Jacobson 
    Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs you can sign up for. Sure every parent has bad days but some just make you feel that you’ve come to the very end of your rope.

    Maybe you’ve had yet another shouting match with your teen daughter and you wonder how it can possibly get any worse. Or you find out that your teen son has been skipping school to smoke pot and gamble with his circle of questionable friends. You’ve tried talking and reasoning things out with them to no avail. You don’t know how things got so bad. How did your little angel morph into this angry, belligerent teen?

    You have tried everything you could think of, read every parenting article and book you could get your hands on. Still, you suspect that there’s something you’re missing. Some magic tip or parenting technique that will make all this go away.

    You can’t help but compare your family with others and yours comes up short. In spite of your best efforts, your family just doesn’t seem to be as happy as others are and you feel like a failure because of it.

    It’s not just the frustration and anger that wear you out. It’s the anxiety and guilt. You’re frightened by your teen’s behavior and are worried sick about what it means for their future. As if that’s not enough, deep down, you harbor a sneaky suspicion that maybe this is all your fault. You feel guilty about how your child turned out and blame yourself.

    What do you do when you’ve had a tough day being a parent? When you want so badly to fix things and make them better but the cauldron of emotions you’re experiencing leaves you feeling defeated and inadequate?

    Here’s what you do:
    When You’ve Had a Tough Day as a Parent… — by Tyler Jacobson

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