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Parent Express for 06-Nov-2010

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Gloria DeGaetano

Recently several friends and a few strangers remarked, "I can't believe it's November already!" I agree. The 11th month startles many of us into realizing that the holidays are around the corner. Thanksgiving—soon!

At the PCI, we emphasize an appreciative approach to parenting, so that gratefulness acts as a major focal point—every day—not only on Thanksgiving. With awareness of our blessings means we attend to what works well in our lives and in our parenting. Thankful for what works, we naturally keep learning what works for us! In this exciting process, we become increasingly capable of successfully addressing challenges. Equipping our children with an "attitude of gratitude" definitely supports their spiritual growth and emotional health. But also consider: Thankful children know how to navigate life's storms better than entitled children do.

The articles in this issue of The Parent Express, "Teaching Our Children Gratefulness" and "Meeting Our Children's Needs" offer reminders and resources to help children become self-actualized and grateful—a winning combination—any month of the year.

I (and all of us at the PCI) wish you a meaningful and joyous holiday season. We will "see" you in 2011 when The Parent Express resumes with our January issue.


Gloria DeGaetano, Founder and CEO

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Featured Article

Teaching Children Gratefullness

Gloria DeGaetano

by Gloria DeGaetano
PCI Founder and CEO

We teach our children to say "Thank You," to write messages of appreciation when they receive gifts, and to express gratitude toward their teachers by kindnesses throughout the school year. Gratefulness is demonstrated by these actions.

Gratefulness is a way of being in the world.

Learning this "attitude of gratitude" can be an exciting adventure. It may be a journey of a lifetime, but many steps can be taken in childhood. Here are four key ideas to try with your children:

Say What You Appreciate
We don't give up parental authority when we let our children know we appreciate them. "I appreciate how you picked up your room this morning" is an accurate statement of positive behavior, as well as an honest declaration of how the positive behavior impacts you. Children and teens hear an authentic acknowledgment from us as validation—hey, if mom thinks I'm on the right track then I must be! A healthy sense of personal agency develops from this inner recognition, along with self-appreciation. And a bonus—verbally stating what we appreciate about our children teaches them to appreciate that about themselves.

Guide Children to Express Their Thanks Often
With busy days it's so easy to move quickly from one activity to another without much thought. Pausing in order to direct children to express their thanks means we have to slow down. For example, when we shop with our child, we may have bought her new clothes or his much-wanted toy and now we're rushing to get to the grocery store to make it home in time for dinner in time to go to the PTA meeting—you know how it is. With a few deeps breaths to gain more presence in the moment, we may realize that our child hasn't yet said, "Thank You" to us for the purchase. On the ride to the grocery store, a "thank you" reminder makes sense. When we ourselves take time and allow a slower pace on occasion, we'll be able to nudge our children to express thanksgiving. Children feel what they express…and they may not feel grateful until they express it!

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Upcoming Events

Parents and the Media/Digital Age
Gloria DeGaetano, Founder and CEO of the Parent Coaching Institute will provide presentations on Parenting Well in a Media/Digital Age based on her award-winning book, Parenting Well in a Media Age for two school districts in the Dallas area:

Tuesday, November 9
St. Mark's School (PDF)

Wednesday, November 10
Greenhill School (PDF)


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Back Issues

Back issues of Parent Express are available on The PCI™ Web site. There you can read articles by Gloria DeGaetano and PCI Certified Parent Coaches®, and easily send past issues to friends and colleagues via e-mail.

Featured Article

Meeting Our Children's Needs Reduces Stress and Helps to Minimize Discipline Problems

Barb Bushey

by Barb Bushey
PCI Ceritified Parent Coach® and PCI Instructor

I have used Dr. William Glasser's five basic needs and Gloria DeGaetano's Vital Five® (DeGaetano, G., 2004, Parenting Well in a Media Age) to assist me with these problems and situations. We all have five basic needs according to Dr. William Glasser. The first need is the need for survival this includes air, water, food, shelter, and good health. If this need is not being met, we will do anything possible to get it met. The four other basic needs are love and belonging, power, fun, and freedom. You may be saying to yourself what does this have to do with my child's behavior.

These needs are directly related to both our behavior as parents and our children's behavior. If our needs or our children's needs are not met, we will behave in ways to get these met. This behavior can be positive or negative and especially as a child, we don't care what these behaviors are as long as we get these needs met.

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This issue of Parent Express was originally published November 6, 2010. Some content, contact information, and links may be out of date, and the conversion from the original email edition may introduce formatting inconsistencies.

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