Posts Tagged ‘discipline’

Got Courteous Kids? See me on TV to learn more!

December 28, 2010

Guess WHAT?
I was interviewed by Father Manning – beloved by many for his insightful views on living in truth and love!
You’ll want to check out what made me such a kid fanatic and why I am the way I am!

Watch a portion of the interview with Ruth Elliot by clicking on the image below:

COURTEOUS KIDS December 29, 2010
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(Here is an excerpt, below,  from an email sent to me by Wordnet Productions, where Father Manning mentions the show!)COURTEOUS KIDS
One of the precious realities of our world are the children. They bring new life and joy. Sometimes they don’t act the way we think they should. One person said “If you want to train teenagers, do it when they are three years old.”Today’s guest, Ruth Elliott, has much to say about helping children develop the respect, love, kindness that we expect of them.

Much depends on home training. In this interview with
Fr. Mike, Ruth tells how she has done this.
Ruth Elliott was very successful commercially in art, design, and cartoons in the Hollywood area. Upon retiring and stirred by God to use her talents, she established
Edu Designs.
Through art, she helps parents and teachers to show children how to behave. When they see a picture, it is easier to remember to do the action.

Ruth is impelled by Michah’s quote: “To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” That is what this talented lady is doing, using her talents in the way that she feels God is asking her.

(for the complete
interview click HERE, or watch Courteous Kids on YouTube)
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Father Manning’s programs are available in over 200 thousand households around the world through delivery by broadcast, cable, satellite, and internet, as well as by direct video purchase.

The disappearing wooden spoon…

May 5, 2010

Ah yes! The fabled wooden spoon that kept disappearing after I used it on the kid’s butts a few times.  Alas – that was before I discovered the magic use of BEHAVIOR CHARTS! But now everyone can learn from MY MISTAKES (yes, I have made lots of them) by getting them FREE (the behavior charts, not the mistakes) at:
If you have kids, TRY IT, you’ll LIKE IT! NOT the wooden spoon! The BEHAVIOR CHARTS! Better than screaming and yelling all day – and FREE for your non profit use (go ahead and share them with your friends, I want you to).

I KNEW it!!! SPANKING leads to even more aggressive behavior!

May 4, 2010
Ruth Elliott's illustration

I alweddy knew dat...

You knew it too, I’ll bet. Instinctively. Remembering when YOU were spanked, right? How did it make you feel? Like being nicer? No. Now that the EXPERTS have spoken, we can all say what we’ve suspected all along: That Spanking leads to more aggressive behavior:  TIME magazine said so. (Click for the link) WOW! I feel Validated!

Remember the old story? Man gets yelled at by boss. Goes home, yells at wife. She turns around and spanks kid. Kid kicks cat. Cat chases mouse…and so it goes! When will it ever end? You decide!  When it happens to you, you either pass on the insult or put a shock absorber in there.  I try to remember to do it this way: Say “Ouch”, then ask God to “forgive them, for they know not what they do”.  It works – it’s not as much fun as revenge in the short run, but in the long run you get the last laugh. Because then THEY feel stupid when they realize they hurt such a nice person who didn’t deserve it. YOU!

Go back to work? Who needs it?

April 4, 2010

Some mom’s go crazy if they don’t get to go to work outside the home. I felt I went crazy when I DID have to leave my kids.  There was so much to do at home that never got done when I ran for that ever escaping buck.  And why should the babysitter have all the fun? I say let the little ones have their way. They want YOU. After all. They’re only babies once.  You can’t spoil a baby.

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You love this person…called Mama

April 3, 2010

baby on mom's tummy

Why do we love our moms so?

Imagine… that your only safety and security comes from sticking close to the one person who will care for you.  You come to love this person, naturally… and look up to them with utter devotion, because your very survival depends on them.  When you’re with that person you feel safe.  In fact, when you are  not with them you feel insecure. Who will take care of you like she does?  No wonder you cry when you have to leave her.  She represents your safety. Your security. Your connection with life itself.

You’re lying there, all alone. Helpless. Wishing you could get up. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ve got the strength to lift your head. You want someone to help. But you can’t talk, and whatever you’d like to say won’t come out the way you want.  You’re getting worried.  Who will help you? You’re just about to lose hope… but wait – there’s someone coming into the room and, OH LOOK! It’s that wonderful lady who seems to know what you need!  She’s walking over to you with a smile on her face! She picks you up gently and suddenly you feel a great relief. You are no longer alone anymore. She knows how to help you. You can relax now. Don’t worry. Everything will be alright.