Self Discipline

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Do your children and teens listen to the external rules guiding them to do what is expected of them in the home, at school, and out in the community? Most of the time? That’s a big part of discipline, our Powerful Word of the Month.  But there is also another part– making sure that they […]

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Ask Dr. Robyn: My Child Has No Self Discipline!

by DrRobyn on October 13, 2009

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Both discipline, the Powerful Word of the Month, and self discipline, are very important action-oriented words that help us become successful.  Without paying attention to the external rules and what is expected of us, and our internal rules (our “I-Rules,” as we call them at

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Stuck, Stagnant and Stymied: Redefining your Who, What, Where, When, and Why for 2009 FaceBook. Go ahead, “friend” me! It’s a really cool tool that’s reconnected me with friends and colleagues of the past and present. This is both positive and negative. More connections can lead to heightened opportunity, greater feelings of unity, and growth. […]

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How Can Parents Control Their Children’s Inappropriate Public Behavior? Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman Libraries. Restaurants. Grocery Stores. The Post Office. Some meltdown. Where do you fall? Jason and I recall when we were young and our Moms would “lose their lips” over such behavior (you know that look?). My Mom would say; “Robyn! You are […]

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7 attributes children learn from Olympians

by DrRobyn on August 11, 2008

What does it take to become an Olympian in life? Nastia Liukin falls flat on her back and gets back up.Powerful Words that we learn and make use of them in their daily lives. Here are just a few questions you can pose to your children: Perseverance: How do your child’s favorite athletes show perseverance […]

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7 Ways to Help Your Child with ADHD

by DrRobyn on July 10, 2008

Helping Your Child Cope with ADHD determination and stick-to-itiveness, but I wanted to take a moment to give you at least a few tips on how you can help your child with ADHD: (1) Advocate for them to get services in school: Your child has a special condition that makes them eligible for special accommodations […]

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10 Ways to Help Your Child Tackle Any Problem

by DrRobyn on April 15, 2008

guest blog for Vanessa, in the past. 10 Ways to Help Your Child Tackle Any Problem Learning how to approach a problem or a big project is a life skill that I think many adults do not ever learn how to do (I am still learning). Recently, I have been working with a lot of […]

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Dear Dr. Robyn, I feel like the worst Mom. My son is 4 years old and he has always been a very sweet and loving boy. But the other day when we were playing with his toy trucks on the floor he got really mad, threw the truck down, and told me that he hated […]

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Today I received the following question about children’s self discipline vs smarts from Mary in Charlotte, North Carolina: “I have a quick question–since the Powerful Word this month is Self Discipline, my husband got into this discussion about our son (age 14) and daughter (age 11) who have very different study habits. We were just […]

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You know several tips on helping children learn self discipline since you read it in the Dear Dr. Robyn column in your Powerful Words package this month. But I thought I would expand on one of the tips (number 4) in the following article on children and self discipline, in particular: “Help your children recognize […]

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