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Aside from overseeing the daily operations of The Parenting Training Network (PTN) in the Tremont Library in the Bronx, New York, our group’s founder and CEO, Cynthia Shields, has a blog that chronicles her opinions and reflections on various issues that are connected to the workshops we conduct.

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The Gift of Discipline

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (5)

This season give the gift that will keep on giving. Peace of mind that is. This is the time of the year were parents are busy picking up the latest toys. Ever thought about giving the gift of discipline.

All year we meet hard working parents in our workshops who are mandated to take parenting/ Anger management classes, because they lost their cool and hit their children.

The parents are sometimes locked up over night and have to have an agency mointer their homes . Parents tell us they give there children everything. TV's,Cell phones, latest sneakers, electronics you name it they want for nothing.

One of the things that we tell our parents in our workshops is if children just receive things but don't have to earn them, that's when you get kids who don't appreciate anything and expect everything. Think about it were you given everything or did you have to earn it?

I remember that if my report card wasn't good than I could kiss Christmas goodbye. Are you one of those parents that give and your child takes? Never fear it's not to late to correct this behavior here's some places to start with.

Please let me know what you think. My favorites is the better behaviorwheel and accountable kids Programs, Each program can be customized to fit your children's behaviors and they love being good. The other sites I thought were good for helping your child with school work. If they are going to use the computer you should benefit from it. Don't you think? For more information on behavior mgmt. and anger mgmt. check out our website and click on programs.

This holiday season give the gift of learning and discipline.

1- www. time 4

2- www. learning games for

3- www. great schools .org

4- www. better behavior - (discipline)



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C. Shields,


Posted on June 1, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year Everyone

Well it the last day of the New Year and we are thinking about what we can do to get the word out about postive parenting. One of the things that came to my mind was High school programs we had back in the day.

How many of you parents remember taking Home Economics, Wood shop, Automotive classes and clerical skills?

I was thinking that a LIFE SKILLS program for pre-teens and Teens would be benefincal to the schools.

Teaching children about money management, parenting, job searching would help young students learn what they are going to have to be prepared for in life.

I remember my mom having us pay the Phone bill, Con Edison and looking in the super market cirrculars for sales on can vegetables.

All of those things taught me how to deal with them when I become old enough to have my

own family and what to do.

I hear alot of parents say in my workshops what they give their children but what are you

really teaching them about the game of life?

So the next time you sit down to pay your mountain of bills invite you children along for the

ride and start a open dialogue about the game called LIFE.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to hearing from you on this topic.

How to throw a successful birthday party for a young child?

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I was just thinking about the birthday parties I grew up with in the 60"s where I went around the neighborhood and gave out invitations to my party. I got all dressed up in my birthday party dress and my friends attended and brought me a gift.

We danced to the Kool jerk and had pigs in a blanket while we sat on the davenport. (aka) couch.

Children's parties are something a child never forgets here is some tips on how to make your child's next parties memorable. Young children's function best in small groups. Therefore you should invite only a few children to attend a party in your child's honor.

After all a party for a young child should last only a hour or two, so that the children do not become restless, tired and develop separation anxiety. Serve healthy snacks and plan activities to keep the kids busy for most of the party time. Remember to enlist help you will appreciate the adult companionship. To make your child's party extra special have a unique theme such as build a bear. We found a great company that your child and their guest actually picks the animal of their choice and then stuff them complete with a birth certificate

and take home party boxes for a extra thrill you can have one of their mascots Mojo Monkey or Color burst bear make an appearance.

Check out Noah's Ark animal for your children's next party.

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Share your memories of your birthday parties with us. Looking forward to hearing from you.

How do I tell my child that someone has died?

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome back to our blog! I decided to talk about this topic when I was doing a parenting workshop and a parent stated she was never told her father died. The parent went on to say that she would wait for her father to come home every night but he never came. I can't imagine what that must of been like for that child not to be told that her father passed away and that he wasn't never coming back. The parent stated that she still struggles with those memories even today. Although it's hard for parents to tell children that someone passed away it is necessary and it's how you do it that counts. The most important rule of thumb is to be HONEST. Never tell your child that their love one is sleeping or they will expect him or her to wake up and never tell your child that their loved one is " taking a trip or journey" because they will await a return. Unless you are honest and open, there is most likely going to be a delay between your child learning about death and the onset of the grieving process. I know for me my mom told us when someone passed away and gave me a option to attend the services or not. How were you told about death in the family? Looking forward to your reply's.