003: How to Set the World’s Best Curfew–Don’t!

 Tired of the curfew battles? Want to set the world’s best curfew? 

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Learn the Leman family’s secret method to set the world’s best curfew, without the usual fight, using the parenting principle of putting the ball in your kid’s court.

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Here are the steps to set curfew:

  1. Say, “Be home at a reasonable hour.”
  2. When your kid asks for a specific time, repeat: “Be home at a reasonable hour.”
  3. Expect them to behave responsibly and they will strive to reach your expectation.

Question: How can you trust them to come home at a reasonable hour?
Answer: If you trust them with a car that can do real damage, you can trust them to be home at a reasonable hour.

Question: What happens if they come home at 4:00 am?
Answer: They wouldn’t be driving the Leman car for a long time, since they weren’t home at a reasonable hour.

 

Parenting Tip:

Put the ball in their court by involving them in making the decisions. This will give them greater responsibility and avoid a “you-against-them” set-up.

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Question: How would you have reacted if your parents said, “Be home at a reasonable hour”?

002: Are You Running a Home…or a Hotel?

Do you ever feel like you are the maid and not the mom, or the butler versus the dad? If so, you might be running a hotel, instead of a home. Learn how to get your kids to contribute to the family.

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Many parents are burdened by the belief that they must keep their kids happy, give them opportunities, and teach them responsibility all at the same time. This task has gotten harder, not easier. Sometimes, parents simply give up trying. This podcast is here to encourage you that you can teach your kids to contribute to the family.

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Insight to gain from this episode:

  • No one member of the family is more important than the family.
  • We are of equal social value, but we are not the same.
  • Kids view their rewards as their rights.
  • Today’s parents’ feel the pressure to make their children “happy, happy, happy children.” Dr. Leman suggests: “An unhappy child is a healthy child.”
  • If you are a well-balanced parent, your kids will like you. We worry too much about our kids liking us.
  • What are you doing in your home to teach your kids to care about others?
  • You don’t get a great kid by giving them things.
  • The only place they are going to learn to be a responsible adult is in your home.

Parenting Tip/Pocket Phrase

“No one member of the family is more important than the family.”

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The next session is on Ask Dr Leman. If you have a question or thought regarding this topic, please leave us a voicemail for the next session. It must be under 30 seconds for the podcast. We reserve the right to use your question on the podcast. (This is NOT a private voicemail for personal counseling.)

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001: Dr. Kevin Leman and the “Have a New Kid by Friday” Podcast

Want a kid without the attitude? A kid with character, who isn’t a character? Join the “Have a New Kid by Friday” podcast with Dr. Kevin Leman!

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Dr. Kevin Leman uses his wit and wisdom to help you laugh and learn parenting principles for raising great kids, on this podcast.

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This podcast will cover practical topics like curfew, bedtime battles, complaining, and more.  He will also include teaching on successful parenting mindsets such as, “Keep the ball of life on their side of the court,” Vitamin N, and “An unhappy child is a healthy child,” among others.

You will be blessed, laugh and even learn a few things along the way. Come join!

Who is Dr. Kevin Leman?

Dr. Kevin Leman is a N.Y. Times best-selling author, has written 45 books, and ran his own private counseling practice for many years. He has appeared on  shows like Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, Oprah, and many others. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have 5 kids.

Who are Doug & Andrea Terpening

Doug and Andrea Terpening join him on these sessions to ask the questions that many parents want answered. They have 4 kids that range from elementary-age to high school, so their questions are from the trenches. Their family lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The next session is entitled: “Is your House a Home or a Hotel?” If you have a question or thought regarding this topic, please leave us a voicemail for the next session. It must be under 30 seconds for the podcast. We reserve the right to use your question on the podcast. (This is NOT a private voicemail for personal counseling.)

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