On Friday, April 26th, Dr. Adria O'Donnell returned to The Rhoades School and held presentations for parents and students in grades 4-8 on managing stress and anxiety, and provided tools on how to communicate more effectively with your children. Her key message "words matter, so be intentional" was presented with her gift of combining her years of professional training and experience with her warm humor.
Children love to push your buttons. You need to avoid being pulled into their anger or going down the "rabbit hole" when talking to them. My favorite take-away was the use of "I think you meant to say..." Here is the example she gave. You serve a beautiful salmon for dinner. Your child's immediate response is "Oh no, not salmon..again" (insert whiny tone for accuracy). Instead of reacting and raising your voice or getting frustrated, you simply say "I think you meant to say 'thank you Mom for the wonderful dinner'... a little humor goes a long way. Having practiced this all weekend I can say it isn't easy, but it is effective!
To read her full presentation please click here.