Helping kids connect the dots

Spectrum Podcasts audio linkEpisode Summary: Practical, effective ways to help children of all ages connect the choices they make with the outcomes of those choices. This program explores the power of language to influence our sense of control in our lives, sharing ways to avoid talking to children with words and expressions that can rob them of their sense of responsibility, limit their ability to see how their choices impact what happens to them, and believe in their capacity to improve their lives.

Dr. Collins offers practical strategies for avoiding power struggles and heavy-handed, authoritarian approaches to motivation, all the while helping to build choice-making skills in kids of all ages. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.

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Spectrum Podcasts with Dr. Lynn CollinsDr. Lynn Collins

Lynn Collins and Associates Email: 505-328-0938 A psychologist, communications and behavioral specialist, and mental health counselor, Dr. Collins has also worked as a middle school and high school teacher, business consultant and trainer, and personal coach. She is the author of BlindSpots: Your Psychological Speed Bumps.

This program was recorded on September 23, 2011. The content is also available on the Energize Students Web site.

© 2012, Dr. Jane Bluestein, Father Sky Media.

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Related links:

Guidelines for Offering Choices.” Excerpt from The Win-Win Classroom by Dr. Jane Bluestein. Available in English and French. Also available for parents.

Positive Consequences,” excerpt from The Win-Win Classroom by Dr. Jane Bluestein:  Also available for parents.

Parenting Teens: Where do You Draw the Line?” Article by Dr. Jane Bluestein originally published in Adolescence magazine (March 1994).

Ways to Build Irresponsibility in Your Children.” Excerpt from The Parent’s Little Book of Lists by Dr. Jane Bluestein.

9 Benefits of Asking Questions Instead of Giving Answers.” Excerpt from The Parent’s Little Book of Lists by Dr. Jane Bluestein.  Available in English, Spanish, and French.

Building Decision-Making Skills” Excerpt from Being a Successful Teacher by Dr. Jane Bluestein.

Building Decision-Making Skills,” by Amy Anderson on the Let’s Explore website.

The World of Decision Making Explained.” An entire website with information for adults to help build skills and confidence in making choices. Offers different models, tools, and tips in English and Spanish.

Giving Children Choices Helps Build Decision-Making Skills,” by Deborah M. Carey on the HubPages website.

Build Decision-Making Skills: Help for the Indecisive Child,” by Sylvie Branch on the Shine website.

Dreams+Action=Reality: A Step-By-Step Guide to Lifelong Success for Youth, book by Rico Racosky (Actiongraphics Pub., 1996).

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom, book by William Glasser (Harper Perennial, 1999)

Also see:

List of Spectrum Podcasts by guest
List of Spectrum Podcasts by topics
About Dr. Jane Bluestein

© 2012, Dr. Jane Bluestein, Father Sky Media.

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