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The Purposeful ParentParenting can be hard, but it doesn't have to be if you are Purposeful Parent. Racine County Eye is proud to partner with Kate Martin, an educator, and author of the column The Purposeful Parent. Martin has been a high school teacher for 27 years and retired from the Racine Unified School District in 2015. She taught students with special needs as well as those in general education. While working with hundreds of parents over the years, she discovered that there was a significant lack of resources and educational opportunities to help them navigate the many demands of parenting today. For this reason, in 2013 she founded The Purposeful Parent, offering workshops and resources for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Martin's column comes out on Wednesdays every week. She'll also be doing a monthly podcast. She'll offer up her best advice as well. So if you have questions, feel free to email her at martin5943@sbcglobal.net.

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Purposeful Parent: Psychological Based Myth Busting For Parents #2

Today we present the 2nd myth in the series entitled ‘Psychologically based myth busting for parents!’ Myth #2— Punishment is necessary to make children behave. False. Punishment is...
The Purposeful Parent

The Purposeful Parent: Psychological Myth Busting for Parents

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.  Mark Twain For the...
Parent and child

The Purposeful Parent: That Parent in the Mirror

In what ways might I as a parent, be allowing, promoting or creating this situation? I wonder how different my experience as a teacher...
Teen rage

The Purposeful Parent: A Graveyard for Staplers

Teachers, I turn to you for validation— teenagers are destroyers of property! Am I right? Nothing is safe within the teen-zone. Whether in the classroom...

The Purposeful Parent: I’m listening

What do the results of questionnaires and polls administered to teens over the past 50 years reveal regarding what they most want from adults?...
The purposeful parent

The Purposeful Parent: Why Don’t You Just Ask Me?

Let’s begin with a fun quiz for Purposeful Parents! In which hand does the statue of liberty hold the torch? On a standard stop...
Parenting

Do you seek obedience or commitment from your children?

Very often parents come to me with a request for assistance after their child has, in their words, ‘disobeyed’ them. I know what they...
Honoring their feelings

How to honor your children’s thoughts and feelings.

Sitting in the coffee shop is my favorite place to observe parenting at its best and sometimes not so best. I just overheard the...
parenting teens

Parenting teens? Sometimes you need to get creative

Parenting teens can be frustrating. But it doesn't have to be. As we close the month of blogging about teens, I am compelled to address...
smarter

Are you smarter than a 9th grader?

"Are you smarter than a 5th-grader?” I've always enjoyed that television show. It’s so amazing to watch those little kiddos spew out information on...
Teen diet

The Purposeful Parent: First Response to Teen Depression

“I think my 17-year-old is depressed!” What is your first response? Many parents have been conditioned to believe that medication is our first line of...
The teenager

The magically marvelous mind of the teenager

For today’s parenting tip, we focus on the mind of the teenager. I give you the drama of the 15-year-old girl: She’s lying on...
rituals

Rituals ground our children with loving nostalgia

Don’t underestimate the power of placing that ornamental display in the exact same place on the mantel every December. Don’t disregard the importance of getting...

The grading system receives an ‘F’ for flawed

Your child’s grade report is right around the corner. What will you do when you see the grades? Will you reward your child for...
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Would You Please Pass Me That Pacifier Mr. Smith?

So, you are a new parent! Here is a list of questions for which you may want to be prepared: What if he is still...

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