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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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The Purposeful Parent: Let Whatever You Don’t Want For Your Children Be A Non...

This delightful quote comes from best selling author and international speaker Esther Hicks, and it applies to adults as well as children. Let whatever you...
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The Purposeful Parent: Less TO & FOR and WITH a Little More!

As I continue to work with groups of parents as well as individuals, I find that many adults are committing to more activities outside...
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The Purposeful Parent: Child Expectations

How much should we expect of our children with regard to self-care and contribution to the family as a toddler, as a young child,...

The Purposeful Parent: Hocus Pocus—They Flipped the Focus

Sometimes children and adults use manipulative strategies to avoid responsibility. Today we are introducing one such trick which uses ‘slight of mind’ to quickly...
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The Purposeful Parent: Psychologically Based Myth Busting for Parents

Myth #3—  Parents should reward children for good behavior. False. Punishment and rewards are simply opposite sides of the same coin.  Both are forms of manipulation...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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?...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Are you smarter than a 9th grader?

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