Making and repairing mistakes

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Making and repairing mistakes

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Making mistakes is a fact of life. We make mistakes in our workplace. We make mistakes in our family. As parents, we make mistakes, and our children are certainly going to make mistakes. Not only are they going to make mistakes, we want to encourage our children to make mistakes. Making mistakes means that they're learning. We call our family a mistake making family. If they're not making mistakes along the way, they're probably not learning from it. Making small mistakes now when they're 3, 5, 10, 12, hopefully, will prevent them from making the larger mistakes later on in life. When your child makes a mistake, embrace it. Don't scold them, punish them. They'll become fearful. They'll keep their mistakes from you. They'll start to lie, blame others, or cover up. Teach them to repair their mistakes. They can do do overs. They can do make-ups. They just need to repair what they've done. Make amends for their mistakes.

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Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE

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is an Oregon resident, in the United States, with 18 year old boy/girl twins in the Tigard Tualatin School District, and has been an educator for almost three decades. She began her career as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, then worked as an elementary school administrator for 6 years, and then decided to dedicate herself to teaching parenting classes and workshops exclusively. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families, in a program called Redirecting Children‘s Behavior. She also has taken recent trainings in the areas of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Trauma Informed Care, Smart Voices/Smart Choices: Parents Talking with Kids about Mental Wellness and Substance Use, and Making the Connection: Stress, Teen Brains & Building Resilience. Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops, classes, coaching families and writing monthly articles for two local newspapers Tualatin Times and Tigard Times. Kim is a monthly guest on KATU's Afternoon Live and an occasional guest on KATU's AM Northwest television show doing parenting segments. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her close to one hundred 30 minute parenting podcasts found on her website. Additionally, Kim recently made her fifth trip to Asia during the last few years to teach and share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s goal for you is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with your loved ones.

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