June 12, 2015
Vol 5, Issue 11
Tom and Julie
March Forth!
Note From Julie and Tom

Dear One,

 

Recently we sat down and said "what does our March Forth Family need today?" And then we began to think about your concerns and your struggles and your big hearts for your kiddos. Everything we do is with you in mind. If there is ever a topic you would like us to address either here in the Newsletter or in a Webinar, let us know. You are the reason there is a March Forth Family!


 
Much love,

Julie and Tom 

 

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and put "Get Acquainted Call" in the subject line.

And now: Content You Care About:

 

A Simple Tip to a Calmer Kid:

Teaching Our Children to Entertain Themselves Quietly

Get a timer.

If you have a child who is perpetually hyperactive, training them to sit quietly or play quietly will take dedication on your part BUT it is definitely doable.

 

First determine what it is you want the child to do.

Rest in their bedrooms?

Sit at a table and play quietly?

Sit quietly on the floor looking at books?

 

Once you determine what it is you want the child to do and the location in which you want them to do it, you need to communicate it very clearly to your child.

 

Even young children can be taught with the timer and loving firmness from you. Trust us. It really can be done with even the most active/challenging child!

 

You can do this. We are your cheerleaders through each of your action steps. Consistency and persistent input takes patience but it is so worth it in the end when your child is happily playing quietly and your home is the peaceful haven you so desire.

 

The first day you say to your child "I want you to sit here at the table and play with (whatever you provide)."

 

Some children can do that for one minute just fine. Some children AT FIRST won't last 30 seconds. Some children can sit for 3 minutes or 5 minutes. Start where they are able.

 

Set the timer for the time you allot.

Instruct your child (lovingly but firmly) that they are not to move from the table until the timer goes off.

 

Sometimes you will need to actually hold the child into the chair (firmly and lovingly) at the table for those 30 seconds. Make it a pleasant holding. The purpose is to communicate to the child that this is what we are doing right now; no other option - this is it. Once the timer goes off -- they get to go on their merry way.

 

Then...increase the time by however much you think your child can reasonably handle. In the end you can create several times every day where your child is quietly playing for 20, 30 or even 45 minutes at a time so you can maintain your sanity and maybe even accomplish a task. How would that feel?

 

Setup times during the day when you want quiet. You are the driver in this car, not the child. You clearly communicate the expectation and follow through.

 

If you follow this principle over and over the child begins to "get it" -- that you mean business, that this is the matter-of-fact way that we are doing life now. Remember to keep it all as pleasant as possible. Everyone in the family will be happier and more peaceful. Peace is a good thing.

 

To recap:

determine when you want quiet times,

communicate clearly to the child what your expectation is, train the child (with timer and by increasing the time each day) to sit quietly doing some project appropriate for their age.

 

And there you have it, another Tip to a Calmer Kid today!

 

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Don't miss our next no-fee Webinar: 

3 Steps to Maximize

the Next School Year for

Your Complex Child

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

June 23rd - LIVE (recording available after)

For more info and to register:  www.MarchForthFamily.com/class 

 

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HEAV:

Very excited to be attending the HEAV conference (Home Educators Association of Virginia). Last night we met up with some awesome homeschooling families! We look forward to future meetings with them.

 

In This Issue
Our Services
Article
Coming Events
About Us
Our Services: 
How we can support you:  

Private Coaching:  

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Speaking and Teaching: Looking for a Speaker? We love to speak to groups to encourage and empower parents! We do weekend seminars, individual classes and teleclasses. Contact Tom and Julie for more information at: MarchForthFamily@gmail.com

Our Books:  

JUST RELEASED on Amazon, our book, Melt the Meltdowns. The booklet form of our very popular talk of the same name. Check it out on Amazon today. Only $11.

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We have written 4 eBooks. Julie's is available on Amazon.  It is available for the Kindle for $2.99, Every Mom's Checkist - Five Point Focus. 

 

Our second eBook is available for no cost on our website. For our current readers of this newsletter, a link is provided HERE to get the PDF version of the book right now! Just click this link to get Happy Moms Peaceful Homes - 3 Tips to Survive Overactive Children. You may also want to save the book to your computer to access at anytime. And be sure to direct your friends to our website to sign up and get their copy!  

Happy Moms Peaceful Homes  

 

Contact us about receiving our third and forth eBook. We would love to share it with you!

 

Classes: We teach live online webinars on a regular basis. Stay tuned to our newsletters for dates and times! AND we have recorded online classes for listening. Visit our website and go to the "Our Services" tab. You will also find a list of our services and fees.

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Article  

What is Causing my Child's Struggle? 
Girl Hugging Teddy Bear by Stuart Miles

Tom and Julie Meekins


Is it possible that your Struggling Child Missed a Critical Developmental Step?


What do we mean by that? 

When a child is having a hard time with: 

  • anxiety
  • balance
  • allergies
  • reading
  • speech
  • hyperactivity
  • short term and long term memory
  • following directions
  • roller coaster emotions

or anything else that makes life challenging, it is often a result of development that got stuck somewhere along the way.

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Coming Events
June 1 - Continuing through the month of June - Brain Games - Empowering Parents to Take Their Children to the Next Level - Join us for this one month program where we work with you to make a personalized strategy for you and your child. We speak with you 3 times over the month and get very specific with the challenges you may be having by giving you "what to do about it" pieces.  Join us today! Register now! For more information and to register, click here to go to MarchForthFamily.com/brain

June 11,12  - Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV). 

June 23, 1:00 PM - Sign up now! Join us for our June No-Fee FREE online webinar:

3 Steps to Maximize

the Next School Year for

Your Complex Child


 
For more info and to register:  www.MarchForthFamily.com/class

The webinar class will be recorded and the link will be sent to those who register. Tell a friend!

About Us

As the founders of March Forth Family, LLC, we are devoted to providing hope, education, and empowerment to all parents especially to those who are raising a child who is complex.  And as presenters for the National Center for Biblical Parenting we bring heart-based parenting  strategies to ALL parents. 


We are parent mentors, authors, and 
motivational speakers. We speak to large and small groups. We would love to connect with you! Let's talk! Send us an email at MarchForthFamily@gmail.com


 
Schedule a Get Acquainted Call with us today -- Find more information see our website at:   MarchForthFamily.com/GAC

  

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