Tips for parenting other people's children in your home

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Tips for parenting other people's children in your home

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Parents approach me with this question: If I'm having a play date at my house and another kid is aggressive to my child, what do I do because it's not my kid? I'm very clear that when they are at your house, you are the parent because it is your house and your parenting. Just like if your child is at someone else's house, you have to respect the other parent's ways of managing behavior from their role. If you see behavior that is uncomfortable for you, you need to jump in and tell that child that that behavior has crossed the line. We don't do that in our house. You do it nicely, calmly, and without anger. You just have to tell them that we don't share that way. We don't get mean. We don't get aggressive. You just show them that there is another way to do this. It's totally appropriate to parent the way you are comfortable with in your own home.

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Joel Haber, PhD

Psychologist, Bullying & Parenting Expert, Author

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized bully prevention and parenting expert. He was selected as a webinar leader and a speaker for the Obama Administration Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention initiative.  He was also an invited participant to the Second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in 2011. His recent book, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good set the bullying standard for schools, camps, sports, organizations and families dealing with bully prevention and intervention. He recently published The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting.  He is a consultant and expert to the American Camp Association, and to LG Electronics as a member of (LGTextEd.com), providing cyberbullying and mobile harassment expertise to parents and families. He is an advisor to Cartoon Network’s anti-bully campaign: Stop Bullying: Speak Up.  He is an expert for No Snap Judgments: The Addams Family Broadway Show- National Campaign to promote acceptance and tolerance amongst our youth. He is also co-founder of Tool Kits for Kids (toolkitsforkids.com), recipient of five national parenting awards for helping parents and kids develop the tools and emotional life skills to overcome worry, build confidence and develop resilience. He has written and published extensively, speaking each year to thousands of parents and educators to help make children’s lives, safer and better. 

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