Kid Power!

If you have a child, know a child or ever WERE a child – then this is a very familiar scenario:

Two children, fighting over one toy.

And if you are the adult in charge, it’s easy, and much quicker to simply solve the problem, take away the toy, or force one child to share with the other.  But doing this deprives children of learning how to engage their own problem solving abilities.

A great response on the part of a parent might be to calmly say something like, “We have two children here and one toy.  How can we solve this problem?”

While you can’t realistically expect an intelligent discourse on the myriad options available, you might be very surprised at some of the doable suggestions that those little munchkins can come up with!  Plus they can feel good about how THEY fixed the problem!  And like I always say, since little kids feel powerless so much of the time, it’s great to find opportunities where they can feel in control – especially of solving problems and finding solutions!

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who surely wishes she’d known all this stuff when her son was a kid!


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Oh, Linda. If only I had read this blog post earlier this morning! I am knee-deep in this situation. Will is having a friend over today. And we have already gone through this about forty times. Now that I have a solution, they are quietly watching a movie. I think I might go buy one toy and put it in the middle – just so I can try this out!  Thanks for sharing! Now I’m going to share this great advice with all my fellow Moms!

  2. You know Linda, this calm, rational way of problem solving works with adults too doesn’t it?   I swear, sometimes I witness adults acting like children!  Thanks for posting.  

  3. Nothing better than empowering children through healthy communication. Thank you Linda for always providing such excellent ways of resolving issues in a graceful manner.

  4. Oops.  Can I have a do-over with my kids?  Well it may be too late for my influence over them in this matter but I’m certainly going to share this great post with other moms (and adults, Marilyn!).

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