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Case Study #1
Helping parents improve their child’s lack of focus

The Problem:
Mike Storms: Some of the comments I repeatedly hear from parents is “My kid won’t pay attention to me” or “My child won’t focus on finishing their chores.” However, the truth is they aren’t naturally born knowing how to focus. Part of parenting is helping our children learn how to pay attention. For example, one of the couples that attended my parenting workshop shared, “Our daughter won’t concentrate on her homework. She’s always distracted. What can we do to help stay focused?”

The Solution:
To answer her plea, I responded with some key questions. First, I asked the mom and dad to tell me about her daughter’s schedule. It wasn’t hectic or overwhelmed with extracurricular activities, but their response revealed a couple of issues. She was watching too much TV, which will definitely hinder a child’s ability to focus. Also, she was doing her homework after dinner, which is rather late in the day. The best time for kids to do homework is right after school when things are still fresh in their mind, and they haven’t gotten involved in other activities.

Next, I asked the parents to describe their daughter’s room, which was a real eye-opener. The girl’s bedroom, as I suspected, was filled with numerous sources of distraction. Nowadays, some kids’ bedrooms are like a little den. They often have their own TV with a DVD player, video games, computer, stereo, and not to mention a cell phone. It’s no wonder that some kids can’t focus! As I gently pointed this out to the parents, they realized how their daughter’s room contributed to a lack of focus.

The Result:
Consequently, the parents removed their daughter’s recreational electronics to another place in the house, and her grades immediately went up. Her improved ability to focus helped her study better and maintain her concentration during tests.

I could share numerous examples similar to this family’s situation, such as stories in which children with cell phones were constantly talking or texting at night. Once the parents took the phones away, the kid’s grades went up.

One of the best ways that parents can help improve their kid’s ability to focus is by eliminating distractions. For instance, limit the time children spend watching TV and playing video games. Keep those activities in the den, instead of the bedroom. The result is that kids will be able to focus better, increase their concentration, and improve performance in school.

Case Study #2
Mike Storms helps bring a family closer together

The Problem:
Patty Lane: Prior to finding Mike Storms, I had searched for resources that would help me and my husband encourage our son, Tyler. He was bright and did well in school, but he needed something more. We had pushed him to develop a work ethic where school was concerned, but hadn’t pushed him in other areas. Tyler needed more balance and a way to grow in character, strength, confidence, and social skills.

The Solution:
I didn’t realize how much of a blessing Mike Storms would be to me and my family. His parenting tips like, “Don’t baby your child,” have been good for me. Mike’s emphasis on coaching Tyler, rather than criticizing him, made a big impact on us.

In addition, we thank Mike for his patient and persistent encouragement in persuading our family to eat better. Quite a few generations of our family have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Thanks to Mike’s advice, my husband became more intrinsically motivated to improve his nutrition.

The Results:
Mike’s wisdom and life lessons have helped our family in many ways. Our son has grown stronger, more mature, and developed a real bond with us that did not exist before. My husband exhibits much more patience with our son than he did the year before. Our family is on the right track, and Mike Storms has been a real gift in all our lives.

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