Retraining the Heart

• • • • • Parenting Tip August 9, 2013 Retraining the Heart It’s amazing how transparent children can be when you take time to actively hear what they have to say. After listening for a while, it’s often possible to identify some key thinking errors that perpetuate the child’s problems. Take some time to

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Parenting Insight You Can Use Now

Parenting Insight You Can Use Now Developing internal motivation in children is one of the fast tracks to help them toward maturity. Unfortunately, too often parents use external motivators to get their kids to move forward. “If you get your homework done then you can go out and play.” “If you clean your room then

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Referencing the Normal

“How do you stop a rhinoceros from charging?  You take away his credit cards.”  It’s a joke, but it only makes sense if you have knowledge of the words being used.  If you had no reference to rhino’s or credit cards, the joke would fall flat.  Consider repeating the same joke to teenagers of today. 

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Muscle and a Shovel

Have you heard of the book, Muscle and a Shovel by Michael shank? That’s a question that was asked at our Houston-area preachers’ luncheon last month by one of our members. Interestingly, not one of the preachers there had heard of the book. The questioner told the story of getting a phone call from a

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5 Youth Culture Trends

1.  Social Media Narcissm 2.  Relativism 3.  Cohabitation 4. Tolerance 5. Marketing & Consumerism For better understanding of the youth culture, and resources, check CPYU    

Be Careful with Triangles

• • • • • Parenting Tip July 25, 2013  Be Careful with Triangles Triangles in relationships happen often in family life. Conflict between two people can become an invitation for another person to join in. If parents aren’t careful, and create triangles inappropriately, people get hurt. But if triangles are used properly, they become

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Sad Instead of Mad

• • • • • Parenting Tip July 12, 2013   Sad Instead of Mad   Often parents have a poor repertoire of discipline techniques so they do what comes naturally—they use anger as a consequence. Anger becomes the punishment that children learn to fear and the result is distance in relationships. Parents want to

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“That’s Not Fair!”

• • • • • Parenting Tip July 5, 2013 “That’s Not Fair!” Competition between siblings is often demonstrated by the statement, “That’s not fair” or “What about him?” Competition stems from comparison and often creates conflict in relationships between brothers and sisters. Here’s an idea that will go a long way to reduce the

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Explain New Rules Before You Start

• • • • • Parenting Tip June 20, 2013 Explain New Rules Before You Start One of the ways to change patterns of behavior in children is what we call a Parent/Child Evaluation Meeting. Parents can call this meeting when they see unwanted patterns and are about to focus on change. The beginning of

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Problem Solving and Decision Making

• • • • • Parenting Tip June 12, 2013 Problem Solving and Decision Making How do your children handle problems and decisions? Some children whine, complain, and have bad attitudes. However, problems and decisions make great opportunities to teach children how to face life’s challenges. Families make decisions and solve problems on a daily

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