Ending the Discipline Time Positively

• • • • • Parenting Tip January 10, 2014 Ending the Discipline Time Positively Disciplining children day-to-day often leaves tension in the parent/child relationship. Children may feel angry, guilty, or fearful and their parents can be left with lingering frustration. One helpful solution for both parent and child is to have a debriefing after

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A Lesson in Honor

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 26, 2013 A Lesson in Honor Honor changes kids, but sometimes it’s hard to communicate its importance to children. One way that you can teach honor is by modeling it as you extend hospitality to others. We live in a compartmentalized society. Many of the entertainment options

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A Time to Practice Saying Thank You

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 20, 2013 A Time to Practice Saying Thank You Gratefulness is an important life quality because it helps us to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have. Gratefulness is a lifestyle but it starts by saying “Thank you” to others

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Caring for Others

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 16, 2013 Caring for Others One of the great ways to help children think of giving instead of just getting at Christmas is to reach out to others you don’t even know. This one activity can do a tremendous amount to help kids focus on others, not

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Practical Ways to Connect with Your Child’s Heart

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 11, 2013 Practical Ways to Connect with Your Child’s Heart Here are eleven suggestions to help you find ways to connect with your child’s heart. 1. Talking. Children often like to hear stories from your own childhood. Don’t feel like you have to tie a lesson into

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Christmas: A Time to Teach Generosity

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 6, 2013 Christmas: A Time to Teach Generosity Christmas is a highlight in the life of most children, but much of the benefit is focused on what they get. Of course one of the blessings of Christmas is giving, so look for ways to teach children generosity

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Missed Opportunities

• • • • • Parenting Tip November 23, 2013 Missed Opportunities Every day parents have opportunities to touch the hearts of their children. Sometimes it’s through a story or a hug, or an apology, but often it’s through the daily correction that children need. Addressing the heart is important. Unfortunately some parents respond to

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The Key to Making Devotions Fun

• • • • • Parenting Tip November 20, 2013 The Key to Making Devotions Fun The language of children is activity. When teaching children spiritual truths it’s best to speak in their language.  A family devotion time should be the most fun part of the week. If you use their language they’ll not only

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The Gratefulness Principle

• • • • • Parenting Tip November 14, 2013 The Gratefulness Principle Gratitude increases closeness in relationships. As you parent your children, look for opportunities to take advantage of gratefulness to draw closer to your kids. Give your children small gifts of love day after day. Be careful, though, that you don’t confuse the

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Teaching Children About Anger

• • • • • Parenting Tip November 12, 2013 Teaching Children About Anger Anger is a common problem in family life, especially among siblings. Although it’s very frustrating for parents, a wise mom or dad can use anger episodes to teach kids some valuable lessons about anger control and dealing with emotions. First, empathize

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