EFFECTIVE PARENTING TIP – What Can a Child’s Emotions Tell You?

What Can a Child’s Emotions Tell You? Since the heart is where decisions are formed, commitments made, and beliefs established, your child’s emotions become an opportunity for parenting. Look for ways to use your children’s emotions to help you understand their hearts. Don’t Be Afraid of Emotions Many parents are afraid of their children’s emotions

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EFFECTIVE PARENTING TIP – Honor is Like Giving a Gift

  Honor is Like Giving a Gift When was the last time you received a surprise? Don’t just think about the big surprises like a birthday gift, but think of the little ones, like an unexpected thank you or an encouraging word from someone you appreciate. It’s those little surprises in life that give a

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EFFECTIVE PARENTING TIP – When Kids Don’t Listen and Follow Instructions

When Kids Don’t Listen and Follow Instructions Brandon is nine years old. When his mom gives him an instruction he often turns it into a discussion. He asks why he has to do it and offers ideas about why the task isn’t important anyway. Mom finds herself explaining, arguing, and nagging. Jenny is thirteen years

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EFFECTIVE PARENTING TIP – Are Today’s Kids More Self-Centered than Previous Generations?

  Are Today’s Kids More Self-Centered than Previous Generations? “If you get your homework done then you can go out and play.” “If you clean your room then you can watch a video.” Sound familiar? Many parents today use a simple behavior modification approach to raise their children. This approach basically says, “If you do

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Is My Child Defiant or Just Impulsive?

        How can you tell the difference between defiance and impulsivity? Sometimes the line is fuzzy, but the biggest factor has to do with awareness. The child exhibiting annoying behavior is often not aware of what he’s doing or doesn’t have a good repertoire of socially appropriate behaviors. Some parents believe that because they said,

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It Takes Two to Argue, but Only One to Stop

        Is Arguing a Good Quality? Children who argue have good character qualities like persistence, perseverance, determination, creativity, and an ability to communicate their ideas. The problem with arguing is that your child views you as an obstacle, a mountain to tunnel through. The child who argues often lacks sensitivity, humility, and a proper respect

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One Fact About Lying That Will Help You With Your Kids

One Fact About Lying That Will Help You With Your Kids This one truth can help you deal with lying in your kids: Dishonesty always occurs under pressure.  Kids need internal character to combat the external pressure. For example, some lie to escape punishment. They fear what might happen if they tell the truth, so

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When Your Kids Get Hurt, Should You Comfort Them?

When Your Kids Get Hurt, Should You Comfort Them? Your child is running and all of a sudden falls down with a smack on the sidewalk. What do you do? Do you rush over and pick him up? Or do you say, “You’re okay. Get up and try again?” Or how about just looking away

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Why Transparency with Kids is Important

Why Transparency with Kids is Important “Why are you sad, Mom?” Cheryl was trying to recover from the upsetting news she received at work. She didn’t get the promotion she had hoped for. But that wasn’t her daughter’s problem. Should she put on a happy face or share the situation with her nine-year-old? In this

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When a Child Tends to Badger

• • • • • Parenting Tip June 15, 2015 When a Child Tends to Badger A badger is a burrowing animal with an amazing amount of persistence. Badgers have extraordinary physical strength and a tenacious approach to life’s challenges. Many children are like badgers when they can’t accept a “no” answer from their parents.

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