Keep Connections Open

• • • • • Parenting Tip April 25, 2014 Keep Connections Open Some of the ways parents relate to their children work against emotional closeness. Be careful not to undermine your own efforts with actions that close your child’s heart. Here are a few examples of things to avoid: 1. Using anger as discipline.

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Strong-Willed Children are a Blessing

• • • • • Parenting Tip April 12, 2014 Strong-Willed Children are a Blessing There’s a lot of talk about strong-willed kids. These children know what they want and are not easily deterred. They’re often driven, inflexible, and know how others should fit into their plans. They have the determination to face resistance, even

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Parenting Babies

• • • • • Parenting Tip April 5, 2014 Parenting Babies Parenting is a complicated job with very few easy answers. When parents try to simplify it by setting policies they think will last for years, they are making a serious mistake. One mom said about her one-month-old son, “I’m going to stop the

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Emotional Cues

• • • • • Parenting Tip March 24, 2014 Emotional Cues 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. Many parents are afraid of their children’s emotions

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Dealing with Morning Dawdling

• • • • • Parenting Tip March 14, 2014 Dealing with Morning Dawdling Mornings can be a stressful time for families. One single mom told how she addressed this for her children, ages 9, 10, and 11. “I didn’t like what I was seeing in me. I heard myself nagging and prodding them along,

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Be Firm Without Being Harsh

• • • • • Parenting Tip March 8, 2014 Be Firm Without Being Harsh Some parents believe that the only way to be firm is to be harsh. Firmness says that a boundary is secure and won’t be crossed without a consequence. Harshness uses angry words and increased volume to make children believe that

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Teaching Children to Look for Ways to Help

• • • • • Parenting Tip February 25, 2014 Teaching Children to Look for Ways to Help We love to teach about honor. One of the parts of our honor definition is that we do more than what’s expected. That means seeing what needs to be done and doing it. It means solving problems

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Obey First and Then We’ll Talk About It

• • • • • Parenting Tip February 19, 2014 Obey First and Then We’ll Talk About It When parents give an instruction but children don’t want to comply or it’s not convenient for them, sometimes they need to learn to “obey first and then we’ll talk about it.” This emphasizes obedience. If little Brian

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Ending Every Discipline Time Positively

• • • • • Parenting Tip February 11, 2014 Ending Every Discipline Time Positively After a consequence or a conflict time, it’s important to have a Positive Conclusion. It’s usually best to talk about what the child did wrong, why it was wrong, and help the child develop a plan for next time. After

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Teach Children What to Do Next Time

• • • • • Parenting Tip January 24, 2014 Teach Children What to Do Next Time Do you feel like some days you have to discipline kids for the same things over and over again? The child who has a problem hitting, interrupting, or just being annoying to others may need a lot of

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