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How to Make Your Child Angry

If so, I’ve got some great ways to do it. First, always lecture and never listen. Don’t think about what they are thinking or feeling, just think about what you want to say to your child and let it rip. When your child tries to respond, cut him off.  Second, discipline when you’re angry. Be as harsh as you can and yell as loud as you can. Third, use words that tear down. Sarcastic, unsupportive, and disrespectful...
Sep 17, 2019 / General

4 Ways to Not Make Your Dreams Your Kids’ Dreams

All too often, moms and dads want their kids to pursue the same dreams they once had.  The dad who was captain of the football team wants more than anything for his son to be the star of the team.  The mom who was a concert pianist now drags her daughter to piano lessons every week in hopes that she’ll be in the spotlight.  Instead of making your goals their goals, it’s important to let your kids dream their own...
Jul 31, 2019 / General

Investing Time in Your Kids

You pour everything you’ve got—your time, emotions, energy—into raising your kids, but you aren’t seeing any return on your investment.  As your kids move into the teen years, you may even begin to see a “dip” in your parenting portfolio.  But don’t lose heart. Remember that parenting is a long-term investment. So don’t look at the day to day returns which will fluctuate, but take a long term approach. You may not...
Jul 29, 2019 / General

Parenting Tips to Get Your Priorities Straight

During busy times does your job or family become the main focus? University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt said that no matter what, he drove his kids to school, even during football season. Spending that time with them was a top priority. So what can you do to make sure you’re spending enough time with your kids during a busy season? Start by setting appointments on your calendar to spend one-on-one...
Jul 05, 2019 / General

Teaching Kids That “It’s Just” Money

So many people are deep in debt and low in savings.  A recent study by Bankrate.com reported by CBS News found that nearly 30% of Americans report having more credit card debt than emergency savings.  Why? One reason is that many people were never taught how to handle their money.  Maybe it’s time to break the cycle and teach our kids the importance of managing money well.  Here are 7 tips for teaching kids about...
Jun 28, 2019 / General

Why Expecting the Unexpected is Important in Parenting

When our kids are young, we map out in our minds what we want for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in work, and in relationships.  But many unexpected things will occur in their lives.  Our kids will fail, face rejection, get sick, and make poor choices.  A key to parenting is to expect the unexpected when raising your kids.  Here are 3 reasons why. First, it helps you avoid overreacting.  Expecting...
Jun 20, 2019 / General

News Alert: Your Kids Are Not the Center of the Universe

Once when my wife and I were about to go out, my daughter said, “But Mom, I want you to stay here!”  My wife replied, “No honey.  I’m going on a date with Daddy.”  Wow, I felt like a million bucks. My wife was protecting her time with me and making us a priority. Our kids need to know how much we love them…that they are a priority to us as well…but, that they are not the center of the universe.  If they think they...
Jun 13, 2019 / General

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