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5 Ways of Dealing with Stress to Stay Cool

If you answered “yes” to that question, then you’re like most people out there: stressed and overwhelmed by the busyness of life.  According to the American Institute of Stress, some of the top causes of stress include job pressures, money, health, and relationships.  These are things that people deal with every day, so it’s no wonder they’re stressed out more often than not.  To help make your life a little more...
Mar 22, 2018 / General

5 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Life

When we think of ways to help our child succeed, we often think of helping them with homework, taking them to sports practice, or encouraging them with piano lessons.  However, sometimes the best ways to help our child succeed has less to do with them, and more to do with us.  Here are 5 simple ways you can help your child succeed in life.  First, believe in them.  Cheer your child on so they know you believe in...
Mar 20, 2018 / General

How to Know When Your Child is Ready to Make Choices

There are many factors that play into knowing when your child is ready to make their own choices. You not only want to consider their age, but also their maturity level, ability to accept responsibility and make good decisions.  Also, they may be ready to make decisions in some areas but not in others. For example, your daughter may be wise in choosing friends, but struggles to choose outfits that are modest.  In...
Mar 09, 2018 / General

Home Alone Rules for Kids

You may remember watching Kevin McCallister’s pranks and adventures in the movie when he is accidentally left  “Home Alone.”  And while most situations aren’t nearly so extreme, leaving your child home alone for the first time is still a huge step that requires much thought and consideration.  Things like age, maturity, and behavior should factor into your decision.  Another factor that must be considered is your...
Mar 06, 2018 / General

10 Compliments for Children

Every child longs for encouragement from their mom and dad.  It’s what they strive for, and what they thrive on.  Giving your child compliments is one way to encourage them.  Compliments also build confidence.  Here are 10 specific compliments to give your kids.  First, compliment character.  Our world needs more men and women of good character.  So when you see your child act with integrity, humility or courage,...
Mar 01, 2018 / General

How Building a Tree House is Like Building a Relationship with Your Child

When our boys were young, we built a tree house together. I learned some important parenting principles from building that tree house.  Here are four of them. First, it takes time.  Just as it takes time to make a plan, gather tools and construct the tree house, it also takes time to plan and make memories with your kids.  Second, it requires a firm foundation.  A tree house needs to rest on a sturdy foundation....
Feb 27, 2018 / General

New Research: Teach Gratefulness by Giving Your Kids Less

Unfortunately, our culture constantly tells our children they need more and more.  And most of the time, that “more” has to come from us.  As parents, we like to make our children happy.  But recent research cited in the Wall Street Journal says our children would be much happier if we didn’t give them everything they wanted. So, here are a few ways to give your children less. Instead of just feeding your...
Feb 22, 2018 / General



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