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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, 2020 / 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 24, 2020 / General

Your Kids and True Greatness

According to parenting expert Dr. Tim Kimmel, it’s pushing them toward a “successful” future. Wait a minute, you say, what’s wrong with wanting my children to be successful? Well, it all depends upon how you define success. If it’s all about wealth, beauty, power and fame, you’re setting your kids up for an empty, self-centered existence. Instead, Kimmel says, teach your children the virtues and values of true...
Feb 10, 2020 / General

The Secret to Raising Selfless Kids

The secret is to help them establish core convictions in their hearts… convictions that will define the way they look at themselves and relate to others. Family expert Dr. Tim Kimmel identifies four things our kids need to form deep convictions about: family, friends, faith, and freedom. Knowing what they are committed to will help your children focus less on themselves and more on others.  So, talk to your kids...
Jan 13, 2020 / 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...
Jan 01, 2020 / General

10 Texts to Send Your Kids or Grandkids in the Next 10 Days

Susan and I often use texting to encourage our kids. Sure, there is no substitute for face-to-face conversations or talking on the phone, but texting is often an easy way to quickly communicate with our children. I want to inspire you to send one text message to each of your kids or grandkids each day over the next ten days. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. You can text, “You're an incredible young...
Dec 27, 2019 / General

15 Signs Your Child Has an Anger Problem

It’s natural for your child to get angry sometimes. But when their temper starts growing out of control, it may be time to pull in the reins. Here are 3 signs that your child may have an anger problem.  First, your child may have an anger problem if they seek out arguments even when everything is at peace. Second, it may be a problem if they are easily frustrated when learning something new. Finally, anger may be...
Dec 23, 2019 / General

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