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Give a Book to Your Children

Most toys and clothes will eventually end up broken or worn out. But if you give your child a book, they'll have something to carry with them throughout life. Pick out a special book for each of your children every Christmas. Write some loving words inside the cover, date it, and sign your name. You can start when your children are young. Choose books about something they like, such as animals, sports, or choose a...
Jan 01, 1970 / School and Learning

Who’s Got the Toughest Job in the World?

If you know a single parent—a mom or a dad—you may not realize the unending struggles they face. Making a living, maintaining a house, and meeting the never-ending needs of their family are hard enough when there are two parents sharing the work. But single parents do it all themselves. If only they had some relief in sight... Well, you and I can give that relief. Let's treat their family to dinner, baby-sit so...
Jan 01, 1970 / Single Parenting

Four Cs for Communicating with Your Teen

Just remember the four Cs. First, check your emotions. Before you speak to your teen, make sure you're in a state of mind that's calm rather than emotional. Second, be confident that what you are saying is in their best interest, not just yours. Third, be clear in what you tell them, ask them to do, or not do… don't beat around the bush. Fourth, be concise in what you say. Don't repeat yourself over and over...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Teacher Appreciation Day

The teachers I know tell me it's being an involved parent. Teachers invest a lot of their life into your child. They spend countless hours preparing lessons, grading papers and pouring knowledge into the minds of the children in their care. In most cases, the only time they hear from a parent is when something goes wrong. So if you really want to show your appreciation, be a present parent. Get involved in...
Jan 01, 1970 / School and Learning

How Do Fathers Affect the Lives of Their Children?

In 1909, Sonora Dodd created the concept of Fathers' Day to celebrate the many sacrifices her father had made to preserve his family after her mother had died. She described her father as a selfless, courageous and loving man. Today, more than 100 Fathers' Days later, more than 24 million children in America live in fatherless homes. The absence of fathers from their children's lives has led to poverty, low...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

Lessons Learned from My Children

My kids have taught me a lot of things…and I can tell you, it's a very humbling experience. One thing that they've shown me over and over again is my lack of patience. For example, my impatience with the grocery store cashier during check out, or the waitress at a restaurant, and my impatience driving them to school. You get the picture! It's kind of embarrassing to admit. When they point out my impatience...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

Bleep my Dad Says

There's a controversial new television show called Bleep my Dad Says. It's based on the colorful and irreverent exchanges between a father and his son. What began as a Twitter feed became a book, and now a syndicated sit-com, of profanity-laced life-lessons. Your children WILL repeat what you say, good and bad. So be mindful of your conversations, not only when you talk to them, but also with others. Will you...
Jan 01, 1970 / Fatherhood

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