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Six A’s of Parenting

Our kids are constantly evaluated on their abilities at school, in sports, in the arts and even at home. But what about you? What grade would your kids give you as a parent? Well, here's a way to make an A every time. Remember the 6 A's of parenting. First is Affirmation. When your children are sharing their feelings or opinions, they want you to listen to them, identify with them and affirm them. Second is...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

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

The Value of Self-Discipline

We're conditioned to react negatively to the word "no." We don't like to hear it… and we don't like to say it. We thrive on saying "Yes" to ourselves—to our own wants and desires—to a new car, the latest gadget, an expensive vacation. So why are we surprised when our kids expect instant gratification. If we can't say "No" to ourselves, how will they learn to say "No" to themselves and realize the rewards of...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

The Weight of the World

If you really want to know, ask a single parent. Their job is never-ending. Their work is never done. Day after day they carry the load … alone. No wonder they often feel like they have the whole world on their shoulders. So how can we help single moms or dads? Start with the little things. The next time you're washing your car, offer to wash theirs too. Drop off dinner, or watch their children for the evening, so...
Jan 01, 1970 / Single Parenting

You Can Be a Friend

Some children seem to have the knack of making friends easily, while others struggle. If your child is one who has a hard time making friends, there are 4 things you can encourage them to do. First, smile so people will know you're friendly. Second, compliment your new friend so they know you like them. Third, ask questions to get to know your friend better. Fourth, invite your friend to our house to play. ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Grade-schoolers

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids Decision Making Skills

The best way for your child to learn to be a good decision-maker, is to involve them in your everyday decisions. For example, if you are in the market for another car, ask your child to research it with you on the Internet, go with you to the car dealer to look at cars, discuss with you the options…new or used, lease or purchase, low or high mileage. Sure, you'll ultimately decide, but bringing them into the...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Stop Whining

It's the sound of a whining child! Parents will do almost anything to make it stop. But yelling or responding harshly to a whining child is one of the worst things you can do. Instead, try this. First, ignore it. If you do, your child will learn that whining doesn't work. Second, when your child begins to whine, simply leave the room. Third, remove the cause of the whining. Fourth, name it…say something...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

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