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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, 2024 / 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 08, 2024 / General

How to Balance Work and Family Life

It’s tough to stay in touch with your kids when you spend most of your time at work… and they spend most of their time in the classroom.  One family handles it this way:  When the kids get home from school, the first thing they do—even before they head to the refrigerator—is call their father.  It’s not just a once-in-a-while thing.  Dad puts it on his calendar… and sets that time aside every day, so he’ll be free...
Feb 06, 2024 / Fatherhood

Coaching Your Kids...the Wrong Way

If you’ve spent any time on the field with your children, you know it’s sometimes tough to figure out when to be coach and when to be parent. Well, here’s an idea…let the coach be the person to push them and you, the parent, be the person to praise them. The car ride home from practice or games should not be a time to nitpick at their performance; it should be a sanctuary of praise filled with accolades to your...
Jan 31, 2024 / Life Stage: Grade-schoolers

Giving Up the Driver’s Seat

My friend’s 15-year-old just got her restricted driver’s license.  You know what that means.  Old dad had to white knuckle it from the passenger’s side.   Talk about nerve-wracking!  But believe it or not, he said the worst part wasn’t the close calls with curbs,  cars and trees… it was realizing that his little girl was growing up… and that he needed to start letting go.   Allowing our children to begin taking...
Jan 29, 2024 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

The Effects of Divorce on Teens

Divorce is never easy on anyone, but teens often channel their emotions into destructive behaviors. A recent survey from Pediatrics journal shows that teens of divorcing families are twice as likely to use drugs or alcohol. They are also more likely to act out through physical fighting, property damage, and stealing. Others may experience depression and anxiety. But the good news is that parental support can help...
Jan 25, 2024 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

How Do You Know That You're Loving Your Children Well?

Every child wants to be loved.  As their parent, it’s up to you to love your kids, but you have to be intentional to love them well.  So here are 7 Love Actions.  First, you can show your kids you love them with your words.  Never assume they know you love them.  Be sure to tell them, and tell them often.  Second, show your kids love by spending time with them.  Toss the football, go for a bike ride, or read them...
Jan 23, 2024 / General

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