My son started repeating specific lines from the books we had read about why it was so good to be a big brother. The repetition of reading the books had taught him how to navigate this situation. I realized then the power of a book to teach.
Posts in the "Teaching Values/Character" category:
Children are meant to be who they are. I think this is the most important concept that we as parents can let sink in. We are not meant to control another person. We are not doing a job with the title “behavior management consultant.”
Highly sensitive children are deep thinkers, empathetic, and creative. They are also very emotional, easily overstimulated, and can require much more patience to parent. If we can help them manage the challenging sides of their gift, they will grow up to use their intelligence, creativity, and empathy in positive ways.
I remember my childhood summers were often a combination of lots of TV watching and swimming. Sound familiar? I want something more for my family. My solution: a few activities throughout the summer that stimulate their brains in fun, engaging ways. The first activity last summer was a family-wide read-a-thon.
My first “porn talk” with my kids was far from perfect. But ultimately I conveyed a more important message: I love you more than anything, and I am willing to talk about tough topics—and even embarrass myself—in order to educate and prepare you.
Somehow, when I wasn’t looking, he’d developed into a kind young man of character and great focus, and I’d missed it. Sure, I’d caught glimpses along the way, but I could’ve enjoyed so much more if I weren’t blinded by my idea of who he should be.
As teens move toward independence, some parents misinterpret this as a reason to be less involved in their children’s schools. However, research has shown that parent involvement at every level of school is important and will positively impact student achievement.
This audio post will give you the information, mindset and resources to be proactive against the predatory porn industry that wants to hook your kids from a young age. Let’s bring pornography out of the dark, where it has power, and into the light, where our kids have power!
As I dropped you off at the airport the other morning to return to college, I had a slight moment of panic. What if I haven’t taught you everything you need to know?
Like so many other parents, I am intimidated by the idea of explaining and talking about pornography with my kids. Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr provided a springboard for this discussion and opened a road of communication about a very real problem.
Check out these simple and meaningful ideas to help your family really feel the joy of gratitude this month.
I can’t say I’m grateful for all the ups and downs we’ve had. But I can say I’m grateful for what our not-so-easy love has taught us. It’s taught us the value of simple, faithful, dependable togetherness. The kind that doesn’t give up—it grows up.