When it comes to raising teenagers, many parents establish a lot of rules and are constantly on the lookout for misbehavior or rebellion. However, nurturing a close relationship with your child could be a better solution.
Posts in the "Teaching Values/Character" category:
Book Summary: Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
I love that this book gave me a greater sense of hope for myself and a deeper respect for my son. Often what I’m reaching for in a parenting book is a greater handle on myself and concrete principles to help me nurture my children. This book provides both.
A Simple System to Teach Your Children about Choices and Consequences
Are your children shocked by the consequences of their actions? Try this simple system to help them connect their choices with the consequences they experience.
Why I Don’t Make Sunday Breakfast Anymore
As my kids get older, I’m realizing that the solution to healthy eating AND sanity lies in one place: my kids need to learn to cook.
Setting Simple Family Resolutions
Most of us set some personal resolutions in January. But what about our families? This is a great time to discuss what’s working and not working in our families and decide on some things we’re going to work on together.
Creating an Attitude of Gratitude: Episode 85
In this week’s Radio Show, April and Saren share simple tried-and-true ideas for making gratitude and optimism a more prevalent part of our lives and our children’s lives.
The Not-So-Perfect Storm
In the moments of high tension in your home, have you ever stopped to wonder how you got to this point? Instead of jumping into the fray of sibling disagreements, I have started asking my kids how they got to that point of conflict, and it’s starting to change our home.
Book Summary: The Lost Art of Ladyhood
This book of “12 Essential Skills to be Confident and Classy in a Crazy World,” inspired this highschooler to look at life with a new lens. Enjoy this review from her perspective as a mother-in training.
How to Raise an Innovative Child
Today’s unique confluence of circumstances—a tough economy, increasingly competitive college market, expanding networks and shifts in technology— has created a culture much different than the one we grew up in. How do we help our children create their own success—instead of depending on a strong economy to carry them?
My Ice Cream Cone
What I thought would be a lesson for my son in appropriate store behavior turned into a lesson for me about compassion. I learned that sometimes compassion trumps other things, like my plans.
Be A Man
Instead of telling our boys to toughen up, we can show them how to be mentally tough and still emotionally tender. I want to teach my son to battle sadness, hurt, disappointment, fear with strength, not denial. I want my son to be confident, not calloused.
Video Games Are Not the Enemy—They are the Messenger
What if paying attention to our children’s technological obsessions could give us insight into their needs? Author Amanda Hamilton Roos explores this idea in this thought-provoking post.
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