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How To Teach Your Children To Be Happy

How To Teach Your Children To Be Happy

As parents, all we want for our children is for them to grow up happy. Compared to this one ultimate goal, others pale into insignificance. It doesn’t matter if your child has a school career festooned with string of A* exam grades and is set for a braggable future career, if they’re not happy. That […]

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Technology these days is incredible, isn’t it? We have access to just about anything right at our fingertips and can possess it the next day if we’re willing to pay a few extra dollars. Instant (almost) gratification. While there are myriad reasons this is fantastic, handy, and fun, what happens to the joy of wanting? Even as adults […]

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

There are many aspects of my more than decade-long career as a teacher that I’m proud of. My reputation for giving lots and lots of homework is not one of them. For most of my teaching career, I taught fifth or sixth grade. Sometimes I gave more than two hours of homework. Kids complained a lot, […]

The 3 Most Important Things Any Mom Can Do For Her Kids

The 3 Most Important Things Any Mom Can Do For Her Kids

Mothers do countless things for their children — they help with homework, provide much-needed boundaries, heal literal and figurative boo-boos, not to mention all the behind-the-scenes things that kids can’t see — but according to author and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, there are three particular tasks that are more important than all of it. As […]

How to Raise an Adult Who Remains Civil Even When They Disagree

How to Raise an Adult Who Remains Civil Even When They Disagree

Well, the last few months have been fun, right? No matter what side you’re on, I think we can all agree that the negativity, the arguing, the winds of change…they’ve been uncomfortable to say the least. Personally, the hardest part of it all has been seeing neighbors and friends act so horrendously toward one another. […]

The Most Effective Way to Talk Responsibility With Teens

The Most Effective Way to Talk Responsibility With Teens

I have been fortunate enough in my life to have spent a good amount of time with teenagers. The age of transition is so ripe for learning, so wonderfully awkward and vivid and dank, like fertile soil just waiting for seeds. It can be treacherous ground, as well, for teachers and parents to trod. How […]

How To Use Preventive Teaching To Help Your Child’s Anxiety

How To Use Preventive Teaching To Help Your Child’s Anxiety

When your child struggles with an anxiety disorder it is natural to want to protect him/her from negative feelings and negative interactions, but we know this is not possible. Doing so can actually make the feelings of anxiety worse long-term. Rather than isolating anxious children from situations we know are hard for them we should […]

Worthwhile Things Your Children Will Remember About You

Worthwhile Things Your Children Will Remember About You

  Time passes more quickly as we age. One minute your children are in diapers and struggling to talk, and the next they’re graduating high school and starting their own families. It makes one wonder if the things you teach your children actually make an impact. The truth is, you may never know. But you […]

The Economics Of Diapers And A Smart Man

Now that the world is going smart, what if we have ‘’smart’’ husbands or better still ‘’smart men”. Well not talking about ‘’smart’’ in the real sense that you know of I am talking about being smart in the sense of understanding some realities about women, marriage, child rearing, the economy, family planning and societal […]

Is Your Smartphone Affecting Your Relationship With Your Kids?

Is Your Smartphone Affecting Your Relationship With Your Kids?

Have you ever glanced down at your phone to momentarily check an incoming text or email or Facebook notification, when you should have been focusing on your kids? I know I have—after all, smartphones provide an easy break from the monotony of parenting and make multitasking a snap. But there’s also a downside. According to […]

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