Parenting Tools

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Establishing Healthy Life-Style Habits in Your Children

Computer games, handheld electronic games, and television cartoon shows are contributing to a nation of pint-sized couch potatoes. Parents are concerned that the influence over their children, held by advertising companies and technology, is stronger than their own influence. Many parents are looking for positive ways to encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles while they are young. Continue reading

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading

Teaching Children to Respect Others

Teaching Children to Respect Others

In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
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Boundaries – When to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes”

Boundaries – When to Say “No” and When to Say “Yes”

The specifics of setting boundaries will vary from parent to parent and from child to child. The maturity of the child and the value system of the family will influence what the boundaries are. There are some guiding principles, though, that can help parents determine where the boundaries should be. Continue reading

Understanding Attachment Parenting

Understanding Attachment Parenting

Attachment Parenting is an approach to raising children in which there are no hard and fast rules. There are general guidelines to pull from, but parents don’t need to follow all of them to participate in this parenting style. By listening to their children, following their instincts, and using certain ideas as tools to choose from, parents can build the best environment possible for their own unique family. Continue reading

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Some Good Sound Christmas Advice (For All Year)

Your children need to hear that they have a great future ahead of them, that being different is a GOOD thing. Praise them. Value what’s important. Make 2013 radically different–you can change your family tree and break these generational patterns for good. But it doesn’t happen without you taking action. Continue reading

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

Helping Preteens Deal With Peer Pressure

If you have a preteen, then be prepared. Peer pressure usually escalates in middle school and, if your child doesn’t know how to adequately handle it, high school can be brutal. There are a few key ways that you can help your preteen deal with peer pressure better: teach them about what peer pressure is, offer them ways to cope with it, and keep the lines of communication open. Continue reading

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicating Effectively With Your Teen

Communicative support is a critical developmental factor that adds to the well-being of all children, but it is especially important during the sometimes turbulent teenage years. Teens need their parents to develop the ability to support them with compassion and guide them with understanding. Continue reading

Playing the Sporting Game

Playing the Sporting Game

Softball, soccer, basketball, horseback riding, swimming, hockey, or volleyball—the sport doesn’t matter. The guidelines for parents remain the same. Show support for your child while they are learning or practicing a sport, and consider the following ideas so that they also learn about sportmanship. Continue reading