April 30, 2017

What our puppy has taught the kids about parenting

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When I was 6-years-old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful companion for… Read more

The smart phone standoff

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At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood).  He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a… Read more

10 common mistakes parents make (me included)

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By Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what’s best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn’t resonate with me. Back then it was about… Read more

Adolescence is hardest on parents

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By Jennifer Senior Here’s what may be most powerful about adolescence, from a parent’s perspective: It forces them to contemplate themselves as much as they contemplate their own children. Toddlers and ­elementary-school children may cause us to take stock of our choices, too, of course. But it’s adolescents, usually, who stir up our most self-critical… Read more

7 parenting mistakes that keep kids from growing into leaders

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Here are 7 damaging parenting behaviors that keep children from becoming leaders – of their own lives and of the world’s enterprises: 1. We don’t let our children experience risk We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The “safety first” preoccupation enforces our fear of losing our kids, so… Read more

Bill Cosby: “Cosby Show” aimed to take “house back” from kids

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Bill Cosby says he wanted The Cosby Show to represent a parenting philosophy that would “take the house back” from kids. “I based the series on two important things: No. 1 … I hated those series where the children were brighter than the parents, and those parents had to play dumb,” Cosby recently told ABC News. “No. 2 was… Read more

The fragility of modern kids is a big problem

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The fragility of modern kids is being challenged by psychologists who say parents are overprotecting, overindulging and overscheduling their children to the point where they expect perfection in every area other than hardiness, leaving kids floundering. Read more

4 Secrets of Happy Families

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By Lowry Manders I recently heard author Bruce Feiler interviewed on NPR about his book The Secrets of Happy Families and as I listened I thought to myself, “I have got to get a book published!” He is echoing so much of the things I preach (and try to live) about how to create happy families in my… Read more

The Answers To Stopping Violence Start At Home

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By Julie Samrick My sadness about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary has turned to anger. There has to be lessons learned from those poor babies and valiant adults dying so senselessly.  Instead of pointing the finger everywhere except ourselves, we must not move on without looking at how we can improve our own lives. … Read more

The Top 4 Ways To Be More Present

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By Erin Kurt We’ve all heard it before, “You need to live in the present” or “Be more present”. Although we know this to be true, we often find it difficult to be present because our lives are so busy. We always seem to be multi-tasking, which is the complete opposite of being present. Here… Read more