Good News for Bad Parenting Days

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Babies cut teeth and kids get sick. All children forget homework assignments or permission slips, and choose to exert their free will in public at the worst times. Kids get hurt, disappointed, lazy, and angry. Kids have bad days and usually want parents to “share their pain.” There are some days when parents crawl into…

Janet Denison Shares Parenting Perspective [Video]

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Have you ever wanted to get the parenting low-down from someone wise, regular, and fun that can give honest look-back advice? ChristianParenting.org founder and blogger Janet Denison (mom, author, Bible teacher, and Christian speaker) chats with Kay & Brenda in an afternoon carpool line about her Top 10 Kindergarten-to-college “bucket list.” You can find a…

If Your Child Is Different, Read This Book [A Review]

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“If your son continues with his behavior, we will need to ask you to find other schooling options,” the letter read from the principal. My husband and I had spent two years praying and correcting, but no matter how many parenting books we read and tried to apply, the notes sent home from school continued:…

How to Help Our Kids Learn from Mistakes

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As parents, one of our greatest fears is often that we’ll do something to screw up our kids. While my two children are still young, I already wonder at times whether I’m being too hard or not hard enough. How do you discipline a three-year-old, for example, in such a way that she’ll understand what…

The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior

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The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes before, I met this teen in a line at our local amusement park. After a brief conversation, I dug a little deeper and asked Jared what he was good at.…

Kid Kindness

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What kind of kindness can kids kindly give? How is a kind kid created? A room full of toddlers all wanting the same toy is usually not a picture of kindness. A soccer field full of competing children may not demonstrate kindness. A group of teens with laughing sarcasm and a cell phone may not…

A Parent’s Real Motivation for Wanting Kids to Obey

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The heavy topic of perfection once again sucked all of the oxygen from the air surrounding one of my kids the other night. I watched as the lure, the expectation and the absolute inability-to-be-perfect weighed heavy and locked in like a heat-seeking missile to its target. I guess with five kids, this topic was sure…

Successfully Launch Your Out-of-the-Box Child

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From the very beginning, Nathan was different from other children. Not different because of his face shape or his freckles or his personality. A different kind of different. He did not fit into any boxes we could define. Agitation seemed to be a part of his internal motor that revved up each day. People and…

Give Your Child the Gift of Responsibility

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This is the easiest rubber-meets-the-road way I’ve seen to build responsibility in children that I’ve come across. The idea is that, on birthdays ages 11–18, you give your child a freedom/responsibility in the form of a gift.  Read on for “How it works,” as well as “How it’s worked for my family.” How it works: (as explained…