Accountability & Responsibility

Should You Admit to Your Child When You’re Wrong?

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Homer Simpson (the prime pop culture example of an ineffective parent) stated on a recent episode, “Parenting: the one job where you always know you’ve done the right thing!”  Any parent who is honest with themselves can recognize the irony and sarcasm in that statement. Making mistakes -- and wondering if you've done the right... Read more »

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Are We Raising a Generation of Spoiled Kids?

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"Take out the garbage. I've asked you five times. Do it now!" When I spoke these words to my 9-year-old this afternoon, he rolled his eyes, paused his Super Mario game and stomped off to do the chore I'd been asking him to do since morning. If left to his own devices, my guess is that my son would be playing... Read more »

Trust: How Do You Let Your Child Earn It Back?

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Trust:  it's hard enough to keep, but how do you get it back? About a year ago, one of my daughter's stole some pills from a neighbor she was babysitting for. We went through a lot for the next six months. Then she got caught sneaking out and doing drugs last spring. Since then, things have been a bit touchy... Read more »