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Accountability & Responsibility

Kids Won’t Do Chores? Try Simple Appreciation

One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores.  Let's face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar.  A ten year old just doesn't see taking out the trash as a priority.  And it gets even harder with teenagers. So, what's a parent to do?  I... Read more »

Are We Raising a Generation of Spoiled Kids?

"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?

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 »

11 Truths You Didn’t Learn in High School!

This speech, also known as "The Eleven Rules of Life," has been widely attributed to Bill Gates, but it's actually part of educator Charles Sykes book, Dumbing Down our Kids. We're posting it again here during this season of high school and college graduations. RULE 1 Life is not fair - get used to it. RULE... Read more »