Parenting Styles & Roles

Children and Gratitude: A Powerful Combination

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We live in a very external-focused world, where many people find themselves seeking the answer to the question, “What’s in it for me?”  We hesitate to commit and say yes to requests or new responsibilities before carefully evaluating whether or not there will be a worthwhile benefit to us.  Our children are not that different... Read more »

5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Child

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As parents, we all find ourselves saying things that we never thought we'd say. Here are five phrases I personally think we should avoid if at all possible: 1. "Because I said so!" Just ask yourself the following:  How does saying this build your relationship? Having a relationship means being real -- and being relational. I think it's important to be... Read more »

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Is Your Child Going Through a Phase? Have Patience.

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After nine years of parenting five children, I think I’ve discovered a few consistent guiding rules of the parenting game. In a nutshell: it’s all about being patient and not stressing out. No, I am not talking about the type of patience required to just grin-and-bear-it while waiting for your two-year-old to end his tantrum... Read more »

Tough Love: Should You Hold the Line, No Matter What?

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Tough love got a bit tougher for our family this week. So never say, “It can’t get any worse.” Sorry to disappoint you, but it can. But despite this thought, as long as we are still upright, there is always hope.  It's possible to get stuck in the inertia of paralysis, but hope is still the... Read more »

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Raising Children of Character: 10 Tips For Parenting

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This week, EP Blogger and counselor Scott Wardell shares his thoughts about how to build character in kids. We think you'll get a lot out of what he has to say! And please chime in if you have some good tips of your own to share. — Elisabeth Wilkins, EP Editor Make Parenting Your First Priority:... Read more »