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Slowing Down the Emotion

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 29, 2016 Slowing Down the Emotion When the emotion starts increasing in your interactions, it’s time to slow down the process. One mom said, “I feel a lot of intensity and tend to react without thinking. It’s as if my emotions have the ability to bypass my…

A Time to Practice Saying Thank You

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 22, 2016 A Time to Practice Saying Thank You Gratefulness is an important life quality because it helps us appreciate what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have. Gratefulness is a lifestyle but it starts by saying “Thank you” to others who bless us.…

Practicing Servanthood

 Practicing Servanthood at Christmas Sometimes children believe that the whole world revolves around them. Parents, because they enjoy caring for their kids, may at times contribute to a child-centered mentality and unknowingly reinforce this misconception. Children then get the impression that parents, siblings, and even the family pets are there simply to make them happy.…

Caring for Others

• • • • • Parenting Tip December 9, 2016 Caring for Others One of the great ways to help children think of giving instead of just getting at Christmas is to reach out to others you don’t even know. This one activity can do a tremendous amount to help kids focus on others, not…

Consistency is Overrated

  Consistency is Overrated! “That is the most freeing statement I’ve heard in a long time.” That’s what one mom said when we freed her from the guilt she experienced because she couldn’t always be consistent. She continued, “It makes so much sense now. Thank you.” Here’s what we told her. If you’re doing simple…

Understanding the Difference between Tasks, Problems, and Conflict

  Understanding Tasks, Problems, and Conflict One way to avoid emotional outbursts with our children is to understand the difference between tasks, problems, and conflict. Tasks are the normal things parents do each day. You get kids out of bed, make sure they’re dressed, provide breakfast, check that they have all the things they’ll need…