Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

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 brain. It takes work to understand what’s actually going on.…

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. Begin now to prepare your children for receiving gifts.…

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…

A Positive Way to Limit Electronics with Kids

  A Positive Way to Limit Electronics with Kids What is your child interested in? What does he think about? Where does she spend her money? What do your kids like to do? Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Most of the time the activities our children choose indicate what they treasure. Because the heart and behavior are…

How to Make That Heart Connection

  How to Connect with Your Child’s Heart Jesus said, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Parents can use this principle to gain some understanding and insight into a child’s heart. Listening becomes key. It’s surprising how many times we ask kids why they don’t talk to their parents and hear the answer, “Because they don’t…

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 behavior modification then consistency is essential.…