A brief guide to positive parenting: dos and don'ts

A Brief Guide to Positive Parenting

WHY POSITIVE PARENTING? In the end, each parent has to choose their own parenting style for their own reasons, based on what they think is best for their child. The reasons I appreciate positive parenting might not be the same reasons you or someone else do. That being said, here are two of the main…

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching your child how to be responsible not only equips your child with skills they need for a variety of life situations. It also helps your child develop an understanding of their unique talents and the importance of using their talents to contribute to their family, friends and larger community. 1. Work on cause and…

Is your child afraid of the dark? Here are 6 strategies you can use to help them!

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dark?

Many, if not all children, are afraid of the dark at some point. This fear often sets in around age 3, when a child enters the world of imaginative play. As the child’s imagination develops, they begin to project imaginary creations into the world around them. Darkness represents an unknown reality; when a child looks…

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3 Virtues Every Parent Needs

Parenting is a rewarding, but challenging job no matter how you look at it. Kids are wonderful, but they also stretch our hearts, minds and wills as far as they can be stretched. It can cause us to grow a lot, or to snap. Here are 3 virtues that help us bring out the best…

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8 Ways to Teach Your Child Virtue

  Building character and teaching our children how to be principled is just as important as caring for their physical and intellectual needs. Each of our children comes with different innate strengths and challenges, so there’s no one-size-fits all program for teaching your child values; what virtues your child needs to work on and when…

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9 Ways to Encourage Exploration

As I mentioned in another post, allowing your children to explore the world around them is a great way to encourage active learning and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Here are 9 ways you can encourage exploration; none of them take too much preparation. Be forewarned: they DO required clean-up! Most of them foster “free…

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5 Tips for Helping Your Child Learn Actively

We often associate “learning” with schoolwork. But learning isn’t an activity; it’s a process. That process can be happening, or not happening, at all times. Most of your child’s life will be spent outside the classroom (be that the traditional classroom or the homeschool classroom), so why not start teaching them now how to learn…

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Tips for Flying with Young Children

With summer on its way, I’m sure my husband and I aren’t the only ones gearing up toward long plane trips with young children. This year our sons are 2 and 3 years old. We’ve traveled with them internationally one or more times a year since they each were born. Between flights and layovers, our…

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Children Are NOT Commodities!

I don’t usually write a post showcasing another blogger’s post, but this one is worth it. My friend Brittany from The Lily Field, wrote a refreshing, and humorous post proving that it’s possible to raise a child without spending almost $250,000 per child as they grow. Head over and read Brittany’s post – you’ll get…

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Nonverbal Ways to Help Children Express Themselves

Children have to learn how to express themselves in order to succeed at truly discovering and developing their own identity, and feeling comfortable with themselves. Usually verbal communication jumps to mind when we think about expressing ourselves. But it’s equally important to teach our kids how to express themselves in other ways. Here are 5…

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Summer Activity Book!

With schools about to close, and many homeschoolers wrapping up their curriculum as well, many kids are about to enjoy a few months of vacation. But even though school finishes, learning never ends! Help your child keep their mind working this summer with this Summer Activity Book. It covers language arts, math, science and critical…

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6 Ways to Eliminate Whining

Even the most delightful child whines once in a while. If you have two very close in age like mine (13 months apart), they’ll even throw in whining competitions once in a while… because you know, if you are going to whine, you might as well show your parents that you’re be the best whiner!…

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The Ultimate Toys: Dirt and Water

Kids seem irresistibly drawn to playing with dirt and water. This shouldn’t surprise us – water and dirt are the ultimate toys. Kids had access to these natural elements LONG before manmade toys, and none of the wonderful toys that have recently been invented can surpass the natural attraction kids have toward these natural elements.…

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Ways to Decrease Tension Between Siblings

Charbel (3) and Paul (2) are 13 months apart. When I was pregnant with Paul, Charbel was too little to understand what was going on. But the day I gave birth to Paul, he immediately knew something was different… and the rivalry began. Suddenly, there was someone in his room with him and someone else Mommy…

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10 Ways to Teach Your Child to Share

Have you every watched Finding Nemo? Sometimes I feel like the gulls have raided my living room. For those of you that haven’t seen the film, toward the end there’s a group of seagulls all clamoring for the same fish, saying “Mine” “Mine” “Mine” “Mine”, non-stop. A fairly accurate description of how children can sound when…

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4 Things Parents Forget

My husband and I are very involved in our children’s lives. If you’re parents, I’m guessing you are too. It’s very natural for parents to care deeply about what happens to their children and how their kids grow and develop. And, because we care, we work. We get involved. We guide and instruct. We try…

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9 Alternatives to Yelling

If you’re a parent, you know the “I can’t help it, I’m about to yell” feeling we sometimes get faced with our children’s behavior. We don’t like to yell. We don’t want to yell. But sometimes, it just comes out. Looking for alternatives? Here are 9 ways you can try to react instead of yelling,…

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Teaching Your Child How to Pray

I LOVE hearing my three year old pray. There is something so special and endearing in hearing such a tiny voice talking to God. Granted, he might not fully understand what he’s saying, but I think the tender sweetness of a child’s prayer is enough to more than melt God’s heart. No matter how young…

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Temperament – And Why It Matters

The concept of temperament or “character” is trending right now. I can’t even tell you how many times I see comments in my Facebook feed telling me what animal, president, Disney figure or Lord of the Rings character a friend is. These viral quizzes have basically taken different temperament models, associated each on with a…

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Punishment Vs. Discipline

Our two sons have stepped out of babyhood. They are now – delightful little boys, able to talk, express themselves, play together, and participate much more in family life. I LOVE being able to send my three year old to the kitchen to get bananas or some other snack for the two of them. Mommy…