This is thought provoking post, indeed. Though we hadn't consciously planned on it, we strongly discourage OMG, shut up, hate, sucks, and Get a life. Now I'm going to be actively looking for more along these lines. Thanks.View Thread
Kids certainly do find the oddest things valuable.Ever notice how they often find the packaging more fascinating than the expensive new toy? When they are at an age where money doesn't count they most certainly value the time, affection, and security parents provide. I suppose at that stage that's what makes their world and not the stuff with price tags on. That comes later. And by then sensible parenting would have prepared them for the hard work that makes those price tags affordable.View Thread
Two out of three articles I've been reading about New Year's resolution appear to have given up on the concept mostly due to fear of failure. But I believe they are a real fun and impressive means to get kids started on the road to goal setting . Their childish enthusiasm for sticking to their goals for as long as possible might even enthuse adults with their waning appreciation for the small wonders of life to give it a go.View Thread
That really would be too much to ask of a kid, but it's been said that if you can stick to your resolution for 66 days it becomes a habit. So, if not chewing nails can be managed for 66 days it, hopefully, ceases to be. The bonus here is when you ask your child not to do so, it's no longer nagging but a New Year resolution which I'm thinking elevates the entire process to a whole new level.View Thread
I've often wondered how some children are quite eager to chip in with household chores while others have the incredible knack of disappearing soundlessly when something needs to be done. Is it just nature or is it something parents did or did not do right? Children and chores is one topic in my compilations of simple childrearing tips .View Thread
Wow, you've really devoted a lot of thought,energy, time, and effort to your family's well-being. The rewards you're going to reap is going to be awesome. I firmly believe no job pays like thoughtful parenting. Immediate returns may be zilch, but in the long run you won't stop smiling. And it's a funny fact that what we often fought against as kids is what we find ourselves enforcing as parents. I remember Mum saying, "I hope you have kids just like you."View Thread
Absolutely! TV viewing can become addictive to the degree it breaks up relationships, and what's sad is most folks don't get this. Our cable broke down and nobody bothered getting it fixed. Kids gave up complaining after about a month or so. This was over a year ago. Now we use the telly to watch DVDs together, and the peace and quiet at other times is awesome.View Thread
Parenting has changed considerably since the time we were last biking down the countryside. These days the topic is inundated with, what I would term, e-wisdom, that tends to lean towards tech-oriented solutions, tips, and ideas. However, I do believe there are the simple tips that are overlooked, forgotten, or given the go-by in this frenzy to get with it and get techy. A very inane instance would be how freshly cooked home food has given way to processed foods or close, lifelong friendships have given way to the anonymity of social network "friends". I feel these forgotten tips have a lot to offer where healthy, happy childrearing is concerned, don't you think?View Thread
I started out thinking I should follow in my parents' footsteps where parenting is concerned. I still try to enforce meal times together, night time curfews, and not wasting food regimens. Other than that, however, I find that times have changed too much to stick fruitfully to past routines. It just doesn't seem to work as it did for us. I suppose I could come down hard, but it doesn't seem to achieve much in terms of the happy family index. So I win some and let the others go, as long as a semblance of order and sanity is maintained. Meanwhile I've formed new rules which I believe my kids can carry forward; such as watching TV is a family thing and not a lone pursuit, family cooking on Sundays, etc....View Thread
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