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Homework Tips for Parents

Homework can be as much work for parents as it is for children! Resistance to homework can cause stress, fights, and at times can drag on for far longer than necessary. Our staff writer, who just so happens to be a retired grade school teacher and parent herself, shares her experiences, along with some tips from the U.S. Department of Education to help parents work out a homework routine and make the most of their evenings.

By |September 4th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on Homework Tips for Parents

Jon Young: The Role of Competition

This is an audio file of Jon Young speaking about how the Bushmen of Botswana view competition and how parents can apply this wisdom to raising their children in today's modern society.

By |August 8th, 2012|Blog, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on Jon Young: The Role of Competition

5 Tips for Sane Summer Parenting

Are your school age kids still on summer break? Has the novelty of vacation worn off a bit, and now they are just driving you crazy at home? Here are a few quick tips to beat the Summer Slump.

By |July 25th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Handling Misbehaviors, Little Kids, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on 5 Tips for Sane Summer Parenting

The Overprotective Parent: Letting Your Child Experience Consequences

In this excerpt from Susie Walton's book, Key to Personal Freedom: How Myths Affect Our Family Lives, Walton tackles the overprotective parent. What you overprotect, you make weak. Letting our children experience the consequences of their mistakes ultimately makes them stronger.

By |July 19th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Handling Misbehaviors, Little Kids, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on The Overprotective Parent: Letting Your Child Experience Consequences

Creating Partnership with Your Child’s School

In order to create an environment where children thrive and learn how to partner with each other, we as educators and guardians must operate consistently with our expectations and hopes for our children. We must push ourselves beyond our comfort zones, judgments, opinions, and the places where we would often “give up” so that we are models for our children living the values and qualities of True Partnership.

By |July 16th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Kids' Environment, Little Kids, Parents|Comments Off on Creating Partnership with Your Child’s School

Effective Parents Know How to Repair Mistakes

There are no perfect parents. There aren’t even near-perfect parents. Instead of trying to be perfect and hiding your mistakes, celebrate them as gifts that give you the opportunity to teach and a chance to get closer with your son or daughter.

By |July 12th, 2012|Blog, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on Effective Parents Know How to Repair Mistakes

How to Discipline Without Spanking

It seems like every other month or so, the media delivers another story or new study that indicates spanking children does more harm than good. For many parents spanking seems to work just fine-- especially when they don't know any other way to discipline. There are, in fact, other ways to discipline children that don't involve physical punishment.

By |July 5th, 2012|Blog, Little Kids, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on How to Discipline Without Spanking

Spanking Linked to Mental Illness

According to a new study, American adults who were spanked as kids run a higher risk of suffering from mental health problems ranging from depression, anxiety disorders, and chemical dependency. Read the complete study here. Add this to the ever-growing mountain of evidence that corporal punishment is (at best) ineffective and (at worst) profoundly damaging to our children.

By |July 4th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Handling Misbehaviors, Kids' Health, Little Kids, Parents|Comments Off on Spanking Linked to Mental Illness

Moving from Blame to Family Problem Solving

"Whose fault is this?" or "Who's to blame?" are the go-to sentiments for when situations or relationships hit rough patches. Jeff Everage explains why figuring out where the blame goes is a waste of time.

By |June 26th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Handling Misbehaviors, Little Kids, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on Moving from Blame to Family Problem Solving

I Want Pizza!: Turning “We Can’t Afford It” to “How Do We Create It?”

Guest writer and RCB Instructor Ross Fields shares how parents can empower children to create opportunity for themselves when faced with obstacles, like not being able to afford something they want. His whole family learned a great lesson that day about feeling powerful, not helpless, in these situations.

By |June 6th, 2012|Big Kids, Blog, Little Kids, Parents, Positive Parenting|Comments Off on I Want Pizza!: Turning “We Can’t Afford It” to “How Do We Create It?”