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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.