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Archive for the ‘ Parenting Challenges – All Ages ’ Category

How Do I Teach Children To Clean Up Their Messy Rooms?

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You are cleaning up in the kitchen. You hear your children playing in the family room. You see them run upstairs. When you are done cleaning the kitchen, you go to sit down in the family room to take a break and watch T.V. Toys are strewn all over.  There is even a pile on the couch and you are unable to sit down without being poked by a toy. You are irritated! The room looks like a tornado hit it. Now you have to straighten up this room before you can sit down to relax. Messy rooms. Almost every parent can relate to this problem. In their fun and glee, children scatter toys throughout the room... (Read More ...)

Disciplining Children

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What is Discipline? Discipline comes from the word “disciple,” which means “to follow one who teaches.” So the focus is on children learning lessons, such as “I have a choice about my behavior,” “My behavior choices affect me and other, so I need to choose wisely,” and “I am responsible for my own behavior choices and the outcomes they cause. Punishment usually teaches are unhealthy lessons, such as “I’m a bad person,” “I need to behave so I can avoid someone else doing something hurtful to me,” and “It’s okay to do something wrong if I can get away with it, because... (Read More ...)

Holiday Tips

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Here is a list of all the Parents Toolshop ® holiday-related articles.  They are packed with tips to get you through this hectic time of year so you can spend more time with your family creating special memories to cherish for years to come. How Do You Teach Children To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude & Instill A Spirit Of Giving? December Holidays: How Can You Instill The Spirit Of Giving When Children Get the Holiday Gimmees?  (shopping with/for kids, giving vs. receiving) December Holidays: Is it Okay to Use Threats About Santas Good Bad List For Child Discipline? (December Discipline... (Read More ...)

Are Your Children Lying? Why Children Lie and How Can You Encourage Truthfulness?

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Kimberly wants her children to be honest, but sometimes she unintentionally models lying or responds to lies in ways that make matters worse. For example, When a sales person calls, Kimberly has her children tell them she is not home. When she’s at a restaurant, she lies about her children’s ages to let them eat off the kids menu. When she is given extra change, she keeps it.  Kimberly is surprised when she finds out her older son has been lying to her about going to a friend’s house after school and instead has been riding his bike to the park to play soccer. It was a fluke she even found... (Read More ...)

How Do I Bring Diversity Awareness into our Homes?

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“Why is my skin lighter than my friend’s” asked Ella’s four-year-old daughter, curiously. Ella knew why this was, but wasn’t sure how to explain it to her four year old. She tried to explain that we all have different amounts of pigmentation. She explained how some people, like her friend have more and others have less, but that no matter what amount of pigmentation we have it doesn’t make us any more or less of a person because that’s how God made us. Does your children’s curiosity about diversity make you uncomfortable? Do you want to talk to your children about difference, but... (Read More ...)

How to Prevent Violence and Bullying In Schools?

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Since the tragic school massacre in Littleton, Colorado, people have been asking the same questions, “Why did this happen?” “How could it have been prevented?” “Could this happen in our school?” “What can we do to stop the school killings that are occurring nationwide?” The answers to these questions are neither simple nor absolute. School violence affects every person and it will take everyone’s involvement to solve the problem. There are specific, practical steps each of us can take TODAY to minimize the risks to our children and start... (Read More ...)

What Are Some Family Tips for Improving Communication Skills?

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Imagine this scene: A neighbor is at your house, visiting over a cup of tea. You start feeling irritated and pressured when you realize you are running late for an appointment. What would you say to your neighbor? Imagine the same situation, except it’s your child at the breakfast table. How would it change your response? Is it possible that you might respond in a more disrespectful way? Even when irritated or impatient, we often make the effort to listen and communicate with friends, acquaintances, and even total strangers with more respect than we give our own children. Most parents... (Read More ...)

December Holidays: How Can You Instill The Spirit Of Giving When Children Get the Holiday Gimmees?

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You’re at the toy store, picking out a gift  for your nephew.  Your son is with you.  You think this would be a great time to teach him about the spirit of giving, by having him help you pick out the toy. All through the store you hear: “Look!  I really want this.  Can we get this for me?” “Hey, will you get this for me today?  I want this really bad!” “I just have to have this!” “Hey, I want that!  Why do we have to give it to my cousin?” You understand your child’s excitement about the impending holidays. You understand child development and the ages and stages that... (Read More ...)

How Do You Teach Children To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude & Instill A Spirit Of Giving?

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How Do You Teach Children To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude & Instill A Spirit Of Giving? Your son has just opened his 4th present.  Instead of showing gratitude, he throws it aside and says, “What’s next!?” Your Daughter starts throwing a fit because she just counted the gifts and she has one less than her brother. The vision you had of a holiday filled with the spirit of giving has diminished in the matter of minutes.   The November and December Holidays are often known to be the season of influenza, but it’s also a season when “affluenza” can be particularly contagious,... (Read More ...)