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March 26, 2018
Weekly Parenting Tip

Top Ten Parenting Ideas #1: The Repenting Bench

This is the first in a series that we call the Top Ten Parenting Ideas.

How do I stop the fighting and bickering? The best method we’ve found is a designated place where kids are sent to resolve their own arguments, discover what they each did wrong, and apologize. This can help to replace sibling rivalry with sibling friendship. We call it “The Repenting Bench,” and you can find out more about it at the links below:

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March 19, 2018
Weekly Parenting Tip

Three Tips For a Vital Marriage

Over the years, the best marriages we have observed seem to have three essential elements: First, an established pattern for communication and conflict resolution, Second, ongoing romance and “dates”, and Third, some spiritual connection and a way to pray or meditate together.

We have also often said that the five best “ingredients” of marriage are the five C’s: Chastity, Courtship, Compatibility, Commitment, and Celebration.

Learn more:

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March 12, 2018
Weekly Parenting Tip

How Do I Keep My Kids Close and United Over the Long Term?

How do I keep my kids close and united over the long term?

Family Traditions and Rituals are the glue that holds families together and gives kids an identity larger than themselves. We all have family traditions, but reviewing them, improving them, and celebrating them is something we can all do better!

For more thoughts and ideas on forming, maintaining, and improving your family traditions:

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March 5, 2018
Weekly Parenting Tip

Managing Kids’ Screen Time and Technology

The Number 1 parenting challenge in America, Europe, and Asia is controlling their children’s use of smartphones and social media, and parents who do not have a specific strategy will not succeed.

Studies show direct parallels between time spent on smartphones and the likelihood of kids’ depression, isolation, anxiety, and even suicide. But the biggest problem is the things excess screen time keeps away from – exercise, the out-of-doors, personal socializing, and a healthy awareness of the real world.

There is no one-size-fits-all parental approach, but those who think it through, discuss it with their kids, and develop a clear set of rules and limits seem to be doing fine, while parents who just “let it happen” usually have addicted kids with worsening problems.

Visit the links below to see practical approaches to this challenge and specific ideas for helping your children to understand the potential for addiction and the need to govern themselves.

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