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Each week the Eyres post one tried and proven “Parenting Principle” (or sometimes a Marriage Principle) here on this page, and also on social media (Instagram @richardlindaeyre, Facebook @lindarichardeyre, and Twitter @richardeyre). Please follow, and invite your friends to do the same. Each week the brief, quotable parenting principle will appear with several links to articles, podcasts, videos, or radio and television appearances that give more ideas, instruction and inspiration on that principle.

June 25, 2018

Weekly Parenting Tip Summer Hiatus

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We will be using the Summer to review the Top Ten Parenting Tips here and on Social Media (Instagram @richardlindaeyre, Facebook @richardlindaeyre, and Twitter @richardeyre), where we will post a one-minute video each week reviewing one of the Top Ten.

You can also access these videos from the YouTube section on the ValuesParenging homepage. We encourage you to have a goal this summer to get all 10 of the top 10 implemented in your family. You can look down this list of posts go get more how-to information on each tip in the form of links to articles, podcasts and other ways to help on each of the 10 ideas.

Then in the early fall, as school starts again, we will resume with the Top Twenty Marriage Tips.

Isn’t it fun to try to improve our efforts in our top priorities — Marriage and Parenting? We are excited if these tips help a bit as you try to do that in your family! Have a great summer!

We love you,
Richard and Linda

June 18, 2018

Top Ten Marriage and Relationship Tips #1: The 5 Most Common Causes of Divorce

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This is the first of the Top Ten Marriage/Relationships Tips that we have found in our 4 decades of speaking to and working with couples throughout the world. This first one puts a new twist on the five most common reasons people give for splitting up or divorcing. The thought is that if these are the five problems or points of disagreement that cause divorce, then total, open communication about each of them may be the five best ways to protect and improve a marriage. The five are Finances, Sex, Parenting, Goals, and Beliefs. How completely do you communicate about each of these. Do you know everything there is to know about each other on each of the five?

For some suggestions about how to maximize your togetherness on these critical relationship subjects:

Video Article Podcast

June 11, 2018

Joy School

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We love sharing one specific parenting or marriage tip each week, but this week we take a brief break from them to focus on Joy School (because if you have preschoolers, now is the time to think about starting a Joy School group for the coming school year).

Joy School is a phenomenal preschool curriculum that focuses on teaching kids the social and emotional “joys” that give them a foundation of happiness for life and that get them ready for kindergarten. Units include the Joy of the Body, the Joy of Imagination and Creativity, The Joy of Goal Striving and Order, and seven other “joys.”

Moms set up Joy School groups and then moms rotate as the teacher using the methods, stories, songs, and activities that make the teaching easy. All the other moms (who are not teaching that week) have the morning off!

One of the most complete preschool curriculums ever developed, Joy School costs a small fraction of what commercial preschools cost, and the program has become so popular that it has now been used by more than 300,000 families

For more information on Joy School:

Article Podcast Info & Sign-Up Forming a Group

June 4, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Ideas #10: A “Secret Code” For Better Family Communication

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All parents know how important communication and discipline are within their family, but few seem to manage the clear, calm effectiveness they desire. What we need is a simple “secret code,” built around animal images that kids love, which corrects and reminds children of correct behavior without power struggles or arguments. Humpback Whales, for example, do not interrupt each other, and they sing pleasantly to one another—no yelling or anger. Crabs have an instinct to pull each other down so that if there are two crabs in a bucket, neither of them will ever get out. We want to be like whales, not like crabs.

The full secret code includes 9 animal images, researched, tried and proven, and guaranteed to make the task of correcting kids behavior simpler, more effective, and much, much more pleasant. For the animal code images and specific instructions on how to use them:

Video Podcast Article Online Program

May 28, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Ideas #9: Focus On One Value Each Month

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Most parents know that the best protection and the best legacy they can give their children is to teach them good values.

A few years back we were privileged to write a book called Teaching Your Children Values which was published by Simon and Schuster. Oprah loved the book, and along with Donahue, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Prime Time Live, she catapulted the book to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list–the first parenting book in 50 years to top the list!

The thing Oprah liked, and the thing readers continue to like, is the simple format. It outlines 12 universal values that all parents want to teach their children and gives methods stories, and activities to teach it. But perhaps the most important thing it does is to suggest that families focus on one of the values each month. It’s this focus that makes each value effective!

This week’s parenting tip is to focus on one value each month. For a list of the values we suggest and for ideas on how to implement this year long program:

Value of the Month Alexander Series Video Article Podcast

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