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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.

May 21, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Idea #8: Mommy Dates, Daddy Dates

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The most important and consequential parenting is one-on-one, one parent with one child, and Mommy dates and Daddy dates are an awesome way to be sure this kind of individual attention happens regularly. (And it’s also great fun!) The basic idea, of course, is to give a child your full attention and focus during a little outing that could range from a special evening together to picking him/her up from school to go to lunch together.

For more how-to detail on this idea:

Article Podcast Video

May 14, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Idea #7: The Ancestor Story Book

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The Ancestor Story Book is a way of giving your children identity and resilience by teaching them more about the lives and stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Studies show that the more kids know about their ancestors, their genetics, their heritage, the more secure they feel and the more immune they are to peer pressure. Write down the stories you know, in age-appropriate language for your kids—put the stories in an “Ancestor Book” and let your kids illustrate the stories. These will become your children’s favorite bedtime stories!

For more how-tos on this idea:

Video Article Podcast 1 Podcast 2

May 7, 2018

The Power of Grandparenting

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We take a short break from the top ten parenting tips this week so that we can focus on grandparenting. Grandparents can make such a difference, and as you know from our last social media post, we just released two books called Being a Proactive Grandfather and Grandmothering.

One key message of both books is that parents and grandparents need to sit down together and discuss the helps and inputs and assistance parents would welcome from the grandparents. Taking this kind of teamwork approach, with grandparents acknowledging that the parents are in charge and they are the “supporters” and “supplementers” can be wonderful for the kids and wonderful for the relationship and trust between parents and grandparents–and this is true whether you have one grandchild or 31 like we do.

For more how-to specifics and an additional array of insights on grandparenting:

Article 1 Article 2 Podcast 1 Podcast 2

April 30, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Ideas #6: Decisions in Advance

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We meet many families that have gone through much worry and grief because of a single bad decision that one of their children made. Kids get blindsided by peer pressure that they had not anticipated or prepared for. The best way to prevent this from happening is to work with young children (from about age 8 to 14) on making their own list of “Decisions in Advance.”

Set up a special page in their journal with that title at the top and ask the child what kind of decisions he can make right now, even though she has not faced them yet. Kids will come up with things like “I will never smoke” or “I will graduate from college” or “I won’t ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking.” Before letting the child write down any advance decision, do some role-playing where you imagine a situation a few years down the road where there is a lot of peer pressure regarding that choice. Ask the child exactly what he would say or do in that situation. When she has really thought it through, she can write it down and date it and sign it on her list of decisions in advance.

For additional detail on how to do this:

Video Article Podcast

April 23, 2018

Top Ten Parenting Ideas #5: A Family Economy to Combat Entitlement

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We often ask parents what they think is their biggest parenting challenge. The number one answer is “Entitlement Attitudes.” The best way to deal with this widespread problem is to understand that we give our kids more by giving them less, and to set up a work and initiative-teaching family economy where kids earn money rather than get handouts.

For ideas on how to do this:

Video 1 Video 2 Article Podcast

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