April 1, 2017

Parenting

Boys in crisis

Boys in crisis

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Positive parenting people need to calm down

Positive parenting people need to calm down

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How to talk with your kids about the election

How to talk with your kids about the election

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Is anyone willing to help?

Is anyone willing to help?

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A survivor's guide to raising a strong-willed kid

A survivor’s guide to raising a strong-willed kid

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A celebration of life for Gary Smalley

A celebration of life for Gary Smalley

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The pros and cons of homeschooling

The pros and cons of homeschooling

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What are the right boundaries for your 18-yr old?

What are the right boundaries for your 18-yr old?

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How to parent stepchildren

How to parent stepchildren

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Protect your kids from cyberbullying

Protect your kids from cyberbullying

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Succeeding as a dual income family

Succeeding as a dual income family

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Part Seven of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

Part Seven of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

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Part Six of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

Part Six of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

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Part Five of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

Part Five of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

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Part 4 of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

Part 4 of the 10 sanity-saving secrets for parents

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10 sanity-saving secrets for parents part three

10 sanity-saving secrets for parents part three

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10 sanity-saving secrets for parents part two

10 sanity-saving secrets for parents part two

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Martin

10 sanity saving-secrets for parents part one

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Amina Tagemouati

The top 10 things children really want their parents to do with them part two

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Adam Baker

The top 10 things children really want their parents to do with them

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25 tips on how to manage ADHD in your family

25 tips on how to manage ADHD in your family

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Misdiagnosing your child with ADHD is a problem

Misdiagnosing your child with ADHD is a problem

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Diagnosing ADHD - what is it and does my child have it?

Diagnosing ADHD – what is it and does my child have it?

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This is your teenager's brain - this is your teenager's brain on criticism

This is your teenager’s brain – this is your teenager’s brain on criticism

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Teaching your son to be a man

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3 keys to a relationship that leaves a legacy

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Honesty

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Sorting out parenting advice

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Choosing a parenting style that works (Everyday Relationships Radio with Dr. Greg Smalley)

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5 keys for parents with kids who have disabilities to remain satisfied (Episode 64)

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A painful parenting tip from Intensive Advice for Couples (episode 2)

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The personality series – #1 – The Lion

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Does Parenting Make You Happier or More Miserable? (Episode 50)

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Father's Day special – what kind of dad are you?

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More on the craziness trying to fly to China!

More on the craziness trying to fly to China!

The actual airport where we were stuck! You will never believe the adventure, tragedy, turmoil, and frustration it took to ...
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Get your teenager excited about Jesus – an interview with the founder of Death 2 Life (Episode 45)

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It doesn't begin in the bedroom

It doesn't begin in the bedroom

A marriage can’t be sustained with romance alone. But added to security, meaningful communication, and meaningful touch, it can be ...
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A Smalley Short: What should a single look for in a future spouse?

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Today's Shows

Today's Shows

Co-host with Gary Smalley: What’s the worst thing you’ve done in your 47-years of marriage? Today my father, Gary, and ...
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A Smalley Short: Parenting 101 on bitterness

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Smalley Podcast response to 23 million viewed parenting video (Episode 22)

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Q&A: Setting Limits with Kids when you haven't before

Q&A: Setting Limits with Kids when you haven't before

This video by Michael Smalley is about whether or not you can begin setting limits with your kids especially if ...
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I Wish My Daddy Was A Dog

I Wish My Daddy Was A Dog

“Daddy, would you please play like you’re a little doggie?” These were the words that greeted me (Greg) when I ...
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Keeping Each Other’s Hearts Safe

Keeping Each Other’s Hearts Safe

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NIV) Remember that majestic old ...
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The Washington Post says Gore divorce a good example for us all

The Washington Post says Gore divorce a good example for us all

Simply amazing how someone could actually try to argue for the merits of divorce! ...
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How to handle yourself when your car breaks down on Memorial weekend!

How to handle yourself when your car breaks down on Memorial weekend!

How to adjust your expectations when nothing seems to go right ...
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Your child's faith

Your child's faith

We all desire to have great kids, but probably our deepest desire is to see our kids develop a true ...
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Kids Need Limits

Kids Need Limits

Raising three kids was quite an adventure for Norma and myself. We felt overwhelmed so we met with our own ...
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Parenting Tip: There are times when you can't mess it up!

Parenting Tip: There are times when you can't mess it up!

They will hurt you, frustrate you, embarrass you, humiliate you, disappoint you, discourage you, and basically wipe you out from ...
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Random advice on life from kids: the most important thing a parent should do

Random advice on life from kids: the most important thing a parent should do

Reagan Smalley gives advice to parents, and I must admit, her advice is very good! ...
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The Marriage Crisis in America

The Marriage Crisis in America

Most couples enter marriage hoping to achieve happiness. And for each of us, that vision of happiness takes a different ...
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Connecting to the Right Power Source

Connecting to the Right Power Source

“Why won’t this boat work!” My voice boomed across the lake ...
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Why your kids do not listen to you

Why your kids do not listen to you

Many parents wonder why their kids don’t seem to respond to their discipline techniques or anything else.  Watch what Michael ...
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The psychology of Santa and what your kids really want this Christmas

The psychology of Santa and what your kids really want this Christmas

Dr. Carole Slotterback analyzed 1,200 letters from children to Santa ...
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Internet Addiction: Is Your Teen at Risk?

Internet Addiction: Is Your Teen at Risk?

Kids with ADHD, hostility, social phobia, or depression may be more likely to become addicted to the Internet, according to ...
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10 More Stress Busters via World of Psychology

10 More Stress Busters via World of Psychology

Thought this might be helpful to all those stressed out in their marriage or parenting lives: ...
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As a wife and a working mom with kids, how do I find balance between my job and family?

As a wife and a working mom with kids, how do I find balance between my job and family?

As a wife and a working mom with kids, how do I find balance between my job and family? ...
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To Be or Not to Be My Kid's Friend On Facebook

To Be or Not to Be My Kid's Friend On Facebook

Or… Whether ’tis nobler to be an invasive parent or trust your teenager? That is the question. The fastest growing ...
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Help us with changing our URL and win stuff!

Help us with changing our URL and win stuff!

We are wanting and exploring the idea of changing our URL from gosmalley.com to something more relevant to what we ...
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Parenting Tip: Tell your kids this thing and they will idolize you forever

Parenting Tip: Tell your kids this thing and they will idolize you forever

Me: “Son, I want to apologize for saying, ‘that was dense’. It was wrong of me to say and very ...
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family-fun

Who should be more important – my spouse or the kids?

THE QUESTION: In a family, who should have the higher priority- the spouse relationship or the kids? And why? Is ...
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shoot-the-freak

Probably the most inappropriate thing I've ever had my kids do

I still can not believe I had my boys participate in the Coney Island Boardwalk game called “Shoot the Freak” ...
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The Smalley kids make the show here in NYC!

All we wanted to do was get from the Subway station at Bowling Green to the free Staten Island Ferry ...
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Remarriage Tip: Just be friends with the kid...okay!

Remarriage Tip: Just be friends with the kid…okay!

One of the big reasons that many second marriages fail can be summed up with one word – Stepchild.  Kids ...
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Marriage Tip: Seriously, you have no excuses!

Marriage Tip: Seriously, you have no excuses!

Did you know research shows that one of the most powerful things you can do to immediately impact the overall ...
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Reagan asleep

How cute is this! Or is it neglectful?

I had to turn on the lights in our family room and get this shot of our daughter Reagan asleep ...
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Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum

What is the best homeschooling curriculum?

My wife and I are actually thinking about homeschooling our two boys this year.  Our youngest, David, just seems to ...
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Parenting Tip: What in the world is your kid's problem?

Parenting Tip: What in the world is your kid's problem?

Do you ever hear this question rolling around your head when you’re out in public and your kid does something ...
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Parenting Tip: How can you mess with your kid today?

Parenting Tip: How can you mess with your kid today?

I’m in Boise, Idaho working with Unity Media Group (www.iquestions.com) on a new premarital curriculum. Dennis Mansfield was gracious enough ...
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marriage-covenant

Remarriage Tip: Just agree to do this one thing

You’re remarried, you’ve probably got step kids, and now your new marriage is beginning to feel a little like your ...
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A Marriage Tip: Maybe I'm just lonely, but have you asked this question lately?

A Marriage Tip: Maybe I'm just lonely, but have you asked this question lately?

I will admit that I’m not a loner. I love being around people, especially my wife and kids. They abandoned…I ...
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Parenting Tip: Relax - don't do it - when you want to get to it

Parenting Tip: Relax – don't do it – when you want to get to it

What do the lyrics of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s one hit wonder have to do with parenting? I teach couples ...
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Parenting Tip: Are you as harsh as I am with your child?

Parenting Tip: Are you as harsh as I am with your child?

No one is perfect, and I am certainly one of those “no ones”! One of my biggest issues as a ...
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The Secret to Raising Smart Kids via Scientific American

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids via Scientific American

A great article on how to raise a smart kid! I think you’ll find this helpful.  If only my parents ...
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Incredible research on the negative effects of divorce on kids

Incredible research on the negative effects of divorce on kids

Divorce is not fun, and so you should avoid divorce at all costs.  I tell couples who come to our ...
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apple-computer

Why Apple Computer is the best computer for children

I had a comment today from one of our readers Jeff Rebarcak on my post regarding the dangers of pornography: ...
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New rules for a good marriage

New rules for a good marriage

We’ve been teaching couples for years to take a time-out when your buttons get pushed and your feelings are hurt: ...
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Why Divorce Isn't Always the Answer

Why Divorce Isn't Always the Answer

Found this gem at Momlogic: Momlogic’s Jackie got steaming mad when Ryan Seacrest told a married father of four, who ...
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When Is It OK To Fight In Front Of The Kids?

When Is It OK To Fight In Front Of The Kids?

After a little tiff with her husband, a friend wrote recently about her dismay at seeing her seven-month-old baby’s reaction ...
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Kids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly

Kids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly

The birth of children has an immediate negative impact on even blissfully happy couples, raising stress and reducing satisfaction levels ...
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Parent, Not Patsy - via Psychology Today

Parent, Not Patsy – via Psychology Today

I thought it was interesting when I ran across this article, considering what I tweeted about yesterday: No child is ...
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Parenting Tip: Teach your kids how to treat you

Parenting Tip: Teach your kids how to treat you

If you allow your kids to treat you disrespectfully, then you are teaching them that disrespecting you is okay.  Set ...
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divorce

How to have a successful second marriage

No one likes divorce, especially a guy who works very hard at helping couples to avoid it. But there are ...
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angry-kid

A hugely important poll question that may just save your parenting life!

I am getting ready to launch a new website for parents that is going to rock the parenting world! I ...
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Are parents to blame for children's poor behavior?

Are parents to blame for children's poor behavior?

Should parents be held responsible for their children’s poor behavior?  One community thought so, but now their new law has ...
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Protecting Your Family

Protecting Your Family: how spiritual warfare messes with your marriage and kids

We just released an incredibly important new resource for couples and parents on how to protect your marriage and children ...
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Couples balance togetherness for family

Couples balance togetherness for family

Couples balance togetherness for family – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Many couples kiss each other good-bye in the morning, and kiss each ...
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How Much Privacy Should Parent’s Grant Kids’ Digital Life?

How Much Privacy Should Parent’s Grant Kids’ Digital Life?

DadTalk: How Much Privacy Should Parent’s Grant Kids’ Digital Life? Scenario: Your 13-year-old daughter comes home from school, runs crying ...
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No Easy Answer for Protecting Kids Online

No Easy Answer for Protecting Kids Online

There is no greater threat against your children than the trouble they can get in online! I want to preface ...
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So your kid is a tattletale: an important insight on how to help her

So your kid is a tattletale: an important insight on how to help her

I just had an important insight about helping my own kids with not being a tattletale.  The opportunity presented itself ...
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Marriage gets better when kids leave the nest

Marriage gets better when kids leave the nest

Marriages get better after the children grow up and move out, according to a UC Berkeley study that analyzed the ...
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A family devotional: Can you go to God for help?

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Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

Eric Erickson, the renowned developmental psychologist, proposed that every stage of life offers a challenge. The last stage — late ...
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Parenting teens is hard, but not impossible

Parenting teens is hard, but not impossible

Parenting teens is hard, but not impossible | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press ...
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A marriage and family guy goes to Zimbabwe

A marriage and family guy goes to Zimbabwe

For those of you who want to pray for me and my friend Casey as we travel to Zimbabwe, I ...
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barber pole

Kids' haircuts – Who chooses?

Filed under: Kids 5-7, Kids 8-11, Teens & tweens, Places to go My seven-year-old longs to have have thick, sleek ...
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The 28 rules for resolving conflict with your children (and the scripture to help you further understand)

The 28 rules for resolving conflict with your children (and the scripture to help you further understand)

When you get into conflict with your children, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world, or even ...
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Understanding why you fight

Understanding why you fight

Understanding why you fight is half the battle; actually, it is the battle when it comes to conflict resolution. The ...
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Get control of your kids by being uncontrolling

Get control of your kids by being uncontrolling

PsychCentral suggests, “Parents often have a difficult time letting go of their children. After all, parents spend a significant amount ...
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Great 4th of July fun ideas

Great 4th of July fun ideas

I am still amazed at the creativity of the blogosphere when it comes to fun ideas and the wealth of ...
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Sexual predators stalking interactive video games

Sexual predators stalking interactive video games

USA Today reports that sexual predators are using gaming consoles like Xbox, PlayStation, and the WII to meet kids online ...
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When your kid freaks out

When your kid freaks out

All I wanted to do was help my 9 year-old daughter learn her spelling, but judging by her reaction, you ...
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Are we poisoning our kids?

Are we poisoning our kids?

I don’t have all the facts about this issue…but I’m telling you there has to be something to it: AN ...
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Michael and Amy Smalley

How do we solve the issue about the amount of kids we want?

Q: My fiance and I are arguing about having kids. She wants to start a family right away, but I want ...
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Michael and Amy Smalley

I'm a single parent – should I only date someone I want to marry?

Q: I’m divorced and have two kids. Should I only date if I think the person is someone I can marry?Watch ...
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Put your kid on the "Thinking Chair"

Put your kid on the "Thinking Chair"

My son’s preschool teacher has an excellent approach that is a tad different than a time-out. When I joined my ...
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The ever present joy of children

The ever present joy of children

I’ve waited far too long to share this story with you all. But a few days before Halloween my wife ...
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Keep it in front of 'em

Keep it in front of 'em

The title is a quote from a man at Borders that heard my ringtone, Glorious, by Chris Tomlin. He mentioned ...
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Are you being too protective?

Are you being too protective?

A short time ago, I wrote an article on the difference between an overprotective parent and being a responsible parent ...
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The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know ...
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New kids movie desires to have children kill God

New kids movie desires to have children kill God

It appears the mass personal email campaign against the new kids movie, The Golden Compass, is catching fire among Christian ...
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Keeping an eye on your kids - literally

Keeping an eye on your kids – literally

Do you ever worry about what your kids are doing when you’re not home? Do you wonder if the new ...
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Overprotective parents

Overprotective parents

I’m sure every parent out there has been accused of beig overprotective at one time or another by at least ...
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Live long and prosper - a family devotional

Live long and prosper – a family devotional

Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment ...
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Let it Be

Let it Be

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best ...
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Do you take parenting too seriously?

Do you take parenting too seriously?

The widow of Dr. Spock (by far the best-selling parenting expert of all time) , Mary Morgan, says that today’s ...
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Extreme sports and family bonding - a new trend for families

Extreme sports and family bonding – a new trend for families

My wife took the kids to the local park the other day here in The Woodlands, TX area and discovered ...
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Letting Go

Letting Go

I’ve written on this particular subject before, but with summer sadly winding down, I think it might bear repeating. In ...
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The CO$T of parenting

The CO$T of parenting

What does it cost to raise a child from the cradle to eighteen-years old?  Take a look at the latest ...
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Should we lie to our children?

Should we lie to our children?

I found this question at FunAdvice and it made me want to respond: ‘Do as I say, not as I ...
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What's the point of divorce - you have to learn how to get along anyway

What's the point of divorce – you have to learn how to get along anyway

Psychology Today posted the following thought on children of divorce: Divorce can strengthen kids’ ability to sustain successful relationships, but ...
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Man of the house

Man of the house

USA Today snapshots for June 14, 2007 revealed some interesting information on the close to 160,000 stay-at-home dads in our ...
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Making disciplining your kids difficult

Making disciplining your kids difficult

Discipline can be difficult, but it usually isn’t the child’s fault.  The biggest mistakes that I see parents making when ...
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Being in the world and not of the world: the issues of peer pressure

Being in the world and not of the world: the issues of peer pressure

Being a healthy family is difficult – especially when you add peer pressure for both the parents and the children ...
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A beautiful song on grief as written by a nine-year old

A beautiful song on grief as written by a nine-year old

I wish I could brag, but alas, the incredible depth of emotion and tenderness my nine-year old daughter encompasses could ...
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The Two Most Difficult Words

The Two Most Difficult Words

You may or may not have guessed what they are, but in case you haven’t, the two most difficult words ...
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Man of the house

Man of the house

USA Today snapshots for June 14, 2007 reveals some interesting information on the close to 160,000 stay-at-home dads in our ...
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Am I allowed to have different hobbies and interests than my husband?

Am I allowed to have different hobbies and interests than my husband?

The question: How can I explain to my spouse that just because we are married and love each other does ...
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R.I.P. Morality?

R.I.P. Morality?

What example are you setting? Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world…” We cringe when we hear the ...
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Make sure you think before you yell at your kids

Make sure you think before you yell at your kids

Of course you should never yell at your kids, but from time to time that is a reality for any ...
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Why do we have kids?

Why do we have kids?

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Messing with your kids has never been so popular

Messing with your kids has never been so popular

This video is something I’m totally capable of! ...
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An excellent response to the ridiculousness of cohabitation...Did I just say that cohabitation is ridiculous?

An excellent response to the ridiculousness of cohabitation…Did I just say that cohabitation is ridiculous?

Thank you John for your thoughtful response to Amy’s (not my wife, but a reader) comment on cohabitation. I love ...
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Family Devotional: Listening to God's voice: the gift of the Holy Spirit

Family Devotional: Listening to God's voice: the gift of the Holy Spirit

What happens when we listen to God’s voice? More importantly, how do we listen to God’s voice and who is ...
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Setting the boundaries

Setting the boundaries

As a parent, it can often be difficult to figure out how to set boundaries for our children. Most of ...
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The importance of a weekly date night!

The importance of a weekly date night!

Do you know how important it is to date your mate? Probably not, because too few couples actually take the ...
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How big is your bed?

How big is your bed?

Don’t jump to conclusions! This post is not about what you think it is. A local paper here in New ...
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Postpartum Depression: a real yet untalked about experience for mothers

Postpartum Depression: a real yet untalked about experience for mothers

I was so glad to come across Amy H’s recent post titled, A Christian Mother’s Experience With the Baby Blues, ...
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When God awakens your soul: the journey toward adoption (Part 2)

When God awakens your soul: the journey toward adoption (Part 2)

God had a mighty hard time getting my husband, Roger and I to move forward with the process of adoption ...
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How to raise a kid who can handle adversity

How to raise a kid who can handle adversity

Our job as parents is to raise healthy, responsible adults. One of the greatest gifts we could give our children ...
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"The Real Toy Story": the dark side of the toy industry

"The Real Toy Story": the dark side of the toy industry

Reading the USA Today this morning I stumbled across a book review by Michelle Archer that bothered me. Her book ...
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What family is all about

What family is all about

I wanted to share with you all an email I just responded to from a friend: Thanks so much for ...
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Being like "Old Camel Knees": becoming a family of prayer

Being like "Old Camel Knees": becoming a family of prayer

You might not know this, but the man who wrote the epistle James, was often called by his friends “Old ...
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The family contract: discipline made easy...really!

The family contract: discipline made easy…really!

One of the most powerful ways for you to gain control and harmony in your household is to create a ...
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You don't have to be perfect to be a parent

You don't have to be perfect to be a parent

I just got an email from a dad who was hurting over ruining Christmas for his family. One of his ...
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Creative New Year's Eve Ideas for families: if you don't get to go out and party!

Creative New Year's Eve Ideas for families: if you don't get to go out and party!

You have three kids (maybe more, maybe less) and you know that you don’t get to go out for the ...
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When a sister loves her brother

When a sister loves her brother

I’m alone for the next three day with my kids, and I like it that way from time to time ...
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Boys to men--how fast they grow

Boys to men–how fast they grow

My oldest son came home from college this past weekend to spend Christmas with the family. He hasn’t been gone ...
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Should Miss USA keep her title: and how this relates to parenting

Should Miss USA keep her title: and how this relates to parenting

It appears that Tara Conner, recently crowned Miss USA, will not be fired by Donald Trump after several weeks of ...
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What teenagers really mean when they say, "Whatever".

What teenagers really mean when they say, "Whatever".

“Whatever” seems to be the only word we hear from our teenage children when we’re trying to effectively discipline them ...
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Making the most of the Christmas season-Part Three

Making the most of the Christmas season-Part Three

Value your family traditions The dictionary definition of tradition is: 1) the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to ...
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If I could go anywhere for Christmas vacation...

If I could go anywhere for Christmas vacation…

OK, so if you haven’t planned a Christmas vacation yet, or you want to know where to go for next ...
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Do video games cause your child to be more violent?

Do video games cause your child to be more violent?

A recent study by the Indiana University School of Medicine suggests that violent video games increases a child’s negative behavior, ...
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Children find their faith

Children find their faith

As Christian parents, we live by Proverbs 22. “Train up a child in the ways of the Lord, and when ...
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The dirty tricks played during divorce

The dirty tricks played during divorce

I was reading Forbes recently and an article by Richard C. Morais caught my eye titled Dirty Tricks: As soon ...
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Warning signs that your child might be addicted to porn

Warning signs that your child might be addicted to porn

You know online pornography is devastating to your child, but how can you know if your child is watching it? ...
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The truth about what your kids really need in life to succeed

The truth about what your kids really need in life to succeed

A recent study indicates that your kids need more play! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I’m ...
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Is it right to include the kids for the second marriage ceremony?

Is it right to include the kids for the second marriage ceremony?

I was reading a post from Our One Heart about creative ideas on including kids during a wedding ceremony for ...
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The danger of online pornography and why your home isn't immune

The danger of online pornography and why your home isn't immune

As a marriage and family author and speaker I’ve seen too many couples and too many families disintegrate because of ...
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A message for weary mothers:  continue on

A message for weary mothers: continue on

Let me set a scene for you. You’re the mother of 3 children, ages 9, 6 and 4. You’re the ...
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What every parent must know about teen pregnancy

What every parent must know about teen pregnancy

I got the call in the late afternoon and it was a family from my church. The father sounded extremely ...
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A bit of poor parenting...but...boy was it funny

A bit of poor parenting…but…boy was it funny

I’ve never pretended to be the perfect parent, if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you already know this.  ...
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Respect is a two way street

Respect is a two way street

You know the golden rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you. It applies to every ...
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Do your children love and honor each other?  Healthy conflict resolution skills begin at home!

Do your children love and honor each other? Healthy conflict resolution skills begin at home!

Many people believe that it is normal for siblings to have hateful fights and for homes with teenagers to be ...
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David's drawing of Jesus

David's drawing of Jesus

My youngest child, David, was in my office tonight when I got my two oldest kids, Cole and Reagan, to ...
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Does having kids mean you're truly married?

Does having kids mean you're truly married?

What does it mean to truly be married? Does it mean that you’re living together? Does it mean that you’re ...
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The most important parenting advice you'll ever read

The most important parenting advice you'll ever read

The greatest thing any parent can do for their child is love their mate.  Your child will thrive, no matter ...
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Teachable moments: taking the bad things in life and turning them in to lessons

Teachable moments: taking the bad things in life and turning them in to lessons

Teachable moments are perhaps the greatest way to help your children grow in to loving, responsible adults.  I was reading ...
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There is no greater gift from a child than this

There is no greater gift from a child than this

I want to be a good father.  I want to love my children.  I want to make the right decisions ...
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Intuition or Discernment?  Either way, Moms always know.

Intuition or Discernment? Either way, Moms always know.

When I was a kid, I remember my Mom telling me to be good because she “had eyes in the ...
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For moms: the biblical principle for "sowing" and "reaping" with your children

For moms: the biblical principle for "sowing" and "reaping" with your children

Women have this unbelievable ability to care for others. It’s built in. We are nurturers. We are in the position ...
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Overcoming hurt, stress, bad marriages, and disobediant kids

Overcoming hurt, stress, bad marriages, and disobediant kids

At some times in our lives, we run headlong into an inescapable fact, life is not fulfilling. Life is often ...
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The virtual - texting - non present - relationship your kids desire

The virtual – texting – non present – relationship your kids desire

The day is coming when I don’t have to be physically near my spouse or kids to “experience” a relationship ...
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'It's Tearing Families Apart' - war and its toll on marriages

'It's Tearing Families Apart' – war and its toll on marriages

Newsweek, in an article titled “It’s tearing families apart”: With the 4-23’s battalion’s Baghdad tour dragging on, Capt. Brad Velotta ...
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Questions answered: What to do when your spouse doesn't want as many kids as you

Questions answered: What to do when your spouse doesn't want as many kids as you

Here’s a question from one of my readers: What do you do when two spouses do not agree on how ...
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Top CEO's were spanked as kids.  Does spanking making a difference?

Top CEO's were spanked as kids. Does spanking making a difference?

Del Jones, of the USA Today, reports that of the 20 CEO’s he interviewed, all of them were spanked as ...
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Further discussion on school violence

Further discussion on school violence

If you read any of my two previous posts on school violence and what you can do for your child ...
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Staying together for the kids - - yes - - it's a great idea

Staying together for the kids – – yes – – it's a great idea

I was recently reading a blog post by Sherry Holetzky of families.com where she advocates for not staying together for ...
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Parents kidnap daughter to prevent wedding - and other good parenting ideas

Parents kidnap daughter to prevent wedding – and other good parenting ideas

On August 4th Julia and Lemuel Redd kidnapped their daughter, Julianna, in an attempt to prevent her from marrying Perry ...
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Scene from recent Amish school shooting

The cause and prevention of school violence

It is now confirmed that at least 6 people have died from a recent shooting at an Amish schoolhouse Monday ...
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Parents of ADHD Chilren 9 times more likely to be medicated

Parents of ADHD Chilren 9 times more likely to be medicated

A USA Today article this morning by Marilyn Elias reported on a new research study by Medco Health Solutions Inc ...
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Increasing the mystery and joy of sex in marriage

Increasing the mystery and joy of sex in marriage

I just read this post from salon.com and thought my own readers might enjoy it…and I mean ENJOY it 🙂 ...
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Teens and dusting...and it's not a chore

Teens and dusting…and it's not a chore

Here’s an email from a friend here in The Woodlands, Texas that helps parents understand the dangers of dusting or ...
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Drinking by young adults - why this happens

Drinking by young adults – why this happens

I was reading my usual USA Today paper this morning and on the front page in its “USA TODAY Snapshots” ...
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"Jesus Camp" revisited

"Jesus Camp" revisited

Wow! Finally getting some wonderful feedback and comments from an article. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to comment ...
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The Jesus Camp Documentary - gets me hacked!

The Jesus Camp Documentary – gets me hacked!

Have you heard the buzz? ABC News writes about the newest documentary to create a stir titled, “Jesus Camp”. Their ...
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The art of diversion when it comes to disciplining your children

The art of diversion when it comes to disciplining your children

“Dadyyyyyyyyy!” My middle child yelled like a banshee fleeing hell. “Daddyyyyyyyyyy!” My youngest child screamed in echo while sprinting after ...
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The birthday party madness (dealing with high, unmet expectations)

The birthday party madness (dealing with high, unmet expectations)

My son’s 10th birthday party was last night and I thought I was going to kill some kid by the ...
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The great mall meltdown

The great mall meltdown

You’ve all been there (at least if you’re a parent), the great meltdown of your toddler at the mall. It’s ...
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When the toilet overflows your marriage can benefit from it

When the toilet overflows your marriage can benefit from it

Tonight I sat down at one of my favorite places in my house to write another article, the kitchen table ...
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The joys of ADHD - and a serious warning to parents and professionals!

The joys of ADHD – and a serious warning to parents and professionals!

Hi, my name is Michael, and I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. Sometimes it feels like I’m standing in front of ...
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Get a grip on discipline

Get a grip on discipline

I was leisurely watching my youngest, David, play at our local mall’s indoor rubberized tree forest, where the tree can ...
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Conversations with Reagan - or simply - Reaganisms

Conversations with Reagan – or simply – Reaganisms

Our 8 year-old daughter is a classic. She’s beautiful, smart, strong-willed (you have no idea just how much), and the ...
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it was the best of times and the worst of times

it was the best of times and the worst of times

my family has returned from africa. it was the best of times and the worst of times. my father always ...
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The big inheritance question

The big inheritance question

I was reading a USA Today article this morning about whether or not you should leave your children an inheritance ...
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Discipline made easy

Discipline made easy

To spank or not to spank, that is the question most parents want to know when it comes to disciplining ...
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The foundation for successful parenting

The foundation for successful parenting

The most important gift we can give our children is the gift of unconditional love. At the core of every ...
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What to do when you catch your child lying

What to do when you catch your child lying

I want to trust my kids, but sometimes things happen, like lying, that undermine my ability to trust them. I ...
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The art of love for women

The art of love for women

Loving your wife is like owning a Ferrari F430 Spyder. This car is one of the most spectacular sports cars ...
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My twenty something daughter doesn't like my rules...so she left

My twenty something daughter doesn't like my rules…so she left

Subject: Parenting State: IL Question: How do you deal with a 20 year-old daughter who has left college and recently ...
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Preventing Future Problems

Preventing Future Problems

When families manage their conflicts poorly, more trouble follows. Maybe your teen loses respect for your advice and becomes constantly ...
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Top Ten Conflicts With Teenagers

Top Ten Conflicts With Teenagers

Conflict is not a surprising topic when we mention the words parents and teenagers in the same sentence ...
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