parenting

Empower Your Family with a Mission Statement

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Does Your Family Have a Mission Statement? The idea of a mission statement is not new.  Businesses have put in countless hours hashing out their mission statement. The idea then moved on to personal mission statements thanks to Stephen Covey among others. What if we applied this idea to our families? Or our classrooms? Would…

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Andy Stanley Parenting Tips

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Guidelines for Parenting A few years ago, Andy Stanley, senior pastor at Northpoint Church, created a message series entitled Future Family.   In one of the sessions, Andy and his wife, Sandra talk about things they learned and advice they have followed as parents.  It was a brave and informative session because no matter what…

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4 Ways to Prepare Kids to be Leaders

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Growing Young Leaders I’ve talked to several parents recently who have adult children living at home, unemployed and directionless.  A current report confirms that for the first time in modern history, the most popular living arrangement for 18-34 year old young adults is living at home with their parents. Frequently these are young adults who…

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Good or bad decision?

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How to make consistently good decisions What do kids and adults do all day everyday? It’s so automatic, many times we aren’t even aware that we are doing it. Other times we think and agonize over it for days in order to do it right. It’s so common, you’ve probably done it about 100 times…

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Teaching Kids How to Handle Emotions

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How to Teach Kids about Emotions Just as children need to learn their colors, letters and numbers, they also need to learn how to identify and express their emotions.  Parents and educators often focus on the former and ignore the latter. How often do you hear an adult quizzing a children  on colors or recognizing…

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Focus on joyful parenting

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Connecting with the Heart of a Child If I asked you to list the many challenges of parenting could you give me an extensive list? Everything from getting George to clean up after himself to learning to play with his sister without fighting? If I asked you to list the many joys of parenting, could…

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