What is the key to managing stress for all of us? Recognizing and developing a sense of control. Kids especially live in world where they have little control. Just think about the many things in a typical day in the life of a child where they lack control: the school they attend, the class they…

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happy kids

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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Very upset girl

The One Secret Technique that Works There will be moments… Maybe it will seem more like days… When your child is going to get upset. It’s tough to see our children upset and hurting.  Sometimes it even triggers memories of times when we felt the same way.  (Like when you were their age and felt like everyone…

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angry-child

Kids and Self Talk A typical classroom lesson on recognizing feelings is useful and gives kids a common language for expressing their feelings.  However, it is a basic lesson and doesn’t really cover all the bases in helping kids manage feelings, especially negative ones.   What can we teach the child who needs anger management strategies or…

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Young girls playing or working on a computer

Kids and Discipline If you have any connection to the educational system as I do, it’s not unusual to hear teachers complain that children today are much harder to teach than in years past. In fact, the job of the teacher has become so difficult that the average length of time that new teachers stay…

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mad boy

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child In a favorite comic strip, a little boy tells his Dad, “You’ll never be as smart as me Dad.  Back when God built your brain…he was using older technology.”  Pretty clever, huh?  Probably hits home for many parents like me who rely on younger children to tweak their websites, blog posts and download…

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