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Love, Limits, and Latitude: Authoritative Parenting (pt. 1)

The information for this blog post comes from a two-part article by Craig H. Hart that was called “What Children Need from Parents” and was published in the journal of Marriage and Families in 2004. “Child rearing is so individualistic. Every child is different and unique. What works with one may not work with another. […]

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The Importance of Close Parent-Child Relationships

How important is the relationship between a parent and a child? Are there really long term effects for taking time to bond with your child or even neglecting your child? The answers may seem obvious. Of course the parent-child relationship matters and is critical to a child’s health and well-being. As every  relationship is critical […]

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What Children Really Need – Part 3

This is part three to the posts explaining what children really need. Click here for part 1 and here for part 2. Each child has the right to a posterity. “It is natural for each person to want to create progeny and to live into the future through them. This is each child’s destiny. Propaganda […]

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Backwards Parenting

Many spouses talk about what they want their baby to be like when they find out they are expecting. My husband and I did. We talked about how we would like to have a boy first. We even discussed how cute it would be if he had dark hair. But when we ended up having […]

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Gifts for the Mind

The best gifts are those that give knowledge and experiences. Extracurricular activities such as dance, or a special science program are educational experiences that can benefit children intellectually and developmentally. For example, “Studies have shown that dancing can improve memory and everyday performance, in addition to reducing dementia risk over the long-term,” according to Dr. […]

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Family Recreation (pt. 2): The Logistics

Aristotle described the good life as being characterized by the habit of virtuous action. Today there is too much focus on feeling good. We choose activities and purchase things that make us feel good. This isn’t what makes us happy though. With the rise of materialism in society, there has also been a rise of […]

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Family Recreation (pt. 1): The Benefits

Charles Francis Adams was a grandson of the second president of the United States, a successful lawyer, and ambassador to Great Britain. He took his son fishing one day and wrote in his journal “Went fishing with my son today. A day wasted.” On the same day, his son wrote “Went fishing with my father […]

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“You Can’t Go…”

My 15-year-old son, David, was supposed to leave for Washington D.C. on a band field trip at 5 a.m. the next day.  One of his responsibilities before he left was to pull the weeds in the garden.  When he had been assigned this job two weeks before, the garden didn’t look too bad and the […]

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High Conflict Marriages and Children

Research has linked parent conflict to adjustment problems for their children. Children become sad, angry, and fearful when regularly exposed to destructively handled conflict. Children are usually more aware of what is going on between their parents than most adults realize. Many adults think that divorcing will protect children from the negative effects of conflict. […]

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ADHD on the Rise

Apparently humans’ attention span has dropped lower than that of a goldfish. Research has shown that the average human’s attention span has dropped to eight seconds (it was 12 seconds in 2000), while a goldfish has a nine second attention span. Some feel there is a link to the rampant, excessive use of technology to […]

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