Parenting 101

Parenting 101 · 26. January 2018
There is a common adage that says "respect must be earned." But how can a child earn respect if they do not understand what it is? Respect is not an innate characteristic of a small child. As their parents, you play the most important role in teaching them what respect means. Respect your child’s personal space. Children have different needs when it comes to personal space. Learn to respect what each child feels comfortable with. One of my grandchildren has long hair. She has told me that she...
Parenting 101 · 06. January 2016
Children should be taught at an early age how to manage their money. An allowance is a good way to teach them responsibility as long as you are using it as a learning tool and not paying them for doing jobs they should already be doing as part of a family. As children get older, they can be paid for doing extra chores so they are better prepared for future employment and will understand the concept of being paid for doing a good job.
Parenting 101 · 06. November 2015
Nowadays, kids tend to be addicted to playing video games, watching their favorite shows or surfing the net for hours. Because of this, they fail to be active and productive. A lot of time is wasted; and, their lives are wasted. Spend quality time with them. Spending quality time with your children can mean a lot to them and will make them more willing to try something new if parents are encouraging them. Try to promote long, hilly hikes and intense bike rides. Do some outdoorsy activities that...
Parenting 101 · 22. January 2015
Many parents avoid parental discipline because they don't want to be hated by their children. Discipline is never an easy process but it is a huge responsibility which parents must not set aside. Discipline or lack of discipline for that matter can shape the character and future lives of their children. Children who have been disciplined in a thoughtful and loving manner possess the following traits. 1) Self-control - Children who have self-control are capable of delaying self-gratification in...
Parenting 101 · 04. December 2014
Many children under 10 years old are accessing the internet without the supervision of adults. As a result, children consume inappropriate information and their behaviour is altered. Here are some safety tips to consider if you want your kids to use the internet in a healthy manner Start with a positive communication – “Don’t’ and ‘no’ are two words that kids hate to hear. Get the attention of your kids by talking positively about computers and the internet. Discuss how both can...
Parenting 101 · 27. November 2014
Because of the many changes on how purchases are made, more and more parents are allowing their teenagers to own credit cards. Credit cards are not all that bad. Their proper use can train teenagers to be financially responsible. However, their proper use may not come that easily among teenagers. Therefore, you must guide them in doing so. Here are a few tips on how you can guide them. Avoid peer pressure – Is your teenager pressured to have a credit card because her friends all have one? If...
Parenting 101 · 24. October 2014
Frugality is one quality that we must teach our kids. It's quite difficult to acquire in this age of consumerism. So, it is best to model it and guide our kids in practicing it. Here are some great ideas on jump starting this task. Instill simplicity in their hearts - Simplicity is best shown in one's lifestyle. Love the simple things through which you can spend time with your kids. You will be surprised to know that kids will enjoy a simple stroll in the park so long as they stroll along with...
Parenting 101 · 04. January 2014
I know of many chain smokers who confess that they started smoking early teens (and even pre-teens years). They shared different reasons as to why they got soaked into this habit. Besides curiosity, some of them wanted to fit with their friends to copy their parents to imitate their idols in showbiz and music industry to look sophisticated and appear like grown-ups to assert independence This may sound like a cliche but this statement really works: 'Set a good example in front of your kids by...
Parenting 101 · 02. October 2013
Note: This is just a sequel to the post I created a couple of months ago. No is defnitely a strong word which most kids hate to hear especiallly from their parents. There are clever or subtle ways to say it. Moreover, there are practices that may be observed to keep yourself from getting into a situation where in no negotations with your children can be made and you just can't say no. Avoid setting up yourself - So here is the scenario. You are keen to come up with the best Christmas gifts for...
Parenting 101 · 09. August 2013
Through the years, I have seen a lot of couples who had problems raising their kids. It may be common when the issue centers on making more money for the family, and now another one raises a lot of concerns for growing families. That is, getting your kids to behave well. That is why it is important to serve as a good model for your kids. Gone are the days when we were less careful of our ways. We have to watch our words and actions. We need to be the person we want our kids to be. Most of the...

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