Marriage IS Parenting: Show them how to be a pro: Part 1

The Personality Wild Card Someone once asked me, “How often do you fight with your spouse?” After almost 15 years of marriage, you’d think it would be easy, but I could not think of a single incident I would qualify as a fight. I’ve never yelled at my husband, and very rarely have I lobbed snide remarks. Sure, we’ve disagreed, maybe even argued, but our

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You Are a Living Text Book: Write it Well

We all have a special distaste for text books, until we find out we are one; our kids read the text book of our lives every day. I just recently became familiar with The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children, and while the example my parents demonstrated when I was growing up probably included some of the 5 tools and probably rubbed off on

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No Words Required: The Listening Puzzle

I admit it. This seems crazy and a bit of an exaggeration: Researchers say that the average parent spends less than 30 seconds per day deeply listening to their children. Grandparents are somewhat better, but that statistic has got to send a shock wave of disbelief through all of us. Deep listening, the type of listening I’m talking about, means dropping everything and focusing your

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Press the Record Button: They Are Watching

The gifts I’m talking about can’t be bought for any price in any store. But these gifts are vital to giving our children a joyful and healthy future. Of course, I’m talking about the gifts of qualities and values like honesty, responsibility, self-reliance, compassion, a sense of humor, and self-esteem. These gifts are truly priceless.

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