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  • Be ready to adapt your parenting skills

    Be ready to adapt your parenting skills

    "Be ready to adapt your parenting skills" Part 4 of our 7 part series explores the idea of parental adaptability. Dr. Laurence Steingberg strongly recommends that parents be ready to change their parenting styles as their children age. This seems to go without saying, yet we're often surprised when what once worked, now fails. Disciplining a 2 year old is clearly different than that of an 8 year old. However, we often don't see the disparity between punishment and guidance between an 8 year old and 16 year old. As their bodies and brains develop, their spirit of independence and pushing the boundaries will undergo rapid growth if not fluctuation. Instead of throwing one's hands up, ....

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  • Stay involved

    Stay involved

    "Stay involved" In continuation of our parenting topic, "staying involved" is the third and next great advice from Dr. Laurence Steinberg. This seems to go without saying, except that someone desperately needs to say it. Many times family members may live in the same household, but rarely see each other. They are simply passing each other in times and places and various meal appointments, if any exist. Even now in our locked-down society, many are further quarantining in their own rooms without regard to virus spreading. A caring and thoughtful parent will try to engage with their child several times throughout the day expressing interest, guidance, and supervision. Though helicopter ....

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  • Can't be too loving

    Can't be too loving

    You can't be too loving Continuing in our 7 part series, Parents, you can't be too loving! The idea of love can be expressed in different ways to our children, and an overabundance can seem to be contrary to the concept of tough love; it isn't. Hugging your children or telling them that you love them can never be a mistake with regard to wise-timing. On the contrary, withholding affection has devastating consequences. A child that knows he or she is loved has the opportunity to flourish, whereas the one who's insecure has a lifetime of psychological roadblocks. Though you may make mistakes in the moment you choose to say or display your love, be sure you err on the side of too much. ....

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  • What you do matters

    What you do matters

    What you do matters Today we'll begin a small 7 week theme of how to raise your child, especially entering into or in the trenches of their teenage years. These 7 rules for successful parenting come directly from psychologist and professor Luarence Steinberg. Rule #1: What you do matters We know that children are like sponges, soaking in their environment and that includes parental input. This can be verbal and nonverbal of course. We think they're just not listening, but research shows that they actually are. More importantly, they're paying attention to what we do as parents. Let's lead by example and have our words match our actions. As they grow older, they'll decide how ....

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  • Curteisie


    Curteisie In a fascinating study of medieval life, I discovered the etymology of courtesy (curteisie). It referred to "courtly," or chivalrous behavior. Knights were trained from early childhood to learn how to behave themselves in polite society. To quote professor Robert Garland, PhD, "courtesy was the mark of a civilized, sophisticated, and moral man. A man who promoted the virtues of truth and honor." In a rush to educate our children in the academic disciplines, let's not ignore this critical virtue. If we do, chivalry will be dead. Follow our Cypress-Jersey Village-Jones Rd blog: ....

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  • Fighting Boredom

    Fighting Boredom

    Fighting Boredom In years past, my family would make at least one annual trip from Texas to Nebraska. With young kids in the car, it would take about 15 hours with multiple stops for eating, gas, and restroom breaks. I often thought about why my body was so tired after all that driving. It seemed that doing nothing but steering would build up an energy reserve. As it turns out, doing nothing (or near it), can be really draining. In order to keep kids from getting bored and driving everyone crazy, there should be a variety of activities and exercise, physical movement, and rigorous play should not be pushed to the background. If we want their minds and bodies to function at their peak, ....

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  • Distance means caring

    Distance means caring

    This is a lonely time for just about everyone. People are trying to stay connected as they best they can while being quarantined. The strong drive to be among others can be seen at your neighborhood park. There are joggers, bikers, walkers, kids, dogs, and even fishing lines are being cast about. Something's changed drastically though: people are still courteous and smiling, but they're giving quite a breadth of space when passing by. The first few times I observed this, I felt a bit insulted as though they'd assumed I was carrying the virus. Logically, people want to steer clear of even the chance of getting it, but then why go to the park in the first place? It's in our nature to be ....

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  • The greatest teacher

    The greatest teacher

    According to Robert Kiyosaki, the Dalai Lama said one of his greatest teachers is Mao Tse Tung. Though driven out of Tibet, he marks the experience as the one he learned the most from. What terrific perspective! When one faces adversity and struggle, it should cause them to grow. Too many of our young people are coddled and over protected. Let's help them learn about bad experiences and horrible people so that they can grow stronger and wiser. To shield them from the world is to diminish their capacity to flourish within it. Follow our Cypress-Jersey Village-Jones Rd. blog: ....

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  • Self-Defense: an Afterthought

    Self-Defense: an Afterthought

    My son's friend, who is getting ready to go to college, recently had a real scare. She, her mother, and her younger sibling were alone at home late in the evening while dad was out of town. Their camera door bell alerted them of some suspicious activity, yet they brushed it off as a bug or something random that had triggered an electronic alert. Just then, an actual masked intruder was trying to break in through a window. Panicked, and not knowing what to do, they called the police. Fortunately, the police sirens scared the would-be-intruder away and no harm came to the family. After this horrifying incident, the family is enrolled in firearm safety. I don't need to tell anyone that we ....

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  • The abundance of and irreverence toward information

    The abundance of and irreverence toward information

    Earlier this week I snapped a picture of this pristine encyclopedia set comfortably sitting undisturbed on the library shelf. It occurred to me that anyone that wanted to look something up would most likely take advantage of the several computers set up for their convenience. As we live in the information age, I notice that the more available information is, the less it's valued. Living in an on-demand society produces children with little patience and no regard for good old fashioned detective work (especially in a library). I submit that the more someone works for something, the more it will mean to them; information is no different. Let's teach children to appreciate buried treasure as ....

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