encouragement

Turn Name-Calling into Connection

“You’re dumb!” “No, YOU’RE dumb!” “Well, you’re a loser!” “I know you are, but what am I?” “You’re a butthead!” “MOMMMMMMMMM!!!!” Name-calling between children is...

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Trash, Truth, TreasureHelping kids turn anger into wisdom

When our child gets teased, battered and bullied by another child’s hurtful words, we parents are inclined to step in and fix it by saying...

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Encouragement from a Dad Who’s Been ThereDownload a free audio for dads

Hey, dads!  I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately. You see, Lynne and I have this amazing opportunity to speak to groups of parents...

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The Awesome Thing about Your Kid’s Misbehavior…

The rough-looking teen’s tough veneer had softened. I detected tears in his eyes. “No one has ever said anything like that to me.” Just minutes...

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How to Get Kids to Care about School & GradesWithout Nagging

  Over the years, Lynne and I have worked with many families who struggle with the same issues. Time and again, we see how a...

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Advice for Dads3 Things My Father Wished He Had Known

Dear Dads, We are a big deal.   Our kids look up to us in a unique way. They need our affirmation and approval. Statistics show...

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The Inspiring Parenting Behind the World’s Greatest Inventor

  Thomas Edison often tops the list of the world’s greatest inventors. We have him to thank for (among other things) the phonograph, the first...

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What Tone are You Setting for Your Home?

A mom of three kids ages 10 to 14 emailed me this story this week: A friend once told me she worked to greet her children...

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How to Find the Good… Even in Misbehavior!

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute – if there is any...

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Connection: Why “Just Trying Harder” Doesn’t Cut It

When connecting with our kids is a struggle, sometimes it can feel like we have to “just try harder.” But if we’re really stuck, “just trying harder”...

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