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Parent or FriendCan You Be Both to Your Child?

“Kids don’t need us to be their friends, they need us to be their parents!” The dad huffed, frustrated that I had suggested his teen...

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“I’m the Parent. I Don’t HAVE to Say Please”A Connected Families story

Have you heard ungrateful demands (like the ones below) from kids who seem to expect you to drop your life in order to take care...

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Bullying: Challenge or Opportunity?

Throughout the United States, October is national bullying prevention month and today, October 24, many schools around the country will encourage their kids to wear orange...

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Planning a vacation this year? Read this first.How to be intentional as you plan a trip.

Your kids are watching you. Constantly. All the subtle messages from the way you live life are being absorbed by their active little minds, even...

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Questions to Put the THANKS Back in Thanksgiving

“So, kids, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” you ask. “My family, my house, my friends, my dog and Jesus.” (Same answers as last...

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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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The Most Effective Way to Teach Kids to Pray

As parents, we want what’s best for our children, including a life of strong faith, values, and prayer. Sometimes it can seem like a daunting...

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Why “It Is NOT OK to Talk That Way!” Doesn’t Work

There are many ways in which parents intentionally or unintentionally model positive character qualities: self-control, caring, diligence, faithfulness, etc. But we can also model negative...

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Business Wisdom for Parents

  We were excited to see our frequently-used concept of “the do over” appear on the blog of business and leadership guru Seth Godin, and we...

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How to Influence Kids’ Technology Use

Parents are constantly asking us about the best ways to manage their kids’ technology use. They generally want answers about what technology they can use...

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