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Want Kids to Value Your Advice? Try This.

  Caroline was thoughtful as I described how our young adult kids call from time to time and ask us to help them think through…

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Questions (Part 3)How Can I Ask Them When I'm Upset?

  Teaching the art of asking good questions is a favorite goal in our daily work with parents. Why? Because we’ve learned that lectures and…

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Questions (Part 2)The Art of Asking Good Ones

  Questions are a simple and powerful tool. Asked well, questions can open hearts -did you know Jesus asked over 300 questions?. Consider the question,…

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Questions (Part 1)The Most Important Tool for Building Wisdom

  What are the best tools parents have to teach wisdom and guide their kids? Questions! Often times we forget that a simple, well-timed question…

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How to Turn Mischief into an Opportunity to Build Wisdom

Becky and her two daughters, six-year-old Brianna and four-year-old Maisie, were at a playdate. The girls were downstairs with an older girl who was bit…

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One Mom’s Journey from Fighting to Dancing

Julia was fed up. Her kids fought daily about their responsibilities, and Julia was at the end of her patience. Daily power struggles were beginning to define their relationships as the kids grew more discouraged and Julia more determined to stop the “misbehavior.” So Julia came to us for help.

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Do your conversations with your kids about faith help or hurt?

Laura was stuck. Though she was passionate about bringing her boys up “in the training and instruction of the Lord,” she could tell that her…

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The most sure-fire road to respectful kids!

  “Knock it off! Stop it! Get over here, NOW!” These are familiar phrases for most parents. When kids act up we get frustrated. We…

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Practical Skills to Pick Up the Pieces After You Blow It

Are you wondering what to do when you blow it?  Overcoming parenting mistakes isn’t so much about not making them (which is good because we made…

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An Unconventional Solution to a Child’s Resistance

We often see a common parenting cycle when kids are prone to anxiety. In short, it goes like this: Child feels anxious Worried, but well-meaning…

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