Articles for Parents and Grandparents
Six Life Lessons by Rod Zimmerman
A father reflects upon his own Life Lessons - wisdom acquired in his first 50 years - in a letter written to his college age children at the start of the school year. It's advice for young people about how to see beyond superficial characteristics of people to assess whether they can be trusted as close or intimate friends and focuses on family relationships, self-esteem, service, friendships, and mentoring.
What began as a private correspondence grew into an essay for parents after Rod's children plus friends and others suggested taht what he had so heartfeltedly written was worth sharing. We agree, and in fact gave similar advice to our own daughters as they embarked on their independent lives as young women.
Click here to read the entire Knol essay, Six Life Lessons, by Rod Zimmerman and see if you don't find it thoughtful and helpful.
Oh No - the Sex Talk
Talking to your kids about sex isnt the easiest
thing in the world. But if wed like our kids to
share our values and beliefs about sex, we need to do
This article on talking with children about sex by Mark Brandenburg offers tips on how
to move ahead with this difficult issue.
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to read the full article
Fathers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders
During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, itís
an opportunity for fathers to look at the statistics
and take action to help their daughters. There are specific
things fathers can do to help their daughters navigate
our culture. > Click for
Why Buy the Toy ... When the Box is More Fun?
How many parents have witnessed their child turning
a plain box into a play object, game or toy? It's practically
a universal phenomenon, yet the majority of us dismiss
this behavior as purposeless. This parent didnít.
Would I Want the Toy, When I Can Have the Box? (101
Ways to Make the Most of Your Children, With the Least
from Your Wallet) demonstrates the profound significance
of this play. >
Click here to learn more about this book.
Does Praise Help Our Kids?
Your kids will hear the words, great job
about six million times in their lifetime. After awhile,
this kind of praise loses its impact. Praising your
kids adds on to a world already filled with judgment.
And while occasional praise isnt a problem, its
the steady supply that is.
Kids, Rudeness, and Teaching Moments
When we show discipline and patience with our children,
theyll show it to us. When we let go of our responsibilities,
our laziness shows itself in our children just as clearly.
Want Your Children To Love Books -
Go See A Movie!
by Brent Sitton
Reading a book from which a movie is made is almost
always a richer experience than simply watching the
movie. The experience of savoring the words on the page
and allowing yourself to be taken on a journey inspired
by the author is sublime. As the author paints a picture
with words, your imagination fills in the blanks until
the voices of the characters and the images of the settings
resonate in your mind.
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