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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 isn’t the easiest thing in the world. But if we’d like our kids to share our values and beliefs about sex, we need to do our job.

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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Fathers, Daughters, and Eating Disorders

During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, it’s 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 full article

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 didn’t. Why 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 isn’t a problem, it’s the steady supply that is.

Kids, Rudeness, and Teachable Moments

When we show discipline and patience with our children, they’ll show it to us. When we let go of our responsibilities, our laziness shows itself in our children just as clearly. > More

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 our mind. > More

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