This article originally appeared over at The Good Men Project. It is an excellent read and I thought it would add a lot to the conversation over here. Brian Goslee unpacks what it looks like to be a good father. Yet, he goes a little further and looks at what it means to be a … More 4 Ways to Become a Better Dad
You’ve been cruising along through parenthood for a decade at this point. Your children love you. They still laugh at your jokes. They want hugs constantly and sincerely desire for you to spend time with them. They fight with each other constantly but would never think of attempting to fight with one of your parents. … More If Only
There is an ongoing conversation, in regards to child rearing, about the amount of technology that a child should have access to and at what age. Everyone is different in those regards as many people allow no access to technology while others start providing their children with cellular devices shortly after they are born. As … More Technology Rules for Children
I think that it is natural for a parent to want their children to be successful adults. For that matter, if I were to have a conversation with someone who did not want their children to grow up successfully, I would have some serious doubts about that person’s parenting skills. I would question whether or not … More Are we setting them up for failure?
Have you ever been in the store shopping and your child starts throwing a fit in front of everyone? Of course, you have. Every child does it. It is not rooted in whether or not we are good parents. There is something else going on. Your child wants to be his or her own authority. Your … More Build Each Other Up
Dr. James Dobson tells us that, “the amount of live language directed to a child (not to be confused with television, radio, or overheard conversations) is vital to her development of fundamental linguistic, intellectual, and social skills.” (The New Strong-Willed Child, 96) This quote was in regards to fourteen-month-old children. However, this need never goes … More Stop and listen
I tell my kids no all the time. If we’re at Wal-Mart and they are asking for toys. No. If we are at the grocery store and they are asking for candy. No. If it’s bedtime and they are asking to stay up and watch a little more television. No. No. No. No.
I am not saying that we should view our children as nothing more than our subordinates that we boss around all the time. However, in order for our children to develop into responsible adults (that should be every parent’s goal), we have to maintain a decent amount of authority over them. Attempting to be their … More Draw a line somewhere