Some Useful Nuggets

I was having a conversation with a co-worker, a few nights ago, in regards to the parenting model that many people use for raising their children. He had made the comment about how, in his opinion, many parents just weren’t disciplining their children in the same manner that had been done in decades past. He felt like many children were being allowed to get by with all manner of things that, when he was a child, would definitely have ended in a butt spanking or worse. Continue reading “Some Useful Nuggets”

Everyone Learns Differently

This post is not anti-school system. I want to throw that out there first thing. Yes, my wife and I home school our children. However, we are not fundamentally against the public school system. We just do not use it. We have always been in an excellent position to educate them at home and chose to do so. Anyways, with that out of the way, we can move on to the purpose of the post.  Continue reading “Everyone Learns Differently”

Adventures in Parenting – Travis & Becky Ennis

Adventures in Parenting takes us into the life of an individual or couple who are currently (or have been) parents in order to get an idea of how they navigate their way through the process of raising up their children. So, here’s how this works. This week’s guests are Travis & Becky Ennis. I have provided them with a list of 25 or so questions of which they were instructed to choose five. This will serve as an interview of sorts with the conversation being, for the most part, of their choosing. Continue reading “Adventures in Parenting – Travis & Becky Ennis”

Teach Them To Lose

Do you have any participation trophies on your bookshelf? You know what I mean right? You were on the team so you received an award. Maybe it’s a soccer medal that would be exceptional if it were not hanging around the necks of every single child in the entire league. See, there is nothing exceptional about receiving something that has been made to be ordinary.  Continue reading “Teach Them To Lose”

Build a Bridge

When someone is hurting, they will do nearly anything that it takes to release the pain that is going on inside of them. This is especially true when that person is hurting emotionally. What is odd about this is that an individual will lash out against those who are best equipped to help them. This is typically due to the fact that those individuals are closest to the situation.  Continue reading “Build a Bridge”

Stop and listen

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 away. From an extremely early age, our kids need us to pay close attention to them. They need us to listen to what they have to say. Continue reading “Stop and listen”

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