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How to create a closer family.2019-08-25T00:59:57-05:00
1903, 2019

Week 1: Building Connection. Nothing is more important to your family.

By |March 19th, 2019|52 Traits, Be Connected, Top5|0 Comments

Executive Summary:  Why is Creating a Connection Your Most Important Role as a parent? There is nothing more vital for you to do as a parent than establish your family as a safe place for your kids. Studies show: Children who experience a lack of emotional support, no connection, no supervision, and no discipline are at the highest risk of experiencing at least one encounter with a police officer because of a crime. Children who have parents [...]

2003, 2019

Week 2: Why is great communication key for your kid’s growth?

By |March 20th, 2019|52 Traits, Be Communicative, Top5|0 Comments

Executive Summary: Why is great communication key for your kid's growth? Very few things are more important than open communication in any relationship. That's doubly important in the family! If you are a busy family, which most families are, the importance you need to place on establishing good solid methods of communication is extremely important. Parents who don't create a family that prioritizes communicate run the risk of creating families where kids don't feel a sense of [...]

2003, 2019

Week 3: If you give your kid a cell phone, kiss your family goodbye.

By |March 20th, 2019|52 Traits, Be Mindful, Top5|1 Comment

Executive Summary: kids and a cell phone... bad idea. I get it. “We can’t organize all of our activities without a phone.” “My kid is different; they only use it for calling me.” “If my kid doesn’t have a phone, they will be picked on.” “Smart Phones are not as bad as everyone says.” “In an emergency, my kid can get help immediately.” All of these statements are decent arguments for a cell phone for a child [...]

2003, 2019

Week 4: Teach them to the importance of humor

By |March 20th, 2019|52 Traits, Be Happy, Top5|0 Comments

Executive Summary:  Teach them to the importance of humor A good sense of humor isn’t limited to adults alone, it transcends to little children also. It is important that they know how to have fun while at home, school or in the neighborhood. Laughing and having fun is a great way medium whereby kids connect with those around them. It is important in the sense that it enables them to be smarter, healthier and being able to [...]

2103, 2019

Week 5: Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids!

By |March 21st, 2019|52 Traits, Be Passionate, Top5|0 Comments

Executive Summary:  Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids! According to research, "Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body." (1) With that being the case, why has the distance our kids roaming decreased by 90% in the past 30 years? (2) If you are successful, I argue you only became successful because [...]

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There Are Many Reasons Why People Bully, Some Might Surprise You!

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403, 2017

My Dear Child Campaign – What can we do when they don’t answer the phone?

Does this sound familiar to you or anyone you know? Eddie is on the outside trying to be in his daughter’s life. Her mother has moved on and another man is playing the role of father for his girl. He asks me, “What can I do?”

2702, 2017

What Do You Say? Why We Want Our Kids To Be Personable!

Each time I take my two children out grocery shopping or errand running, I’m very mindful about their manners and social interaction. My wife has the same priorities, and our kids are generally well-behaved, especially in public. They are actually starting to get a bit of a reputation, I learned recently. A few months ago, I was out shopping with both kids at a local “big box store”. We stopped to pick up a sample from one of the tables at the end of an aisle. “Oh, you must be the father!” the sample lady suddenly exclaimed. “Why yes. Yes, I am,” I stumbled, unsure of her meaning.