Entries from September 2010

Who is praying for your children?

September 30th, 2010 / 1 Comment

Who prays for your children, everyday? Your pastor? The Sunday School teacher, friends and relatives? At best they will pray for your children occasionally and when you have a needy request. No one but you the parent will even think of praying for your children everyday. This statement from Dennis and Barbara Rainey of Family […]

What values are we really teaching our children?

September 29th, 2010 / No Comments

The high school in my neighborhood is highly competitive academically. The kids there are not satisfied with getting into college, they are aiming for Ivy Leagues. At the same time, there is also a growing problem of cheating and plagiarism. Somehow these high schoolers are getting the idea that good grades must be obtained at […]

Deeper conversation starters

September 28th, 2010 / No Comments

Rather than just talking about school, or about shopping, or about college applications, how can we as parents connect better with our children with deeper conversation? Here are some complete-the-sentence conversation starters. Parents have to answer too. Use these when you take a walk together, or on an hour drive to grandma’s house, or over […]

Heart to heart talk with your children

September 27th, 2010 / 3 Comments

Ever feel there is some anger or resentment, or just negativity in your children towards you? No matter how young or old your children are, no matter how close you may be, living day to day together under the same roof can result in relationship problems. There are misunderstandings, words said that you regret, anger […]

Conversation starters

September 23rd, 2010 / 1 Comment

“How was school today?” Fine. “What did you do?” Nothing. “Anything interesting? No. Conversation with your kids not getting anywhere? A parent asked me how she can get her child to tell her about what’s going on at school. Since you are the adult here, don’t blame the child for not wanting to talk. He […]

Listening to our children

September 22nd, 2010 / 1 Comment

Ask around and children will tell you, “My parents don’t listen to me.” And they’re probably right. We listen, but we don’t really listen. As much as we love our children, we as parents don’t listen to them as we ought. We take for granted that we already know our children without having to really […]

Different approaches to getting homework done

September 21st, 2010 / No Comments

Does your child need to relax a bit after school before starting on homework, or does he like to start on it right away? (my daughter is the latter.) According to Priscilla Dunstan in her interesting article “Child Sense: Time for homework”, understanding your child’s dominant sense can determine the best approach to getting homework […]

Will work for jelly beans

September 20th, 2010 / No Comments

Teachers use this method effectively in the classroom, we can use it at home too. To motivate our children to do chores and develop other good behaviors, use the jelly bean jar system. * Each time a chore is completed, put a jelly bean in the jar. * Each time a kind word is spoken […]

Back to school health

September 15th, 2010 / No Comments

After a break of blogging for a couple of months in the summer, now it’s back to school, and back to routine for me, and back to blogging. My high school daughter is already loaded down with schoolwork.  Are your children staying afloat? I read a few good health tips from Kaiser Permanente. Some of […]