Family Concerns

When explaining backfires

Hello,  It’s been a special time for my husband, John and I because we had a wonderful party to celebrate our 50thwedding anniversary. Shortly we are heading off on an Alaska cruise, our gift to each other. So, the next newsletter … Continue reading

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What to do when your child misbehaves

Hello, There is often a lot of discussion and even controversy about how a parent should respond when a child misbehaves. The children need to learn why their misbehavior is a problem so they can make better decisions next time. … Continue reading

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The Importance of Family Rules

Hi, Have you ever watched kids put together a game at the park? They have a ball and some space and instead of just toking off to play they start to develop the rules. And for them, rules matter. For some … Continue reading

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Choosing the right summer camp for your child

Hello, One of the challenges of parenting is not just planning your kids activities but also planning ahead. It’s time to think summer.  Summer camp is one summertime staple for many families. I am a fan of summer camps but … Continue reading

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Are Allowances Important for Kids?

Hello, Does it seem to you that you are constantly reaching into your wallet to give money to the kids? I can be unending. The solution is to give your children an allowance and teach them how to manage their … Continue reading

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You Are Your Child’s Role Model

Hi, I was remembering one time when two of my nephews came to visit. My kids were preschoolers and these boys were about five years older. They were surprised by how interested our kids were in spending time with them. … Continue reading

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Tired of hearing your toddler say “No”?

Hello, The first time your little one stamps his foot and declares “No!” you may find it cute.  But the cuteness soon wears off and you wonder if that’s the only word he has in his vocabulary. You can change No … Continue reading

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Kid’s manners are on display during the holidays

Merry Christmas, I am a Christmas person but want to wish you all the best no matter how you celebrate the holiday. On Tuesday (Dec.19) I posted a link to an article about helping kids to handle unwanted hugs and … Continue reading

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Failure is the route to success

Failure Can Be a Gift Helicopter parents hover; they are always there to make sure that there are no bumps in the road for their children. Another aspect to this dynamic is the fear of failure. That is, fear of … Continue reading

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What Do Christian Churches Think About Physical Punishment

Hello, Recently, clergy, theologians, church leaders, Christian community members, students and academics met for two days at Queen’s University in Canada to discuss corporal punishment and law reform.  The forum was held in response to the TRC’s Call to Action … Continue reading

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