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How to raise grateful kids instead of entitled ones

“You never buy me anything, you’re always like this”, my daughter told me.  It was hard to hear, even harder to fight the overwhelming feeling of guilt.  “Am I not doing enough for her?” “Am I limiting her desires too much?” These thoughts always make my mind race. Then I look at if her basic …

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How to get kids started on doing chores

So often we underestimate what kids can do. If we can withstand some messiness and slow work kids can be amazing helpers in our home.  Not only being helpful, research by Marty Rossmann, emeritus associate professor of family education at the University of Minnesota, shows that involving children in household chores from a young age …

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17 basic life skills your child must know before leaving home

We want to raise kids who are equipped to face the harsh realities of the world. We may not be able to control every aspect of our children’s lives and solve every problem for them. And even if we can, it is not recommended. Instead, we are capable of giving them life skills to cope …

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Top 12 parenting skills to develop to be a good parent

Being a parent is a lifetime job. You never stop being a parent. Even when your kids have left your nest, you think about them and worry about them.  Anyone can become a parent, but to be a good parent you need to acquire certain parenting skills and develop good qualities.  But don’t worry. No …

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How to limit screen time for kids (8 practical tips)

Screen time for kids is a hot topic among parents.  Today, we have different kinds of screens to deal with, unlike in the ’80s where we only had television.  And that’s a challenge for today’s parents. Technology has transformed so much of our lives. It is an integral part of our life and there’s no …

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4 types of parenting styles and their effects on child development

Your parenting style has a great impact on who your child becomes. The way you choose to parent is important because it determines many of the personality traits of your child.  The type of parenting style you follow influences their self-esteem and how they carry themselves throughout life. What are the different types of parenting …

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