What Should Grandparents Do When Children Won’t Listen to Good Advice?

Q: We have ten grandchildren, spread between three of our kids. They all live within an hour’s drive, so we see them often. We want to be involved in their lives and to be good influences. Our problem is with the parents. None of them are receptive to any advice or information we try to […]

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Make ‘Em an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Make ‘Em an Offer They Can’t Refuse When I was a child, my most important possession was my bicycle, followed closely by my radio. My bike was how I got around. I rode it to school, friend’s houses, pick-up baseball games, shopping centers, and just about anywhere else my heart desired and my parents would […]

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Are Parents Responsible for the How Their Kids Turn Out?

Are parents responsible for the sort of people their children become? That’s this week’s question, and the answer is no, albeit equivocally. Several parents have recently written me bemoaning the lifestyles their adult children have chosen to lead – lifestyles that feature addictions, criminality, and flagrant irresponsibility. (The operative word in the previous sentence, by […]

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Rosemond on Effective Parents

Effective Parents They Know What They Are Doing I’ve said it before, but it cannot be said often enough: The discipline of a child is not accomplished by manipulating reward and punishment.Yes, a child needs to understand that behavior results in consequences, but that understanding alone is not sufficient to grow a well-behaved, well-mannered child.Besides, […]

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Parents Should Rear Kids, Not Be Pals

Today’s parents are trying to have wonderful relationships with their children. Our foremothers and forefathers were not, realizing that a child required leadership first. And that while the parent/child relationship should by no means be “bad,” a parent could not provide proper leadership if the parent’s energies were focused primarily on having a “wonderful” relationship […]

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Foundation to Parenting Begins With Marriage

In an opinion piece recently featured on FoxNews.com., Jonathan Pokluda explicates his Ten Habits of Extraordinary Parents. Pokluda, a teaching pastor at a mega-church in Texas, and his wife are in the midst of what he terms “the parenting experiment” with three young children. In the introduction to his Ten Habits, Pokluda says that according to […]

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The Recipe for a ‘Happy Child’ is a Simple One

I recently enjoyed the privilege of seeing and hearing radio talk-show host Dennis Prager speak on the topic of happiness. He only spoke for twenty minutes, but said more in that short span than most talk-show people are able to say in two hours.   He was talking to an audience about how to be a […]

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Effective Parents Act Like They know What They Are Doing

I’ve said it before, but it cannot be said often enough: The discipline of a child is not accomplished by manipulating reward and punishment.Yes, a child needs to understand that behavior results in consequences, but that understanding alone is not sufficient to grow a well-behaved, well-mannered child.Besides, whereas proper consequences will virtually guarantee proper behavior […]

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Parenting Hard; Raising Children Is Not

JOHN HAS DEVELOPED A NEW TALK! For the past ten years or so, John’s primary talk has been titled “Parenting with Love and Leadership.” It’s been hugely well-received and John will continue to do it upon request, but he’s recently developed a brand-new talk titled “Parenting Is Hard; Raising Children Is Not!” – a talk […]

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