Parenting on Purpose

Most parents want to love and support their children’s dreams and goals. Yet sometimes in a desire to be supportive and loving, parents may allow their boundaries to be disrespected. This can often lead to parents feeling like doormats. It’s natural for you to want to encourage your kids to be true to themselves, but…

Driving around town and looking at the holiday light displays, both public and private, is a common pastime for many families this time of year and one that is greatly anticipated. for many, it has become a family tradition and parents love it as much as the kids do. It used to be that just…

Everyone has heard that it’s important to be grateful. Religious leaders have been telling people to be grateful for thousands of years. There’s even a holiday dedicated to the idea of giving thanks and feeling grateful. Why is gratitude so important? And how can you be grateful when you find yourself in less than desirable…

As much as you might think you’d like to be able to raise your kids in a safe bubble where you control everything, it isn’t possible and not even in your children’s best interest. I wish that the scariest things our kids experienced were only ghost stories told over campfires and at sleepovers, but they…

Are you an evolved parent? This could be a loaded question. What is evolved? In this particular context I’m using “evolved” as to mean modern, but even more complex than that. “Evolved” can be defined as “to develop by a process of evolution to a different adaptive state or condition.” I see this to mean…

No matter what religious holiday you celebrate, the end of the year is traditionally a time of giving gifts. It’s also a time when kids are writing long lists of things they have been dreaming about all year long. They may give that list directly to you or the list may go through an intermediary…

  As parents, you probably want your kids to have everything. This may mean you want them to be happy, safe, and healthy to name a few things. You love your kids and you want them to feel fulfilled as well. When it comes to what your kids want for themselves their list will probably…

  In North America, we have a great tradition of Thanksgiving. We gather with friends and family, we eat great food (usually too much of it), and give our thanks for the wonderful year we’ve had. Giving thanks is much more than another side dish to be spooned out like the green bean casserole or…

  As far back as I can remember; parents have been debating the issue of what to let their kids watch on television. Seldom does everyone agree. In our family, my brother and I wanted to watch certain TV shows and my mom wanted us to watch something different. Her criteria generally revolved around the…

Often when you look at your children, you can easily see yourself or your spouse in their little faces. Maybe your son has his father’s eyes or your daughter has her mother’s smile. Sometimes the daughter will look more like the father and the son will resemble his mother. In other families, it seems one…

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