Strength Based Parenting: Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents (by Kim Jansen)

My first impression of the Clifton StrengthsFinder promoted by the Gallup organization was decidedly negative.“What’s the point in yet another personality test?” I thought. After all, wasn’t I trying to refrain from putting people – particularly my children – in neat little boxes?Besides, even though the StrengthsFinder assessment had revolutionized the way my husband interacted with his team at work, I didn’t…

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The 5 Love Languages of Children – Post 3 (by Ashley Stevens)

Disciplining In Love“Love looks out for the interests of another; so does discipline. So discipline is certainly an act of love. And the more a child feels loved, the easier it is to discipline that child.”Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell begin chapter eight of ‘The Five Love Languages of Children’ reiterating that every aspect of a relationship with our kids is easier…

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The 5 Love Languages of Children – Post 2 (by Ashley Stevens)

After introducing the reader to the five love languages (Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, Acts of Service) in ‘The Five Love Languages of Children,” Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell show how to discover your child's primary love language.By understanding the primary type of love that drives our children, we can better meet their emotional needs and love them in…

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No More Perfect Kids – Post 3 (by Kim Jansen)

“I’ll admit that with five children, there have been times when I’ve simply parented ‘the herd,’ says Jill in No More Perfect Kids. “I’ve seen them as a group rather than the individuals they are.”I struggle with this too. Sometimes it takes all I’ve got just to plow through laundry, dinner prep, homework help for the older kids, and bedtime routines for…

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No More Perfect Kids – Post 2 (by Kim Jansen)

When I first heard a podcast about No More Perfect Kids, the phrase “perfection infection” caught my attention right away. It is so easy for the comparison game rampant in our culture to slowly infiltrate our homes. Under the guise of seeking excellence and preparing our kids for the “real world,” we often raise the bar of expectations too high.I love this…

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No More Perfect Kids – Post 1 (by Kim Jansen)

A tendency toward perfection invaded my motherhood even before I brought my first born home from the hospital. I was determined to have a “natural” childbirth. No interventions. No meds.Two weeks past my due date, however, our bundle of joy had yet to arrive. I reluctantly allowed my doctor to break my water. “Ok,” I thought, “I can still do this.”Fast forward…

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Parenting with Love & Logic – Post 1 (by Ashley Stevens)

“Many kids arrive at their challenging and life-threatening teenage years with no clue as to how to make decisions.”Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay open their book, “Parenting With Love & Logic” pointing to the fact that many self-destructive decisions teenagers and young adults make are because they are the first real decisions they’ve ever made. Growing up, decisions were made for…

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