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How to Raise Creative Kids

•Where did he come up with that?” Kids often amaze us with their imaginative ideas, and we should give ourselves a pat on the back for playing a role in this development. Innovative thinking is essential for success in school and in life, and it’s our job as parents to nurture our kids’ innate desire to be creative. Inventive play fosters original thinking, an asset when children are confronted with new situations. By providing activities that use their creativity and ...
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Ways Father's can Invest in Their Children

One of the primary negative impacts on children is the lack of a consistent, nurturing father or father-figure. One of the primary predictors of future violent behavior in boys is how much neglect they perceive from their father. It’s not enough for •dad” to go to work, come home, read the paper, watch ESPN and then go to bed. That’s being a roommate not a dad. Children need to perceive active investment from fathers. We’ve defined a good dad as the man who works consistently, ...
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Top Ten Ways to be a Better Father

The expectations for fathers are increasing both at work and at home. Here are ten ways for fathers to be more effective in the most important job they’ll ever have: 1.See your kids as capable The achilles heel of many fathers is to see their kids as •not good enough.” Your kids will feel this, and they’ll live up to these expectations. The more you approve of them, the greater they’ll be! 2.Make time for your kids There will always be more work, but you won’t always have ...
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Friends Are A Gift You Give Yourself

My oldest boy is fifteen and was a real jerk about a month ago. He had gotten pretty full of himself and acted like he was too cool for the rest of the family. Pretty typical teenager behavior, but I didn't like it. I had gotten to the end of my patience with him and laid into him about how lousy it felt to be treated that way. We ended up in a huge fight. He argued that he wasn't acting any different than normal and that I was just choosing to see things negatively. So, I laid out ...
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Raising Emotionally Intelligent Sons

•Mommy, I fell down,” said the 5-year-old to his mother during a recent soccer practice. •Were you tough?” asked his mom. •Yeah,” he said and walked away with his head down. I was at this soccer practice with my daughter, and feeling just a bit out of place as the only dad there. When I heard this exchange, it reminded me of the ways we can blindly follow the •old school” concerning how we raise boys. The old school says that boys should be tough, ...
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Are Your Children Ready for School?

Spiral bound note book, 3-ring binder, 3-hole lined paper, pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, stapler, scissors, paste, book bag, pencil case, shoes, socks, underwear, shirts, pants, skirts, jacket, uniforms.... Check, Check, Check..., everything is ready. Or is it? I head a report on the radio yesterday, "School supply sales are down from last year." I am perplexed. What benefit does that fact make in anyone's life? What is the purpose of reporting this? How will that information help me ...
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Is it Self-Esteem or Self-Confidence or what lies in between?

Is it Self-Esteem or Self-Confidence or what lies in between? I was driven towards looking to the self-confidence and self-esteem in ourselves on a deeper level. How do we evaluate the two? On a human level and perhaps whilst growing up, our religion, the influence of the culture of where we grew up in and our parents, are all factors that influence and contribute to our level of self-confidence and self-esteem. How do we define those fancy words we consistently hear, and where do we begin to ...
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Homemaking Journals

I am so excited about the idea of creating a Homemaking Journal to pass down to my daughters. It is something that was actually created centuries ago. Homemaking Journals were actually passed down through family generations in the "olden days." It is a journal where you record in one place all things related to homemaking. All of the things special to you, traditions you have instilled, secrets, tips and more. Here are some ideas if you would like to start one in your family. You can pick ...
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The ins and outs of Bob Dylan's relationships

Even-tempered and peace-loving, Bob Dylan is not easily ruffled and is rarely given to emotional displays. He has a calming effect on more high-strung or volatile people, and an emotional steadiness that others find soothing. Though gentle and not easily provoked, Bob is tremendously stubborn and will resist any change which requires an emotional adjustment, such as changes in his home life or marriage. Dylan seeks security and loyalty in love, is extremely devoted to his loved ones, and ...
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The ins and outs of Bill Gates' relationships

Emotional outbursts are frequent with Bill Gates due to his fiery temper and emotional impulsiveness. Bill expresses himself very directly and honestly and no one has to guess what his true feelings are. However, he dislikes showing any personal weaknesses or needs for support, comfort, and nurturing. Gates is often impatient with himself and with others. He abhors emotional dependency and dislikes "complainers". Bill Gates inspires others to take positive action in their lives by his own ...
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