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Parenting Styles: What do door mats, coaches and Hitler have to do with it?

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In 1966, Diana Baumrind penned the original paper on parenting styles. In her research, she discovered three distinct styles she called Permissive, Authoritarian, and Authoritative based on a matrix of …
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Being a Father: What I have learned from my first 6 children
3 years ago

Being a Father: What I have learned from my first 6 children

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I didn’t think much about being a father when I was young. I grew up an only child, so you can see how this is going to go. I liked …
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Be Their Friend: Parenting Mistakes
3 years ago

Be Their Friend: Parenting Mistakes

If you could choose only one thing to destroy your child, be their friend instead of their parent. When a parent chooses to dress like, act like and talk like …
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Lie, Cheat & Steal: Parenting Mistakes
3 years ago

Lie, Cheat & Steal: Parenting Mistakes

One of the most consistent complaints from clients over the years is their parents telling them not to lie, cheat or steal, and then watching their parents do so regularly, …
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Family Dinner: Is eating meals together as a family important?
3 years ago

Family Dinner: Is eating meals together as a family important?

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The short answer is yes, having a family dinner together is important and statistically motivates certain outcomes. However, if you’re ok with your kids having a higher chance of using …
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Pass On Your Addictions: Parenting Mistakes
3 years ago

Pass On Your Addictions: Parenting Mistakes

Let me put it this way… your children know what your addictions are. You are not successfully hiding it from them. Your words of advice to not do what you …
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Yell, Swear & Call Them Names: Parenting Mistakes
3 years ago

Yell, Swear & Call Them Names: Parenting Mistakes

When a parent loses it, I mean really loses it, anything can come out of their mouth. When you yell at your child, swear at them, or call them names, …
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Trust Is Where It Begins: Parenting Mistakes
3 years ago

Trust Is Where It Begins: Parenting Mistakes

Trust is a requirement for any lasting relationship. Some people say it is the glue that holds a relationship together. But it is more than physical or emotional safety. It …
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How Parents Judge Their Success
4 years ago

How Parents Judge Their Success

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Over the years, I have sat with many parents who described themselves as a failure. They said they felt like they let their kid down, or failed them in some significant way. Children don’t have to be in therapy for parents to question whether or not they are doing a good job in the parenting department. So how do parents judge their success at parenting?

I can’t cite a source, but the following is how it was explained to me long ago. Many parents I have shared this with have agreed wholeheartedly as they nod their heads while hearing it described. Proof or not, judge for yourself. Read More

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