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Questions for Parents with Time to Reflect


“So here are a few things to ask yourself when you make the time for awareness:

  • What is working for our family? What makes it work so well?
  • What is just not working? Are there things I wish could be different? Am I trapped in the same hassles day after day?
  • What values do we want our kids to learn?
  • What kind of people do we want our kids to be when they leave home?”

Article: What is Parenting Success?, Calgary Herald

Parenting Advice from Atticus Finch

For those of us who loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and particularly the character of Atticus Finch, here are some thoughts on parenting that Atticus shares with his brother.

“In a conversation with his brother Jack, Atticus explains a couple of key points about his parenting. First Atticus says, “When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em.” What simple advice…

When Jack continues to chastise Atticus for not being more corporal in his punishment with Scout, Atticus says that she does the best she can. She doesn’t always succeed, but she always tries. Jack says that’s not the solution and Atticus responds, “She knows I know she tries.” I think how simple that is. We tell kids all the time that we learn from mistakes; that’s mostly the way we learn. But so many times we focus on the mistake instead of the effort.”

Article: Good Habits, Great Grades: Novel Parenting, The Wenatchee World Online

How to Talk to Kids about Their School Day

How to Talk to Kids about Their School

Summer vacation is over and school has started.  What follows is some good advice on how to find out how your child’s day was:

“Ask around the “What did you do today” question to get your answers:

  • What was fun?

  • Did you make a new friend?

  • Was there anything disappointing?

  • What was the silliest thing your teacher said?”

Article: Parenting in a Nutshell: Get creative when talking to kids about school, Shreveport Times

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