The short answer is, you can’t. But you can influence them. Allyson Reynolds shares five ways to maintain a positive influence on your teenager.
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This is the Loosli family’s traditional Halloween dinner. It is really quick and easy to make and is the perfect thing to feed your little super heroes and princesses before they head out to trick or treat!
A couple years back, we had a do-it-yourself Halloween. By that, I don’t mean that I got all crafty with Pinterest-inspired stuff. I mean the kids did it THEMSELVES. And it worked out just great. We’re going for the same approach this year!
We all know that strong marriages are the foundation of good families. We also know that we need to be deliberate and pro-active in our parenting. Plus we recognize that we really need to take good care of ourselves in order to be the spouse and parent we need to be. But how do we manage to focus on “marriaging”, parenting and self-care without one taking away from the others?
It’s never too early to start teaching my kids that the generations in our family are linked, even if it’s mostly through choppy video calls. Here are four ways that I do it.
Are you ready to get back into school routines? Check out the charts and morning, after-school and evening routines Saren’s family came up with.
It’s 5:30pm. Everyone is hungry and cranky. There isn’t a lot in the fridge. What in the world are you going to make for dinner? If this sounds familiar, this episode is for you!
I am an annoying parent. I’m not talking about being annoying to other people; I’m talking about being annoying to my children themselves. I’ve found that when I tweak the delivery of my expectations to be less irritating, I enjoy parenting more and have fewer battles with my strong-willed son.
Are your children shocked by the consequences of their actions? Try this simple system to help them connect their choices with the consequences they experience.
Have you heard this phrase before? It used to drive me crazy to hear this when I had little kids with so many needs that often added up to feel like pretty big problems. But now that I have teenagers, I can see why this phrase gets passed around among parents so much.
In response to questions from readers, Saren offers concrete ideas for how we can work more effectively with children who are strong-willed, opinionated, and/or stubborn and who we clash with all too often.
Saren’s family has been holding family reunions for over 30 years now – and they’ve got some great ideas to share.