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Blessing Not Stressing - Happy Parenting

Apr 30, 2017

Teach Individuality

Our children use labels and are labeled at an early age.  These labels point out similarities in a group.  However, they also ignore differences among individuals.  This can become a way to discount and dehumanize others.  Almost as bad, it ignores how each of us is unique.  When we teach our...


Apr 27, 2017

Blame The System

In this last part (four, for those keeping score) of the Karen Lock Kolp interview, we discuss ways to make the system and rules the bad guy.  This frees us up as parents to simply shower our children with love, lend a sympathetic ear, and teach them that consequences are inevitable.  We continue our...


Apr 25, 2017

Negotiating is not a Bad Thing

There is often a negative tone to suggesting that someone is a good negotiator.  Negotiating has been shuffled into the same category as used car sales staff and other slick operators.  This is not really how it works in life though.  There are all sorts of legitimate reasons to use...


Apr 23, 2017

That is Not My Child

One of the challenging times in a parenting career is when a child does something completely out of character.  This always seems to be a bad thing.  It is not often I hear a parent say that a success is "not like my child."  The claim that it is not your child is obviously incorrect as it is your...


Apr 20, 2017

Even Parents can Ask For Forgiveness

In part three of the interview with Karen Lock Kolp, I ask her a few deep questions.  We look at experience vs. education when it comes to child raising.  Then she discusses her biggest mistakes and successes as a parent.  The two extremes tie together in a way that can make us all...