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Great article from Parents magazine about teaching respect to our future adults!

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Wanted to share a very effective parenting book with this community. It is one of the best, if not the best, one I've ever read. It's called Parenting the QBQ Way. It is one we will read over and over so as not to forget our responsibilities as parents. 

Take time to get to know your kids through having a conversation with them. You giving your undivided attention and really listening. You'll be shocked at what you didn't know. 

At what age do you think cell phones are a need? Why? At what age should a parent stop paying for a cell phone for their child? Why?

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Just got the book Parenting the QBQ way! Excited to see what advice it gives and using it to make a more relaxed, productive atmosphere in our household:) 

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We watched a TED talk about raising kids today and I thought it was right on target. She was saying that we as parents today are so consumed by making sure our kids are happy that we aren't making sure the important life skills are taught. Happiness comes from within. We can't provide that to them. We are responsible for provide a safe environment; modeling appropriate behavior; showing respect; and teaching how to reflect and respond to that reflection. Here's the link: http://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_senior_for_parents_happiness_is_a_very_high_bar 

We need to stop trying to be the kids friend and start raising them as parents. We need to stop worrying about their happiness and start teaching them how to have a future. 

Very disappointed after watching a video of the Cuyahoga County Detention center; inmates attacking each other and staff members like it's part of their daily duties. Time to get hardcore with these kids and disciplining them the way we were disciplined back when we were kids. What happened to us as parents? One word- Guilty. Adults feel guilty for whatever - divorce, job loss, etc. and feel the need to feed this guilt by giving in to the kids. This only enables them and has a very negative effect on their future. Time to band together as adults and fix this problem that we have started. Our future is at stake.

Today we spent the afternoon working in the yard, not my kids favorite thing to do... SO.. I let my teen daughter make a playlist of her music that wouldn't get us kicked out of the neighborhood and played it as we worked in the yard. Compromise goes a long way... :)

Giving kids options really makes a difference in discipline. It makes them feel that they have a say and at the same time, the adult is able to control the options. One way I have done this is with chores. Instead of demanding they get done immediately, I let them know ahead of time and give them a time it needs to be done by. This gives them control of when they want to do it within my time limits. It has worked very well. 
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