Responsibilities, Rules

Learn how to give your kids responsibilities that will teach them to be independent young people.

  • Teen Weekly Room Cleaning Chore Chart

    Maybe you won’t think that having a weekly room cleaning chore chart for your teen will help. Is it tough to get your teen to clean their room on a weekly basis? Is it almost impossible? Does you teen go into their room and look around then just lay down in bed and give up? Continue Reading

  • Teens and Cell Phones: Set the Rules for Cell Phone Use

    Cell phones are more than just a phone to a teenager. They are their link to the friends, status, and world. They use them to connect with friends, read, do homework, shop, play games, find out what time practice is, talk to their sibling at college, etc. To parents, it seems like there is really Continue Reading

  • Useful Rules for Successful Parents: Limit My Child’s Video Game Playing

    Parents of today’s techno-savvy kids are often met with the dilemma of their children always using some sort of technology to have fun and play. So, I will start off saying, that having fun using technology is not a bad thing. It is actually a good thing as it is how the future is going. Continue Reading

  • 5 Tips on Teaching Kids Good Sportsmanship

    Parents spend a lot of time teaching kids manners so their children will not embarrass themselves in public and they will be accepted in society. The same is true for child athletes and sportsmanship. When child athletes have good sportsmanship on the field and in the stands they do not embarrass themselves and they are Continue Reading

  • Should parents allow their teen to drink?

    There are two answers to this question. One is very simple. The other is complex. But they both point to the same result. The first answer, the simple one, is no. The second of the two answers is a more complex ‘no’. The reason this no is more complex is that it comes with a Continue Reading

  • Book Review: Parenting Without Power Struggles

    In the book, Parenting Without Power Struggles, parents will find actionable suggestions that are doable today. The author, Susan Stiffelman, will give you a new perspective into what is really going on between you and your children when faced with a dissenting issue like homework or meltdowns. Then, she goes one step further and gives Continue Reading

  • So your tween wants to date, huh?

    Dating has different meanings for different ages of teenagers. For tweens, it means learning to understand the rules of relationships, curiosity and dealing with peers. While this can be a trying time for parents, especially if the topic of dating comes up unexpectedly, it is a normal aspect of today’s teen social development. No, that Continue Reading

  • Seek Out the Best Time to Talk to Your Teen

    In today’s go-go-go society, teenagers are as busy as adults. They go to school, just like we go to jobs; they have chores and homework, just like we have errands and housework – plus, they’re independently social like adults. So, when does a parent get to talk to their teenager? What is the best time Continue Reading

  • How do I stop my kids from stalling at bedtime?

    Going to bed is not an easy transition for many children. While parents feel that getting rest at the end of the day is a blessing, children just do not agree. They would prefer the fun to go on until they drop. So how do you get them to understand that they need to get Continue Reading

  • Why Do Toddlers Steal and What Parents Can Do

    When a toddler takes something that does not belong to them, they don’t see it as taking something ‘that does not belong to them‘. As far as they are concerned, everything belongs to them. Therefore, when your toddlers takes a piece of candy out of the bin at the grocery store and you find them Continue Reading

  • Useful Rules for Successful Parents: Kids and Stealing

    One bad behavior parents have a very hard time dealing with is stealing. That’s because in society, stealing is a crime and we don’t like to think of our children as little criminals. Well, I’m here to tell you that they are not criminals, but you are right to think that stealing is a very Continue Reading

  • Set Reasonable Expectations That Will Motivate Your Kids

    One key parenting skill that helps when disciplining or communicating with your children is knowing how to set a reasonable expectation. When you can set an expectation, understand what it is you are asking of your child and then get them to understand it as well, your will be motivating your child to accomplish the Continue Reading

  • So, your daughter wants to wear make-up, huh?

    Girls grow up so fast and want so badly to fit in that if your tween daughter is asking to wear makeup, you can bet some girls in their peer group already are. So, it is time to consider letting her wear a bit. You’ll want to note that your daughter is willing to talk Continue Reading

  • Stop Yelling at Your Kids

    Yelling is a signal to your kids that you are ‘out of control’. It tells them that you have run out of ideas and soon, they will get their way. And they’re probably right. Yelling is a sign of frustration and aggravation. Once parents start yelling any hope of real discipline or communication is over. Continue Reading

  • Useful Rules for Successful Parents: Dealing with Hitting

    When children are angry and frustrated they sometimes turn to hitting in order to take matters into their own hands and produce the outcome they desire. But hitting is not a behavior that can be condoned in any instance. Parents need to convey to their children that violence is never the answer to a problem. Continue Reading