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Money, Credit, & Greed: 8 Tips Parents Must Teach Their Children

One thing that our educational system fails to teach is financial literacy. As important as subjects such as humanities and biochemistry are, for example, the reality is that to the majority of people, these topics have very little real life application on a day to day basis. The study of compounding interest, building and protecting your credit, monthly budgeting, proper use of credit cards, and even retirement investing are unfortunately rarely mentioned (if even offered) in our curriculum. What makes the matter worse is the fact that companies, media, movies, and our very culture daily bombard parents and youth with countless advertisements and opportunities to spend, accumulate debt, obtain unnecessary material possessions, and satisfy the greedy nature within us all.

The solution to such a problem is certainly easier said than done. However, perhaps the real problem does not lie in the youth’s ignorance of finance related topics, or the bombardment of media influences; perhaps the real problem lies in the inability of parents to understand, teach, and exemplify the very principles our youth so desperately need to learn. And what is it that our youth absolutely must learn? Or perhaps better phrased – what is it that parents absolutely must understand, teach, and exemplify before we can ever expect our youth to do the same? Perhaps the 8 tips below will help:

1) What Do Kids Want … That Money Can’t Buy: Our me-oriented culture has engrained into our minds that to show love or appreciation for another person, we must buy them something. As a result, our children’s closets are full, toys are everywhere, and candy is always accessible. And yet, so many children are still not satisfied and happy.  Why? Because ‘wants’ are bought to temporarily replace the essential ‘needs’ each child longs for. What are those needs? They are: you, family, attention, affection, friends, discipline, acceptance, and someone to listen to and love them.

2) Credit Cards … A Necessary Evil: There are some parents who carelessly hand over their plastic to irresponsible, selfish, and undisciplined children who are allowed to buy whatever, and however much they want – and daddy will pay the bill. On the other hand, there are also ignorant parents who teach that credit cards are evil and refuse to let their children have one. To me, these are both excellent examples of horrific ways to teach basic Finance 101! Credit cards are essential in our day and age to build credit; and if used properly, they can become an asset in every regard. (How? See point #3 below)

3) How to Build Credit … And Protect It: First and foremost, parents should get a credit card for each child (the earlier the better). That does not mean you give the child the credit card, but that Dad and/or Mom will occasionally (once a month) make small purchase on the card, and pay it off in full each month. There is the first secret – pay off the credit card balance in full every month. Never miss a payment, or be late. The longer the line of credit is open, the better. Never use more than 25% of the credit limit. And, you should proactively seek to increase the credit limit … often. Then, when a parent feels the child is financially responsible enough to have the card, the child then must make occasional purchases, pay it off in full each month, etc.

However, building credit is half the battle. In our day and age, identity theft protection should be regarded just as highly as life or health insurance. Parents and children should always protect their SSN, never lose their credit cards, protect financial information online, and never answer emails or phone calls asking to ‘update information,’ etc. More importantly, regard your credit as you an asset. Why? Well, do you want lower rates, better jobs, larger loans, better pay, etc.? Than you better protect your credit

4) Consumer Debt vs. Good Debt: Is there actually such a thing as good debt? Of course! While the list is very small, it includes debt for: education, starting a business, and buying a house. Money borrowed to accumulate knowledge or an asset that will make you money, is good debt (although, I would argue that owning a home is a liability in every sense of the word). Thus, anything outside of that parameter would thus be classified as consumer debt … which should be avoided at all costs.  If you don’t have cash to pay for it – don’t buy it! If you use your credit card to purchase something, do it knowing that at the end of the month you will be able to pay the balance in full (never justify a purchase because you can afford the minimum payment, or because there is no interest for 12 months, or any other foolish reasoning).

5) Save 10% … Always: Get into the habit right now that whenever you get paid any amount of money, that 10% automatically (without question) goes straight to savings or investments for the future (college fund, money for a rainy day, retirement, etc.).

6) Occasionally Going Without Is Not A Bad Thing: It is true that too much of a ‘good thing’ can actually become a ‘bad thing.’ Regardless of whether parents have the money or not to buy their children what they want, they would be wise to occasionally teach their kids the important lesson of ‘going without.’ Now, of course I am not talking about depriving your children, or withholding the basic necessities of life; but, how many times has a child wanted (not needed) this or that, and daddy bought it for them? All too often, right! This is also not to suggest that buying nice things for our children is bad; rather, parents need to stop being guilty of giving too much and expecting too little.  Most importantly, we need to teach children how to: sacrifice, work, appreciate, give, share, be patient, and be content and happy with what they have.

7) Interest & Investing – The Good and the Bad: Parents must teach children what is good interest, and what is bad interest (and how to obtain it, and avoid it). In fact, teaching the valuable principle of compounding interest might be best realized by opening an investment account so the child can learn first hand how to make their money work for them. Just as important, parents must teach and help children invest early in life. Parents would be doing themselves and especially their children a great service by establishing early the habit of contributing often to: savings accounts, college funds, and IRA’s. 

8) Secret to Wealth: Give and You Will Receive: There is a principle that is applicable and true for every aspect of our lives, especially in relation to finances. It simply is: give and you will receive! I can’t fully explain how or why it works, nor is the medium or the place to do so, but it does work! The more we think of others and help others, the more others will help us. 

As is obvious, the principles described above are simply Finance 101. Ironically, as simplistic as they may seem, they are so commonly unknown – or perhaps just not implemented! Considering all the school subjects and life lessons that parents are required, and must, teach to their children, it is understandable how these finance related topics thus rarely ever get mentioned. However, my fear is that they are rarely mentioned not because they are not understood, but because they are not lived by the very parents who must teach them to their children. To teach by example is hard to do when the principles are not understood, believed, or implemented by the parents themselves! And yet, a lack of understanding or implementation of such principles still does not negate the absolute importance of teaching these principles to our children – and living them ourselves!

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Matt is the founder of – a website full of helpful parenting advice, fun games and activities, traditions and holiday ideas, and tips and articles for families everywhere. Matt is also the author of: “Great Games! 175 Games & Activities for Families, Groups, & Children.” To view the book and learn more, visit:

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Parenting Guidelines

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Tips Of Positive Parenting Skills – Parenting Guidelines For Single Mothers

Raising children as a single mother is a challenge. There are moments when you find that your life is in complete disarray and your house is in complete chaos. This is the time when you feel that you lack essential parenting tips as a single mother. It is better to have such arsenal at your disposal before you land in such a situation.

There are numerous ways to deal with various age groups. Confronting strategies for toddlers differ with those for teenagers. Your 16 year old boy is likely to make fun of you if he is told to spend some time in a thinking chair as he is being obstinate, stubborn and aggressive. On the other hand a few minutes time out will do wonders while tackling a 4 year old. So to be successful as a single mother you should have a set of parenting tips for each group.

Material regarding good parenting skills is widely available. A number of genuine and self proclaimed specialists are also around. A list of websites, books and other means in this aspect would probably require paragraphs. To make your life easy I would mention a few here. You can start with a library or a book shop. Single moms bringing up toddlers and smaller children will really benefit from the Parents Magazine. Unfortunately the major content in Parents Magazine is aimed at married parents. Among the various books available, you should go through at least a couple of them. Those who like Dr. Fan will recommend you his books. Dr. Terry Brazelton is an authority on child behavior. He is a father as well as a pediatrician. Even though a number of his books may be out of date, the attitude of babies and other children has remained the same since long. Last of all “The Well Trained Mind” is a good choice for those who want to train their children early.

A number of websites and organizations are available to assist single mothers with parenting tips. A renowned group is Parents without partners. They provide a wide range of information for single mothers. In the UK similar information is available on gingerbread. Early Start and Head Start Programs deliver the same services in the USA. You may not be eligible for their preschool assistance, but you can participate in courses and seminars which they conduct on positive parenting. Last of all you can look for topics like single parenting and single mothers through any search engine on the internet and get the required information. So if you are a single mother in search of parenting tips now you know where and how to get the required information.

If you require some parenting tips just now I can give you a few basics. As an adult you should be in control. Keep yourself composed all the time. This may not be easy, particularly when you find green finger paint all over your kitchen. The moment you become angry and irritable, you lose your composure. Such a situation may make your little child scared. To be successful always be composed and exercise control over your voice and actions.

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To Be A Good Parent

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Top 7 Parenting Tips for Good Parenting: Bring Out the Best in you and your Kids!

Even though we need a license to do many things in life — everything from driving and operating a forklift to practicing medicine and fishing — there is no license required to become a parent and this is often the trickiest of all of the above activities!
Parenting today is far more difficult than it was, even a generation ago. Many well-intentioned parents are using outdated and ineffective parenting styles. As a result, they experience daily frustration and stress in their home.

Below you will find my top 7 tips for good parenting. These tips inspire children to want to be well behaved, can reduce family fights and boost family joy.

Good Parenting Tip #1 – If you love your kids—put yourself first!

One of the best things we can do for our children is to give them a foundation for becoming a happy and healthy adult. Self-care should not be a luxury for parents—it needs to become a necessity. You need self-care both for being a good parent and a healthy and balanced human being. Far too many children are living with parents who are stressed out and frankly, not at all fun to be around. If you are repeatedly burning the midnight oil, you may be on the brink of parent burnout—not a pleasant thing for you or your family to experience.

Good Parenting Tip #2 – If married—put your marriage before your kids!

Most of us have heard of Generation X and Generation Y. But did you realize that Generation S—Generation Spoiled—is on the rise? Many children today are raised with an unhealthy sense of entitlement because their parents have made them the center of the universe. With divorce statistics still hovering around 50%, children are far too often coping with unhappy, failing marriages and divorce– much worse for them than missing out on a couple of toys or brand name jeans. Take a stand and put some time into your marriage (like go on a date night)—for your whole family’s sake!

Good Parenting Tip #3 – Cherish your children

No matter what your situation—no matter how often your children drive you crazy—know there are thousands of people in this world who would gladly trade places with you. There are couples who would give anything to just have a child. Strive to remember how truly fortunate you are. Hug your children at least three times a day. Regularly tell them how grateful you are to have the opportunity to be their parent.

Good Parenting Tip #4 – Teach your kids to fish—don’t fish for them!

Many parents do everything for their kids. This only robs their children of the opportunity to learn self-reliance—which is vital to building their self-esteem. One of the best things you can do is to help your kids learn how to do things for themselves. One of the chapters of my first book on effective parenting is called “How To Get Your Kids Doing Their Chores Smiling”. Some parents think I am from another planet when I even suggest that kids can learn to do chores with a smile on their face. These same doubting parents are often happily surprised when they see it is possible—in their own home and in this century! Household chores teach basic life skills everyone needs to know. Also, chores give children the opportunity to contribute to the household in a positive and meaningful way.

Good Parenting Tip #5 – Focus on what you like, not on what you don’t

If children aren’t being appreciated and aren’t getting attention for what they do well—and when they behave well—you better believe they will learn to get attention for not behaving well. The more you notice what you like about what they’re doing, the less likely they are to morph into destructive little terrors and the more likely you will inspire your child to repeat the good behaviors and achievements you love.

Good Parenting Tip #6 – Give respect and expect it in return

Don’t do anything to your child that you wouldn’t want your child to do to you. The list of things you don’t want to be doing includes: yelling, hitting, spitting, and put downs. There are far better ways for you to handle conflict, stress and common misbehaviors. Commit to learning these “Ultimate Parenting” tools that are based on mutual respect—not fear based punishment that only teaches our kids to not get caught next time!

Good Parenting Tip #7 – A family that plays together stays together!

Have fun—play with your kids. Laughing, tickling, and enjoying one another’s company is the foundation of a happy home. Having fun can go a long way towards preventing much of the needless conflict and behaviors that drive you crazy. It also provides your family with much needed quality time.

These seven effective parenting tips above are child-proofed, effective and fun. By taking the time to learn how to bring out the best in you and in your children, you will reap the rewards that come from the peace of mind—knowing that you did all you could to support and nurture a happy and healthy family life.

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Kelly Nault-Matzen, MA, family counselor, corporate parenting spokesperson and award winning parenting author of When You’re About To Go Off The Deep End, Don’t Take Your Kids With You shares time-tested tools that motivate children to want to be well behaved, responsible and happy! To gain access to more parenting tools and to access your free online parenting course visit

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Active Parenting

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Importance of Parent Teacher Associations in schools

In the wake of globalization, homes with working parents are a common sight. Parents tend to spend 10-12 hours outside home and hardly get to spend quality time with their children. This is the situation at home. It gets worse when it comes to school.

Most working parents are oblivious to activities at school. Their involvement with the academics and co curricular activities of their children is very limited. Academicians believe that parents’ involvement with the child is crucial to the child’s overall development. In order to ensure parents’ involvement in their wards’ academics, many schools have Parent Teacher Associations and Student Councils.

Parent teacher associations are formed involving students, teachers and parents. Many activities are conducted through the association with a motive of engaging the parents in a child’s school activities. It is also a chance for the parents to meet the teachers and talk to them about their concerns and make queries regarding the school and their child. Often, suggestions made by parents are considered by the school authorities. On the other hand, parents also get a lot of tips on how to help their children excel at school and otherwise.

Students benefit most out of parent teacher associations since the association becomes a promise of extended support both at home and at school. In many schools, developmental activities like seminars, lectures, competitions are organized as a part of the association activity.

Parent teacher association can become building blocks of a child’s overall development. It promotes organized monitoring of the child’s activities at school and at home, which may otherwise get neglected. With the percentage of working parents steadily increasing, it is important for all schools to have parent teacher associations.

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I work as a consultant counselor in several international schools in bangalore and have been assisting elementary student councils and middle student councils and other school council associations to excel in their duties.

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Parental Advice

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Parent Advice For Teenagers

If you happen to be the guardian of a teen, it is pretty possible you are at all times looking out for parenting assistance for teenagers. In any case, it is a fully distinctive sport than it was “back within the day” and even a few years ago, correct? When ‘we” had been teens, it was an entire diverse entire world, wasn’t it? Our parents told us what to do, easy methods to do it, and when to complete it, and we did it. If we didn’t do it specifically like they informed us to perform it, we knew the consequence could be a single that was entirely unpleasant, and would not quickly be forgotten.

Today however, teenagers are a complete new breed. Their disrespect is unmatched, they don’t hear to a phrase that we say, they reside a existence without any guidelines, and they’re merely uncontrolled in general. It really is no wonder countless parents are looking for parenting assistance for teenagers. People are desperate to locate a way to take manage of their households, and also to when yet again have a excellent relationship with their teen. The great information is, it may be finished, provided that you might be prepared to place just a little bit of work into it. Parent advice is the best here.
Let’s get a brief investigate how elements obtained as “bad” as they’re, to get a minute.

The law – Now, I’m not declaring that I concur with “spanking” or utilizing the risk of bodily violence against your teen to make them pay attention, but lets encounter information to get a minute. Again in the “day” even the believed of your respective dad coming house from deliver the results and obtaining out that you just were misbehaving was adequate to generate you abide by the rules, perfect? Nowadays, teenagers do not concern anything. They know that you cannot spank them, physically restrain them, or something like that. Once you do, there’s a great likelihood that they may call the cops. You may be laughing a bit bit at that statement, but young children have done it not too long ago. The unhappy component is always that in some cases, the parents have been arrested and charged for spanking their baby.

Society – The way in which society is best suited now has taught our young children, most notably our teenagers that it really is Okay to act in particular strategies. It is Ok for them to drink, smoke, steal, do drug treatments, and any amount of elements that we as parents don’t find acceptable. In any case, what’s going to transpire if they do any of individuals issues?

Relationships – Sooner or later, the relationships that parents had with teenagers went from that of parent and youngster to “friends”. The proof of this can be all close to us. Inside a tattoo parlor someplace Right NOW there’s a dad or mum with their 16 12 months outdated son or daughter finding matching ink. Parent advice is important at this stage.
At some party someplace, ideal now there may be a father or mother strolling inside front door using a case of beer for all of the teenagers, so that they’ll all consider the mum or dad is “cool”.

The sad fact with the subject is, even when you are not one of the parents that may be parenting badly, your teen is way more than probably exposed to these parents, or on the especially least uncovered to your small children of these parents. So, your teen extra than possible looks at a few of the examples that I’ve provided above as acceptable, and also to some extent the way in which stuff should really be. Because of this, accountable parents, like you and I will need some good parenting information for teenagers to place issues again around the right track. don’t make the error of stuff are only going to acquire greater on their very own. Find out, come across, and abide by some stable parenting tips for teenagers to make confident that your teen is to the perfect track.

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Parents Help

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Are Parents Helping or Enabling Their Adult Children?

The primary job of a parent is to prepare their children for how the world really works. We teach and train our children from childhood the knowledge and skills necessary to become independent adults, self-sufficient and upstanding members of society. In the real world, you don’t always get what you want.

Many young adults today have unrealistic expectations when they initially go out on their own. Many feel they are entitled to immediately live a middle-class life style (or better), because that’s what they’re used to. They weren’t born, or were very young children, during the years their parents struggled to make ends meet, pay their bills (and on time), having to eat hot dogs and beans instead of steak dinners, struggling to live within their means.

Many young adults are living at home with their parents, not out of true need, but out of what I refer to as the “Whine Factor.” They whine about the costs of housing, and how they just “couldn’t possibly live in a tiny little apartment, in a sub-standard neighborhood.” They whine about having to live on red beans and rice, ramen noodles, or macaroni and cheese, because their current salary doesn’t allow for the kinds of meals they were used to at their parents home. (Someone get me a tissue…..snif)

What happened to teaching our children how the Real World is?! That in order to have the things you want, you have to work very hard. That you have to perhaps work two jobs instead of one, all the while going to college? Many young adults, some who now have children of their own, believe their parents somehow “owe them” financial assistance, to rescue them from the burden of their own poor money-management habits! Excuse ME…?!

Let me see if I get this right. Young adults, married or living together, working full-time jobs, with or without a child to support, choose to spend their money frivolously, rather than ensuring they are living within their means, and when they run into financial trouble and can’t pay their bills, the parents OWE it to their children to rescue them?! Sometimes even expected to “help” many, many times over? Huh?!

I’m of the thinking that if my grown, adult children, CHOOSE to spend their money on things they “want” rather than their “needs” (like a place to live, utilities, food, etc.., like the rest of us do) and their electric gets shut off because of non-payment? Okay! So their food goes bad and they have to throw it away. Maybe, just maybe, it’s more of a “help” to allow them to experience the consequences of their own poor choices, in order to learn the valuable lessons needed to be grown, independent ADULTS.

Rescuing them from their choices and subsequent consequences, giving them money as a fix to their immediate self-made problem, allowing them to move back in with their parents, this is called “help”? I think it’s actually enabling our young adult children rather than help, preventing them from the realities of the real world. In the real world, you work long and hard for the things you need and want. That’s the only way to truly appreciate what you have, when you’ve worked very hard for it, all on your own.

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Hello, my name is Lin Burress and I’m the author of “Telling It Like It Is”. Topics discussed on Telling It Like It Is include, but are not limited to:

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Parenting Skills

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Test Your Parenting Skills-Trial By Fire!

Getting the necessary baby items such as feeding bottles, clothes, cribs, tons of diapers and other baby things as well can be stressful. Not that it’s not proper to dream bout your child’s future, its just that things happens differently in real life.
They are constanlty going to test your parenting skills.

If you want to become the parent that you desired to be, you should investigate further.


>> Know all there is to know about you own child – we are all different by nature, and we all have a unique character aspect that identifies us to be ourselves. It is a proven fact that most children copy their parents’ actions, their mannerisms and their desires to follow their parents footsteps, but there are also those children who do not want to become like their parents and most of the time defies them. The children that rebels against what you (as the parent) have been used to are the ones you will need to implement good parenting skills with because they will definitely upset you and also leave you feeling discouraged at times.

By the time your child steps out into the world at age 18, they are considered as an adult (well, in some cases this may not be applicable). Often times, you will hear people saying that if only they had a parental guidance they would have been nothing but the best parent ever in the whole world. Parents are often times unappreciated and overworked. Being a parent is nothing but a priceless job. People, who would actually say that parenting is a easy job, are the ones who most likely are childless.

As a result of your child feeling self-sufficient, they will feel confident enough to rise above any situation. To be happy (blissfully) is what most parents want for their child. Most of the time, it is out of you own desire for materialistic pressures, or to be liked and sometimes fervently wish that your child may be spared of the things that you did not experience as a child and as an action you would want to do your best to give them nothing but the best of everything. ) would make them have fond childhood memories or in a way heal your own emotional wounds by giving your children all of these materialistic things, you are interfering with your child’s development unconsciously.

By using rewards – You can focus on your child’s positive attitude instead of the negatives by trying to put a marble in a jar when ever your child starts doing something for the first time that you asked which in turn provides more cooperation from your child. In order to gain more cooperation from your child, try to think preventative – A lot of children develop a pattern of negativity and some specific triggers can set a child off at any moment in time therefore try to look for that trigger resulting in your child’s defiance and then attempt to alter that pattern so that your child will be successful and more cooperative.

Of course, parents initial reactions might be of rage about the actual cost of the designer clothes, but come to think of it take yourself back in time reliving your school days, how you felt when you wanted to wear the latest clothes. Parents then have to try and learn how to let go by letting their child become a little bit more independent. A lot of the lessons now are all computerized, most probably your child is more adept in using a computer than you are. Do not let fear overcome you, the joyful experience that a child can bring to their parents is enough to pay for all the hardships that you will endure in rearing a good child.


Always its a test your parenting skills will undergo.

>> Design your dinner table to be a little more festive, avoid the usual setting of a bouquet of flowers.
>> Parents have to first establish some positive uplifting points or topics for dinner table conversations. Avoid criticisms, arguing or squabbling during family dinners.

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Parenting Classes

There are many things children can learn from watching television which can negatively impact on their lives. Shows and movies that have to do with drugs and violence are all over the place. In fact, they reflect what is going on in the society we live. It is very important that parents take very seriously the issue of caring for the children and regulating the kind of things they watch on television. There is also the need for parents to join parenting classes as this will help them address the challenges associated with raising the kids.

It is always better to get adequate knowledge on an issue parenting inclusive. Many adults desire to be good parents and in some cases are almost afraid of failing in that duty. This is why such parents should get the required training.

Parenting 101 is a program headed by a Dr. Melanie. She will help you understand your children better with her tips and other services. Dozens of families who have sought help from are now leading better lives.

Triple P Parenting. Or the Positive parenting Program is an award-winning program. The program provides parenting solutions to present problems and ways on how to prevent future problems. The program is designed for both parents and those working with parents who are having difficulties with their parenting skills.

123 magic Parenting provides parenting solutions in 3 easy and effective ways. The Program Director, Dr. Thomas Phelan has written a lot of books and designed programs that help parents get the art of parenting right. He also has videos, DVDs and CDs that makes it simpler to understand the program.

As good as these programs and classes are, parents are also advised to in addition look out for other resources like magazines, newsletters and articles that discuss parenting issues. Some of these magazines constantly provide tips that help adults become good parents. One of such magazine is the Parenting Early Years magazine. It enjoys a lot of readership from pregnant women and parents.

You can get tips and relevant information on how to raise a toddler from a newsletter or magazine. These include how to change diapers and help them sleep well at night. Some magazines go to the extent of employing resident child psychologists who reply to questions or issues raised by their readers.

One major setback to these parenting classes or programs is cost as most of them are really expensive, not to mention the issue of having to sit through the trainings. As long as the program is worth it, noting given for the care of a child can be a waste.

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I want a good attachment parenting book but there are so many to choose from.

Which one do you think is best?

I know you can’t learn to be a good parent from a book but i just want to read a few books on different parental styles just in case. Thanks for you opinion anyway.

dr. sears’s The Baby Book.
it’s been my bible.

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Tough Love and the Strength to Do it

Tough love and the strength to do it can be hard. As a parent or grandparent raising teens today, it can be difficult to know when to hold on tightly and when to let go and allow them to make their own mistakes. Tough love has been a hot topic in the media lately – the idea of loving your children, but allowing them to make their mistakes and learn from them, without bailing them out or saving them from the consequences. The idea behind this is that saving your teenager from the consequences of his or her actions only encourages further bad behavior in the future.

Tough love is not a path for everyone. It requires strength and determination on the part of the caregiver – a commitment on the part of all parties involved that the teen will have to deal with the consequences of their behavior. That means that if he gets arrested, he may have to spend a night in jail. If she gets pregnant, she’ll have to learn how to be a mom and go to school at the same time. You will have to stand by and watch as your child struggles to learn new skills. It truly is a lesson from the school of hard knocks, but for some individuals, tough love is the only way to learn.

As a caregiver or parent, you can provide advice, encouragement, and support while loving your teen through their poor choices – tough love is not about abandonment. It is, however, about not giving in, and not bailing them out. They have made their choices in life, and now they are dealing with their actions. Tough love is not an easy path for the caregiver or the teen, and is often chosen as a last resort, after many other possibilities have been tried and failed. You must be strong, and stand your ground.

If your teen is involved in drugs or alcohol, this path may be especially difficult. You will have to refrain from giving them money, as it may be used to buy drugs. Tough love is often harder on the caregiver than it is on the child, as they are constantly put on the spot. You will constantly be the “bad guy”, and have to refuse your child’s demands.

Most importantly, tough love is a learning experience. After teens or young adults have failed to learn through instruction, praise, reinforcement, or punishment while growing up, tough love allows them to learn from the most difficult instructor – life itself. Allowing your children or grandchildren to make their own choices and then requiring them to stick with those choices will make them strong, independent people. It will also test your strength, patience, and endurance. They don’t call it “tough” love for nothing! It’s emotionally demanding, and incredibly difficult for all parties involved. However, if this is the path you’ve chosen, stick with it! The rewards will be well worth the investment, in the end.

About the Author

Marcia Chumbley is a work at home mom and grandmother in Minnesota. She is the owner of a Christian Work From Home Moms and Grandparents web site at and Work At Home Moms and Divas Online Bringing generations of Christian Work From Home Moms, Grandmothers, Parents, Boomers and Families together while providing FREE Advertising Networking and Resources, while balancing the work at home experience.

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