Raising Generous Kids

In the blog, 4Nannies, I found this piece about Raising Generous Kids that has much value before, and after the Holidays. It may seem like this is a characteristic that does not have to be taught, but it does… Erin McNeill has come up with 10 ways to help children become aware and active in community giving.

Raising Generous Kids

Read the excerpt; Consider.

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Raising Generous Kids

“10 Tips on How to Help Kids Give Back to the Community”

“Helping children give back to the community teaches them compassion, initiative, and giving while assisting others in need. It’s important to help children recognize that there are people in their own community who are less fortunate than themselves, and that they have the power to make a difference. Choosing a few activities each year to do alongside your child will instill a sense of pride and work ethic in you both!”

“Donate toys – Kids often get toys as gifts for their birthday or other holidays, and it’s not unusual for those toys to get played with twice before getting tucked away and forgotten about. Sit down with your child, help him sort through his toys, and then pick out a few gently used ones to donate to your local shelter. Kids may feel like …”

Here is a link to 9 more tips for Raising Generous (and giving) Kids…

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I’m sure you have read or seen stories of kids giving back to family, community, and pets with what we call service work. Raising Generous Kids

May on rare occasion happen spontaneously, more likely, it was a conscious effort of the parents. For a better world, start with children first. Teach…

Here are Links to some papers on this website that provides more information on generosity, charity, service work, and giving…

Charity – Raising Children Right Now

Raising Teens to be Generous

How to Raise Kids Thinking of Others first

Autistic Children Model Good Behavior

Raising the Children to be Environmentally Responsible Youth

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Raising Kids Confidently

Raising Kids ConfidentlyRaising Kids Confidently in the 21st century takes a little extra knowledge. Nathan Feiles, LMSW, has put together seven points to help focus parents on the concepts that are important to Raising Kids Confidently. In addition, raising children to be confident, happy, healthy, and move successfully into adulthood.

Read the excerpt and go to the original material. This is a short read, and wonderful material.

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Raising Kids Confidently

“ Parenting Raising a Person”

“It’s a lot of work raising a human being from scratch. You’re handed a baby with a blank slate and are left to fill it with a world of knowledge, skills, emotions, and much more. The current trend in parenting has leaned towards encouraging the emotionally self-aware and self-determined child. Self-awareness and self-determination are important tools to develop as a person becomes a part of the world. But, unless we’re looking to raise self-centered and self-focused people, filling a clean slate requires much more than this.”

“As part of psychotherapy, people undergo a corrective experience to repair areas that have been developed in ways that cause problems in their lives. When raising a child, the ideal hope is that we can help our children develop healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral patterns that don’t have to be corrected later.”

Review a list of seven items to help you parent healthy, happy, and well-rounded children into adulthood. Here are two…

  • “Label Emotions. All children feel emotions, and they will show you when they experience any range of emotions. A parent’s job is to…”
  • “Empathy. If a child is going to function interpersonally, he/she will need to be able to recognize how their actions impact others. Without empathy, it’s possible a child would grow up only…”

Here is your Link to the full descriptions and the other five important items for parenting healthy kids.

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There is a plethora of information floating on air waves, phones lines and through cable. Choosing which information to trust and use is more difficult. Raising Kids Confidently does take a village even more now than ever. Choose your parenting goals, plans, and methods. In order to parent successfully, your choices must be intentional. Parenting is not automatic. Think, Plan, Act…

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Create Your Own Positive Parenting Plan

One of the things that you can do to raise happy and more cooperative (better-disciplined) children is to Create Your Own Positive Parenting Plan based on common sense parenting. This is especially helpful, if you have a child who is between the ages of 4 to 12 years old. If you are handling everyday problems by the seat of your pants and everything is running smoothly… congratulations. However, if ‘things’ are a little bumpy, then planning ahead will be a decided improvement. (Any age group of children will benefit from having a parenting plan.)

Positive Parenting Plan Your own positive parenting plan will definitely be helpful in building a more organized and structured household. Now, don’t shy away from the word ‘structured.’ Structure means consistency. Children crave structure many adults do, too. You may have even noticed this to be the case, when you compare a structured environment to the chaos in a non-structured environment. When the family spends less time dealing with unwanted behaviors and chaos, all the members of your family are free to establish better relationships with each other.

Squabbles and other common family problems can be avoided or minimized with a parenting plan you create to fit your family’s needs.

Create Your Own Positive Parenting Plan

Read through the discussions below. You may discover the beginnings of a parenting plan to fit your family values and goals.

• An individualized parenting plan will help add to your arsenal of parenting skills. There isn’t one size parenting skill to fit all circumstances. Children usually go through all kinds of problems and challenges. Knowing what to do in advance will reduce the stress of dealing with your children behavior. Using an ineffective parenting tool that you pick out of the air could end up creating more trouble, and anxious children to boot. The object of any parenting intervention is to correct unwanted behaviors all the while letting the child learn a lesson and feel comfortable with having learned it. Planning (thinking through your discipline decisions and actions) will increase you success at eliminating unwanted behaviors.

• Having a positive parenting plan in place will add to your child’s feelings of security and confidence. By setting family goals and behavioral limits in your positive parenting plan, your children will know what is expected from them, and what they can expect from you. For instance, if Johnny swings his bat in the living room and breaks a picture frame… The bat will be taken away for a week (depending on the Johnny’s age). When you have a plan, and are consistent, there is less stress for everyone. Thus, confidence and successes increase.

• How do you feel about misunderstandings? How often do you hear… “You didn’t say that!” Putting your parenting plan into effect will result in fewer incomplete chores, less conflict and less frustration for the whole family. Because the positive parenting plan you set in place, members of your family understand each other better, have clearly defined expectations and standards, and you, your kids, and everyone in the family will be able to build and maintain happy and healthy relationships.

You can…

Create Your Own Positive Parenting Program

What do you think? Is a positive parenting plan worth a little time thinking? Experience says that parents ‘wing it’ way too often. Setting parenting goals, learning to remain calm in the face of frustration, and creating lessons through consequences and rewards all function to mysteriously establish an atmosphere in which children can grow into healthy adults.

Be prepared, Learn what to expect. Read Amazon Kindle Book “Child Development Book: Stages of Childhood and Life.” Just click the link to discover more…

Life is full of challenges, and parenting is a big one. It is the most important challenge we face. There have been times that we parents have all experienced the frustrating behaviors of our children. Don’t let this frustration cause you to lose sight of your personal goals for your family. Create your own positive parenting plan. There is value to increasing and improving each parenting skill and getting new ideas. Get new ideas; create your own parenting plan; learn about family harmony, and how to be the successful parent that I know you are with Parenting 101 Success.

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Hand Me Down Kids Clothes

Have you ever run into a problem with hand me downs? Well, I have. When my son was 2 ½ years old, a friend was giving us a winter coat from her son who was then 3 ½ years old. My son screamed blue blazes; locked his hand behind his back and refused even to try on the coat. So, if you have ever wondered How to Deal With Hand Me Down Kids Clothes, you may find the 5 points in the excerpt below handy. Common sense parenting says this is the right thing to do on so many levels; read on…

How to Deal With Hand Me Down Kids Clothes

The website, Babysitting Jobs, has presented an article dealing with hand me downs. I could find no author identified; it was posted by the website administration. Let me know if it was helpful to you.

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How to Deal With Hand Me Down Kids Clothes

I’ve listed the first ‘rule’ in the excerpt and the remainders are in the original source.

“5 Rules for Handling Hand Me Downs”

“There’s no denying the fact that babies are expensive, and many families work hard to lessen the expense that comes with having a baby by searching for good deals on all of the items that are needed. When given the option of cutting costs by buying second-hand gear or taking hand me downs from friends and family members, most new and expecting parents leap at the opportunity. While some items are perfectly safe to be used after a previous owner unloads them, there are some that should not be used and guidelines for how others should be handled in order to ensure that they’re up to snuff and safe for your little one. Here are five of the rules that you should take into consideration before you stock up on second-hand baby paraphernalia.”

  1. “Check Recall Information – The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is the single most valuable resource for recalls and safety warnings that the modern parent has at their disposal. Their website is a wealth of information for both new and used baby items; parents should make a habit of checking it regularly or signing up for their free email list in order to stay abreast of any developments regarding future recalls.”
    Original source Link

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Is this how your girls want to dress?

How to Deal With Hand Me Down Kids Clothes

Diplomatically and effectively knowing How to Deal With Hand Me Down Kids Clothes makes the whole household flow more smoothly.

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Solutions for Parenting Stress with Toddlers

Detailed information posted by Amanda Enayati on CNN Health page online, The Chart. This piece is not specific to toddlers, as the title implies. It does include the perspective of a marriage woman, who, by reason of her husband’s traveling, is left to be a single parent, thus, her perspective of having to Learn Solutions for Parenting Stress with Toddlers and Infants.

Honestly, there are several good points and the material is divided into sections. This material comes from the professionals listed in the quoted excerpt below. It is worth the time to read the information. Check out the excerpt below and decide for yourself.

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Learn Solutions for Parenting Stress with Toddlers and Infants

Learn Solutions for Parents Stress with Infants and Toddlers“Traffic, toddlers and technology: Your stress dilemmas solved”

“Editor’s note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity: the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times.”

“Once again, our panel of experts included UC Davis professor Jay Belsky, a developmental psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on the role of nature and nurture in shaping children and families; Dr. Judith Orloff, professor of psychiatry at UCLA and bestselling author of “Emotional Freedom”; and Dr. Rajita Sinha, professor of psychiatry, neurobiology and child study at Yale University and director of the Yale Stress Center.”

“Done in by single parenting”

“My husband’s always traveling so I’m effectively a single parent. I’m overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time.”

“Sinha suggests that single parents strategize about organization and time management. Rethink and moderate children’s often-hectic schedules.”

The following are topic headings…

“When money is tight”

“Internalizing stress”

“This takes discipline and practice, because it’s often easier to focus on the stressful. You have to build up the psychological muscle to focus on the good.”

“Evolution of stress”

“Caretaker blues”

“Information overload”

The Link to the original source

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Learn Solutions for Parenting Stress with Toddlers and Infants… Find out about releasing anger as a way to relieve Parents Stress. Go to “Dealing with Parents Stress to Release Anger.”

Dealing with Parents Stress to Release Anger

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Good Parenting Tips for Mom

Good Parenting Tips for MomLoren Ridinger a Senior Vice President of Marketamerica.com and SHOP.com wrote a lighthearted piece in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/) about Good Parenting Tips for Mom. Moms these days need all the help, ideas, tips, encouragement, and confidence of an army of Moms.

I’ve created an excerpt below with two of Ms. Ridinger’s tips for Moms. Dads, don’t feel left out! Some or all of these tips are good for you, too. She has included some personal information that goes well beyond Parenting Tips. There is much to be gained by this short and heartwarming piece.

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Good Parenting Tips for Mom

“The Business of Being a Mom”

“The hours are long. At times, it can be thankless. It comes with guilt, sadness, fear, happiness, joy and many other emotions.”

“Like many moms, I’ve have asked myself many times if I was a good parent, if I did everything right. The truth is, sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. As parents, all we can do is guide, support and love our children unconditionally.”

“Since there are no manuals on the business of being a mom, I am sharing a few of my favorite tips …”

“1. Balance is key. You can’t do everything all of the time.”

“4. Love, hug and even more love. We have heard it before, …”

“I often remind myself how lucky I am to have had a mother who was so free and giving with the words, “I love you”. The confidence and security those three big words have given to me has …”

Click here to go to the source

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Ms. Ridinger talks about her Mom, her death at an early age, and her own fond memories. This piece is down to earth just the way parenting should be. Develop common sense and apply it to life and parenting as well.

Discover Common Sense Parenting… Click this Link for the article on this website.

It will be Mother’s Day in a few days. Have a good one. Grandmas, too!

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Successful Parenting Mothers Choices

Successful Parenting: Mother's ChoicesMeryl Ain with a Doctorate in Education shares her thoughts about what it takes for Successful Parenting Mothers Choices. Did you hear about “Hilary Rosen’s ill-chosen comments about Ann Romney’s choice to be a stay at home mom (SAHM)”? I have to say that I was unaware of this cute abbreviation. Dr. Ain elaborates on the eternal debate between being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) and a working mother. Peruse the excerpt below and click the Link to go to the original source, the Huffington Post.

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Successful Parenting Mothers Choices

“It’s About Parenting, Not Politics!”

“But there’s a far more important realm that has been totally neglected in this debate. And that’s the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children.”

“Research indicates that the more parents are involved, the more successful their children will be and the better the schools. James J. Heckman, an economist at the University of Chicago, contends that parenting counts as much or more than income in…”

‘Some mothers have no choice but to work full-time. Some mothers choose to stay home. Some mothers work part-time. Good mothering and bad mothering can…”

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Successful Parenting: Mother's Choices | Dad's ChoicesI have known many a Dad that is just as torn by this age-old controversy. Only Dad has to contend with the stigma of being labeled unemployable, lazy, or effeminate. I found a noteworthy piece about Dads and the dilemma of interacting with school and Mom’s.

Click this Link to read this Dad’s interesting view. http://parenting101success.com/stay-at-home-dad/

Stay at home Dads are becoming increasingly common in today’s American society. What are your theories and opinions concerning the American economy and the effect on reversed parenting roles?

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Parenting Children with Common Sense

Parenting Children with Common SenseAn Episcopal minister, David Code, is featured in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/). He has written about Parenting Children with Common Sense, or at least thinking about our parenting more intentionally. He talks about sullen and moody children, anxiety, cultural and marital changes negatively affecting our tactics and style of parenting. He has presented an idea to focus our parental thinking and acting.
This is a quick read, but valuable. Take a look…

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Parenting Children with Common Sense

“Parenting Lessons From Your Dog”

“…so many parents are thinking: how did my kid become so sullen and demanding? Where did I go wrong?”

“After interviewing families in 20 countries around the world, I concluded the reality of parenting is something quite different: Humans have forgotten we are animals, and children are like dogs — either you train them or they train you.”

“…today’s parents spend more time with their kids, and yet today’s kids don’t see happier, more independent or successful.”

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His take on parenting children is out there, but is it wrong? We are mammals after all; we are in the animal kingdom. The first church I ever attended as a child was an Episcopal Church, St. Paul, in Niles, Illinois. To this day, I have never forgotten those first positive messages taught to me in Sunday school. I still have the Bible that I was given there, which is now a million years ago. Perhaps some of our first lesson could be reviewed. If this Episcopal minister has used this focus to stir our moral thinking, that is a good thing.

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Raising Children with ADHD

Raising Children with ADHDIn the LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL, Adam D. Young has presented an amazing piece on Raising Children with ADHD. He presents a family named Von Theumer, who have over the last 50 years have dedicated their lives to raising children other than their own, 40 children to be exact. Currently a boy of 11 with ADHD is calling their family home.

Have a read… Great stuff!
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Raising Children with ADHD

“’Parents, professionals offer tips on raising children with ADHD”

“More than 40 children have grown up under the care of 75-year-old Alfred and his 68-year-old wife, Isabel, during 50 years of marriage.”

“But even supporting dozens of children who have moved on through Boys Scouts, toyed around with joining the Marines and grown into successful adults over the decades hadn’t… “

“Decades of raising more than 40 children hadn’t prepared the Von Theumers for the challenges and blessings of 11-year-old Daniel and his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. Daniel Von Theumer, 11, sits with his adoptive mother, … “

Go to the post to see a picture of Daniel and his mother

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I’d wish I’d met a family like the Von Theumers. Such dedication is a rarity.

Did you know that 1 out of 10 children in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are living with ADHD?

Parenting by example, as with all children, is expressly important to parenting children with ADHD. Adults’ behavior in the presents of a child with ADHD can be over stimulating, and not necessarily parenting by example. This piece stresses that very fact. Parents and anyone helping to raise a child with ADHD is more effective when monitoring their own behavior as well as the child’s behavior.

Discover more…

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