Helping Teens Avoid Risky Behavior

Parenting is a sacred and honorable duty. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that parents have the sacred duty of rearing their children in love and righteousness. This includes guiding adolescents away from risky behaviors. Risk Behaviors Three common risk behaviors parents worry about among their teens are sexual activity, delinquency, and substance use. Participating in these behaviors can lead to a number of poor outcomes in the later years. Unfortunately, the media hav...
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Parenting Young Children with Behavior Problems

Some children present special parenting challenges. We often label them "difficult," "disobedient," or even "bad." These children don't intend to try their parents but rather are born with a challenging temperament. Unfortunately, most young children with behavior problems provoke negative reactions from adults. These reactions tend to make the child's behavior worse, starting a harmful pattern that can continue throughout a child's life. Constructive reactions, on the other hand, can ...
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Parenting Children with Disabilities: Discover the Gift that is Yours

"Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord' (Psalms 127:3)." -The Family: A Proclamation to the World Research about parenting children with disabilities has often focused on the negative, such as family disruption and stress. But many researchers are now saying they've overstated the negatives and overlooked the positives. While families with disabled children do experience challenges, newer st...
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Nurturing Feelings of Self-Worth in Children

Each person has a divine spirit of eternal value. God loves each of us, and we all have the potential to become like Him. Parents and other adults can help children learn from an early age that they have this great worth. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states: "All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny." Self-worth is one of the most important f...
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Being Loving and Nurturing

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states: "Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness." It's no accident the Proclamation lists "love" first among parenting duties-nurturing love is the most important characteristic of good parenting. It's so important researchers sometimes call it the "super-factor" of parenting. Good nurturing makes children feel loved and cherished, and without that feeling, there's little else parents can do to make up for it. ...
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Wired for Learning: Promoting Infant Brain Development

Newborns come into the world with sophisticated brains that are phenomenally wired for intellectual growth. During the first year of life, they are more impressionable and able to develop than at any other time in life. This cognitive development affects them for the rest of their lives. Thus parents have a tremendous responsibility and a sacred obligation to nurture their children in love and train them in the Lord’s paths. Research shows that a baby’s brain is designed to be extremely r...
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