Practicing Individualized Parenting

Each child is born unique, with strengths, weaknesses, talents, and tendencies that make him or her an individual. Because of this uniqueness, different children, even within the same family, respond to the same or similar parenting styles in different ways depending on their personalities and perceptions. Experts today emphasize the distinctiveness of each child more than ever. According to Craig Hart and Lloyd Newell of Brigham Young University, wise parents realize every child requires...
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Developing Close Relationships With Our Teens

In an era of increased drug use, teenage pregnancy and youth suicide, it's little wonder that most parents are very concerned about their teens. Very often they ask: "How can I protect my teens from these things?" An important key is to develop close, caring relationships. Teenagers who have close relationships with their parents are less likely to use drugs, abuse alcohol or become pregnant out of wedlock. These teens are more likely to adopt the beliefs and values of their parents. Teen...
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Sibling Rivalry Help for Parents

If you already have children, when a new baby arrives so does potential for sibling rivalry. As a parent you can help minimize this by preparing before you bring the child home, by understanding the roots, and by helping your children learn conflict resolution skills.  Preparing For a New Sibling The type and quantity of preparation a child needs to prepare for a new sibling depends on age and personality. As a parent, you need to be in tune with each of your children's unique needs. B...
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Family Strengths – Caring and Appreciation

The Family: A Proclamation to the World declares that husbands and wives- fathers and mothers- have solemn obligations to love and care for each other and their children, and to teach their children to love and care for each other. Loving and caring in families thus involves much more than the feeling of love. It involves loving actions even at times when we don't feel especially loving. Recent national studies affirm the importance of love and caring in families. Research shows that exp...
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Family Strengths – Encouragement

The Family: A Proclamation to the World reminds us that each family member is a son or daughter of God, endowed with divine destiny and purpose. Families that practice encouragement promote one another's growth and development, helping each family member reach his or her full potential. These families structure family life so that members can develop intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. Members of strong families feel they really belong in their family. Family members fe...
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