Author: The Parent Cue

PCL 25: Avoiding the Comparison Trap

Sandra Stanley talks with Carlos Whittaker and Kristen Ivy about the perils of falling into the parenting comparison trap. As parents, we are constantly comparing ourselves to the highlight reels of other parents and comparing our kids to other kids. Sandra offers a healthier perspective and gives an antidote for when envy and discontentment creep in. Listen for a chance to win a copy her devotional book Comparison Trap. LISTEN TO PARENT CUE LIVE The Parent Cue Live podcast is available on iTunes. Click here to subscribe and get each episode automatically. To listen to this episode, click the player below....

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PCL 23: [Repost] How Serving Changes Kids

Kara Powell, PhD, co-author of the Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager In A Digital Media World and executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, Kristen Ivy, and Reggie Joiner discuss how giving kids increasing opportunities to serve through childhood is one of the biggest ways to help them grow in faith and character by realizing their own potential to connect to a bigger story. Listen to Parent Cue Live The Parent Cue Live podcast is available on iTunes! Click here to subscribe and get each episode automatically! To listen to this episode, click the player below (If you’re reading this via email or...

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Parent Hack: Change the Wi-Fi Password

Carlos Whittaker shares a life-changing tip for parents who need help motivating their kids to do their chores. You’ll never see them work so fast! Here is how you can change your wifi password easily: On the back or bottom of your wifi router is an ip address.  It is normally 4 numbers separated by periods. Here’s an example: 10.0.0.1 Open a new window in your internet browser, and type in your IP address into the browser web address line. Once you login to your router there will be an option to change the wifi password (if you do not know your...

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Intentional Influences

Earlier this week, we talked about how important it is to find other trusted adults who will have an influence on your children. We suggested several places to look: educators, people with interesting jobs, extended family members. While it might seem to just make sense that we’d want other voices saying the same thing we as parents are, our research shows that usually this just isn’t a priority. In the State of the Church and Family Report we commissioned with The Barna Group, only a quarter of the parents said they place a high priority on finding other adults to speak into the lives of their children and teens. Of those who do, here are some of the ways: • Connect kids with family members and grandparents • Encourage involvement in church or a youth group • Enroll in extracurricular activities, like sports or Scouts • Participate in community service and volunteerism Unfortunately, even when parents take these actions steps, they don’t go far enough. One-fifth are intentional about family connections. Ten percent actively encourage sports and clubs where coaches and leaders can take mentoring roles. Overall, only five percent articulate the importance of volunteering to help others. Even though many parents responded that they want other adults to positively influence their children, they aren’t intentional about what it takes to make that happen. Interestingly, parents who don’t regularly...

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