Author: Jim Burns

Whenever Possible: Avoid Arguing with Your Kids

You can’t effectively discipline your teenager if you continually find yourself in the middle of an argument with him. When disciplining, conversations may become heated, so use good communication skills and agree to walk away until you’ve both calmed down. The best way to avoid an argument is by refusing to engage in one. You can’t effectively discipline your teen if you continually find yourself in an argument with him. Click To Tweet When she was younger, one of our daughters could win most arguments in our home. She was dynamic and articulate and could argue either side of...

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Ending the Homework Hassle

Any time parents of teenagers or pre-teens are in a room together, the subject of homework and education seems to be on their lips. My experience is that most of the time parents worry more about their teen’s schoolwork than the teen worries about their schoolwork! I’m can’t promise to improve your teen’s grade point average. Actually, you may have to see your teen’s grade point average lowered for a while. But then again, you will have to ask the question, “Is my primary purpose in parenting to help my child become a responsible adult or get good grades?”...

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Shutting Down Gossip and Building Character

It was one of those major learning lessons in my parenting life. My wife Cathy and I were “speculating” at the kitchen table one day that one of our neighbors were probably getting a divorce. The husband hadn’t been around, and Cathy had heard from one of the other neighbors that he was “possibly” having an affair. What we didn’t realize was that our daughter (nine years old at the time) was listening to the conversation. Later in the day, I overheard my daughter telling her friend down the street that these neighbors were getting a divorce and would...

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Teaching Your Kids Radical Respect

Today’s culture is bringing an unhealthy sexualization to our kids at a younger and younger age. We were 4, 6, 9, 12, and 15 at one point, but we were never their age. They experience so much so young. With the onset of early sexualization in our culture, parents must become more proactive and preventative when it comes to teaching our children how to respect the opposite sex. The other night my wife Cathy and I were at our local mall. I pointed to a young boy about 8 years old standing by himself gawking at a larger than...

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How Birth Order Affects Your Children

I once heard a comedian ask the crowd, “How many of you are first-born children?” Those first- born in the crowd cheered and clapped. He then asked, “And how many of you are the baby of the family? The last born?” Again, the last born all rose to their feet and cheered even louder. Then he asked, “How many of you are the middle child in your family?” Before they could even respond he added, “Nobody cares!” The crowd groaned and smiled. But the middle children probably thought it was more true than it was a joke. My wife...

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