There’s no better way to wrap up the year than a countdown of the best blog articles of the past year. Here are the top 5 posts from this past year. We hope they will help take you into 2014 with a brand new perspective.

1 – “Every Kid Needs a Tribeby Reggie Joiner

15092_386089351507062_83040984_n-494x395It’s been one year since it happened. I didn’t write about it, because I wasn’t sure how. I still don’t know exactly what to say. We did everything we knew to do: Found her a place to live. Helped her land a job. Gave her a new start. Tried to find her good friends. But after a year, she moved back to New York. Then, last November we got the letter. She sent it by mail. She knew it would be too late for us to do anything by the time we got it. Read more…

 

2 – “How to Raise Obedient Kids for All the Wrong Reasonsby Carey Nieuwhof

angel-1-of-11-494x371There is a moment…okay, a series of moments…that test the outer limit of every parent’s patience. As much as I used the timeout chair on my kids when they were small, there were moments where truthfully I should have been sat on the time out chair when I disciplined them. In some moments, I was worse than they were. When you’re trying to gain some semblance of control in the home, every parent is driven to try to elicit obedience from our kids. And you know what? You can get pretty good at it. Read more…

 

3 – “5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Tell the Truth” by Carey Nieuwhof

liar2-1-of-1-494x352My grandmother used to tell me about a parenting strategy she used to us to get my mom and uncles to tell the truth when they were kids. If she suspected one of her children was lying, she would line them up and tell them that she was going to inspect their foreheads. Every time one of the kids asked why, she simply said, “Because when I see your forehead, I can tell who’s telling the truth or not.” Inevitably, as she went down the line, the child who was lying would cover their forehead so my grandma couldn’t see. Then my grandmother would proceed to them and say “So it was you. Now I know.” Read more…

4 – “3 Practical Habits To Make Time Matter Moreby Kristen Ivy

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So time is moving. And it’s moving faster than you think. What does that mean for you as a parent? How can you make the most of the limited amount of time that you have with your kids? How can you make sure that time isn’t getting away from you? I certainly don’t know the answer to all those questions. But here are three pretty practical ideas that might be helpful: Read more…

 

 

5 – “Are You Focusing on the Right Thing?by Carey Nieuwhof

Macro-acorn0714-494x494Although I wish it wasn’t true, I can often focus on the negative at the expense of the positive. I tend to focus on the “+” that was missing behind the “A” on the report car, rather than the A, the things that are going wrong, not the things that are going right (so we can fix them, of course), the problems I see, not the opportunities that present themselves, and the cracks in my kids’ character, not the good things so many others see. About a decade ago, a colleague said something to me that I will never forget. She simply said: “What you focus on expands.” Read more…