Character and Values

Character and Values

We’re All a Work in Progress

As our kids grow from toddlers to kindergarteners to preteens and teens, a funny thing happens. Our focus shifts. We no longer worry so much about just keeping them alive. Instead, as they slowly but surely become more independent, we think about… Read More

Character and Values

When You Need More Hope

“It’s going to be okay,” I promised my wailing 4-year-old. Tell yourself, “It’s going to be okay.” He finally took a deep breath and shakily repeated, “It’s going to be okay.” Why was his world falling apart? Because I’d taken some of… Read More

Character and Values

3 Ways to Build a Kid’s Confidence in How They Are Made

 It seems to come so naturally to talk to your baby, toddler or preschooler about how they are made. In fact, the opportunities seem as endless as the pile of laundry that lies before you. I remember talking to my girls about… Read More

Character and Values | Imagine The End

Helping Kids Come Alive

“Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.” That’s what Donovan sang way back in 1965. Sure—on the surface, it’s a sweet ode to his true love. But let’s be honest. He might as well have been singing about… Read More

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Why Showing Kindness to Your Spouse Matters to Your Kids

My wife and I worked with teenagers for many years, and one of the skills we learned was to ask great questions, which often lead to great conversations. Now we work with married people; but we get to practice those same skills… Read More

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Celebrate Kindness: Random Acts of Kindness Day Ideas

What's more important to you as a parent: How happy your kids are? How well your kids achieve? Or what about how kind they are to others? According to the Making Caring Common Project, 80% of youth in their study feel like their… Read More

Character and Values

3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Servant-Hearted

As parents, we all want our kids to grow up to be compassionate, generous adults who serve others well. And if you watch your kids closely, you’ll see evidence of empathy in their nature – in how they kiss their stuffed animals,… Read More

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How to Cure the “Gimmees”

If there was an essential oil to cure “the gimmees”—the incessant greed and want my kids have for something more—I would buy it, sell it and be an essential oil advocate like you’ve never seen before. Because I don’t know about you,… Read More

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The Big Rocks : What I Want to Teach My Kids

"The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind." - Martin Luther King Jr. One of the most sobering truths about parenting is that you are teaching your children something, whether you are being intentional or not.… Read More

Character and Values | Make It Personal

The Simplest Way to Teach Your Kids Self Control

One of the focuses for the the month at Parent Cue is teaching our kids “Self Control.” When I found that out I tried to skip this month. I asked if I could sit this one out because I’m so terrible at that… Read More