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Why Building Better Relationships Is The Most Worthwhile Goal For Any Year

So instead of “resolving” to do anything, how about seeing, in minute detail, what it’s going to be like by the end of the year with the kids? The laughter, the playing, the fun, the hugs, great school grades… all of it.

There’s a lot we have to talk about on this. I thought I’d start here. Tell me in your comment feedback below the video what you think about where I’m going with this:

Using Communication Skills–Are You Shooting Your Parent-Child Relationshop In the Foot?

Here’s a story in my work-life that happens way too often: I use all the tools I can muster to get a teenager to talk to me… often after days of building a relationship and getting him to trust me. Finally, I get him to open up about the issue that landed him in my […]

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The Unseen Bug In Our Parenting Culture

Over the last thousand years or so we developed parenting traditions suited for their times. If you look closely, these traditions served our societies well in days gone by, and some still do. Many of them however, no longer have a place in modern society. We need to ‘upgrade’ those traditions. After all, parenting is […]

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How To Make Parenting Simple

The most horrific nightmare is where something goes really REALLY wrong and your child dies. The only time you dreamed it, you didn’t sleep much. You woke up sweating, and it disturbed you to your core. You still shiver down your spine thinking about it. Why does it unsettle you so? It’s just a stupid nightmare, isn’t it? […]

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What They Never Taught Us About Intelligence And Success

“I only want to help my children to go further than I did.” I bet you used to hear that from parents as often as I did while growing up.  I bet that now, you know how they felt. You send them to school, monitor their progress, and guide them as best you can. But […]

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WHAT FRATERNITY HAZING & CHINESE PRISON CAMPS CAN TEACH US ABOUT RAISING CHILDREN (Part 2)

This is the second post from Robert Cialdini’s fifth edition (2009) of  ”Influence.” Test your knowledge of state-of-the art research on parenting methods while having some fun discussing and sharing with the Life-Parent community. “All this has important implications for rearing children. It suggests that we should never heavily bribe or threaten our children to […]

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What Fraternity Hazing & Chinese Prison Camps Can Teach Us About Raising Children

This post is an unedited excerpt from Robert Cialdini’s fifth edition (2009) of  “Influence.” We’re using it to run a comment competition based on the question immediately following the excerpt.  Test your knowledge of state-of-the art research on parenting methods while having some fun discussing and sharing with the Life-Parent community. “It appears that the […]

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How Safe Are The Children At School From Your Child?

  What are the odds of a bully or his parent not being aware he’s one? A small group of experts believe that bullying is just a point on the “aggression” scale, and that all human beings can be placed somewhere on that scale. In other words, all of us are capable of being a bully. In fact, we […]

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A Parent’s Most Powerful Weapon Against Drugs And Risky Behavior

Eighty-seven degrees in the heart of winter What is it that makes you live on an island paradise under the Caribbean sun, yet never go to the beach for three years?  That’s the question I was pondering yesterday looking out at the shimmering sea under clean blue skies with no clouds. I can give you […]

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Why Some Children Don’t Work In School (Pt. 10)

Of Youth, Parenting, Teachers, and Education Over the years working with youth-workers from many institutions, and educators in many schools, several themes kept coming up. Listening to the principal of the middle school out in the Caribbean islands talk about educational challenges is remarkable in its resemblance to a chat with the manager of the […]

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