Today’s children are caught in the middle of multiple moral battle zones. You could even say that children’s moral battles are divorcing them from their parents. There isn’t a quick fix to solve this problem, but here are three helpful suggestions for beginning to set things right.
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One popular method for directing children’s behavior is the use of rewards, gold stars, and bribes. These methods are very effective—if your goals are very limited and short-term. Rewards can sometimes buy compliance, but they don’t build character. So, what can we do instead?
Today, a cell phone is a computer in your pocket. It can do everything you need it to. Now what’s the problem you ask? A cell phone is power in your pocket, unlocking worlds both expansive and dark, and parents have a right to seek to lay down some very important limits and guidelines when they begin to think about letting their child have a cell phone.
Some parents are intentional about how they correct their children, and others find themselves fighting off frustration and trying one trick after another or emotionally manipulating their children into good behaviors. Guess what? Children can tell the difference.
As two people from different backgrounds come together in a marriage, they may have different habits, routines, perspectives, and opinions. Parenting as a team means discussing differences and creating a united front. Here is a video with suggestions of how to achieve this sometimes difficult harmony.
You’ve seen them driving those BMWs (big Mormon wagons) or posting on Facebook about how many gallons of milk their family goes through in week (or even in a day). They are those sometimes admired, sometimes ridiculed, Mormon moms with a BUNCH of kids. I guess I fall into this category although I never dreamed I would.
Sometimes the harder we try to solve a problem with a child, the worse it gets. For example, when we nag children to hurry and get ready, they drag their heels. The more we demand, the more they will resist. The good news is that there are better ways to solve parenting problems! If you find yourself getting stuck in your interaction with a child, consider the following.