For many years, some believed the primary purpose of parenting was to break the will of the child—that is, to teach the child to submit to authority. Stubbornness was the enemy. But when we look to our Heavenly Father as a guide, what is the true purpose in parenting?
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When it comes to raising happy, healthy children, it can be easy to forget that focusing on the health of your marriage is a key component.
For the parents, grandparents, and primary teachers in the hallway with little ones: I feel your pain. There’s that moment when all of the classroom doors close and it’s suddenly silent, and there you are, sitting on a couch in the foyer. It’s easy to feel completely alone in these moments.
Is a change in pattern the same as a phase? Parents tell me all the time that they think their child is in a phase. Sadly, many people think that disrespectful behaviors, attention seeking, back talking, obsession over computer games or social media, disconnection from family, and self-loathing are all phases. They are not.
Modern times have brought with them complexity to parenting that parents aren’t prepared for. Never before have children been raised on a steady diet of synthetic stimulation via digital devices. And though modern challenges may call for modern solutions, perhaps we can look to the past for answers.