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Explain New Rules Before You Start

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

One of the ways to change patterns of behavior in children is what we call a Parent/Child Evaluation Meeting. Parents can call this meeting when they see unwanted patterns and are about to focus on change. The beginning of summer is a great time to clearly lay out some new rules and expectations. It's important to plan the meeting well and then choose the timing carefully.

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The Conscience Needs Training

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

In 1 Corinthians 4:4 Paul says, “My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” The reality is that just because the conscience prompts a person, doesn’t mean that it’s right. Children need to be careful to obey God first in everything they do.

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Building Relationship Makes Kids More Responsive

Written by Debbie Parker. Posted in Parenting Corner

Many parents see a problem and start giving instructions immediately. This often means that they yell across the parking lot or bark commands from one side of the house to the other. We believe this approach isn't the best. It's not enough to see the need and tell someone to respond to it. That approach doesn't demonstrate value for the relationship. Parenting isn't just about getting tasks done; it's about building relationships at the same time.