Monthly Archives: August 2012

29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #23

23.  Keep your promises.  A promise is a powerful thing.  I hate to break a promise.  I have and it hurts.  Why is breaking a promise so painful?  When you make a promise, you give away a part of yourself.  … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #22

22.  A healthy diet.  Let me join the bandwagon for healthy eating.  You know it is the right thing to do.  Rhonda and I were both raised on a midwestern diet of meat and potatoes with ample sides of sugar … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #21

21.  A healthy amount of sleep.  This was a specific issue at our house because both Rhonda and I are night people.  But our night owl approach was not a good fit for our kids.  We became more sensitive to … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #20

20.  Follow a family schedule that reduces fatigue and time pressure.  On the printed page, margin is the space between the print and the edge of the paper.  In life, margin is the space between our activity level and our … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #19

19.  Encourage friendships of high character.  “He who walks with wise men will be wise.  But the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov 13:20).  One of our continuing prayers for our children is that they would find and connect … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #18

18.  Teach your children to communicate with adults.  One of the best ways you can prepare your kids for a confident adult life is to teach them to communicate with grown-ups.  This ability is not valued and is desperately lacking in … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #17

Well here we are, over half way there on our journey to 29 ways to affirm your children.  For you OCD types, I apologize for using the prime number of 29 in every title.  Maybe I will come up with … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #16

16.  Teach children to complete their chores.  As a follow-up to teaching children to work, we want to emphasize teaching them to finish the job.  This became an important issue at our house because Rhonda and I recognized how our … Continue reading

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29 Ways to Affirm Your Children – #15

15.  Teach your children to work.  Another way we spur our children forward on the path of becoming productive and independent adults is to teach them how to work.  The irony is that despite its value, most kids are not … Continue reading

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