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The Need for Children to Play Alone

People usually act differently when they feel someone is watching them. Children will also play differently depending on if someone is watching them or not. Children need time to let their imaginations run wild and to learn how to exercise their own choices during play (PBS). During play, children are able to be themselves and […]

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Talking to Teenagers about Sex and Values

Talking to teenagers about sexuality is never an easy thing for parents. Many parents feel inadequate and worried they will be asked something they don’t know how to answer. They are uncomfortable and afraid to bring up something before a child is ready. It isn’t hard to see that children and teenagers today are bombarded […]

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Loving by Leading: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When adults in a research study were asked, “What did your parents do to teach you good values and good character?” their answers were varied. Some mentioned their parent’s love, their high expectations, their firm dis­cipline, and their wisdom. But, the most common answer was, “My parents set a good example.” It is a daunting […]

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Loving by Leading: Your Child’s Conscience

In this blog series on parenting, we have learned that children are naturally prone to be self-centered and impulsive. So, now you might ask, “How do I teach my child to adopt proper attitudes and behaviors?” Every person has a conscience. Conscience is defined as “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in […]

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Loving By Leading: The Nature of a Child

Babies are so cute, cuddly, and appear so innocent, especially as newborns. By 4 months they are smiling and cooing in response to every smiling face. Then, as they begin crawling and walking, they are even more fascinating to watch. But something seems to change when they enter that second year. Toddlers become more self-assertive […]

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Loving By Leading: Why Some Parents Are Hesitant to Lead

If leadership in parenting is so important and rewarding, as mentioned in our last blog, why don’t all parents take this approach? In his book, Loving By Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children, Dr. Trumbull offers a few possibilities: Paralyzed by uncertainty. Many parents are so unsure about their parenting, they […]

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Loving by Leading: Why Should Parents Lead?

As we continue this series based upon the book, Loving By Leading, you might ask the question, “Why do parents need to lead their children? Don’t they need the freedom to make decisions and grow?” Dr. Trumbull answers, “Most children do not know what is best for them and, when given the opportunity, will make […]

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Loving by Leading: 4 Commitments Needed with Parenting

As we continue with this blog series on Dr. Trumbull’s new book, Loving By Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children, we come to the topic of commitment with parenting.  “Successful parenting requires a high level of commitment to your child and to the discipline process, especially in the early years. With the overwhelming […]

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A Case for Authoritative Parenting

In his book titled Loving by Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children, Dr. Den Trumbull explores the research on parenting styles. He cites four specific styles as described by developmental psychologist, Dr. Dianna Baumrind. Trumbull explains, “The most successful parenting style, the authoritative style, used a balance of positive encouragement and […]

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Backwards Parenting

Many spouses talk about what they want their baby to be like when they find out they are expecting. My husband and I did. We talked about how we would like to have a boy first. We even discussed how cute it would be if he had dark hair. But when we ended up having […]

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