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Reading Aloud to Your Family

Many of the ideals expressed or implied in Self Reliance Works—self-improvement, self-directed learning, self-confidence, and effective parenting—can be promoted by one single activity: reading aloud. The Zeiger family started reading aloud before we could properly be called...
Posted On 05 Jan 2012

Teens: How to Get Your Child to Listen

Author: Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA Many parents today are bewildered and left scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get their teen to listen to them. With so much information and advice available, they are left confused as much of the stuff fails to work or works...
Posted On 23 Nov 2011

How can I help my child to learn to read?

Author: K5 Learning We all know parents are their children’s first and most important teacher. But how do you ensure that you are teaching your child at the right level and not pushing them too far beyond their skill level? In order to know where to start, you need to know...
Posted On 17 Nov 2011

Causes of Low Self-esteem in Teens: Unintentional but Common Mistakes Parents Make

Author: Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA Parents have an incredible influence over their kids’ self-esteem (SE). While the best time to start building your kids SE is from day 1, it is never too late to start. Every day brings opportunities to nourish a child’s SE....
Posted On 10 Nov 2011

Childproofing The Kitchen And Bathroom

Do I need to babyproof my toilet? Childproofing the toilet may be an issue, as some babies have been known to go into the bathroom and reach into the toilet, fall in, and not be able to simply stand up and get out, and have drowned, unfortunately. So, toilet locks are extremely...
Posted On 04 Nov 2011

The Importance of Family Meals

by Mark Z More and more studies lend truth to what many of us consider common sense: sitting down to family meals is important to developing and sustaining family and community ties, and promoting education, health, and well being. Such an idea seems obvious, but in our society,...
Posted On 15 Sep 2011

KEEPING CHILD PASSENGERS SAFE

by Patrick Hogan Our first impulse as parents is to keep our children safe. In fact we instinctively put their safety before our own. That’s why I was somewhat surprised to learn about some of the statistics associated with children and car seats. I started looking into it and...
Posted On 11 Aug 2011

Are You Teaching Your Children Self Reliance?

by Joan Crain In a previous article on this site by Brad Chaffee (“Raising Self Reliant Children“), he provides excellent ideas for teaching young children the self reliant basics of caring for themselves, such as eating, dressing, hygiene, and clean-up. After reading an...
Posted On 04 Aug 2011

Teach Your Kids Self Reliance and Financial Responsibility

by Brad Chaffee Have you ever wondered how you could teach your kids the value of hard work, and help them learn to mange money? I believe that teaching your kids to earn a commission, as opposed to getting an allowance, will help them do just that. Too many parents give their...
Posted On 14 Jul 2011

Raising Self Reliant Children

by Brad Chaffee I wanted to share a great article that touches on the basics of teaching your child how to be more self reliant. It comes from the March 2010 issue of Parenting Magazine and does a great job of giving you ways to teach self reliance to your children. Here are the...
Posted On 07 Jul 2011

Sustaining Good Credit With A Family

by Evan Jerkunica There are many challenges that go along with having a family and individuals who live the family life often find that it’s difficult to accomplish all of the things that they need to accomplish while maintaining a stable family life. Though there are...
Posted On 28 Jun 2011

Tips for Implementing “Sensibility” When Parenting

by Neha Sareen To my great dismay, I read of yet another child death at a theme park. A three year old boy died at the Go Bananas theme park in Illinois this past month. The child was sitting at the front of the Python Pit roller coast, and while the ride was moving, he slipped...
Posted On 24 Jun 2011