PL Category: Kids

Kids: No Perfect Parent, Part One

This month’s video, “No Perfect Parent,” discusses how there is no parent who is perfect—and that perfection is not the goal in parenting. According to Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., in parenting, sometimes “the perfect can get in the way of the good.” Pillemer writes, “Most parents hold themselves up to some kind of perfect standard when…

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Kids: The Power of Empathy, Part Two

Teaching your child empathy is a gift that you can pass on that will not only be a blessing to your child but to other relationships in their life when they are adults. There is a verse in the book of Micah that says, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly…

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Kids: The Power of Empathy, Part One

Our topic in this month’s Online Parenting Class is The Power of Empathy. Children are not naturally empathetic, but that doesn’t mean it is not something they can’t learn. Empathy is different than sympathy. Sympathy expresses concern for people while remaining at a distance. Empathy requires a person imagine themselves as the other person. The…

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Kids: Combating Shame, Part Two

We are talking about Combating Shame in this month’s Online Parenting Class video. Consider the following. Mitch Abblett writes, “A 2011 study in Psychological Bulletin by researchers at Syracuse University and St. John Fisher College indicated a link between peoples’ experience of shame and symptoms of major depression and a stronger link for shame than…

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Kids: Combating Shame, Part One

As Christian parents, I’m sure one of your goals is to raise children who can stand firm in a world that is surrounded by darkness. But it’s tough! Let’s face it. The world is, quite simply, not nice. People are lost, and lost people are raising kids. These kids are in your kids’ social circles….

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Kids: Parenting Yourself, Part Two

We’ve been talking in this month’s Online Parenting Class about Parenting Yourself so you can be a better parent to your child. Bryant McGill wrote in his book Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life, “Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” What a powerful…

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Kids: Parenting Yourself, Part One

This month’s parenting video features a unique topic: Parenting Yourself so that you can be a better parent to your kids. Does it seem a little strange to receive information on how to parent yourself? The truth is, we never stop learning and growing, and sometimes parents need to be “parented” a little—especially because no…

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Kids: Do I Parent Using Shame? Part Two

We’ve been asking you to ask yourself the question in this month’s Online Parenting Class: Do I Parent Using Shame? It’s always good to self-evaluate, and critique your parenting so that you can be the best parent you can be. To help you identify whether you are using shame to parent, ask yourself the following…

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Kids: Do I Parent Using Shame? Part One

This month’s parenting video features a sensitive topic: Do I Parent Using Shame? This is one of those topics where we ask you to critique yourself, and be brutally honest. Parenting is not easy, and we want you to be encouraged as you work through areas you might not be strong in. You are growing…

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Kids: Discipline Vs Punishment, Part Two

God calls parents to discipline their children in love. However, sometimes parents slip into “punishment” mode which connects their misbehaviour to their identity, which can have long-term negative effects. On top of that, punishment implies repaying someone with what he or she deserves the opposite of the gospel. Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in…

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