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Young Athletes

Sports can teach children many valuable lessons and be a great source of exercise and fun. They can, however, also have adverse effects. We don’t want to suggest the negative aspects of involvement in youth sports are guaranteed.  Instead we want to mention some things parents should consider. One of the points of consideration actually results from the misconception that kids should (1) train at an early age and (2) … Continue reading

Appropriate Consequence

We have a question from a listener. “Our daughter has been talking disrespectfully to everyone in our family.  It happened again this weekend as I drove her to her junior high youth night at church.  Should I have taken her home right away?” The answer to that question depends on the boundaries and consequences that had been established before the incident. It’s important for these parents not to react to … Continue reading

Resisting Temptation

“People who excel at resisting temptation might have a secret strategy,” says a study reported in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences. “They deliberately avoid situations in which their self-control might fail.” * This research speaks directly to parents. When kids are young it’s important for parents to protect them from situations where they’ll be tempted to make a poor decision. A simple example is the child who is … Continue reading

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