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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

“You don’t love me!”

We recently received this question from a listener.  “When my son does something he knows he shouldn’t do and I correct him, he tells me I’m mean and that I don’t love him.  That is untrue and makes me feel horrible.  What should I do?” It’s important to understand why this young man choosing to say something that’s not true.  His goal is to simply to manipulate his mom. He … Continue reading

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