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Author: Danielle Ford

What is parenting?

My grandmother often said to me, “I’m not raising children, I’m raising responsible adults”. This statement expressed her goal in parenting, or in her case, grand-parenting, as she had an active role in raising not only me, but many other kids in her neighborhood as well. She was known as Gramma Vickers to most of the people in her small town, and she encouraged everyone with a passionate purpose. Likewise, it is important to help our children understand that we parent toward a goal of values centered toward the same result as my grandmother — to raise young adults....

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Do you Dream in Color?

Dreams are the way your brain sorts out all the millions of inputs it receives on any given day. Although the reason we dream is not fully understood, we know that we all dream. Your children may dream in response to fears, anticipation, interest, or other emotions. Discussing the content of their dreams will help them sort out their emotions even more. Here are a few questions to get the conversation started. Table Topics | Question 1 What was your most recent dream about? r Discover If they cannot remember a dream or do not want to share, encourage...

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What does Friendship Mean to You?

The meaning of friendship is an important concept for your children to understand.  The meaning of friendship has been diluted in this culture where social media defines it as how many likes on your page or followers of your pictures.  Deep relationships are necessary for you and your children. As you discuss these questions around the dinner table, consider how you can not only encourage your children to be intentional about building real relationships, but also how you can cultivate the friendships you have into life long connections that matter. Table Topics | Question 1 What does friendship mean...

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What does Responsibility Mean?

You want your children to have the character trait of responsibility and you want them to experience the privileges of a responsible person.  The following questions can lead into great family discussion about how privilege and responsibility go hand in hand.  As you listen to their responses encourage them to articulate their ability to be responsible and to gain the privileges of acting with maturity. Table Topics | Question 1 What does privilege mean to you? r Discover According to Webster Dictionary 1828, privilege is a peculiar benefit or advantage  not common to others. So, by definition privilege is...

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Doing Hard Things

Parents have a deep desire to see their children successful.  But success for most of us does not come without hard work or sacrifice. Parent who motivate or challenge their child to do hard things empower them to become successful. Do not expect too little of them or let them expect too little of themselves.  Use these questions to begin discussions about how doing difficult things now can prepare them for the greatest opportunities in the future. Your children are stronger than you think and more capable than you expect.   Table Topics | Question 1 Who would you...

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