7 Important House Rules for Teenagers (and How to Make Sure They’re Followed)
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7 Important House Rules for Teenagers (and How to Make Sure They’re Followed)

Creating and enforcing house rules for teenagers doesn’t need to be a battle. Here are seven important rules to consider and strategies to ensure your rules are followed. Teenagers may believe they’re mature enough to do just about anything on their own. Parents know that’s far from realistic. In fact, it won’t be until the…

70+ Essential Life Skills Teens Can Use Now and in the Future
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70+ Essential Life Skills Teens Can Use Now and in the Future

These 70+ life skills for teens are essential for making sure your child will be safe, confident, and self-sufficient when they leave home. One day you’re holding your baby in your arms and next you’re standing next to – or possibly looking up to – your teenager. Our time with our children is short and…

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Your Teen a Credit Card
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Everything You Need to Know About Giving Your Teen a Credit Card

Whether or not to give teens credit cards isn’t an easy decision. Here’s a step-by-step guide to determine if your teen should have a credit card. Things change quickly once you have a teenager. First, they’re able to communicate independently with friends on their phone. Then all of a sudden your teen has a part-time…

Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect
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Four Effective Ways to Teach Kids Respect Without Losing Your Self-Respect

It is possible to model and teach kids respect without allowing them to walk all over us. Here are four ways to make that happen. “You’re stupid!” your child yells as she crosses her arms and stomps her feet, giving you the stink eye.  Your offense? Telling her that she needs to wait to have…

21 Family Bonding Activities to Strengthen Your Family’s Connection
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21 Family Bonding Activities to Strengthen Your Family’s Connection

These twenty-one family bonding activities will bring your family together and build cohesion – often while having fun! It’s a modern-day scene: after work and school, your family runs around to kids activities, errands, quickly eats dinner, the kids complete their homework, and before you know it, it’s bedtime. Research shows that a strong parent/child…

125+ Fun Questions to Ask Your Kids to Get Them Talking
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125+ Fun Questions to Ask Your Kids to Get Them Talking

Looking for insightful, imaginative, and funny questions to ask your kids? Look no further! These 125+ questions will help your family bond as you learn things about your kids you might not have known. How recently has your child told you what their favorite song is? Or have you wondered how they would describe their…

How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier
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How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier

Strong problem-solving skills are essential for our kids to navigate the world independently. And as our children grow in their ability to problem-solve, they’ll demonstrate greater autonomy and responsibility, making parenting easier. Problem-solving is one of nine important 21st-century skills our kids need. Click the link to see the full list. Mom, I forgot my…

Why We Need to Let Our Kids Experience the Natural Consequences of Their Actions
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Why We Need to Let Our Kids Experience the Natural Consequences of Their Actions

Letting our kids experience the natural consequences of their decisions and actions can strengthen their confidence and self-sufficiency – but only when our kids are developmentally ready and only in certain circumstances. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and your daughter is eager to do one of her favorite things: ride around your neighborhood on her…

These 5 Family Rules are Essential for Raising Well-Adjusted Kids
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These 5 Family Rules are Essential for Raising Well-Adjusted Kids

Established family rules help everyone know what’s expected of them. Here’s your guide to best practices for developing and establishing your family’s rules. Plus, five rules every family should have. “No one told me I had to clean up!” my daughter exclaimed after I asked her to put away her paint, paper, and brushes strewn…

6 Tips for Holding a Successful Family Meeting + Mistakes to Avoid
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6 Tips for Holding a Successful Family Meeting + Mistakes to Avoid

Family meetings build connection and closeness, teach kids life skills, and can be parents’ secret tool to encourage kids to be more cooperative. Here’s everything you need to know to start and run a successful family meeting. “We agreed upon it at our family meeting,” my friend explained when I asked how she gets her…

The Best Debit Cards for Kids and Teens in 2022
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The Best Debit Cards for Kids and Teens in 2022

The best debit cards for kids teach basic money management skills while making allowance easy for parents. One of the best ways for kids and teens to learn financial literacy and acquire good money habits is to manage their own money. And while younger kids benefit from managing physical bills and coins, older kids are…

How to Raise Kids Who Are Motivated to Work Hard on Their Own
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How to Raise Kids Who Are Motivated to Work Hard on Their Own

Each child is born with strong internal motivation. The question is, why do some kids retain it while others don’t? And what can parents do to protect it? Somewhere along the way, often by kindergarten, this intrinsic motivation disappears in many kids, but it doesn’t have to.

At What Age Can Kids Stay Home Alone?
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At What Age Can Kids Stay Home Alone?

There comes a time when all parents ask: At what age can kids stay home alone? This includes everything you need to know about the recommended guidelines for leaving kids home alone. Also included is information about how to determine if your child is ready.  I remember a day when my daughter was five and…

7 Ways Parents Can Encourage Teens to Be Self-Sufficient
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7 Ways Parents Can Encourage Teens to Be Self-Sufficient

Not sure how to encourage self-sufficiency and independence in your tween and teen? This advice can help! Related: 15 Skills Kids Need Before They Leave Home Gently you try to shake your 13-year-old awake. “Time to get up for school!” you say in your cheeriest voice possible, even though you can’t believe your teen still…