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Child’s Play

 CHILD’S PLAY by Barbara J Smyly – Copyright Protected Child’s play is important to all families. In this the age of the expert, there seems to be a solution to every problem we as adults can muster up. If we feel stress, we exercise more; if our spouse is...

I Used to be a Perfect Parent

I USED TO BE A PERFECT PARENT  by Barbara J. Smyly  Copyright Protected I USED TO BE A PERFECT PARENT……and then I had kids. I used to try to figure out which one of them stole from me in utero all that wonderful knowledge I had about raising the perfect kids and what...

Teaching Children Gratitude

As many parents are coming to realize, we are our children’s constant teachers. From birth throughout life, we are teaching by example those values which we hold dear. As children grow into their own independent lives, the virtue of gratitude becomes increasingly more...

Courage

“Courage: mental or moral strength, to venture, persevere”.   It takes a lot of courage these days to raise our children, or so it seems at times.  Just as we have been taught to be courageous, to take risks, to put ourselves in new positions and situations not always...

Teaching Children Generosity

As the saying goes, “generosity begins at home.” Any parent will tell you they are, by the very fact that they are parents, generous (sometimes to a fault). Teaching children generosity helps them to assimilate the fact there are others around them for whom they must...