Good Parenting Tips

• Love your children unconditionally – Express your love, consistently show it, say it, and mean it. Never assume they know you love them.

• Tell them often that you are happy to have them in your family.

• Hug them daily.

• Have regular family council – Involve your children in family conduct and responsibility decisions.

• Control your temper – Anger and contention causes broken hearts.

• Be willing to admit mistakes.

• Give them your time – Have a weekly family home evening.

• Learn how to effectively communicate with them.

• Plan one-on-one time – Invite your child to share what’s going on in their life. Don’t include any discipline during this visit! This must be a positive experience for them so they will want to share their feelings.

• Support them in their activities.

• Express love and show respect towards their mother/father – If you are a single parent, don’t be guilty of bad-mouthing the other parent in front of them.

Excellence or Perfection

Excellence is willing to be wrong,
Perfection is being right.
Excellence is risk,
Perfection is fear.
Excellence is powerful,
Perfection is anger and frustration.
Excellence is spontaneous,
Perfection is control.
Excellence is accepting,
Perfection is judgment.
Excellence is giving,
Perfection is taking.
Excellence is confident,
Perfection is doubt.
Excellence is flowing,
Perfection is pressure.
Excellence is journey,
Perfection is destination.
From Finding A Mentror, Being A Mentor

Reduce!

These three Rs are very important responsibilities each one needs to fulfill.
Here are some tips on waste management.
Let us start with REDUCE.
Reduce means use less or conserve.
We must use natural resources wisely and use less than usual in order to avoid waste.
Here are some tips on reducing!
- Buy only what you need.
- When you are through with something, make sure you pass it along to someone else who needs it.
- Start making wise packaging selections. Avoid using plastics if possible.
- Avoid single serve containers. Buy in bulk.
- Use durable goods longer.
- Say “no” to junk mail.
- Start a garden.

Steps to Building Wise Relationships

1. Share concerns and interests. Mutual desires, along with a common understanding is the necessary beginning of any relationship. Along with interests, you must invest time and effort.

2. Focus on meeting another’s needs and not yours. A relationship that is motivated out of a sense of personal need, whether emotional, physical or financial will not last. A self-serving relationship drives away the other person.
3. Risk rejection and pain. Based on past experiences, you may feel that you cannot risk being hurt or misunderstood again. If you are waiting for someone who will cause you no pain or suffering, you will never know the joy of a lasting relationship.
4. Love sacrificially. This means to give and expect nothing in return.
5. Be open and transparent. Without honesty and a willingness to share your thoughts and feelings, you shut out the opportunity for a mutual, rewarding relationship.
6. Ask for forgiveness and be willing to accept forgiveness. Every person makes mistakes. What do you do when you are hurt?
7. Accept criticism and praise. When you care about someone, you encourage that person with praise and kind words. In the same way, you may see the need to confront him about something. Whether you are confronted with words or praise or criticism, accept them in the spirit they are given.
8. Allow biblical principles to govern your relationship. God’s Word provides wisdom for every aspect of life. When you allow His Word to govern your words, actions, and thoughts, you will be able to build and keep relationships that are loving, loyal and devoted.
(Source: InTouch , Sept 2001)