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Being a Good Parent During Your Child’s Adolescent Period (Part 1)

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A child’s adolescent period is full of challenges, temptations, and new unknown feelings. A teenager doubts, suffers, loves, hates, fears, and hopes. Even the most successful kids can’t avoid the torments of transition between childhood and adulthood. How can parents help their teenager? There are three qualities of a good parent, for which grown up child will be thankful.

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Parenting – The Difference Between Discipline and Punishment (Part 2)

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Relying on the consequences to teach lessons may work. Parents may achieve instant obedience. But is it really worth it? Be it parents, who give consequences, or life, they are all external sources of punishment. However, the only source of punishment that leads to actual discipline is internal.

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Parenting – The Difference Between Discipline and Punishment (Part 1)

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Comparing discipline and punishment in parenting is like comparing an apple with an orange, or more precisely, an apple tree with an orange. By discipline most parents assume something positive. We can say “well-disciplined child” with approval, whereas we can’t say “well-punished child.” The latter doesn’t sound right, it sounds too negative. Parents want the […]

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People Are Good – The Secret of Good Parents (Part 2)

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Good parents believe that people are good. What do they mean by good? What exactly do good parents look for in people? Good people means kind and honest people. When parents want to raise good children they mean kind and honest children. Why exactly these two words? Some people list values as: appreciating, grateful, caring, […]

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People Are Good – The Secret of Good Parents (Part 1)

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The secret of good parents is that they believe that people are good. When they talk or think of other people they look for good rather than for bad. It is not that they just don’t blame others for anything, they actually find something to admire in others, including their spouses, children, neighbours, relatives etc. […]

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Audacity of Children’s Hope – If Children Had the Words

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We all seem to know what children need. We know what children want. But what do children hope for? If only children had the words! They would be able to express what is inside their souls: the deepest, very human, set of ideals, which each child hopes for. Even adults struggle to find the right […]

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Have Responsibility – Seven Stages of Self-Liberation

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There are seven stages of self-liberation on the road from birth to death. Each stage represents a change in freedom available to people. Simultaneously, there is an invisible change in acquired responsibilities. 1st stage. At birth a new born liberates himself, with pain and a cry, from his mother’s womb to the world. What freedom! […]

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Have Responsibility – Through Self-Liberation

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In order to raise responsible children parents give them freedom, hoping that “with freedom comes responsibility” (Eleanor Roosevelt). That is true with one important clarification. “Freedom that leads to responsibility is not given or granted; it is obtained by internal efforts. A child develops not by freedom itself, as some people think, but by the […]

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Have Responsibility – What Does It Mean? (Part 3)

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“Independent means being free, or more precisely, being internally free,” says Simon Soloveychik in his book Parenting For Everyone. By freedom people assume freedom of choices. Internal freedom assumes full responsibility for those choices. Therefore a free man is a completely responsible man. How do irresponsible children grow up to be responsible people? Apparently, “freedom […]

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Have Responsibility – What Does It Mean? (Part 2)

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To have responsibility means to be able to respond, to answer why someone did what he did. Who does the person have to respond to? Sometimes he has to admit that he did wrong publicly. Sometimes he apologizes to a person he hurt privately. But very often he doesn’t have anybody to speak to, but […]

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