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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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Have Responsibility – What Does It Mean? (Part1)

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Responsibility is one of the top qualities parents want their chidlren to have when children grow up. To be responsible literally means to be able to respond, to answer why someone did what he did. If the action is wrong, the answer is not easy. It requires courage to admit that someone was wrong, and […]

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Parents' Project – From Ideal Child to Ideal Man (Part2)

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Parents underestimate the importance of the fact that there are two images in their minds when they bring up children: an image of a child, an ideal child, and an image of a grown up, an ideal man, whom their child would hopefully become. Most disappointments in parenting come from a mismatch between reality and […]

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Parents' Project – From Ideal Child to Ideal Man (Part1)

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Nowadays everyone seems to be aware of the power of thought. Many progressive parents know that an action starts in the mind first. When pondering on parents’ project to raise a child parents have thoughts and ideas on how they will do it. Most people get their first ideas on parenting from their own parents. […]

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Why people have children

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There are many reasons why people have children: because children represent the future and they are a source of pride; because parents want to pass on their genes and have heirs; because of the desire to experience parenthood or to feel like a family, not just like a couple. Sometimes children are seen as a […]

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Parenting information: regarding two types of parents

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Parenting is the most contradictory and confusing subject of discussion. Each parent has their own opinion about it. Yet, there are clearly two groups of parents, which always argue with each other: yes-parents versus no-parents (or permissive versus authoritarian). They argue about the degree of external freedom allowed to children. But arguments continue even within […]

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