Are You Parenting With Heart?

Are You Parenting With Heart? - Parenting Like HannahSeems like a silly question, doesn’t it? Every parent loves their children. We all want what is best for them. As Christians, we all want them to grow up to make the choices God wants them to make throughout their lives. We absolutely want all of our kids with us in Heaven for eternity.

Yet sadly, our day to day parenting choices don’t always reflect what our hearts say we want for our kids. We don’t always parent with our hearts. Stephen James and Chip Dodd wrote Parenting With Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving and Wise Hearted Kids to try and address the issue.

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Sibling Wars and Apologies

Sibling Wars and Apologies - Parenting Like HannahIf you have more than one child, you have probably experienced your share of sibling disagreements. They may seem minor enough now, but the sibling relationship can become so battered, it eventually dissolves. Siblings are going to disagree. How you help them handle their conflicts is critical.

Perhaps even more important is teaching them how to apologize to each other properly for offenses. Apologies are meant to begin repairing relationships, but most apologies do more harm to the relationship than good. If you’ve ever had someone do something hateful towards you and then apologize with, “I’m sorry if I did anything to hurt your feelings,” you understand the problem.

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Stopping Holiday Tantrums Before They Start

Stopping Holiday Tantrums Before They Start - Parenting Like HannahWant a formula for childhood misbehavior? Let’s plan a month when they don’t get nearly enough sleep, feed them tons of sugar, drag them all over the place, make them sit for hours in the homes of relatives they barely know…and leave their presents at home they have been asking for since…forever.

As parents, the last thing we want is our kids misbehaving or throwing a tantrum in front of extended family or in laws. The rest of our holiday will probably be spent listening to criticism and “helpful” advice.

There are actually some things you can do to lessen the chances your kids will go into full meltdown mode at your Aunt Bess’ house.

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The Minimalist Home

The Minimalist Home - Parenting Like HannahChristmas is coming and with it comes…stuff. Often lots of stuff. We usually have the best intentions of getting rid of all of the stuff no longer needed to make room for the new, but somehow we just cram more things into nooks and crannies all over our homes.

More stuff doesn’t lead to more happiness. Mainly, more stuff just means more things to clean, more things that break and need to be fixed…just more. What would your life be like if you had less stuff?

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Fun Ways to Serve Others With Your Kids at Christmas

Fun Ways to Serve Others With Your Kids - Parenting Like HannahMy favorite part of Christmas is that our daughter has a lengthy break from college. It allows us to  spend some quality time together. This year instead of spending all of that free time with your kids in separate rooms doing different things or stuck with your total attention on devices, make a difference.

How you make a difference is totally up to your family’s creativity, energy and resources. Try to involve your kids in the planning and preparing of the projects you decide to do. Bringing them in at the end for delivery is not nearly as meaningful.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

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