Our Children, Our Teachers

My son tells me that when he grows up he wants to be just like his dad. I smile, knowing that if he did, he would be a remarkable man. My smile grows wider. I tell my son that when I grow up, I want to be just like him. He looks at me, quite surprised. The scriptures...

Practice Makes Permanent

Our violin teacher listened as my son played a piece at his lesson. He made an error on one passage and as he repeated the piece, he played the same mistake over again. She commented, “We all think practice makes perfect, but really, practice makes permanent.” To undo...
The Simple Truths of Self-Esteem

The Simple Truths of Self-Esteem

In the past decade, parents have heard much about our childrens’ need for high self-esteem. Of course parents want happy and confident kids. What could be better? As concerned parents, we work hard to help our children become assured. We listen to them, praise...
Teaching Children Peace

Teaching Children Peace

One day my husband asked our energetic four-year-old daughter, “Are you a peacemaker or a troublemaker?” She paused, then decisively pronounced, “I’m a piece of trouble!” In a world full of pieces of trouble and conflict at every turn, we...
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