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Dial-A-Fairytale

A little too busy to read a bedtime story to your child? In February 2005 a new company in the Netherlands came up with a solution. For $7 a busy parent can dial Sprookiebel, or Dial-A-Fairytale, and have their child listen to a 10-minute recording of a classic fairytale like "Little Red Riding Hood. " The company received about 600 calls in its first 9 days.

Reference: "Dial-a-fairytale," On Mission (Summer 2005)

Empty Plates

In his book Have a New Kid by Friday, Dr. Kevin Leman teaches parents to "let reality be the teacher." One mom, Amy from Texas, wrote Dr. Leman to tell him how she applied his principles: "Dinner... [Read More]

Reference: Dr. Kevin Leman, Have a New Kid by Friday (Revell, 2008), pp. 48-49, 283.

Reality Discipline

In his book Have a New Kid by Friday, Dr. Kevin Leman teaches that parents can regain control of their children’s behavior if they will implement the principle that "B doesn’t happen until A is completed.&... [Read More]

Reference: Dr. Kevin Leman, Have a New Kid by Friday (Revell, 2008), pp. 50-51, 282-283. 

Sound Travels Slowly

Sometimes it takes time for a parent’s advice to sink in, as one person put it: “Sound travels slowly. Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don’t reach them till they’re in their forties.”... [Read More]

Quick Thinking

Sometimes parenting takes quick thinking.

One teenager said to his dad, “Now that I’m sixteen, can I drive the family car?”

The dad said, “Son, driving takes maturity, so you first need to prove you’re respons... [Read More]

A Day Wasted?

James Boswell, whose Life of Johnson has been called the greatest biography ever written (it is one of Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World), often referred to a special day in his childhood whe... [Read More]

Fences

Hank Tate, in “Discipline – You Can’t Succeed Without It,” shares the results of a study by some child psychologists.

The psychologists assumed fences around playgrounds must inhibit children in their play; af... [Read More]