Parenting Advice

Discovering the Gems of Potential

June 25, 2012
Discovering the Gems of Potential

By Gina Hoefler Every person is a unique individual with the potential to develop positive qualities and it is through spiritual education that anyone can grow positively, develop their talents, and become a positive influence on society. This is especially true for children with disabilities. We are often told to realize our dreams, our potential: “be […]

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Guidance Through Truthfulness and Trust

June 21, 2012
Guidance Through Truthfulness and Trust

  By Jean Duhaime My friend asked why it would be important for her daughter to always be honest. This is a question our culture does not answer effectively. Often we learn “if I can get away with it, then it is ok”. This does not engender trust. Baha’u’llah states truthfulness is primary in our spiritual […]

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The Promise of Service

June 11, 2012
The Promise of Service

By Fred Hoefler Helping others in a spirit of service not only helps others with a specific task, it makes every one involved happy. A life of service is our ultimate aim in life, but that concept can be a challenge to pass on to our children. We started out by teaching our children to […]

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Happiness is a Decision

June 4, 2012
Happiness is a Decision

by Sara DeHoff Do you want your life with your kids to be more peaceful and joyful? Learn to see happiness as a decision. In this society we tend to think “If only I had more money, I’d be happy.” “If only he’d shape up, I’d be happy.” But happiness is a moment-to-moment decision we […]

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When is it appropriate to talk to your children about drugs?

May 21, 2012
When is it appropriate to talk to your children about drugs?

by Yegyan To prevent your children from using drugs, you want to talk to them about it as early as possible. In the Baha’i writings, one the principles is to keep one’s mind clear and free of intoxicants.  The more your child knows about a subject, the less mysterious it is for them. If you […]

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How to Raise Children Who Can Take “No” for an Answer

April 18, 2012

By Joyce Batten Hardship makes character stronger, but we don’t care about that. Here’s how to develop children who can take “no” for an answer. For example, your child wants to go somewhere with his friends.  You say “no”.  He throws a tantrum, and says things like, “You don’t love me.”  “I hate you.”  “Everybody […]

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How to raise children who don’t lie

April 10, 2012

By Sue Kolbe A relationship with your children that is based on truth will give you children who don’t lie to you. My son will be getting his driver’s license soon. Once he starts driving on his own, I’m going to want to know where he is. I’ll need to know where he is, so […]

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What does it mean to “accustom our children to hardship”?

February 1, 2012
What does it mean to “accustom our children to hardship”?

What does it mean to “accustom our children to hardship”? One meaning is that we can’t always have what we want. Not every child who wants a pony for her birthday can get a pony for her birthday. And if she does want something, she will learn to save up her own money for what […]

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Prejudice is Not Just About Race

November 14, 2011
Prejudice is Not Just About Race

If you want your children to achieve their full potential, help them eliminate all forms of prejudice from their hearts and minds. In the words of one great educator, Daniel Jordan, prejudice is “the emotional attachment to false information.” It can come in many forms—prejudice against those from another race, religion or economic class. Discrimination […]

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