As a parent one of the hardest things to do is watch your child make mistakes. While you may want your child to benefit from your mistakes, the greatest and most appreciated lessons are those personally learned. This can be one of our greatest parenting challenges, deciding when to step in and when to let your child experience their own mistakes.

If someone asked you why you should be happy your child is going out on their own, how would you answer? While we all want our children to be safe and have a happy, full life, yet at the same time have this desire for them to remain home just a bit longer, many of our peers are yelling, “Don’t clip their wings!” READ More on Teaching Self Reliance – Don't Clip their Wings

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Part of parenting is teaching and helping our children build a strong value system. this little tyke really loves moneyMy 4 year old son, for example, loves the look and feel of money. He gets extremely excited when he is handling money of any kind. So we have started giving him chores to earn his money. Our hope is that he will begin to associate work and money and appreciate the value of money a little better. While his allowance may be small, he looks forward to doing his chores to get that dollar bill.
By their own accounts, work is good for young boys and girls. Here are a few benefits from having to earn their own money and meet the requirements of a work commitment or a job: READ More on Kids And Money – Have Your Child Earn It

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mom and daughter playing a listening gameAs a parent of young children you probably find one of the biggest parenting challenges is to get your child to listen. Often you probably ask yourself: “If only my child would listen more!” This is a comment that parents of all ages and all cultural backgrounds are saying every day. The ability to teach your children to listen both in the home and outside of the home is truly the hallmark of successful parenting. If your kids will listen to you for a large portion of the time, then your future years of parenting will be much easier, for both you and your kids.

One of the best ways to raise children who are good listeners is to model good listening skills. Be a role model. Live a life of good communication between you and your spouse. When two parents are really listening to each as a way of life, not only with that relationship improve, but it will show the children the value and importance of paying attention. READ More on Tips To Help Teach Your Kids To Listen

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Grandmother and Granddaughter spending time togetherBeing a great grandparent is something of a balancing act. You need to be an understanding, supportive parent to your own children, as well as being supportive and loving to the grandchildren too.

As a parent to your own children, the temptation is always present to tell your kids what to do, correct them when you feel they're wrong, and disregard or disrespect their wishes. All of these actions will only serve to annoy, irritate, and possibly alienate them from you though. And if your adult children are alienated from you, it will be next to impossible to have a relationship with your grandchildren. READ More on Tips for Successful Grandparenting

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The five minute pasta mealFamily time, where has it gone to? With everyone on the go these days, it seems as if the family dinner has taken a back seat to after-school activities, and overtime. Even rarer is having the entire family sit at the dining room table for dinner on any given night. While there are ten-minute meals, and the popular 30-minute meals on TV; would you be interested to know there are actually 5 minute meals your family will love? Yes, indeed! With Mothers Day almost here Dad and kids could give mom an easy treat and make dinner for her. Here are a few recipes you can whip up in no time. READ More on 5 Minute Meals Your Family Will Love – Ready, Set, Cook!

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Hello Everyone,

First off we want to apologize to all our readers for our site being down the last two days. Due to the overwelming success of our More4kids Parenting site, we have moved to a new server. That caused some unexpected technical issues. Those issues should be resolved and we hope you all will enjoy a much faster More4kids.

Now for a few changes. On our home page, at you will notice signup for our Newsletter. We are excited about it and want to give our readers some of our best articles before they hit our site. We also plan to send out a weekly 'whats new' at More4kids that will highlight all the articles we have put up over the last week. In addition, we will start giving special 'deals' only to our subscribers at from our childrens personalized gifts site at

Really soon we plan to release a new ebook that can only be obtained exclusively at More4kids.  A guest writer for us, Dr. Caron B. Goode, founder for the Academy of Coaching Parents, has helped write a book on Childhood development. We are in the final editing phase right now and are really excited to be offering this must have resource for parents who want to understand how their child develops, and most of all, what that can do to help encourge their childrens emotional and mental development.

There is much more we have in store for everyone over the coming year and we want to thank everyone for our continued growth, it has been a very humbling experience for us.

Warmest regards,

Julie and Kevin
 "More4kids, because kids don’t come with instructions"

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By Julie Baumgardner

Karen’s son lied about his homework, so she grounded him from weekend activities. Her son was scheduled to be with his dad that weekend so she called her ex to ask him to honor the grounding. He refused, saying that was his only time with his son and he wasn’t obligated to fulfill her decisions. Karen was furious. 

Was Karen right to ask her ex to do this? Was her ex wrong not to honor her wishes? 

“The ultimate goal is to have Karen and Ted strive to enforce similar rules and cooperate regarding the children,” said Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily. “If you can achieve this level of cooperation, terrific, but the reality is, in many instances, they aren’t there. So, what we work toward is each household being autonomous, but sharing the responsibility for the children. Co-parenting does not mean sharing all decisions about the children or that either home is accountable to the other for their choices, rules or standards.” READ More on Co-Parenting Through Separation and Divorce: Making Sure your Child Wins

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