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Parenting Principle #10- Giving and Receiving

By Bob Kalle

One of the concepts that parents can teach their children is that giving is better than receiving. We all like to receive gifts. It makes us feel good and wanted. Yet, in todays’ world, many of us have more than we need.             That statement comes from the culture I’m in. It’s true that there […]

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Parenting Principle #9- Meaningful Gifts.

By Bob Kalle

During the year there are times that we give gifts to our children.. What kind of gifts do you give? Do you find it hard to find the right gift at the right time? Do our children seem to have everything they need? And even if they don’t, what gift would make the most impact? […]

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Parenting Principle #8- Changing Times

By Bob Kalle

My experience as a high school teacher opened my eyes to how things have changed. For instance, many adults like me grew up under the philosophy that “children should be seen and not heard.” High schoolers have told me that they have never heard that saying. That seemed amazing to me. I heard it all […]

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Parenting Principle #7- Behavior Principles

By Bob Kalle

Psychologists and researchers have taken the idea of learning principles to the nth degree. But since you’re not in school and need ideas quickly, let’s be brief.             There are two major learning principles that you should pay attention to. The first is the concept of positive reinforcement, or a positive consequence. Simply, a behavior […]

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Parenting Principle #5- Personalities

By Bob Kalle

Another way to understand your children is to know their personality type. Florence Littauer wrote a book called Personality Plus which discussed four types of personalities. I chose this book because it is written in easy and understandable terms and is very useful in understanding the people in our families.             She discusses four basic […]

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Parenting Principle #4- Who Are These Children?

By Bob Kalle

           When I was teaching my first course in Developmental Psychology, I learned that there were several historical conceptions about the nature of children. These ideas influenced me a great deal and taught me a new way to think about children.               The book discussed four possible conceptions of childhood. […]

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Success principle #3- The Active Decision

By Bob Kalle

                 The third principle Andrews talks about is The Active Decision. This means that when you are faced with a decision, do something. Make a decision. Action is always better than inaction. When we act, it opens the door for something good to happen. If we do not […]

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Success Principle #2- The Guided Decision

By Bob Kalle

           In his book The Seven Decisions, Andrews talks about the second decision, The Guided decision is to seek wisdom. If we want to make good decisions toward our goals and success, we need to have as much wisdom as we can acquire. And he talks about three ways to get […]

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