Dr. Scott Turansky and JoAnne Miller Articles

3 Ways to Respond When Your Child Wants to Pick a Fight

Learn How to StartThe way you present an issue often determines the response. Sometimes it's best to address a problem...
Helping Children Through the Grieving Process

Helping Children Through the Grieving Process

Teaching children how to grieve is important for their emotional health. Parents might consider this sensitive part of a child's life when a loved one dies, but what happens when your son loses the soccer championship or your daughter is left out of the slumber party?...

Walking Through Hard Times With Your Child

Walking Through Hard Times With Your Child

Teaching children how to grieve is important for their emotional health. Parents might consider this sensitive part of a child's life when a loved one dies, but what happens when your son loses the soccer championship or your daughter is left out of the slumber party?...

A Lesson From Jesus Every Parent Needs to Know

A Lesson From Jesus Every Parent Needs to Know

It's amazing how transparent children can be when you take time to actively hear what they have to say. After listening for a while, it's often possible to identify some key thinking errors that perpetuate the child's problems.Take some time to study your children....

When a Gift Is Bad for Your Child

When a Gift Is Bad for Your Child

Gratitude increases closeness in relationships. As you parent your children, look for opportunities to take advantage of gratefulness to draw closer to your kids. Give your children small gifts of love day after day. Be careful, though, that you don't confuse the...

How to Pass Your Faith to Your Children

How to Pass Your Faith to Your Children

Making a heart connection with a child is a special part of parenting. One reason connecting emotionally is so important is that the heart is a person's spiritual center; that's why God chooses to live there. It's also where parents can impact their kids spiritually....

Is Consistency Overrated?

Is Consistency Overrated?

"Consistency is overrated." I love that statement!"That is the most freeing statement I've heard in a long time." That's what one mom said when we freed her from the guilt she experienced because she couldn't always be consistent. She continued, "It makes so much...

How to Teach Your Child Self-Control

How to Teach Your Child Self-Control

The preschooler who whines, the 7-year-old who talks incessantly, the 10-year-old who verbally jabs his brother, and the 14-year-old who can't get out of bed in the morning all have one thing in common. They lack self-control. Self-control is the ability to limit...

How to Raise a Selfish Child

How to Raise a Selfish Child

"If you get your homework done then you can go out and play.""If you clean your room then you can watch a video."Many parents today use a simple behavior modification approach to raise their children. This approach basically says, "If you do what I say, I'll give you...

When Your Child Resists You

When Your Child Resists You

Parents are sometimes surprised when their children resist correction. Some children seem to resent hearing instruction or advice from us. As parents we need to learn to expect some of that resistance and even prepare for it. This may seem obvious, but many parents...

When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Church

When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Church

Mark was 12 years old when his parents realized that he was pulling away from spiritual things. He didn't want to pray at dinner, seemed to merely endure church, and was more interested in his electronics and friends than spiritual things. When Dad and Mom saw this...

Why Setting Rules With Your Child Doesn’t Work

Why Setting Rules With Your Child Doesn’t Work

Many parents use a simple behavior modification approach to raise their children. "If you get your homework done, then you can go out and play." "If you clean your room, then you can watch a video."Unfortunately children trained this way often develop a "What's in it...

How to Talk to Your Teen About Character

How to Talk to Your Teen About Character

Teens are at an important stage in life where they are developing their own value system. Sometimes teens seem unresponsive to parental leadership but what you say has more weight than you imagine. Take time to identify character strengths and weaknesses and then...

How to Talk to Your Teen About Character

How to Influence Your Teen to Love God

Even the best of parents must make some changes in the way they parent as their children grow up. The old methods of relating don't work the same way anymore. In fact, they seem to cause problems instead.Of all the changes teens make, the most important one is...

When Your Teenager is Disrespectful

When Your Teenager is Disrespectful

One mom felt hurt but considered her thirteen-year-old daughter's meanness as normal. "Aren't children supposed to hate their parents in order to ease the upcoming separation?"Another mother of a teenager had given up. "You just have to get used to their disrespect....

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