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The Corruption of Parental Power

The Corruption of Parental Power

Power corrupts. The most power over anyone that the average person will ever have is their power over their children. Liberty, voluntaryism is the antidote to corruption. Liberty is defined and safeguarded by moral codes; the non-aggression principle. Conclusion: In order for us to protect our children, we must recognize our inherent and vast power over them, and its natural potential to corrupt our treatment of them. By extending to them the protections of the NAP, of the right to…

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Better educated parents have children who are more relaxed, outgoing and explorative

Better educated parents have children who are more relaxed, outgoing and explorative


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Studies like this, which tell us “it’s not just genetics” are always a relief. Actions you take today can shape your children’s personality.

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Put It In Writing!

Put It In Writing!

Kids have a lot of requests: “Will you take me to the circus?” “Can I have this giant basket of candy?” “Will you take me for horseback lessons?” I used the above examples because they are difficult questions to answer. The circus is sixth months away, he can get a much better deal on bulk chocolate in aisle 12, and you don’t even know if there are horseback lessons in your town! So how should we respond? We know what…

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Always Say “Please”!

Always Say “Please”!

In my early years of working in a middle school in the rough part of town, my colleagues and I did a lot of de-briefing. Every day there was a new slew of problems, and we often felt like we were losing the fight for these kids attention and respect. I complained one day that I couldn’t even get my kids to sit down, let alone read or do anything else on the curriculum. I knew a lot of tricks…

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Using “Yes, and…” to negotiate

Using “Yes, and…” to negotiate

“Yes, And…” These two words are some of the most important in our toolbox as NAP parents. Nobody likes hearing “No”. “No” doesn’t feel good, and children are operating in the realm of feelings more often than an adult. See how using “Yes, and…” transforms the following conversations: Child: “Mom can I have another scoop of ice cream?” Parent: “No, one is plenty, and I already put it away.” or Child: “Mom can I have another scoop of ice cream?”…

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