Parenting Tips – The Value of Storytelling As Part of Education and Family Life

There are numerous writings of very reputable people talking about the many benefits of storytelling, not only in child education, but in family life. What I am presenting here is a personal assessment of the points that I consider most important, with special emphasis on those that are not usually mentioned, but which may be helpful.

The greatest benefit of education, no doubt, is the ability that has a story to convey values. Perhaps we have not consciously made good on it, but if you think, most values more firmly rooted in our own personality came to us from the hand of a story: in “The three little pigs”, for instance, we instilled the importance of working well; “The tortoise and the hare” were showing us that constancy and modesty had borne fruit, and “The cicada and the ant” made us see that it was more profitable to be working than being a laggard.
This is not accidental. Every story, including tales, has a logical argument that unites the different parts, making them much easier to remember.

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Practical Parenting Tips – Five Ways to Create Balance and Harmony in Your Home

By Flora M Brown, Ph.D.

(Image Source: ezinearticles.com)Great parenting requires creating harmony and balance even if you work on a job. Here are five practical parenting tips that have worked for many others.

1. Clarify your values.

What do you find most important in life? What do you value? Your values will determine how you manage your family and work. Some of the things I value are learning, harmony, creativity, spirituality, research, music, fashion, humor, inspiring others, socializing with family and friends, and creating an inviting environment.

Because we valued learning, for example, it was important that our children attended school, completed homework and mastered concepts.Families who put a high importance on politics, on the other hand, may stress that their children be knowledgeable and conversant about local, national and world news.

2. Get real.

Before you got married and had a family, you probably had unrealistic expectations of what your life would be like. I know I did. As you watched toddlers throwing tantrums in the grocery store or saw your friends’ kids watching hours of TV, you probably vowed that you were not going to be “that” kind of parent. You probably also thought you’d never yell at your children, spank them or let your children see you get angry.

Get real. If you try to hold to these ridiculous expectations, then you’ll need professional help to untangle the psychological bind you’ve put yourself in.

Your children can survive and thrive with authentic parents who exhibit real emotions and flaws. Along with being real with yourself, you’ll allow your children to be real. Thankfully, having perfect grades and a well-kept room are not guarantees of a happy and fulfilling life. Pay more attention to grooming their insides than their outsides.

If you live long enough to become a grandparent, then you can enjoy the hero’s role. When asked why grandparents and grandchildren get along so well, someone said it’s because they have a common enemy.

3. Give up the fantasy of being a perfect parent.

You are going to make mistakes, upset your kids, and discover that Mary Poppins was a great movie-but fiction. Since I grew up in the era of perfect TV parents such as Ozzie and Harriet, I began my family with ridiculous expectations.

When I had my second child, I realized I needed help if I were to continue working. We hired a babysitter to help with our children and housekeeping.

4. Respect the sacredness of your home.

Create a loving environment and keep toxic people and things out. Toxic people are the ones who always make you feel down, depressed, discouraged and tired.

Just as you wouldn’t knowingly expose your family to harmful viruses, poison ivy and caustic fumes, don’t unknowingly expose them to negativity in the form of toxic people. While it may be true that the toxic

people you know are suffering from mental problems, it isn’t your job to cure them, and you certainly can’t drag them to therapy.

You owe it to yourself and your family to keep these toxic people away from you because there is no way to have them in your space without their negatively affecting you. This is true even if some of your relatives fall into this unfortunate group.

5. Use some of your money to create lasting memories rather than collecting transitory things.

Consider taking your children on memorable vacations or enjoying movies, games and other excursions together. Take lots of pictures of these occasions. The memories you create will be much more valuable and long-lasting than piles of toys and clothes.

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10 Celebrities Who Give Parenting Advice

by Jessie Assimon

Who do you turn to for parenting advice? Your own mother, your friends or other family members?

(Image Source: mydevstaging.com)Or maybe you look to celebrity parents for their thoughts on parenting? Angelina Jolie advises parents to let their children “express themselves,” Tom Cruise says he doesn’t like to say “no” to his little girl, while Gisele Bündchen feels all new moms should be legislated to breastfeed. Take a look through our list of 10 celebrities and their top parenting advice.

Angelina Jolie:

Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie and her longtime love Brad Pitt are parents to six kids: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. And although they have such a big brood, their 5-year-old sure knows how to make headlines with her tomboy image!

Angle has said that Shiloh is “fascinating,” and elaborated on the fact that her daughter dresses “like a little dude…I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not,” Angelina said. “I think that is just bad parenting… Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.”

Katie Holmes:

Dawson’s Creek alum Katie Holmes and husband, Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise, have a 5-year-old fashionista on their hands! While everyone around her is bundled up in warm winter sweaters or coats, their daughter Suri is often seen with bare arms and legs.

Katie came clean about Suri’s lack of weather-appropriate attire, admitting it can be “embarrassing.”

“Recently, Suri and I were taking a walk and a fight got started because it was cold outside and she didn’t want to wear her coat,” Katie said. “My philosophy is, well, fine, because after a block of walking you’re going to ask me for your coat. So the pictures of her [without a coat in cold weather] are sort of embarrassing.”

Suri’s Top Gun papa has also weighed in on Suri’s much-talked-about fashion choices — such as her heels and lipstick. “Listen, I believe that she (should wear) whatever she wants to wear,” Tom said. “She dresses herself. I want to encourage her creativity and her own self-expression. I think that’s important for the child’s own identity.”

The doting daddy went on to say that Suri is “so sweet” that it’s hard to say “no” to her.

Gisele Bündchen:

Model mom Gisele Bündchen has been known to speak her mind! Seven months after welcoming her son Benjamin with husband Tom Brady, the Brazilian beauty declared that breastfeeding should be made mandatory by law. “Some people here (in the US) think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months,” Gisele said.

After a public uproar, the new mom clarified her thoughts about breastfeeding and the impact caused by her comment. “My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law,” Gisele wrote on her blog. “It comes from my passion and beliefs about children. Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions, I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child. It’s unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white. I am sure if I would just be sitting talking about my experiences with other mothers, we would just be sharing opinions. I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best.”

Jennifer Garner:

Jennifer Garner became a mother-of-three earlier this week when she welcomed her third child, son Samuel, with husband Ben Affleck. She is one of our favorite celebrity moms year after year, and when she talks about role modeling for her daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, it’s easy to see why she gets the popular vote.

“I try really hard to put my phone down [ever since] my daughter pretended to take something out of one of her little purses and was like, ‘I’ve got an email – hang on one second,’” Jen said.

The Alias alum went on to encourage mother’s to stop judging one another, and start supporting each other. “I will tell you what I can’t abide – and I think the Internet has really created a space for it – women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers,” Jen shared. “It just makes me crazy, whether it’s between staying at home, going to work, how long you breastfeed, if you use formula. I feel like we should just assume everyone is doing the best they can. Women should take care of each other, not tear each other down. I would just like to see a mother who really believes that she has done it all so right, you know what I mean?”.

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Parenting Tips – How To Tell Your Kids NO

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