All posts filed under: Parenting

Kids Need To Know That Life Is Supportive By Nature

The future will be determined by our children. So parenting effectively is one of our most important responsibilities. How can we ensure that we’re doing a good job? By being good to ourselves, by enjoying life, and by being positive, adventurous people. If we’re juggling […]

What’s Up With Today’s Super Sensitive Kids?

Our daughter-in-law took our grandson to a sensory-friendly theater, where kids who are susceptible to sensory input, or who have trouble sitting still for long periods, can enjoy a movie in a safe, comfortable environment. The level of the lights and sound are adjusted, and the […]

HuffPost Interview: Parenting In A Blended Family

I became a Contributor to HuffPost in 2015. And after posting more than sixty-five articles about effective living through focused thought, HuffPost asked to interview me for its Blended Family Feature. HP: How many family members do you have? Grace: My husband, Ron, and I share four […]

Why Guilt Doesn’t Work

The summer that I was nine, I begged my parents to let me attend our church’s residential camp. The requirement for a discounted rate was to read The New Testament by a certain date, so I committed to do it. I procrastinated for weeks and […]

9 Things Our Children Need To Know

1. They are innately loved, lovable and loving. More important than getting our children to make good grades, or to be polite, or to follow our instructions, is to cause them to feel and know that their natural state is to be loved, loving and […]

Marathon Communicating With Our Children

Many cultures use special rituals during the adolescence and teen years to mark the time when children transition to becoming responsible for themselves. When my son turned thirteen, I asked two-dozen of our friends who had known him throughout his life to write their memories and […]

What Language Is My Child Speaking?

As a mother of three sons, I would sometimes ask them during their adolescent years, “Are you practicing to be ventriloquists? Is that why you don’t open your mouths when you speak?” Eventually, I understood that, since teenagers are often expected to stop saying what […]

How Our Kids Teach Us Unconditional Acceptance

We never outgrow the basic need we had as children for love, expressed through concentrated attention, affection and unconditional acceptance. And we’re all walking around looking for it, all the time. Loving people without conditions means accepting them exactly as they are. “Even if you […]

5 Steps For Disciplining Children So They Feel Good At The End

What does a perfect child look like? Well-behaved, truthful and thoughtful? Never dirty, unkind or grumpy? A perfect child is joyous, mischievous, rude, stubborn, curious, lazy, courteous, rebellious, reckless, funny, helpful and adorable, because perfect children are experimenting with whatever’s possible. Kids aren’t born knowing […]