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Moms and Dads Make a Difference by being Different

In this tense, sexual equality world, we are having a hard time talking about differences between men and women, which sadly keeps us from seeing what makes men men, and women women. Just because there are differences, it doesn't mean either is inferior as a person.

This issue explodes when it comes to how moms and dads affect the family. We are so busy trying to pretend we don't need each other and children are just fine with a single parent, that we don't really appreciate the amazing impact a Mom and Dad can have together.

Are we saying kids are hopeless without two parents? NOPE...but we are saying that God's preferred parenting plan includes a Dad and a Mom (who are actively involved). Here are a few thoughts that might help:

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​​

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How to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting (with each other)

The most important thing for mom and dad to discover about their own kids fighting with one another is that mom and dad are ALSO PART OF THE PROBLEM.

If you are not aware of systems, then you'll tend to miss the different factors that contribute to what's happening.

Basically, how you respond to sibling rivalry determines how they fight. There are TWO WAYS to respond (essentially)...this video helps you choose a new path, if you're up for a change in family conflicts 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Want Mature Kids? Dump the Rules and Add ________________!

Yes, we need rules for little ones. But as they age, rules don't help grow wise-and-mature young men and women. In this quick video I explain why building principles into your children is far more important than getting keeping them under the rules of the house.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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How to Use Movies to Teach Your Family Values

Often we avoid movies with our kids, especially we who homeschool. Honestly, that can be smart with some movies...but you could also be missing out on an opportunity to learn and prepare your kids for life in this world. This video shows you how we approached movies with our kids.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

I'd love to hear your comments or answer your questions

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Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!

Even as technology isolates us more, and tries to connect us (think FaceBook), there are other things that really interfere with having great relationships. One of these things is the "Best Friends" idea. Like most ideals, it sounds great to think there is that one close buddy who is there through thick-and-thin. The truth is that we humans do better with multiple relationships rather than just a single one (what pressure!). Here's a way to rethink this important area for your kids [and yourself?].

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The Parental Curse of a Favorite Child

​One of the worse things we do as parents is 'favor' a child over others. Sometimes it's hard not to because we just 'connect' better some of our kids...but it doesn't change the the reality of the mistake. Family Systems backs this common sense notion about the danger...and the solution.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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The Anything Game: How to Connect as a Family at Meals

A lot of us don't eat meals together as a family, and even when we do, we often don't know what to talk about. Here's a simple game we used to connect our kids with our growing up lives... we call it "The Anything Game."

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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