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Parenting From the Heart

We have learned a simple universal truth from our amateur experience with horse training that carries over very well to raising children. It’s to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Okay, but how does that relate to my child and me? How can you achieve parenting from the heart?

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Immerse your family in wholesome activities

Regular attendance at church is an excellent opportunity to make doing the right thing easy. Immerse your family in wholesome activities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H to name a few. Don’t just send your child to the venues of the activities. You should go with him or her. If your area doesn’t have these activities, volunteer to start a local chapter. If your child can’t find a productive way to spend his or her time, there are probably other children feeling the same way in your area.

Get your children involved with peers

Peer pressure can be overwhelming to children. Giving children opportunities to be involved with peers who come from families with principles and values that are consistent with those of your family lessen the chance that they will be exposed to negative influences. You are a role model for your children. Volunteering to lead those groups shows your children the importance that you place on these types of activities and allows them to see you in different roles. It also shows your children that you care enough about them to become involved in their lives.

Eating meals together can lead to conversation

Sit down and eat meals together as a family, preferably at a table, without any MP3, cell phone, laptop, or TV. Your child will have to talk with you even if it only starts with pass the potatoes. Children might even decide it feels pretty good to talk with their parents. Mealtimes are excellent opportunities to engage teens to talk and encourage them to ask questions.

Turn off the TV too

Not turning on the television during times set aside for homework makes it easier for the children to finish their homework. It is hard for some kids to do their homework when other family members are watching TV. Showing them the importance of finishing assignments by providing a homework-friendly environment teaches your child that the schoolwork is important to you, too.

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Parenting from the heart means being a part of your child’s life. Children live what they see. Making the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult by doing the right thing shows your child that you love him. Nothing can take the place of a loving parent who gives his time and attention to meet the needs of his children.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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