What is your philosophy of raising your kids? Or don’t you have one? Do you need guiding principles, or do you just live day to day?



  1. Anita said,

    August 8, 2009 at 11:28 am

    My philosophy is that I am here to help guide them through this portion of their lives. It is my responsibility to look out for their strengths and encourage them as well as their weaknesses and build up strength in those areas. What I want more than anything is to keep my relationship intact with them, through the hard times, the bad attitudes, the discipline, etc. To be a model of virtues like patience, kindness, unconditional love, grace and longsuffering. I think that my failures will also be a model to them, of my humanity and my own ‘brokenness’. Hopefully they will see the good and the bad in me and someday when they are 60 (sooner would be fine too!) look back and say ‘mom did a great job, she really loved us.’

  2. amyfoxwell said,

    June 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Labelling children is not a great idea. If we say a child is timid, or clumsy or excitable often enough then they become those things. Even positive labels put children under stress to perform and live up to expectations. So find a way to avoid all the labelling. the next time someone tells your child he is ‘shy’, answer with ‘he’s not shy, he just doesn’t feel like talking right now’.

  3. Rachel Lisle said,

    May 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Just a follow-up on signing with children: the “Signing Time” DVDs use all American Sign Language as opposed to some of the “kid signing” or “baby signs” courses. Having tried signing with my girls when they were little ( not as successfully as we could have done) I do not think it matters which sign language you utilize, just giving your baby any tools to communicate is a wonderful thing. I just wanted to mention that “Signing Time” incorporates lots of fun songs and stars children( and their friends) of the woman who makes the series of videos. She has two daughters; one deaf and one confined to a wheel chair due to several birth defects, and raises money for camps and get togethers around the U.S. for families to attend ( they welcome hearing and non-hearing children ). I believe you can order these through Amazon. If you can’t find them and would like to, contact me and I would be happy to facilitate your search.

  4. amyfoxwell said,

    May 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Self expression is a key element to developing independence and self confidence. So when a friend told me about teaching sign language to your baby I thought it was something worth looking into. I taught both of my children how to sign as babies and I can honestly say it was one of the best things that I did. They learned to express their thoughts and needs – and even to initiate ‘conversations’ – giving them a great sense of accomplishment and confidence. It was fun and helped avoid many of those tantrums that come from frustration at not being understood. Plus it’s great for intellectual development – it is after all learning a second language.

    I recommend the following book for more information and an easy guide on how to teach your baby sign language:

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