Parenting News You Can Use! July 17, 2013

KIDS “R” THE FUTURE
Parenting News You Can Use!
July 17, 2013
Volume 7, Issue 24
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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Welcome!
1. How to Stop Your Son from Being a Bystander to Bullying
2. The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad
3. The Etiquette of Violence
4. Childhood: The Most Important Part of Parenting
5. How to Teach Kids to Say Sorry

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Welcome!
In this issue of Parenting News we celebrate sons and the voices of dads. Marie Roker-Jones writes on sons stepping up to bullying, Leo Babauta provides three simple rules to being a great dad, and stay-at-home dad Jeff Bogle ponders why parents are in such a hurry to end childhood so early for their children. Whitaker Gardens, another blogging stay-at-home dad, writes about an experience with violence that he hopes taught his children something about peace. Amy McCready has some helpful hits on saying “sorry”. These are unique voices writing on topics we all may experience.

Enjoy and read on!

1. How to Stop Your Son from Being a Bystander to Bullying
Marie Roker-Jones—founder of Raising Great Men, a movement to address boys’ desensitization to violence—writes about encouraging sons to be the change they wish to see in the world particularly when it comes to being involved rather than being a bystander to bullying. Click here for more.

2. The Tiny Guide to Being a Great Dad
The father of six children, writer Leo Babauta outlines his three simple rules to being a great dad. Read all about it here.

3. The Etiquette of Violence
Mary McCarthy said, “In violence, we forget who we are.” On his blog A Mile In Her Shoes, stay-at-home-dad Whitaker Gardens writes of an experience with potential violence that occurred while in the company of his children. He says, “It was a strange day, one that parents and children unfortunately have to deal with on occasion. I hope that my children walked away feeling safe and secure and may have gained some on the job training in conflict resolution.” Read more here.

4. Childhood: The Most Important Part of Parenting
Jeff Bogle is a stay-at-home dad who writes about parenting and all things of childhood on his blog, Out with the Kids. Jeff also blogs for The Good Men Project where he poignantly wrote about savoring and protecting the precious time of childhood. Read more here.

5. How To Teach Kids To Say Sorry
by AMY MCCREADY

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When did “I’m sorry” become a meaningless action?

Thanks to nine-year-old Braydon, little Emily’s Barbie lost her head while getting ready for an evening out. But even as Braydon dutifully—and immediately—apologizes to Emily and her doll, the stolen glances he’s giving his video games leave the Nintendo getting more eye contact than anyone else in the room. How to teach kids to say sorry?

The fact is that while forcing kids to apologize in the heat of the moment often makes parents feel better, it does little to help children truly understand the effects of their misbehavior. Instead, put the “sorry” on standby and—when everyone is calm and collected—follow these guidelines: Read more here.