8 Key Elements to Building a Strong Father-Son Relationship

My father was very stoic, insensitive and used force to make us behave. My father was pretty typical of that era. But now things have changed. We no longer want a man that is forceful and has a "father knows best" attitude. Today, we want a man that is in touch with their emotions, someone who can share their feeling and be strong but not forceful. It must be very confusing for fathers raising sons. And it would be easy to delegate or abdicate his parenting responsibilities. Why is the son-father relationship so difficult? Fathers and sons with widely different interests can find it hard to relate to one another. If dad likes football and the son likes music, what's there to talk about? Som

The gift of NO

If you are a person who is naturally open-hearted and generous, no can be an unnatural stretch. If you are one of those who really longs to be liked, it's more than a stretch! It may be tough to dish out a no because of the wake it can leave behind. We can see the hurt it inflicts...a wounded look, slumped disappointment, quivering protruding lower lip - is difficult to bear. Or the hurt aimed at us... "I don't like you's", insults and sometimes kicks or slaps of little ones. Or there is the emotional blackmail of older kids. Threats, screaming, slamming doors and punching holes in walls. That's a no we want to avoid-even when we shouldn't. Our personal integrity requires the power of no. Gi

How to say it so they GET IT!

Have you ever said something to your kids and you thought you were clear BUT something totally different from what you said or requested happens? Or WORSE YET, they say, "You didn't tell me that!" Here are some tips to make sure THEY GET IT! These tips will help with communicating with everyone on your radar. (Teens in particular have an amazing ability to hear only what they want to hear.) 1. Get clear on what you want to communicate. When we unclear, we tend to blather which shuts down communication. 2. Bottom line your communication - most parents talk too much. This causes our child to tune us out....they become parent deaf. For those of you who have children under 4, research says you o

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