Would you love if your children listened to you?
How about if you knew you were the one person they could talk to about anything?
… ME TOO! We understand where you’re at… Peter and I have a 26 –year old daughter, 11 year-old son, and 23 month old son.
As one parent said to me, “When my son saw that I really understood him, I suddenly became someone he could turn to in tough times.”
Communication with our children is one of the most compelling and difficult things we face as parents.
And as parents, we would love to know that we are:
- Doing all we can
- Getting through to our kids so they can be happy, successful adults
- Teaching them to make good decisions when we’re not around
- Giving them the headstart in life that will last a lifetime
How do we get that certainty? What can we do as parents to really help our children thrive?
That’s one of the topics we’ll be addressing on this page. How to give your kids what they need and how to give yourself peace of mind.
What’s more, we’ll begin to explore what it would be like if you and your children were all pulling in the same direction… all on the same team.
At our home, we’ve created “Team D” (our last name is Diepstraten) and our 10-year old son now cheerfully mows the lawn every Friday. Why? While he used to do it and roll his eyes, he now sees what a tremendous contribution he is to our family. When his friends come over, he even boasts, “I mow the lawn every Friday.” (And at an allowance of $1 per mow, it’s a pretty good deal…)
In short, we’ve found that engaging our children in conversations in which we create a team atmosphere together is essential to connecting with and understanding our children. And they understand us better as well.
We’ll be sharing lots of articles and blog posts here so visit often. And most of all, HATS OFF to YOU for taking on one of the biggest challenges in life… raising another human being with unwavering love and commitment.