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  1. #1 Family and Parenting 
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    I've decided to start a Family and Parenting topic in the Principles of an Enlightened Society forum because the family is the foundation of any lasting society.

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  2. #2 11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew — by Dr. Stephen Cowan 
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    This is a lovely series of thoughts on parenting.


    11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew — by Dr. Stephen Cowan


    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10250...rent-knew.html


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  3. #3 The Way of the Peaceful Parent 
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    This thought from The Unbound Spirit begins...

    "There is no such thing as stress-free parenting."

    Then the author, father of six children, suggests how we can find peace anyway.

    http://theunboundedspirit.com/the-wa...aceful-parent/

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  4. #4 Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar (a TED Talk) 
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    The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.




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  5. #5 Little Earthquakes — by Trent Hamm 
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    Trent begins the article with this sentence. "As much as I enjoy parenting, there are moments when it’s quite stressful and it just leaves me feeling miserable."

    It is really worth reading this thoughtful look at real life parenting in normally difficult moments.

    http://www.thesimpledollar.com/little-earthquakes/


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  6. #6 Why I Yell at My Kids — by Christine Carter 
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    This is short, funny, real and wise all in one. A good read. You'll nod and find new behaviors reinforced.

    http://www.positivelypositive.com/20...ll-at-my-kids/


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  7. #7 Love Notes — by Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) 
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    I loved this little idea by Leo Babauta, author of zen habits.

    Love Notes
    by Leo Babauta

    My family leaves little unintentional loves notes for me all over the place.

    I’m a bit of a neat freak — I like things decluttered and clean. And so when people in my house leave things around (which happens when you have lots of kids, naturally), I catch myself getting a little frustrated.

    “Why can’t they clean up after themselves?” I’ll catch myself thinking. I know this is a self-centered thought, so when I’m mindful, I can just watch the thought arise and then let it pass peacefully by.

    I’m not proud of it, but other times I don’t notice the selfishness and it can get me irritated. Lately I’ve discovered a mental trick that I really love: I see the things my family leaves around as little love notes for me.

    My daughter leaves her legos all over the living room? A love note for me — yay! My son left his cookie crumbs all over the counter? Another love note — amazing! I can pick up after them gratefully, or give them a hug of thanks and ask them to clean up.

    The legos can be seen as frustrating, because why don’t they clean up, or I can see them as the physical manifestation of my daughter’s personality, the things she’s passionate about, the playfulness in her heart. And I can realize that if she weren’t living with me, yes I’d have a lovely neat nevermessy home … but then she wouldn’t be in my life.

    So now I see the legos as a reminder that I have this beautiful person in my life. A love note, unintented unexpected unendurably full of love.


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  8. #8 What Parents Personally Must Do If They Want To Create Happier Kids — Karen Salmansoh 
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    This is a great reminder!

    What Parents Personally Must Do If They Want To Create Happier Kids — Karen Salmansoh

    http://www.positivelypositive.com/20...-happier-kids/


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  9. #9 The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons — By Leo Babauta 
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    This is lovely. It is a message from a father of six to a younger brother about to become a father.

    The Essence of Fatherhood: 6 Simple Lessons — By Leo Babauta

    http://zenhabits.net/fatherhood/


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  10. #10 Are We Teaching Our Kids to Scream to Be Heard? — by Ruth Kaiser 
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    Ruth writes a beautiful article on the relationship of adults to kids, in particular when kids are ignored and resort to screaming. She says, "I have witnessed, a thousand times, an adult not listening to a child. The end of that story is almost always the same. The child screams and the adult becomes angry."

    She also provides suggestions to avoid the circumstances in the first place. Oh, be sure to read the last paragraph.

    Are We Teaching Our Kids to Scream to Be Heard? — by Ruth Kaiser

    http://www.positivelypositive.com/20...m-to-be-heard/


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