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  1. #141 The Best Things I’ve Learned About Raising Children — by Leo Babauta 
    I don’t consider myself a parenting expert, but I have helped raise six kids (along with their mothers), and being a father has been one of the most rewarding things in my life.

    And while I’m not a perfect father, I think I’m pretty good at it. Mostly because I absolutely love it.

    Eva and I also have some slightly non-conventional parenting ideas that might be useful to parents who are always looking for new ways of thinking about things.

    So I’m going to share the best things I’ve learned about raising children, not because my way is the best, but because it’s always helpful to have a discussion about parenting.

    A really important note: Much of the work of parenting, if not most, was done by my kids’ moms (my wife Eva and my first two kids’ mom). I can only take a little credit.

    Here are some of the best things I’ve learned:
    Leo proceeds to offer 18 lessons he has learned and discusses each briefly. Two of his lessons are Let them direct their own learning, and In the end, they will be the person they are. You don’t get to decide who that is.

    The Best Things I’ve Learned About Raising Children — by Leo Babauta

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  2. #142 The Challenges of Raising a Digital Native | Devorah Heitner, Ph.D. | TEDxNaperville 
    Often these days, we worry about our children on the internet. We teach them a long list of dos and don’ts and hope they turn out to be effective communicators and responsible digital citizens. Is this the best approach? In a world where the internet permeates our lives, how do we keep our children from being too connected or not connected enough? What can we do to create a new digital citizenry that safely and effectively rules the internet?

    Dr. Devorah Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness.

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  3. #143 10 Things I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting — by Lynn Shattuck 
    Somehow, I’ve racked up nearly a decade of parenting.

    While I’m constantly humbled—and often humiliated— by this whole mom gig, I’ve learned a thing or two in my tenure.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    1. Kids show up with their own personalities.
    2. The nature of everything is change.
    3. I’m so not the parent I thought I’d be.
    4. Time flies when you’re having kids.
    5. Guilt is inevitable—suffering is optional.
    6. We’re mostly just wingin’ it.
    7. And, the huge decisions we’re faced with aren’t actually that huge.
    8. Our children literally change us.
    9. Being perfect isn’t our job.
    10. It gets easier.
    The descriptions that accompany each of those highlights are delightful.

    10 Things I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting — by Lynn Shattuck

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  4. #144 How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger — by Jane Greenhalgh 
    Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.

    At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to "adopt" her and "try to keep her alive," as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.

    At the time, many Inuit families lived similar to the way their ancestors had for thousands of years. They built igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. "And we ate only what the animals provided, such as fish, seal and caribou," says Myna Ishulutak, a film producer and language teacher who lived a similar lifestyle as a young girl.

    Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.
    As this fascinating article continues we learn how Inuit mothers (primarily) teach their children to control their anger.

    How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger — by Jane Greenhalgh

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  5. #145 4 Easy Ways to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem with Your Words — by Dr. Laura Markham 
    “If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” – Haim Ginott

    Children rely on us to interpret the world:
    “That’s HOT, Don’t touch!… Now we wash our hands … We can walk now that the light is green … We always … We never … This is how we do it … The sky is blue …”

    So what happens when they hear:
    “You’d lose your head if it wasn’t glued on … That was a dumb thing to do … You drive me crazy … Why can’t you … You never … You always…”

    Or overhear:
    “You won’t believe the day I’ve had with that kid … He’s so irresponsible… She never does her chores without me hounding her … He can’t control himself … She has such a temper….”

    They believe it.

    Even if they don’t show it, even if they act like they don’t care, on some level our children believe everything we say about them.

    This could demoralize every parent at times, because we’ve all said things that we later wish we hadn’t. But instead, let’s use it to our advantage, and to our children’s advantage. Why not leverage our children’s trust in what we say to empower them to become their best selves?

    Our words don’t have to be perfect. But what we believe will eventually come out of our mouths. So what if we practiced these four habits?
    4 Easy Ways to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem with Your Words — by Dr. Laura Markham

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