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I’ve been writing about the best practices in raising children since 2006. During this time, I’ve covered a variety of subjects, but never did I think I would end up writing about a topic like this. No matter where you live or how you choose to educate your children, this database scandal could likely affect your family. Behind the safety net of yellow signs, for the past 35 years schools and libraries have been categorized by the United States as “safe places” for children. Sadly, the majority of these “safe places” are exploiting children by spoon feeding them pornographic images, videos, and illicit sexual articles through databases that have been marketed to schools and libraries as “safe and secure.” This seedy material is promoting risky sexual behaviors — including prostitution recruitment services. However, we can’t fully fault the “safe places.” None of the school or library administrators I’ve spoken to …
Posted by Monica Pond on October 5, 2018
In this podcast, Nicholeen and Paije discuss two related ideas: what is seen and what is not seen. People sometimes focus so much on what is seen that they don’t look for what is not seen and what could be the cause of what is being seen on the surface. There needs to be a balance of both perspectives. Listen in for some great tips on how to do that! https://tsg-podcasts.s3.amazonaws.com/2021/01+January/TSGPodcast48-WhatIsSeenAndWhatIsNotSeen-Jan19-2021.mp3
Posted by Nicholeen Peck on January 19, 2021
Is your home in crisis? Do your children never do what they are told? Do you find yourself completely overwhelmed and hating to interact with your children? Do your children treat you with disrespect and cause contention at home? Are you out of control of your emotions as a parent too? If any of these descriptions sound like your house, then you might be in crisis and you will definitely benefit from reading this book. It is written for you. This book is also written for people who don‘t want to ever have a home like I have described above and for parents who want to have an effectively communicating family right from the very beginning of parenthood.
Posted by Richard Genck on April 28, 2020
This class teaches parents how to create habits of effective communication at home instead of getting caught in an efficiency trap.
Posted by Richard Genck on April 28, 2020
No matter the amount of technology that’s developed to filter devices in order to keep children from viewing objectionable material, the mental, physical and spiritual risks of digital devices facing children have never been greater. Note: In this article I’m using the word “phone” liberally to mean all digital devices that are in regular use in the lives of our children. Parents commonly share with me the concerns they have about their child’s cell phone usage and how they feel they’re constantly talking about phone usage. They mention children sneaking phones when they shouldn’t have them; not giving the phones up to the parent when they are supposed to; overusing the phone during alone time, in classroom settings, and in social situations; and missing sleep because of phone usage. It doesn’t have to be this way. Parents don’t have to battle these digital devices to reach the hearts and minds …
Posted by Monica Pond on April 13, 2018
We might think that teaching the Four Basic skills is mainly for the children. They’re the ones who need them the most, right? Well, maybe adults need them just as much as the children do.
Posted by Nicholeen Peck on April 21, 2016
While sitting at an airport I saw a darling girl, maybe age 14, sitting on a different row of seats than the rest of her family. The parents and brother were talking and trying to engage her in their activities and conversation, but she was in her own little world and would not participate. For hours she sat looking at her phone with a smile on her face and ear buds in her ears. When parents see such a smile on the 14-year-old’s face, many may think the girl is engaged in something good for herself. But I saw missed opportunities and potential problems. She was living in a digital world instead of a real world, and she was missing a great opportunity to bond with her family. This scene isn’t unique. It happens all over the globe daily. Youth are becoming more and more disconnected from family and reality. …
Posted by Monica Pond on May 27, 2016