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Communication: More Than Talking

When my son was 12, he sang barbershop with his dad and grandpa. A few nights a week they had long rehearsals. One night, my son didn’t get to bed until midnight after a rehearsal. He slept in the next mor... more

A Whole Selfish Family

A week ago, I was standing in the kitchen canning peaches, and my whole family atmosphere fell apart all around me in a matter of five minutes.  My son was asked by his father to help with something in the bac... more

Healthy Independence vs. Rebellion

Many parents of teen- or pre-teen-aged youth are confused about whether teenage rebellion is an attitude problem or whether the child is displaying healthy independence.... more

Worry Not – Live Happy!

In his book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale shares a story of a pastor talking to a painter about worrying.... more
Confused/thinking boy

The Children Want to Know Why...

I once received a note from a reader about her 14-year-old son who was quite the thinker. He always wanted to know “Why?” about everything, which is wonderful, but it was leading to problems respecting auth... more
Yellow Canary on barbed wire fence

I'm Not Looking!

A while ago, I was driving down the highway looking at the clear blue sky and the snow-capped mountains. A bird with a bright yellow head and a black body was perched on a wooden fence on the side of the road... more
Dad playing airplane with daughter

Fun... So Important!

Fun is so important for good personal and family health. Every Sunday we choose a family activity to do together sometime that week. My children also set a fun goal for the week with their father. He asks a... more

Does TSG Work On Trips?

I frequently get asked if Teaching Self-Government principles still work while you’re on a family vacation. The answer is a wholehearted yes! I’ve used the principles on many trips over the years, once for... more

Stitching That Holds the Family Together

“If our society is coming apart at the seams, it is because the tailor and the seamstress in the home are not producing the kind of stitching that will hold under stress.... more