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Are You Assertive?

If you are going to effectively learn how to govern yourself, you have to be assertive.  Teaching Self Government is essentially teaching how to act assertively as oppose to agressively or passively.  Are you... more

"It's Time To Go To Bed."

Nicholeen, I have a 9-year old boy. He is a typical 9-year old boy, I believe, in that his mind (and mouth) is constantly going 200 miles an hour. His siblings are always waiting for him to stop talking so they... more

Tell Them What to Say

Even after we teach our children how to follow an instruction or how to accept a NO answer, our children will sometimes forget that they can choose to say, "OK".  The other day I told my son that he needed to... more

Powerful Pre-teaching

I thought this comment was worth sharing on the front page.  ~Nicholeen I just wanted to share a neat little conversation with 10yod tonight while we were cleaning the dinner dishes.  She said, "You know tha... more

Fixing Things With Father

I received a question from a mother who is struggling with her husband not being motivated or involved in family life.  This is OUR response. Dear Motivated Mother:... more

A Great Start

I want to share "The Haroldsen Family Song" that I wrote the night after the seminar.  Our family talked about creating a mission statement, but since that is going to take some time, I wanted something 'right... more

The Dawdler

I am in need of some help with my 9 year old son.  He is a major dawdler, and always has been.  I am a very efficient person and try to get things done as quickly as possible.  See the conflict already?  It... more

How Did I Learn Self-Government?

In the year 1998, my husband decided to make a career change which involved lower pay and additional schooling.  We had already decided that I needed to stay home to raise our two children, so we didn’t exac... more

Purpose of the blog

I would like to thank Kaisie Alba for helping me get this blog up and running.  The purpose of this blog is to have a place for families who are trying to teach their children how govern themselves to ask ques... more