In an effort to be the best parent I could be, I did some online research about parenting and thought I would share my findings with you. While all of this advice is as good as gold in my opinion, you should at no point take this post as proven or serious. We all need a little laughter in our lives and this is our effort to bring some joy to into yours.
Praise and Encouragement
I recently read an article by Kids Matter about the value of praising our children and how it affects their development early in life. Even though I have a degree in early education that says I know my stuff, I somehow have forgotten about the power of praise with my own children. It wasn't so apparent until recently when we brought home our fourth child (read: final child) through international a doption. Friends, allow me to tell you a little known secret about adopting an older child from a third world country. It is really stinkin' hard. I'm not talking crying over spilled milk hard. I don't mean bad day at work hard. I'm talking about wondering if you made a huge mistake, kicking and screaming, ugly, begging God to make the fits stop hard.