Building a Better Student: Standard Candle

How do you measure the distance to a star that’s millions of light years away? Astronomers sometimes use a form of measurement that relies on the brightness (or luminosity) of particular types of stars. It’s known as a standard candle. The whole system relies on trusting that some stars will behave exactly the way similar […]

A Parent’s Checklist for Leaving a Child Home Alone

At some point in every parent’s life, they will leave their child or children alone. This is a huge step mentally and physically, because it represents the period when the training wheels come off. All of the parenting up to that point comes into play as children are left to fend for themselves (at least […]

Helping Children Fulfill Their Divine Blueprint

Skills for teaching kids self mastery from across cultures The highest goal of raising children is teaching them self-mastery, the skills they need and can rely upon to fulfill their highest calling in life. Yet many parents in today’s world find themselves focusing on their child’s outward behavior rather than their inner being. With small […]

Parenting Styles That Encourage Responsible Children

Ask any parent about the importance of responsibility, and you’ll get the same answer. All parents want to raise responsible children, but the results parents get vary substantially. As H. Jackson Brown so eloquently stated, “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.”  Responsible children are better equipped […]

Parenting Practical Kids: How and Why to Raise Kids to Thrive Without Technology

(Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Maxine who has a great challenge for all parents. Thanks, Maxine!) With the convenience that technology gives us, we are almost always tempted to rely on gadgets for everything we do. But while technological innovations have helped humankind to improve their standards of living, a number of these gadgets […]

Life is Better When the RIGHT People are Angry

I don’t remember if I have told you lately about my frustration levels. They’ve been rather high. We started school almost 4 weeks ago, and it took me all of 2 days to announce that this is the last year I’m planning to keep the older boys at home. On top of that, I gave […]