Emotions are powerful, and to children, emotions can seem to be all-powerful. All too often, we view emotions as negative, simply because most emotions that spill over into family life have negative undertones, such as anger, jealously, rage, envy, strife, division and unkindness. But emotions can be a positive force in the family—laughter, joy, sharing and love. What we should strive for as parents is to strike a balance between promoting the positive emotions and being proactive in restraining the… Read more

We all want our children to behave, but often we forget to give them the tools to help them to behave. These aren’t magic bullets, but instead ways to build that internal motivation within our kids so that they will be more likely to do the right thing over doing the wrong thing. In this video blog, I discuss how to use visioning to help our kids change and how to use the three C’s. Visioning inspires a child to… Read more

In last week’s blog, we talked about how to help toddlers, preschoolers and younger elementary school age kids develop self-reliance. This week, we’ll focus on how to guide tweens and teens. While some of the same principles apply to all ages, kids age 10 and up have more challenges—and more capabilities—than the younger set. Before we get to specifics, let’s look a little bit about why so many tweens and teens are not self-reliant. “In a world filled with instant… Read more

Parents often struggle with consequences. The truth about consequences is very different from our perception about punishments. In this week’s video, I discuss the two main reasons for consequences, and why Christian parents especially should punish their children for misbehaving.   Read more

Today’s parents are overly focused on keeping their children safe—safe from both perceived and real dangers. Hence many moms hover over and around their kids, morphing into “helicopter parents.” But to raise children with healthy self-esteem and to equip them for adulthood, parents should be focused on rearing self-reliant kids. “We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The ‘safety first’ preoccupation enforces our fear of losing our kids, so we do everything we can… Read more

I’m glad you’re here. This is my welcome to Some Assembly Required video blog. Read more

“Kirk Cameron: CONNECT” focuses on how to help parents raising kids in a social media world. We’re living in an age where our kids have access to the world and all its glory and ugliness at the tips of their fingers via smartphones, tablets, computers and gaming devices. Babies and toddlers play with iPads more than building blocks. Elementary school age kids spend time indoors glued to video game screens. Teens have the ability to secretly view pornography or develop… Read more

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