Raised to Love

Daughters need dads



Pediatrician Dr Meg Meeker in Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters urges fathers to defend their daughters. She insists on dad’s role to help his daughter ‘navigate through a treacherous popular culture’ that is ‘not healthy for girls and women’. She says, ‘Fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for

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Safe online


Twenty years ago, parents would say that television causes most arguments in their homes. Now parents rank ‘Coping with the digital technology in the lives of their children’ as their biggest headache. A mother of four and five year olds told of how it took several weeks to get the

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Positive family culture



We can complain about our lack of time, the influence of television, and Safe Schools, but the ultimate responsibility to establish family culture falls on you as the parent. Nobody else is responsible. This is a great privilege and also a duty.

To achieve this, three things are essential. First,

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Offer choices


We all understand intuitively that good decision making is at the very core of human maturity. Homer reserves some of his highest praise for ‘a man who can think for himself’.

...a man who can think for himself.

Homer 800BC

The art of parenting is to raise young people to

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Lego for character


Routines and timetables are like Lego for a child's character. Simple home routines and consistent kindness towards all are the building blocks of good habits. Add your selfless example and a liberal smothering of affection and the characters you forge will be resilient, big hearted and ready for life.

But

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