… If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient. If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and others. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world can be a friendly place.”  

Dorothy Law Nolte, Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values, Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World”, Johann Christoph Arnold

ALK Blogs and Articles

Kids are amazing creatures who never fail to bring wonder to a parent’s life. On the other hand, they also bring an equal measure of exasperation, too. Indeed, as parents, you definitely have your work cut out for you, but to be sure, you likely won’t have it any other way. Thankfully, there are always ways to make parenting just a tad easier. Here are some great links to help you achieve that in various stages of your children’s lives.

Overall Wellness
Maintaining your child’s physical, mental, and emotional health is among the most important tasks of parenting.

Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children
Toddler Exercise: 5 Tips to Get Moving!
Puberty: Helping Your Child Handle the Changes
6 Facts Parents Should Know About Mental Illness in Teens

Intellectual Stimulation
Keeping your child challenged and engaged intellectually guarantees both academic excellence and street smarts.

7 Educational and Entertaining Activities for Little Kids
Tech Tools for Learning at Home
Learning Math at Home
How Homeschooling Can Make Kids Smarter
How (and Why) to Encourage Your Teens to Write More

Healthy Habits
Healthy habits that encourage productivity, consistency, and hard work in your child starts at a young age.

Healthy Habits You Should Teach Your Child Now
How to Keep Nap Time Consistent With Little Fuss
How to Motivate Your Teenager to Do School Work

At the end of the day, it’s still best to trust your instincts, as well as trust your child’s capacities. Ultimately, you’ll find that while raising kids isn’t exactly a breeze, it can be a lot simpler, helping you better recognize it for what it is — the adventure of a lifetime.

by Kris Louis