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Purposeful Parenting Month

Purposeful parenting means being really involved in your kids' lives -- knowing what they are up to and setting some positive BOUNDARIES to guide their behavior and decisions. Purposeful parenting helps you to teach good organizing SKILLS to your kids -- from learning how to manage their time to keeping their rooms in order to understanding responsibilities to others. But it also helps you make time to spend with your children and avoid CONFLICTS (over bedtimes and homework and "why can't I take dance classes") before they start. Take some time this month to examine what works and what doesn't, as it relates to parenting your children.

Some Practical Organizing Tips...

Set your kids up on a schedule for homework and chores -- and be sure to develop regular ROUTINES for bedtime and getting ready in the morning. Most of the conflicts that families experience stem from unclear expectations and a lack of solid rules.
Sometimes we OVERLOAD our kids' schedules by offering them too many opportunities. Teach good time management by limiting the number of activities they may participate in at once. You'll also save yourself a lot of stress along the way! 
Involve your kids in the decision-making process -- but let them know they will be expected to COMPROMISE at times. Make it clear that you have final say -- there is a fine line between running a democratic household and getting into a power struggle.

Do-It-Yourself Solutions...

Get Organized Newsletter
Check out past issues for tips on getting your kids organized

Clickable Home
Follow the links for tips on organizing your kids' rooms

Organizers Toolbox
Checklists and tip sheets to help you be an organized parent

Before-And-After Photos
See how these actual kids' rooms (and other areas) were organized

What Is Your Time Worth?
Find out how much of your time is wasted by inefficient parenting

Do You Need To Get Organized?
Take this quick quiz to see if your family needs a little help

What Are You Doing To Get Organized?
Share your kids' organizing strategies and techniques with others

The Latest Organizing Products
"Do-it-yourself" tools to help you organize your kids (and more)

Useful Website Links...

A Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy And Drug-Free
Advice on setting rules, guiding good decision-making and talking about drugs

Attachment Parenting International
Creates strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents

Family TLC
Articles and tools to enhance the parent / child relationship

Parent News
Get the latest news in parenting -- from doctors, psychologists, and educators

Parenting Kids
Information, practical research, and heartfelt reflections on purposeful parenting

An online version of the popular print magazine

Parents Association.Com
A forum for parents of children, adolescents, and college-age young adults

A web-based version of the popular print magazine

Positive Discipline
Based on the principles taught in the renowned book series

Positive Parenting
Resources and information designed to make parenting rewarding and fun

Talking With Kids About Tough Issues
An initiative to encourage parents to discuss difficult issues with their kids

The National Parenting Center
Dedicated to providing parents with comprehensive and responsible guidance

The Parent Coach
Online column for proactive parenting offers advice on connecting with your kids

What Is Perfect Parenting?
An insightful article about "realistic" parenting

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