10 Ways To Keep Your Kids From Growing Up Too Fast

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Why children need childhood and what you can do to make sure they get it.

However, when you give your child a cell phone, make sure you also give them rules with consequences if the rules are broken.

  • Limiting types of music in your home is important, just as limiting TV times and networks in your home. If you aren't in the home to monitor it, then make it impossible for your child to be exposed (I never had cable in my home until my daughters left for college).
  • Make it mandatory that at least three days each week you will eat dinner with your children. Make this a meal that is fun, stress free, and enjoyable. A blessing prior to this meal helps "seal the deal."
  • The one thing we give our children is their memories of childhood. They pass it on to the next generation. When I listen to patients and I ask them about their life, their story of what their parents deemed valuable is told very clearly by these memories. What your daughters and sons become is between them and God. What you give them in childhood is up to you. Help create a place for your children to grow up safe. Let them pretend to be astronauts, scientists, actresses, or whatever. There will be time enough for them to have dates, limos, parties, and beauty pageants, but there will never be another time for them to be a kid. Win Over Your Mother-In-Law In 5 Simple Steps

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