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I Wish You “Emmanuel” Blessings this Christmas!

December 24, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 I Wish You “Emmanuel” Blessings this Christmas!

I Wish You “Emmanuel” Blessings this Christmas! “Emmanuel” Blessings is a term not used very often during the Christmas season. More frequently we hear “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” — all of which have general acceptance in a country as diverse as America. This is a good thing because it allows everyone to feel “Included” as opposed to feeling “Excluded” or simply ignored.

Being made to feel “excluded” or “invisible” or that you simply do not matter … is hurtful and damaging because it creates a direct and negative strike against our self-worth … even our Humanity. I believe this is repugnant to GOD who sees each of us as worthy of His Breath of Life … for a time. read more …

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Parenting Teen Turbulence … A Mixed Bag!

December 23, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 Parenting Teen Turbulence … A Mixed Bag!

This post marks the end of our looking back at what might have been your parenting experiences.  Parenting Teen Turbulence … A Mixed Bag! is all about what you’re experiencing currently.  Keep these words in mind … It’s a Mixed Bag! 

Level Seven:  The Savings & Loan in Your Heart!

Imagine for a moment that your heart has a Savings & Loan on the premises.  Let’s call it your “Heart-Bank.”  Your daughter’s account was activated the moment you laid eyes on her at birth.  Over the years, automatic deposits and withdrawals were made on her behalf … based on the amount of joy or sadness she brought into your life.  Throughout her childhood, she generated hefty deposits – all the “good stuff.”  Her withdrawals were kept to a minimum.

Even during the Terrible Two’s, your child still made more deposits than withdrawals.  But things changed a bit during adolescence.  Her deposits and withdrawals were a bit more even-handed – 50/50.  Nowadays, the Turbulence of your daughter’s teen years is having a devastating impact on her account.  By age 16, she will have depleted all her savings.  She already owes the Heart-Bank an embarrassing sum in overdraft fees … and her adolescence is not even half over.  If she were not bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh, her account would be in Collections!   NEXT! read more …

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Parenting in the Early “Middle” Years … Tart!

December 17, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 Parenting in the Early “Middle” Years … Tart!

Here’s the 2nd Excerpt from “Mom and Dad Don’t Have a Clue!” Remember, we’re still looking back in time at what may have been your early parenting experience.

Level Five: Maintaining Control – A Delicate Balance!

Level Five is where parenting really gets dicey. Honesty and clear thinking on your part … is critically important. Ask yourself a bold question:

“Is controlling my teenager the most important thing to me?”

That question is critically important because it goes to the heart of your ability to cope with, recover from, and celebrate after the Turbulent Teen Years have run their course. So before you answer the question, let me interject a thought … read more …

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Parenting in the Early Years … Sweet!

December 13, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

 Parenting in the Early Years … Sweet!

Do you remember when parenting your child was a breeze? Most days felt like a “Play Day” for you. From Infancy and even through the Terrible Two’s, you were the Effective Parenting wiz. You were a Star Performer! Remember how other parents envied your child-rearing skills? Why wouldn’t they. You had a model child by any standard.

Back then parenting your child was stress-free. Your Pride & Joy was a wonderfully behaved little person. If Childrearing were an Olympic Sport, YOU would have been a Gold Medal Champion!

Okay, now let’s drop-kick that “Fantasy” down to a Level One Reality! read more …

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Teen Turbulence – Let’s Break It Down!

December 4, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

Teen Turbulence – Let’s Break It Down!

Teen Turbulence is all the crappy “Stuff” that naturally erupts in the lives of our sons and daughters. It’s the “Stuff” that we parents cannot control … because it’s completely under the control of our teenagers. If you are living with a teenager, Turbulence is either happening now or about to bubble up and splatter all over you.  BUT there’s hope!

Remember Your Teen Years!

Do you recall your teen years? I hope so because it’s important that you feel “Empathy” toward your teenager. That would be the proof that you have not forgotten what it feels like to be trapped in the body and brain of a teenager. read more …

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Consequences of Sexting!

December 1, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

The Consequences of Sexting!

Most teenagers are clueless about the long-term consequences of having a nude or sexually explicit picture or video of themselves on the Internet. Those images go viral and circulate like wildfire at school, in their neighborhood and potentially throughout Cyberspace. Anyone with Internet access can easily come across these pictures. Once released, the pictures can never fully be retrieved.

Aside from the name-calling that teens endure short-term (Slut! Pervert!), the long-term negative impact on their reputation could influence college admission, future employment, and their social standing for many years to come.

The potential for lifelong condemnation is a fact no one wants to experience. Sadly, however, a number of teens have committed suicide as a result of the humiliation, taunts and bullying they received after nude or semi-nude pictures of them were circulated throughout their school and on the Internet. read more …

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