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Parenting information, tips and articles from Mac Bledsoe's highly acclaimed Parenting With Dignity program, as featured on ABC's 20/20 and in Mac's books and DVD video parenting program.

Published: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 16:15:46 -0700

Last Build Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 16:17:58 -0700

Copyright: 2005

Raising Kids in Today's Confusing Drug Culture

Mon, 6 Mar 2006 16:15:46 -0700

So why is it that so many young people in America are getting hooked on drugs if no parents want that to happen? I believe the answer is really quite simple; kids are getting hooked on drugs simply because parents are not teaching their kids what to do before they are in the situation! ...


Tue, 6 Dec 2005 10:36:46 -0700

When I first began to teach parenting skills, I named my curriculum Self-Esteem Programs. I learned very quickly that using that title was a mistake! It turned out that using the words "Self-Esteem" caused more problems than it was worth....

"Quick Fix for Misbehavin' Kids?

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 08:34:42 -0700

Ever since I began teaching parenting skills almost 26 years ago, one of the most common fallacies that I have encountered is the mistaken idea in the heads of so many parents that there is some great "Quick Fix" for raising kids that are well behaved, self-assured and well adjusted...

Speaking of Kids

Thu, 27 Oct 2005 09:52:10 -0700

Far too many people in the world today speak of children as if they had nothing to do with them!

What Parents Do For Kids

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 10:05:00 -0700

Following a late morning appointment we stopped for breakfast at a local restaurant. The most cheerful gentleman waited us on. While making the usual small talk he mentioned that as soon as he got off work at the restaurant he was going to his second job as a meat cutter at the local grocery store. The fellow looked about my age so I said, “Wow, you must be putting a kid or two through college!”....

The Ideas in Your Head Will Rule Your World

Fri, 7 Oct 2005 09:43:19 -0700

It does not matter where the ideas come from, and it doesn't matter whether they are right or wrong, once an idea is in your head, it will rule your world....

Fulfilling a Dream

Tue, 5 Jul 2005 12:30:00 -0700

Back in 1996, when we set out upon this journey to create our parenting foundation, we developed our "wish-list" of what we most wanted to accomplish...

Play With Your Kids

Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:01:26 -0700

During summertime, family life becomes more chaotic and less routine. However, summer presents a wonderful new opportunity for parents who choose to grasp it...


Mon, 6 Jun 2005 14:47:07 -0700

Do not assume that your kids have heard what you have said simply because you have said it. Repeat it! Repetition is fundamental...

Thanks for Family!

Sat, 4 Jun 2005 14:35:29 -0700

Sometimes the things that annoy us are really things for which we should give thanks...

Happiness is an Attitude of Choice

Thu, 26 May 2005 09:13:08 -0700

If I could only teach one idea to every kid I taught in 29 years of teaching, what would that idea be?"...

Five Great Lessons

Mon, 23 May 2005 09:41:16 -0700

Some Important Things Life Teaches Us...

The Alarm is Sounding

Tue, 10 May 2005 12:00:00 -0700

We are alarmed and worried because we are scared! We are scared for the children of America, some of whom belong to you. ....

Attitude is Everything

Fri, 13 May 2005 13:06:14 -0700

The other day I was talking with a very frustrated mother about her daughter who was driving her crazy. She was at wits end and wanted to know what to do to change her daughter....


Wed, 11 May 2005 16:01:11 -0700

Love is not just something you say; it is something you do… and listening is one of the most loving acts a parent can do for children...

Tricking kids into self-discovery

Thu, 5 May 2005 12:00:00 -0700

My best friend, John Matau, was an amazing teacher! He was a master at "tricking" kids into self-discovering positive ideas about themselves....

Reasons to Ask Kids to Limit or Adjust Their Behavior

Wed, 4 May 2005 10:22:02 -0700

It seems so many parents want to jump to the consequences of failure before even considering the concept of structuring a situation of success...

Reasons Punishment Doesn't Work

Mon, 2 May 2005 07:39:26 -0700

Buck Minor, the cowboy on our ranch, used to always say, If you teach an animal a lesson by meanness or cruelty, don't be surprised if the animal remembers the meanness and cruelty and forgets the lesson...


Fri, 29 Apr 2005 08:16:46 -0700

All too often, when people say that they can't communicate with their kids what they really mean is that they don't know how to talk so that their kids will listen...

You can fake like you care, but you can't fake being there!

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 10:47:44 -0700

In the lives of our kids it is often easy to become caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to "show up" in our kid's lives...

America Needs the Sound of Our Children Among Us

Wed, 27 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0700

One of the real dangers of traveling around the country conducting conferences on parenting issues and writing articles like this one about parenting is that a person can begin thinking that he really is an expert.....


Tue, 26 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0700

In today's society like in the past, kids have heroes. This is a good thing. However, in modern society it seems the process of selecting heroes has become rather muddled or confused....

Shaping kids lives with love

Mon, 25 Apr 2005 12:00:02 -0700

The single most powerful behavior-shaping tool at the disposal of parents is sending the constant and continual message of unconditional love...

Back When I Was a Kid

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 12:27:32 -0700

We must eliminate a few phrases when we are making decisions about how we will be raising our kids. They are the sayings like: When I was a kid...

Bike riding and present wrapping

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:27:32 -0700

Shocking information about the effectiveness of some of the teaching techniques that we choose to use to educate our children.